We’ll be at Disney World during the holidays and were keeping all our fingers and toes crossed that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional might happen. Unfortunately, these events are taking a hiatus, but Disney World plans to infuse a twinkle of holiday magic throughout the parks and resorts to make visits a little more special.
From November 6 – December 30, guests will be able to enjoy festive decor, themed merchandise, seasonal food and beverage offerings, and unique entertainment, while keeping with current health and safety measures. I hear Santa Claus will make time for special pop-up appearances at each of the four parks and Disney Springs to delight the littlest of guests.
Prepare to 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 (mini parades) at Magic Kingdom Park will take on a special holiday twist, with Christmas friends on festive floats in their holiday finest.
Gingerbread Men? ✔️
Elves and Reindeer? ✔️✔️
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, Cinderella’s Castle dazzles more than ever before! 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.
Enjoy a character meal over at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Minnie and friends (including Santa Goofy) will be hosting a yuletide gathering in their holiday best.
Over at Disney Springs, discover Christmas around every corner through a collection of elaborately-decorated Disney Christmas trees. 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. But due to physical distancing guidelines, the gingerbread displays won’t be out.
Starting November 27, enjoy 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. YUM!
Step inside World ShowPlace to enjoy the returning group, JOYFUL!, who will 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.
Though different, magic is definitely here. Look forward to creating new and exciting holiday traditions this year. There’s so much fun to be had at Disney World. I can’t wait!
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