Everything looks different since the COVID-19 pandemic began. That includes Walt Disney World. Disney is doing everything that they can to keep all guests and Cast Members as safe as possible. This means extra cleaning, social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands often, and encouraging the use of hand sanitizer frequently. Things are starting to pick back up again at Walt Disney World. This winter is a perfect time to get a break from the madness of life and go on a Walt Disney World vacation. They decided to not have Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the Candlelight Processional, but there are still many reasons to plan your trip. Here are eight of those reasons why you should visit Walt Disney World this winter.
8. Nice Weather
One of the perks of Walt Disney World being located in Central Florida is they don’t have the freezing winters that many other parts of the country have. Yes, temperatures can get cool every now and then but on average Florida winters are very pleasant and comfortable. You can get a break from all the snow up North and have an enjoyable day outside. You can even swim at your resort! You won’t want to leave. This is one of the reasons why snowbirds come to Central Florida in the winter, and that many people call Orlando home.
7. Walt Disney World Resort Decorations
Normally the Walt Disney World Resorts do decorations up really big for the holiday season, especially the Deluxe Resorts. Unfortunately, this year they are not doing quite as much. There will be no gingerbread houses this year, but that doesn’t mean the resorts won’t be festive. Every resort will still have a Christmas tree, and you know that they will be magnificent. Make sure to check out the decorations at the different resorts. You’re sure to find the perfect photo opportunity. Remember, in order to park at a resort you need to be staying there or have dining reservations. You can take a bus from Disney Springs, though.
6. Holiday Foods
Walt Disney World knows what they’re doing when it comes to food. The holiday season is no exception. There are many different holiday themed treats that you and your family can enjoy just for this time of year. There will be special items in all four theme parks, at Disney Springs, as well as at the resorts. Whether you’re looking for something savory or you prefer sweet, there will be plenty of holiday offerings to enjoy.
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5. Holiday Merch
Walt Disney World has gift shops all over. Make sure to stop by and check out all the different holiday merchandise that is available to purchase. From shirts to jackets to ornaments to ears and more, there are many different souvenirs that you can bring home to show off how much fun you had at Walt Disney World. You just might be able to do some of your holiday shopping as well.
4. Disney Springs
If you’re looking for some Christmas spirit make sure you check out Disney Springs. With free parking and no theme park ticket required you can find plenty of the holiday spirit there. The Christmas Tree Trail is not returning this year, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any trees. There will be plenty throughout the district! Disney Springs will also have “snow” as well. There will be decorations everywhere, so make sure you have your camera ready.
3. Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
The full Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is not taking place this year. There will be no Candlelight Processional, and the holiday storytellers will not be on hand. There will still be plenty of Christmas cheer to be found. Holiday Kitchens will be found all around World Showcase. The Holiday Cookie Stroll Returns; purchase five cookies and you’ll receive a sixth for free! There is also entertainment. JOYFUL is returning to World ShowPlace, singing some R&B gospel holiday music. The Voices of Liberty will be found at the American Gardens Theatre, where they will be singing some of the classic holiday tunes. You won’t want to miss it. Epcot is a wonderful place if you want to get into the holiday spirit. While most of the holiday events at Walt Disney World begin on November 6, the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays doesn’t start until November 27.
2. Christmas Character Cavalcades
Although we still can’t get up close to our favorite Disney characters we will still get to see them in their adorable holiday attire. There will be many different Christmas Character Cavalcades in all four theme parks. Keep your eyes open for Santa! The Character Cavalcades at the Magic Kingdom will be extra special. If you’re looking for reindeer, elves, and gingerbread men this is where you’ll find them! The Character Cavalcades run at random times throughout the day so that they won’t attract a crowd. The characters can see you, so make sure to smile and wave. You can still interact with some of your favorites, just from 6 feet away.
1. Cinderella Castle
Castle Dream Lights will not be returning this holiday season, but that does not mean you won’t want to see Cinderella Castle after dark. Instead, the iconic structure will be lit up with special projections. It will not be a show, per se, because crowds will gather for a show. Instead, it will be a series of different designs. Some will be whimsical, while others will be more royal. The projections will be the perfect backdrop for your Christmas photos! This could be the only year that the projections replace the dream lights, so you’ll want to see it for yourself. The holiday activities at Walt Disney World run through December 30.