As expected, fall at the Walt Disney World Resort is going to be different this year. The Disney Parks Blog just announced modifications to some of our favorite fall events. These changes will be implemented because of the guidance the parks have received from government and health officials in order to keep both Cast Members and Guests safe.
The first big change is what to expect from the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. Luckily for those of us who love to eat all the tasty food, we will still get to eat and drink around the world! The festival will be a modified experience–A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. This new festival experience will last longer than the usual Food & Wine festival. It will begin on July 15th and continue through the fall. There will be over 20 different global marketplaces offering delectable and tantalizing treats throughout the park–safely distanced of course!
If you missed out on the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival this year, you will also get a taste of it during this new mini Food & Wine festival! Fabulous Flower & Garden merchandise will be available in the beginning of the festival. You will also be able to spot Remy, a fun new topiary, in the France pavilion!
Speaking of Remy, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt, which is one of my favorite festival activities, will return. Plus, gorgeous Food & Wine merchandise will arrive later on in the fall! Due to the need to maintain social distancing, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, which often draws large crowds, won’t be happening this year. Don’t worry–there will still be plenty of live music to enjoy at America Gardens Theatre from local EPCOT acts! There will be opportunities throughout the day to enjoy acts like Mariachi Cobre and, one of my favorites, the JAMMitors!
As we already know, events in the parks that draw large crowds like fireworks spectaculars and stage shows won’t be happening during the unprecedented, hopefully temporary, reality of COVID-19. Because these events are the main attractions during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Disney has decided to cancel the event this year. As heartbreaking as this is for many of us, it makes sense. It just wouldn’t feel right to go to Mickey’s Not-S0-Scary Halloween Party without seeing the Headless Horseman and the Sanderson Sisters and getting that Boo-To-You song stuck in your head for the next week!
Although I haven’t had the opportunity to experience this event yet, it is a special nighttime event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Disney has made the decision to cancel this event for the rest of 2020.
If you have already purchased tickets to either of these canceled events, you will be assisted with refunds in the near future. If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that Disney will do everything to make it right!
Other events like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, including the Candlelight Processional, are fan favorites. No decisions have been made yet about these events, but rest assured that Disney will do everything they can to bring the magic of the holidays to Guests while maintaining everyone’s health and safety! As soon as we hear something here at Disney Fashionista, we will let you know!
What do you think of all of these new modifications? Let us know in the comments below!
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