Disney Springs Thanksgiving Weekend Crowds
Did we mention crowds? Wow! We were shocked by the hundreds and hundreds of guests all coming into Disney Springs via the parking lot structures. We look at all of it and what implications there were for safety and social distancing. It was the most crowded we have seen any Disney facility since re-opening. Added to that was plenty of holiday decor with a Christmas Tree Stroll staged throughout much of the area (but not all)! Plus street entertainment has returned to Disney Springs. It was almost like any normal Saturday night, except we’re still in a pandemic. And this week announcements were made for a new high speed train line that will stop at Disney Springs. We’ll share our hopes and doubts about that. Join my wife Kathy and I as we share our experience over this Thanksgiving weekend.
Did we mention crowds?
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More Holiday Magic!
We explore all of Epcot as it is transformed for the holiday season. From the front of the park, to the Christmas tree in the center of the park and even in front of The American Adventure, we see the holidays ramping up as we visit the World Showcase pavilions like UK, France, and Germany. Even Figment has a new holiday sweater! We see new construction underway in Italy, and we discuss the status of Ratatouille in France as well as HarmoniUS, which will feature both daytime and nighttime displays. It’s a great time of year to be in Epcot, so join us!
We visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios three times over a two day period to give you a big update of all that is happening at this park during the holidays. We check out the decor both day and night and note some of the changes that have happened that accommodate the pandemic, or that are simply new. We especially take the time to visit Rise of the Resistance twice, where we check out the effectiveness of the new online boarding pass system, that permits you to get your pass at 7:00 am in the morning before the park opens. We also look at how changes to the attraction and to ride vehicles on Rise of the Resistance as well as Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is making it possible for more guests to experience this attraction each day.
We hit the trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World to see the park both during the day and night. Beginning and ending at the Christmas Tree in the front of the park, it’s a chance to check out all of the holiday decorations found in Discovery Island, DinoLand, Asia, Africa, and Pandora: The World of Avatar. We not only check out the decorations but holiday foods currently offered and other happenings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Check out our ideas for the best menu ideas at Sat’uli Canteen, the re-opening of the Harambe Market, anteater happenings and so much more. And be sure to check out our post at DisneyatPlay.com for additional photos, videos and links.
Christmas decorations are now throughout the entire Magic Kingdom. We go through the park to not only check out the holiday look, but to see what else is going on. From continued work on the exterior canopy of Tron, to attractions and offerings that are still not operating; the new “Now” feature on Disney Dining reservations that allow you to see what is available dining wise in the moment; the emptying of the Rivers of America; the arrival of Jingle Cruise and so much more!