Tis The Season to Enjoy Epcot International Festival of the Holidays at Disney World #EpcotHolidays Friday 03 December, 2021

Thank you to Walt Disneyworld for the Epcot Holiday experience. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Landed in Orlando and stayed at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort Hotel in Bay Lake, Florida. Luggage: American Tourister

I want to share I went to the most Happiest Place on Earth for the Holidays which is Epcot, one of the four parks within Disneyworld. I was sent on a day press trip to experience #EpcotHoliday. I am excited to share I have never been to Epcot in all of my days! I have been to the Magic Kingdom Park when I was sixteen, many many moons ago. Imagine my joy to see in my email I got sprinkled with pixie dust & invited to share the holiday magic within Epcot! I cant wait to share all the fun I had with my friend for the day!

We were graciously hosted and stayed overnight at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, which is only a complimentary boat-ride away to EPCOT at the comfort of this location. *Disney Skyliner Transportation is also available at this resort to transport to EPCOT. 

Experience the charm and whimsy of turn-of-the-century Atlantic City at this waterfront Resort hotel. Make a splash at Luna Park Pool and delight in a massage at the state-of-the-art fitness center. Discover carnival games, unique dining and exciting nightlife on the Coney Island-style boardwalk. Strung like saltwater taffy along the shimmering Crescent Lake, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is located within walking distance to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

I did bring a friend with me as we flew in from Atlanta,GA. It only took an hour on a plane, but we could of also drove which is around a six hour drive. We wanted to fly in and we both were big kids for the day. We were also honored to celebrate The Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration at Epcot as well. Can we believe the beauty of this park has been around for 50 years and how expansive and fun it has been for half a century? So grateful to be able to be able to celebrate with Disney during a milestone year!

My friend and I celebrated Holidays Around the World at Walt Disneyworld’s EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival from November 26 to December 30, 2021. Attend a holiday event that surrounded us in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors celebrated by cultures near and far. Epcot is the park which is centered around “Its A Small World After All” where you can hop from country to country without flying or using your passport. Epcot gives you a feel of

Fun Fact: Did you know in 2019, Epcot hosted 12.444 million guests, ranking it as the fourth-most-visited theme park in North America and the seventh-most-visited theme park in the world?

EPCOT is amazing as I truly feel this side of the park has something for everyone! You get the world of culture and food blended into one place, and you got yourself into Disney foodie heaven. You already know on my blog and in my life I am a big foodie so this was the perfect park for me. If you want to eat and feast all day and explore the world, EPCOT is the place to be and especially for the holidays! So get your best Disney Holiday Sweater and lets go on a trip around the world without stamping your passport!

One of the first things we saw as we were walking around we had to see Goofy and Pluto! Disney is known for their character meet-and-greet, and although its still a pandemic Disney still makes it happen. You can meet your favorite character by super social distancing and getting the best selfies! Yes, the big kid energy was activated after taking the photos with them!

EPCOT AT NIGHT

I am so happy that I got to experience the magic of EPCOT at night during the holidays. Although it is themed all year round, definitely this Holiday Season it felt like I was experiencing EPCOT in its most magical form. Lot at how the EPCOT ball just illuminate and glows at night with the massive Christmas tree.

Global Showcase has a harmonious viewing on the water, which is also the center of all of the EPCOT magic. Its a lake that we all walk around “the world” and at night you get this amazing light and firework show. Read at the end how this end your EPCOT experience in the most magical way!

Holiday Entertainment

Travel around World Showcase and immerse yourself in holiday entertainment inspired by cultures from around the world.

JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season – Showcase Plaza Stage

Experience the joy of gospel and rhythm and blues as the JOYFUL! ensemble performs holiday music in celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa.

Las Posadas Celebration – Mexico Pavilion

Visiting Las Posadas Celebration – Mexico Pavilion

¡Feliz Navidad! Join the fun and pageantry of Las Posadas with dancers, piñatas and the music of Mariachi Cobre.

A Mischievous Barn Santa – Norway Pavilion

Visiting Norway Pavilion

Celebrate the season with laughter as a mischievous Barn Santa visits Sigrid, an unsuspecting Christmas storyteller.

Chinese Lion Dance – China Pavilion

Visiting Chinese Lion Dance – China Pavilion

Catch a glimpse of this colorful performance that brings good fortune and happiness in the Lunar New Year.

La Befana – Italy Pavilion

Come hear the tale of La Befana, the kind-hearted witch who visits sleeping young children on the Eve of the Epiphany.

Santa Claus – The American Adventure Pavilion

Get ready for Christmas with Santa Claus now through December 24. Whether you know him as St. Nick, Père Noël or Father Christmas, a visit with jolly Santa Claus brings good cheer to the season.

Daruma Storyteller – Japan Pavilion

Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year!

Hanukkah Storyteller – Between Morocco and France Pavilions

Join us along the World Showcase promenade, where a storyteller recounts traveling abroad to explore the diverse music and traditions of Hanukkah around the world.

Père Noël – France Pavilion

Visit with Père Noël and rediscover the magic of Christmas through the letter of a delightful child.

Father Christmas – United Kingdom Pavilion

Visiting United Kingdom Pavilion

See Father Christmas as he rings in the season, sharing the traditions of the United Kingdom and good cheer.

Canadian Holiday Voyageurs – Canada Pavilion

Explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North with the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.

My friend and I visited these mock-up historical sites at Epcot and it was fun. Some of these places I have been to in real life, and many I have yet gotten a chance to put a stamp on my passport. Thank you Epcot for inspiring me to want to visit these countries even more, but for now it was fun to do all of this “travel” in the heart of Orlando. Even though we are still in a pandemic, Disney was ahead of the times and made traveling from country to country easy on this land! What a way to holiday travel internationally…just wait until we get into the food!

Candlelight Processional

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas, recounting the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem. Woven into the production are stirring songs of hope and joy performed by the orchestra and massed choir.

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Discover worlds of wonder brimming with flavor—including new sips and bites created for the celebration. Taste Tour Across 6 Continents and More. Stroll across 6 continents—and beyond—as you sample mouthwatering delicacies.

Holiday Kitchens at Epcot

A Taste of the Holidays for Everyone! Take a stroll around the world and sample tasty treats from holiday kitchens celebrating the most magical time of the year.

L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen – Between Morocco and France Pavilions

Smoked Salmon Potato Latke (gluten/wheat-friendly)

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen – Japan Pavilion

Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura and Yellowtail with Vegetables on an artistic bed of Rice

Yukon Holiday Kitchen – Canada Pavilion

Seared Scallops with Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant

Official Holiday Cookie Stroll

There are 5 official Holiday Cookie Stop locations––each one offering a different decadent dessert! Visit each one to purchase the tasty treat and commemorate your visit with a stamp in your Festival Passport! Ready to sweeten the deal? Once you’ve collected all 5 stamps, you can present your Festival Passport at Holiday Sweets & Treats to receive a specialty cookie!

  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen
    SNICKERS®-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS® bar pieces
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen
    Black and White Cookie
  • American Holiday Table
    Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with DOVE® Dark Chocolate
  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen
    Linzer Cookie
  • Holiday Hearth Desserts
    Gingerbread Cookie

This activity is fun for all ages and can be completed at your own leisure. You can bring your stamped Passport to EPCOT at any time during the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth and continue collecting stamps until you’ve received them all!

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt

Set off on a merry quest, hunting for holiday traditions that Olaf has gathered—and lost—along the way! Simply purchase your map and stickers from select Festival merchandise locations—including Creations Shop, Port of Entry and World Traveler at International Gateway.

Using the stickers provided on your map, mark the “tradition” Olaf has found in each pavilion. Once you complete the expedition, bring your map to Disney Traders, Creations Shop or World Traveler at International Gateway to redeem it for a gift worth melting for! Redemption valid through December 31, 2021 or while supplies last.

*Also check out the various giftshops for new Olaf merchandise. 

Shopping Disney Holiday Giftcards at Epcot!

One of the best things about Disney is the multiple options to spend! I got a really cute and festive Disney Holiday Giftcard that came in its own retractable mini shopping bag!

It was so convenient because I used it to not only purchase souvenirs (like my Minnie Ears), but for all of the Epcot Holiday Kitchen treats I obtained. At each location super easy to use as cashiers can scan a barcode on the back of giftcard.

I think I have a new Disney Park tradition where I can’t leave the park without getting an official pin. So many to choose from, but The Proud Family called after my heart!

A Disney Gift Card is redeemable for practically all things Disney and never expires. It’s a gift that’s simple for you and perfect for spreading holiday cheer. For more information on the Disney Gift Card, please visit DisneyGiftCard.com. To shop our designs online, visit shopDisney.com.

Harmonious Viewing Night Show

The heart of the Epcot transformation comes to life with Harmonious, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for Disney Parks. The show is a beautifully crafted medley of classic Disney music and visuals reinterpreted by a culturally diverse group of 240 artists from all around the world.

This magnificent new show brings to World Showcase Lagoon an innovative combination of floating giant screens, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers in a 360-degree view. Enter amazing worlds inspired by Moana, Aladdin, Coco, Brave, The Lion King, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog and other classic stories. Colorful images and effects dance and change as Harmonious weaves familiar Disney music and stories together in brand-new ways. Through unique perspectives as diverse as the world itself, Disney songs hop from language to language as the show brings people from different parts of the world together to unlock the magic of possibility.

I may or may not have cried a few times during the viewing. The music and the lights all put together truly made me feel like I was ten years old again. Old and new Disney musical songs touched my heart!

Harmonious is a brilliant centerpiece to The World’s Most Magical Celebration—celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.

Learn more about #EpcotHolidays and purchase tickets here.

Have you Ever Experienced Epcot for the Holidays?

About the Blogger - Kiwi the Beauty


Kiwi is the free spirited blogger and content creator of KiwiTheBeauty.com. As a digital influencer, she produces creative inspiration around beauty, lifestyle, media and travel leisure. Her life mantra is to make manifesting fun! When she’s not blogging, she is eating trendy hipster food, carrying crystals, making it rain at her local farmer's market and binge brunching. Follow her on her blog and social media at kiwithebeauty.com + @kiwithebeauty


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