Walt Disney World Cancels Halloween & Other Events For 2020

Due to the coronavirus, Walt Disney World has announced that its annual park-wide Halloween event has been cancelled along with Epcot Park’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Disney World is reopening soon and an increase in cases may lead to parks being closed again. COVID-19 cases are already on the rise in Florida and Disney will likely not want to contribute to the problem even further in the upcoming months.

Originally opening in 1971, Walt Disney World has had a long history of holiday events. In particular, the Halloween event featured chances for park goers to go trick-or-treating, watch a special parade, and view fireworks.

Certain rides would also be changed or modified to make them more scary and thrilling for the spooky event. Last year, one of Disney’s most famous rides even got an upgrade just in time to scare new guests. Universal Studios, Disney’s major crosstown competition, has currently not stated if they would be hosting their Halloween Horror Nights this year.

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Yesterday, Disney Parks announced that the park-wide Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Epcot’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series, and Typhoon Lagoon’s Disney H2O Glow Nights would be cancelled this year. This decision was made because the park determined that popular demand for these events would make social distancing protocols impossible to follow.

While these events are cancelled, it was announced that Epcot’s Food And Wine Festival would be able to continue as planned. In regards to the Christmas and Holiday Festival, Disney has announced that they would be monitoring the situation closely and make a decision at a later date.

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