The holiday season has officially arrived at Walt Disney World!
The 2020 holiday season in Disney World will definitely look a bit different than in years past, but even though some Christmas classics like the Candlelight Processional in EPCOT and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in Magic Kingdom have been canceled this year, there’s still plenty of holiday fun to go around!
Here are the six best things you can do in Disney World during the 2020 holidays!
1. Watch the Holiday Character Cavalcades
Since the parks reopened, parades and character meet-and-greets have been suspended in favor of the shorter, unscheduled character cavalcades which take place in all four parks. And during the holiday season, the cavalcades have received a festive makeover!
But of all the parks, the Magic Kingdom cavalcades have to be the star! You can see Mickey and friends in their holiday best and the Disney Princesses decked out in their winter gear. Plus the iconic Tin Soldiers, Reindeer, and, of course, Santa himself all make appearances as well!
We’ve really enjoyed seeing our favorite characters in a new way. And the seasonal cavalcades add an extra dose of magic to the experience!
2. Try the Seasonal Snacks
Guests will find plenty of seasonal snacks all over Disney World! But the two parks that we have to give an extra special shoutout to are Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
These two parks are home to tons of holiday treats, including most of our favorites so far! We loved Belle’s Enchanted Christmas Tree at Gaston’s Tavern, the Spice Up Your Holiday sandwich at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, and the Chocolate-Chestnut Pinecone at The Trolley Car Cafe, to name a few!
Whatever your taste preferences are, there are TONS of seasonal snacks to enjoy around Disney World. Be sure to check out the full list of all the holiday treat offerings to pick your must-gets!
3. Visit the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is set to run from November 27 through December 30. And while the offerings will be pared down compared to previous years, there will still be plenty of exciting things to see, do, and EAT!
Guests can eat and drink their way around the holiday food booths, take part in the cookie stroll, play along with Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Scavenger Hunt, enjoy live performances across the park, and more!
While we’re bummed that we’ll be missing out on some of our favorites this year — like the Candlelight Processional — we’d still say a visit to EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays is definitely worth the trip!
4. Go on a Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt in Disney Springs
In previous years, Disney Springs has hosted a Christmas Tree Trail, featuring elaborately decorated trees themed to various Disney films, parks, and attractions.
But to allow for social distancing, Disney Springs is switching things up a bit this year. Instead of placing the trees together on a trail, the themed Christmas trees are now located in various places throughout Disney Springs.
Guests can even pick up a Christmas Tree Stroll map from Guest Services in Disney Springs and go on a FREE scavenger hunt! Guests who are able to match all of the trees to their locations on the map will walk away with a prize!
A fun and free activity in Disney World — gotta love that!
5. Ride the Jingle Cruise in Magic Kingdom
With holiday decor and jokes sprinkled throughout the ride, this ride overlay is a joy to experience. And it’s nice to see one of our favorite holiday additions make an unannounced appearance this year!
If you find yourself in Magic Kingdom while the Jingle Cruise is still sailing, we’d say it’s worth cruising into!
6. Catch a Nighttime “Show”
The fireworks and nighttime spectaculars in Disney World are still currently on hold. But, during the holiday season, guests can experience several nighttime “shows” in Disney World! In Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle will light up with a holiday projection show each evening.
Guests in Disney’s Hollywood Studios will find a similar nightly projection show displayed on the usually eerie Tower of Terror!
And in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life Holiday Awakenings projection show is also running nightly!
These holiday projection shows have warmed our hearts this season while we await the return of fireworks and other nighttime entertainment!
If you’re heading to Disney World this holiday season, you have a ton of incredible entertainment, eats, and activities to look forward to. Here’s hoping your Christmastime is very merry and bright!
Are you traveling to Disney World this holiday season? How many of these things are on your to-do list? Let us know in the comments!
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