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We just returned from our 10 day trip to Walt Disney World! While we were there we were able to attend the Taste of Epcot Festival of the Holidays on opening day! I have never visited Walt Disney World during the holidays so we were super excited to check it out. Honestly, my expectations were low. With all the changes going on in the parks, I expected a scaled down version of a festival. I mean, that’s why they are called “Taste of…” Because not all the elements are available; however, we were pleasantly surprised. Keep reading and follow along on our journey through the Taste of Epcot Festival of the Holidays.

Holiday Cookie Stroll

We began our journey at the International Gateway entrance to Epcot. We had breakfast reservations at Topolino’s Terrace at the Riviera Resort and decided to hop on the Skyliner to our destination. Once inside, we picked up a Festival Passport (initially a cast member told us, paper passports weren’t available; however, I saw several people carrying them. We found them in a stand outside a shop where maps were located but we also saw them at the Holiday Kitchens.) We started right away with the Holiday Cookie Stroll. First stop was the Black and White Cookie from L’Chaimi Holiday Kitchen between Morocco and France.

We really enjoyed this cookie, in fact compared to the others, it was probably my favorite. It was chilled a little due to the chocolate icing.

Next we headed to Germany to Bavaria Holiday Kitchen for the Linzer Cookie. This cookie had a jelly like filling. Probably a raspberry flavor. I really enjoyed this one as well.

The Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie from the Yukon Holiday Kitchen in Canada was up next. I wasn’t all that crazy about this one. It was a little dry and didn’t have a whole lot of flavor.

Aaahhh the classic Gingerbread Cookie. We got this one from the Festival Favorites booth which was inside of the World Showplace Events Pavilion. It’s super cute but still a basic gingerbread cookie.

The Chocolate Crinkle Cookie from the American Holiday Table in The American Adventure just didn’t do it for us. It was dry, not a lot of flavor but you could taste the chocolate.

Now the goal of the cookie stroll is to go around the World Showcase, purchase each cookie for $2.50 and get the stamp in your passport. Once you do that, you get a complimentary cookie.

The Complimentary cookie this year is the Minnie Peppermint Cookie from Holiday Sweets and Treats in Showcase Plaza. It comes individually packaged. It’s just an iced sugar cookie but was better in my opinion that the peppermint pinwheel cookie and the chocolate crinkle cookie, but maybe I am just a sucker for an iced sugar cookie. All in all, it was a fairly inexpensive thing to do and it kept us entertained for a while.

The Search for Olaf

The next thing we really wanted to do was the Olaf Scavenger Hunt. The goal is to go all around The World Showcase searching for Olaf as he participates in each country’s celebration of the Holidays. There are stickers on the back in which you put over each country once you find him. Now this did cost $7.99 and can be purchased in the shops in World Showcase. You get a prize (a plastic frozen cup) Nothing spectacular but it was definitely fun for my kids. My daughter really enjoyed the hunt and my little one enjoyed putting the sticker on. It’s a great way to help entertain the kiddos while you soak in the food and beverage.

Character Cavalcades

While character meet and greets aren’t happening right now, Disney has come out with some fun new ways to interact with the characters. These Character Cavalcades come around about every 20 minutes. We really enjoyed these. It’s a way to be able to see characters without waiting in lines or reserving a spot ahead to watch a parade. When you hear the music come on, you will know it’s coming. It is hard to tell who is coming, unless you have already seen them and can tell by the music. Super fun and we really had a good time trying to catch them all.

Entertainment

While there is a lack of entertainment around the other Disney parks right now, there was an abundance of it at this Epcot festival! We were able to catch Las Posadas with Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty – Voices of the Season at America Gardens Theatre, the JAMMitors on the Canada Mill Stage and “Joyful! A Celebration of the Season in the World Showplace Events Pavilion.

Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl
"Panda" Bubble Tea
Frozen S'mores

Other Snacks We Tried

Unfortunately, due to a large breakfast, our appetites had trouble the day we were there, so we only tried a couple other items and we were trying to save our appetite for our dinner reservation.We tried the Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl from Bavaria Holiday Kitchen, which was served with Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes. This was really good. The Fondue was amazing. We tried the “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Bobas fom Shanghai Holiday Kitchen. I was not a fan but my husband liked it. It kind of tasted like milk and the Boba’s had a little bit of a fruity taste.We also tried the Frozen S’mores from the Festival Favorites in World Showplace Events Pavilion. It was really good, but they were making a bunch of them ahead of time so it wasn’t all that frozen.

World Showplace Events Pavilion

I highly recommend you visit the World Showplace Events Pavilion during your day at the Festival. I wouldn’t have really known about this if I wasn’t looking to see “Joyful”. It’s kind of tucked away with a small sign out by the walkway. But inside, Christmas came to life. From the entertainment on stage, a pianoist, Holiday merchandise, photo sets and an amazing Gingerbread Capital City, it really was one of the highlights of our day.

There you have it. We hope this will help you if you are planning your trip to Walt Disney World during the Festival of the Holidays. We had a really great time despite all of the changes taking place right now. If you are looking for help to plan your next trip, make sure to give us a shout.