The Walt Disney World Resort confirmed today what many fans had suspected — the cancelation of this year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom and the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.
The two events highlighted the annual holiday celebration at Disney, but the pandemic has scrambled operating calendars, as parks look to find ways to remain open while maintaining safe physical distancing and other virus-prevention efforts.
Walt Disney World still will celebrate Christmas and the holidays, even without its two headline events. The celebration kicks off November 6 and runs through December 30. Santa Claus will make appearances in all four theme parks, plus at Disney Springs. Character processions will happen in all four parks, in lieu of parades or holiday shows.
The Magic Kingdom's Christmas character cavalcade will feature gingerbread men, elves and reindeer, while the toy soldiers from the annual Christmas parade will march with the Main Street Philharmonic.
Cinderella Castle will get rotating holiday projections after dark each night, in place of the Castle Dream Lights show. Mickey and Minnie offer a video preview:
Mickey and Minnie are staying on message by remaining a safe six feet apart here, but aren't those two a couple? Then again, they do have separate houses in Toontown, so I guess they're not a household after all. I have questions about those two sometimes....
Anyway, Epcot might not have its Candlelight show this year, but it will continue to host its Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which will start November 27. The event will feature the return of the holiday kitchens around World Showcase, and the Voices of Liberty will take residence at America Gardens Theatre stage to perform carols and other holiday songs.Tweet
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