REVIEW: Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot’s Best Counter Service?

REVIEW: Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot's Best Counter Service?
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We continue our series of reviews of the booths added for the Holidays Around the World event at Epcot this year by visiting the Feast of the Three Kings today. This marketplace can be found next door to the Refreshment Port, just behind the Imagination pavilion on the way to World Showcase.

Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot

The space reuses what was the Puerto Rico booth in past years, and Island of the Caribbean at the Food and Wine Festival this year.

Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot

There displays at many of the marketplaces for Holidays Around the World feature facts about the celebrations in that region. A nice touch.

Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Feast of the Three Kings Menu at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Feast of the Three Kings Menu at Holidays Around the World, Epcot

Above is the menu. Keep in mind that these are full size dishes, not the portions you would expect from the annual Epcot festivals.

Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot

In classic fashion, we ordered the entire menu pretty much, so let’s dive into the review, shall we?

Roasted Pork ($10.75)

Roasted Pork - Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Roasted Pork – Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot

This roasted pork dish has to be one of my favorite counter service items at Disney World right now. The pork was cooked perfectly, presented in a heaping portion that is tender and juicy. The yucca underneath is cooked perfectly with a nice, buttery flavor. I have eaten a lot of yucca in the last year or so, this was the best portion of the side dish I have ever had. I could do without the pickled green bananas, but they were fine on their own.

Roasted Pork - Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Roasted Pork – Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot

Coquito with an Oak & Palm Spiced Rum Floater ($9.00)

Coquito - Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Coquito – Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot

I enjoy a sweet alcoholic beverage so this was right up my alley. Coconut and cinnamon flavoring mixed with rum is pretty delicious, but the portion size is pretty small as you would expect. It’s really delicious, but just not enough of it is in this serving for $9. A non-alcoholic version is also offered.

Shredded Beef Tamale ($12.00)

Shredded-Beef Tamale - Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Shredded-Beef Tamale – Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot

The shredded beef tamale was also good, but the ratio of breading to beef was poor. The Avacado Crema sauce had a really nice flavor paired with both the rice and the tamale. If there was more beef in this, I would highly recommend it, but it’s hard to compete with the pork dish.

Shredded-Beef Tamale - Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot
Shredded-Beef Tamale – Feast of the Three Kings at Holidays Around the World, Epcot

Three Kings Bread ($3.50)

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Traditional dessert with a rich, white, sugary icing on top over a flaky, soft bread. This was really wonderful in its simplicity and was similar to many Italian baked good I have enjoyed over the holiday seasons in New York, so I may be a little biased in my nostalgic feelings for this dish. I still think you will enjoy it though.

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OVERALL

This booth is a real winner and is definitely worth your time if you are going to do Counter Service dining at Epcot before December 31st. Even if you just stop by for some Coquito and Three Kings Bread, you should be in for a pleasant snack stop.

If you enjoyed this review, please check out our full marketplace review of the American Holiday Table, another offering during the Epcot Holidays Around the World event.

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Tom Corless

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  • We’ll check it out based on you’re recommendation. You’re usually right Tom. Disney is long (maybe years) overdue for a “value” winner in their latest schmaltzy mindset of offerings for an extra buck. My question, if they’re turning Epcot kinda into “Disney Springs 2 shopping and dining district” with a couple rides and character meet and greets, why not make the permanent stands used for the half year “wine and food drunk and fighting fest” which later turn to this, and flower and garden, to something that looks less tacky?

    • I was thinking tear down Ellen, the Body Wars Pavilion, Test Track, Mission Space and just make it a mall/eatery. It seems where WDW is headed either way, and most attractions have been kinda ignored and on back burner. Tents and temporary structures are their “tastest attractions for guests”

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