Podcast No. 0010: An Epcot Christmas and No Tree?
This month on Dispodopolis we discuss Epcot at Christmas time. Epcot was offering a lot of familiar fun around the park at Christmas time, but they added a few new items and a lot more food. Unfortunately the weather during our trip cut down on the ability to enjoy a lot of these new offerings, but we still had a great time.
We start off by talking about one of the new offerings we really enjoyed playing. The new Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree Scavenger Hunt was a lot of fun for our family, but would equally be fun for anyone that enjoys the World Showcase. This is a way to dive deeper into the settings of each pavilion. There are no trees involved, but a lot of wreaths. The wreaths were generally hidden around the Kidcot areas, with a few well hidden wreaths. About 25% of the time we landed up asking for a few clues from the cast members. When you finished your hunt, there were three button sets available to choose from. If you collected all three, you would receive all the buttons. That is why we have three kids, so we could collect all the buttons. It cost $6.99 to play, but there was a DVC and Annual Pass discount of 20%.
We also discuss the some really fun and amazing Meet and Greets at Epcot. The first and best one of the trip was Alice, who was an amazing character meet and greet. She really understood how to interact with Fiona and made her whole experience magical. We also were fortunate to meet Joy and Sadness from Inside Out and Baymax from Big Hero 6. Disney Meet and Greets are always great but some do a much better job than others. This is definitely directly related to their individual experiences in their private lives and the depth of their experience at their job.
Some of the other offerings at Epcot this time of year are the Candlelight Procession. We didn’t experience it on this trip other than hanging out in the American Pavilion. But it is always amazing and worth a one time reservation to get great seats. They also have different Cast Members representing and sharing the stories of the different regions from around the world. A lot of these were postponed due to the very cold weather, but I highly recommend you catch at least one during the Holiday Season.
We briefly discuss the heavy crowds at Epcot. Even though we spent two days at Epcot we really only were able to get through the park’s rides once. We did hit a few twice because of our Fast Pass Plus selections.
Lastly we talk about the food at Epcot. There is no way to sample everything during one trip to Epcot. We were able to experience a few sit down restaurants, Via Napoli, Rose and Crown, and experienced some inside counter service at Sunshine Seasons and the Electric Umbrella. The best experience was Via Napoli and the worst was the Electric Umbrella. The Electric Umbrella is in dire need of an overhaul. The eighties have come and gone but the Electric Umbrella is still celebrating them in a bad way.
Before we jump into our discussion of Epcot at Christmas time, we talk about the book, “Disney A to Z ” by Dave Smith. This was Fiona’s pick of the week for our segment Little Bit of Heaven. This book is filled with fun trivial information for any level of Disney enthusiast.
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