As expected, Disney has confirmed that they are making some MAJOR adjustments to their holiday offerings in 2020 in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.The biggest change is coming to the Magic Kingdom, which has not only cancelled Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, but has also confirmed that the iconic Cinderella Castle DreamLights will not be displayed this year. However, there will be some special holiday fun still at Cinderella Castle as the iconic castle will be transformed with a rotating series of designs including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation.
Over at Epcot, it has been announced that a slimmed down version of the International Festival of the Holidays will kick off on November 27, but without the Candlelight Processional or the holiday stage performances in each country. Instead, they will be bringing back holiday kitchens round World Showcase promenade with special food offerings and returning entertainment from JOYFUL!, which will present a journey through R&B, Gospel, contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music. In addition, the Voices of Liberty will perform at the America Gardens Theatre stage for a special concert of favorite carols and songs of the season.
In addition to all of these park-specific holiday celebrations, guests will find seasonal character cavalcades and appearances at all four theme parks, and Santa Claus will make time for special pop-up appearances at each location, waving and exclaiming holiday wishes to all.
Over at Disney Springs it looks like the trees that were previously presented as part of the Christmas Tree Trail will be spread out throughout the shopping district, and special decor and menu items will be available beginning in November. Guests who visit Disney Springs after dark will also be able to enjoy a magical snowfall as well to help celebrate the season.
Finally, at Disney Resort hotels though lobbies will be decked out for the holidays, it has been confirmed that the annual gingerbread display tradition will not be available this year.