Walt Disney World cancels this year’s Halloween celebrations at Magic Kingdom, as parks get ready to reopen

Walt Disney World announced Thursday that its popular Halloween celebration has been canceled for 2020.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is an after-hours event that takes place at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park a couple of nights every week from late-summer until mid-fall.

This year, the traditional trick-or-treating fest was set to run from Aug. 13 until Nov. 1. But after assessing its viability, the park “determined that many of its hallmarks — stage shows, parades and fireworks — are unable to take place in this new, unprecedented environment.”

With that in mind, Disney made the “difficult decision” to cancel it, the company said in a statement.

Disney H2O Glow Nights, a nighttime special event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, will also “not take place for the remainder of 2020.”

Refunds will be issued to guests who have already purchased tickets.

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Neighboring Epcot is set to reopen next month with its traditional food and wine festival. However, its Eat to the Beat concert series has also been canceled for 2020, according to park officials.

In March, Disney officials closed all of its parks in Florida and California amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On May 27, the company announced plans to reopen its theme parks in Orlando, Fla., in July.

Both Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are set for a phase reopening on July 11, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15.

Guests will have to follow social distancing guidelines and participate in a series of wellness measures, such as having their temperatures screened, and committing to wearing facial masks.

On Friday, Florida’s Department of Health confirmed 3,822 new COVID-19 cases, setting another daily total record high since the start of the pandemic.

The state now has a total of 89,748 confirmed cases, including 3,104 deaths.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, blames the surge in cases in increased testing. However, the data also shows a higher percentage of tests that come back positive.

Just over a month ago, 2.27% of people who tested turned out to have the virus. According to the latest numbers, 4.2% of those who tested have turned out positive.