Just when you’re missing the International Food and Wine Festival, Epcot International Festival of the Holidays arrives! Keep reading for information on the food, cookies, shopping, traditions and more!
Walt Disney World has a magical part of their world that includes all kind of different worlds from future land to many different countries, Epcot. Exploring Epcot is an excellent way to explore different cultures and learn while playing. For Christmas, it turns into a worldly celebration for Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.
My friend, Whitney at Simplifying Family, invited me to check out the preview of the Festival of the Holidays with her. Thank you to Whitney and Walt Disney World for inviting me to sneak a peek at all of the fun offerings starting on November 29, 2019 and going through December 30, 2019. I’m excited to share with you some of the fun things we learned and saw!
My friend, Whitney, and I met Belle all dressed up for the holidays!
Festival of the Holiday Booths
Similar to the other Epcot Festivals, the Festival of the Holidays has booths throughout the World Showcase offering speciality food and drink offerings. You can find all of the food offerings on Disney’s official booth list here. For those of us who eat vegan, the Aripes at L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen can be made both vegan and gluten free simply by asking at the booth. Disney can accommodate allergies at many of the booths, again simply ask and they often will call a chef to confirm for you.
Holiday Cookie Stroll
The holiday cookie stroll will include a passport so you can try each cookie! The black and white cookie at L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen is plant based / vegan! Cookies are one food I definitely associate with the holidays so I love the cookie stroll idea and that they have a vegan cookie! So special!
Plant Based Black and White Cookie
Special Country Offerings
Many of the countries have special shows or fun offerings that are specific to the way their country celebrates the holidays! For example, in the America Pavilion, you can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. In the China Pavilion, you’ll be able to see a Chinese dancing dragon (check out the sneak peek in my video below). One of my favorites is meeting Befana in the Italy Pavilion. Also, while you’re exploring the different countries, don’t forget to do the Chip and Dale experience which you can see in the video below as well. You’ll just have to go experience a walk through the countries to experience it and tell me which one is your favorite!
Traditions: That’s what the holidays are about! One of our traditions has been to see the Candlelight Processional. I remember the first Candlelight Processional I saw with my family when I was younger. It was so magical and special. Now, my husband and I get to bring our daughter as we actually started the tradition when I was pregnant with her! We always make sure we see Neil Patrick Harris. I love his fun anecdotes about his own family fun at Disney mixed with his excellent narration. Many of the popular narrators are hard to see without seating, so a Candlelight Processional Dining Package is a great idea and makes an excellent gift for the family!
Speaking of gifts, another fun part of the holidays is shopping! While the holidays are not all about material gifts and are also about traditions, it’s so fun and can make your heart feel so warm when you get the perfect gift! There are plenty of adorable gifts to choose from at Disney overall but the cute Chip and Dale themed merchandise available this year is so fun, and a nod to the nostalgic scene of Chip and Dale dancing around the tree. Check out the video below to see all the fun shopping to be done. Can you imagine any of those gifts under your tree?
What’s Santa brining this year?
Floral & Gifts
Did you know that you can have flowers and gifts delivered to your Walt Disney Resort and even some other places locally (that’s right, if you’re local they may be available for you as well!). Be sure to check out the video below to see the cutest My First Visit Christmas Gift!
Frozen 2 Fun
As you’ll know if you’re following my stories on Instagram, my daughter wears Anna and Elsa dresses day and night and sings Let it Go and Into the Unknown all day. She 100% has Frozen fever so we were excited to see that Anna and Elsa have new Frozen 2 outfits! Meeting Anna and Elsa is in the Norway Pavilion along with Frozen Ever After ride.
Elsa’s New Dress
There is also plenty of shopping to be done to grab new Frozen 2 gifts too!
Living with the Land for the Holidays
Living with the Land is one of my favorite rides and this year they have added some more holiday decor to make it even more festive! Be sure to check out this cute holiday version of a classic ride available after dark, with a preview in the video below.
During the preview, we also got to experience the Dessert Party and the Epcot Forever Fireworks show. This is the perfect end to a perfect day! There were plenty of treats and drinks for everyone, including for vegan and gluten free. They offered several dessert cups as well as cookies, fruit punch, coffee and more. Everyone will leave happy and full ending the night this way!
One of the many vegan and gluten free, allergy friendly options available!
I really enjoyed this preview of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays and I’m really looking forward to enjoying it with my family in just a few days! What is your favorite part of Epcot Holidays? Tell me in the comments below.
I hope you’re having a magical day and always feel free to reach out if you have any questions.