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The Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World in 2020

For years, I’ve been answering the question when is the Best Time to Visit WDW? It’s that time again. Let’s talk about the Best Time to visit Walt Disney World in 2020. Check out Dad’s big 2020 Disney World Crowd Calendar:

 

As my friends in the band Sweet would say, “alright fellas, let’s go….”

Dad’s Number 1 week to visit Disney World in 2020 is:

November 15 – 21

 

The Green Army Men at Disney's Hollywood Studios decked out for Christmas

Even the Green Army Men get decked out for Christmas – photo by Brett Svenson

It seems like every year I pick two weeks during Christmas at WDW as the best weeks of the year to visit and one of those is always the first week I choose. I’m kind of a creature of habit and this is one habit I’m happy not to break.

 

Yes, I can’t break the pattern as much as I want to. Christmas at Disney World is just the best. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and of all the weeks during the Christmas season, this is the best crowd wise.

Dad’s Christmas at Disney World page

This is the week before Thanksgiving and I will say, if at all possible, go early in the week. In fact, the best dates would be 13th through the 19th. It starts getting really busy on the weekend.

 

One big plus about this week is the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival will be going on. I just love the Food and Wine Festival. The food is great and the music at Eat to the Beat is really cool. The drawback is that the Candlelight Processional and some of the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays elements won’t be started yet.

Dad’s EPCOT Food and Wine Festival page

Still it’s Christmas at WDW. Dad’s favorite time of the year.

Dad’s November Disney World Crowds page

The First Runner Up…

April 27 – May 2

 

The Mater topiary at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

The topiaries at the Flower and Garden Festival (like Mater) are AWESOME – photo by Laurie Sapp

I thought I’d change up things a little this year and grab a week during EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival. It’s a great time of year to visit. The weather is usually just about perfect and the flowers at EPCOT are STUNNING!

Dad’s Flower and Garden Festival page

The weekends can get busy, but the weekdays are really nice crowd wise. Late April and early May is a great time to visit WDW.

Dad’s April Disney World Crowds page

September is the Slowest Month of the Year

The whole month of September

 

The sign that opens the Boo to You Parade at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

I really love the Boo to You Parade during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – photo by Brett Svenson

If you want to avoid crowds at WDW, then September is the month for you. I’ve seen days when there wasn’t anyone in Pandora in the middle of the afternoon during September. A lot of days you can literally walk on most of the rides. It’s amazing how uncrowded it is in September.

Dad’s September Disney World Crowds page

Low crowds doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Not only is the Food and Wine Festival going on in EPCOT, over in the Magic Kingdom Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) happens several times during the month. Talk about fun. Dad loves MNSSHP.

Dad’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party page

Wait, Summer? Really?

May 31 – June 6

 

A parrot float in the lazy river at Typhoon Lagoon

You might want to spend some time in a lazy river during June – photo by Courtney Reynolds

One of the songs Dad sings with his group is In the Good ‘Ole Summertime. It’s a good ‘ole song. Summertime is not the crazy busy time it used to be. In fact, it’s become a pretty descent time to visit Walt Disney World. In 2020, I’ve picked the first-ish week of summer as the #4 week to visit WDW in 2020.

 

Yes, this is Memorial Day Weekend and the week after. No crowds aren’t crazy, even though it’s a holiday. The weekend will be busy, but, like the November week, the weekdays will be pretty nice.

 

Most of the East Coast schools, including Florida, don’t get out for the summer until mid-June, which keeps the weekday crowds very manageable.

Dad’s June Disney World Crowds page

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

December 6 – 12

 

The Candlelight Processional is Dad's Favorite thing during Christmas at Disney World

The Candlelight Processional is Dad’s FAVORITE thing during Christmas at WDW – photo by Rich Ramos

Yes, another week of Christmas. I just think it’s appropriate because everyone should try Christmas at Disney World at least once.

 

The good thing about early December is the crowds are crazy like Christmas week and all of the Christmas events are in full swing, unlike early November. Events like the Candlelight Processional which, in my opinion, is a NOT TO BE MISSED show.

Dad’s Candlelight Processional page

Coming in 2020

Concept art for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

Coming in March 2020, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – photo by Courtney Reynolds

While 2019 was a huge year for new things at WDW, the Skyliner, the Rivera, a new tower at the Caribbean Beach Resort and most of all Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, 2020 is going to be as big or bigger. Already announced for 2020 are:

  • A new movie in Canada
  • The Beauty and the Beast Sing Along
  • Space 220 (a new space restaurant in EPCOT)
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Those are the ones with dates announced. There’s going to be a lot more coming in 2020 as Disney ramps up to the 50th anniversary in 2021.

Dad’s 2020 Disney World Crowd Calendars

Dad's 2020 Walt Disney World Crowd Calendars

To see more information about the crowds at Disney World, check out Dad’s cool Disney World Crowd calendars. Get month by month information about crowds and more.

Dad’s Disney World Crowd Calendar page

Professional Help

The best advice I can give you about when to go to Walt Disney World is to get some help. Maybe even some professional help like our good friends over at Destinations to Travel. They really are experts when it comes to helping out with planning a WDW trip. Give them a shout.

Dad’s Destinations to Travel page

Dad’s Bottom Line

2020 is going to be a great year to visit Walt Disney World. There is some much new stuff coming and almost new stuff to see. These are the “best” weeks to visit WDW in 2020. But, as I always say, “anytime you can” is the best time to visit Disney World. Yes, some weeks are less busy, but the bottom line is there is no bad week to go to Walt Disney World.

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