2020 Holidays at Walt Disney World

The holidays are right around the corner, and although they may look a little different this year, the Walt Disney World Resort will still be having a massive holiday celebration! Let’s take a closer look at this year’s festivities.

It’s important to note that operating in a new environment and complying with Disney’s current health and safety measures means this year’s holiday celebrations will be significantly reimagined. But that does not mean it will not be special! Disney is going above and beyond to make the 2020 holiday season as festive and memorable as possible.

The official festivities kick off on November 6 and run through December 30, 2020. You’ll be able to enjoy the same festive decor, themed merchandise, seasonal food and beverage offerings, and holiday entertainment that you’ve known and loved for years. And don’t worry about Santa Claus, he’ll be making special pop-up appearances at all of the Disney Parks and Disney Springs. 

Character Cavalcades, flotillas, promenades, and motorcades will continue to showcase your favorite characters with a special holiday twist. Be on the lookout for some Walt Disney World holiday favorites to appear, including gingerbread men, elves and reindeer, toy soldiers, and live holiday music.

There will be a special projection on Cinderella Castle this year, creating a festive look and providing a colorful backdrop for holiday photos. 

If you want an extra special holiday meal, Minnie Mouse will be hosting a yuletide gathering at Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios. The characters will be dressed in their holiday best, including Santa Goofy.

Disney Resort hotels will also be decked out for the holidays, but it is important to keep in mind that gingerbread displays will not return this year. It will also be much harder to visit hotels to view the decorations, as each hotel is minimizing the number of people allowed in. If you aren’t a guest of the hotel, the only way to visit would be to have a dining reservation. 

Starting on November 27, 2020, Epcot will begin their annual International Festival of the Holidays, with special holiday food offerings and seasonal live music.

Will the Walt Disney World Resort look a bit different this holiday season? Yes, of course. But will it still be special, magical, fun, and memorable? Absolutely! Disney loves to celebrate and will continue to delight guests, creating festive memories to last a lifetime.

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