Walt Disney World cancels two Christmas events, ops for reimagined holiday celebration

Christmas will look a bit different in the parks this year

Walt Disney World announced Tuesday that its Christmas festivities at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot will look a bit different this year.


Disney announced the cancelation of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party and EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional -- two highly attended events.


“We know these experiences are a cherished part of holiday traditions that will be missed by guests and cast members alike, but we’re glad to be able to bring holiday magic in other creative ways,” Disney said on its blog.


If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend the special ticketed event or hear the Candlelight Processional, here’s what you might have missed.


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event hosted at the Magic Kingdom. The party is held on select nights throughout Nov. and Dec.


Party guests can enjoy fireworks, Christmas themed rides, castle stage shows, dance parties and cookie hunting throughout the park. It’s basically a night filled with close encounters and large crowds.


The cancelations were expected after Disney's website would not allow guests to purchase tickets for the event in advance.


Guests hoping to snag their tickets early for the Christmas party were greeted with a caption that said reservations were unavailable.


“At this time, reservations for this experience are not available. Learn more about reservations during the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort,” the website said.


EPCOT’s Candle Light Processional draws huge crowds every year as a list of celebrity narrators tell the story of Christmas.


The story is told with an accompanying 50-piece live orchestra and mass choir making for one very moving performance.


Disney had previously canceled its Fall event, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Disney officials said with stage shows, parades, and fireworks they would not be able to host the events.


Sadly, it was just a matter of time before Disney broke the expected news to its global audience.


While most major gatherings have been canceled, not all festivals have fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic.


EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival, which began on July 15, has been entertaining guests since the park reopened on the same day.


Guests with a park reservation have been able to enjoy foods from around the globe -- while standing stationary -- during the festival.


The event typically runs from late September to mid-November, however, the event began on EPCOT’reopening day after the pandemic closure ran through most of the International Flower and Garden Show.


With the Christmas season wrapped up, it can officially be said that the COVID-19 pandemic canceled all of Disney's special ticketed events for the year 2020.

© 2020 by Thomas Metevia.