There’s a lot to do this Holiday Season at Disney, starting with the Festival of the Holidays. Here you can go around to each of the locations in World Showcase to hear tales and songs of Holidays that different people celebrate around the World. You can also dine on authentic flavored options from Latkes to Pernil and several desserts!
The Festival runs from November 24-December 30th.
Food booths typically open between 11am and Park Closing (generally that’s 9pm). They are located in World Celebration, World Discovery and around World Showcase.
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Quick Table of Contents
- New Procedures this Year
- Quick List of Favorite Gluten Free Items
- Items by Booth, with pictures and reviews
- About Third Party Booths- Info and Expectations
- Festival Map
New Allergy Procedures at this Years Festival!
We’ve been through a lot of changes at the EPCOT Festivals, from 2019 where no options were listed, to 2022 where we could ask to talk to a chef… this year in 2023 we have an Allergy Guide!
You will notice that Disney removed the Gluten Friendly Label from the Paper Festival Passport and the Display Signs outside the Booth. And they did not include any new Allergy Label for Signs.
Instead, this year, you will find Gluten Friendly items labeled with the top 9 Allergy Items, inside a New Menu format that you can find in the MyDisneyExperience App. You will type in ‘allergy friendly EPCOT’ and hit ‘view menu’ to see the full list of current Items.
When ordering, let the Cashier know you need your item Allergy Friendly, State your allergens, and they will make a quick phone call to confirm that ingredients and procedures *for that day* are safe for you. Be sure to ask about Shared Fryers, as some items have cross contact. Allergy Friendly (Disney’s Labeling) does not always equal Allergen Free.
I like to declare my allergen, ask about the modifications, tell the Cast Member who takes my receipt for the order, and then confirm the modifications there + watch to make sure my food is fresh with a glove change (two exceptions, both Brazil and Spain are totally gluten friendly)
Quick List of Gluten Free Items
-Reminder, these are ‘Gluten Friendly’ and you should still speak to a Chef to confirm for your food needs. Here’s some quick recommendations!
- Pernil at NocheBuena Cocina
- Potato Latke at L’chaim
- Torte in Italy
- Peanut Stew at Refreshment Outpost
Gluten Free Option by Booth with Reviews and Images
Tamale with Plant-based Chorizo, Plant-based Cotija Cheese, and Spicy Red Chile Sauce (plant-based)
Pernil Mojo Pork with Tostones and Ketchup-Mayonnaise
Bubbles & Brine
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with Prosecco Cocktail Sauce and Grilled Lemon
Jonah Crab Claw Cocktail with Stone-ground Mustard Sauce
Seafood Platter with Jumbo Shrimp, Jonah Crab Claws, and Oysters on Half Shell
Holiday Sweets & Treats
Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy
Cream Soda Float
Traditional Poutine: French Fries with Beef Gravy and Cheese Curds
Yukon Holiday Kitchen
Seared Salmon with Butternut Squash Purée, Maple-Bourbon Glaze, and Fennel-Arugula Salad
Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen-Nothing
L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen
Smoked Salmon Potato Latke
Potato Latkes (plant-based)
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
Grilled Kebabs with Carrot-Chickpea Salad and Garlic Aïoli Chermoula Chicken
Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen
American Holiday Table
Blackened Catfish with Hoppin’ John and Comeback Sauce
Tuscany Holiday Kitchen
Chocolate Torte (Torte Caprese)
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen-Nothing
DOLE Whip® Raspberry (plant-based) Modified
Shanghai Holiday Kitchen
Bubble Tea Milk
Wine & Wedge-Nothing
Char & Chop
Roasted Porchetta with Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde and Shaved Fennel Salad
Grilled Impossible™ Spicy Sausage with Herbed Polenta, Puttanesca Sauce, and Ricotta
Holiday Hearth Desserts
Chocolate-covered Toffee Brittle
About Third Party Booths- Info and Expectations
Third party booths at EPCOT are owned and operated by other companies besides Disney. While they have Allergy Guides, procedures are different.
The third party locations are:
Mexico, China, Italy, Japan and France.
Generally, their standards for Allergies are lower than Disneys, and I’d recommend skipping them (As they will also tell you!) if you are concerned about cross contact..