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2020 is the perfect time to plan a Walt Disney World vacation. It’s just before all the hype of the major anniversaries coming up for Walt Disney World and Epcot. Plus, a lot of the stuff Disney has been working on will be up and running for your 2020 Disney Vacation!¬† That’s the reason that I’m sharing 2020 Disney World Vacation Planning tips & advice from a Disney Insider!

We love traveling to Disney (I even share how we take our Disney trip at half price of what others pay!). We love everything about Disney- the princesses, the rides, the food… In fact, we try to go at least once a year.

A castle with water in front of a lake

Disney Trip 2020 Tips from an insider

If you are planning a 2020 Disney World vacation, you’ll want to read today’s post.¬† It was written by a friend – she worked at Disney World for MANY years and she still visits there often, so she has some great insider tips.¬† ¬†She is going to share some of her helpful tips to make your 2020 Disney World Vacation as great as it can be.¬† Her tips will help you make the best arrangements and have an awesome time.

When can I book my 2020 Disney Trip?

You can book your 2020 Walt Disney World vacation package on June 18, 2019.   The only booking before that date is for 2019.    The date varies from year to year, but packages will open for booking in June. At that point, you will be able to book your Disney World vacation package for any time in 2020, through the end of the year.

You are able to make a room-only reservation 499 days in advance by paying a deposit equal to one night’s stay while your balance will be due the day you check into your resort hotel. In order to book a Walt Disney World vacation package, a $200 deposit is required to book with the remaining balance of your package being due thirty-days prior to your arrival.¬† This $200 deposit is refundable up to 30 days before your trip.

ps- Disney Cruise Line itineraries for 2020 are also available (we loved our Disney Cruise)!

2020 disney tips from an insider

How do I plan a Disney vacation?

According to My Disney Experience:¬† ‘The first step in planning your trip is to browse to discover all that Walt Disney World Resort has to offer: 4 incredible theme parks, 2 great¬†water parks,¬†attractions¬†and¬†entertainment¬†for the whole family plus dozens of¬†hotels, hundreds of¬†restaurants and much more.

Next, shop for a¬†Disney Resort Hotel Package‚ÄĒwhich includes multi-day theme park tickets and a Resort hotel stay‚ÄĒfor the dates of your visit.”¬† You’ll also need to decide if you want to bring your food, buy from the Disney theme parks when you get there, or pay in advance for a dining plan.¬† ¬†The Walt Disney Company gives you a lot of options.

The castle in Disney World at night.

Where to Stay at Disney World

Just like any other time you go to Disney World, where you stay (and your room type) is totally up to you. However, there will be an added benefit to staying at the:

  • Art of Animation
  • Pop Century
  • Caribbean Beach
  • Or the new DVC resort: The Riviera.

The New Disney Skyliner system will service these hotels and transport guests to Hollywood Studios and Epcot.


  • You may want to know that the Hippy Dippy Pool at Pop Century will be under renovations from January until March.
  • From September 2020 to December 2020, the Big Blue Pool at Art of Animation will be closed.

Which Fastpasses should I get for Disney World? 

The Best Disney World Rides to Reserve with FastPass+ 1

There will be some new Fastpass options for you during the planning stages of your 2020 Disney World vacation.¬† There are so many rides that you will want to ride!¬† Depending on the park: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, etc… you will pick your passes.

  • Flight of Passage is still a regularly long wait time if you choose standby, but it is not nearly as hard to get your Fastpass for the attraction.
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Rise of the Resistance will be added to your options at Hollywood Studios.
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway when it opens next May.
  • Tron Lightcycle Power Run may even be available before the end of the year, so watch out for the opening date to be released.

Check Dates for Special Events

Whenever you plan to visit Walt Disney World, there are likely to be some special events scheduled. Disney loves to have After Hours Parties on select dates throughout the year.

There are also seasonal parties and Early Morning Magic dates where you can pay to get in the park hours before it opens to ride select rides and enjoy a breakfast buffet.

New Nighttime Show at Epcot

This year marks the last of Illuminations at Epcot. The replacement show will go up immediately following the final performance of Illuminations. The show is called Epcot Forever, but it is only a temporary place filler. The real replacement should debut some time during 2020.

The show will feature a greater use for the updated technology and quite a lot of spectacle.

Epcot 2020


If you have plans for a 2020 Disney World vacation, you have to consider that there is an unusually high level of construction taking place around the parks. There are big changes in the works at major anniversary dates draw near for the company.

The Star Wars Hotel is being built in connection to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.

Star Wars land : Galaxy Edge Planning

Epcot construction walls will cover most of Future World. Be prepared for less scenery and potentially a harder time getting around.

For more Disney Tips, check out this post: Never-Before seen Disney Tips
never before seen disney with kids tips

If you are interested in a Disneyland Vacation instead… check out these 21 Disneyland Secrets. What to do at disneyland when it's crowded : 21 Disneyland Secrets

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I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. I say skip the fancy hotels, check out a close Airbnb and save money on food by cooking in!

  2. I loved the tips! I can’t wait to go back to Orlando and live the Disney magic again.

  3. My daughter is a huge Disney fan! The fast passes are a must have as they save heaps of time as one day is never enough!