Happy New Year!!
Unfortunately, I had planned to write the below post a couple weeks ago but I got sick and some family events happened during the holidays. I apologize for the delay and this festival has completed for 2019 but the next festival will be upon us before too long.
Epcot doesn’t waste any time transitioning from one Festival to the next. It seems like just a few weeks ago I was enjoying the Food and Wine Festival, and then just this past week everything changed over to the Festival of the Holidays.
I will admit this is not one of my favorite festivals, but it still gives me an excuse to head over to the park and try some new food items, or experience the Candlelight Processional which is actually a great show.
This year my two daughters wanted to try and complete the Cookie Stroll.
Last year I had attempted it but only got through a couple cookies before I felt sick from all the sugar and holiday spice. This year my plan was to break up the sweetness with some savory dishes and hopefully not go home with my tail between my legs utterly defeated and embarrassed.
My two girls were excited and ready for some cookies. After we got inside the park we picked up our Festival Passport so we knew where to go and headed for the first cookie.
The booth over near the Canadian Pavilion was called the Yukon Holiday kitchen, and they had the Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie. I am not a huge peppermint fan, but this cookie was actually really good. It was soft, moist and didn’t have an overwhelming amount of peppermint flavor which was a plus for me.
If you are going to try the cookie stroll, make sure you get your passport stamped after you pay for the cookie.
The second cookie was at the Fest of the Three Kings booth and was a Chocolate Crinkle Cookie. This was just okay for us, my girls didn’t really like it. To be it was almost more like a cake than a cookie, it was a bit dry but had plenty of chocolate flavor.
We then had to take a bit of a stroll around the World Showcase until we got to the German Pavilion and the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen booth. They had the Linzer Cookie which was filled with raspberry jam. This was fantastic and was my clear favorite of all the cookies we tried that day.
Over in the American Adventure pavilion was the American Holiday Table booth. Here you could try a classic Gingerbread Man cookie. I do not enjoy gingerbread myself so this was a miss for me, but my girls raved about this cookie. They liked it so much they begged for a second one to enjoy on the way to our next booth.
In between the Morocco and France pavilion was a very popular food booth called L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen. They had a Pastrami on Rye sandwich which I had tried last year and was really good, as well as a couple different potato Latkes. But we were here for a cookie and got the Black and White cookie. This has a nice lemon flavor to it, but nothing too exciting. My youngest enjoyed eating all the frosting from the top and she said that was her favorite part.
We had done it. After the Black and White cookie, it was time to head over to the Holiday Sweets and Treats booth for our complimentary Completer cookie.
It was a cute Santa Mickey-shaped Sugar Cookie and we even got a free bottle of white milk. We each took a small bite just to say we tried all of them, but by this time we were sick of cookies and couldn’t really enjoy it so we packaged it up and took it home.
To try and celebrate our glorious victory over the cookie stroll we headed into the Port of Entry gift shop to see what Festival merchandise was available. There were the standard t-shirts, sweaters, and candy cane flavored popcorn but nothing really called out to me this year. Then as we wandered around the store I found something.
The collectible coins/medallions were back. The Food and Wine versions had been removed and replaced with the new Festival of the Holidays designs.
The machine looks exactly the same, but had a new marquee and was filled with the new coins.
They are still the same cost at $5 each, or 3 for $10.
The designs are Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Chip & Dale. The back of the coins has the Festival of the Holidays logo.
I was originally against these coins mostly due to their very high cost, but now that these seem to be coming out for each festival I’ve grown to enjoy. With everything going on this time of year I actually forgot these may even be available so it was a happy coincidence to come across them.
Later that evening the rest of our family arrived at Epcot and we had dinner in the France Pavilion at Chefs de France. Then we finished our evening enjoying the Candlelight Processional with guest host Gary Sinise. He was fantastic, the music was wonderful and the singing just topped off our amazing day.
I hope you have a wonderful Holiday. Please stay safe and enjoy your special time with family and friends.