Check out if any parties, festivals, openings, or holidays are taking place during your Walt Disney World stay. They can make your vacation even more magical. (Keep in mind that some of these listings require additional tickets, reservations, or registrations.)


MAJOR CALENDAR NEWS! Disney has announced that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties, Candlelight Processionals, and resort gingerbread displays will NOT take place in 2020

Right Now (end date TBD) – A Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

For a Limited Time Costumes from the film, Mulan, are on display at Walt Disney Presents at Hollywood Studios

Now until Oct. 4 Orlando Magical Dining – A 3-course prix-fixe dinner for $35 with $1 from every meal going to Feed The Need Florida (Disney Restaurants participating include Il Mulino, Terralina Crafted Italian, and Paddlefish)

NOW through Oct. 13 NBA Restart & 2020 Playoffs at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Now through Oct. 31 The Dapper Dans return as The Cadaver Dans

Now until Oct. 31 Minnie’s Dine at Hollywood & Vine restaurant, Hollywood Studios

Still expected in 2020! Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opens in Epcot’s France pavilion. A family-friendly adventure with Chef Remy through Gusteau’s restaurant.

Oct. 3 Sip, Savor, & Stay Saturday Event at the Swan and Dolphin hotels: Italian Wine & Bites – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Advanced booking required by calling 1.888.828.8850.

Oct. 4 Delayed Until Summer 2021 – Reopening of the Polynesian Village Resort

Oct. 8 ABC Commissary restaurant reopens at Hollywood Studios

Oct. 10 Sip, Savor, & Stay Saturday Event at the Swan and Dolphin hotels: Smokin’ D’s Bourbon, Beer, & BBQ – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Advanced booking required by calling 1.888.828.8850.

Oct. 14 Reopening of the Coronado Springs Resort

Coming Soon! The opening of Gideon’s Bakehouse at Disney Springs

Oct. 12 Columbus Day

Oct. 16 The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures) opens in theaters

Oct. 17 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic: Limited Edition – 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Advanced booking required by calling 1.888.828.8850.

Oct. 23 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters

Oct. 24 Sip, Savor, & Stay Saturday Event at the Swan and Dolphin hotels: Oktoberfest Biergarten – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Advanced booking required by calling 1.888.828.8850.

Oct. 30 Mandalorian Season 2 begins on Disney+

Oct. 31 Halloween

Nov. 1 Reopening of the Art of Animation Resort

Nov. 5-8 NOW A VIRTUAL EVENT Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Nov. 6 – Dec. 30 Disney celebrates Christmas. Holiday events include pop-up character and Santa visits at all four parks and Disney Springs; Disney-decorated trees at Disney Springs; special holiday decorations at all the resorts (but no gingerbread displays), and Christmas musical performances by JOYFUL! and the Voices of Liberty at EPCOT.

Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day

Nov. 13 Deep Water (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters

Nov. 19-22 Dapper Day Pop Up Shop at Disney Springs

Nov. 20-29 Thanksgiving Week (Thanksgiving Day is Nov. 26)

Nov. 20 Soul (Pixar) opens in theaters

Nov. 21 Dapper Day at Hollywood Studios

Nov. 22 Dapper Day at the Magic Kingdom

Nov. 25 Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney Animation) opens in theaters

Nov. 27 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays begins

Dec. 10-Dec. 18 Hanukkah

Dec. 18 West Side Story (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters

Dec. 18 Death on the Nile (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters. CLICK HERE to see the trailer.

Dec. 19-Jan. 3 Major Holiday Break for schools

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 25 The Last Duel (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters (limited)

Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve


Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Year

TBD Opening of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel

TBD Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (a new attraction/ride) opens in Epcot

TBD Tron Lightcycle Power Run Rollercoaster (a new attraction/ride) opens at the Magic Kingdom

Jan. 1 New Year’s Day

Jan. 1-4 Major Holiday Break for schools

Jan. 6-10 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Jan. 15-18 Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend

Feb 10 Cirque du Soleil – Disney – Drawn to Life (Restart of regularly scheduled performances at Disney Springs)

Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day

Feb. 12-15 President’s Day Weekend

Feb. 18-21 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

Feb. 26 Ron’s Gone Wrong (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters

Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day (Check for special events taking place at Disney Spring’s Raglan Road, an Irish pub and restaurant. Something interesting may also be happening in Epcot.)

Apr. 2-18 U.S. schools are on holiday for Spring Break, but exact dates vary by school

Apr. 4 Easter (Ask about Easter Bunny character greeting opportunities and special brunch events.)

Apr. 9 Bob’s Burgers (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters

Apr. 15-18 Star Wars Rival Run Weekend (Registration Now Open)

Apr. 22 Earth Day. A great time to visit the Animal Kingdom (which opened on Earth Day in 1998)

May 5 Cinco de Mayo (The occasion is often celebrated at Epcot’s Mexico pavilion.)

May 7 Black Widow (Marvel) opens in theaters

May 7 Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel Studios) opens in theaters

May 9 Mother’s Day (Some restaurants run Mother’s Day specials. Book early)

May 28 Cruella (Disney) opens in theaters

May 28-31 Memorial Day Weekend

June 5-Aug. 15 Give or take a week, most U.S. Schools Break for the Summer

June 18 Luca (Pixar) opens in theaters

June 19 Juneteenth Holiday

June 20 Father’s Day

Summer 2021 – Reopening of the Polynesian Village Resort

July 2-5 Independence Day Weekend (Check out the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks schedule. The park puts on quite a show, but you don’t have to be inside the park to watch. You can see the fireworks from all the Monorail loop hotels. Also, be advised that MK sometimes reaches capacity and closes during the day on July 4.)

July 30 Jungle Cruise (Walt Disney Studios) opens in theaters

Aug. 27 Release-date for The Beatles: Get Back (Disney) a documentary created by filmmaker Peter Jackson. 

Sept. 3-6 Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Oct. 1 Walt Disney World’s Official 50th Birthday

Oct. 3 German Unity Day (Check out if any celebrations are going on in Epcot’s Germany pavilion.)

Oct. 11 Columbus Day Holiday

Oct. 31 Halloween, a very popular time at the Magic Kingdom.

Nov. 5 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel Studios) opens in theaters

Nov. 5 The Eternals (Marvel), a superhero film based the Marvel Comic’s race of the same name, opens in theaters

Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day (the Magic Kingdom honors the nation’s Veterans every day with a lowering of the flag ceremony, but this event is especially meaningful on Veteran’s Day.)

Nov. 20-28 Thanksgiving Week Holiday (Team Tip: If you want a traditional Thanksgiving meal during your trip, make your dining reservations at Liberty Tree Tavern 180 days in advance.)

Nov. 28-Dec. 6 Hanukkah Holiday

Dec. 17 Avatar 2 (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters

Dec. 18-Jan. 2 Major Holiday Break for Schools and Universities

Dec. 25 Christmas Day (Usually the busiest day of the year at the Magic Kingdom. Be inside the park early in the day, it may close for capacity.)


Opening! A new Disney Resort – Reflections

Jan. 14 Nimona (20th Century Studios) opens in theaters

Feb. 18 Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth Thor movie, starring Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) in the title role as the “new” Thor.

June 5-11 Special Olympics USA Summer Games (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)

May 6 Black Panther 2 (Marvel) opens in theaters

July 8 Captain Marvel 2 (Marvel Studios) opens in theaters

Dec. 22 An Untitled Star Wars (Lucasfilm) opens in theaters (What?!?)