It will probably come as no surprise when we say that Walt Disney World can often be quite crowded during certain times of year. Anything from national holidays, annual Disney events, sports competitions, and even unofficial group gatherings and celebrations can bring in more people than you might see on an average day at Disney World, so we’ve created this list to help you know what’s happening at Disney World this year and the dates they will take place. We’ve done extensive research to make this list as comprehensive as we possibly can, and we will continue to update it as more events and dates are announced.

As always, this list is to the best of our knowledge, experience, and research, so be sure to double check any and all sites (including Disney’s website and ESPN Wide World of Sports) that can give you official info on all the events happening around Disney World before your vacation.


JANUARY

NEW YEAR’S DAY

January 1, 2020

WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON WEEKEND

January 8 – 12, 2020
(runDisney Event)

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

January 17 – February 24, 2020

COLLEGE CHEERLEADING & DANCE TEAM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (UDA/UCA)

January 17 – 19, 2020
(Sporting Event)

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

January 20, 2020

NATIONAL DANCE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (UDA)

January 31 – February 2, 2020
(Sporting Event)

FEBRUARY

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

January 17 – February 24, 2020

NATIONAL DANCE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (UDA)

January 31 – February 2, 2020
(Sporting Event)

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIP (UCA)

February 7 – 9, 2020
(Sporting Event)

VALENTINE’S DAY

February 14, 2020

PRESIDENT’S DAY

February 17, 2020

DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON

February 20 – 23, 2020
(runDisney Event)

CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS NATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION

February 28 – March 1, 2020
(Sporting Event)

MARCH

CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS NATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION

February 28 – March 1, 2020
(Sporting Event)

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL

March 4 – June 1, 2020

THE QUEST RECREATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP [youth cheer]

March 13 – 14, 2020
(Sporting Event)

INTERNATIONAL ALL-STAR CHAMPIONSHIP (UCA)

March 14 – 15, 2020
(Sporting Event)

SPRING BREAK (Orange County)

March 16–20
(Exact dates for spring break for other school districts can differ across the country, but they generally take place sometime near the end of March through the beginning of April. Orange County, Florida is one of the main spring break weeks to be aware of since that is the area in which Walt Disney World is located.)

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

March 17, 2020

APRIL

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL

March 4 – June 1, 2020

EASTER

April 12, 2020

EARTH DAY

April 22, 2020

ANIMAL KINGDOM’S BIRTHDAY

April 22, 2020

USASF CHEERLEADING WORLDS [youth cheerleading]

*CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERN (possible rescheduling)
(Sporting Event – originally scheduled for April 24 – 26, 2020)

USASF DANCE WORLDS

*CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERN (possible rescheduling)
(Sporting Event – originally scheduled for April 24 – 26, 2020)

INTERNATIONAL CHEERLEADING UNION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (ICU)

April 27 – 29, 2020
(Sporting Event)

MAY

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL

March 4 – June 1, 2020

HOLLYWOOD STUDIO’S BIRTHDAY

May 1, 2020

DAPPER DAY

May 1 – 3, 2020
(Unofficial Event; May 2nd – Hollywood Studios, May 3rd – Epcot)

THE SUMMIT CHAMPIONSHIP (cheerleading)

May 1 – 4, 2020
(Sporting Event)

STAR WARS DAY

May 4, 2020

CINCO DE MAYO

May 5, 2020

D2 SUMMIT CHAMPIONSHIP (cheerleading)

May 8 – 10, 2020
(Sporting Event)

MOTHER’S DAY

May 10, 2020

SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA SUMMER GAMES

May 15 – 16, 2020
(Sporting Event; 2020 Games Hosted by ESPN Wide World of Sports)

MEMORIAL DAY

May 25, 2020

JUNE

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL

March 4 – June 1, 2020

GAY DAYS ORLANDO

June 2 – 8, 2020
(Unofficial Gathering)
This is not an official Disney event or gathering,
but it can bring in large crowds so you’ll want to be aware of this when planning your vacation.

FATHER’S DAY

June 24, 2020

JULY

INDEPENDENCE DAY

July 4, 2020

AUGUST

MICKEY’S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

August 13 – November 1, 2020

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

sometime near the end of August through the end of November
(exact dates TBA)

SEPTEMBER

MICKEY’S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

August 13 – November 1, 2020

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

sometime near the end of August through the end of November
(exact dates TBA)

LABOR DAY

September 7, 2020

OCTOBER

MICKEY’S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

August 13 – November 1, 2020

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

sometime near the end of August through the end of November
(exact dates TBA)

WALT DISNEY WORLD’S BIRTHDAY

October 1, 2020

MAGIC KINGDOM’S BIRTHDAY

October 1, 2020

EPCOT’S BIRTHDAY

October 1, 2020

COLUMBUS DAY

October 12, 2020

HALLOWEEN

October 31, 2020

NOVEMBER

MICKEY’S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

August 13 – November 1, 2020

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

sometime near the end of August through the end of November
(exact dates TBA)

JERSEY WEEK

November 1 – 7, 2020?
(New Jersey schools have annual teacher conventions resulting in a few days of no school, so many families from New Jersey choose this week to take their Disney World vacations. While exact dates for 2020 have yet to be announced, it will likely be the first week of November from what we have researched.)

DISNEY WINE & DINE HALF MARATHON WEEKEND

November 5 – 8, 2020
(runDisney Event)

VETERAN’S DAY

November 11, 2020

THANKSGIVING

November 26, 2020

MICKEY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY

select nights from the beginning of November through the end of December
(exact dates TBA)

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS

sometime in November through the end of December
(exact dates TBA)

DECEMBER

MICKEY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY

select nights from the beginning of November through the end of December
(exact dates TBA)

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS

sometime in November through the end of December
(exact dates TBA)

CHRISTMAS DAY

December 25, 2020

NEW YEAR’S EVE

December 31, 2020

POP WARNER NATIONAL CHEER & DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

unknown (was December 6 – 14, 2019)
(Sporting Event)

POP WARNER SUPER BOWL

unknown ( was December 6 – 14, 2019)
(Sporting Event)