UPDATES to Epcot Eats! Even More Poutine and an Changed-Up Stowaway Mary at Refreshment Port!

We never turn down an opportunity to visit Walt Disney World’s Epcot, and one of our favorite Epcot activities is checking out the new eats. ;) Refreshment Port, located on the path between World Showcase and Future World, is a convenient spot to grab a quick bite.

Epcot Beauty

Epcot Beauty

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What You Need to Know BEFORE You Book Your Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events!

REAL TIME UPDATES: TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018, 2:38PM ET:
Booking is currently open for annual passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak residents, and Tables in Wonderland members.
Annual Passholder hotline: 407-560-7277
DVC Member Services: 800-800-9800
Regular Booking Number: 407-WDW-FEST
This morning, guests have been able to book Party for the Senses; French events (Parisian Breakfast, Parisian Afternoon, Family Traditions); Italian Regional Lunch; Food and Wine Pairings in Japan and Morocco; Hibachi experience in Japan; and low-cost seminars and demos.
Discounts are available for low-cost events Mon-Thurs for affinity groups.
Confirmed that all events outside of Epcot are not returning, including Trader Sam’s Behind the Scenes and Grand Floridian Brunch with a Twist, all culinary adventures in signature dining — events at places like Flying Fish, Victoria and Albert’s, etc.
Other events NOT returning: Japanese craft beer tasting, Morocco Food and Wine Pairing (Mediterranean food and wine pairing IS returning).
DVC and Passholder wait times are now down to under 5 minutes.
SEE ALL SPECIAL EVENTS HERE being updated in real time
SEE ALL LOW-COST EVENTS HERE being updated in real time
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Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival kicks off on August 30, 2018, and will tantalize taste buds until November 12! That’s 75 days of food, drink, and special events and experiences that, frankly, we don’t want to miss.
2017 Epcot Food and Wine

2017 Epcot Food and Wine

Booking for Epcot Food and Wine Festival events opens on June 14th at 7AM for the general public, and on June 12th at 9AM for select affinity groups like DVC members, Annual Passholders, and Tables in Wonderland members; and that means it’s TIME TO PLAN TODAY!

If you want to make the most of your visit to this uber-popular festival, you can’t wait until you step foot into the park to sort it all out. Last year’s festival had 35 food booths and more demonstrations, seminars, and special events than ever before, and 2018 is shaping up to be even bigger!

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36 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do at Walt Disney World!

One of the most exciting things about visiting Walt Disney World Resort is that there is always something new to experience — even if you’ve been hundreds of times. Here we’ve gathered 36 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do at Walt Disney World — so let’s all go try something new!

Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

1. Experience the Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat

This moving Magic Kingdom experience requires no Fastpass+ — just a desire to participate in a formal flag lowering ceremony held at the Magic Kingdom flagpole in front of the Walt Disney Railroad Station. The ceremony includes fanfare by trumpets, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and the singing of God Bless America and the Star Spangled Banner accompanied by the philharmonic.

Main Street, U.S.A., Flag

Main Street, U.S.A., Flag

After the lowering and folding of the flag, a guest veteran is handed the flag and a short procession up Main Street, U.S.A., is accompanied by a medley of U.S. military songs. This event takes place daily, so check with Guest Services or the Times Guide to find out when to watch!

2. Drink up — for free!

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What’s New at Walt Disney World’s Epcot: Scrunchies, Guardians of the Galaxy, Menu Updates, and MORE!

We hope you’re enjoying all that’s new at Walt Disney World this week! We’ve already visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs this week, and now we’re journeying to Epcot! So come along as we explore what’s new in food, merchandise, construction, and… vikings?

Welcome to Epcot!

Welcome to Epcot!

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Location Announced for Space-Themed Restaurant Coming to Epcot’s Future World

The location has been revealed for the Space-themed restaurant coming to Epcot!

Space-themed Restaurant Concept Art ©Disney

Space-themed Restaurant Concept Art ©Disney

We already knew that this restaurant will offer an immersive dining experience among the stars which will offer guests views “from high above Earth.” And that it will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group (known also in Epcot for Via Napoli and Tutto Italia). Additionally, it was known that the restaurant would be adjacent to the Mission: SPACE attraction.

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Stowaway Mary in Epcot is Worth a Picture!

The Refreshment Port in Epcot at Walt Disney World is a convenient spot to grab a snack — including Canada’s famous Cheddar Cheese Soup and Poutine!

Refreshment Port

Refreshment Port

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DFB Video: Epcot CANDY Challenge!

Well, the start of a new week is always a bit challenging, but we’re back with another DFB Video today that we hope adds some fun to your day: it’s our Epcot CANDY Challenge!

Epcot's Germany Pavilion

Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

I mean, THAT’S a challenge we can all get on board with, right? We’re taking you all around World Showcase AND Future World to show you selections of candy from all around the globe that you can include on YOUR Epcot Candy Challenge! And you never know… you may find a new favorite that you had never heard of before! So join us on a tour for LOTS of the sweet stuff in Epcot today (and grab a pen and paper… or your smartphone :) ) to prepare your list as you get ready to watch our latest DFB YouTube Video! [Read more…]

Tips You NEED TO KNOW For the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

If you’re going to be enjoying a Walt Disney World vacation this spring, you’ll definitely want to schedule some time to explore Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. Everyone from expert gardeners to those of us without green thumbs can appreciate the astounding botanical displays, but beyond the flowers and plants, there are so many other reasons to check out the Festival.

Pooh welcomes you to Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival!

Pooh welcomes you to Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival!

With 15 food booths (called Outdoor Kitchens at Flower and Garden) and numerous demonstrations, tours, and displays, Flower and Garden is a must-do. But like the larger Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the Flower and Garden Festival can be a lot to take in. So your pals at the DFB have assembled some top tips to help you navigate this most beautiful of special events!

Click here to see Full Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Menus and Food Photos Of EVERY SINGLE FOOD ITEM AT THE BOOTHS!

Now to our TOP TIPS!

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News: Menu Overhaul at Epcot’s Electric Umbrella (Two Words: Beer Cheese!)

Greetings from Epcot’s Future World!!

We stopped by the Electric Umbrella today and were surprised to find that the menu has received a pretty substantial makeover.

My immediate reaction, honestly? I was kind of bummed! I know that Electric Umbrella isn’t really a prime destination when it comes to dining in Epcot, where so much variety can be enjoyed — especially around World Showcase.

But that’s exactly why it has been fun to to find some truly decent eats in this Future World Counter Service spot over the past couple years. The French Dip Burger has actually been one of the tops in regards to Quick Service burgers for some time now. And I’ve totally enjoyed the Sausage and Pepper Sandwich and the unique Veggie Naan Wich even more recently. Good surprises, all, for a place that mostly flies under the radar.

But they’re all gone from the new menu.

And in their place? Well, let’s go down the list. First we’ve got the Mojo Pork Burger, which is similar to the previous French Dip Burger in that it’s another meat-topped-with-even-more-meat sandwich.

Mojo Pulled Pork Burger on the menu

Mojo Pulled Pork Burger on the menu

Marinated Mojo Pork tops the 1/3 pound burger, and it’s all drizzled with a Cilantro Lime Aioli and served with fries.

And much as I may miss the French Dip Burger, I’d be lying if I said the new Brisket Sandwich didn’t have me intrigued.

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DFB Video: EVERY Dining Spot in Epcot’s Future World! Food Tour

Happy Saturday! We’re back with another DFB Video this weekend, and we’re taking you on a Food Tour of Epcot’s Future World!

Mickey Mouse at Garden Grill in Epcot

Mickey Mouse at Garden Grill in Epcot

Now, your mind may not automatically leap to Future World when you consider dining options in Epcot. After all, the park is home to World Showcase with its myriad of restaurants and snack stops featuring cuisine from around the globe.

But if you’ve always bypassed Future World eats in favor of World Showcase, you’ll want to watch our newest DFB YouTube video to learn about some of the options unique to Future World, including one of our all-time favorite character meals, some super yummy popcorn, and one of the best dessert bakery cases in all of Disney World. [Read more…]