Holidays at Walt Disney World
Holidays at Walt Disney World are like nothing else, they bring back all of the magic and excitement of being a kid. Things may look a little different this holiday season but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still embrace them!
This year beginning November 6 and ending December 30, 2020 Disney 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. 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 the Toy Soldiers will join the Main Street Philharmonic as they march through Magic Kingdom Park, bringing musical holiday cheer for all to hear.
When night falls, special projection effects will give a festive look to Cinderella Castle this year, providing a colorful backdrop for our Guests’ photos. 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. 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.
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 beginning Nov. 6. Santa Goofy will also be there, along with Minnie and more in their holiday best.
Starting a bit later in the season, on Nov. 27, guests can 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. There are plenty more details about this festival to come, so stay tuned.
Shifting gears to Disney Springs, you will discover Christmas around every corner as you come across a collection of elaborately-decorated Disney Christmas trees spread throughout the Springs. In the evening, you will encounter a magical snowfall, adding an extra touch of wonder. 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 once again be decked out for the holidays, with their lobbies featuring iconic trees and other festive flourishes. if you haven’t toured the resorts when they are decorated you are truly missing out!
One thing to keep in mind is that the gingerbread displays will not return to the Resort hotels this year. .
Walt Disney World is looking forward to creating new holiday traditions with not only its guests, but Cast Members this year, as they introduce unique ways to enjoy the season together.
If you are ready to plan a Magical Escape this season, contact me for great rates at Disney Resorts!