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Disney cancels Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processional

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Walt Disney World Resort has shared an update on this year’s holiday offerings, including the cancellation of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the Candlelight Processional.

Despite the hiatus of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom and the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, Christmas is still going ahead at Disney World.

According to the Disney Parks Blog, the Florida resort has reimagined the holidays in response to COVID-19. They are running from November 6 to December 30.

Laurel Slater, manager of communications for Walt Disney World Public Affairs, said: “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.”

There will be festive décor, themed merchandise, seasonal F&B and entertainment across Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney reimagines the holidays amid COVID-19

Attractions include festive flotillas at Animal Kingdom, holiday promenades at Epcot, merry motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and character cavalcades at Magic Kingdom.

In addition, Minnie Mouse is hosting a yuletide gathering Hollywood & Vine, and special projection effects will festively adorn the Cinderella Castle, replacing the Castle Dream Lights.

Over at Disney Springs, there will be elaborate Disney-themed Christmas trees, as well as a magical snowfall in the evenings and Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar.

Disney Resort hotels will also be decorated for the holidays, with the lobbies featuring iconic trees and other festive flourishes. However, the gingerbread displays will not return to the hotels this year due to physical distancing guidelines.

Castle Dream Lights gets replaced for 2020

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Starting on November 27, Epcot’s holiday kitchens will return, including favourites such as American Holiday Table and Bavaria Holiday Kitchen.

Walt Disney World Resort announced in mid-June that it was cancelling Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, although Halloween is still going ahead in 2020.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort both reached their reduced capacity limits for the first time since reopening over Labor Day weekend in the US.

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Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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