The holiday season at Disney’s theme parks and resorts is filled with delights for food fans!
New for 2014 — our updated over 300-page DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2014! We’ve compiled many years of Disney holiday experience so that you don’t miss a single treat, holiday meal, event, or activity. It even includes NEW events and holiday happenings for 2014, over 200 photos, an events calendar, and an informative FAQ section!
As the resorts turn visions of gingerbread houses into life-size creations, guests walking into the hotels are greeted first by the memorable aroma that conjures up memories of long-ago Christmas mornings. Then there’s chocolate and icing decor to be admired too!
The Disney shops tempt us with seasonal merchandise and treats previously only seen in our candied dreams. When the Main Street Confectionery begins to offer Peppermint Fudge, it’s time to linger even longer — to watch and to indulge!
For another Disney Food Blog Christmas, we strive to capture the spirit of the holiday:
Walt Disney World Dining Planning for the Holidays
There are plenty of Disney holiday events and details for the food lover in Disney World. For Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, guests can expect specialty menus and holiday meals at many Disney restaurants. For restaurants serving Holiday Meals, see our Holiday Dining Page.
Here’s what you can expect for Christmas Options in Disney World:
- Restaurants that are often closed will be open during this busy season. For example, look for Tomorrowland Terrace in the Magic Kingdom to be serving.
- Buffets such as the Biergarten in Epcot will have holiday menu options.
- Many restaurants will have holiday meals on the menu. For example, at the Grand Floridian, the Grand Floridian Cafe will add a special entree (Pork Shank with Chocolate Stout Reduction, Black Diamond Cheddar Polenta, Roasted Mushrooms, and Citrus Gremolata) to the regular menu.
For information on every single Disney World restaurant holiday option, treat yourself to the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2014!
For more ideas, check out our reader-suggested restaurants for Christmas in Disney World! Plus our readers have chimed in on their favorite spots for Thanksgiving meals in WDW! And see our Holiday Dining Page!!
Holiday Treats at Walt Disney Word
Watch here for our first look at some holiday-themed treats popping up on Disney Property.
2014 Seasonal Treats in Epcot:
Check out new and returning treats at Holidays Around the World!
Holiday Waffle: This year’s Turkey Waffle will feature a sweet potato waffle filled with roast turkey and green bean casserole.
Hot Holiday Twinings Teas: Chai; Pumpkin Spice Chai; Christmas; Pure Mint Tea with Chocolate (Specialty Beverage)
Flavored Hot Chocolates: Toasted Marshmallow; Salted Caramel; Peanut Butter;Traditional
Flavored Hot Ciders: Toasted Marshmallow; Hazelnut; Traditional; Spiced Cider with Frangelico Liqueur
Popcorn cart – Pecan Maple Bark
Beer Cart – Hot Applejack Cider (a hot mulled cider with whiskey and a blend of seasonal spices)
Kabuki Cafe – Teriyaki Chicken Karaage (Bite-sized Boneless Pieces with Teriyaki Sauce)
Sugar and Spice Bake Shop – Fresh baked: Gingerbread Men; Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Sugar Cookies; Hot Chocolate; Apple Cider and Peppermint Bark; Sparkling Wines, Cocoa Candy Cane (Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps topped with Whipped Cream)
Bueno Festa – Hot Chocolate with Caffé Espresso Liqueur; Limoncello Spritzer; Rosa Regale; Prosecco; San Angelo Pinot Grigio; Brunello di Montalcino; Limoncello; and Sambuca
Gelato Stand – Panettone (a sweet bread loaf); sweet moscato wine; hot chocolate.
While shopping at the Christmas Market, sip Gluhwein by the glass for some warm holiday cheer!
These delicious stops are likely to return this year:
Holiday Ice Cream Cone in Magic Kingdom: Stop by Storybook Treats in Fantasyland for a treat with a seasonal twist!
Nuts About the Holidays: Get cinnamon-glazed pecans and almonds at park kiosks and on the Boardwalk.
BoardWalk Bakery: Keep an eye out for holiday treats.
Contempo Cafe: Look for holiday-themed cupcakes in the bakery case.
Shopping for specialty holiday items is part of the seasonal fun. Take a look at some great merchandise for your Disney World holiday shopping lists!
Disney World Gingerbread Displays and Activities
There are wonderfully aromatic and gorgeous gingerbread displays under construction this year at the Contemporary Resort, BoardWalk Resort, Beach Club Resort, Grand Floridian, Epcot, and more!
Don’t forget that you can actually purchase pre-made gingerbread houses and other gingerbread and holiday treats at many of the gingerbread displays!
Collectible Gingerbread House Pins: Every year, Disney releases trading pins commemorating their Gingerbread House displays. You can see last year’s limited edition gingerbread house pins here!
Events and Experiences
There are lots of incredible events for food lovers that take place in Disney parks during the festive season. Be sure to check out our DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2014!
Here are a few of the magical experiences you can expect while in Disney during the holidays:
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This exciting event is absolutely memorable! Join Mickey and all his friends for a magical evening in the Magic Kingdom! Indulge in sugar cookies and hot chocolate to your heart’s content, then watch as Santa parades down Main Street in his beautiful sleigh while the snow (yes, SNOW!) comes down all around you. Take a look at 2014’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party treats!
This is a hard-ticket event, which means Disney sells a limited amount of tickets per party. In 2014, it’s offered on select dates November 7 – December 19. Tickets range from $62 to $74 plus tax for adults. Buy your tickets in advance for the best savings!
Holidays Around the World Entertainment
Epcot celebrates the holidays season from November 28 – December 29, 2014. Visit the countries around World Showcase to learn traditions and customs from around the globe. Learn about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa customs, hear the tale of Italy’s kind witch La Befana, see the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A returning favorite is “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season.
New experiences will delight guests in 2014. Stop by Mexico for the musical performance — Fiesta de Navidad — featuring dancers, mariachis, and traditional songs. In Morocco, a storyteller takes guests on a journey celebrating the festivals and traditions that create a “spice of life”. At the China pavilion, the vibrancy of a Chinese Lion Dance honors the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.
Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional Dining Packages
This is one of the most incredible events of the year, and the Dining Packages make it easy for you to get reserved seating!
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
With a cup of hot cocoa or spiked egg nog, stroll slowly through this impressive display of holiday lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Set to music, the lights appear to dance while snow magically falls!
Look for specialty treats — cupcakes, cookies, and more!
Frozen Holiday Premium Package
This brand new VIP Frozen Holiday package includes reserved viewing in the Premiere Theater for the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and a reserved location (at the end of Streets of America) for the magical Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Plus, specialty alcoholic drinks, non-alcoholic beverages, and Frozen-themed desserts!
New Year’s Eve Dining Options
Epcot’s World ShowPlace Pavilion: Fantasia 2014 is a dining event geared toward the whole family.
Monsieur Paul in Epcot’s France Pavilion: Two seatings are offered on New year’s Eve. Guests will enjoy a celebratory menu, including champagne.
Holiday Options at On-Property Hotels
Disney and non-Disney owned hotels on Walt Disney World property have an assortment of holiday options.
Featuring an entire calendar filled with holiday activities, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel celebrates the season with two special guest hosts – Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Holiday happenings are also taking place at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Or stop by the new Four Seasons Resort to see how the hotel decorates for their first Christmas season.
Tables in Wonderland
Keep an eye out for holiday events for Tables in Wonderland members!
Disney Foodie Gift Ideas:
Just like last year, we’ll be bringing you inspiring gift ideas for the Disney foodies on your list! For example, Disney Holiday Mugs will warm up your holiday drinks! Stay tuned for more suggestions every week until the Christmas Holiday!