Christmastime Parade 2014 - Santa

Haul Out The Holly: Major Changes For Christmas 2020 At Disney World

Walt Disney World during the holidays is a special time. Starting with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party running from August to October, and continuing on to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the Parks are filled with festive events and treats for weeks.

Sadly, it was announced earlier this summer that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and its events, would be canceled for 2020. News of the cancellation left guests disappointed and concerned for the future of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas.

Christmas trees in front of Main Street USA train station

Disney World at Christmas time is something that all the Parks and resorts take part in. From giant gingerbread houses to mini-concerts, the Christmas Season is a non-stop festive party.

Sadly, guests will have to wait until at least 2021 to experience the full party.

A look down Main Street USA at Christmas!
A look down Main Street USA at Christmas!

Christmas Changes For 2020

On September 8, 2020, Disney World announced that major changes were in store for any event that could draw a large crowd.

This means that Disney canceled Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (Magic Kingdom), the Candlelight Processional (EPCOT), and Disney Resorts gingerbread house displays and shops (various resorts).

Disney also announced new events and celebrations coming to the Parks as well as a large number of changes. The Christmas celebrations will start on November 6 and continue through the holidays on December 30, 2020.

Below you will find all the major changes coming to Walt Disney World this holiday season.

A gingerbread house display at the Grand Floridian.
A gingerbread house display at the Grand Floridian.

Cancelations For 2020

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2020 (Magic Kingdom)
  • Candlelight Precessional (EPCOT)
  • Disney’s Resorts gingerbread house displays (Disney Resorts)
  • Cinderella’s Castle will not feature the now-famous “Dream Lights”, but instead will present a series of holiday-themed projections (Magic Kingdom)
Candlelight Processional canceled for 2020
The Candlelight Processional has been canceled for 2020

Returning From 2019

  • Property-wide holiday decor (Walt Disney World)
  • Unique and festive merchandise (Walt Disney World)
  • Classic holiday music in certain areas of the Parks (Walt Disney World)
  • Seasonal food and beverage offerings (Walt Disney World)
  • Carolers and Main Street Philharmonic holiday music (Walt Disney World)
  • Decorated/themed Christmas Trees on display (Disney Springs)
  • EPCOT’s holiday-themed food booths, known as EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays (EPCOT)
  • Various concerts in the World Showcase (EPCOT)
  • Voices of Liberty – holiday music (EPCOT)
Santa Claus will still be making appearances this year.
Christmastime Parade – Santa Claus will still be making appearances this year.

New Additions For 2020

  • Visit from (not with) Santa Claus (locations TBD)
  • Merry motorcades, much like current character ones (Walt Disney World)
  • Meet and Greets with Goofy Santa at Hollywood and Vine (Hollywood Studios)
  • Main Street’s iconic Disney Snowfall now relocated (Disney Springs)

Sadly, there will be no Very Merry Christmas Parade this year, but you can take a look back at 2019’s parade with the video below!

Will you visit Disney World for Christmastime 2020 with no Christmas Party or Candlelight Processional?