News: Pricing Released for New Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events

We recently mentioned the addition of a couple of new events to the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and pricing for two of the most interesting has just been announced:

Delicious Discoveries First Bites

This event will offer Food and Wine fanatics (like you and me!) a first look at the Festival’s seminars, highlights, food, wine, and possibly even a few celebrities!
When: September 30th
Price: $195 per person, plus tax and theme park admission

3D Disney’s Dessert Discovery

This special dessert party will offer guests the chance to see Illuminations from a private location.
When: Every Friday during the Festival (note: Disney previously stated that this was every Thursday during the Festival, but the latest word is that it will take place on Fridays.)
Price: $45 per person, plus park admission

See our detailed post for more info about the 3D Disney’s Dessert Discovery event and the Delicious Discoveries First Bites event.

For more info about the Festival itself, keep an eye trained on our 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page!

Updates to Animal Kingdom Picnic in the Park

September 2012 Update: Picnic in the Park in its original format stopped being offered in 2010. After, a grab-and-go option was offered from Beastly Bazaar in Discovery Island. The Grab and Go meal came with a reusable bag. Meal choices for two ($17.99), three ($24.99) or four ($32.99) persons. Meals included: choice of sandwiches, chips, desserts, plus a bottled water. Guests with the Disney Dining Plan could use quick-service credits.

Beastly Bazaar closed in August 2012. Therefore, we are unsure if the grab and go picnic option was moved to another merchandise location. Stay tuned for more information.

2010 Info:
Hey all! Thanks to reader Nancy Toby, we’ve got updates to the Picnic in the Park situation:

Currently, Picnic in the Park is available to anyone via a grab-and-go area in the Beastly Bazaar in Discovery Island.

According to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, “guests may purchase a picnic for a group of 2, 4, or 6 people and select a non-alcoholic beverage, a choice of sandwich, chips, and dessert. The sandwich choices include Turkey Focaccia; Ham and Salami on Ciabatta; Tuna on Pita; Vegetarian Wrap; and Chicken Caesar Wrap.”

Click this link to read our review of the original Picnic in the Park.

Disney Food Round-Up: May 30th, 2010

Cat Cora's Ouzo-tini at Kouzzina

Welcome to the Round-Up! In Disney Food news this week:

And here are some great Disney Food stories from around the web:

What Now?!?!? (a.k.a. Moms Panelist Kathie F.) makes California Grill’s Pea Risotto (with some gorgeous pics to go along!)

The LA Times Daily Travel and Deal Blog has a great story about Tamales on Main Street…Main Street in Marceline, that is…

AKL Resort pays homage to the Bars and Lounges of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The Web Gangsta has the Unofficial Official Rules for Beers Around the World at Epcot.

DisZine contemplates concern about potential pricing at Epcot’s Via Napoli.

Main Street Gazette visits Paradiso 37 with some pals.

Chip and Co highlights some of their favorite casual dining meals in WDW.

The Disney Blog pays tribute to his Top Five Places to Enjoy Ice Cream at WDW.

WDW Radio has some scrummy pics of Tonga Toast at the Poly.

The Disney Parks Blog talks vegan and vegetarian dining at Kouzzina by Cat Cora.

Pop Century Site captures via photograph the Pop Century Food Court menus (and the Peace of Pizza menu!)

Also, don’t forget to check out:
My Touring Plans post about Delicious and Convenient Disney Food for Busy Days

And the 4th Edition of the DisMarks Disney Blog Carnival has been published!

Disney Blog Carnival 4th Edition Is Posted!

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For those of you who enjoyed the first , second, and third Disney Blog Carnivals, the fourth has now been published!

This time around, over 30 (!!!) Disney-related blogs and websites contributed some incredible articles covering a range of topics. There are posts about Disney food, hotels, smartphone apps, trip planning — even the unofficial rules for “Beers around the World” in Epcot’s World Showcase! :-)

Just head over to DisMarks to see dozens of articles about Disney. :-)

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Disneyland Dining News

Disney's California Adventure's World of Color Show (c) Disney

There have been lots of updates and rumors coming out of Disneyland in the past week, so I figured I’d gather them all into one big Disneylandia update! ;-)

New Dining Coming Soon to the Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Hotel will be renovating their Never Land pool area, and new dining will come along with it! Two new dining spots will be introduced in 2011, including one table-service restaurant reminiscent of the 50’s and 60’s era “Tahitian Terrace” restaurant. A lounge/bar will be added, which will draw from the “adventure” theme of the Jungle Cruise attraction. These additions will [Read more…]

World of Color Dining Packages Announced

Dining Packages for the World of Color have been announced! The dining packages will work like Disney World’s Fantasmic Dinner packages. Guests will book their dining arrangements and eat well before the show begins. After dining, guests will receive tickets for reserved viewing at the shows. Ariel’s Grotto and Wine Country Trattoria are the restaurants participating in the package.
Update: After June 14, 2012, World of Color Dining Packages will no longer be offered at Ariel’s Grotto.

Dinner Seating Times

Dinner seatings for the 9pm show will be from 4-6:30pm. Dinner seatings for the 10:15pm show will be from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Ariel’s Grotto

A prix fixe meal with reserved viewing will be available in the elegant surroundings of Ariel’s Grotto on the edge of Paradise Bay. After dinner, guests will be offered admission to the “World of Color” Preferred Reserved Viewing area.

Wine Country Trattoria

Guests can enjoy a three-course, prix fixe dinner in the newly expanded and remodeled Wine Country Trattoria. Following dinner, the guests will be admitted to the Preferred Reserved Viewing area for the show. The Italian meal includes choice of starter, entrée and dessert plus a special wine pairing.

To Make Reservations, call 714-781-DINE. Note on Reserved Viewing: Each guest entering the reserved viewing area must have reserved viewing area admission. Children (ages 3-9) must be accompanied by an adult. Guests may only enter the viewing area during designated times and no early or late admission will be allowed. Guests in large parties may not be guaranteed admission within the same reserved viewing area. Separate theme park admission is required.

World of Color Picnic Meals

If table-service isn’t your style, consider ordering one of the World of Color picnic meals. Varying from cold fried chicken to delicious sandwiches, these can be ordered in advance or picked up (subject to availability) on the day you’re in the theme park! See details here on how to order the World of Color Picnic Meals! Here’s a World of Color Picnic recent review.

Other Disneyland Dining News…

See more Disneyland Dining News here.

Changes to Disney World’s Online Dining Reservation System

Disney World recently announced a few changes to the online dining reservations system launched last Spring. To book, head over to the DisneyWorld.com website.

Most Noticeable Changes

  • The front page is now segmented into different dining experiences, including Signature Dining (which cost 2 dining credits on the Disney Dining Plan and are more costly than other restaurants), Character Dining, Most Popular Restaurants, Dinner Shows, and Special Experiences (like the Fantasmic Dinner Package).
  • The top of the front page now offers you the chance to search for restaurants based on cuisine type, dining experience, location, or restaurant name.
  • The front page is now a quick-search where you can input dates and times needed without going to the actual reservation page for the individual restaurants. (This is probably the best and most useful improvement, IMHO.)

Here’s a screen shot of the new quick-search system:

Head over and test out the new system! Like? Don’t Like? We’d love to hear your thoughts! :-)

Tables in Wonderland Lunch With Cat Cora

Tables in Wonderland brings us another awesome event in June! Here are the details, and, as always, click on the image for the larger version — complete with menu and details!

Lunch with Cat Cora

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Kouzzina by Cat Cora® at Disney’s BoardWalk
Dress is Casual

$150 per person, plus tax, gratuity included

Join celebrity Chef Cat Cora at Kouzzina for a special lunch that features her time-honored Mediterranean family recipes and personal favorites that celebrate her Greek heritage. The menu will be paired with wine that is from Cat’s private label.

All of Cat’s cookbooks, including her latest cookbook, Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist (release date June 1), may be purchased at this lunch. Cat will be available to sign the cookbooks and chat about the creation of her wonderful recipes.

For reservations, e-mail WDW.Tables.In.Wonderland@disney.com with the following information: your interest to book, your name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. You will be notified on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Your credit card will be taken over the phone once your reservation is confirmed. The event is limited to 100 Guests.

Party in the Magic Kingdom!

One of our favorite bloggers, Leigh Caldwell of ThemeParkMom.com, was lucky enough to attend the Orlando International Pow Wow last week, which launched with a party at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on Sunday evening! She’s put together a little review and shared with us some awesome pics of the delectable goodies available to attendees. Thanks, Leigh!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside the Magic Kingdom during one of those “The park will close early for a special event” nights? Now I can say that I know. I attended the International Pow Wow (a travel industry convention) in Orlando last week, and the opening night party was at the Magic Kingdom. I snapped plenty of pictures to try to show you the kinds of food available.

The first thing to note is the first thing I saw – beer! on Main Street U.S.A.! When we walked into the party, we were greeted by servers offering trays of beer and wine right on Main Street. And the usually forbidden alcohol continued to flow after that, with bar set-ups in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, where most of the party was centered.

But enough talk, you guys came here to see food pictures, right? It was quite dark throughout the park, so these aren’t the greatest, but I did my best:

First up was this cup of smoked tomato soup, accompanied by two tiny sandwiches — one smoked salmon, the other prosciutto. The sandwiches were threaded on a skewer.

Tomato Soup with Skewered Sandwiches

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