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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Feb. 23, 2014

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This week, we announced that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will run a record 53 days, from September 19 – November 10. That’s a whole extra week to take in the marketplaces, cool concerts and some very special dinners.


Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for Pam’s next Epcot International Food & Wine Festival update and the announcement of the lineup of celebrity and Disney chefs.


And we’re continuing our popular series of New Fantasyland live chats here on the Disney Parks Blog. Tomorrow, February 24 at 2:30 p.m. EST, Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Dave Minichiello will join us to talk about the attraction and answer your questions.

During the chat, we’ll be sharing an exclusive Walt Disney Imagineering video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train where you’ll get a sneak peek of the experience inside the attraction.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Cast Members Submit Photos of Their ‘Happy Place’ at Disneyland Resort – Disneyland Resort Line asked cast members to send a photograph of their ‘happy place’ at Disneyland Resort. See the finalists after the jump!

Laying Down Tracks for the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park – Watch the process of putting together the new “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” original theme song, with Composer Mark Hammond.

March Merchandise Events at Disneyland Resort – Get a preview of some of the great events happening in March, including artwork, food tastings, and a book signing by author of the Kingdom Keepers saga, Ridley Pearson.

Newlyweds Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Spend ‘Mini-Honeymoon’ at the Disneyland Resort – See some fun photos from TV Kaley Cuoco and professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting’s visit to Disneyland Resort on Valentine’s Day weekend.

Sights and Sounds of Disney Parks: Kermit Talks about Disney and the Muppets – Disney Parks Blog author Greg Ehrbar and Kermit discuss Walt Disney Studios, Disney Parks and the new Muppets movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” coming to theaters March 21st!

All in the Details: Imagineers Create The Dwarfs Cottage at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – See the some of the extra effort put into the Dwarfs’ cottage at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: ‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland Park – Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover shares a few pointers for viewing the nighttime spectacular, “Fantasmic!”

A Mom’s Take: Making the Most of Your Time in European Ports – Watch as Disney Parks Moms Panelist Marcy shares some of the best ways to enjoy European Ports with Disney Cruise Line.


  • I don’t have a question, but my boyfriends daughter is studying abroad in the UK. She is the biggest Disney fan I know, she’d die if someone said hello to her during the chat. I sent her the link and she plans to listen in. Her name is Stefanie.(Hopefully she isn’t reading comments!)

  • Will the Food and Wine Festival booths be open ON November 10th? We arrive that day and would love to catch the end of the event!!

    • Hi Emily, yes, that’s the last day of the Festival. Have fun.

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