ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – Walt Disney World has canceled this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
The annual after-hours party is an extra ticket event that runs a couple of nights per week from August through the beginning of November. It features trick-or-treating, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, character meet-and-greets with villains and other popular characters, and holiday-themed fireworks.READ MORE: Florida Power & Light Topples Last Coal Chimney
Disney closed its theme parks in Florida and California in mid-March to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Disney officials announced earlier that the parks will reopen in mid-July with COVID-19 guidelines, a month after Universal Orlando and SeaWorld reopened to the public.
The Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will open July 11 followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15. Guests and Disney employees will undergo temperature checks and be required to wear masks once the parks reopen.
“While assessing … Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, we determined that many of its hallmarks – stage shows, parades, and fireworks – are unable to take place in this new, unprecedented environment,” Disney said in an announcement on its blog on Thursday night. “With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.”READ MORE: Two People Bitten By Shark Off North Florida Beach
Epcot will reopen with A Taste of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, park officials said. The food and wine festival usually begins in September and runs through November. However, the festival’s Eat to the Beat concert series won’t return in 2020.
Disney officials have not yet announced a decision on the after-hours Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom or the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which typically begin once the fall festivals end.
Halloween Horror nights, a popular extra-ticket event at Universal Orlando, is still scheduled to run select nights beginning in September and running through Nov. 1.MORE NEWS: 2-Year-Old Orlando Boy Hospitalized After Swallowing 16 Magnetic Balls
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