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Disney World Reimagines Christmas Celebrations for 2020

We have some good news and bad news. To make this quick, we’ll start with the bad new first…

This really shouldn’t come as a big surprise, BUT Walt Disney World is cancelling the beloved Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom and the EPCOT Candlelight Processional for 2020. I know, I know…we’re sad about it too, but we understand.

So let’s move on to the GOOD NEWS, shall we?

There may not be a party this year, but there will be plenty of holiday magic to go around as Disney ‘reimagines’ the holiday season in a way that will absolutely still create lifelong memories.

Related: All NEW Fall Festive Fun at Walt Disney World

The parks and resorts will be decking their halls as they do every year and you’ll still get to sip and taste yummy seasonal treats. Yay! NEW for 2020 is the social distancing friendly entertainment for your family to enjoy!

At Magic Kingdom, expect to see gingerbread men and elves joining your favorite Disney characters dressed in their holiday best in cavalcades throughout the park. The toy soldiers you love from parades past will march down Main Street U.S.A. along with the Main Street Philharmonic. Even Santa will be making special pop-up appearances to check in on the kids!

While there won’t be a holiday fireworks display at Cinderalla’s Castle, projection effects will bring it to life in a kaleidoscope of colors turning it into an array of designs like a Christmas sweater and more! It’ll be Insta-worthy, we promise!

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The holiday magic will be unveiled on November 6 and continue through December 30, 2020 at all four theme parks, Disney Springs and the resort hotels.

One of the most popular things to do for many families over the holidays is to explore the gingerbread displays at resorts like the Grand Floridian. Unfortunately, the displays will not return this year due to social distancing concerns.

If you love strolling by the decorated Christmas trees, you will find them throughout the resorts and over at Disney Springs where there will also be a magical snowfall at Town Center, West Side and The Landing areas!

Over at EPCOT, the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will kick off on November 27th with holiday kitchens around the World Showcase promenade ready to serve seasonal favorites like Slow-Roasted Turkey with Stuffing at the American Table.

Here are some other highlights Disney shared about the 2020 holiday season:

  • At Magic Kingdom, characters synonymous with the season – including gingerbread men and elves – will join Disney characters in cavalcades through the park. On Main Street, U.S.A., toy soldiers will march with the Main Street Philharmonic as they bring musical cheer for all to hear.
  • Favorite Disney characters dressed in their holiday finest will appear in festive flotillas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, holiday promenades at EPCOT and merry motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Minnie Mouse will host a yuletide dining experience at Hollywood & Vine, inviting some of her best pals – including Santa Goofy – to join the fun.
  • Inside World ShowPlace at EPCOT, JOYFUL! will take guests on a musical journey of holiday music, while Voices of Liberty will use their eight-part harmonies to share songs of the season at the America Gardens Theatre.
  • Elaborately decorated Christmas trees will spring up throughout Disney Springs, and a magical snowfall will occur within Town Center, West Side and The Landing. In addition, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will transform into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar with delightful décor and a limited-time menu of festive favorites.
  • Disney resort hotels will deck their halls for the holidays, including iconic Christmas trees in lobbies and other festive flourishes.
  • Santa Claus will wave to guests as he makes pop-up appearances at each park, as well as Disney Springs. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, for example, he will sail down Discovery River on a special flotilla.

You’ll want to stand by because Disney will have more announcements about the 2020 holiday season soon. Stay up to date over at DisneyParksBlog.com.

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Photo provided by Walt Disney World. Matt Stroshane, photographer

 

Looking for Christmas Light activities near Tampa Bay?  Check out the best places to view Christmas Lights in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater!

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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