The holidays at Walt Disney World Resort are always extra magical and full of special experiences. Even continuing the extra safety measures and guidelines Disney has implemented since reopening, we can be sure that the holiday season at Walt Disney World will still be special. This year, holiday decor will be up from November 6 to December 30. Guests will be immersed in the iconic festive Disney decor as well as seasonal food, beverage, and entertainment.
All four theme parks, as well as Disney Springs, will have an extra special guest making pop-up appearances- Santa Claus! While Santa likely won’t be doing up-close meet and greets, he will be there to wave at guests and spread his special Holiday cheer.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be home to festive holiday flotillas, holiday promenades will be taking place at EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will add to the festivities with merry motorcades. Disney’s Magic Kingdom will have special holiday character cavalcades including holiday-inspired floats and characters. The popular T0y Soldiers will also be joining the Main Street Philharmonic marching through the Magic Kingdom spreading holiday music and cheer.
While there will be plenty of magical experiences at Disney World during the holidays, there will also be a few popular experiences on hiatus this year due to health and safety concerns. This year, the Castle Dream lights will not be lighting up the Magic Kingdom, instead, the castle will have fun holiday-themed projections to serve as the magical backdrop for those iconic castle photos. Mickey’s Verry Merry Christmas Party and the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT will also be put on hold this year.
Is the lack of character meals getting you down? Starting November 6, Minnie Mouse will be hosting a special meal at Hollywood and Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Minnie, Santa Goofy, and more of your favorite characters will be there greeting guests in their holiday attire.
Jumping over to Disney Springs, there will be Christmas surprises everywhere! Beautifully decorated and themed Christmas trees will be found around every corner throughout the shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. Guests will experience a special magical snowfall while visiting select Disney Springs locations in the evening. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will also once again be transformed into a Holiday Bar with holiday decor and a limited time holiday-inspired menu.
One of the most magical elements of Disney during Christmas has to be the immaculate decorating of the Disney Resort Hotels. Have no fear, the Disney resorts will still be fully decked out for the holidays this year. The only thing that the resorts will be missing is the popular Gingerbread displays. Due to physical distancing guidelines, no Gingerbread displays will be taking place this year.
Starting November 27, holiday kitchens will return for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. Guests will be able to stroll around the World Showcase and try holiday favorites from around the world. The group, JOYFUL! will also return, sending listeners on an R&B, Gospel, and traditional holiday music journey. The Voices of Liberty will also be performing their amazing harmonies at the American Gardens Theater stage.
While this holiday season may be a bit different from years past, Disney is always coming up with new ways to create magic and ensure the safety and health of guests and Cast Members.