Holiday cheer(s)…

December 21, 2010


The holidays are in full force around Walt Disney World: trees, wreaths, colorful lights and the sounds of carols greet you at practically every turn.

There are plenty of food (and drink) related holiday goodies around the parks and resorts each year. Most Disney fans are familiar with many of them such as the chocolate carousel in the Beach Club lobby and the giant gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, but on some recent trips to the World I came across a few new or not so well known ones… let’s take a look shall we?

We need to fortify ourselves first, right? So let’s have a beverage in the Studios…

The bar aside the Studio Catering Company has a special “Yuletide Cheer” menu of drinks for your adult beverage enjoyment.

The Partial Harem and I tried a couple of the offerings…

The “Merry Margarita” and the “Sleigh Ride” were both tasty, but other than the cute names and the festive addition of a glow cube there really wasn’t much that screamed “Holidays” to me (other than maybe the gift of another cocktail concoction to try…). The Snowball sounded like it would have some sweet Christmassy flavors, while the Baileys Coffee looks to be the ideal hot beverage to have while wandering through the Osbourne Lights on a cold Florida evening.

Now that we’ve readied ourselves, let’s take the nice walk from the Studios over to Epcot (or if you’re on the lazy side, we’ll allow you to take the boat…).

On the way let’s make a stop of at the Swan Resort for a visit to Saint Nick…

Unfortunately you can sit on this Santa’s lap and tell him what you want under your tree, because he’s made of chocolate!

This full-size Santa is pretty impressive – and it makes the whole lobby smell of chocolate!

Time for another beverage, so let’s head to Epcot’s World Showcase…

I’m going to wager we might find a nice brewed beverage or three in Germany – let’s check, shall we?

Ever trying to be the “Green” company, Disney has managed to recycle the Brewer’s Collection booth from the Food and Wine Festival into the Christmas-themed “Holiday Brewer’s Collection”.

The selection...

Didn't sample the Gluhwein, but I was fascinated by the $5.63 price point...

Is it just me, or is the old guy on the left not-so-discreetly checking out the blonde in the shades?

While we’re in Germany, let’s head over to the little village on the Romantic Road.

All four (or is it now five?) of my Dedicated Readers know how I dearly love the train layout in Germany. It’s one of the simplest and most subtle places in all of Disneyworld, yet there never fails to be a gathering of guests around the area watching the trains and enjoying the small details.

One of the things I love is that it changes with the seasons and events – during the Food and Wine Festival the village even sported it’s own miniature food booths (take a look here to see them)!

And of course, the trains also tie into Walt’s love of the locomotives…

So for the holidays, the little German village now sports wreaths, ribbons, trees and even a Santa with his reindeer…

Okay, so it’s not greatly food or drink related (even though the village does have a cheese shop and a very visible Lowenbrau purveyor)…

but it’s something very simple that makes me very, very happy… so next time you’re in Epcot, regardless of the time of year, be sure to pause for a bit and enjoy one of my very favorite things in all of the World…

So here we’ll wrap up our quick look at a few of the not-so-well known holiday goodies from around WDW. We here at Eating (and Drinking) Around the World wish you all a happy, healthy and joyous holiday season!

One Response to “Holiday cheer(s)…”

  1. jean Says:

    I’m more excited with the food this Christmas season than the gifts. Thanks for sharing these cool photos. By the way, I found a food social networking site that has so much to offer to its food loving members. It even has iPhone/iPad application for food enthusiasts like us.


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