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Save Up to 30% on Select Disney Resort Hotels For Trips Through October 3

posted on June 30th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Considering a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort in late summer or early fall? This is a great time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, with the recent opening of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, plus the return of fun fall festivities, such as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties.
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Guests booking stays at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels for trips taking place between August 16 and October 3, 2014, may save up to 30% thanks to our latest room offer. This offer must be booked by August 8, 2014.

Click here for more details on discounts at specific resorts and to book.

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More Details to Make You Hungry for Fun at 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on May 26th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


You have a while, but it’s never too early to start planning for Disney’s finest culinary extravaganza, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which kicks of September 19 and runs a record 53 days this year, through November 10.

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Longtime fans will want to know what’s new, but for neophtyes, here are the basics: food fans love the stroll around World Showcase to nosh and sip from more than 25 ethnic and specialty marketplaces (get your free festival “passport” stamped along the way). But there’s so much more: three nightly Eat to the Beat concerts, the fantastic Party for the Senses on select Saturday nights, signature dinners, the remarkable Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog, a new “Back to Basics” Festival Center series and a new Friday morning celebrity chefs cookbook event called “Food for Thought.” All in all, you can taste the creations of more than 270 chefs and culinary pros from Disney and across the U.S.

We’re excited to see our favorite Saturday morning Parisian Breakfast back this year, and a new Sunday morning event called “Sunday Mornings With …” that will be a plated brunch with a noted pastry chef or baker crafting three fabulous desserts for guests.

What else is new for 2014?

  • Patagonia Marketplace will merge the flavors of Argentina and Chile in dishes like sustainable roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad drizzled with a kicky arugula chimichurri. You can pair that with a couple of great Chilean wines: Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier or Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir Rosé.
  • Farm Fresh Market replaces last year’s Florida Local Marketplace, with a perfect “brinner” (breakfast for dinner) dish: “Bacon and Eggs,” with applewood-smoked, pepper-coated bacon, sweet corn, potatoes, Hollandaise and pickled jalapeños. Or try the griddled “yard bird” (chicken) with braised greens. Happy to see Orlando Brewing Company’s I-4IPA on the menu, as well as trendy Ba Ba Black Lager from Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing Company.
  • Brazil Marketplace is back with that wildly popular crispy pork belly with black beans, onions, avocado and cilantro, but chefs also are adding mocequa de pescado (tilapia with coconut lime sauce and steamed rice), pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) and cocadas (Brazilian coconut candy).
  • The Poland Marketplace switches up the popular pierogi with a new sauerkraut pierogi and pork goulash.

That’s just a little taste of what’s to come; stay tuned for more details as the weeks sail by.

Free with Epcot admission: Back to Basics series, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment. Festival hours extend to 10 p.m. each weekend.

You’ll need reservations/additional fee: Party for the Senses grand tasting events, signature dinners and other special wine and culinary programs. When a reservation booking date is announced this summer, guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378). Information and reservations for select programs will be at epcotfoodfestival.com.

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2014 Eat to the Beat Concert Lineup Announced for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on May 9th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will return to the park September 19 – November 10, and we just received the list of performers who will participate in the Eat to the Beat concert series.

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New acts coming this year include the Jo Dee Messina, Fuel and Los Lonely Boys. There are also several returning favorites, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Boyz II Men.

Check out the full schedule below.

  • Sept 19-21 – Jo Dee Messina
  • Sept. 22-23 – The Pointer Sisters
  • Sept. 24-25 – The Commodores
  • Sept. 26-27 – Christopher Cross
  • Sept. 28-29 – Hanson
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Air Supply
  • Oct. 3-5 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
  • Oct. 6-8 – Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 9-10 – Fuel
  • Oct. 11-12 – Sister Hazel
  • Oct. 13-14 – Richard Marx
  • Oct. 15-16 – Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 17-19 – Night Ranger
  • Oct. 20-22 – Smash Mouth
  • Oct. 23-24 – Jim Brickman
  • Oct. 25-26 – Los Lonely Boys
  • Oct. 27-28 – Wilson Phillips
  • Oct. 29-31 – Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX
  • Nov. 1-2 – 38 Special
  • Nov. 3-5 – Boyz II Men
  • Nov. 6-7 – David Cook
  • Nov. 8-10 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: An Extra Week This Fall

posted on February 18th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


We’ve already got our culinary plan of attack for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival opening in just about two weeks (March 5 – May 18), and now we can look ahead to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival that’s going to run a record 53 days, from September 19 – November 10. Maybe this year will be the year to sample all of the great tastes.

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That’s a whole extra week to take in the marketplaces, cool concerts and some very special dinners. Stay tuned, we won’t have the lineup of celebrity and Disney chefs until summer, but will share here on the Disney Parks Blog. And keep an eye on epcotfoodfestival.com for updates.

In the meantime, check out the Outdoor Kitchen and raised garden beds at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, a completely different culinary experience from fall’s Food & Wine Fest. Between the two, we have 128 days of yum.

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Last Week to Savor the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on November 5th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Beautiful, breezy fall days are ideal for the final week of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It has been quite a year!
A Taste of the World at the 18th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

From delicious new tastes (oh, that kimchi dog) to new sips, seminars, celebrity chefs and crazy good live music, 2013 is wrapping up – you have until November 11 to indulge your five senses.

Noteworthy: the fest was among the first venues in Florida to serve wine on tap in 5-gallon kegs with the new Florida law, worth a stop for a taste at either the Festival Center or Refreshment Cool Post – a Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir at Cool Post and a Cabernet and Chardonnay in the Festival Center. And there were a record-breaking 40 new dishes and 80 new beverages added around World Showcase Lagoon . . . how many did you taste?

Special events continue, check out www.epcotfoodfestival.com for last – minute fun. And now we can’t wait for next year.

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Spin Doctors Take The Eat To The Beat Stage October 31-November 1 at Epcot

posted on October 30th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Next up in this year’s Eat to the Beat concert series is an act that’s new to the festival lineup this year – the Spin Doctors.

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Shows are included in theme park admission and are performed on the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m., daily.

The schedule of remaining 2013 Eat to the Beat acts are:

  • November 2-3 NEW! Christopher Cross – “Sailing”
  • November 4-5 Hanson – “Give a Little”
  • November 6-8 Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX – “Come Sail Away”
  • November 9-11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – “Go Daddy-O”

(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list.)

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Survivor Takes the ‘Eat to the Beat’ Stage at Epcot

posted on October 24th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Heading out to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival tonight? Don’t miss Survivor, which will take the Eat to the Beat stage October 24-25.

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Concerts are included in theme park admission and are performed on the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m., daily.

Remaining Eat to the Beat performances this year are:

  • October 24-25 Survivor “Eye of the Tiger”
  • October 26-27 38 Special “Caught Up in You”
  • October 28-30 Smash Mouth “Walkin’ On the Sun”
  • October 31 – November 1 NEW! Spin Doctors “Two Princes”
  • November 2-3 NEW! Christopher Cross “Sailing”
  • November 4-5 Hanson “Give a Little”
  • November 6-8 Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX “Come Sail Away”
  • November 9-11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”

(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list)

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Sign Up for a Chance to Tour the Gardens at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 18th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Next week, we’re continuing our series of special tours in celebration of “Limited Time Magic” with a rare opportunity to tour the gardens at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with the manager of Walt Disney World Horticulture for the signature events at Epcot.

Sign Up for a Chance to Tour the Gardens at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Each morning from October 21-25, 2013, a group of lucky guests will be invited to join Eric Darden, the manager of Walt Disney World Horticulture for the signature events at Epcot, for a special walking tour. Eric will talk about horticulture at the Walt Disney World Resort and the role it plays in helping tell the story of this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. He’ll also share a few hints about the upcoming Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

There will be only one tour each morning – with 25 guests in each group. You may enter here for a chance to attend one of the five tours being offered from October 21-25. Also, here are the rules for the drawing for the Tour of the Gardens of Epcot.

Also, please remember the following for each drawing.

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be U.S. residents who have reached the age of majority in their primary state of residence.
  • Each entry is valid for one participant only; winners will not be permitted to bring a guest.
  • Park admission will be provided as part of the event.
  • Selected participants will be assigned a tour date and time. There will be no changes or substitutions allowed.
  • Tour opportunities are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered winner only.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Tours are subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Subject to complete Official Rules.

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New Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Disney Gift Card is Convenient and Colorful

posted on October 14th, 2013 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services


When visiting the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, give yourself the gift of convenience by using the Festival-themed wearable Disney Gift Card. The Disney Gift Card has no activation fee and can be loaded and reloaded on property with as little as $5 using cash, credit, or debit at any merchandise or kiosk location where the Disney Gift Card is sold.

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Once the Disney Gift Card is loaded you will be able to quickly sample your favorite food and beverages throughout the festival. This Disney Gift Card can also be used throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and at other Disney destinations nationwide for practically all things Disney.

Add some color to your Epcot International Food & Wine Festival experience by choosing from six different colored wristbands that attach to the miniature Disney Gift Card.
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What color wristband will you choose?

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Beyond the Promenade: Fun Ideas for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 9th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


We love noshing and strolling on a beautiful fall day around World Showcase Promenade at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, but there’s a joy in discovering (and splurging a bit) on special events.
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There are still a few tickets for this Saturday’s leisurely noon lunch at Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – seven luxurious courses paired with delicious wines sounds like a memorable affair. We’re sharing the menu to whet your appetite (“surf & turf” pork belly and abalone, oh my!):

Amuse-bouche
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Grigio, Alsace France

Pâté en Croûte, Truffle-Frisée Salad
Abbazia di Novacella Gewurz, Alto Adige Italy

Braised Trotter Agnolotti, White Bean Ragout, Kale, Parmesan
Torbeck Woodcutter Semillion, Barossa Australia

Porchetta di Testa, Butter Braised Radish, Violet Mustard, Blood Orange
Tres Picos Grenache, Spain

“Surf & Turf” Pork Belly, Abalone, Trumphet Royal, Tsukemono
Paul Hobbs Crossbarn, Sonoma California

Fresh Ham Crépinette, Bone Marrow, Deviled Egg Vinaigrette
Tarim Monastrell, Junille Spain

Long Bone Pork Chop, Heirloom Apples, Rye Cavatelli, Mustard Greens
Tournon M Chapoutier Shiraz, Pyreness

Passed Desserts


Other events on our radar:

  • The “Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French” Grand Marnier tasting at the elegant Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion (be sure to ask for “Taste, Shake and Indulge” when you call for reservations). You’ll sip exceptional Cognac-based liqueurs and up your sophistication level when you learn how to muddle cocktails. And who can resist the finale of Crepes Suzette served as a sweet ending? The program runs from 2:30-4 p.m. every Saturday during the festival. Cost is $65. What a deal.
  • Spirits Confidential from 8-10 p.m. November 1 (a Friday night) is an evening of fun, food, stories and cocktails with the pros – master distillers and mixologists. And plenty of noshes too. Sort of a mini Party for the Senses in the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. Cost is $95.
  • Speaking of Party for the Senses, you can still get tickets to two: October 26 and November 2. This is the premier party of the festival with non-stop food and drink, Cirque du Soleil performances and a chance to meet some super chefs from 7:30-10 p.m. in the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. Tickets are $145.

To book a reservation for any of the events, call 407-939-3378.


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