OpEd: Is Disney World Worth Visiting This Holiday Season? 

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So like many of you, this week I heard both some great news and not so great news. The great news? Disney is NOT canceling the holidays! So the most magical time of the year will still be present at the Most Magical Place on Earth?

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The not so great news? A lot of those magical offerings that I love to see during Christmas at Disney will unfortunately not be available. There wont be a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or a Magic Kingdom castle in twinkly lights, and I get it, I wish these were coming back, too. But the truth is, the things that were removed from this years holiday season are things that draw HUGE crowds, and that is just not safe during a pandemic.

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And we might as well get it out of the way, these are the things you will be missing at the Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season:

Out of all of these, I think the thing that hits hardest is the fact that the Christmas lights on Cinderella’s castle won’t be there. I have memories running around in the rain while the castle lit up and I am sad I won’t be able to see it this year. But after thinking about it, I think that this year may be the best year to visit the Walt Disney Resort for the 2020 holiday season.

Why should YOU come to Disney this Christmas?

1. CROWD. LEVELS.

If you have ever been to Walt Disney World during the holiday season, you know what its like to feel like a sausage stuffed in a casing that is too small. I have been to Disney during every season, every holiday, even the 4th of July — and NOTHING is as bad as Christmas at Disney when it comes to crowds. In a pre-pandemic world you would have Guests rubbing up against you, hour long waits for the Tomorrowland Speedway, and although its magical, it’s a lot.

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If we combine reduced capacity with the fact that these crowd-attracting events will not be happening, this may be the least crowded time to visit Disney for the holidays. Ever. Disney is already showing unheard of wait times with attractions like Flight of Passage becoming walk-ons. To combine the ease of strolling through a Disney park and barely waiting in line for attractions while taking in holiday decorations, I think that sounds like the perfect Disney vacation to me!

2. THE CASTLE IS GOING TO BE LIT. 

Literally. I already said that Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom is one of my favorite places to be during Christmas at Disney. And I might miss those lights, but this year we are getting something *completely new* at Magic Kingdom and I don’t think we are realizing that!

Disney Parks Blog stated:

When night falls, special projection effects will give a festive look to Cinderella Castle this year, providing a colorful backdrop for our guests’ photos. The appearance of the iconic 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.

Remember how awesome it was when we first got to see the holiday overlay on Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Walking down Sunset Boulevard and letting the snoap hit my face is one of my favorite things to do, and knowing that Magic Kingdom is about to have a similar experience on the castle is HYPING ME UP!

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3. SPEAKING OF NEW OFFERINGS… SO MANY NEW OFFERINGS!

Let’s list it out, shall we?

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom to receive “festive flotillas”
  • Holiday Promenades at EPCOT
  • Merry Motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Santa at all four parks and Disney Springs
  • Magic Kingdom to showcase the Toy Soldiers with the Main Street Philharmonic.
  • Special Projection on Cinderella Castle instead of “Castle Dream Lights”
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will transform into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar at Disney Springs
  • Disney Springs will have magical snowfall in the evening
  • November 27th “highlights” from EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays food will begin being served at World Showecase

The list above isn’t the list of everything that will be offered, but a list of things that are new, or things I think that will have a new spin. I think we are going to get to see a lot more characters riding around the parks in their respective vehicles from Cavalcades to Motorcades, Jock Lindsey’s becoming a Christmas Bar sounds like a Christmas miracle (I bet it will be better then ever this year!), and the excessive snoap at Disney Springs will be magical.

Although I have not been to Disney since the pandemic, it seems like everything from character to Cast Member interaction is so much more personal and unique. I can bet that families traveling to Walt Disney World this holiday season will experience Magical Moments they will cherish forever. From live streams to Instagram stories, I already see Cast Members interacting so much more since they have the time to — and that will just get better with the holiday spirit.

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4. FOOD. 

Need I say more? Disney will of course be offering limited time food options for the holidays and if you are a foodie like myself and everyone else here at ITM, this is going to be a dream. Not only do you get to eat delicious snacks, but the lines will be shorter to get them, and things will run out less quickly with less Guests in the parks.

5. DISNEY IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE MAGICAL.

You can’t argue it. Walking down Main St. and hearing the music play while sniffing the scents from the bakery might just be my version of heaven, and that is an offering you cannot take away. Tie that in with holiday decorations all over the park and I can feel tears come to my eyes just thinking about it. Walt Disney World has an inate ability to make us all feel happy and like a kid again, and that feeling has definitely not been taken away.

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Let’s wrap it up

(Did you get my Christmas pun?)

So long story short, if you can accept Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the theme park it is today, this may be the best holiday season ever. The park has fantatic safety measures going on and if you can manage to get over there for the holidays — I think you should! Of course, stay safe and follow the rules, but if you can manage that, you will be in for one of the best Disney vacations of your life.

And let me just repeat: Christmas is NOT canceled at Walt Disney World!

If you want to get started on booking that vacation – click here and you can let the magic begin today!

So how do you feel about the holiday offerings at Walt Disney World this year? Let us know!

 

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