Last year was my first taste of Christmas at Disney when I went to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. This year I went to Epcot with my brothers (now that my brother in law works for Disney, we're there a lot more often!) and got to experience Epcot International Festival of the Holidays!
First of all, the decorations at the entrance were perfect:
Like the scene from Big Fish but with Poinsettias!
I looked for these globe ornaments all over the park but couldn't find any! Maybe next year, Epcot?
Gotta love Disney topiaries!
On a side-note, I absolutely love this 80's Epcot Mickey & Minnie window display! These are the costumes Mickey & Minnie wore when we were kids!
Super cute Goofy and Donald holiday photo op!
We had to ride Figment's Journey into Imagination (in dire need of an update.. bring back Dreamfinder!) and I never noticed this adorable wall!!
It was a little overcast and chilly so my photos weren't as bright as I'd like..
I am a sucker for any and all of these scavenger hunt maps throughout Epcot!! I've done the egg hunt (where you earn an Easter Egg of a Disney character), and the Figment one last winter during Festival of the Arts (you get a magnet of a famous painting featuring Figment). I also did the Ratatouille Hide & Squeak (my first one) where, when you're done, you get a nice quality pin of Remy with an ingredient that matches the map stickers!
This one features Chip & Dale each with a different wreath around the world! It was sometimes difficult to find (especially when I started and wasn't exactly sure what I was looking for--glad I got to share this info with some other people with maps and lost looks). They were frequently found at Kidcot stations around the "world."
Here they all are (click to see in a separate window):
Even if you're not in the search, they're still fun to find! And here's what you get:
A whole set of pins, but not the usual Disney kind--the button kind (which is still super cute). You get one big pin with Chip & Dale on it, and 5 little ones from the assorted wreaths! You can pick from 3 sets, which overlap in options so you can usually get all the ones you want!
There was also amazing food at special holiday booths in every country!
New Year Celebration Soba (which I've had before since my brother in law is from Japan!)--it was warm and delicious. Definitely hit the spot!
The Buche de Noel (Yule Log) from France--the meringue mushroom was perfect!! (I made my own buche de noel this year and made my own mushrooms--now that I know how time-consuming and fragile they are, I applaud Disney for making so many of these for each buche!!)
Seared Salmon from Canada (the sauce was very maple-y) was the last thing I had, and amazing.
Tostada de Tinga from Mexico actually started my day!
Here are some of the decorations around the park:
Inside the American Adventure
Gudetama tree toppers in Japan's gift shop
I think this was my favorite!! I have this Spode design on a tea towel in my kitchen which I bought after moving here because it was on our Christmas glasses at home!
Inside the "cookie nook"
Super cute snowman topiary on our way out.
It was an amazing time and my new holiday favorite!! I also realized I've been to every Epcot festival this year! Perks of living in FL! If you haven't been to this one yet, you can still get over in the next few days--it's over Dec 30!!