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#DisneyFamilia: More comida at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 28th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, you still have time! And while you are there, take advantage of the great opportunities to catch some culinary demonstrations taking place at the Festival Center.


The Chef’s Showcase Culinary Demonstrations feature Walt Disney World Resort Chefs preparing flavorful dishes. During every 45-minute session, guest are able to get useful culinary consejos (tips) and sample each dish.

On November 3 at 3pm, Disney Chef Edgardo Ruiz will prepare Fish Tacos accompanied by Crab Jicama Slaw Garnished with Calamari Rings.

Meanwhile, on November 12 at 5pm, Chef Javier Pareja from Disney’s Sunshine Seasons restaurant will showcase a Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo with Okra and Trinity Rice.

And last but not least, on November 13, Chef Sebastian Amico from Bongos will do a demo at 3pm that includes a delicious Zarzuela de Mariscos.

The culinary demonstrations take place at the Festival Welcome Center and have a cost of $15 per guest. Regular admission to Epcot is required.

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Celebrate National Chocolate Day Oct. 28 With This Recipe From the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 28th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

In case you haven’t heard, October 28 is National Chocolate Day, so there’s every excuse to indulge. We have plenty of favorites, but we’re going with the Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Ganache served at the Ireland Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – where you can still enjoy this sweet ending through November 15 when the 2015 festival closes.

If you can’t make it to the festival, here’s the recipe. The rich cake with a gooey warm center debuted at the festival in 2005 with an Irish Whiskey Sauce, but the sauce has changed over the years, including this version with Kerrygold Irish Cream.

Be careful not to overbake so that the center remains molten. With a scoop of good vanilla ice cream, it’s worth every calorie.


Warm Chocolate Pudding with Kerrygold® Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival

Serves 6

Kerrygold® Custard Sauce

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Kerrygold® Irish cream liqueur

Warm Chocolate Pudding

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

For Kerrygold® custard sauce:

  1. Whisk together the egg yolks, cornstarch, and half of the sugar in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine the milk and the remaining sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Slowly pour the hot milk and sugar into the egg yolks, whisking the egg yolks constantly to temper.
  4. Pour back into saucepan.
  5. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes, until custard thickens.
  6. Once thickened, pour custard into a medium bowl set in an ice bath.
  7. Whisk in Irish cream liqueur and cool while warm chocolate pudding is baking.

For warm chocolate pudding:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Lightly butter the bottom and sides of 6 (6 ounce) ramekins. Lightly dust with sugar, shaking out any extra sugar.
  3. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler or heat proof bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Beat egg yolks and whole eggs together in a large bowl. Add sugar and whisk for 2 minutes, until sugar is fully incorporated.
  5. Fold in melted chocolate.
  6. Fold in sifted flour, mixing until smooth.
  7. Evenly divide among prepared ramekins.
  8. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake 23-25 minutes, until the sides of the cake are set and the middle is still soft. Do not overbake.
  9. Cut around the sides of the cake with a knife to loosen from the ramekins. Invert onto a plate.
  10. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of custard sauce on top of warm pudding before serving.
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Experience Holidays Around the World at Epcot Starting November 27

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Returning to Epcot this November is perennial favorite Holidays Around the World, where time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase. Whether it’s learning about the customs of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa or listening to the tales of characters like Père Noël in France and the kind-hearted witch La Befana in Italy, this event is a must-do every year.

For the 2015 holiday season, new live musical performances by American Music Machine are being added to the mix. Introduced to rave reviews last summer, this five-member a cappella group brings to Holidays Around the World a contemporary take on the classic Christmas TV special. With unique vocal arrangements by Tim Davis (“Glee”), American Music Machine will be rocking around the Fountain Stage, performing both modern and nostalgic holiday hits, including “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

The Chinese Lion Dance During Holidays Around the World at Epcot The Chinese Lion Dance During Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Holidays Around the World has something for everyone! “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” enlivens the Fountain Stage throughout the day, while the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs take us on a musical exploration of holiday traditions from across the Great White North in the Canada Pavilion. In Mexico, “Feliz Navidad” features colorful dancers and mariachis, who celebrate the holiday customs of Mexico in an interactive, musical performance, and the China Pavilion bursts to life with the vibrant Chinese Lion Dance, bringing good fortune and happiness to all in honor of major holidays such as the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.

See 'Feliz Navidad' During Holidays Around the World at Epcot See 'Feliz Navidad' During Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Of course, a day at Epcot during Holidays Around the World would not be complete without taking in a performance of the gorgeous and moving Candlelight Processional or catching the stunning, holiday fireworks finale to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

Holidays Around the World begins Friday, November 27, at Epcot and continues through December 30, 2015. You won’t want to miss it!

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Musical Group Ribab Fusion Debuts in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot

posted on October 22nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Musical Group Ribab Fusion Debuts in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot

Over the past year, we’ve continued to add to and refresh the live entertainment experiences throughout World Showcase, immersing our guests in the diverse cultures of the nations represented at Epcot. In that spirit, we’re excited to introduce a new act to the lineup, Ribab Fusion.

Ribab Fusion, a popular band from northern Africa, celebrates Morocco’s Amazigh culture with everything from smooth grooves to high-energy funk, fusing the traditional sound of the single-stringed ribab with a contemporary, Afropop style.

You can catch this limited engagement of Ribab Fusion on stage at the Morocco pavilion, Wednesday to Sunday through January 2, 2016.

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Disney Style to Rock the Finish Line Party at Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon!

posted on October 22nd, 2015 by Aubrey Hang, Sports Marketing Community Manager, runDisney

With Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend right around the corner, we’re cooking up our favorite looks to celebrate your accomplishment after your half marathon.

The Finish Line Party happens immediately after completing your race, which includes entry to over 30 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces, access to select favorite Epcot attractions, Disney character meet & greets, musical performances, entertainment and a live DJ! Friends, family and spectators are also invited to join the party with a special ticket. *Tickets to the Finish Line Party are sold out.

After completing 13.1 miles, changing into something a little more comfortable is recommended. I love the official runDisney “I Did It!” merchandise that will be on sale at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7.

The women’s look includes comfy “French Terry Closed Leg Pants” from Champion and stylish accessories to share your accomplishment.


The retro New Balance shoes will be perfect for the men’s look to walk around the world and try all of the delicious offerings of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.


Share your Finish Line Party looks with us using the hashtag #WineDineHalf. Make sure to check out some of the other merchandise for the event from our friend Steven Miller. See you at the Finish Line!

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#DisneyFamilia Celebridades Have Fun With Their Favorite Disney Characters!

posted on October 21st, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

From spending time with Donald Duck in Mexico to having an out of this world aventura with Stitch, celebrities sure know how to make the best of their time at Walt Disney World Resort!


Actors Sebastian Rulli and Angelique Boyer couldn’t pass on the opportunity to meet Donald at the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot. The soap opera couple had lots of fun posing with one of the Three Caballeros before riding the Grand Fiesta Tour!


Meanwhile, Mexican host Galilea Montijo was all sonrisas when she met Mickey Mouse at Epcot, this time in front of Spaceship Earth.


At Magic Kingdom Park, Colombian singer Carlos Vives met the lovely but very mischievous Stitch after riding Space Mountain with his familia.


And Cristian de la Fuente had a friendly competition of strength with Gaston at New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park while his wife, actress Angélica Castro, and daughter Laura watched on. Who do you think was the winner?

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New Bijutsu-kan Gallery Celebrates ‘Cute Culture’ at Japan Pavilion in Epcot

posted on October 20th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

Over the weekend, a new exhibit opened in the Japan Pavilion that celebrates the country’s culture of cute. “Kawaii: Japan’s Cute Culture” explores how it’s become a way of life in modern Japan.

Check out the new Melty-Go-Round statue of Harajuku Girl designed by Kawaii artist and designer Sebastian Masuda:


Kawaii is rooted in Japan’s Shinto past, and is a means of self-expression, from schoolhouses to construction sites. The Bijutsu-kan Gallery features a replica of a modern Tokyo apartment and historical artifacts that illustrate kawaii’s origins.

What item would you want to express your “culture of cute”?

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: ‘The Chew’ Savors Walt Disney World Experiences

posted on October 17th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

This week, you were able to watch ABC’s “The Chew” produced during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. We shared photos from tapings of the show, as the cast celebrated 20 delicious years of the festival with a live audience, against the backdrop of Spaceship Earth, and just steps away from the two festival marketplaces inspired by the “party in the kitchen”.

In addition to enjoying festival dishes and whipping up some of their own creations, the four hosts shared their unforgettable moments across Walt Disney World Resort including a special performance of Disney’s “Festival Of The Lion King,” to visiting Disney Springs, to racking up high scores on Toy Story Mania (Clinton Kelly is the champ), to screaming on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Did you catch the shows this week? What was your favorite part?

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‘Scandal’ Actress Bellamy Young Visits Walt Disney World Resort

posted on October 17th, 2015 by Anne Macklin, Talent Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

ABC “Scandal” First Lady, Bellamy Young, stopped to snap a quick selfie with Snow White during her first visit to Walt Disney World Resort. Bellamy was here as a guest on ABC’s “The Chew” which taped a week of programming in the middle of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Bellamy Young at Walt Disney World Resort

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Chandra Wilson, Daniel Dae Kim, America Ferrera Join Narrators For 2015 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

posted on October 15th, 2015 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager

I know you were waiting on pins and needles to see the final list of narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional.

Well … I know I was!

We gave you a sneak peek at a partial list in July, but now I am pleased to announced the full list including fabulous new narrators like Chandra Wilson from the hit ABC TV show “Grey’s Anatomy,” Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost,” “Hawaii Five-O”) and “Ugly Betty”’s America Ferrera.

Chandra Wilson to Narrate Candlelight Processional at Epcot Dec. 18-20 Daniel Dae Kim to Narrate Candlelight Processional at Epcot Dec. 21-23

And without further ado, here’s the list: (Entertainment and times subject to change)

  • 11/27 – 11/29 — Gary Sinise
  • 11/30 – 12/3 — Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/4 – 12/5 — Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/6 – 12/8 — Joe Morton
  • 12/9 – 12/11 — Ana Gasteyer
  • 12/12 – 12/14 — Meredith Vieira – NEW
  • 12/15 – 12/17— America Ferrera – NEW
  • 12/18 – 12/20 — Chandra Wilson – NEW
  • 12/21 – 12/23 — Daniel Dae Kim – NEW
  • 12/24 – 12/26 — Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 – 12/28 – Blair Underwood
  • 12/29 – 12/30 — Amy Grant

A part of the Holidays Around the World celebration at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is a dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story with celebrity narrators, a massed choir singing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs – along with the symphonic strains of the Walt Disney World orchestra. It’s one of my favorite events of the year.

This year’s event runs nightly at The America Gardens Theatre at Epcot from November 27 to December 30. It is presented three times per night — 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.*

Dining packages include appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage at select Epcot full-service restaurants (or one full buffet where applicable), and guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional. Dining packages do not include park admission.

For Dining Reservations that include preferred Candlelight Processional seating, please call Disney Dining at 407-WDW-DINE.

For more information on Holidays Around the World at Epcot and the Candlelight Processional or to make reservations for a Candlelight Processional dinner package, check out And check back to the Disney Parks Blog for updates on all your favorite Walt Disney World holiday events.

*Dining packages are not available on Sunday, December 6, at 5:00 pm.

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