Shortly after Disney reopened Walt Disney World they announced that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party would not go ahead. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Disney has now confirmed that their magical Christmas party will not take place this year either.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ©Disney
In addition to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom being cancelled, Disney have also cancelled EPCOT’s Candlelight Professional.
Disney’s Christmas holiday season starts on 6 November and goes on through 30 December with Festive Park Decorations, Gingerbread Men, Elves, Reindeer, Decorated Festive Character Floats, Flotillas and Motorcades
Anyone that has been following the reopening changes that have been implemented at Walt Disney World will know that one of the changes Disney made was to introduce a new theme park reservation system.
©Disney Mickey and Friends Cavalcade (Kent Phillips, photographer)
Disney’s park reservation system requires guests to prebook the park they wish to visit on any given day. Annual Passholders are able to book 3 park days at a time and Disney hotel guests are guaranteed entry into one park per day of their stay. Continue reading
It seems that Visitors are returning to Universal Orlando faster than they are returning to Walt Disney World.
According to reports, Universal Orlando, which reopened their theme parks on 5th June are seeing an upturn in attendance, although attendance is still down 64% from 2019. In comparison Walt Disney World, which reopened their theme parks in mid July seems to have attendance levels down by 80% from 2019.
Disney CEO, Bob Chapek acknowledged that Disney World had a higher than expected number of reservation cancellations when he spoke during a quarterly earnings call.
One simple theory is that Universal Orlando is attracting an older audience that feel more confident to enjoy the parks. Families with younger children that would normally visit Walt Disney World for the character experiences, etc, are probably less confident to visit at this time.
The general feeling though is that confidence is growing and as the COVID-19 cases decrease Walt Disney World will see ongoing improvements in attendance.
Disney is regularly updating their policies to give clear clarification on the health and safety measures for cast members and guests within the theme parks.
Disney Guests Wearing Face Coverings (Caitie McCabe, photographer)
The latest update shows that Disney has added additional clarification to their face coverings guidelines. They now specifically exclude the use of certain types of face coverings such as bandanas, neck gaiters and those with valves, holes or made of mesh material.
The annual attendance report from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has been released which show attendance figures for Theme Parks, Water Parks and Museums around the world.
Looking at the Disney Parks, the data shows that for 2019 there hasn’t been much change in attendance over the previous year. Disneyland California stays the same as does Walt Disney World’s EPCOT. Magic Kingdom sees a 0.5% increase, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a 1% increase and Disney Hollywood Studios manages a 2% increase.
Both WDW Water Parks and Disneyland Paris all show a 1% decrease in attendance over previous year. Continue reading