Epcot Holidays Around the World Changing to Epcot International Festival of Holidays

by on September 7, 2017 4 Comments

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The Epcot Holidays Around the World has always been a holiday season staple. During the event, Guests get to experience holiday storytellers from countries around the world, taste different holiday cuisines, and more. Well, this year, it’s going to be seeing a change, because everything at Epcot is a festival. 🙂

The experience will now be known as the Epcot International Festival of Holidays. Guests will still be able to learn about the holiday traditions of the countries found in World Showcase. You’ll get to enjoy live musical performances and take a festive global tour as performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase.

Oh and it wouldn’t be an Epcot festival without food and beverage booths! Guests will be able to enjoy more seasonal food & beverage specialties at the now expanded Holiday Kitchens. Guests will be able to indulge in the flavors of the season as they explore the tastes of the holidays around the world as each marketplace booth will celebrate a different nation. We don’t know all the options yet, but here’s what booths we do know will be there:

  • American Holiday Table – Tender roast turkey and pork tenderloin
  • Feast of the Three Kings  –  Scrumptious foods and delicious drinks from the Caribbean
  • Holiday Sweets and Treats  – Decadent desserts, savory snacks and merry libations
  • Mexico  -Mexican cuisine like carnitas tacos and horchata margaritas

Another new aspect of the Epcot International Festival of Holidays will be the all new scavenger hunt. (These have clearly proven to be popular!) Guests can participate in Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree where the duo are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree and you can help! You’ll purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations, including Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at International Gateway. Then as you travel around World Showcase, you will want to be on the lookout for Chip and Dale in each World Showcase pavilion. Once you spot them, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map. Your completed map should then be taken to Disney Traders and exchange it for a festive surprise. Maps are $6.99, plus tax.

Returning this year for the Epcot International Festival of Holidays will be the musical group, Joyful. This gospel group performs on the Future World Fountain Stage.

The Epcot International Festival of Holidays will take place from November 19 to December 30.

Posted on September 7, 2017

4 Responses to “Epcot Holidays Around the World Changing to Epcot International Festival of Holidays”

  • Though I do admit these festivals are all beginning to run together, I am also excited to have a festival happening during our holiday visit. My kids are excited also. I was bummed we had not chosen food and wine for our trip this year, but now we get a little taste of it anyway.

    • This looks to be mostly just a name change for the existing offerings, to re-brand it as the fourth festival (instead of just holidaytime or whatever).

  • I’m looking forward to Epcot’s Festival of Festivals, which surely will be announced in a year or 2.

  • Is the storytelling staying?

    Also I must say it’s funny/brilliant that Disney is taking in extra revenue with these scavenger hunts which also helps queues a bit, spreading people out, likely sucking them into gift shops