Event and Holiday Crowd Calendar for 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, events, 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 the best of our knowledge; be sure to double all sites that might apply if crowd level matters for your vacation) 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.

Holidays

Sporting Events

Official Disney Events

Unofficial Events



JANUARY

NEW YEAR’S DAY ~ January 1, 2020

WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON WEEKEND ~ January 8 – 12, 2020

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS ~ January 17 – February 24, 2020

COLLEGE CHEERLEADING & DANCE TEAM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (UDA/UCA) ~ January 17 – 19, 2020

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY ~ January 20, 2020

NATIONAL DANCE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (UDA) ~ January 31 – February 2, 2020


FEBRUARY

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS ~ January 17 – February 24, 2020

NATIONAL DANCE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (UDA) ~ January 31 – February 2, 2020

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIP (UCA) ~ February 7 – 9, 2020

VALENTINE’S DAY ~ February 14, 2020

PRESIDENT’S DAY ~ February 17, 2020

DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON ~ February 20 – 23, 2020

CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS NATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION ~ February 28 – March 1, 2020


MARCH

CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS NATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION ~ February 28 – March 1, 2020

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL ~ March 4 – June 1, 2020

THE QUEST RECREATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP [youth cheer] ~ March 13 – 14, 2020

INTERNATIONAL ALL-STAR CHAMPIONSHIP (UCA) ~ March 14 – 15, 2020

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

AMERICHEER & AMERIDANCE INTERNATIONAL ~ unknown (was March 16 – 17, 2019)


APRIL

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL ~ March 4 – June 1, 2020

EASTER ~ April 12, 2020

STAR WARS RIVAL RUN WEEKEND ~April 16 – 19, 2020

EARTH DAY ~ April 22, 2020

ANIMAL KINGDOM’S BIRTHDAY ~ April 22, 2020

USASF CHEERLEADING WORLDS [youth cheerleading] ~ April 24 – 26, 2020

INTERNATIONAL CHEERLEADING UNION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (ICU) ~ April 27 – 29, 2020

USASF DANCE WORLDS ~ unknown ( was April 27 – 29, 2019)


MAY

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL ~ March 4 – June 1, 2020

HOLLYWOOD STUDIO’S BIRTHDAY ~ May 1, 2020

DAPPER DAY Dapper Day (exact parks TBD) ~ May 1 – 3, 2020

THE SUMMIT CHAMPIONSHIP (cheerleading) ~ May 1 – 4, 2020

STAR WARS DAY ~ May 4, 2020

CINCO DE MAYO ~ May 5, 2020

D2 SUMMIT CHAMPIONSHIP (cheerleading) ~ May 8 – 10, 2020

MOTHER’S DAY ~ May 10, 2020

SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA SUMMER GAMES (ESPN Wide World of Sports hosting this year) ~ May 15 – 16, 2020

MEMORIAL DAY ~ May 25, 2020


JUNE

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL ~ March 4 – June 1, 2020

GAY DAYS ORLANDO ~ June 2 – 8, 2020

FATHER’S DAY ~ June 24, 2020


JULY

INDEPENDENCE DAY ~ July 4, 2020


AUGUST

MICKEY’S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY ~ select nights from mid-August through the first week in November (exact dates TBA)

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 ~ select nights from mid-August through the first week in November (exact dates TBA)

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

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

MICKEY’S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY ~ select nights from mid-August through the end of October (exact dates TBA)

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ~ sometime near the end of August through the end of November (exact dates TBA)

DISNEY WINE & DINE HALF MARATHON WEEKEND ~ most likely sometime at the end of October through the beginning of November (exact dates TBA)

HALLOWEEN ~ October 31, 2020


NOVEMBER

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.)

VETERAN’S DAY ~ November 11, 2020 (observed on November 9)

THANKSGIVING ~ November 26, 2020

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ~ sometime near the end of August through the end of November (exact dates TBA)

DISNEY WINE & DINE HALF MARATHON WEEKEND ~ most likely sometime at the end of October through the beginning of November (exact dates TBA)

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)

POP WARNER SUPER BOWL ~ unknown ( was December 6 – 14, 2019)


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