March 8th is International Women's Day; the first ever observance of a celebration focusing on women's rights was held on February 28th, 1909 in New York City. A couple of years later similar celebrations were held on March 8th throughout Europe. Now, International Women's Day is celebrated around the globe, including Walt Disney World. While it is not a political or social celebration, Disney keeps it simple and will be offering a few specialty food items at all four parks along with some special character appearances made by women in honor of the big day.
Magic Kingdom Park
On March 8th, a one-day only dance party will take place in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. It will feature two female characters, Judy Hops from the film Zootopia and Joy from the Pixar film Inside Out. The specialty food item at this park will be a Strawberry Shortcake Shooter available at Cheshire Café in Fantasyland by Mad Tea Party and Westward Ho in Frontierland across the way from Country Bear Jamboree.
Guests visiting Epcot on International Women's Day will be able to witness a special performance by the Voices of Liberty inside the lobby of the American Adventure show. This rendition of the show will celebrate women, 'with special performances of empowering songs'. Voices of Liberty will perform at 12:15 PM, 1:00 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:15 PM, 4:00 PM and 4:45 PM on March 8th. In terms of specialty food, the park will offer 4 different items throughout the park on the special day. At Fountain View, the park's Starbucks location in Future World, there will be a Purple Minnie Dome Cake. Kringla Bakery in Norway and Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion will have Purple Cupcakes. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway will also feature a Mascarpone Apple Cake. And finally in the Germany Pavilion, there will be International Women’s Day Cookies at Biergarten Restaurant.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Star Wars fans should make a special stop at Star Wars Launch Bay on March 8th, because Rey will join Chewbacca at his special meet and greet location inside the exhibit. Star Wars Launch Bay will be open on March 8th from 9am to 8pm. Over in Toy Story Land, the WOMEN of the Green Army Patrol will also proudly march through Toy Story Land, while the citizens of Municiberg honor the Super women of their city as part of “An Incredible Celebration.” The park’s special treats include a Mrs. Incredible Pretzel Mask at Neighborhood Bakery, Key Lime Pie Verrine at Backlot Express and Rosie’s All-American, Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake at Catalina Eddie’s, and Tres Leche at Fairfax Faire.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Finally, at Animal Kingdom Disney has highlighted that guests can celebrate International Women's Day by visiting the new Hakuna Matata Dance Party in Discovery Island as well as Dino-riffic Dance Party in DinoLand U.S.A. However, they have not specified if different female characters will appear at these offerings. In terms of food, guests wishing to purchase an International Women’s Day Cupcake can find this sweet treat at Creature Comforts, which is the park's Starbucks location in Discovery Island and Restaurantosaurus in DinoLand U.S.A. Tiffins Restaurant and Nomad Lounge in Discovery Island will feature Infinite Ambition drinks. And finally Tusker House and Dawa Bar in Africa will offer a unique, celebratory Sangria.