Disney Cancels Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processional But Will Have New Offerings


Well the rumored cancelation of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is official. It seem that Disney has cancelled that event and the Candlelight Processional this year. According to the Disney Parks Blog they are “reimagining the holidays.”

Here’s what they are doing:

From November 6 – December 30 guests can still enjoy holiday decor, seasonal food and beverage offerings, entertainment and merchandise across the Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney will be offering “Holiday Magic” at all four theme parks and Disney Springs. Santa Claus will be appearing at all locations.

Here’s what to expect at each park:

Magic Kingdom –

  • Character cavalcades
  • “… Magic Kingdom Park will take on a special holiday twist, with Christmas friends on festive floats in their holiday finest. Gingerbread Men? Check! Elves and Reindeer? Check, check! And, my personal favorite, the Toy Soldiers, will join the Main Street Philharmonic as they march through Magic Kingdom Park, bringing musical holiday cheer for all to hear.”

  • A new projection show on Cinderella Castle “The appearance of 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. This will be in place of the Castle Dream Lights.” There will not be the special holiday lights placed on the castle like they usually do.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom –

  • Festive flotillas


  • Holiday Promenades.
  • Holiday kitchens return on November 27
  • World ShowPlace will have the group JOYFUL! return with their “R&B, Gospel, contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music.”
  • The Voices of Liberty will perform at the America Gardens Theatre stage with “carols and songs of the season.”

Disney’s Hollywood Studios-

  • Merry Motorcades.

  • Minnie Mouse holiday event at Hollywood and Vine starting on November 6. Santa Goofy will be joining Minnie Mouse in costume fo the holidays.

Basically all the parks will have some form ofmini parades of characters on vehicles or boats, but they each call them something “fancy.”

Disney Springs

  • Disney will again put up their Christmas Trees in Disney Springs.  This year they will spread around the shopping area.
  • Snow will fall in Town Center, West Side and The Landing areas.
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will become Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar.

Disney Resort Hotels

The hotels will be again decorated for the holidays but the gingerbread displays will not be happening this year due to physical distancing guidelines.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the Candlelight Processional and the Gingerbread displays are simply going on hiatus until, hopefully, next year.

I’m not sure yet about Sunshine Season’s Greetings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s mostly a projection show, so it might still be a go. It wasn’t mentioned in the Disney Parks Blog article.

Here’s a video that they put up (but doesn’t offer much other than the castle and Mickey and Minnie in their sweater outfits waving at you.)

I don’t think anyone is surprised by these changes.

What do you think? Comment and let us know.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Kambrea Pratt
Disney has been a big part of my life for years--from family trips to WDW to growing up on Disney classics, TV, and movies. Prior to Pirates and Princesses I successfully ran social media and websites since 2010. I've also been a public speaker and presenter since 2007. I'm the co-host for the YouTube channel Clownfish TV as well as the podcast/ Youtube Pirates and Princesses (PNP) channel. Former contributor, online personality and acting social media manager at The Kingdom Insider (which we built from the ground up and ran from 1997-2019 --Thom didn't quit FYI) Pirates and Princesses was started by my husband and I several years ago. We loved Disney and wanted to honestly cover all aspects from pop-culture to the parks from a consumer focused stance. Living OUR happily ever after getting to do what we love with our two kids! Creating fun content and building new things. Certified art teacher, and mom. Opinions are all mine.

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