Like everything else at Disney World in 2020, EPCOT’s festival was conducted a little differently during the pandemic. The Festival of Holidays kicked off on November 27th and ran through December 31st.
Even though many of the traditional elements were on hold for 2020, like the candlelight processional and the international holiday storytellers, visitors could see glimpses of Voices of Liberty, Mariachi Cobre performing at the America Gardens Theatre, Joyful- A Celebration of the Season at World Showplace, and the JAMMitors at the mill stage in the Canada pavilion; so there was still some live entertainment throughout the festival.
New Scavenger Hunt
There was also a brand new scavenger hunt in 2020 called the Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition 2020, where participants were required to find Olafs all around the World Showcase.
All participants successful in completing the scavenger hunt received a unique prize; some even received adorable Olafs hidden in one of the countries’ pavilions.
Several holiday promenades were spotted traveling across World Showcase throughout the day. Mickey and Friends and the Frozen promenades had some extra holiday touches, and Santa was also seen riding through the park on his horse-drawn carriage!
Disney has done some incredible gingerbread displays at different resort lobbies and American Adventure Pavilion at EPCOT in past years.
They created some of the most notable sights in the nation’s capital out of gingerbread, chocolate, and frosting. However, in 2020, the gingerbread display was inside the World Showcase with clearly defined queues for a smooth, socially distant crowd flow.
The best part about the display was the hidden Mickeys in the structure; therefore, you know there was a lot of effort and skill that went into making it!
No Disney festival is complete without festival merchandise. Chip and Dale appeared as Santa’s little helpers, carrying spirit jerseys, t-shirts, cookie jars, pens, plates, magnets, magic bands, and ornaments, along with some exclusive annual pass holder merchandise!
Since the cozy spirit jerseys are increasingly trending, make sure you grab a few!
There’s always a ton of cool décor around EPCOT, particularly in World Showcase that you should check out. Each of the different country pavilions added intricate details and flair to their decorations that matched their countries.
There was a gigantic Christmas tree that greeted you as you walked into the World Showcase, decorated with ornaments and flags of different countries.
Hopes for This Year
While COVID-19 did impact some holiday traditions last year, it still couldn’t manage to take away Disney’s magic! However, here’s to hoping things will change for the better this year so we can enjoy the EPCOT experience to its fullest.
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