UPDATE: Walt Disney World began a phased reopening on July 11, 2020. The Florida parks originally closed on March 16 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

This year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled. For more details, see our “Walt Disney World Changes” article.

Read our latest article on the reopening of Walt Disney World for more details on the changes and updates coming to the parks and resorts during this reopening phase.

As always, we encourage you to visit Disney’s website for all official information and to make sure that none of this information has changed since this article was written. We update our website and articles as often as we can, but it is always a good idea to double check Disney’s official website before booking any resort stays or visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.

Last Updated July 25, 2020

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2017
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2017 at Walt Disney World

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

UPDATE: Walt Disney World began its reopening phase on July 11, 2020. The Florida parks originally closed on March 16 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Because of this, events from March 16th through the beginning of July were cancelled.

We are uncertain at this time whether any of the remaining events scheduled from July 11 and beyond will still take place or if they will be postponed/cancelled. We will continue to update this post if anything changes and when new information is released. Read our article on the reopening of Walt Disney World for more details on the changes and updates coming to the parks and resorts during the reopening phase.

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

UPDATE:Walt Disney World began its reopening phase on July 11, 2020. The Florida parks originally closed on March 16 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Because of this, events from March 16th through the beginning of July were cancelled.

We are uncertain at this time whether any of the remaining events scheduled from July 11 and beyond will still take place or if they will be postponed/cancelled. We will continue to update this post if anything changes and when new information is released. Read our article on the reopening of Walt Disney World for more details on the changes and updates coming to the parks and resorts during the reopening phase.

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL

March 4 – June 1, 2020
*CANCELLED

EASTER

April 12, 2020

STAR WARS RIVAL RUN WEEKEND

*CANCELLED
(runDisney Event – originally scheduled for April 16 – 19, 2020)

EARTH DAY

April 22, 2020

ANIMAL KINGDOM’S BIRTHDAY

April 22, 2020

USASF CHEERLEADING WORLDS [youth cheerleading]

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

USASF DANCE WORLDS

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

INTERNATIONAL CHEERLEADING UNION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (ICU)

*POSTPONED (date TBD)
(Sporting Event – originally scheduled for April 27 – 29, 2020)

MAY

UPDATE:Walt Disney World began its reopening phase on July 11, 2020. The Florida parks originally closed on March 16 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Because of this, events from March 16th through the beginning of July were cancelled.

We are uncertain at this time whether any of the remaining events scheduled from July 11 and beyond will still take place or if they will be postponed/cancelled. We will continue to update this post if anything changes and when new information is released. Read our article on the reopening of Walt Disney World for more details on the changes and updates coming to the parks and resorts during the reopening phase.

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL

March 4 – June 1, 2020
*CANCELLED

HOLLYWOOD STUDIO’S BIRTHDAY

May 1, 2020

DAPPER DAY

*CANCELLED (possible rescheduling)
(Unofficial Event; May 2nd – originally scheduled for May 1–3, 2020)

THE SUMMIT CHAMPIONSHIP (cheerleading)

*CANCELLED (possible rescheduling)
(Sporting Event – originally scheduled for May 1–4, 2020)

STAR WARS DAY

May 4, 2020

CINCO DE MAYO

May 5, 2020

D2 SUMMIT CHAMPIONSHIP (cheerleading)

*CANCELLED (possible rescheduling)
(Sporting Event – originally scheduled for May 8–9, 2020)

MOTHER’S DAY

May 10, 2020

SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA SUMMER GAMES

*CANCELLED
(Sporting Event; 2020 Games Hosted by ESPN Wide World of Sports
originally scheduled for May 15–16, 2020)

MEMORIAL DAY

May 25, 2020

JUNE

UPDATE:Walt Disney World began its reopening phase on July 11, 2020. The Florida parks originally closed on March 16 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Because of this, events from March 16th through the beginning of July were cancelled.

We are uncertain at this time whether any of the remaining events scheduled from July 11 and beyond will still take place or if they will be postponed/cancelled. We will continue to update this post if anything changes and when new information is released. Read our article on the reopening of Walt Disney World for more details on the changes and updates coming to the parks and resorts during the reopening phase.

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL

March 4 – June 1, 2020
*CANCELLED

FATHER’S DAY

June 24, 2020

JULY

UPDATE:Walt Disney World began its reopening phase on July 11, 2020. The Florida parks originally closed on March 16 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Because of this, events from March 16th through the beginning of July were cancelled.

We are uncertain at this time whether any of the remaining events scheduled from July 11 and beyond will still take place or if they will be postponed/cancelled. We will continue to update this post if anything changes and when new information is released. Announced for this year is a modified festival experience – “A Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival!” – which begins on July 15th and is expected to continue through the fall. For more info on this events, see our “Walt Disney World Changes” article.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

July 4, 2020

REOPENING OF MAGIC KINGDOM & ANIMAL KINGDOM

July 11, 2020
(Walt Disney World closed on March 16, 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak)

REOPENING OF EPCOT & HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

July 15, 2020

“A TASTE OF EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL!”

July 15, 2020
(This year, a modified festival experience begins on July 15th and is expected to continue through the fall.)

AUGUST

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled this year. Also announced for this year is a modified festival experience – “A Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival!” – which begins on July 15th and is expected to continue through the fall. For more info on both of these events, see our “Walt Disney World Changes” article.

Read our article on the reopening of Walt Disney World for additional details on the changes and updates coming to the parks and resorts during this reopening phase. We will continue to update this post if anything changes and when new information is released.

MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

August 13 – November 1, 2020

“A TASTE OF EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL!”

(This year, a modified festival experience begins on July 15th and is expected to continue through the fall.)

SEPTEMBER

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled this year. Also announced for this year is a modified festival experience – “A Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival!” – which begins on July 15th and is expected to continue through the fall. For more info on both of these events, see our “Walt Disney World Changes” article.

Read our article on the reopening of Walt Disney World for additional details on the changes and updates coming to the parks and resorts during this reopening phase. We will continue to update this post if anything changes and when new information is released.

MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

August 13 – November 1, 2020

“A TASTE OF EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL!”

(This year, a modified festival experience begins on July 15th and is expected to continue through the fall.)

LABOR DAY

September 7, 2020

OCTOBER

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled this year. Also announced for this year is a modified festival experience – “A Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival!” – which begins on July 15th and is expected to continue through the fall. For more info on both of these events, see our “Walt Disney World Changes” article.

Read our article on the reopening of Walt Disney World for additional details on the changes and updates coming to the parks and resorts during this reopening phase. We will continue to update this post if anything changes and when new information is released.

MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

August 13 – November 1, 2020

“A TASTE OF EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL!”

(This year, a modified festival experience begins on July 15th and is expected to continue through the fall.)

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 has been cancelled this year, and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon has also been cancelled (runDisney is now offering a virtual race option). Also announced for this year is a modified festival experience – “A Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival!” – which begins on July 15th and is expected to continue through the fall. For more info on both of these events, see our “Walt Disney World Changes” article.

Read our article on the reopening of Walt Disney World for additional details on the changes and updates coming to the parks and resorts during this reopening phase. We will continue to update this post if anything changes and when new information is released.

MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

August 13 – November 1, 2020

“A TASTE OF EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL!”

(This year, a modified festival experience begins on July 15th and is expected to continue through the fall.)

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
(This year’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon event has been cancelled, but runDisney is offering a virtual race option.)

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)