Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for stopping by our column to catch up on what’s new at Walt Disney World. This week, we’re taking a look at the Holidays at Epcot! We have over 60 photos to share, so let’s get started!

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Welcome to Epcot!!

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The front entrance has its typical theme, with lots of character topiaries.

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There are poinsettias everywhere in the park.

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At FountainView, all the Starbucks holiday drinks are available.

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The stage is all set for Joyful!, the gospel group that performs here during the holiday season.

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More topiaries as we head further into the park.

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The Epcot tree is now also in place.

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These snowflakes are quite nice.

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The snack stand at the World Showcase Promenade has some holiday items, which is great to see.

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The pavement in the UK surprisingly did not have chalk on it when I visited this week. It looked nice and clean!

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The stages are set for all the Holiday Storytellers, which start this weekend along with the Peace on Earth fireworks tag to Illuminations.

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Fastpass+ for a meet and greet. Ugh.

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The France pavilion has some great peppermint decorations on the light posts.

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This area that goes up for Food and Wine will stay up to help absorb heavy holiday crowds.

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Some details on the still under construction Spice Road Table restaurant in Morocco.

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Christmas in Japan.

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In the American Adventure, Santa’s Village is a place to get souvenirs and meet the man himself.

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Voices of Liberty + Holiday Music = Fantastic.

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Candlelight starts this weekend with Lieutenant Dan himself.

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Decor in Italy.

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A F&W booth stayed around to sell food and drink this year.

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The Germany pavilion, both regular and mini received decorations.

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There is a place to buy ornaments both inside and outside.

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In Norway, the Stave Church has reopened with its new theme of the land that inspired the movie Frozen.

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It has some nice artifacts inside.

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The EPCOT Center fanboy in me really prefers what used to be in here first, but as far as tying something into a movie promotion goes, I think this is pretty solid. It stays true to the original idea without going overboard and smacking you in the face with all the movie stuff.

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Christmas Dumbo!

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There is a MyMagic+ service center in Innoventions now. I’ve been seeing more and more of these popping up in the parks. Perhaps that way the complaint line at guest relations won’t be as long anymore.

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Well, that does it for this week! What do you all think of the holiday decorations? Ready for the Peace on Earth fireworks to rattle your chest? Let us know in the comments!!

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  • Country Bear

    Thanks for the great update Cory.

    Epcot is looking fine for the season. I assume the Candlelight Processional still requires dinner reservations to make it accessible? I must admit that I was very moved by the experience when we saw it a few years ago – though you need to line up for it (even with reservations) pretty early.
    Do they do any type of Christmas overlay of the Illuminations show (I can’t remember)?

    Thanks for sharing the pictures!

    • danyoung

      It’s not an overlay of the entire show, but a tag narrated by Walter Cronkite and the song Let There Be Peace On Earth. And the fireworks finale is just incredible!

  • Malin

    So many positives in your update Cory, thank you. Disney gets a lot of criticism at times. But going by your amazing photo update you have helped to illustrate all the small details that still sets them in a league of its own. I’ve been going over the entertainment schedule for the Holidays at Epcot and for me its a full day of entertainment, dining and enjoyment.

  • jcruise86

    Good update, Cory! Thank you!

  • martinjbell1986

    Great update!

  • QPerth

    What a great update Cory, lots of small positive things in the park at the moment. Decorations look terrific, especially at Epcot! And I am relieved the new additions/refresh/Frozen tie-in at Norway went so well. Stay classy Norway!

  • danyoung

    I just realized today that my original plans for this year had me visiting WDW later this week. Thanks for the timely Christmas pictures, but I’m still very much bummed out!!!