I don’t know about you but I have been dying for more information about the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort this year. As we all know, this year has not been running the way we are used to so the holidays are bound to look a bit different, as well. Finally, some info has been released!
Building off of the recent experiences of 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.
From Nov. 6-Dec. 30, guests will be able to enjoy festive décor, themed merchandise (I seriously cannot wait for this part!), 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.
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 even 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 am extending my already planned vacation right now!
Special projection effects will give a festive look to Cinderella Castle this year once the sun has set. I am already imagining the selfies (and outfits)! 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. This will be in place of the Castle Dream Lights, as we know some things won’t be able to operate as usual this year. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT will be taking a hiatus for 2020, sadly. Hopefully next year things will be back to “normal”.
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. I am wondering if this means the Christmas Tree Trail is going to look a little different this 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.
Disney Resort hotels will also be decked out for the holidays, with their lobbies featuring iconic trees and other festive flourishes. I love looking at all the hotel lobbies during the holidays. I aspire to have trees that amazing. Sadly, the gingerbread displays will not return to the Resort hotels this year. This is understandable when you think of social distancing.
Starting a bit later in the season, on Nov. 27, EPCOT will celebrate highlights from the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. Holiday kitchens will return around World Showcase promenade with favorites like American Holiday Table featuring Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing and Bavaria Holiday Kitchen with dishes like Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl.
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.
Disney is looking forward to creating new holiday traditions with our guests and cast members this year, and I, for one, am looking forward to the new magic that will be created during the holidays at the Walt Disney World Resort!
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