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Why Christmas will still be Magical at Walt Disney World in 2020

While Mickey won't be throwing his 'Very Merry Christmas Party' in Magic Kingdom this year due to Coronavirus, Disney has announced there will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around the Disney Parks. If you're on the fence about visiting Disney World during Christmastime this year - read on to see what holiday festivities you will be able to experience at Disney World this year.

Christmas Events in the Walt Disney World Parks

Festive 'Mini Parade' Cavalcades

The big man, Santa Claus, himself will be in each of the Disney Parks at various unscheduled times throughout the day. While they're not disclosing exactly how or wear, I'm assuming he will be a part of the character cavalcades, which are like mini parades that show up sporadically.

Speaking of character cavalcades, we'll be seeing our favorite characters dressed to impress in their holiday outfits. We still won't be able to give hugs but you'd be surprised how often you see the characters out and about in the parks (give a wave and take a selfie!) compared to before COVID when you had to wait in a long line to meet and greet. I, personally, prefer these types of character interactions.

Along with fan-favorite characters, the cavalcades will have a fun holiday twist and feature Gingerbread Men, Elves, Reindeer, and even the iconic and well-loved toy soldiers marching through Magic Kingdom. This is actually a bonus because in the past these parade features were ONLY seen in the Christmas parade which you needed a separate ticket to attend. Now, you'll be able to enjoy the holiday features without a separate party admission price.

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Cinderella's Castle

As nighttime falls, Cinderella's Castle will dress up with light projections in bright merry colors of red, gold, and green. The moving patterns will form a festive photo backdrop.


Minnie Mouse again will be hosting her Yuletide Feast at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning November 6, 2020. We have loved meeting the classic Disney characters in their holiday best (and Santa Goofy is the best!). This is a modified character dining experience, meaning you won't be able to hug or get up close, but rather the characters will be walking around the tables and available for waves and socially-distanced photos. While Hollywood & Vine used to be a buffet mean, buffets have currently been eliminated and now you will be served table-side with a shared appetizer for the group and individual meals.

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We loved Minnie's Holiday Dine in the past.

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will return on November 27, 2020, and offer festive dishes from around the world at booths inside the World Showcase. Classic dishes like roasted turkey from the American Pavillion and cheese fondue in a bread bowl from the Bavaria Pavillion will be served.

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Holidays at Disney Springs

At Disney's shopping and entertainment district, holiday trees will be seen around every corner. Extensive decorating is planned. Plus a special snowfall will take place in the evenings to add some extra magic. Stop by Jock Lindsey's Hanger Bar which will be transformed into the 'Holiday Bar' for a special limited-time festive menu of snacks and drinks.

Christmas Festivities at the Disney Resorts

The Disney resorts will be decked out for the holidays once again this year with multiple towering trees, boughs of greens, and twinkling lights. No, the life-size gingerbread house won't be at Grand Floridian this year but there will still be plenty of tasty treats to be found.

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Massive tree in Disney's Grand Floridian Lobby

One of my favorite ways to spend a day during the holidays is touring the resorts and trying a few holiday-themed treats and drinks along the way. Some of our favorite stops? Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom, and the Boardwalk Inn.

Other Good News

Extended hours soon be coming back to accommodate extra time for holiday site-seeing inside the parks.

While we'll definitely miss some of our old favorite Christmas traditions at Walt Disney World, we're looking forward to enjoying the festive atmosphere once again this year!

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