Summer used to be Walt Disney World’s Peak Season. Not any more! With Disney deals galore, luring folks to the parks we’re sure the crowds will still be found, but what are you really going for? What events can you expect? Is there anything New? Without the seasonal festival at Epcot to lure you to Walt Disney World with new foods, lets chat about what you can find at Walt Disney World this summer.
Surviving Walt Disney World This Summer
While it’s true that schools do still let kids out in the summer and that families still do vacation at Walt Disney World. It’s also true that as the climate gets more extreme and Florida Summers can get unbearable. Be sure to check out our tips for Surviving the Heat in Florida at Disney this summer. Ask any local and they’ll say you can find them at home in the air conditioning like any other clear-headed Floridian. Then of course, you can add in international tour groups, sports teams and summer conventions and the parks and we stick by our personal truth that we’d rather visit Walt Disney World in any other season.
Walt Disney World Summer 2020
That said, what is there to do at Walt Disney World in Summer 2020? With Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival combining with the Food and Wine Festival, there’s a whole new festival to try out. Plus new regulations mean that traveling to Walt Disney World in 2020 willbe anything but easy and breezy. But what else can you look forward to besides the basic Disney experience and the new mask requirements? Here’s everything you can find happening at Walt Disney World this summer.
Food and Wine Festival 2020 | Taste of Epcot
Head to Walt Disney World’s newest festival. Food and Wine will include 20 new foodie marketplaces, plus Topiaries from Flower and Garden that got short due to the closure. Be sure to read all about the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot for 2020.
New Shows and Films for 2020 | EPCOT
If you didn’t get to Walt Disney World earlier this year you missed the opportunity to see all the new films for 2020 that debuted with Festival of the Arts. O’Canada was replaced with Canada Far and wide. Awesome Planet arrived at The Land building, and the Beauty and Beast Sing-A-Long showed up in France. Check out all the details about these new shows at Walt Disney World. Perfect to get in out of the heat and experience something new.
Mickey Shorts Theater | Hollywood Studios
Another new Disney Attraction, the Mickey Shorts Theater features a 20 minute cartoon all about mickey! We love that this is a mash up of our favorite Mickey Short episodes and gives us a reason to get out of the sun at Disney World. Check out our full review of the Mickey Shorts Theater at Hollywood Studios.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch Returns | Animal Kingdom
Re-Opens Summer 2020
Rafiki’s Planet Watch was officially taken off the Disney docket last year due to low attendance. And a need to redistribute resources across a very busy Animal Kingdom. This conservation-focused attraction was only accessible via train ride and offered character meet and greets and a children’s farm. So, we’re not totally sure it will be up and running due to the train limitations and physical distancing. But it is a summer staple, so made this list anyway!
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure | Epcot
Add a fun kitchen calamity to Epcot France, this new area featuring a Remy fountain and Gusteau’s will now have a fun new ride. Featuring our favorite rat, Remy, from Ratatouille just happens to be underfoot in the kitchen and we’re along for the ride. Riders take the role of rat dodging all sorts of calamities that happen in the kitchen. As part of France in Epcot, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will join Frozen Ever After in Norway and the Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico as the world Showcase’s most kid-friendly rides.
Summer Snacks at Walt Disney World
If we’re sure to see anything new at Walt Disney World this summer, that isn’t affected by missed Disney construction deadlines, it’s Disney Snacks! Here are a few of our favorites to keep you cool at Walt Disney World for Summer 2020.
You can grab the Dole Whip Float at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom for an extra shot of Vitamin C and cool dole pineapple soft serve. We like taking a break in the shade with this teat while playing Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom in Adventureland. If you look closely in the seating area here, you see a Disney Villain portal.
The American Dream at Fife and Drum in Epcot. Found in the America Pavilion of Wold Showcase, this cool treat combines blueberry and raspberry slushy with vanilla soft serve ice cream. Perfect for a hot day.
And we can never get enough of cool drinks to keep us hydrated, we’ve pulled together a must try list. Make sure to check out all our favorite Cool Kid-Friendly Drinks for Kids across the parks. From Frozen Chai to the Night Blossom in Pandora, you’re sure to find something perfect to keep you cool.
Barbecue at Walt Disney World New for 2020 | EPCOT
Summer would’t be summer if a little BBQ wasn’t involved. Another new restaurant in Epcot, the new Regal Eagle BBQ Smokehouse offers barbecue in and outside, craft drafts and a whole lot of summer feelings. Perfect if you’re looking for feelings of the good old days. Indoor seating is also a treat here.
Le Creperie de Paris | EPCOT
A new eatery over in Epcot World Showcase France opens this summer and we cannot wait! You can get your fill of bot sweet and savory crepes while strolling the streets of Paris. A more perfect summer afternoon you’ll never see. This one can be found in the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure courtyard!
Changes at Walt Disney World for Summer 2020
Summer is HOT in Florida, but hopefully this quick lineup of everything to expect will make your vacay a little more magical!