Disney unwraps early details for the 2021 Holiday season at Walt Disney World

Jul 12, 2021 in "Holidays at Disney's Hollywood Studios"

Posted: Monday July 12, 2021 8:21am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today unveiled some early details for this year's Christmas holiday season beginning November 12 2021 at Walt Disney World.


Details announced so far suggest we will see another year of limited holiday offerings at Walt Disney World, similar to what we saw during the pandemic-hit 2020 season. Notable there is no mention of the Candlelight Processional, fireworks at the Studios, a full holiday parade or the Castle Dreamlights at the Magic Kingdom. The main change from last year is the introduction of an After Hours ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom.

At the Magic Kingdom, 'Disney Very Merriest After Hours' will take the place of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party beginning November 8, offering four hours of after hours access to attractions, and a performance of 'Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.' The event also includes Disney characters throughout the park, holiday music and décor, treats included and more. Tickets go on sale in August, with pricing to be announced.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Sunset Seasons Greetings returns with projection effects on the Hollywood Holiday Tower Hotel alternating with the 50th anniversary 'Beacons of Magic' scenes. Santa Claus will appear in a motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard. You will also be able to experience “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration,” with its festive finale. No word yet on a return of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! fireworks.

Disney's Animal Kingdom will offer Disney character flotillas on Discovery River, and the Tree of Life will show holiday season projections in addition to the 50th anniversary Beacons of Magic projections.

The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays begins November 26 and takes place daily through to December 30 with Holiday Kitchens and performances by the Voices of Liberty.

At Disney Springs, the Christmas Tree Stroll is back, along with Jock Lindsey's Holiday Bar.


Finally, Gingerbread displays will return this year at Disney Resort hotels, after being missing for last year.

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MisterPenguin5 days ago

I didn't mean to say that the acts wouldn't be available (although, some wouldn't), but whether a venue would be available to make booking those acts worthwhile. The surge began the beginning of July. The deaths followed. It would've been criminal to pack in a crowd into a stadium... ...or a hub for fireworks.

PrincessNelly_NJ5 days ago

Blair Underwood? Looks like I need to plan a trip asap!

jaklgreen5 days ago

Taylor Dane had on her website that she was going to be at EPCOT in October so I think that they had been planning it but must have changed their minds. And many of those acts are not out there touring regularly.

SoFloMagic5 days ago

I get what you're saying, but there's just no way sugar ray is busy 5 weeks out 😂

MisterPenguin6 days ago

At the time that Disney would have booked talent, FL was under a giant COVID wave and venues had reduced capacity and it was unknown when it would be over.

jaklgreen6 days ago

I am a bit upset that they are bringing this back but did not bring the special events for the food and wine festival back, or the eat to the beat concerts.

mnelson37 days ago

Will be interesting to see what happens after OUACT. Could be possible FoF is deliberately on hold until Spring, if so hopefully with some changes. The 50th can definitely use some help.

JoeCamel7 days ago

Awww, she knows Mickey!

networkpro7 days ago

Sorry, would you settle for Olivia Rodrigo instead? I hear she's getting her own rollercoaster in HS !

World_Showcase_Lover0077 days ago

I hope they bring in Olivia Rodriguez to host the Candlelight Processional… 🤣

MisterPenguin7 days ago

https://blogmickey.com/2021/10/living-with-the-land-merry-and-bright-nights-holiday-overlay-returning-in-2021/

heapster4117 days ago

With 4 restaurants that ADR time in the morning is going to be brutal. Kind of makes it rough when you've already your park reservations, and ADR's for those days. I'm going the week after Thanksgiving and my 60 Day window has come and gone!!!

cslafferty7 days ago

Yes. We’ve always done the lunch package for Biergarten because it was cheaper and we preferred the early show. Only 4 restaurants doing just dinner packages . . . those are going to sell out fast.