A highlight of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for many guests is the opportunity to participate in the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Race Weekend. The 2019 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend will celebrate 10 years running from October 31 – November 3, 2019.
The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend will take place October 31 – November 3, and 2019 marks the 10th Anniversary for the runDisney event! Registration opens tomorrow (March 19 at 10 AM EST), and Disney has announced some enhancements to the race weekend in advance of registration.
Disney Fall Feast 5K
Disney Fall Feast 5K participants will receive a tech shirt this year, as do the 10K, Half Marathon, and Challenge racers. Also the 5K will make its way to Epcot this year! [Read more…]
The 2018 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World is just days away, and with the races comes commemorative race merchandise to remember those magical miles! Read on to see what you can expect to find at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo this weekend.
But we make a small exception for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon… ‘cuz wine. And DINE! And also because it takes place in tandem with the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, our favorite celebration of the year!
So we thought we’d chime in with some news about the 2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, which will take place November 3 – 6, 2016.
Here’s the RUNdown, along with details on two NEW challenges debuting this year!
Wine and Dine Half Marathon
First: the Half Marathon — typically a nighttime race — will take place in daytime hours moving forward, beginning at Epcot at 5:30 AM on Sunday, November 6th. An updated course will bring runners through Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Please note that the Post Race Party will take place on Sunday evening, and runners will have exclusive access during “later hours,” according to runDisney. (This is AWESOME, because it means you don’t miss out on party fun if you’re a slower runner…not that I have any experience in that department at all, of course. ;-D)
Wine and Dine 10K — NEW!
Second: a Disney Wine & Dine 10K has been added to the weekend, with Chef Remy on the way to host the race! The race will start at Epcot at 5:30 AM on Saturday, November 6th. (There will still be a 5K race as well :-D; Mickey’s Holiday 5K will take place at Animal Kingdom on Friday, November 4.)
Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge — NEW!
We had a lot of fun with our first two sets of “You Know You’re Eating in Disney World if…” posts, and we couldn’t help putting together one more! (Check out “You Know You’re Eating in Disney World When… Part I“, and “You Know You’re Eating in Disney World When… Part 2!”)
Read on to find out how dining in Disney World might be a little bit different than your typical mealtime!
Are any of the items on our list ringing your bell? Let us know in the comments how you know that —
You Know You’re Eating in Disney World If…
1. You buy the popcorn just to get the container.
Because Everybody needs a little Dumbo purse. Right?
2. You see a rat in the restaurant…and you want to take a picture with it.
Everybody say, “Cheeeeeeze!” (What? Too much?)
3. You can have beer in three different countries — before noon.
Oh Epcot. How we love [Read more…]
Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
I hope you’re having an awesome celebration (and, just so you know, hanging out and eating cake would be a perfectly acceptable “celebration” as far as I’m concerned) and enjoying your green-tinted holiday!
We showcased a few St. Paddy’s Day treats that have popped up in Disney World yesterday, and we can’t wait to hear about everything you’re finding as well. Also, DisneyStore.com is having a sitewide sale TODAY ONLY! Use code “green” at the check-out for 17% off. Seems like a good day for shopping… 😉
But, in the meantime, let’s head out to explore a bit of the Disney Food News that’s been in the headlines this week!
Disney Food News
Find out what’s been happening this week in the world of Disney Food!
- Check out some new Disney cupcakes, including the Lemon Meringue cupcake in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
- Maurice’s Treats is now open in Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire with new chocolate, strawberry, and cheese garlic twists available as well as the Boysen Apple Freeze!
- Registration is now open for the 2013 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. Be sure to keep an eye on our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page for all the details from this year’s Festival!
- BoardWalk Joe’s on Disney World’s BoardWalk has made a complete transformation from coffee spot to margarita haven!
- Check all the awesome events and FOOD lined up for St. Patrick’s Day week at Raglan Road!
We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, Extra Dates for Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!
DFB Reader Finds!
If you find a fun new food — or other awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday! This week we have some goodies that our readers sent in from home!
First up, Erin at OPKitchen sent us these friendly faces. She exclaimed, “we came as close as we could!” Looks great to me!!
Check out this classic original Mickey Waffle maker in the original box! Wow! Sent in by Tiffany L. — thanks for sharing! Let us know how they turn out!
Headed to Disney World in 2013?
Don’t forget to pick up your copy of our critically acclaimed DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2013 e-Book!
This must-have guide has over 400 pages of experience-based advice and information as well as hundreds of full-color photos. It’s perfect for long-time Disney World fans AND those headed to the parks for the first time this year!
Don’t get stranded without a plan. Pick up your copy for $4 off using code 2013 TODAY! With a 30-day money-back guarantee, you’ve got nothing to lose. 🙂
Bundle for SAVINGS!
Want even more savings? Bundle three of our time-tested guides into one purchase to get even more great Disney Dining information and photos. With our popular DFB Guide + Snacks Bundle, you’ll get our DFB Guide 2013 Edition along with our DFB Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks AND our DFB Guide to Epcot Snacks for a significant discount!
“Let the Memories Begin!”
Save TODAY at DisneyStore.com!
Start your summer fun early with these re-useable Mickey Mouse ice cubes!
Bring some Disney magic to game night with this Disney Monopoly Edition!
On to the Round-Up!
Orlando Sentinel highlights the career of Sushi Chef Yoshi Cabral from the California Grill. Happy retirement!
Disneyland News talks with the Carthay Circle Restaurant’s Executive Chef Andrew Sutton!
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Ever After Blog highlights alternative wedding desserts – it’s not just about cake anymore!
Candy Industry shares that Jelly Belly has partnered with Disney.
AllEars reviews the Grand Floridian’s Citricos restaurant.
Main Street Gazette gives a little redemption to Pinocchio Village Haus in Disney World.
Disney Every Day reviews menu items at Splitsville in Downtown Disney Orlando.
Have a great week, everyone!
Registration for the 2013 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon is now open!
Once again, runDisney invites you to a nighttime race that takes place during the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
I can say from experience that this race is incredibly fun!! I can’t wait to hear your stories! This year’s race weekend is November 8-9, 2013!
Pre-Race Taste Party
This year, the weekend kicks off with a Pre-Race Taste Party on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.! The party takes place at the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios where guests can relax before the big race.
The Pre-Race Taste will feature:
- early entry into Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 6:00 p.m.;
- a private party at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show;
- five tastes from the Epcot Food & Wine Festival;
- one “signature sip” drink coupon;
- cash bar;
- and Disney character meet & greets.
Tickets are $79 (ages 3 and up). Children under 3 do not need a ticket.
*Tickets are non-refundable. Menu options subject to change without notice. Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste Party is subject to availability. Children under 3 do not need to purchase a Party Ticket. Book now as space is limited! To make a special dietary request, please contact [email protected]
Half Marathon and Finish Line Party
Join the ultimate runners night out as you race a half marathon through three Disney Theme Parks. Throughout your journey, you’ll pass entertainment and characters. Imagine running a race that circles the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, cruises down the Streets of America underneath the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finishes near Spaceship Earth at Epcot.
Then, the party gets started after you cross the finish line! Celebrate your achievement at the Finish Line Party – an exclusive, after-hours [Read more…]
Fun news from runDisney today!! The Wine and Dine Half-Marathon that we’ve all grown to know and love has been moved! That’s right, it will now be taking place at the end of the festival — November 9-10!
In its place is a brand new 10-mile race under the moniker of the Tower of Terror 10-Miler! This race will take place on September 29, 2012, and will feature a course through Hollywood Studios. A private afterparty will follow this race as well!
Like all runDisney events, the race weekend will feature a variety of events, including a 5K, kids’ races, and a Health & Fitness Expo. You can register for the Tower 10-Miler on February 14th!
And we’ll, of course, bring you more-than-you-thought-possible kinds of coverage of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival here on the blog! Don’t forget to start planning your trip now by checking out our individual World Showcase Booth pages — they’re already sporting photos of the food you can purchase!
(Don’t care about the Food and Wine Festival? Fear not! We’re prepping Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland Paris reviews for the next couple of weeks, too!)
Latest Disney Food News
- We’ve interviewed seminar leaders for the Second Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Learn what to expect from the Beer, Mixology, and Spanish Wines seminars!
- Iron Chef Cat Cora’s Kitchen Memories event has been canceled at the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
- A new menu was recently discovered at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You’ll see our review of the famed Picnic Burger this week!
- Shula’s Steak House takes the “Best of Award of Excellence” recognition for their extensive wine list in Wine Spectator Magazine’s annual Wine List Awards.
- Foodies will find another delicious event in Orlando this fall! The Waldorf Astoria Orlando will host Orlando Food & Wine Weekends, Sept. 30 – Oct. 30, 2011.
- The Disney Food Blog is creating a series of e-books highlighting Disney Dining Adventures. Check out an example and learn how YOU can be a part of our next Disney Dining Adventures e-Book!
- Check out the 2011 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Finish Line Party Brochure and Map! Get set for an evening of fun in Epcot!
The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Reviews
Jackie’s Magical Moments has this to say:
The last time I went to the Festival, I didn’t do any of the special events, I didn’t know what to expect at all. I felt like I’d missed everything. It doesn’t have to be that way and you can make the very most of everything if you’re prepared, even if you only have a couple of days. This guide is a MUST-HAVE if you are attending….
And Now…On to the Round-Up!
Gorillas Don’t Blog shows us Big Al making popcorn!
DisZine reports that the Cake Boss will appear at this year’s Food and Wine Festival. See a video of Buddy and Pam Brandon here!
Kevin Kidney will be at WDW on September 30 and October 1st! Check out the Haunted Mansion themed item that he created for an auction.
Main Street Gazette features one of our favorite Fall treats in Disney World!
Healthy Disney highlights vegetarian options at Wolfgang Puck Express.
Touringplans.com Blog lets us escape to the Territory Lounge. We love a great place to relax!
DisneyParks Blog shares Club 33’s recipe for pumpkin beignets! Impress your friends with these treats at your Halloween party.
We’ll see you at the Festival!
We received some valuable information that has been Festival-tested! For example, Michelle O. shared a personal experience warning of the dangers of sipping around the world before attending a seminar on The World’s Sharpest Knife. Learn from her experience. Bring first-aid or sip AFTER the knife session!
Here are a few more tried and tested tips…
Tip #1: Share
Facebook Fans Michelle J. and Susan S. advise Festival-goers to share their eats with family and friends. Joline S. agrees: “Share what you buy so you have enough room to try more things.”
Heather P. likes to share too! “If you want to try more than one item at each booth have everyone that is with you order something different so that you all can have a taste.”
Tip #2: Meal Planning and Touring Strategies
Sometimes planning ahead and taking your time while at the festival are the best ways to make sure you’ll be able to sample everything that you want. (Psst… taking a look at our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and Food Photos will help with the planning ahead!)
Christopher N. has mastered a dining (and grazing!) technique: “We plan a day where our lunch and dinner dining is at the festival booths. We start at one end of World Showcase with a preplanned idea of what items we want to try. We take our time and [Read more…]