The Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays kicked off on November 27th and runs through December 31st, 2020! One of the aspects I looked most forward to was the Gingerbread Capital City that was moved from the American Adventure to World Showplace this year. The Disney resorts don’t have their full-sized displays this year so it is even nicer to see the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and other icons in gingerbread again. This popular gingerbread display first debuted in 2014 as just the U.S. Capitol and has expanded during that time. Here are photos from yesterday! We expect to have a video this week and will add it here.
I attended a media event for Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays yesterday morning and we will be posting quite a bit about Epcot this week.
A sign outside of World Showplace notes the Gingerbread Capital City along with other offerings that are inside.
During a regular visit, I like to visit World Showplace early as it seems to always become busier as the day progresses.
Inside World Showplace, the Gingerbread Capital City allows guests to walk around it (unlike when it is at the American Adventure).
The U.S. Capitol is front and center. When the American Adventure first offered a U.S. Capitol in 2014, that was all it was – and eventually the Washington Monument and other buildings were added.
There is a list of ingredients in front of the display.
There are more Washington D.C. landmarks than ever before! The U.S. Capitol, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Thomas Jefferson Memorial are all represented.
There are also more ingredients than ever: 3957 gingerbread tiles; 165 pounds of gingerbread; 25 pounds of chocolate rock; 75 pounds of modeling chocolate; 15 pounds of coconut and 32 ounces of green food coloring; 13 hidden and not so hidden Mickeys – plus a lot of pixie dust! That is 5 pounds more gingerbread last year and 35 pounds more modeling chocolate (and there was no chocolate rock or coconut in 2019). Additionally, last year there were just 8 hidden Mickeys!
The U.S. Capitol is beautifully designed in gingerbread. We can see the back of both Mickey and Minnie here.
There is a hidden Mickey in the Christmas tree.
The top of the Washington Monument can be seen past the U.S. Capitol.
Minnie is on one side.
Mickey on the other.
It is nice to be able to walk around the entire display this year.
The dome includes an American flag.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial can be seen on this side.
On this side, “Happy Holidays” is written.
And on the other side, “Where Dreams Come True”.
Mickey takes a ride on his bike.
Goofy is in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
There is a hidden Mickey on a bench.
Mickey is in topiary form here.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is represented.
Santa is at the door of the U.S. Capitol.
Pluto is hanging out with a couple of snowmen.
On this side, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is in view.
There are people and a snowman outside of it.
And from this angle, the Lincoln Memorial can be seen.
The Gingerbread Capital City is stunning and definitely worth a visit! I recommend visiting when the park opens. Take a look at the 2019 version for a comparison.
The Washington D.C. area is someplace I normally visit each year to see family, I skipped it due to the pandemic this year and look forward to it again in 2021.