Disney World fans, you may want to take a deep breath for this one. The holidays are going to look different this year.
It might seem premature to start talking about the holiday season just yet, but plans are already underway for holiday festivities at Walt Disney World Resort – and given the coronavirus pandemic, the theme park is making tweaks to address ongoing public health concerns.
Events that typically draw large crowds are going “on hiatus” for this year, like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processional at Epcot, which is in line with social-distancing measures.
Meanwhile, holiday show Castle Dream Lights will be replaced with special projection effects; Cinderella Castle “will be transformed with a rotating series of designs including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation,” Laurel Slater, manager of communications for Walt Disney World Public Affairs, wrote in a blog post.
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“We know these experiences are a cherished part of holiday traditions that will be missed by guests and cast members alike, but we’re glad to be able to bring holiday magic in other creative ways.”
The resort will be in the holiday spirit from Nov. 6 to Dec. 30. This includes festive décor, themed merchandise and seasonal food and beverage options all over the resort. Santa Claus himself will make pop-up appearances, too. Remember that photo opportunities must be socially distanced, however (i.e., guests can’t get too close to Santa).
Not all events are going on hiatus: “Guests will be delighted by the sight of festive flotillas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, holiday promenades at Epcot and merry motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios,” Slater wrote. “Character cavalcades at Magic Kingdom Park will take on a special holiday twist, with Christmas friends on festive floats in their holiday finest.”
Guests can find more details about Disney’s holiday plans on its website.
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