Holiday time is here and there is no better place to celebrate than at Walt Disney World! This year, Epcot is ready to bring on the jolly and feed the masses with Holidays Around the World. Enjoy all the sights and sounds of the holiday season with music, food and traditions from all of the World Showcase nations.
When entering World Showcase, make sure to pick up your Holiday Passport. In here, you will find a complete guide to all of the holiday destinations. This includes everything: food, drink, merchandise, and festive entertainment.
Feast of the Three Kings
Along with traditional holiday favorites, there are also some new menu items this year. Located in Showcase Plaza, you will find Feast of the Three Kings. Follow the path and read the story of the Three Kings as you make your way up to the kiosk.
My boys really enjoyed the Shredded Beef Tamales and Roast Pork with mashed yucca.
Our favorite was the Three King’s Bread. This is a holiday must try! This is similar to an éclair, with a sweet pastry shell and rich cream filling. The bread is covered with red and green sprinkles and red cherries.
Holiday Eats & Treats
Also new this year is the Holiday Sandwich, found at Holiday Eats & Treats, also in Showcase Plaza. This sandwich is piled high with roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and served on cranberry bread.
If you have room, try the Peppermint Sundae! This was delicious and large enough to share. Chocolate ice cream, whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy on top. So good!
American Holiday Table
The American Holiday Table has a traditional holiday meal available. This meal includes roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. There is also a seared pork tenderloin with green bean casserole and sweet potato wedges in champange demi-glace.
Alpine Haus is located between Morocco and France. Here, you can sample another new offering, the Cheese Fondue in a bread bowl. This is served piping hot with a side of fresh veggies and potatoes. This is a large serving. I watched a family of four share this fondue. It is also one of the many vegetarian items available throughout the parks.
As popular as the new holiday eats seem to be, over in Germany, we noticed a long line at Prost! Everyone was waiting for an old favorite, the Sauerbraten, served with red cabbage and spaetzle.
Bring your plate over and listen to Helga tell her Christmas stories while you enjoy a traditional German meal.
The holiday drinks were plentiful around World Showcase. Most of the countries had several beer or hard cider choices. Our favorite was Einstok White Ale from Norway. Anna and Elsa would be proud!
The Crazy Elf seemed to be a real crowd pleaser. This is RumChata Cream Liqueur and Fireball, topped with whipped cream. Make sure to visit Canada for the Gingerbread Chai Tea. It has just a hint of that gingerbread flavor and Irish cream. So yummy! It’s perfect for a “chilly” Florida evening.
If you have the chance to visit Wold Showcase in Epcot this holiday season, do it! You will not be disappointed with all of the sights, sounds and tastes from around the world!
(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)
Maureen Petrone is a mom, avid Disney fan and elementary school teacher from Long Island, New York. When she is not in the “House of Mouse” with her family, she can be found in her classroom. She calls herself a “TeachEar.” She loves the thrill and wonder of the Disney experience. The educational opportunities are endless! Walt Disney was a visionary, who taught us all to think big and dream bigger. It’s a wonderful message for her students.