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

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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PHOTOS: Visiting the Festival Center at the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 8th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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This past Sunday was a gorgeous day to visit the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. I took my son for an all-day excursion around my favorite Disney park, Epcot. We had a blast trying various new treats. My son was a big fan of the salmon in Scotland, while I truly enjoyed the Orange Dole Whip at the Refreshment Port toward the Canada Pavilion. I put some money on a Disney Gift Card for my son so he could pretend to be a grown up and pay for everything (I had him figure out how much money was left after each transaction).

The Festival Center at the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The best place to start for first time guests is the Festival Center, which is located in Future World between Universe of Energy and Mission: SPACE. This location houses a merchandise shop that includes items created especially for the event, a fine art and book section and a massive area with bottles of wine for purchase. This area is also the place for numerous culinary demonstrations and seminars (see the official website for additional details).

Merchandise by Disney Design Group Artist Randy Noble

In the coming weeks, you will also be able to meet Disney Design Group Artist Randy Noble in the Festival Center. He created the main artwork for this year’s merchandise featuring a French chef named Chauncy (as discussed in this previous article). Randy will be meeting with guests on Friday, October 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, November 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Port of Entry Merchandise

After visiting the Festival Center, I invite you to stop by the Port of Entry located at the entrance to World Showcase toward the Canada Pavilion. This year, the Epcot team created a one-stop destination for culinary-themed goods from around World Showcase. One of the best things I saw in the shop was a wine cork globe. While this item wasn’t for sale, it inspired me to possibly create one at home one day.

If you can’t attend this year’s festival, we will be offering select event merchandise online from October 4-10, 2013, at http://www.DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents.

Here are a few more images from my recent visits (it’s plural because I can’t stay away from Epcot!).

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See Sister Hazel at Eat to the Beat Concert Series October 5-6 During Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 4th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Next up in the Eat to the Beat concert lineup at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is Sister Hazel, which will perform at the park October 5-6.

See Sister Hazel at Eat to the Beat Oct. 5-6 at Epcot

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 7-9 Sugar Ray “Fly”
  • October 10-11 NEW! Edwin McCain “I’ll Be”
  • October 12-13 NEW! The Manhattan Transfer “Boy from New York City”
  • October 14-15 NEW! Wilson Phillips “Hold On”
  • October 16-17 The Pointer Sisters “I’m So Excited”
  • October 18-20 Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • October 21-23 Boyz II Men “End of the Road”
  • 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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Go-Go’s Take the Stage at Eat to the Beat Tonight at Epcot

posted on October 1st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you’re heading out to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival today, you don’t want to miss the first new band in this year’s Eat to the Beat lineup – the Go-Go’s.

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.

Go-Go’s Take the Stage at Eat to the Beat Tonight at Epcot

Here are the remaining acts you can see perform this year:

  • Oct. 2-4 Air Supply – “All Out of Love”
  • Oct. 5-6 Sister Hazel – “All for You”
  • Oct. 7-9 Sugar Ray – “Fly”
  • Oct. 10-11 NEW! Edwin McCain – “I’ll Be”
  • Oct. 12-13 NEW! The Manhattan Transfer – “Boy from New York City”
  • Oct. 14-15 NEW! Wilson Phillips – “Hold On”
  • Oct. 16-17 The Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited”
  • Oct. 18-20 Night Ranger – “Sister Christian”
  • Oct. 21-23 Boyz II Men – “End of the Road”
  • Oct. 24-25 Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger”
  • Oct. 26-27 38 Special – “Caught Up in You”
  • Oct. 28-30 Smash Mouth – “Walkin’ On the Sun”
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 1 NEW! Spin Doctors – “Two Princes”
  • Nov. 2-3 NEW! Christopher Cross – “Sailing”
  • Nov. 4-5 Hanson – “Give a Little”
  • Nov. 6-8 Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX – “Come Sail Away”
  • Nov. 9-11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – “Go Daddy-O”

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

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Celebrity Chef Carla Hall Visits Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on September 27th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Celebrity Chef Carla Hall from ABC’s “The Chew” got a taste of some of the favorite dishes of Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann, all available at the Marketplaces around World Showcase Lagoon – escargot in brioche, griddled Maine lobster tail, tuna poke, kimchi hot dog – just a few of more than 200 tastes and beverages along the waterfront at the 18th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Celebrity Chef Carla Hall Visits Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Look for Carla in the Festival Center Saturday and Sunday for cooking demos. (The popular chef’s events are sold out, but she’ll be signing copies of her book, “Cooking With Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You,” at the Festival Center.)

Eavesdropping opening day on the promenade, we heard the Brazilian pork belly is a big hit, and we got a taste of the fun new silk ribbon ice cream in China. You have 46 days to try it all, through November 11!

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It’s Baaack! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Launches Today

posted on September 27th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


One of the world’s biggest, best food and wine festivals opens today – the 18 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase at Walt Disney World Resort. And you have 46 days, through November 11, to enjoy it all.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Launches Today

By the numbers: more than 300 national and international wines, more than 220 tastes and sips priced $3-$8 around World Showcase Lagoon, and 138 Eat to the Beat! concerts. There are opportunities to enjoy the cuisines of 100-plus celebrity chefs and 160 Walt Disney World chefs. And more than 300 wine and beer seminars. The hard part is narrowing down your picks.

Where to begin? We like to start each visit at the Festival Center to make sure we don’t miss any of the daily events – from the Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog to fireworks each night, there’s lots more to do than eat and drink – but don’t miss the new Scotland Marketplace or Brazil (returning by popular demand).

One of our favorites is Party for the Senses grand tasting events, back this year on October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2, with incredible eats and more than 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.

Information and reservations for select programs is at www.epcotfoodfestival.com. Call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) to make reservations.

See you on the Promenade!

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