2020 Walt Disney World Wedding Showcase Recap

Woman standing in front of royal carriage

Calling all Disney lovers! Take a virtual look at the 2020 Walt Disney World Wedding Showcase, taking place at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel. Weddings may look a little different right now, but if you’re planning for the years ahead you’ll find lots of information and inspiration here!

In March 2020, I traveled to Walt Disney World to attend the 2020 Walt Disney World wedding showcase and enjoy the parks for a bit, without knowing that the world would be turned upside down just a few short days later.

I’m comforted knowing weddings will return in full force someday, which is why I’m still moving forward with this recap.

The Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings team always does such a great job with their events, and this was no exception. Even in uncertain times, every Cast Member was in great spirits and ready to make magic for all the attendees!

Typically, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings holds an in-person showcase once at year at both The Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. (View the 2019 Walt Disney World Weddings Showcase Recap for even more wedding goodness!)

A limited number of tickets are available and the event usually does sell out fairly quickly. This year’s showcase at Walt Disney World was $45 per person for the main event. Add-on events included a dessert welcome party for an additional $80, and a meal tasting for $150. I opted in for the expo and the dessert party. With my plethora of food allergies and limitations, I figured that $150 was better spent elsewhere.

I hope this recap is helpful for anyone considering a wedding or vow renewal at Walt Disney World! Everything they offer really is so magical and fun. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’ll try my best to help!

Interested in Disneyland weddings? Check out my 2020 Disneyland Weddings Showcase recap here.

2020 Walt Disney World Wedding Showcase Recap

Dessert Welcome Party

The event kicked off on Friday evening with a dessert party at the Grand Floridian Marina and Sago Cay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel. I know this is a popular dessert party spot so I was excited to experience it!

Table and chairs at grand floridian marina for wedding dessert party

There were lots of desserts to choose from, including a trio of pizzelle cones and the classic white chocolate glass slipper. Everything was delicious, of course!

Table with various trays of dessert

Light up menu listing dessert

Chef creating desserts at table creating desserts at table

platter of cups of chocolate pudding

Menu showing list of desserts

selection of various wedding desserts

dessert of white chocolate in the shape of glass slipper with blue cream

There was a big crowd this year, and the tables extended all the way down the walkway into Sago Cay, a smaller area that’s just a bit closer to the fireworks show (although not by much). What I didn’t realize is, the piped-in music doesn’t extend down to Sago Cay! But still, it was a lovely spot to watch the fireworks show at Magic Kingdom.

magic kingdom fireworks from disney's grand Magic Kingdom fireworks from disney's grand floridian hotel hotel

magic kingdom fireworks from disney's grand Magic Kingdom fireworks from disney's grand floridian hotel hotel

Here’s the view from the Marina.

magic kingdom fireworks from disney's grand Magic Kingdom fireworks from disney's grand floridian hotel hotel

As we excited, this lovely Cast Member was painting portraits of Cinderella Castle as a parting gift!

Woman painting pictures of Cinderella Castle

The Venue Tour

This year’s attendees were asked to choose a time slot to help with crowds, one from 10am to 12pm and the other from 1pm to 3pm. I chose the later time frame and therefore did the venue walking tour in the morning.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings provided attendees with a PDF map of the venue locations to help guide us. This was helpful but it would have been nice to have some additional information about the venue locations (such as guest minimums and pricing).

Map of venues at Walt Disney World weddings showcase

Map of expo at Walt Disney World weddings showcase

Disney’s Wedding Pavilion – Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel

I’ve been inside the wedding pavilion before and it’s such a lovely ceremony venue. It was a treat to see inside the bridal suite as well.

Exterior of the wedding pavilion at disney's grand floridian hotel

Entrance to disney's wedding pavilion

wide shot of interior of disney's wedding pavilion

ceremony altar at disney's wedding pavilion

interior of bridal suite at disney's Interior of bridal suite at disney's wedding pavilion pavilion

interior of bridal suite at disney's Interior of bridal suite at disney's wedding pavilion pavilion

interior of bridal suite at disney's Interior of bridal suite at disney's wedding pavilion pavilion

interior of bridal suite at disney's Interior of bridal suite at disney's wedding pavilion pavilion

Picture Point, outside the pavilion, could be a ceremony spot for small weddings as well.

wide shot of picture point at disney's wedding pavilion

Close up of picture point at disney's wedding pavilion

While near the wedding pavilion, I also stopped into Senses Spa. The itinerary said they would be open for tours, but to be honest there isn’t much to see. I got to see the lobby and a small room where they do hair and makeup. It smelled amazing inside and I asked what the scent was and a nice Cast Member told me it was a Febreze plug-in. Disney secrets!

exterior of senses spa

Selection of merchandise available at senses spa

Summerhouse Patio and Beach — Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel

I didn’t even know this venue existed! It’s a lovely spot although blazing hot in the middle of the day.

wedding reception tables at summer house patio

Wide shot of wedding reception tables at summerhouse patio

close up of wedding reception table with green striped tablecloth

Wedding lounge area set up at summerhouse patio

VW van turned into a DJ booth

Grand Floridian Marina – Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel

Looking very different than the night before, the Marina was decorated with eclectic, mismatched furniture for a unique wedding ceremony.

Wedding reception set up at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel Marina

Wedding reception set up at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel Marina

Wedding reception set up at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel Marina

Sago Cay Pointe — Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel

Such a calm spot, this would be perfect for a small ceremony or reception.

Sago Cay at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel

Luau Beach — Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

This stretch of beach is located along the walkway between Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel and Disney’s Polynesian Resort. It’s a huge beach, so you could fit a lot of guests here, easy!

Wedding ceremony set up with white chairs at luau beach at disney's polynesian resort

wedding ceremony at luau beach at disney's polynesian resort

Wide shot of wedding reception tables at luau beach

Wedding reception table with orange lace tablecloth and orange folded napkins

Close up of wedding head table on the beach

Luau Pointe — Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Luau Pointe is a popular spot for small weddings and I totally see why! It’s tucked away from the path so it feels secluded. You can do a ceremony set up with chairs overlooking the beach, or do a small standing-room ceremony by the tree.

Wedding ceremony location at disney's polynesian resort

Lou outpoint patio at disney's polynesian resort

patio with benches and a large tree

The Expo

At 1pm it was my turn for the expo! This year, the expo was held in Salons 4, 5, and 6 at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel. The ballroom was zoned into sections: Disney vendors, traditional dance floor and reception tables, and a Coco themed area.

Decor

Walking in, the entrance was decorated with grand iron gates flanked by greenery. It was very pretty and certainly makes a lavish statement.

wedding reception ballroom entrance with faux trees and iron gates

The decor statement piece was this circular white table, decorated with hundreds of flowers and a centerpiece of dangling chandeliers.

Circular white wedding reception table with gold chairs

Close up of white wedding reception table

The acrylic gold carriage name displays were a nice touch. Yep, love everything about this table!

Close up of reception table setting with carriage shaped place card

Another fun display were these duel tables, showing two very different ways a table could be decorated. Can you guess the four Disney themes displayed here?

Sample wedding reception table with two different decor themes

Sample wedding reception table with two different decor themes

Some more pretty tables:

Table with gold tablecloth and 8 chairs

Wedding reception table with navy blue tablecloth and white napkins

Wide shot of wedding reception room showing reception table and dance floor

Close up of reception table with gold charger and navy blue folded napkin

And of course, you can’t have a Disney wedding without a “Best Day Ever” reference.

Dance floor with gobo light that reads "best day ever"

Or Cinderella’s carriage on display.

Close up of Cinderella carriage

Moving into the Coco themed area, they had a gorgeous table, photo opportunity, and musician. (Will show the amazing cake in the Cake section!)

Wedding reception table with colorful flowers, glasses, and candles

Close up of colorful wedding reception menu and blue folded napkin

Photo area themed to the movie Coco

Man playing guitar at wedding reception

Food

Let’s just say I’m glad I ate lunch before the expo, because the food was a let down. Between my many allergies and my aversion to seafood, there weren’t too many options for me. Nothing really was memorable.

Table with menu and various plates of food

Table with menu and food in jars

Table with menu and food items

acrylic wall holding appetizers

Close up of menu

Bowls of noodle soup

Small plates with cheese and crackers

Collection of fruit tarts

Various samplings of wedding food rius samplings of food

small serving of pasta in white bowl

Cake

Moving on to the reason anyone has weddings … the cake! There were lots of beautiful cakes on display, as well as a couple flavors of cupcakes to try: Pina Colada, Coffee Cake, Churro Cake, and Vegan Oreo. (A quick note on choosing a cake flavor – try to have a simple option, like chocolate or vanilla, for picky eaters like me.)

White 4 tiered wedding cake with Cinderella carriage cake topper

White wedding cake with four tiers and silver icing

white wedding cake that reads "and they lived happily ever after"

Colorful five tier wedding cake with yellow fondant and blue and red roses made of icing

Close up of blue and pink roses made of icing on a wedding cake

Menu showing list of cupcake flavors

Tray of various cupcakes

Tray of various cupcakes

Vendors

Other Disney departments were represented, such a Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club, as well as recommended vendors like Themes Come True and Keepsake Floral.

Collection of wedding photo albums

Boxes of Disney themed gift

Collection of various bridal bouquets and floral arrangements

Three mannequins with bridal gowns

Disney Cruise Line sign that reads "welcome" next to white two tier wedding cake

two tier cake with red roses on top, and red roses bouquet

Board of various wedding invitations

While Mickey and Minnie never made an appearance, there was a virtual photo backdrop (I naturally chose the Epcot background), and I was able to get a photo with the carriage.

Woman in front of backdrop of Italy World Showcase at EPCOT

Woman standing in front of royal carriage

The Merch

The shopping area was set up in the Whitehall room and featured the same items I saw at the Disneyland Weddings Showcase the month before. You can click here to check out that recap.

Various pieces of Disney wedding jewelry

Shirts that read happily ever after crew and wedding mugs

mickey groom ears and groom T shirts

Disney wedding jewelry trays

I also took a peek at the Whitehall Patio, because I know this is a popular spot for small ceremonies and receptions. And pretty cool that the Monorail goes by!

Patio at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel with small tables and chairs

I ended the expo by using my complimentary drink ticket on a glass of white wine.

glass of white wine

All in all it was a delightful experience! It was fun to see some new wedding venues and take a look at inspiring decor. I wish the food options were better as I feel like I missed out on a major part of the wedding experience, and it would have made the ticket price that much more valuable. But in my opinion, if you’re interested in a wedding at Walt Disney World, this is the best way to get information directly from Disney and see the DFTW team in action.

Thanks for reading!

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