Walt Disney World is extra magical at Christmastime and this year, even with the coronavirus pandemic at Disney World, will be no exception! We are super excited for all the tried and true Christmas favorites returning to the park. But, lets face it, we’re always excited about something new! Check out the list of what’s new at Walt Disney World for Christmas in 2020!
When Does Christmas Start at Walt Disney World?
This means resort decorations, specialty seasonal snacks and more! Check out all the plans in each Disney Park, Disney Springs, and the Disney Resorts below!
Christmas happens at Walt Disney World Nov 6- Dec 30, 2020.
What are the Christmas Hours at Walt Disney World?
Walt Disney World Christmas hours vary across the parks. Here are the 2020 published hours for the Holidays at Disney World.
- November 1- 5: 9am- 6pm
- November 6-28: 9am- 7pm
Animal Kingdom hours remain the same.
- November 9am- 5pm
Epcot is hosting the Festival of Holidays with a few changes noted below.
- November 1- 26: 11am- 7pm
- November 27-28: 12pm- 8pm
Hollywood Studios hours remain the same.
- November 10am- 7pm
Disney at Christmas Time
As the holiday season fast approaches, there is so much to look forward to! To get you started here are ways to beat the Disney Holiday Crowds, so that your vacation can stay magical. Christmas activities begin the second week of November in most all the parks and resorts. Check out our post on the Best Time to Visit Disney World during the holidays.
Animal Kingdom at Christmas
You can see life sized puppets, rooftop luminaries, bird lanterns and more to give you that wintry feeling at Animal Kingdom for the holidays. Here are all the things that are returning this year and a few new things to add to the mix!
Featuring Disney Characters in their holiday best keep an eye out for Festival Floatillas. These floats will appear throughout the day for festive fun to look forward to.
The big man himself will be floating on a Festival Flotilla down Discovery River as part of the Animal Kingdom Celebrations.
Wintry Tales on the Tree of Life
This digital show on the Tree of Life showcases woodland animals, a holiday music score and shimmering magical scenes that honor nature and the spirit of the holidays. (Tentative)
- Diwali, India’s holiday Festival of Lights returns as part of the Up! A Great Bird Adventure show.
- Holiday Hoopla Dance Party in Dinoland USA brings together our favorite ducks and characters to holiday tunes.
- African Holiday Music and Performances in Harambe.
- Holiday Dining at Tusker House means the restaurant and the characters are gonna get a little more festive!
- And peruse the Kitschy Holiday Decor landing at base camp in Pandora near Pongu Pongu.
Hollywood Studios at Christmas
Hollywood Studios at Christmas is one of our favorite parks to visit. In addition to everything new you also get that feeling of an old time holiday! Read more about why we think you must visit Hollywood Studios for the Holidays.
Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine
Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine Is all about Yuletide Dining and all our favorite Disney characters dressed up for the holidays. You can hang out with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy in their Christmas attire. And this experience includes Santa Goofy!
These Merry Motorcades in Hollywood Studios feature our favorite Hollywood Studios characters- think Star Wars and Toys Story- dressed up for the season!
Hollywood Studios Flurry of Fun
Flurry of Fun returns featuring all of our favorite staples for the holidays. One of our favorite FREE experiences at Walt Disney World for the holidays this event includes Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Nighttime spectacular, Sunset Seasons Greetings, snowfall on Sunset Boulevard and amazing holiday themed treats! (Tentative)
The Toy Story Land Christmas Overlay
The overlay features holiday tunes streaming on Alien Swirling Saucers, jingle bell sounds on Slinky Dog Dash and Woody, Buzz and Jesse in some spruced up holiday wear. Plus a 10 foot tall Hamm sugar cookie. Be on the lookout! Toy Story Land will also get decorated with popcorn strung around the place in classic Christmas fashion. (Tentative)
This digital show on the Tower of Terror joins the snowfall, and moving billboards on Sunset Boulevard for a flurry of fun! (Tentative)
- Olaf’s special Holiday Finale will be featured in the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing Along as part of the show overlay for the holidays.
- Plus for the littles you can check out the new Meet and Greet with Vampirina in animation courtyard and the new Disney Junior Dance Party.
Magic Kingdom at Christmas
With Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Cancelled this year, there will still be a few things at Magic Kingdom to help you get in the holiday spirit.
Cinderella Castle Digital Show
The castle will NOT have Dreamlights this year, instead show a kaleidoscope of colors that will make the perfect backdrop for your holiday photos at Magic Kingdom.
Holiday Character Cavalcades
This float cavalcade features Magic Kingdom characters dressed in their holiday finest plus gingerbread men and elves!
Jingle Cruise on the Jungle Cruise
One of our favorite rides, Jungle Cruise, gets a holiday overlay at Walt Disney World every year. With decorations scattered throughout this exotic cruise, you’ll also get a slew of new holiday stories. Jingle Cruise Skippers journeying home for the holidays share tales of holiday mayhem and family drama. Complete with a holiday lineup of pun-filled jokes.
Main Street USA Toy Soldier March
Featuring the Main Street Philharmonic Toy Soldiers join the festivities this year.
- New Tomorrowland Speedway Overlay. Gear up for some new lights, festive music and decor as you speed through the holiday speedway.
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Holiday Show. Only during the Christmas Party, you’ll be able to see new holiday visitors to the Laugh Floor.
- Space Mountain Overlay. Get into the spirit with festive songs and holidays lights popping up throughout this coaster!
- The Mad Tea Party Teacups also get a new feeling with holiday music and lights, perfect for a wacky Christmas Party.
- Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, featuring Minnie Mouse herself will combine all new fireworks with the songs you know and love! Plan to sing along to Joy to the World, Deck the Halls to Up on the House Top and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
- You can also catch a new a capella group of singers taking over the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas stage during the Christmas Party.
- And check out new treats at the Christmas Party including some Wreck it Ralph specialties.
- Dreamlights on Cinderellas Castle and decorations galore are included in admission.
- Grab a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and watch the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade,
- A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and
- Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show
- A Frozen Holiday Wish stage show
If you’re looking for a special event to make it extra merry, grab a reservation at Tony’s. Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party comes complete with special viewing of the Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade. New foods and special seating comes to the tune of 99 dollars a ticket and only available during party nights.
EPCOT at Christmas
This Year the Candlelight Processional is Cancelled, But thankfully we still get Festival of Holidays! Here’s everything happening at Epcot for the holidays in 2020.
Festival of Holidays
Disney’s Festival of Holidays 2020 begins November 27, 2020 and runs to December 30th. Holiday kitchens return to the World Showcase promenade. So you can look forward to all our favorite festival dishes, like the Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing at the American Holiday Table. Check out our favorite foods at Festival of Holidays from years past. And the Holiday Cookie Stroll will most likely return with the kitchens! So stay tuned.
Promenades featuring our favorite EPCOT characters in holiday outfits will peruse the park throughout the day during the season.
This voice celebration returns for 2020, with choir members singing the best holiday music to fill the park with that seasonal feeling from the EPCOT stage.
Voices of Liberty
Voices of Liberty will be on the American Garden’s Stage showcasing holiday favorites throughout the holidays.
Chip and Dales Christmas Tree Spree Scavenger Hunt Game
One of our favorite EPCOT games returns to give you a little reason to hang out in each country! New prizes and game board await! Be sure to grab a Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree map if you’re bringing the kids. A new game and prizes await!
The Candlelight Processional 2020 is CANCELLED.
- New presenters at the Candlelight Processional arrive this year. The Candlelight Processional will be Nov 29- Dec 30, 2019. Be sure to check out the Disney site for all the celebrity presenters.
Disney Springs at Christmas
Christmas at Disney Springs runs the second week in November through the first week in January. And has loads of holiday happenings you don’t need to step foot in the parks to experience.
Elaborately Decorated Christmas Trees will be placed throughout Disney Springs.
Magical Snowfall at Town Center, West Side and The Landing.
Jock Lindsay’s Holiday Bar is new this year, as the restaurant transforms with a new holiday themed overlay, and limited time menu with seasonal favorites.
Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt gets you coupons and some scavenger hunt shopping fun.
- The Christmas Tree Trail has 27 themed trees, including new Christmas tree additions like Toy Story and Star Wars, plus Haunted Mansion and a vintage Mickey and Minnie tree.
- Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers, Living Statues in holiday attire, strolling carolers and more join the live entertainment at Disney Springs to kick the Christmas Spirit up a notch.
- Santa’s Chalet. Join Santa Clause himself to share your Christmas list. Santa Goofy takes Ol’ Saint Nicks place from Dec 25- 31.
Disney Resorts at Christmas
Be sure to check out all the happenings at Disney Resorts at Christmas. The Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian is a fan favorite. And we’ll be adding loads of new things as they arrive at the Disney Resorts this season November 6- December 30, 2020
UPDATE 2020: Gingerbread House displays across Walt Disney World Resorts have been CANCELLED for 2020. 🙁
- Where to Find Gingerbread Displays at Walt Disney World
- Celebrating 20 years of Gingerbread at Beach Club
New Disney Holiday Snacks
We’ll be adding the new seasonal snacks for the holiday months here!
New Seasonal Merchandise at Disney Parks
Just like every year before we can count on seasonal merchandise in the parks, so be sure to stop by a gift shop to see everything new!
What’s New at Walt Disney World for Christmas?
So there you have it! Everything happening at Walt Disney World for Christmas this year. So far! Let us know your favorites for the holidays at Disney! And be sure to check out all the Free Things at Disney During the Holidays!