Epcot Is Getting an All-New Holiday Festival for 2017, and It Looks Remarkable
There’s a new holiday festival coming to Walt Disney World Resort’s Epcot. Though the resort is currently in the midst of its Halloween celebrations, new plans for the Epcot International Festival of Holidays were announced earlier this week.
According to the Disney Parks Blog, The Epcot International Festival of Holidays is set to feature some of the same holiday traditions featured in the Holidays Around the World festival in previous years. The ever-popular Candlelight Processional, which features the retelling of the Christmas story with a 50-person choir and a celebrity narrator such as Neil Patrick Harris, Pat Sajak, Whoopi Goldberg, and Warwick Davis, will be featured every evening from Nov. 24 to Dec. 30.
Each of the 11 countries in the park’s World Showcase will also share native holiday traditions for park guests through music and holiday stories. And of course, no Epcot festival would be complete without food! This year’s celebrations will feature 15 holiday kitchens offering up seasonal snacks such as snowflake sugar cookies and warm apple fritters with cinnamon ice cream. And the Orlando Sentinel reports that there will also be holiday singers, such as Mostly Kosher, a group who will sing Hanukkah classics in the American pavilion.
The ever-popular nighttime spectacular Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will also get a little holiday cheer tagged on to the end of the fireworks display. So get ready to book your trip to Walt Disney World now.
At the end of the day, the Epcot International Festival of Holidays is pretty much the same holiday festival Disney vacationers have grown to know and love. But the rebranded name now lines up better with some of Epcot’s other festivals, including the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
If the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays isn’t enough to convince you, click here to find out 10 reasons you should visit Disneyland or Walt Disney World this Christmas season.