Now that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing (running through November 16), why not make it an extra-special event with the Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?
An exclusive VIP tour that lasts all day long, it’s your chance to enjoy an exclusive beverage demonstration, special seating for What’s Cookin’ With … a delicious plated brunch with a celebrity chef, an introduction to the NEW Sustainable Chew Marketplace hosted by Disney chefs, expedited access to some of Epcot’s favorite attractions, VIP seating for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, a select viewing location for the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks extravaganza and so much more.
The Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the … well … ultimate way to experience this annual favorite of tastes, grapes, brews and good times.
Offered Fridays and Sundays throughout the festival, the price is $399 per person (21 and up only), plus tax. Discounts are available for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Disney Rewards Visa® Cardholders. Epcot admission is required. For reservations or more information, please call 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687). Or visit the Walt Disney World website here for more information.
Last night, we hosted 200 fans at the Disney Parks Blog Mickey’s Halloween Party Meet-Up at Disneyland park. The evening kicked off with a special reception at Aladdin’s Oasis in Adventureland.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were there, dressed in their Halloween best.
Guests were treated to a special performance of the Oogie Boogie Band, singing Halloween favorites.
Everyone took away special sweets featured in the parks during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.
And everyone got a head start on their trick-or-treating with a candy-filled coffin on the way out.
Check out the gallery below to see some of our guests in their Halloween costumes!
Did you join us for the Disney Parks Blog Mickey’s Halloween Party Meet-Up at Disneyland park? Tell us about it in the comments!
One of the highlights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties at Magic Kingdom Park is the spooky fireworks display, “Happy HalloWishes.”
In this nighttime spectacular, the Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion welcomes you to “drop in” as Disney Villains, like Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie, take control of the fireworks show. Take a look at the photo gallery above – if you’ve never attended a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you’ve never seen Cinderella Castle like this before!
Earlier this week we celebrated the return of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival with 500 Disney Parks Blog readers at a special event in World Showplace.
Our guests dined on an impressive menu that included the “best-of” menu items that can be found at the festival this year. Some favorites were the Patagonia Inspired Beef Empanadas, Loaded Mac‘n’Cheese with Pepper Bacon, Chef Judi Truck Stop Burger, Drunken Blue Velvet & Cream Cheese mini-cakes.
Rob, The Disney Delivery Guy, also made his debut (surprise) appearance. Keep your eye out for this character on the blog and at our events in coming months!
Of course, being with our guests was the highlight of the event – especially when an impromptu dance-off took place to the Disney tunes supplied by the amazing DJ Elliot. To watch a full recap, check out the video above. For more photos from our event, follow the Disney Parks Blog on Instagram.
When it comes to baseball, there’s professional baseball and then there’s Latin professional baseball, which comes with a cultural flare, and festival atmosphere that’s rarely found anywhere else.
That unique brand of baseball is coming to Walt Disney World Resort with the debut of the Latin Baseball Festival in November. And tickets are on sale now.
The inaugural event features two marquee Puerto Rican teams – the Cangrejeros de Santurce and the Indios de Mayaguez – playing a three-game regular-season weekend series inside Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, November 20-22.
Both are accomplished teams in the famed Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico which has produced many current and former Major League Baseball players, including Roberto Alomar, Bobby Bonilla, Edgar Martinez, Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Bernie Williams, Ruben Sierra and Clemente.
More details about the games at Disney will be announced soon, but tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets. Single-game tickets range from $17.50 for lawn seats to $30 for lower level seating. Two-game packages (Saturday and Sunday) are $45 (upper level) and $55 (lower level). Group tickets are also available ($24-$27) as well as suites ($250-$2,000).
Play ball! Or should we say, a jugar pelota!
When visiting the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, give yourself the gift of convenience and complete your experience by using the Festival-themed wearable Disney Gift Card.
In addition to the many features of a Disney Gift Card, it also comes with a wristband to ensure quick and easy access for convenience at festival kiosks. Just activate your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15 and just swipe or scan to pay as you sample your favorite food and beverages throughout the festival.
The Festival-themed Disney Gift Card is currently available throughout Epcot as well as at surrounding Walt Disney World Resort hotels including Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels while supplies last.
New to this year’s Festival is a limited-release gift card design celebrating the 20th anniversary. The card must be activated with $200 and comes with an Epcot International Food & Wine Festival-themed lanyard, medallion and carrying sleeve, available only with this gift card purchase. Supplies of this Festival exclusive are limited.
The fun doesn’t have to end with the conclusion of the festival! Reload your Disney Gift Card on property and use it for practically all things Disney throughout Walt Disney World Resort and at other Disney destinations nationwide.
While most preschoolers don’t need an excuse to dress up, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is perfect for little ones because, as the name suggests, it gives kids a chance to get in full costume and see their favorite characters in a fun and not spooky environment. In this #DisneyKids video, you can feel the excitement of the little ones as they experience Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort!
September is my favorite month of the year as I celebrate two awesome things – my birthday and the return of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort. The latter is celebrating 20 years this fall, and I can’t wait to taste my way around the world again. I recently stopped by the Festival Center in Future World to check out the merchandise being offered this year. Here are some of my favorite things you will find throughout Epcot.
The Festival Center is located between Universe of Energy and Mission: SPACE pavilions in Future World. This location houses many experiences including a merchandise location, wine shop, Intermission Café, and cooking demonstrations. This is also a great place to pick up the new scavenger hunt called Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak (see my fellow author Michelle Harker’s article for details.
This year, there are three distinct art programs for the merchandise – World Showcase logo, Disney characters dressed as chefs, and Brews Around the World. You may recall reading about some of these items in a previous Disney Parks Blog article. Guests will find many of these items including apparel, home décor, drinkware and other goods at this location. One item that won’t arrive until later during the festival is the previously shown Figment coffee mug (just in case you were looking for it).
I’m also happy to announce a specially designed charm from PANDORA. This sterling silver charm with white and black enamel features Chef Mickey, and it will be released during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Finally, we will offer a limited release tee-shirt on our Disney Parks online store from September 25 through October 1. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. You can order the shirt by visiting DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.
Here are a few other items I found including a new Disney Gift Card and Festival Cookbook. I hope to see you at Epcot this fall!
We’ve just gotten through the whirlwind of two sold-out evenings of Disney’s Night of Joy 2015; and now we have some exciting news to share about next year’s event.
In 2016, we’re expanding Disney’s Night of Joy. The concerts will be hosted in great indoor and outdoor venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Night of Joy guests will get admission to Magic Kingdom Park for fellowship and fun, with access to favorite attractions.
Hosting the concert portion of Night of Joy at the Sports Complex will allow more guests to attend the event, and indoor stages should make for a great music experience regardless of the weather.
Plus, dedicated transportation will be provided so that guests can easily move from Magic Kingdom Park to the Sports Complex.
Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more details.
While you’re savoring and sipping around the world during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, we have a cool new way to experience the culinary extravaganza this year.
Through a collaboration with Facebook, we’re adding a new feature to this year’s festival experience – Facebook Place Tips. As you taste your way through 30 Marketplaces in World Showcase and Future World, Facebook Place Tips will appear at the top of your News Feed within the Facebook mobile app.
You’ll see information about the Marketplaces you’re visiting, such as menus, festival maps, event information and more.
Here’s an example of what you’ll see; this is from the Australia Marketplace.
Turn on Bluetooth and location services on your mobile device to see Facebook Place Tips for each marketplace in your News Feed.
Tell us what you’re most excited to try this year at the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!