Walt Disney World has announced their holiday plans for this year and two fan-favourite events have been excluded.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional have been cancelled.
Via the Disney Parks Blog, Disney revealed the above-mentioned news in a post outlining their festive holiday offerings:
“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 at EPCOT. We know these experiences are a cherished part of the holiday traditions that will be missed by guests and Cast Members alike, but we’re glad to be able to bring holiday magic in other creative ways.”
The other noteworthy change involves Cinderella Castle and its Castle Dream Lights. Instead of using lights, Disney will use projections to transform Cinderella Castle this year:
“The appearance of the iconic castle will be transformed with a rotating series of designs including a whimsical Christmas sweater and regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation. This will be in place of the Castle Dream Lights.”
Guests will discover Christmas around every corner of Disney Springs:
“Shifting gears to Disney Springs, guests will discover Christmas around every corner as they come across a collection elaborately-decorated Disney Christmas trees spread throughout this retail, dining and entertainment destination. 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 hanger bar into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar complete with delightful holiday décor and a delicious limited-time menu filled with festive favorites.”
The resort hotels of Walt Disney World will also receive their share of the festivities; however, these too will be scaled back due to social distancing protocols. Whilst holiday décor will return the resorts, the magnificent gingerbread displays will not feature this year:
“Disney Resort hotels will also be decked out for the holidays, with their lobbies featuring the iconic trees and other festive flourishes. One thing to keep in mind is that our gingerbread displays will not return to the Resort hotels this year. While we know they are a favorite of people taking in the holiday décor, we’re not able to include those displays due to physical distancing guidelines.”
The holiday season at Walt Disney World starts on the 6th November and runs through the 30th December, 2020.
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