When to Visit Disney World 2020 Disney World Crowd Calendar

Scroll below to see the complete Walt Disney World 2020 calendar with crowds and new attraction offerings to help you decide when to visit Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World had over 20 million guests enter the Magic Kingdom alone last year. This can mean for some very big crowds! To help you avoid these influxes of guests, take note of the following tips and guidelines below.

Important update: due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Disney World will begin their reopening on July 11th with park reservations required. Read our article to find out everything you need to know about the coronavirus Disney World closure.

Disney World Crowd Calendar

Two things affecting Walt Disney World crowd levels are the events happening throughout the resort and school holidays. These are the two most important Walt Disney World crowd indicators. So, let’s dive into the question: “when is it going to be crowded at Disney World?”

Most weekends will be busy no matter when you visit the resort. Disneyland has a larger influx of crowds on the weekend due to their large amount of annual passholders. While Disneyland is very much a park for the locals, Disney World seems to cater more towards tourists. Still, the locals love to take to the resort on the weekend.

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Most Crowded

  • The weeks before and after Easter: mid-March through mid-April, or Spring Break Season
  • The week before Christmas through the first couple of weeks of January, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve bring in some of the largest crowds the park sees all year long
  • July through early August, during the time that schools have summer break
  • The week of Thanksgiving results in a large increase of crowds. A lot of people have thought they could outsmart the crowds by visiting the park on the actual holiday. Unfortunately, a lot of people have the very same idea

Busy, But Not Overrun

  • End of August through Labor Day
  • The month of December, leading up to Christmas week
  • Weekends throughout October and beginning of November while the theme parks are decorated for Halloween
  • Most weekdays while schools are still in session
  • The Gay Days organization visits the parks in August. This event can bring up to 200,000 people to the Orlando area.

Not Crowded

  • Labor Day through Thanksgiving, except avoid weekends
  • Late January through February excluding Martin Luther King Day weekend
  • Late April

January through the beginning of May is what many call the “off-season.” These weeks have the least amount of crowds, but some of the shows will not be running, and some rides begin to close down for their yearly refurbishments. Be sure to check the park schedule! It is released 180 days in advance, so you'll be able to plan ahead!

We've created an infographic that will clearly help you when to visit Disney World. The information included in our best time to go to Disney World calendar is basic Disney World crowd levels, park hours, and weather.

Walt Disney World Monthly Calendar

Be sure to check the Disney World calendar on the official Walt Disney World website for more info on closures, entertainment schedules, and other info. This will help you to decide when to visit the resort.

Disney World Crowds and Special Events Calendar 2020

Below I have compiled a listing of Disney World events and special calendar items to be aware of when deciding the best time to go to Disney World during 2020

All of these openings and special events will greatly affect the 2020 Disney World crowd index.

Disney World Spring Events

  • The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival begins in March. The display of stunning gardens and fun shows can entertain any guest!
  • Gay Days usually visit the park this time of year. With the event drawing nearly 200,000 people to the Orlando area, you can expect the parks to receive a large influx of guests.

Disney World Summer EventsRide vehicle for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

  • Walt Disney Imagineering is hard at work developing a new attraction for the park’s France pavilion, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, planned to open in summer 2020. Based on Disney and Pixar’s hit film, “Ratatouille,” this family-friendly attraction will invite you to shrink down to the scale of a rat for a culinary adventure with Chef Remy. *Postponed until further notice. 
  • H2O Glow Nights is an event that occurs May-August at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.

Disney World Fall EventsMickey and Minnie halloween costumes

  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place on select nights in the Magic Kingdom from the end of August until Halloween. On nights featuring the party, Magic Kingdom closes to most guests at 6pm. Enjoy special events exclusive to the party's guests such as a themed parade and trick-or-treating!
  • Update: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party has unfortunately been cancelled for the 2020 year due to the difficulties with maintaining social distancing during the event and all guests will automatically receive refunds. You can read more about their statement on seasonal events on the Disney Parks Blog.
  • EPCOT's International Food & Wine Festival will be expanded this year beginning on July 15th and continuing during the Fall.

Disney World Winter Events

  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party takes place November through December. On nights of the party, Magic Kingdom will close at 6pm so the party can start at 7 where you can enjoy the most magic of Disney theming. Disney LOVES Christmas.
  • The guest-favorite Candlelight Processional begins the end of November and continues until just after Christmas. In this Christmas classic, a celebrity narrator recounts the traditional story of Christmas along with a massive choir and 50-piece orchestra.
  • The Festival of the Arts runs January through February, with the Disney on Broadway Concert Series expanding to seven days a week during the festival.
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue opens this winter at The American Adventure in Epcot will serve classic barbecue and home-style craft brews.
  • Space 220 is a new table-service restaurant debuting this winter at Epcot next to Mission: SPACE. When you enter the restaurant, you’ll step into a special space elevator that will take you 220 miles above the earth’s surface and offer incredible celestial views.

Disney World 2020-2021 Events

There are some exciting changes coming to the Walt Disney World resort in 2020 and 2021 in preparation for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021 such as:

  • Epcot is receiving a transformation leading up to Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary with the current Future World being split into three new neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Discovery and World Nature.
  • New pavilion built for the World Celebration neighborhood in Epcot to house all of the favorite festivals such as the Food & Wine Festival along wit a wishing tree, interactive fountain, and a brand new statue of Walt Disney.
  • The World Discovery neighborhood in Epcot will host the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction. This new attraction will feature the first reverse launch into space and will ‘rotate' to focus on the action.
  • New Moana and Mary Poppins inspired attractions and experiences in Epcot.
  • New nighttime spectacular called HarmonioUS.
  • Disney Genie app to help guests plan and customize their days at the resort.
  • Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios have collaborated with Cirque du Soleil to create a show of Disney storytelling with Cirque du Soleil’s signature artistry. Previews for the new show will begin March 20, 2020, leading up to the world premiere on April 17.
  • New attraction in Magic Kingdom Park's TRON attraction will be called TRON Lightcycle Run.
  • Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant is a new restaurant coming in 2020 to Toy Story Land. Guests will be immersed with all their favorite toy pals in the western atmosphere of Woody’s Roundup providing a fun, family-friendly dining experience.
  • Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – the new immersive Star Wars Disney World hotel- will begin transporting guests in 2021.

Disney World Crowd Calendar 2021 Events January

  • Christmas decorations and shows continue into the first week or so of January before they are removed, so you can still catch the magic of Christmas at Disneyland, but with lower crowds! Other than Martin Luther King Day Weekend, the crowd levels are a lot lower than their Christmastime counterparts. According to historical averages, January will be the coldest month of the year at Walt Disney World.
  • Some attractions will be closed down for their yearly refurbishments. Be sure to always check the park schedules on the official Walt Disney World website to be sure whether or not your favorite experiences will be
  • The Festival of the Arts will run January through February with the Disney on Broadway Concert Series expanding to seven days a week during the festival.
  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend takes place at the beginning of January. There are runs for fans of every age, including children races and a half marathon, along with a 5 and 10K. Brave runners can accept the Disney Two Course Challenge by combining the 10K and half marathon to earn the Challenge Medal.
  • Disney After Hours events takes place on selects nights at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
  • Read our detailed monthly guide for visiting Disney World in January to find our more details about crowd patterns, events, weather, and more.

Disney World Crowd Calendar 2021 Events February

  • We've all heard those famous words after someone wins the Super Bowl, “I'm going to Disney World!” It's tradition for a member of the winning NFL team to be featured in a Magic Kingdom parade the Monday after the Super Bowl. If you're a fan of the team, you won't want to miss this opportunity!
  • February is a great month to visit the Walt Disney World resort. The weather is cool, but not too cold, and the crowds are pretty low. It's also a great time to see the park without any seasonal decorations if you just want to see it as plain vanilla. President's Day Weekend does see a large increase in crowds during the middle of the month, so we suggest to try and plan around that.
  • Epcot International's Festival of the ArtsEPCOT Festival of the Arts continues until about the middle of the month. This event features food, performances, and art from all around the world and from all different cultures. Festival of the Arts features tons of live shows and even performances from Disney on Broadway!
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend takes place from at the end of February. There are runs for fans of every age, including children races and a half marathon, along with a 5 and 10K. Brave runners can accept the Disney Two Course Challenge by combining the 10K and half marathon to earn the Challenge Medal.
  • Disney After Hours events takes place on selects nights at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
  • Read our detailed monthly guide for visiting Disney World in February to find our more details about crowd patterns, events, weather, and more.

Disney World Crowd Calendar 2021 Events March

  • March marks the beginning of bigger crowds. After the first week, which is relatively light, crowds increase as the Spring Break season begins. March also marks the end of a lot of attraction refurbishments.
  • SpriImagination Pavilion Gardens featuring a trimmed hedge of Mater from "Cars" the movieng begins to bloom at Disney World as the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival begins! This annual event brings beautiful gardens, playgrounds, and great entertainment! Even if you aren't into gardening, be sure to get a picture by the freshly trimmed hedges near the Imagination pavilion.
  • Participate in the Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt and search high and low for eggs around the World Showcase that depict your favorite Disney characters.
  • Disney After Hours events takes place on selects nights at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
  • If you happen to be in Disney World on St. Patrick's Day make sure to take the time to go to the World Showcase's United Kingdom Pavilion to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day fun.
  • Read our detailed monthly guide for visiting Disney World in March to find our more details about crowd patterns, events, weather, and more.

Disney World Crowd Calendar 2021 Events April

  • With Easter falling in April, you can expect larger crowds most days. Don't worry though, as April usually means longer hours of park operation and some of the best weather of the year!
  • Spring begins to bloom at Disney World as the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is happening during the entire month of April!
  • Star Wars Rival Run Weekend takes place at the beginning of April. If you're a Star Wars fan, you won't want to want to miss this event. There are runs for fans of every age, including children races, a half marathon, and a 5 and 10K.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom will hold an Earth-Day celebration that includes interactive activities and animal encounters to celebrate conservation.
  • Disney After Hours events takes place on selects nights at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
  • Read our detailed monthly guide for visiting Disney World in April to find our more details about crowd patterns, events, weather, and more.

Disney World 2021 Crowd Calendar Events May

  • With May bringing the beginning of summer, the water parks begin to open more consistently. The weather becomes warmer, and park hours extend. School is still in session for most, so the crowd levels are typically slightly below average.
  • Spring continues to bloom at Disney World as the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is happening during the entire month of May!
  • Disney After Hours events takes place on selects nights at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.

Disney World 2021 Crowd Calendar Events June

  • June marks the first full month of summer, as well as storm season. June gets the most rain out of any month of the year with an average of over 8 inches! Despite the rain, the water parks are open daily and are uncrowded during the first and last parts of the day. When in the parks, be sure to pack your ponchos!
  • Disney After Hours events takes place on selects nights at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
  • Gay Days will be hosting a event for LGBT to come enjoy the Walt Disney World parks. This is an extremely popular event that can draw nearly 200,000 people to the Orlando area.

Disney World 2020 Crowd Calendar Events July

  • Disney World Reopens with staggered dates for the four theme parks. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom open July 11th and Epcot and Hollywood Studios open July 13th. Read our guide here for everything you need to know about how to reserve your date, new policies, and more. 
  • The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival will begin early this year on July 15th for guests to enjoy!
  • Storm season intensifies as we reach the height of summer vacations. Crowds will be large, but it's not the end of the world. You're still at Disney World for goodness sake! Rain becomes a question of “when” rather than “if”. The average chance of precipitation each day is 70%. The water parks see their longest hours of operation of the year.
  • DisWalt Disney World's Princess Castle on July 4thney World is a fantastic place to celebrate the 4th of July. The spectacular “Disney's Celebrate America!” fireworks show is on the July 3rd and 4th. IllumiNations with Heartbeat of Freedom Tag in EPCOT is presented on the 4th and is quite the spectacle.
  • Visit EPCOT on the Fourth of July to experience extra performances of the American Adventure and see your favorite characters in their special patriotic attire!
  • Disney After Hours events takes place on selects nights at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
  • Read our detailed monthly guide for visiting Disney World in July to find our more details about crowd patterns, events, weather, and more.

Disney World Crowd Calendar 2020 Events August

  • August is the light at the end of a largely crowded season. It's the last month of the summer and most K-12 students are back in school towards the end of the month, meaning it can be a great time to visit! The lingering summer heat makes August another great month for the water parks. August isn't typically a month that introduces much to the park in ways of events or new decorations. While most K-12 schools are back in session, some college classes have yet to start, meaning a great time for a trip!
  • Read our detailed monthly guide for visiting Disney World in August to find our more details about crowd patterns, events, weather, and more.

Disney World 2020 Crowd Calendar Events September

  • September marks the beginning of Halloween at Disney World. Decorations pop up around all the parks, and the weather improves. With school back in session, crowds become light, especially after Labor Day weekend. Since it can be considered to be a part of the “off-season”, you can expect cheaper airfare when traveling.
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Partybegins on select nights in the Magic Kingdom. On nights featuring the party, Magic Kingdom closes to most guests at 6pm. Enjoy special events exclusive to the party's guests such as a themed parade and trick-or-treating! Wear your best costume and be prepared to eat lots of candy! This is a separately ticketed event. Unfortunately, this event is canceled for the 2020 year. 
  • EPCOT's International Food & Wine Festival continues. Enjoy sampling a large range of cuisines and attend foodie events and seminars.
  • September is a great month for the Free Disney Dining Plan. This is a promotion used by Disney to entice guests to visit the resort during the lesser attended times of the year. Unlike other times this promotion is offered, September features no blackout dates. That alone should tell you how low you can expect the crowds to be.
  • Discounts can be found on hotel rooms! It can be expected to find discounts of up to 30 percent!
  • Read our full guide to visiting Disney World in September to find specific events, crowd levels, and more. 

Disney World 2020 Crowd Calendar Events October

Disney World 2020 Crowd Calendar Events November

  • Thanksgiving weekend introduces a large number of crowds that stay pretty persistent throughout the Christmas season.
  • Jersey Week occurs the Thursday and Friday during the first week of November. It's a real thing! New Jersey schools dismiss and a lot of them find their way to Disney World. Surprisingly a low impact on the overall crowd levels.
  • Disney Wine and Dine half marathon weekendThe beginning of the month features the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend running from Oct. 31-November 3rd. There are runs for fans of every age, including children races and a half marathon, along with a 5 and 10K. Brave runners can accept the Disney Two Course Challenge by combining the 10K and half marathon to earn the Challenge Medal.
  • November is the beginning of the Disney Christmas season! It also marks the start of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party that runs through December. Like the Halloween Party, the Christmas Party takes place in the Magic Kingdom as a separately ticketed event starting at 7pm. We recommend attending on a school night in November before the parties get too crowded.
  • Read our detailed monthly guide for visiting Disney World in November to find our more details about crowd patterns, events, weather, and more.

Disney World 2020 Crowd Calendar Events December

  • The Christmas season plays host to the largest crowds of the entire year. Some parks even reach their capacity. That being said, there is a lot of entertainment and special offerings available during this time of the year. Disney LOVES Christmas!
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas PartyMickey's Very Merry Christmas Party continues and gets more popular. On nights of the party, Magic Kingdom will close at 6pm so the party can start at 7pm.
  • Christmas shows begin around the parks. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! takes the stage in Hollywood Studios, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth gets a holiday tag in EPCOT and many more!
  • The guest-favorite Candlelight Processional begins the end of November and continues until just after Christmas. In this Christmas classic, a celebrity narrator recounts the traditional story of Christmas along with a massive choir and 50-piece orchestra.
  • The Pop Warner and National Cheer & Dance Championship usually takes place the first week of December at the All-Star Resorts. Try avoiding this resort if you can during this week.
  • New Year's Eve fireworks are quite the spectacle. What better way to bring in the New Year than by counting down to it with your favorite mouse?
  • Read our detailed monthly guide for visiting Disney World in December to find our more details about crowd patterns, events, weather, and more.

Disney World 2020 Special Holiday Celebrations

Throughout the year there are a few huge special events that make the parks extra magical.

Christmas at Disney World 2020Castle with Christmas party fireworks

Disney loves Christmas, and it's no secret! Beautiful, frosty icicles light the Castle, Wreaths and red and green Christmas lights adorn the buildings on Mainstreet, and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party begins!

I highly recommend visiting during Christmas; however, you should anticipate a steady stream of crowds if you are there the week of Christmas through the first week of January. The best time to visit and see the Christmas decorations is the first two weeks of December or the second week of January.

The theming doesn't stop in just the Magic Kingdom. Christmas cheer is abundant and is felt throughout all of the parks and resorts, even Disney Springs! There will be Christmas decorations everywhere you turn ready to take your breath away. We hope you love the smell of gingerbread!

Find out more and plan your Walt Disney World Christmas trip with our guide.

Halloween at Disney World 2020Mickey and Minnie halloween costumes

Halloween is another great time for theming around Disney World. Pumpkins take the street, decorations are hung, and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party begins! This year there will be a new record of how many Halloween parties take place (possibly up to 30!). If you enjoy lots of candy, characters in their Halloween costumes, and candy (did I mention candy?), you'll love this time of year.

You can read more about Halloween at Disney World in our guide.

Disney World in Spring and Summer

Visiting Walt Disney World in the Spring has a few pros/cons along with yearly festivals that are fun to partake in for families and groups. Spring also means Easter, International Flower and Garden Festival, and mild weather. You can read all about visiting Disney World in the Spring in our guide. 

In the summertime, Disney often opens new experiences and attractions. You can usually expect that the first few weeks/months after these experiences open to be fairly busy as guests flock to see the new attraction or show.

Recommended Length of Stay

Unfortunately, there is no right answer to how long your trip should last to Walt Disney World. Of course, all of us wish it could last forever, but alas. The recommended length of stay will fluctuate based on who you ask. It's popular opinion that even with a two-three week stay at the Walt Disney World resort, you STILL wouldn't be able to accomplish everything you set out to. With four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses, nearly 30 hotels, and so much more, it can be difficult to get everything done on your list.

A solid recommendation is at least a week. That will give you some time to relax while still getting a good amount of days in the parks. Try going with the mindset that you'll be returning someday. This usually makes it easier if you miss something you had hoped to do if you can think, “next time.” And be sure to plan your trip early!

Booking Your Disney World Hotel

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