In June, when Disney started to announce details for the reopening of its parks, they explained a new and required form of planning: The Park Pass. In addition to a valid ticket, you also need a reservation for a specific park on a specific day. This allows Disney to control park crowds, which were initially set to 25% of each park’s capacity. This new system was likely key in convincing local Florida governments to allow the parks to reopen.
Disney could not allow parades (and the resulting crowds) due to social distancing, but they did introduce cavalcades – short mini-parades that take place at unannounced times throughout the day in all four parks. The cavalcades make it easy to see characters without long lines or waits. In a way, the cavalcades seem like an upgrade.
On December 2, 2020, EPCOT completed the majority of its reimagined entrance experience by removing the construction walls from the new fountain. The fountain features three giant pillars etched with the classic EPCOT logo, much like the park’s original fountain from 1982. It looks great during the day but looks even better at night.
9 – Gideon’s Bakehouse Opens
On December 23, 2020, we received an early Christmas sweet treat with the opening of Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs. The shop regularly has a two to three-hour wait in a virtual queue and serves up unbelievably delicious half-pound chocolate chip cookies in addition to a few cakes and drinks. The treats are worth the wait.
Did you visit Disney World in 2020? Will you visit soon?