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How to Celebrate the Holidays at Walt Disney World in 2020

Holidays will look different in 2020 at Walt Disney World Resort. Admittedly, I was disappointed when they announced no Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2020, but there is still plenty of holiday cheer around the Walt Disney World Resort! Here’s what you can expect in Disney World 2020 for Christmas and the holidays including Christmas trees, lights, decor, and treats!

Christmas at Disney World in 2020

Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog

How to Celebrate the Holidays at Disney World in 2020

If you haven’t visited Walt Disney World after they shut down earlier this year, then it looks very different than you’re used to. Here’s what Disney World looked like during Covid 2020 when I visited. There’s still magic to be found at Disney in 2020, it’s just going to look different. 

Disney wants to avoid things that draw big crowds to gather, so there won’t be the EPCOT Candlelight Processional or the giant Gingerbread Houses and displays in some of the Walt Disney World Resorts. But you can purchase gingerbread kits at Disney’s Contemporary Resort that even has a chocolate monorail for $35. 

You can also purchase a pre-made Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort for $45. Your order both through mobile ordering at the quick-service dining locations.

Here’s what you CAN expect during the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort from November 6-December 30:

Festive Holiday Decor

So you may not get those gleaming Cinderella Castle Dream Lights, but you will get festive projections on the castle like a Christmas sweater and red, green, and gold overlays. Plus the Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs will be decorated with holiday decor to get you into the spirit. 

Cinderella Castle Holiday Projections 2020

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There are PhotoPass photographers around the castle from different angles, so take advantage of them! There are 4 different projections on Cinderella Castle that change every 15 minutes beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

Cinderella Castle Holiday Projections 2020

And although there aren’t any fireworks shows yet, you get a brief burst when the castle projections change. The PhotoPass Photographer caught this magical moment for my husband and I.

Cinderella Castle Holiday Projections

It’s not just Magic Kingdom that gets awesome holiday overlays. Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios also gets dressed up with 4 different projections!

Holiday Tower of Terror Lights

The Walt Disney World Resorts have some of the most amazing Christmas trees in the lobbies. Plus everywhere you turn you can find more Christmas trees in the theme parks and Disney Springs. There’s even a Holiday Tree stroll at Disney Springs with 13 trees and a fun map that goes along with it. 

That’s one of my favorite things about visiting Walt Disney World during the holidays is the Christmas decor to put me in the festive spirit. Ho-ho-holidays at Disney are the best! My favorite Walt Disney World Resort trees are at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Christmas Trees Animal Kingdom Lodge

Holiday Snacks at Disney World 2020

Now you’re speaking my language. Tell me all about the holiday food and snacks! Personally I’m a sucker for themed snacks like this Twice Upon a Cupcake at Starbucks in the Magic Kingdom. Plus there’s a hidden Mickey inside the cupcake!

Holiday Cupcakes Disney World 2020

There will be plenty festive foods to satisfy that ho-ho-holiday tummy! That’s always why I pack elastic-waisted skirts and pants for my Disney travels. There are too many yummy things to eat. 

 

Disney Parks Blog also said starting November 27, they’ll celebrate highlights from the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. So Holiday World Showcase favorites like the Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing and Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl will be available again in 2020. Get in mah belly!

Holiday Turkey Dish Epcot

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

I also highly recommend the Kalua Pork! For more treats and food, check out my Instagram account Theme Park Snacks to see my favorites!

Also, you can dine with Minnie Mouse and friends at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting November 6th. Santa Goofy will be there, along with Minnie and more in their holiday best. I’ve eaten at this special meal before, and the pictures are so fun!

However, you won’t be able to get this close to Disney characters anymore and will have to take a selfie from 6 feet away.

Minnie Mouse Holiday Hollywood and Vine Dinner

Themed Merchandise

Don’t forget about the merch. There is still plenty of 2020 Holiday merchandise including Minnie Ears, light-up necklaces, clothing, toys, decor, and even Christmas Crocs! And yes, I bought a pair. 

Seasonal Entertainment 

I do enjoy the pop up entertainment of character surprises around the parks. It reminds me of Disneyland in that way. Santa Claus may be one of those surprise guests! In Magic Kingdom Park, Santa rides a sleigh. In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Santa Claus rides a sports car!

And don’t forget about the Character Cavalcades in Magic Kingdom with Christmas Friends like Santa’s Reindeer, Gingerbread, and Elves. 

Christmas Cavalcades 2020

Guests will also 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 be at America Gardens Theatre stage for a special concert of favorite carols and songs of the season.

My personal favorites are the Dapper Dans who perform on the train platform in Magic Kingdom! 

Disney knows how to do holidays, and while it may look different this year, there will still be plenty of holiday magic for your family to enjoy! Safety precautions are still in place like required masks, temperature checks, hand sanitizer stations, social distancing, lowered attendance, and required advance reservations for each Walt Disney World theme park. 

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