2020 Holidays at The Magic Kingdom

by Shannon

The holidays have arrived at Walt Disney World! All of the fun holiday happenings at the Magic Kingdom will be available through December 30.

This year, the holiday celebration at the Magic Kingdom is different (I think in a good way!) than previous years since Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has been cancelled. Previously we didn’t get to experience any of the special holiday experiences during daytime park hours. Now that the special ticketed nighttime event is not being offered, we’re getting holiday fun during the day! HOORAY! 🙂

Here’s what you can expect to find at the Magic Kingdom for the holidays in 2020.

Holiday Cavalcades

There are 4 different cavalcades that happen randomly throughout the day at the Magic Kingdom. These all follow the typical parade route and start in Frontierland next to Splash Mountain, and then end at the Fire Station on Main Street.

You’ll know a cavalcade is coming when you hear the park music change!

Santa’s Christmas Cavalcade

Santa Claus is coming to town! A team of reindeer prance down the street, leading the way for Santa high on his sleigh, calling out to all the girls and boys. Runs between 11:05 am – 4:35pm.

A Royal Christmas Processional

Herald the arrival of Cinderella and her fellow Disney Princesses, gliding along on a beautiful crystal castle float decked out for the season. Runs between 12:05pm – 4:20pm.

Mickey’s Holiday Cavalcade

Wave to Disney Characters celebrating the holidays as they pass through the Magic Kingdom, with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse greeting everyone from atop a beautiful Christmas tree float. Runs between 10:30am – 4:45pm.

Goofy’s Scrumptious Cavalcade

Watch Goofy and his friends cook up some holiday fun from their festive floats, wishing everyone a very merry Christmas. Runs between 10:40am – 3:55pm ONLY Thursday – Monday.

Holiday Entertainment

Cinderella Castle Holiday Projections

Watch in awe as Cinderella Castle is transformed with cheerful projections, including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation.

There are 4 projections total and they rotate every 15 minutes after the sun has set.

Holiday Dapper Dans

Don’t miss the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet as they head right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. on a horse-drawn trolley, delivering merry melodies along the way.

I actually caught them at the Train Station because it was raining!

Main Street Philharmonic

Feel the holiday spirit as Toy Soldiers join the Main Street Philharmonic as they march through Magic Kingdom park, bringing musical holiday cheer for all to hear. This also follows the parade route.

Socially Distant Characters

You’ll see a lot of characters in the cavalcades listed above, but there are also characters stationed throughout the park for socially distant photos and interactions. They come and go (no set schedule) so if you don’t see them, check back later!

Pooh’s Friends at Crystal Palace

Country Bears at Country Bear Jamboree

Holiday Ride Overlays

The only Magic Kingdom ride to receive a holiday overlay this year is the Jungle Cruise which transforms into the Jingle Cruise! Don’t miss this one!

Holiday Decor, Food & Merchandise

Seasonal Decor

From the giant Christmas tree to the festive garlands and wreaths on Main Street, the holiday decor is so beautiful and most definitely put me in the Christmas spirit!

Don’t forget to slow down and take in all of the gorgeous window displays too!

Seasonal Treats

Twice Upon a Cupcake – A confetti Christmas tree tops a vanilla cupcake with a red velvet hidden Mickey (Available at Main Street Bakery Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

Let it Snow Taco – Sugar cookie “taco shell” filled with salted caramel and spiced chocolate mousse (Available at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

An Orange Bird Christmas – Orange–scented white chocolate mousse filled with orange curd (Available at Sunshine Tree Terrace Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

Chip and Dale Christmas Churros – Gingerbread churros topped with apple pie filling and chocolate chips (Available at Westward Ho Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

Pistachio Chai Tea Float – Pistachio soft–serve, spiced chai tea, and a red velvet cake pop ornament (Available at Aloha Isle Nov. 6 – Dec. 30)

Photos from Disney Parks Blog

Seasonal Merch

You’ll find TONS of seasonal merchandise at the parks this year! My personal favorite is the Snoap bubble wand! The Emporium typically is the best shop to find all of the latest merchandise.

I hope you enjoyed a look at the holiday offerings at the Magic Kingdom for 2020!

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Tori November 13, 2020 - 1:09 pm

The goofy cavalcade is so cute! Thank you!

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Sarah November 13, 2020 - 3:09 pm

I love how special they are making the holidays. Thanks for sharing the magic!

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