Disney recently announced some changes to the Disney World events for the Fall and Holiday seasons. Disney is taking a measured and deliberate approach to its planning that applies appropriate new health and safety measures. This means some events will be different than they usually are and others will be canceled.
One staple of the fall season at the Walt Disney World Resort is the annual EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. I’m happy to report that this event has not been canceled, but modified!
This new take on the foodie festival will debut July 15 and continue through the fall, offering over 20 signature global marketplaces like Hawaii, Hops & Barley, and Islands of the Caribbean, spaced out around the park. This will give guests more time to experience “A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival!”
Some of the fun from the Flower & Garden Festival will be around for the Food & Wine as well. Guests will be able to see the newest topiary, Remy, in the France pavilion and find Flower & Garden merchandise. For scavenger hunt fans, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt will return.
Sadly, the “Eat to the Beat Concert Series” will not be happening this year. There will still be plenty of music to enjoy at America Gardens Theatre with local EPCOT entertainment such as Mariachi Cobre, the JAMMitors, and more.
While the Food & Wine Festival has not been canceled, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has been. Guests won’t be able to trick or treat through Magic Kingdom this year. Disney determined that many of the party’s hallmarks – stage shows, parades and fireworks – are unable to take place in this new, unprecedented environment.
Disney H2O Glow Nights, the nighttime special ticket event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, will also not take place for the remainder of 2020. Guests who purchased Halloween party and/or H2O Glow Nights tickets will receive refunds.
Disney is monitoring the new environment closely and will make a decision on other special events as they continue to learn more from government and health officials. These other events include Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, and the Candlelight Processional.
Disney will explore every option and look at ways in which events and festivals can still be hosted while still operating responsibly with the health and safety of guests and cast members in mind.
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