News: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concerts Eligible for FastPass+ Selection

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If you’re hoping to catch one of your favorite acts at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series during the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — but don’t so much care for the waiting in line part — then we have some good news for you!

Of course, Eat to the Beat Dining Packages are certainly an option (operating in the same fashion as the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages during the holidays). But perhaps you do NOT plan to eat a full meal at a Table Service Restaurant during the Festival, preferring to eat your way around World Showcase throughout the day among the Festival Marketplace Booths.

Well, guess what! You can now select a FastPass+ for your preferred date and concert time for your Food and Wine Festival day at Epcot!

So, how do you begin?

Just login to the My Disney Experience portion of the Disney World website (which is what I did for the screenshots below), or use the My Disney Experience app and begin the FastPass+ selection process.

My Disney Experience

My Disney Experience

You’ll notice that an Eat to the Beat Concert is eligible as a Tier 1 attraction for Epcot. [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 29, 2015

Spring is underway and with it has come a rush of notable news throughout Disney. And at Disney World especially this week, we’ve seen tons of big stories — including rumors of new restaurants, new meals, new menus, and even a Food and Wine Festival update!

Nautilus Drink at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Nautilus Drink at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

The biggest news is that the new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto “soft” opened at Disney Polynesian Village Resort yesterday. Crowds were off the charts (6 HOUR WAIT TO GET IN!), but we’re putting a First Look post together and will have pics for you tomorrow morning (including this awesome Nautilus drink, thanks to DFB reader Lori Hope Fries)! Yay!

But back to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, 2015 is a big year in the history of the event as we celebrate 20 years of Eating and Drinking Around the World.

We’ll bring you every detail and dish as the news unfolds, but in the meantime, this week, we have word of the very first acts lined up for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series!

We’ll get started today by taking a look at some of the week’s biggest stories.

Disney Food News

Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including Restaurant Closure Updates, Special Events at Disney Restaurants, Seasonal Pop-Up Food Stands, and more!

We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.

DFB Reader Finds

If you discover a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or about Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

It’s a chilly day across much of the US today, but we’re dreaming of warmer temperatures. So today, we’re featuring Ice Cream Treats from around Magic Kingdom!

Let’s take a moment to enjoy some Hand-Dipped Ice Cream from the new landscape in the Magic Kingdom Castle Garden area, courtesy of reader Kristen Figuerado. That view makes it even more delish. :-)

Ice Cream in the New Garden at Magic Kingdom

Ice Cream in the New Garden at Magic Kingdom

Reader Sheri Robb shows us that, not only is the Mickey Pants Kitchen Sink Sundae adorable — it’s plenty big enough to share!

Mickey Pants Kitchen Sink Sundae

Mickey Pants Kitchen Sink Sundae

Do you have a favorite Disney Food find? Share your photos with us!

Deal of the Week: 2015-2016 Disney World Vacation Must-Have E-Book Sale!

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But, even the most spontaneous Disney fan knows that planning ahead is the key to a stress-less vacay. And that mantra is absolutely true when it comes to dining.

If you really want to dine in the hottest restaurants, you pretty much have to plan ahead. Be spontaneous, of course. But get a couple Advance Dining Reservations in place.

But which ones?

That’s where Disney Food Blog comes in! You already enjoy our reviews, news, and tips daily on our Blog. But did you know — that’s JUST the tip of the iceberg. Because we have lots more to share with you in our complete line of DFB Guides.

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And to thank all of you for your support of DFB, we are offering extra savings on our most popular DFB Guide right now. Just enter promo code 2015 at checkout and you’ll save $4 off of our cover price of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2015 e-Book!

But if you’d like to enjoy even more detail, check out another great offer.

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If you’d like even more great information, pictures, and tips, then the DFB Everything Bundle is the right fit for you.

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And to get you ready for that next big trip, we are offering the DFB Everything Bundle for $15 off the already low price! It’s like getting an entire book for free. Just enter promo code Everything15 at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

The Everything Bundle includes, well, Everything! When you purchase this special bundle of DFB Guides, you’ll get it all: [Read more…]

News! 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concerts Announced

Yay! We have our first official information from the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!


The Eat to the Beat Concert line-up is here…and it’s a great one! Lots of fun returning acts (Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel, Hanson, BBVD, and more); and a few new acts added to the mix! Head over and check out Jo Dee Messina, Fuel, and Los Lonely Boys this year!

Here’s the full list. Don’t forget to check out our 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for all the latest details on the festival!

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Line-Up

Sept 19-21 – Jo Dee Messina
Sept. 22-23 – The Pointer Sisters
Sept. 24-25 – UPDATE! The Commodores [Read more…]

Tips For Visiting the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is coming up soon, and we’re already covering the latest news about the event.

Shrimp Tacos, Rib Eye Tacos, Flan and Strawberry Lime Margarita from the Mexico Booth

You can “follow the festival” on our Food and Wine Festival page here, and start making plans to attend September 28-November 12, 2012.

This annual event showcases food, wine, and other beverages from around the globe at marketplaces set up around Epcot’s World Showcase. You can also take advantage of some of the great seminars, demos, and events going on throughout the festival!

So, to kick off our coverage appropriately, let’s take a look at our…

Fun Tips for Visiting the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Here are a few of our favorite dining tips when it comes to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! I hope they’re helpful, and that you’ll share some of your great tips, too!

1. Make It A Meal

The World Showcase Booths around the Lagoon offer some great eats in small, appetizer sizes! Save one or two (or three!) meals for “eating around the World” Showcase.

Some of the perennial favorites include: Canada’s Cheddar Cheese Soup; Australia’s Shrimp on the Barbie; Italy’s Baked Cheese Ravioli; Argentina’s Grilled Beef Skewer; Poland’s Pierogies; and Germany’s sausage. We’re hoping that griddled cheese is [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series Announced!

Great news! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series has been announced for 2012!

Interesting additions this year include:
Smash Mouth
Javier Colon
Blues Traveler
Dennis DeYoung from STYX

Check out our Eat to the Beat Concert Page for the whole line-up to see who will be performing when you’re at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year!

We’re working on gathering details and info, so stay tuned for the latest here on the Disney Food Blog!

New Band Added to 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Roster

For Detailed Information about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, click here!

UPDATE: The Full List of Eat to the Beat Concerts has been announced for 2012! Check out the list here on our Eat to the Beat Concerts page!
News is starting to trickle out about who’s going to be at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival on the America Gardens Theatre stage for the Eat to the Beat Concerts!

You can keep an eye on the list with us over on our Eat to the Beat Concerts page! But the newest info we have includes the addition of Smash Mouth to the list — a new band for the Concert Series — as well as the return of Gin Blossoms, The Pointer Sisters, Air Supply, and Starship!

Let us know if you see any new tour dates for us to add to the list! :-)

In the meantime, be sure to keep an eye on our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page; it’s being updated daily!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 29, 2011

Welcome to the round-up!!

In Disney food news this week:

Memorial Day Weekend Sale and More Accolades for the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining!

Yep! We’re celebrating this important weekend with a special discount for our readers on our critically acclaimed e-Book! Use code: Memorial at the check out to get a 20% discount on the regular price of the book. Click here to get your copy!

Also, thanks to Main St. Gazette for a great review of the guide! Here’s what he has to say: This incredible volume presents well-researched, critical information about dining in Walt Disney World in a bright, fun manner. The digital availability of The DFB Guide to Disney World Dining will keep weight out of your touring backpack, while saving you valuable time and money. Just be sure not to page through this guide on an empty stomach!

Check out the full review here! And see sample pages, testimonials, and more about the guide here!

On to the Round-Up

A Wedding Cake Blog features a Mad Hatter wedding cake from the special Will and Kate sleepover in Disney World!

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups visits BabyCakes for delicious cupcakes.

PR Newswire reports that Michael Jordan (the wine aficionado, not the basketball player) is returning to Anaheim…just not to Disney…

Watch Me Eat reviews the new Fork and Screen Theater at Orlando’s Downtown Disney.

Disney Tourist Blog highlights an evening at Victoria & Albert’s in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Disney Parks Blog visits Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian for waterside dining.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney shows off how they make a famous cocktail, Brennan-style…

2011 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule Announced

After weeks of speculation, the official schedule for the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concerts has been announced!

Eat to the Beat Concert Line-Up

You can see the full line-up on our 2011 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule page! This year, attendees include ELO, Billy Ocean, Starship, Air Supply, Taylor Dayne, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Gin Blossoms, and more!

Other Food and Wine Festival Details

For more info about the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, you can follow our updates on the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival pages here on the Disney Food Blog.

WDW Foodie Fest

And don’t forget to sign up for the 2011 WDW Foodie Fest while you’re at it! A fun celebration of food and friends especially for Disney Food Blog readers, this October 2nd, 2011, event is absolutely free! We hope to see you there.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 25, 2010

New truffles in WDW

As you know, I’m reporting from Disney World this weekend, and from Disneyland next week! Here are some of the latest news items:

Now — on to the round-up!

OC Register preps me for the best dishes to sample at Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival next week!

Main Street Gazette shares a love of Frozen Sunshine at Beaches and Cream!

DisneyGeek has some great shots from the Food and Wine Festival in Disneyland in his Disneyland photo round-up this week.

The LA Times Travel Blog features videos of John and Nancy Lasseter talking wine and the Lasseter Winery at this past weekend’s California Food & Wine Festival opening. Here’s one to whet your appetite:

The Disney Chick makes Fettucini Alfredo from Epcot’s Tutto Italia!

Babes in Disneyland posts about special dietary needs in Disneyland.

Disunplugged visits Napa Rose and chats with Guy Fieri at the California Food & Wine Festival.

Disney Parks spots Tina Fey at the Sci-Fi Dine-In!

Eat to the Beat Concerts Announced!

Great news! The Eat to the Beat concert series for the 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Festival has been released! I hope I can stick around long enough for Air Supply!!

Performances will be nightly at 5:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. This year’s schedule (subject to change) includes:
10/1-10/3 — Taylor Dayne, “Tell It to My Heart”
10/4-10/5 — Kool & The Gang, “Celebration”
10/6-10/8 — Sugar Ray, “Fly”
10/9-10/10 — Taylor Hicks, “Do I Make You Proud ”
10/11-10/12 — Air Supply, “Lost in Love”
10/13-10/15 — Sister Hazel, “All For You”
10/16-10/17 — Howard Jones, “No One Is To Blame”
10/18-10/19 — Exposé, “Seasons Change”
10/20-10/21 — 38 Special, “Hold on Loosely ”
10/22-10/24 — Night Ranger, “Sister Christian”
10/25-10/27 — Billy Ocean, “Caribbean Queen”
10/28-10/31 — Starship starring Mickey Thomas, “We Built This City”
11/1 – 11/3 — Boyz II Men, “End of the Road”
11/4-11/5 — Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp, “Give A Little Bit”
11/6-11/7 — Jon Secada, “Just Another Day”
11/8-11/9 — Hanson, “MMMBop”
11/10-11/11 — Rick Springfield, “Jessie’s Girl”
11/12-11/14 — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, “Go Daddy-O”

Stay tuned for more info on the festival, and be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog!

Thanks to Corey for the tip!