Details announced for the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Oct 22, 2020 in "Epcot International Festival of the Holidays"

Posted: Thursday October 22, 2020 3:40pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The 'Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays' gets underway on November 27 2020 at EPCOT, offering a physically distanced modified version of the park's normal festivities.

As previously announced, there will be no Candlelight Processional, Holiday firework show or Holiday Storytellers.

At this year’s festival, Holiday Kitchens make a return throughout World Showcase, including three kitchens inside World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. Festival favorites include the slow-roasted turkey from the American Holiday Table, pork schnitzel at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen or the beef bourguignon from the Yukon Holiday Kitchen.

Voices of Liberty will share favorite carols at the America Gardens Theatre and Mariachi Cobre will bring to life Las Posadas, a celebration of Mexican holiday customs through music and dance. Over at the Canada pavilion, JAMMitors will perform at the Mill Stage. JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season will bring R&B, gospel, contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music to the World ShowPlace.

The cavalcades will get a seasonal overlay, with Queen Anna and Elsa in the “Frozen Holiday Promenade,” Mickey Mouse and his pals on the “Mickey and Friends Holiday World Tour,” and Santa Claus on a grand horse-drawn tour around World Showcase.

The Holiday Cookie Stroll returns this year, where you can purchase any five cookies from participating Holiday Kitchens, and finish your journey with a sixth, complimentary cookie.

Finally and new for this year is “Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition,” a festive adventure around World Showcase to round up holiday traditions Olaf misplaces. You can purchase the expedition map at Mouse Gear, Disney Traders or World Traveler at International Gateway, then look for hidden Olafs throughout the World Showcase pavilions. Once you find them all, you’ll receive a gift worth melting for (while supplies last).

Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Presented by AdventHealth takes place Nov. 27-Dec. 30, 2020 and is included with regular theme park admission.

Read more about 2020 holidays at Walt Disney World.

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MisterPenguinDec 23, 2020

JohnDDec 23, 2020

In theory you're not supposed to know in order to promote social distancing so that crowds don't gather. That doesn't mean it doesn't go around WS lagoon at the same time each day.

mnelson3Dec 20, 2020

Two questions, does anyone know what time Mickey’s Christmas Cavalcade runs at Epcot? And secondly where might be a good, low crowded “speaker spot” for recording? Lol. Considering this particular song doesn’t seem to be floating around anywhere.

JohnDDec 14, 2020

Remember, it's always the Flower, Garden, Food, and Wine Festival of the Arts and Holidays at EPCOT.

TrainChasersDec 13, 2020

Give Epcot credit though... they haven’t cut any of the FT entertainment. Voices, Jammitors, and Carol on the Piano are still employed.

aladdin2007Dec 13, 2020

disney seems to think by blasting music that it makes up for the lack of entertainment and other things. :banghead:

zengothDec 13, 2020

If it wasnt for the big tree and the loud holiday music (interrupted by the “you will comply” announcements), i’d’ve sworn it was still Food & Wine fest. But the effort was there and the CMs were amazing.

EdnaModeDec 07, 2020

An 82 cent discount on a Bavarian fondue if you're the right kind of ticket holder, in the right park, at the right time, in front of the right kiosk, paying the right way...kinda Scroogey. I don't know the term for the opposite of nickel and diming, but whatever that term is, this is that.

aladdin2007Dec 04, 2020

10% is nothing 🥱

mnelson3Nov 30, 2020

I know the music for the Mickey and Friends Cavalcade is from DCA, which was from I believe TDS at one point lol. Is the DCA/Epcot version around? 🙂

JohnDNov 30, 2020

Some things being swtiched up for COVID aren't all that bad. Like moving Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty to America's Gardens Theater. They get a larger platform (i.e. more exposure) to perform. Guests can properly spread out to enjoy the entertainment.

JohnDNov 30, 2020

I prefer the cavalcades. Great way to see the characters randomly around the parks without awkwardly saying "hi" to them. M&Gs are not my style. A fresh mix of both would be ideal. Families/groups of people can do the M&Gs. I'm content just watching them go by in the cavalcade.

TrainChasersNov 29, 2020

Kinda like they do at MK on a regular basis for move it shake it and trolley show? It’s sad that we are hoping that the cavalcade last in parks that used to have daily parades. :(