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2020 Holiday Fun At Walt Disney World

If you are looking for some place to get away and spend the holidays this year, look no further than Walt Disney World. Here’s everything you need to know to experience a fun-filled festive time with your friends and family at Walt Disney World this holiday season courtesy of Disney:


Christmas at Magic KingdomA reimagined holiday celebration will begin November 6, 2020, at Walt Disney World Resort, with the four theme parks, Disney Springs and Disney resort hotels decked for the season. Through December 30, guests will discover seasonal food and drinks at The Most Magical Place on Earth, as well as special merchandise and enchanting new entertainment experiences.

When night falls at Magic Kingdom Park, projection effects will transform Cinderella Castle with a kaleidoscope of designs, including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation. The iconic castle will provide the perfect colorful background for guests seeking a magical holiday portrait.

Highlights from the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will begin November 27. Holiday kitchens will return around the World Showcase promenade, offering favorite dishes such as Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing at the American Holiday Table.

Other highlights for the upcoming holiday season at Walt Disney World include:

  • Christmas GoofyAt Magic Kingdom, characters synonymous with the season – including gingerbread men and elves – will join Disney characters in cavalcades through the park. On Main Street, U.S.A., toy soldiers will march with the Main Street Philharmonic as they bring musical cheer for all to hear.
  • Favorite Disney characters dressed in their holiday finest will appear in festive flotillas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, holiday promenades at EPCOT and merry motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Minnie Mouse will host a yuletide dining experience at Hollywood & Vine, inviting some of her best pals – including Santa Goofy – to join the fun.
  • Inside World ShowPlace at EPCOT, JOYFUL! will take guests on a musical journey of holiday music, while Voices of Liberty will use their eight-part harmonies to share songs of the season at the America Gardens Theatre.
  • Elaborately decorated Christmas trees will spring up throughout Disney Springs, and a magical snowfall will occur within Town Center, West Side and The Landing. In addition, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will transform into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar with delightful décor and a limited-time menu of festive favorites.
  • Disney resort hotels will deck their halls for the holidays, including iconic Christmas trees in lobbies and other festive flourishes.
  • Santa Claus will wave to guests as he makes pop-up appearances at each park, as well as Disney Springs. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, for example, he will sail down Discovery River on a special flotilla.

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Gideon's Bakehouse

First Look At Gideon’s Bakehouse Coming To Disney Springs

In recent years, Disney Springs has quickly become one of the best spots in Walt Disney World to find delicious foods. With so many places recently debuting in this location, get ready to add another one to your list. Slated to open this year, Gideon’s Bakehouse is soon to join the ranks of tasty must try dessert options in The Landing at Disney Springs. Once it opens, here’s what guests can expect when visiting Gideon’s Bakehouse according to Disney:

Multi-award-winning local business Gideon’s Bakehouse will be opening its long-anticipated second location in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Gideon’s original location opened in late 2016 at Orlando’s East End Market with one employee and an $800 budget. The Bakehouse quickly gained international recognition for its almost ½-pound, small-batch handmade cookies. Word quickly spread, and lines up to 80 minutes long became a regular sight – with locals and visitors alike all hoping to get their hands on their favorite flavor before Gideon’s sold out.

“Exploring local food has become a large part of what it means to travel. We’re proud to be representing the creative Central Florida small-business scene, which has grown so much over this past decade,” said owner and creator Steve Lewis. “To go from a 286- square-foot bakery to the international stage that Disney draws is a remarkable experience. We’re doing this on our own steam, free from partners or investors. That has been made possible by the unwavering support of our local community.”

Anticipating to open later this year, Gideon’s Bakehouse plans to bring an expanded menu of its cookie and cake slices to The Landing at Disney Springs. Taking advantage of this larger space, Gideon’s will add its own line of unique iced coffees, like the Original Peanut Butter Iced Coffee, built to pair flawlessly with their desserts. Guests can expect to see all of their favorite cookie flavors, plus new limited editions available exclusively during timed daily releases. Guests will be able to enjoy the ever-popular Coffee Cake Cookie (previously only available one month a year) every morning at Gideon’s in Disney Springs. For those looking for something extra special after dinner, Gideon’s is introducing a Hot Cookie Hour each evening. “We’re also excited to bring more cake flavors to our new location, offering never-before-seen creations like our special line of Double Frosted Cakes,” said Lewis. “There are more than a few secrets we have up our sleeves, but you’ll have to wait and see. It’s not Gideon’s if it isn’t a little dark and mysterious.”

Gideon’s is also known for its uncommon visual presentation. Their original location takes inspiration from artists like Edward Gorey while paying tribute to a similarly eerie fan-favorite attraction at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. Its flagship location will look to build on that experience. Not only can guests expect a whimsical Victorian design to the new shop, but they can also look forward to collectible art becoming a part of their product packaging. “We aim to make the wait in line entertaining by immersing everyone in a transformative environment that will share our story as they progress towards the counter. Experience is everything to us, so memorable sweets and whimsical atmosphere exist hand in hand. This opportunity is truly a dream come true and will allow us to flex all of our creative muscles in both desserts and decor. We’re passionate, inspired, and ready,” said Lewis.

While you’re planning your visit to Walt Disney World, be sure to put Gideon’s Bakehouse on your list of must-try places, and I hope to see ya’ there real soon!

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Why Disney World Cancelling Everything Is Actually A Good Thing

Slowly information is beginning to trickle out from Walt Disney World ahead of the resort’s phased reopening on July 11, 2020. The official Disney website is now being updated frequently with important “Know Before You Go” information that will be critical for anyone planning a visit over the next few months.

Much has been covered throughout the Disney community of bloggers, vloggers, and podcasts about the new health and safety policies that will be in place as well as speculation as to what a Walt Disney World will feel like under the new normal. So instead of rehashing all of that, let’s take a look at the silver lining to this situation if you happen to have a visit in the near future.

WHY DISNEY WORLD CANCELLING EVERYTHING IS ACTUALLY A GOOD THING

So if you’re like me, you may have had a Walt Disney World vacation planned for months down to every detail. You got up early 180 days out to book all of those dining reservations for the restaurants you’ve been wanting to try, painstakingly created a plan outlining which day you would spend in each park, and again got up by dawn to book those hard to get Fastpasses for Flight of Passage, Slinky Dog Dash, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. You were so excited, your kids were so excited, everything was all set and ready to go…until is wasn’t. I feel your pain.

I understand that given everything going on in our country and around the world today, that a vacation that has been disrupted in some way or even postponed to next year is not the end of the world. But for anyone that is going through this, me and my kids included, it is disappointing. And guess what? It’s okay to be disappointed.

But here’s the good news, that silver lining I was talking about…it’s actually a good thing that Walt Disney World is cancelling everything. Honestly, it takes the pressure off; it takes the pressure off you, and it takes the pressure off the resort and cast members. We are all starting at zero…zero expectations…zero reservations, and that can actually benefit all of us.

There are automatically high expectations when you spend six months or more planning for something, eagerly anticipating something. Think weddings, graduations, holidays. We can’t help it, we’re human, of course we want it all to be perfect. Those amazing lifelong memories we’re all striving to create, right?

But with Disney cancelling all dining reservations and Fastpasses, and shifting the planning window to just 60 days out, we have the incredible opportunity to make the most of this situation. It is very likely that capacity limits will remain low for quite sometime, which translates to less crowded parks. Yes, it’s true, we might be missing some of the things that makes Disney, Disney, like parades, fireworks, shows, and character greetings, but imagine being able to ride your favorite attractions several times with little to no wait. Think for a moment about being able to leisurely walk along the pathways of the parks taking in the architecture and magical details without a crowd. What would it be like to go to the park and actually be spontaneous?

What if on this Walt Disney World vacation, you could actually slow down, enjoy the moment, and not feel like you need a vacation afterward?

If you have a trip booked in the next few months, I encourage you to take advantage of what could be a once in a lifetime relaxed and slower paced Walt Disney World vacation, if you let it. Zero expectations…zero reservations (except park admission, of course)!

WHAT I AM DOING ABOUT MY UPCOMING TRIPS

In my recent posts Disney World Reopening To Begin July 11 Upon Approval, Disney World Closed Indefinitely, Disney World Is Closed – Now What? and When Will Disney World Reopen, I shared what I am doing about my upcoming Walt Disney World vacations that I have scheduled throughout the rest of 2020.

As a quick update, I have now had to cancel my April, June, July, and August trips so far. I have one more Walt Disney World vacation currently scheduled during in early fall 2020 For the moment, I am still hanging on to the reservation and hope that I will be able to go.

I do have some concerns though, like will the resort hotel I’ve booked, Caribbean Beach Resort, be open yet, will I be able to reserve theme park admission for my travel dates or will there not be enough capacity, and will I physically be able to withstand the high Florida heat and humidity while wearing a mask without shows like Carousel of Progress or Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor open to cool off in.

In addition to those concerns, there are other considerations such as will the non-essential travel ban still be in effect in my home state of Colorado, is the reward of visiting Walt Disney World during this time worth the potential risk to the health of myself and my loved ones, and can I truly enjoy myself or will my worry and anxiety get the best of me?

For all of us with Disney World travel plans scheduled in the near future, we are going to need to do some serious thinking to decide what is best for ourselves and our families during this unprecedented situation.

So for now I will wait to see how the initial reopening plays out in Disney World, and how the pandemic progresses in our country and globally, before making my final decision about my remaining 2020 vacation. I will continue to keep you posted here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I would love to hear what you’re going to do, so please comment below or hit me up on social media!

WHAT’S NEXT?

In the meantime, while things slowly reopen, I will continue to share the latest Walt Disney World news and information here. You can still expect to see posts filling you in on all of the fun things coming up at the most magical place on earth!

Please stay safe and well, and I will see you in the parks real soon!

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