We’re looking forward to the holidays and today, we have an update on some of the festive experiences coming to Walt Disney World Resort. As they are moving forward and operating in a new environment, Disney has reimagined the holidays which will, of course, apply current health and safety measures while still keeping the joy and magic of the season. And while things are looking a bit different at Walt Disney World and beyond, we can’not wait to start the celebration!.
We all love the holidays ~holla at ya’ boy~ so from Nov. 6-Dec. 30, guests will be able to enjoy festive décor, themed merchandise, seasonal food & beverage offerings and entertainment all across Walt Disney World Resort. Holiday magic will be in full force at the four theme parks and Disney Springs, and Santa Claus will make time for special pop-up appearances at each location, waving and exclaiming holiday wishes to all.
Although the usual and traditional Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will not be taking place, don’t get naughty, as guests will be delighted by the sight of festive flotillas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, holiday promenades at EPCOT and merry motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Character cavalcades at Magic Kingdom Park will take on a special holiday twist, with Christmas friends on festive floats in their holiday finest. Gingerbread Men? Check! Elves and Reindeer? Check, check! And, my personal favorite, the Toy Soldiers, will join the Main Street Philharmonic as they march through Magic Kingdom Park, bringing musical holiday cheer for all to hear.
I feel that the most exciting part of this new holiday lineup is when night falls, special projection effects will give a festive look to Cinderella Castle this year, providing a colorful backdrop as we make our way up Main Street U.S.A. and give people the opportunity to have an amazing photo background. The appearance of the iconic castle will be transformed with a rotating series of designs including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation. There will be no freezing of the castle this year by Elsa and this will be in place of the Castle Dream Lights. Because Disney as well as guests want to make sure that social distancing is taking place, other holiday experiences that draw big crowds will be on hiatus this year as well, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processional at EPCOT. We know these experiences are a cherished part of holiday traditions that will be missed by guests and cast members alike, but we are excited to hear about these new and magical ways that Disney will still be able to bring holiday magic in other creative ways.
Of course, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a meal among friends and family. Minnie Mouse will be hosting a yuletide gathering for all her friends at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting Nov. 6. Santa Goofy will be there, along with Minnie and more in their holiday best.
Shifting gears to Disney Springs, guests will discover Christmas around every corner as they come across a collection of elaborately-decorated Disney Christmas trees spread throughout this retail, dining and entertainment destination, reminiscent of the Christmas Tree Trail that we all know and love that comes every year. In the evening, guests visiting areas within Town Center, West Side and The Landing will encounter a magical snowfall, adding an extra touch of wonder to their holiday shopping. And to top it off, Jock Lindsey will once again be turning his hangar bar into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar complete with delightful holiday décor and a delicious limited-time menu filled with festive favorites. I have to say, I am super stocked for the holidays this year. Disney Resort hotels will also be decked out for the holidays, with their lobbies featuring iconic trees and other festive flourishes. One thing that will be changing is the awesome gingerbread displays will not return to the Resort hotels this year. While this is a huge favorite, we realize it is difficult for Disney to include those displays due to physical distancing guidelines.
Starting a bit later in the season, on Nov. 27, EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will return with some safety protocols and changes of course. Holiday kitchens will return around World Showcase promenade with favorites like American Holiday Table featuring Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing (my personal favorite) and Bavaria Holiday Kitchen with dishes like Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl. Again, Candelight Processional will not occur this year, however, we are looking forward to those awesome touches that make EPCOT a festive and fun holiday experience. One of those is that guests will be invited to step inside World ShowPlace to enjoy the returning group, JOYFUL!, who present a journey through R&B, Gospel, contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music. Also, the Voices of Liberty will bring their incredible 8-part harmonies to the America Gardens Theatre stage for a special concert of favorite carols and songs of the season.
There will be much more information and details upcoming so make sure that you are checking back here at spokesmayne.co as well as Disney Parks Blog.
I know that I cannot wait for all the new holiday traditions to share with you guys as Disney introduces unique ways to enjoy the season this year. So, make your list – and check it twice – because there’s a lot of holiday fun to see and still experience at Walt Disney World Resort!
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