Walt Disney World to Host International Festival of Holidays at Epcot

You may be familiar with Holidays Around the World, hosted as Epcot during the Christmas holiday season.  This year the experience will be renamed and re-themed to be the new International Festival of Holidays.  With this change to a festival theme, this has Epcot holding festivals almost all year long.  The new festival is expected to start on November 19th.  The World Showcase will be all decorated for Christmas with various holiday events, activities and entertainment planned to get guests into the holiday spirit.

Here are some of the experiences that guests have to look forward to:

  • Holiday Kitchens: ¬†There will be seasonal food at 15 locations around World Showcase.
  • Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree: ¬†This is a holiday themed scavenger hunt. ¬†Guests will be able to purchase the event maps for $6.99 in order to complete the hunt. ¬†Once they turned in a completed map, they will be able to redeem it for a special prize.
  • Candlelight Processional: ¬†This popular event will be back as planned. ¬†A celebrity host will tell guests the story of Christmas with the accompaniment of a choir.
  • Peace on Earth Edition of IllumiNations: ¬†This will be a special holiday add-on to the regular fireworks at Epcot.
  • Storytellers: ¬†There will be storytellers located at each of the pavilions that educate guests on different holiday traditions.

Who else can’t wait for the Christmas holiday season to kick off at Walt Disney World? ¬†Who will be attending the new International Festival of Holidays at Epcot?

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