Disney World has canceled Epcot’s 2020 Candlelight Processional.
“Holiday experiences that draw big crowds will be on hiatus this year … ” according to a Disney Parks Blog post. “We know these experiences are a cherished part of holiday traditions that will be missed by guests and cast members alike, but we’re glad to be able to bring holiday magic in other creative ways.”
Holiday decorations including the Epcot Christmas Tree will go up November 6th at Epcot.
Starting November 27th, Epcot’s 2020 International Festival of the Holidays returns with special kitchens around the World Showcase. The World Showcase — utilized at this year’s Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival as a place for guests to relax in air conditioning while enjoying food and drinks from around the world — will host performances by returning group JOYFUL!, who will share R&B, gospel, contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music. And, the Voices of Liberty will bring their incredible 8-part harmonies to the stage at the America Gardens Theater stage for a nightly concert of carols and songs of the season.
Disneyland Resort Cancels Candlelight Processional 2020
The 2020 Candlelight Processional will not take place this year at Disneyland, according to Disney officials.
Halloween events at Disneyland Parks were recently canceled, and it also looks like Christmas events will be canceled as well.
Disney officials confirmed that this beloved holiday tradition has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Candlelight Processional features dozens of choir groups who gather on a stage in front of Disneyland’s train station to bring the story of Christmas to life. The annual hard ticket event is attended by hundreds of community members who fill a VIP seating area set up each holiday season in Disneyland’s Town Square.
Disneyland was unable to commit to the three-month long planning process for the Candlelight Ceremony without a clear understanding from the State of California of when theme parks can reopen, according to Disney officials.
The Candlelight Processional started back in 1958 – three years after Disneyland opened – as a way for Walt Disney to show his gratitude to the Orange County community in California that is home to Disneyland. The Disneyland Candlelight Processional is a holiday mainstay with choirs comprised of local choral groups and Disney cast members celebrating the Christmas story through music. Over the years, the event became so popular that it was also introduced at Walt Disney World’s inaugural holiday season in December 1971, starting at the Magic Kingdom, and then moving over to Epcot in 1994.
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