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20 Reasons to Visit WDW in 2020

With Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge now open, it once again feels like things are in full swing at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. And, yet, there's still so much more to look forward to in 2020. The Most Magical Place on Earth is becoming, well, a bit more magical!

Here's why I think you should visit Walt Disney World in 2020:

1. Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

If you haven't had a chance to explore Galaxy's Edge yet, what are you waiting for? Even if you aren't a Star Wars fan, you are sure to appreciate the astounding level of detail and the incredible Rise of the Resistance ride. While you're there, be sure to grab a Ronto Wrap from Ronto Roasters — delicious!

2. Disney After Hours Events at Magic Kingdom® Park & Disney’s Animal Kingdom®

I love, love, love Disney parks at night! There's something about the lighting (and the cooler weather) that just enhances the atmosphere. Couple that with little to no wait times for rides and character meets plus free snacks, and you have a win-win situation. Tickets to these events are already on sale and your Diserella Dream Maker will be glad to help you with the purchase and planning.

3. Epcot finally gets new films!

I'm not gonna lie. The film attractions in Epcot have largely been ignored for years as they were so dated. On January 17, 2020, three new films make their debut. “Awesome Planet” in The Land pavilion showcases the Earth’s beauty and diversity in a 10-minute film featuring spectacular imagery, in-theater effects and an original musical score from Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price. “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” in the Canada pavilion is an update to the previous “O Canada!” film with new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and new narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. The “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” will debut in the France pavilion Jan. 17. Directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, the show invites Guests to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time. It features narration from Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film.

4. Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park

Disney fans love their villains! Disney Villains After Hours returns to the Magic Kingdom Park on 24 select nights starting Feb. 7, 2020. This year, the event will feature a new Villains Caravan that will feature favorite baddies like Gaston, Oogie Boogie, Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook and more. Here's to holding out hope that we'll one day see a Villains themed park at Walt Disney World!

5. Regal Eagle Smokehouse at Epcot

One of the first restaurants set to open in 2020 is Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue a fast-casual barbecue experience at The American Adventure. Expect sliced Texas beef brisket sandwiches, Kansas City smoked chicken, Memphis dry-rub pork ribs, North Carolina chopped smoked pork butt, power green salads and more. We don't have an exact opening date yet, but I'm guessing it will open sometime in February.

6. Journey to Space 220 for ‘Out of this World’ Cuisine

It's been pushed back a few times already, so fingers crossed, we'll see Space 220 opening soon. Set to open this winter, Space 220 restaurant will offer a one-of-a-kind dining experience. You will board a special elevator for a journey 220 miles above Earth to a space station where you’ll enjoy fantastic meals

and drinks while taking in views that are truly out of this world.   

7. Ample Hills Creamery Sweet Treats Opening a location at Disney Springs®

If making it to the Boardwalk proves difficult, you'll soon be able to tempt your taste buds with flavors like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Peppermint Pattie and Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace when Ample Hills Creamery opens at Disney Springs this winter.

8. City Works Eatery & Pour House Opening at Disney Springs

Calling all craft beer fans...City Works Eatery & Pour House is set to open on the West Side of Disney Springs this winter. The restaurant and bar, will offer more than 80 beers on tap, will feature plenty of high-def TVs including a 165-inch screen, perfect for viewing live sporting events. Ladies, if your husband or boyfriend needs a little convincing to buy into a Disney vacation, I highly recommend promising them some time bar hopping at Disney Springs.

9. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Welcome spring’s arrival with this popular festival, which runs March 4-June 1, 2020. This year’s event will feature delectable bites at outdoor kitchens, as well as dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries. In addition, the Garden Rocks Concert Series will include three shows a day for all 90 days of the event.

10. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, set to open March 4, 2020, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be the first Disney ride-through attraction featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Here, you will travel inside a Mickey cartoon for a fun-filled adventure where “Mouse rules apply” and anything can happen!  We'll be there when it opens to give you all the details, so stay tuned!

11. Mickey Shorts Theater

A new Mickey Mouse-inspired theater will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in March. You can stop in to watch an original cartoon short and enjoy special photo opportunities.

12. Cirque du Soleil Show ‘Drawn to Life'

Get ready to journey into a world where an animator’s desk becomes the stage and drawings come alive. Tickets are already on sale!

13. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot

If you have ever visited Disneyland Paris, then you know why we're so excited Disney is bringing this incredible attraction to the United States. Remy's Ratatouille Adventure is set to open in Summer 2020 in the France Pavilion at Epcot, where you'll join Chef Remy on a super-sized journey through Gusteau’s kitchen.

14. La Creperie de Paris in Epcot

After you take a spin on Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, stop by La Crêperie de Paris, Offering both table- and quick-service options, this addition to the France Pavilion is sweet (pun intended)! The menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse is inspired by the Brittany region of France. We'll let you know as soon as reservations are available.

15. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot's most popular festival returns for its 25th anniversary. Meet celebrity chefs, try new food and wine pairings, and listen to great music during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. I'll see you there!

16. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties

These parties are another fan favorite and for good reason — so much fun! Have you started thinking of a costume yet?

17. Epcot Forever

This nighttime spectacular that evokes all the nostalgia feels will only be around for a limited time. If you don't get to see it this year, you may never have the chance again.

18. ‘Harmonious’ at Epcot

Replacing Epcot Forever in late 2020, Harmonious will be the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park. It will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world over, carrying you away harmoniously on a stream of familiar Disney tunes reinterpreted by a diverse group of artists from around the globe. The show will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more.

19. Roundup Rodeo BBQ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Roundup Rodeo BBQ, a new table-service location, is riding into Toy Story Land in 2020. This immersive restaurant will surround Guests with a kaleidoscope of toys, games, and playsets while serving up delicious dishes.

20. Milestones at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Disney Conservation Fund. Plus, Animal Kingdom's gorilla family will be celebrating Lilly’s 10th birthday and Grace’s 1st birthday this spring!

What are you looking forward to most?

If you want to make a Walt Disney World vacation part of your 2020 plans, click the button below to request a free, no-obligation quote or contact your favorite Diserella Dream Maker.


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