Today we wrap up all of our Holiday coverage with our 3rd update of the Holidays around Walt Disney World. We may have additional updates from park visits over the next week or so but we are taking a much needed break after Friday's update.
So we hope you enjoy this last look at the holidays at EPCOT as they are truly magical. If you missed any of our Holiday updates you can find them here.
Written by Renée Girard
It's a crisp December afternoon of 85 degrees at Epcot today.
Joyful! a holiday gospel performance takes place several times a day in Future World at Epcot.
The Epcot Holidays Around the World food and drink booths tend to have way shorter lines compared to the Food and Wine Festival.
We'll be at the 5pm Candlelight Processional with guest narrator Meredith Vieira tonight.
Fun fact: on some of the collars of members on the cast choir of the Candlelight Processional, there's a hidden Mickey!
Meredith Vieira was an excellent narrator, despite technical problems that halted the show for 10-15 min. Gotta love live theatre!
Starting the food/drink portion of the night with an Arctic Kiss Hot Chocolate. No photo of the actual drink, it was too delicious to save!
New room in Japan's Mitsukoshi store in Epcot has some awesome looking toys and collectible figures.
I might have bought this. Because who doesn't want R2-H16 under their Christmas tree!
Got the yummy cheese fondue from Frocco, as the CM called it (between France & Morocco). Hope this isn't too sensitive for Twitter again!
Stopped by the bakery in France for their holiday treat, Buche de Noel au Chocolat.
This photo doesn't do it justice, but the moon looks amazing tonight over Epcot's World Showcase Lagoon.
I'm not usually an eggnog fan, but the Shipyard eggnog beer from the American pavilion is very good!
Prost! Trying the German Artisan Cheese Plate in Germany. I could eat cheese all day and definitely enjoyed this one
I seem to keep missing the holiday storytellers around the world but caught part of the one in Germany about the nutcracker.
On to the Feast of the Three Kings for what the booth is named for, Three Kings Bread. Good stuff!
Holiday Eats & Treats is already selling out of items! We had the Shipyard Cinnamon Bun Nut Brown Ale last week. It was sweet!
So in the Craft Beer building last week, there were 8 beers on tap. I skipped it then but went back tonight and only 4 are left.
Of course that didn't stop me from getting all 4 but I regret not getting it last week too!
Welcome to our second look a the Holidays around Walt Disney World. When we last left our world travellers Renee was about to take the stage with Neil Patrick Harris and we wondered just what would happen next.
As expected, the event went off without a hitch and it was a beautiful evening enjoyed by all. So let's just pick up with this beautiful holiday tradition. If you missed our first update earlier this week, click here to check it out.
Written by Renée Girard
Epcot's Candlelight Processional is a perfect holiday tradition. Neil Patrick Harris is always such a wonderful narrator.
Time to eat around the world! Stopped back at Alpine Haus for some delicious and filling cheese fondue!
Editors Note: Apparently Twitter thinks the Cheese Fondue at EPCOT is sensitive material. I mean, it's amazing, but not THAT amazing (if you know what I mean). ;)
At Feast of the Three Kings, I had to try the coquito. So good!
Seasonal Southern looks to have some tasty treats. Getting a little stuffed already but will definitely be back!
Crazy Elf looks like another drink we'll have to try next time too!
The bakery at Norway has one of the best desserts I've had in a while, pumpkin cheesecake with chocolate topped with pumpkin seeds!
I've seen plenty of ugly Christmas sweaters but never an ugly Christmas suit. Most impressive!
Had a lovely evening celebrating the holidays at Epcot. We'll be back to see more soon!
Enjoying a lovely morning on the water at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Lots of holiday treats available at the general store at Disney's Boardwalk.
The Boardwalk Bakery is one of my favorite places in WDW!
Pumpkin streusel muffin and coffee from the Boardwalk Bakery to start the day.
Going to see what holiday offerings are at Disney Springs tonight!
Decorations from all of the holidays for the season line the sidewalks of Disney Springs
The decorations in the Town Center of Disney Springs look beautiful!
Dining at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar tonight!
Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar has some holiday specials as well as a happy hour menu.
The view outside while dining at Jock Lindsey's during sunset is quite nice.
Reggie's Revenge is one of my favorite drinks to get at the Hangar Bar.
It's a little pricey, but all of the small plate dishes we tried at Jock Lindsey's were very good!
At the Disney Springs Welcome Center, we picked up booklets to play Stitch's Holiday Gift Hunt.
Some of the beautifully delicious holiday treats at Amorette's Patisserie.
Saw both showings of tonight's Starbright Holidays show from two different locations. A really cool, creative little show!
One of the Intel Shooting Star drones from Starbright Holidays on display at Disney's Pin Traders. The technology they do is awesome!
New this year at Disney Springs is the Christmas Tree Trail, over in the marketplace next to Once Upon a Toy.
All of the Christmas trees along the trail are themed to some of the classic Disney animated movies.
The Christmas trees aren't anything amazing or flashy, but I'm a fan of anything Christmas-y, so I enjoyed them.
Christmas tunes to sing and dance along to, thanks to the DJ at the Disney Springs marketplace.
Always love seeing the holiday touches added to the Disney parks and resorts. Disney Springs looks great!
Ending the evening with Sprinkles cupcakes. Seasonal flavors are chocolate peppermint and gingerbread. So good!!
What's the best part of living in Central Florida or Southern California in the Theme Park "offseason"? That's right, our theme parks don't close. While some go to weekend only operation those of us in CA and FL can literally visit a theme park every day of the year.
And when you're incredibly local that means you can visit a few times over the span of a couple of weeks and experience a plethora of different experiences. And that's just what Renée has been doing over the past few weeks, so we have great stuff from so many of the great Holiday happenings at Walt Disney World that we couldn't dream of fitting it into one update.
And we still have a few weeks until the Holidays are over so who knows where our adventure is going to take us next.
Written by Renée Girard
Cast previews for Disney's Rivers of Light begins tonight. No photos or video allowed but we'll be there! Hoping for a great show!
Getting ready for Rivers of Light to start in 30 minutes!
Got our seats and beer, let's do this.
No photos tonight. Excited to see this much anticipated show! 10 minutes till it starts.
We loved Rivers of Light! Beautiful show, amazing technology, and a million times better than Jungle Book.
This week we're spending some time at the Epcot area resorts. The Boardwalk is great all year round but it's perfect for the holidays!
Right next door at the Boardwalk, the Flying Fish restaurant has recently been renovated. It looks beautiful!
Everything was delicious! I enjoyed the frittata with a caffe latte. Everyone else had egg dishes as well, and pancakes, all equally yummy.
One of Disney's newest themed bars, Abracadabar, on the Boardwalk. It's a small space packed with lots of unique detail. Open 4pm-midnight.
It wouldn't be Disney without a hidden Mickey! The one in Abracadabar isn't so hidden but still very cool.
Looking around at some of the holiday decorations at the Epcot resorts too. Over at the Beach Club, there is the gingerbread carousel.
Christmas tree in the lobby of Disney's Yacht Club resort.
Having some drinks at the Crew's Cup Lounge at Disney's Yacht Club resort. What a cool, cozy little bar this place is!
Dinner tonight is at the Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Had an amazing meal at Yachtsman Steakhouse! Definitely highly recommended by everyone in our party!
And of course, any dinner near EPCOT would be incomplete without the "Peace on Earth" finale of IllumiNations
Goodnight from Disney's Yacht Club resort!
We are starting our day with breakfast at the Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club resort.
You can order regular breakfast menu items at Captain's Grille but we're going with the buffet.
New this year, Captain's Grille is offering the Candlelight Processional dining package. It's a great deal and guaranteed seat for the show!
Tonight we will be celebrating the Holidays Around the World at Epcot!
One of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit is to see the Voices of Liberty sing.
There are a lot more Food & Wine-ish offerings for the holidays at Epcot. Looking forward to trying some later!
But first we will be attending the Candlelight Processional narrated by
Some of us are attending the show, with one performing in it. Nerves are starting to set in, even tho this is my third year doing it! Eek!!
Showtime in 30 minutes! Always a joy to share the stage with the legend....ary Neil Patrick Harris!
And we'll leave you waiting for part two to see what happens at the Candlelight processional. Did Renée fall off the stage? Run off with Neil Patrick Harris to raise babies in the Haunted Mansion?
You may never know ... or you know, just find out on Thursday in part II of our epic adventure. =)