Things to Do Each Month of 2020 at Walt Disney World

It’s 2020, and a new year means new possibilities and experiences.

Epcot

If one of those experiences happens to be a Walt Disney World vacation, then you’re in Iuck.

Because now there’s more than ever for you to experience around the resort.

Cinderella Castle

We’re breaking down the Things To Do Each Month of 2020 at Walt Disney World.

JANUARY

January is a huge month for Epcot. We’ll see brand new film experiences across the park premiering on January 17, including the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along in France, Canada Far and Wide in the Canada Pavilion, and Awesome Planet in the Land pavilion.

New Canada Far and Wide Film

January 17 also happens to be the start of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts as it returns for its fourth year. Spend the new year immersed in a cultural celebration that includes visual, performing, and culinary art. The festival runs through February 24, 2020.

Festival of the Arts Guest Painting!

FEBRUARY

If you’re a fan of the fright, February 7 sees the return of Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom. Favorites like the Villain’s Ignite The Night show return, but we’ll also see lots of new experiences.

Maleficent at Villains After Hours

There’s brand new merch, new treats, and even a brand-new parade all ready to give you the chills. We can’t wait to try the new dessert, Body Language, inspired by the sea witch Ursula. The new parade, Villain’s Cursed Caravan, will not only feature Dragon Maleficent but also a procession of your favorite Disney Villains.

Body Language ©Disney

MARCH

If you’re hitting Walt Disney World during Spring Break, there’s plenty to keep you busy (like navigating massive crowds). The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival returns March 4th. In addition to the Outdoor Kitchens and Garden Rocks Concert series, the park comes to life with nearly 70,000 blooms in the form of Disney-crafted topiaries and stunning landscaping.

Ranger Mickey Crop 2
Second Crop of the Ranger Mickey Mouse topiary garden photos at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

Also on March 4th, guests can hop aboard the highly-anticipated Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This will be the first Mickey-themed ride-through attraction in Disney Parks history! The attraction will be housed in the iconic Chinese Theatre, the former home of The Great Movie Ride.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Concept Art ©Disney

Later in March month, Cirque du Soleil returns to Disney Springs! Drawn To Life is the brand new collaboration from the iconic theatrical company and Walt Disney Imagineering. The new show will follow the child of a Disney animator, Julie, as she discovers an unfinished animation piece made by her late father. Learn more about tickets here.

©Disney

APRIL

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th Anniversary of the Disney Conversation Fund at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Tree of Life

Take a ride along the 100-acre African savanna aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris or pay a visit to learn all about animal conservation at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Kilimanjaro Safari

MAY

Epcot’s transformation is in full swing bringing with it brand new attractions, entertainment, and the reimagining of Future World. One of the most exciting additions is set to open this spring.

The Epcot Experience

The new permanent nighttime show, HarmonioUS, will celebrate the music and storytelling of Disney that brings together and inspires people from all over the world. An eclectic body of music will call upon the spirit of Epcot in this highly anticipated new show set to dazzle the sky over the World Showcase lagoon.

HarmonioUS Concept Art ©Disney

Disney hasn’t confirmed a May start date, but they’ve said “spring”, so we’re crossing our fingers!

JUNE and JULY

Summer 2020 is a BIG time for Epcot and more specifically the France Pavilion in World Showcase. The much anticipated Disneyland Paris transplant, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, will be opening this summer at Walt Disney World.  Shrink down to the size of a mouse on a trackless ride system that takes you on a thrilling 4D adventure.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Ride Vehicle

Along with the attraction, a brand new dining experience is set to open. La Creperie de Paris will be both a quick service and a table service restaurant serving up tres magnifique cuisine in the pavilion. La Creperie is spearheaded by Chef Jerome Bocuse.

La Creperie de Paris Concept Art ©Disney

AUGUST

Disney Springs is experiencing its own sort of culinary revolution. Several new dining options are set to open this year, including the sport bar-meets-American cuisine concept City Works Eatery & Pour House, the health-focused Beatrix, and a second on-property location of the popular ice cream shop, Ample Hills Creamery.

Ample Hills Creamery ©Disney

Also this month, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival returns for its 25th year. We expect them to pull out ALL the stops this year, including their signature expertly-crafted food and beverage pairings from the outdoor kitchens, fine dining events, and appearances by celebrity chefs.

Outdoor Kitchen at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival

SEPTEMBER

Celebrate the one year anniversary of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (technically August 29, but let’s go with it) in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Sip on some Blue Milk while strolling through Batuu or pick up the delicious Ronto Wrap from Ronto Roasters.

Spiked Blue and Green Milk

With both of the land’s attractions now open — Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run — there’s plenty to do, eat, and play under the BRIGHT SUNS.

Galaxy's Edge Rise of the Resistance Stormtroopers
Rise of The Resistance

And on September 29, take a flight on Skyliner to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Disney World’s newest form of transportation!

OCTOBER

It’s Halloween time at Walt Disney World. One of our favorite ways to celebrate the holiday is at Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

The Big Cheese!

On select evenings, this hard-ticketed event brings to life the spirits of the holiday through exclusive entertainment, character interactions, and even specialty treats.

Disney’s Not-So-Scary Spectacular

NOVEMBER

Put those New Year goals to good use during the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend. Join runDisney November 5-8 for an action packed weekend of not only races but also entertainment, special characters, merchandise, and events.

2019 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Merchandise ©Disney

This month also brings the official kick off to the holiday season. Watch the World transform through stunning decor throughout the Disney Parks, Resorts, and Disney Springs.

Holidays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

DECEMBER

Savor the Most Magical Time of Year with seasonal offerings. Sip and snack on gourmet goodies during Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays or marvel in a variety of stunningly decorated Christmas Trees at the Christmas Tree Trail in Disney Springs.

2019 Christmas Tree Trail

Select resorts host aromatic exhibits made of thousands of pounds of flour and sweets during the annual Gingerbread House displays. Hop on over to Disney’s Magic Kingdom for the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as they spread yule log cheer through holiday overlays on attractions, exclusive entertainment, and much more.

Boardwalk Gingerbread Display

There’s really no right or wrong time to visit Walt Disney World. Unique experiences each month keep guests coming back again and again, year after year! Don’t forget to check out AllEar’s Calendar of Events to see what’s going on during your visit!

What is your favorite time of year to visit? Let us know!

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