UPDATED: News! Updates to Early Booking for Some Events at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

This just in! We have potential updates to early booking for events during the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival for two populations of Disney fans!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Official Disney

As you know, booking for all Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events for the General Public opens on July 21st at 7AM ET. But most years, if you’re a Disney World Annual Passholder, Disney Vacation Club Member, Tables in Wonderland, or Golden Oak Resident, you’ll get to book Festival Center events (seminars and demos primarily) a few days early. This year, that early date falls on July 19th at 9AM!

And today, we’ve gotten some good news for yet another group of Disney lovers…

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders Early Booking Date for Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Yay! We’ve now heard that Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers will again be able to book events early this year as well! The phone lines are slated to open for this group on July 19 at 7AM! So if you have a Disney Visa, start planning, because next Tuesday is YOUR DAY! Call 407-939-1870 to book reservations with your Disney Visa Credit Card.

While Disney hasn’t fully clarified what will be eligible for booking on the early day, the events are most likely the Low-Cost Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars that take place at Festival Center. There may be some Special Events as well.

Remember, this info is always subject to change. There are so many moving parts with the Festival, so things DO change from time to time. But since this information falls in line with what has happened in previous years, we’re pretty confident in reporting that it will be the case.

Disney Visa Pic

But that’s not all the interesting early booking news we have today!

Disney World Annual Passholders Early…EARLY Booking Date?

So…Disney World Annual Passholders may be able to book some events for the festival on July 18th.

But…probably not.

I’ll explain.

We were pretty confident that July 19th was the early booking date for ALL specialty groups this year. THEN we started getting emails and notifications from our readers about an earlier booking date for Annual Passholders. So we investigated, and here’s what we found:

According to PassholderCalendar.com (an official Annual Passholder website that I found through the Mickey Monitor, which is the official Annual Passholder publication), early booking for Annual Passholders who are booking seminars will be open on July 18. [Read more…]

First Look! Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen in Disney Springs

We’re here for a FIRST LOOK at Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine!

Newly open in the Town Center of Disney Springs (yesterday was Opening Day), Homecoming is the latest venue opened by a Celebrity Chef in Disney World.

While the restaurants backed by Chef Morimoto (Morimoto Asia) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Cocina) make up other terrific recent additions to Disney World’s shopping and dining district, Homecoming is especially significant to Disney World and Florida as Chef Art Smith has strong connections to both.

Hailing from Jasper, Florida, Chef Smith is also a former Disney Cast Member via the Disney College Program! So, as you can imagine, even though Chef Smith heads up restaurants in other areas of the country, the name Homecoming has an extra special meaning.

Homecoming sign

Homecoming sign

We’ll be back with our full review of this new spot next week, but in the meantime, we couldn’t resist sharing this FIRST LOOK with you.

Oh, and just look who dropped by to say, “Welcome!” [Read more…]

News: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Early Morning Magic Event Now Available for Booking

Remember a few months ago when Disney released a new Early Morning Magic option for early birds at Magic Kingdom?

Here’s the basic gist: purchase of a limited-entry special ticket event — in addition to regular park admission — allows guests to enter the park early and ride a few in-demand attractions before the park’s regular opening and enjoy an included breakfast to boot. Well, it appears a similar event is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

AT-AT outside of Star Tours attraction at Hollywood Studios

AT-AT outside of Star Tours attraction at Hollywood Studios

Early Morning Magic participants will have the chance to enjoy Star Tours and Toy Story Mania, as well as participate in Meet and Greets with Mickey and Minnie, Woody and Buzz, and Olaf. The event runs from 7:45 am to 10:00 am on select Mondays and Wednesdays, and is currently bookable via the Disney World website (or by calling 407-827-7350) for dates beginning August 1st through the end of September 2016. [Read more…]

News! 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule!

We are so excited to share big news with you today! We have more information about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which takes place for a FULL 2 months this year — September 14-November 14, 2016!

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And today, full Eat to the Beat Concert line-up is here!!! There are lots of exciting returning acts like Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Starship, and Boyz II Men. But we always look forward to learning about new acts as well! This year, Wang Chung, the Plain White T’s, Soul Asylum, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Bo Deans, and more bring new life to the party!

Here’s the full list. Don’t forget to check out our 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for all the latest details on the festival!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Line-Up

  • Wang Chung — NEW! – September 14-15
  • Starship —  September 16-18
  • Air Supply –  September 19-20
  • The Bo Deans — NEW! September 21-23
  • Fuel – September 24-25
  • Sugar Ray — September 26-28
  • Los Lobos — September 29-30
  • David Cook — October 1-2
  • Wilson Phillips — October 3-4
  • Blues Traveler – October 5-6
  • Plain White T’s — NEW! – October 7-9
  • 38 Special — October 10-11
  • Jeffrey Osbourne – NEW! October 12-13
  • Tiffany — October 14-16
  • Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx — October 17-19
  • Christopher Cross – October 20-21
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket — NEW! — October 22-23
  • Chaka khan — October 24-25
  • Billy Ocean — October 26-27
  • Living Colour -- NEW! October 28-29
  • Hanson — October 30-November 1
  • Soul Asylum — NEW! — November 2-3
  • Delta Rae — NEW! — November 4-6
  • Boyz II Men — November 7-9
  • Sister Hazel — November 10-11
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — November 12-14

[Read more…]

News! 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminar Details!

Today, we are excited to share details for the Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars that will take place during the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic Square

Just in time to make all of your plans (whew!!), we now have details on the low-cost demos and seminars that are one of the hallmarks of the Festival. I know you’re just as anxious as we are to see what’s new this year!

Booking all of your favorites starts in just a few daysJuly 21st for the general public, and July 19th for Annual Passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, and Tables in Wonderland Members!

Culinary demos and beverage seminars represent great value when it comes to Festival events. They’re also a great way to learn in a fun, festive setting.

Click through to our Culinary and Beverage Seminars and Demonstrations page to see links to the Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars! Information for Hands On Workshops will be available soon!

The cost for all seminars and demos is $15 again this year, and the events feature a wide range of talent from the culinary world. (Annual Passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, and Tables in Wonderland Members are eligible for $2 discounts on seminars and demonstrations held Monday through Thursday.) Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops are $49 per person. [Read more…]

News! 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival FULL BOOTH MENUS and Food Photos!

Yay! The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival FULL Booth Menus are now available!

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic Square

Click here to see the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and Start Planning!

While we wait together for the beginning of this year’s Food and Wine Festival, I’ll share some of the brand new items we can’t wait to try this year!

Be sure to click on our individual pages for each booth to see food photos of most of the dishes!

New! 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths and Menu Items

For the second straight year, the fun is officially expanding into Future World, as Marketplace Booths will once again be located in this part of the park. Enjoy more than 30 different booths in all! [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Party for the Senses

Today, we have a big treat for you!

You know that we love to talk about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival here at DFB. It’s like the Super Bowl and Olympics and Christmas all rolled into one!

Party for the Senses Sign

Party for the Senses Sign

And while there’s tons to do and see and eat throughout the event, some of the most highly anticipated premium events are the Parties for the Senses. (See the review of our last time attending the event here.) In 2016, you can choose from parties held on October 1, 8, 15, 22, 28, and 29, featuring different themes. Read all about it on our Special Events Page! [Read more…]

News: Figaro Fries Return as “Loaded Plaza Fries” at The Plaza Restaurant

We have REALLY exciting news today! If you have been been mourning the loss of Figaro Fries since their untimely demise at the Magic Kingdom’s Pinocchio’s Village Haus, it is now time to celebrate!

Figaro Fries from Pinocchio's Village Hau

Figaro Fries from Pinocchio’s Village Haus

This fan-favorite extinct dish has been reincarnated as “Loaded Plaza Fries” at The Plaza Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom!

Get your "Figaro Fries Fix" at The Plaza now!

Get your “Figaro Fries Fix” at The Plaza now!

On a recent visit to the Magic Kingdom we checked out the updated menu at The Plaza and there they were! Loaded Plaza Fries – french fries topped with melted cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and ranch dressing.

[Read more…]

Review: The Coca-Cola Rooftop Beverage Bar in Disney Springs

Let’s all “Have a Coke and a Smile…” at the brand new Coca-Cola Store Orlando in Disney Springs!

Coca-Cola Store Orlando

Coca-Cola Store Orlando

You can’t help but notice the huge Coca-Cola logo in its classic font as you approach the building, which was purportedly built to resemble a Coca-Cola bottling plant in the 1920s. (Ummmm….okay…..? Bottling plants in the 1920s had super futuristic, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, then? If you say so, Disney.)

Featuring three floors dedicated to the iconic soda, the experience begins when you walk under the 30-foot-wide blown-glass chandelier, which was made from repurposed Coca-Cola bottles. It’s kinda like you’re inside a giant bottle of Coke, eh? [Read more…]

Disneyland Find: Diamond Celebration Mine Car Chili Cheese Fries at Hungry Bear Restaurant

It’s not everyday we get to report to you from Disneyland — but we sure wish it was!

Recently, Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers found herself in Critter Country at Hungry Bear Restaurant. In this leafy back corner of the park, she soon realized it was just the right time for a snack. Or maybe that realization happened because she saw THIS.

Diamond Celebration Mine Car Bucket

Diamond Celebration Mine Car Bucket

I mean, a Diamond Celebration Mine Car Bucket filled with anything would be pretty special. I’m thinking popcorn, ice cream (for a crowd?), or maybe even cotton candy would fit the bill nicely. After all, this looks an awful lot like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Popcorn Bucket that we showed you once upon a time. [Read more…]