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Epcot Festivals – Information and Tips

Epcot is a science and technology theme park and part of Orlando’s well-known Walt Disney World Resort. Epcot has two sections that include the Future City, showcasing human effort and creativity in tandem with World Showcase, a permanent city fair for 11 nations around a massive man-made lake.

Epcot Festival

General Overview

The 2019 Epcot International Holidays Festival presents World Showcase shows during the Christmas season at Walt Disney World. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which runs from November 29 to December 30, 2019, and offer tips to get the most out of Candlelight Processional and Holiday Storytellers during this activity.

Walt Disney World is closing IllumiNations: Earth’s reflection at the end of Summer 2019, which will be succeeded by the temporary Epcot Forever, before a full replacement release in 2020. Epcot Forever promises to be a letter of love to the classic attractions of the EPCOT Center and the music of the park. What we don’t learn yet is if it’s going to have a travel mark, although we suspect it very much.

One thing that an Epcot festival would never lack is meat. With the name changed to the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, it’s easy to see this festival as a continuation of Epcot’s iconic fall activity Food & Wine. Many Walt Disney World enthusiasts say that “Epcot Food & Wine Festival Alternate” are all the other annual activities.

We believe, though, that the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is about so much more than dining, and if you focus solely on nutrition, the core of the festival is lacking. Let’s start with brief overviews of the entertainment available in Epcot during Festival of the Holidays:

Holiday Storytellers

These international storytellers share their native countries ‘ winter traditions and religions (in a few cases). These are mostly versions of Santa Claus in the European countries. In addition to the Santas, American Adventure representatives describe the Kwanzaa and Hanukkah celebrations. Various traditions are recounted in other countries, usually with a focus on entertaining performances.

The storytellers can be hit and skipped, and your personal preferences can differ on whether you want to spend time watching their stories.

Holiday Storytellers

Candlelight Processional

A retelling of the Christmas story with a prominent author, a seasonal mass choir and a 50-piece live orchestra.

One recommendation for Candlelight Processional is to book a dinner package when you’re visiting one of the city’s most famous narrators. If you’ve already decided to enjoy a table service dinner, they’re not too much of a luxury, and they’ll save you tons of time. We were there a couple of years ago for the second night of the career of Neil Patrick Harris, and we saw people waiting for the performance in line 4 hours.

Candlelight Processional

Chip And Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree

Naturally, as with other festivals at Epcot, there is a paid scavenger hunt. It’s the Christmas Tree Spree of Chip and Dale for the holidays, which is similar to those of Figment and Ratatouille during other Epcot festivals. Chip and Dale pick their Christmas tree ornaments and you go about searching for them as they gather ornaments from holiday decorations in each pavilion of the World Showcase. You can obtain a holiday ‘ reward ‘ once you have ended.

Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree

Strategy, Tips & Itinerary

Our scheduling advice for the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is quite straightforward with all that out of the way. We would suggest rope-dropping the park by 1 p.m. on Future Earth and doing as much as possible.

Bounce to World Showcase around that time and grab the Turkey Putin from Refreshment Port before continuing with your Holiday Storytellers schedule. Take some time to grab snacks in the various Holiday Kitchens between these performances, and also schedule a time for a few attractions.

In contrast to the Holiday Storytellers, the justification for doing real attractions is that all the storytellers are working outside with no sun. In contrast, all of the Holiday Kitchen’s lines are outside in unshaded regions. Tell the food tables.

Even on the evening of November or December, it may be at Walt Disney World in the 80s. If you’re blessed with more desirable conditions, you still have to contend with the sunlight in Florida. This year’s climate is beautiful, but the sunburnt opportunity doesn’t go home just because the temperature drops under 70 degrees.

The good news is about 5 p.m. sunset. Every time of year, so you can save up to around the point a ton of your Holiday Storyteller encounters and treats.

The Holiday Kitchens all open at 8 p.m., so by that cut-off time you certainly want to catch the last of the treats. We will advise that you grab a surplus of things and find a viewing place for Epcot Forever, the temporary 2019 Epcot fireworks display.

 

Instead, you may prepare for Candlelight Processional’s last performance (that’s the one we’d choose to attend) at 8:15 p.m., in which case you’ll want to line up before 8 p.m. To see that – or just sit out and appreciate the events from afar in the American Adventure courtyard.

In addition to regular Epcot shows, it is important to do the Holidays entertainment Epcot International Festival. But, as we mention in our 1-Day Epcot Ideal Day Plan, the park is already pretty much a 2-day resort, and doing the above as your second day at Epcot makes things so much easier and will encourage you to have a much slower pace.

That’s what we’re recommending, and usually when we visit Epcot around Christmas time, enjoying the holiday offers is primarily. If we have space, we will also do some daily trips and exhibits, but there are so many seasonal deals they will easily take up the whole day (or at least the whole afternoon and evening).

Strategy, Tips & Itinerary

Epcot Holiday Kitchens

What we’re going to cover here menus and our Holiday Kitchen lists (ordered from good to worst): if you don’t know what we say, here are the menus:

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany)

Food And Drink:

  • Potato Dumpling with Mushroom Sauce
  • Sauerbraten, Red Cabbage and Spätzle
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Fresh Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes featuring Melissa’s Produce
  • Black Forest Roulade with Cherry Whipped Cream
  • Peppermint Sugar Cookie
  • Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider
  • Possmann Pure Hard Black Currant Apple Cider
  • Schöfferhofer Pomegranate Hefeweizen
  • Cider Flight
  • Regional Riesling
  • Glühwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen

American Holiday Table (The American Adventure)

Food and Drink:

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce
  • Hand-carved Smoked Ham with Green Beans and Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce
  • Red and Green Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • American Heritage Milk Chocolate Gourmet Hot Cocoa with Wondermade Marshmallows
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Cranberry Kringle Pilsner
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter
  • JDub’s Season’s Greetings Peppermint Milk Stout
  • Holiday Beer Flight
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: American Heritage Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps

American Holiday Table

Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada)

Food and Drink:

  • Seared Salmon with Crown Maple Whisky Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant
  • Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere with Canadian Ketchup
  • Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple Mousse rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake with Cranberry Sauce and Pecan Crumble
  • Gold Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Frozen Coffee
  • Unibroue Éphémère Strawberry and Rhubarb
  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
  • Inniskillin Pearl Vidal Icewine
  • Inniskillin Gold Oak Icewine
  • Ice Wine Flight

Yukon Holiday Kitchen

Feast Of The Three Kings

Food and Drink:

  • Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives
  • Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce
  • Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco
  • Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds
  • Green and White Sugar Cookie
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Trey Reyes Mango Golden
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater

Feast Of The Three Kings

Holiday Sweets & Treats

Food and Drink:

  • Peppermint Sundae
  • Holiday Tree Sugar Cookie
  • Holiday Cookie Stroll Completer Cookie
  • Hot Cocoa
  • TG Lee Eggnog
  • Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings Winter Spice Tea
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter
  • Hot Cocoa with Assorted Cordials
  • Firenog: T.G. Lee Eggnog with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Holiday Sweets & Treats

L’CHAIM! Holiday Kitchen

Food and Drink:

  • Potato Knish with Herb Sour Cream
  • Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup
  • Black and White Cookie
  • Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail

L’CHAIM Holiday Kitchen

Taste Track

Food and Drink:

  • Croissant Doughnut (tossed in Cinnamon Sugar, with Chocolate and Holiday Sprinkles, with Eggnog Pastry Cream and Gingersnap Crumbs)
  • Gelato
  • Pancake Milkshake
  • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red

Taste Track

Shabghai Holiday Kitchen (China)

Food and Drink:

  • Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls
  • Mongolian Beef
  • Celebration Barbecue Pork
  • Spicy Mala Chicken with Rice
  • Sweetened Bubble Milk Tea
  • Jasmine Beer
  • Plum Wine

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan)

Food and Drink:

  • New Year Celebration Soba
  • Holiday Green Tea
  • Ichigo Milk Boba
  • Sapporo Draft Beer
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider

Don’t feel bad at these booths gorging yourself. When you graze, you’re going to learn about holiday cooking traditions in other countries, so you could make the argument that you’re doing all that meat to understand. The way we see it, we’ve got to try all these things pretty much. It is our duty as the world’s people.

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen

References:

Discovering the Magic Kingdom: an Unofficial Disneyland Vacation Guide, By Joshua C. Shaffer

Walt Disney World for Lovers, Rick Perlmutter, Gayle Perlmutter, Prima Pub., 1996

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2016, Bob Sehlinger

 

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