Here’s your chronological breakdown of what’s happening in 2020 at Disney World
Remember January of 2019? It was before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was open at either Disneyland or Disney World. Before Gran Destino or the Riviera Resort were open, and EPCOT still had a Fountain of Nations. Yep, simpler times.
If you thought 2019 was a wild ride, then you’d better buckle up for 2020. Here at WDW Magazine, we have to keep a calendar of every event, opening, ride debut, and festival! To help you plan your trip, here is a peek at our quick-reference calendar for 2020:
January to March
RunDisney Marathon Weekend
January 8th to 12th: The new year always kicks off with this inspirational weekend of creative runs, and the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. If you’re planning to visit Disney World on this weekend, be advised of the rise in crowds and traffic during these events.
EPCOT Festival of the Arts
January 17th to February 24th: The Festival of the Arts is the newest festival but has quickly become a favorite. The food is gorgeous, the entertainment is unusual, and you’ll likely find your inner artist as you participate in the creative fun.
Canada Far and Wide
January 17th: Replacing the old Circle-Vision 360 film, we sadly don’t have a return from Martin Short, but it’s hard to argue with the new duo: Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.
Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-Long
January 17th: This new show in the France Pavilion at EPCOT promises to put a new twist on that tale as old as time. We love the humor of the live Frozen Sing-a-Long and can’t wait to see what this film has in store for us.
January 17th: Replacing the Lion King film in the Land Pavilion, this will use immersive effects to tell the story of how incredible our little blue marble really is. It sounds like a great one to watch before a cruise on Living with the Land.
Space 220 at EPCOT
Predicted to open February 2020: Rocket to Alpha Centauri Space Station (it’s an elevator to the dining area) for this new themed dining experience at EPCOT! The menu has yet to be announced, and there haven’t been many updates since D23, but this is sure to be a unique place to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
March 4th, 2020: A must-ride for both Mickey and Minnie fans, and those who are still mourning The Great Movie Ride and want to see what has been done in there. Is it the same track? Did that weird Fantasia room stick around? We can’t wait to see!
Mickey Shorts Theater
March 2020: A welcome respite from the Orlando heat, this little theater show will be in the former Star Wars: Path of the Jedi theater at Hollywood Studios. 2019 marked Mickey’s big birthday bash, but 2020 at Disney World is shaping up to really be his year.
Regal Eagle Smokehouse at EPCOT
Opening early 2020: Replacing Liberty Inn in the American Pavilion, this quick-service will be offering BBQ, boasting four house-made specialty sauces. They will offer twists on American classics like the burger topped with pulled pork and an onion ring. You can grab some Kansas City Smoked Chicken and Memphis dry-rub pork ribs, too. And never fear vegetarians and vegans, they are cookin’ up something for you here, too!
City Works Eatery and Pour House
Opening Early 2020: This will be attached to the NBA Experience at Disney Springs and will serve American bar food like burgers and fried everything. The feature here will be a lot of unique and microbrews on tap to sample.
EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival
March 4th to June 1st: Enjoy the great outdoors and hone your gardening skills this spring at EPCOT. There will be lots of character topiaries, garden-inspired eats, and entertainment. Check out last year’s festival to help you plan your visit.
April to June
Cirque du Soleil’s Drawn to Life
April 17th, 2020: We are so glad to ring in the return of Cirque du Soleil to Disney Springs in 2020! This new production will be all about Disney characters and memories and is sure to be a hit (that means get your tickets now).
HarmoniUS Fireworks Show at EPCOT
Spring 2020: We love those flapping kites and nods to Moana in EPCOT Forever, but it will be time to say goodbye to that temporary show and welcome the new HarmoniUS nighttime spectacular. We heard a lot about this show at D23 in 2019; it’s sure to include some characters and will be the biggest fireworks show on property.
Roundup Rodeo BBQ
Predicted to open Mid-2020: We can’t wait to see what Andy is cooking up for his favorite toys (us) but are mostly really excited for additional ways to escape the sun in Andy’s backyard. The menu should be BBQ based, so expect burgers, ribs, and all the usual sauce-laden favorites.
July to September
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Opening Summer 2020: Guests will board a rat-shaped car and ride through Gusteau’s, likely to create culinary magic. This should cap off all of the construction in France, and we can’t wait to see what Remy’s cookin’. We got to preview this ride in December and saw a bit of the action!
La Creperie de Paris
Opening Summer 2020: Crepes are such a good grab-and-go food… this seems long overdue for our beloved France Pavilion! The Creperie will offer both Quick Service and Table Service menus, just in time for Remy’s new ride.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mid-August to Early November: Dates have not yet been announced, but last year was the earliest start to the party yet, starting on August 16! We know some die-hard Halloween fans who were just fine with that. It ran until November 1st. Use these dates as place markers for planning your visit.
EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival
Late August to Late November: Last year, the festival ran from August 29th to November 23rd. We recommend visiting this festival when it isn’t so hot out… a late October or early November visit is perfect for actually wanting to sample the hot dishes. Check out what we got for $100 in 2019.
October to December
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Early November to Late December: Dates have not yet been announced, but in 2019 it ran from November 8th through December 22nd. Popular weekend party dates can fill up fast.
The good news is that a free Disney Travel Planner, like Destinations to Travel, can keep an eye out for date releases and get you booked before they are full! Christmas decor at Magic Kingdom, however, will go strong until probably the first weekend of January.
Christmas at Hollywood Studios
Early November to Early January: Dates have not yet been announced, but in 2019, the Sunset Seasons Greetings projection show on the Tower of Terror and Jingle Bell Jingle BAM! nighttime spectacular ran from November 8th 2019 to January 5th, 2020. This is also about how long the holiday decorations will be up at this park.
Christmas at Animal Kingdom
Early November to Early January: A lot of changes came to Animal Kingdom in 2019 to pump up the Christmas spirit, and we expect to see more of the same in 2020! The decorations, merry menagerie, and special holiday Tree of Life Awakenings lasted from November 8th 2019 to January 1st, 2020, so use this as a guide for your visit until official dates are announced!
Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail
Early November to Early January: Dates aren’t out yet for this one, either, but in 2019, the trail was open from November 8th, 2019 to January 5th, 2020. This is a great place to grab a snack and stroll with a coffee, so don’t miss it this year.
Festival of the Holidays
Late November to Late December: This festival has some of our favorite foods of the season. Dates have not yet been released, but in 2019, this festival ran from November 29th to December 30th.
We Still Don’t Know When These Will Open
No word yet from Disney on when these new additions will open their doors, but, as always, we are keeping a vigilant eye out for what’s next in 2020 at Disney World. Stop back for updates!
DuckTales World Showcase Adventure: Playable right from the Play Disney Parks app, you’ll be able to help Webby, Huey, Dewey, and Louie solve mysteries all around the world. We’re excited for this one because the Datapad game in Galaxy’s Edge has really set the bar high. Yes, this is what they’ve got replacing the Agent P adventure, so there are likely to be interactive elements everywhere!
Ample Hills Creamery at Disney Springs: In case you can’t get enough of the Ample Hills ice cream at the Boardwalk (we covered it last summer in print), they are opening a second location in West Side at Disney Springs! This new location will, of course, feature a specialty flavor only available at that shop (at Boardwalk, it is the Sally Sells Seashells flavor).
Beatrix at Disney Springs: This fresh market and bar is replacing what used to be Bongos in the West Side of Disney Springs. The buzz on Beatrix is already afoot among those with special dietary needs: They are promising some great vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options.
Wonderous China Circlevision 360: Take a journey through China in this all-new movie that showcases the beauty of this ancient and totally modern land.
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