After months of hope and speculation, the Walt Disney World Resort has officially canceled Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for 2020.
According to the Disney Parks Blog, “Other holiday experiences that draw big crowds will be on hiatus this year as well, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processional at EPCOT.”
Speculation over Disney’s extra-ticketed after-hours holiday party has ensued since Walt Disney World made the decision to cancel its Halloween event, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but now, we have official confirmation that it too has been canceled due to concerns surrounding the global pandemic.
This news comes as Disney shares its modified Christmas plans which will start on November 6 and run through December 30, saying:
We know how much our guests love the holidays, so from Nov. 6-Dec. 30, they will be able to enjoy festive décor, themed merchandise, seasonal food & beverage offerings and entertainment all across Walt Disney World Resort. Holiday magic will be in full force at the four theme parks and Disney Springs, and Santa Claus will make time for special pop-up appearances at each location, waving and exclaiming holiday wishes to all.
Included in these new holiday plans are very special projection effects on Cinderella Castle:
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. This will be in place of the Castle Dream Lights.
What Christmas Festivities are Returning?
Two iconic holiday events are still returning to Walt Disney World: EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays and Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree display!
EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays will start a little later this year on November 27, and will see the return of JOYFUL! inside World ShowPlace and Voices of Liberty at the American Gardens Theater stage.
As for Disney Springs, it appears that “guests will discover Christmas around every corner as they come across a collection of elaborately-decorated Disney Christmas trees spread throughout this retail, dining, and entertainment destination.” Unlike last year where they were all positioned to create a Christmas Tree Trail.