Disney announced earlier today with the holidays are returning back to Walt Disney World! As part of their Halfway to the holidays just like for the Halloween campaign. For those who are planning a trip down to Orlando, as their some hits and misses that were shared by Disney.
The holidays will still be in line with the resort’s upcoming 50th anniversary on October 1st, 2021. Guests can still expect festive entertainment, food and beverages throughout the theme parks and on-resort hotels.
Some of the announcements are pleasing, while other’s not so much.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom
If you are going to expect the return of “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” well, their some not so much good news on that part. As the previous announcement for Halloween will be an “After Hours” event, Christmas will follow the same manner.
“Disney’s Very Merriest After Hours” will be a special ticketed event that will start from November 8th till December 21st, only selected nights. From 9pm to 1am, with early entry starting at 7pm. Event tickets are not needed with regular admission or a theme park reservation.
Positive side it will include “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks”! Guests can expect the return of the usuals such as; Disney characters, holiday music and decor, treats etc. Even the “snoap” fall on Main Street U.S.A. as well.
Now to some of you and are wondering where is the Dream Lights news? Unfortunately that is not happening this year. As part of the 50th anniversary as special holiday projections “will appear on most nights”.
They will alternate with the Beacon of Light anniversary projections. Which means for the rest of the 18-month celebration, as the lights aren’t likely to be coming back for a while, or to be concluded. Lasting into likely 2022 or Spring 2023.
Tickets will go on sale next month, with an early purchase for guests who stay at selected on resort hotels. Limited quanity of tickets will be sold for the event.
Now some more “merrier” and brightful news. Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays will be coming back from, November 26th to December 30th, 2021. Including the traditional holiday kitchens! The festival will be sponsored by AdventHealth. Entertainment with the Voices of Liberty and more food options of the famous Cookie Stroll as part of it.
No mention for the return of the Candlelight Processional by Disney.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The sounds of nature for the holidays at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as a recent new favorite. Disney characters will be sailing down Discovery River towards the songs of holiday music. Same deal as rest of the theme parks, for the Tree of Life in terms of the Beacon of Magic. It will be switching between the 50th anniversary and the holiday addition of Tree of Awakening projection shows.
Disney’s Hollywoood Studios
Take another traditional stroll down Sunset Boulevard, as the return of Sunset Season Greetings for it’s map projections at Hollywood Holiday Tower Hotel. If you ever seen the projections in person and will be transforming with different Disney and Pixar films. Frozen’s Arendelle, the Muppets gingerbread house, a Toy Story toy hotel and a Dickensian village inspired by “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”. Same drill to be rotated with the 50th flair and holiday projections.
Shopping, dining and entertainment as Disney Springs will have it all. The return of the Christmas Tree Stroll that will have new and returning Disney-themed trees. More “snoap” to add towards the festive flair for holiday shoppers in the Town Center.
Themed food and beverages including the return of Jock Lindsay’s Holiday Bar! Enjoy a limited-offering menu filled with holiday favorites.
Another holiday favorite and “cooking” it’s way back is the return of the gingerbread houses. “Selected displays” to be featured at resort hotels and likely the return of the classic, gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa.
Restaurants will be also offering up holiday menus for speciality food and drinks.
In summary, as it may not be the full on experience versus the Disney Park favorites that many are used to. With the changes due towards the pandemic and how much a lot of theme park events had to be drastically adjusted towards the environment.
Plus on top of the 50th coming up and will be a weird change for fans. We’ll see if the park fandom still either prefers Halloween or Christmas this year, based off of the social media responses.
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