Experiencing the 2020 holidays at both Walt Disney World and Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort!
Walt Disney World Resort
Window Displays Bring Holiday Magic to Walt Disney World Resort
Article and pictures by Disney Destinations December 4, 2020
One favorite thing to do during the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort is gaze at the elaborate store window displays, especially along Main Street, U.S.A., in Magic Kingdom Park and World of Disney at Disney Springs.
For our merchandise presentation team, the holiday season is the culmination of almost a year of work – they start planning for the holidays in January! They start with the concept phase, talking with the product and merchandise development team that gives them a glimpse of what the next season will bring. Then in summertime, they start working on the details of the design from ornaments, ribbons and everything that will be used to create their magic. Talk about Christmas in July, right?
As soon as Halloween ends, the teams start to work on the actual install of the window displays. At that point, they can finally share with our Guests what they have worked on for the whole year.
Installing these window displays is no small task. There are around 30 windows on Main Street, U.S.A., and each one receives unique décor and theming. At the Emporium, for example, the team retells the story of the shop’s original proprietor, Osium Osh Popham, by re-creating how the windows would have looked at the turn of the 20th century.
At Disney Springs, the team ensures all of the displays continue the story of World of Disney, which is an artists’ loft. They “merried” the product and décor to the theming of the store, as well.
Check out this video to see how cast members bring these windows to life!
New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World Resort
Articles and Pictures By: Disney Destinations December 8, 2020
Update for New Year’s Eve Everyone here at Walt Disney World® Resort is looking forward to welcoming you at The Most Magical Place on Earth. As we continue to celebrate the season and enjoy the splendor of the holidays, we’d like to share information about this year’s New Year’s Eve activities. All four Walt Disney World Theme Parks as well as Disney Springs are decorated for the season and feature extended operating hours. On New Year’s Eve, however, these locations will close prior to midnight as we continue to follow health and safety measures put in place during our phased reopening to help foster physical distancing. New Year’s Eve Hours of Operation * Magic Kingdom, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm * Epcot, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm * Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm * Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm * Disney Springs, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm Your Disney Resort hotel will offer fun and festive activities. Full details will be provided upon arrival. Additionally, pre-recorded fireworks and other holiday offerings will be available to stream on in-room televisions to help you ring in the new year. You can even purchase a New Year’s Eve party basket designed for the occasion. View details or call your Travel Professional. From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year, and may 2021 be your most magical year yet!
Downtown Disneyland District
Holiday Shopping and More Merriment Continue at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort
Article and Pictures By: Disney Destinations December 8, 2020
The Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has made adjustments to its operation based on state regulations regarding dining, and our retail locations will remain open for holiday shopping – from toys, apparel and souvenirs, to home décor and Disney holiday collections. In addition, select retailers with food and beverage offerings will also remain open for you to pick up and enjoy at home.
You can swing into the holiday spirit with the latest seasonal merchandise like festive spirit jerseys and headbands at World of Disney, Elias & Co. or Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop. For even more Disney treasures, you can head to The Disney Dress Shop, Disney Home and Julius Katz & Sons.
If you're looking for a friendly sidekick, you can get your hands on the must-have gift this holiday season: a Spider-Bot direct from Avengers Campus! Spider-Bots and some of the latest WEB apparel from Avengers Campus are available at both World of Disney and Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop.
You can also check out other shopping boutiques – from shoes and sandals at California Sole to adorable wall coverings and gifts with inspirational quotes at Sugarboo & Co. Other gift-giving stops include Curl Surf, Sunglass Icon, Sephora, Rinse Bath & Body Co., Pandora Jewelry and The LEGO Store. You can be sure to find ideal gifts for every member of your family!
Select food and beverage locations are offering takeout options, including Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes, Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs, California Churro, Earl of Sandwich, Jamba, Kayla’s Cake, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express, Salt & Straw, Sprinkles and Wetzel’s Pretzels. Ballast Point Brewing Company is offering craft beers to-go and merchandise. For Disney-themed bites, you can pick up seasonal goodies at Marceline’s Confectionery and Trolley Treats. Please note food and beverage items must be taken to-go, for consumption off property only. Some locations may be offering modified menus, which are available to be viewed on the Disneyland App or Disneyland.com.
You should keep in mind current operating hours for the Downtown Disney District are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Hours for individual locations may vary. Specific information and updates are available on Disneyland.com or the Disneyland app.
Lastly, you should familiarize yourself with our health and safety measures at Disneyland.com/DTD. All Guests will be required to undergo temperature screenings prior to entry, and also wear an appropriate face covering (required for guests ages 2 and older). The number of Guests visiting the Downtown Disney District and its locations, including the expanded shopping area along Buena Vista Street, will be limited to promote proper physical distancing.
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