Weekly Disney Roundup For September 5 – 11, 2020

In this edition of the Weekly Disney Round-Up: We have new information on the 2020 Very Merry Christmas Party, guests can now build their own lightsaber (again), and a new Disney+ series is set to take place at the Animal Kingdom.

This is your Disney news round-up for the week of September 5, 2020.

COVID-19 Updates

Major Changes Coming To Disney’s Christmas Celebrations: 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. On September 8, 2020, Disney announced the cancelation of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party among several other celebrations. Along with the cancelations came additions and returning celebrations from 2019!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will not take place in 2020.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will not take place in 2020.

More Discounts For Floridians! Disney World is now offering a Florida Resident Disney Magic Flex Ticket which includes 2, 3, or 4 days at one park per day. The two-day ticket is $130 plus tax, and must be used by September 30, 2020.  As with all park admissions, you will need to secure a Disney Park Pass reservation.

Magic Kingdom

TTA PeopleMover Shut Down Gets Extended: We are now hearing that the closure has been extended from October 2020 to late November. We don’t yet know the cause of the shutdown or the timeline for reopening, but personally, hope that the attraction will open soon.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority may be down for a while longer.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority may be down for a while longer.

New Information On Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Surfaces: We have known for some time that 2020 will not see presentations of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, but we recently learned that Disney has some special fall treats in store for us, including special food and decorations. Disney has now provided some additional details about its plans for entertainment during the Halloween season.

Hollywood Studios

Savi’s Workshop to Reopen on September 20th: On September 20, 2020, visitors to Batuu and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will once again be able to build their own lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop. Disney will adjust the experience, including reducing the shop’s capacity to allow for physical distancing.

You will soon be able to build a lightsaber once again.
You will soon be able to build a lightsaber once again.

EPCOT

Proof of EPCOT Cancelations? Reports online show that shopDisney has removed the planned EPCOT Festival Center from a poster collection. Disney has also removed the model of the Festival Center from the EPCOT Experience attraction. All this seems to be more evidence that we won’t need the Center for a while – if ever.

The Festival Center may be no more. Posted by Zach Riddley On Instagram @theZachRiddley repost by Disney Parks. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
The Festival Center may be no more. Posted by Zach Riddley On Instagram @theZachRiddley repost by Disney Parks. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Animal Kingdom:

New Disney+ Series Showcases Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Have you ever wondered what it is like to take care of the 5,000 animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and EPCOT’s The Seas With Nemo And Friends? With the new eight-series show coming to Disney+ on September 25, you can finally get a behind-the-scenes peek at how Disney cares for animals of all types and sizes.

Disney+ will soon take you behind the scenes at Animal Kingdom. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Disney+ will soon take you behind the scenes at Animal Kingdom. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Noteworthy

  • One of the main signs for the Voyage of the Little Mermaid stage show has been removed (Hollywood Studios).
  • Disney officially began operating at their reduced hours (All Parks).
  • Disney+ announces a new Frozen short. The film will follow the backstory of Olaf. Once Upon a Snowman is set for release on October 23.