May 2020

My last trip with my family was Mother’s Day weekend.  The temperatures were perfect, EPCOT was in full bloom, all the attractions were open, we enjoyed the pools, the park hours stayed open a little later and all moms were given small flowers.  Basically, early May was outstanding.  Late May, however?  Yeesh!

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New Openings – By May, these newer opening has the “brand new toy shine” wiped off and now it’s time for new guests to play:

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Train attraction at Hollywood Studios putting you right in the middle of a Mickey and Minnie Cartoon (March 4)

Mickey Shorts Theater – Family-style, Mickey-themed theater at Hollywood Studios featuring classic Mickey cartoons (March)

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue – Outside barbecue-style restaurant at the America Pavilion (March?)

Space 220 – Themed-restaurant set in space at Future World (March?)

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival — March 4 – June 1, 2020 – Incredible topiaries, outside kitchens and springtime displays blossom all over EPCOT! Garden Rocks Concert Series this month include the following artists:

Don McLean – May 1 and 2
TBD – May 3 and 4
Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – May 5 through 7
Thelma Houston –May 8 and 9
The Allman Betts Band – May 10 and 11
Air Supply – May 12 through 14
Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone – May 15 through 18
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – May 19 through 21
TBD – May 22 and 23
Daughtry –May 24 and 25
Marshall Tucker Band – May 26 through 28
Crowder – May 29 and 30
Survivor – May 31 and June 1

Disney After Hours and Disney Villains After Hours – While crowds are generally light anyways, what if you could have the park almost to yourself with pretty much no waiting for your favorite attractions?  This event that happens on select nights will give you such privilege where you can maximize ride time and minimize waiting! Visit either the Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom after hours with barely no wait at all for your favorite attractions.  And for Disney Villains After Hours, your favorite bad guys join you in taking over Magic Kingdom after hours.

Normal Days are Light – The first few weeks are about as perfect as you can get with attendance and temperature as your main factors.  As an added bonus, the park hours are pretty standard and consistent with openings and closings but check daily for Extra Magic Hour opportunities.

One outfit the whole day- May is typically the month where you can wake up and go to sleep wearing shorts and shirts in the parks.  Sweaty individuals may want to break mid-day to change because humidity will begin this month. Mind the weather daily as showers are known to randomly pop up.

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Beginning of Summer Crowds –If you can get your kid out of school early in the month and not feel guilty missing a few days late in the school year, DO IT!  Once the week before Memorial Day hits, you’ll wonder if the 3rd week of May really was that much better in terms of lighter crowds.  Take it from us – yes, it is that much better.  And for some weird reason, the last week of May also feels 50 degrees warmer!

Attraction Closures – Before the insane crowds of the Summer months descend on Orlando, May provides for one last chance to get provide some updates to classic attractions like:

Swiss Family Treehouse  – 4/27/20 t0 5/4/20

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – May 4 to May 21, 2020

Brian Pavlick

Brian Pavlick

Brian Pavlick is a husband and father residing in Maylene, AL. His love of Disney goes back to his early memories of watching the New Disney Channel on cable, occasional vacations to Orlando Florida and attending Disney Institute Management Training classes. He keeps up with Disney news and updates by reading numerous websites, experiencing attractions by watching YouTube videos and introducing his family to classic and timeless Disney movies, attractions and songs.