The International Festival of the Holidays has returned to Epcot, and perfect for the Holiday season, this event is a must-do for anyone considering attending a theme park here in Orlando. Experience the thrills and chills that only Disney can provide, with such offerings as decorations, stories, music, cuisine, and additional special events. Chances are you’ll leave the International Festival of Holidays with the idea to attend for a second time, and we wouldn’t blame you. Check out some of the things we went over and checked out from our visit from Disney’s Festival of the Holidays at Epcot below.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS
If you’re new to Orlando, and have yet to check out the International Festival of the Holidays here at Epcot, we’ve got you covered. This Festival is an event at Epcot from November 27th to December 31st. This limited festival features specialty food, entertainment, and merchandise. Epcot takes on its international and festival talents to help celebrate various holidays from around the world! The festival is essentially a holiday transformation of the World Showcase, as well as select areas of the Future World. They provide unique holiday foods from all over the world, decorations, and a wide variety of amazing entertainment. The festival itself is included in the admission into Epcot, so you get a taste of this amazing event and everything Epcot has to offer.
‘Tis the season of Holiday music and joyful cheer, from Elsa and Mickey Mouse, to Santa Claus. The Festival of the Holidays is a festival like no other, they offer guests a glimpse into the joyous holiday traditions of their 11 World Showcase nations. You are able to see how different cultures celebrate the Holiday season that takes place during the Winter months. In the previous years here at the festival, they allowed guests to stop by each and every World Showcase Pavilion to hear Storytellers share the traditions of the season in each country, but this year at the Festival, they are not doing it. There’s Entertainment from all around the world, you can experience a Mickey and Friends World Tour, a Frozen Promenade and a Santa Claus Promenade. Over at the America Garden Theater you can embrace the holiday season with a special holiday show from the Voices of Liberty and the Mariachi Cobre. Also, at the Mill Stage you can enjoy a show from the JAMMitors as well experiencing the joy of Christmas and Kwanzaa, while listening to holiday songs of the “Joyful” vocal ensemble at the World Showcase stage.
It wouldn’t be a Disney event without event-specific menu items available for your enjoyment, and the International Festival of the Holidays is no exception. You can indulge your taste buds into the World Showcase, and taste scrumptious menu items from all around the world. The International Festival of the Holidays features Holiday Kitchens from all 11 Showcase nations, there is no way to run out of tasty food to try. As well as delicious food, they also have a Holiday Cookie Stroll which they give guests the opportunity to track their purchases of 5 select Holiday cookies in your very own Festival Passport. After each purchase of your Holiday Cookie, you will collect unique stamps for each one and once you’ve completed your Passport you can stop by Holiday Sweets and Treats to receive the Minnie Cookie. On our trip around the World Showcase trying delicious food, we were able to try the Lomi Lomi Salmon, Kalua Pork, Blackened Bass, Red Velvet Bundt Cake, Strawberry Tart, Sushi Christmas Tree and finally ended the day with the Slow Roasted Turkey and Crinkle Cookie from the American Holiday Table. All of the food and cookies we tried on our adventure were very good and we would order most of them again!
CHECKOUT LAST YEARS FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS!
The International Festival of the Holidays has returned to Epcot, and perfect for the Holiday season, this event is a must-do for anyone considering attending a theme park here in Orlando. Experience the thrills and chills that only Disney can provide, with such offerings as decorations, stories, music, cuisine, and additional special events. Chances are you’ll leave the International Festival of Holidays with the idea to attend for a second time, and we wouldn’t blame you. Have you attended this Holiday Festival yet? Let us know about your incredible experience, if so!