38 Special Confirmed for Eat to the Beat Concert Series at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We’re in high gear here, closely monitoring all the news so that we can bring you the latest, most up to date info about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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The festival will begin August 31 this year, and runs through November 13! That’s 75 days to eat, drink, and rock.

Wait, what? Yep — Rock! Because the Eat to the Beat Concert Series keeps getting better and better!

If you’re a newbie to the festival, we’ll bring you up to speed. Eat to the Beat features musical acts from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s each year, and concerts take place most evenings of the Festival — not just during the weekends.

The concerts are performed three times per evening, so you have three opportunities every night to see your favorite acts — at 5:30PM, 6:45PM, and 8:00PM.

We already told you about some of the bands that we expect to see playing in the America Gardens Theatre during this year’s series. And recently, we learned that fan favorite 38 Special will be returning in 2017 once again as well!

The Southern rock band will perform September 28 and 29, so mark your calendars if they are one of your favorites.

© 38 Special

© 38 Special

Be sure to check out our Eat to the Beat page for all of the acts you can expect to see during the 2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Series as well as the very latest information on Eat to the Beat Dining Packages. [Read more…]

Review: Breakfast at Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland’s Frontierland

It’s time for breakfast in Disneyland — Rancho del Zocalo style!

This beautiful restaurant — and I mean seriously, it’s gorgeous — is situated in Frontierland, where all things rough and rowdy reign supreme. But step into this colorful corner, and you’re surrounded by cheerful warmth and bright colors. And let’s not forget the food!

Rancho del Zocalo

Rancho del Zocalo

Rancho del Zocalo has taken on added significance though in the last year. The spot is now home to a significantly traditional breakfast favorite — the Mickey Pancake. [Read more…]

News: Epcot’s World Showcase Wine Walk Now Includes Refillable Wine Glass

Here is a bit of wine news for all you Vino fans out there… and you don’t have to wait until the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for it!

Mmmm. Wine.

Mmmm. Wine.

We have a couple of updates to report regarding Epcot’s World Showcase Wine Walk. For those unfamiliar with this lesser-known Epcot experience, here is a brief rundown (read about the experience in full here). Interested guests can head to any one of three spots to start their Wine Walk: the Germany Pavilion’s Weinkeller, Italy’s La Bottega Italia, and France’s Aux Vins de France. [Read more…]

Guest Review: San Angel Inn at Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

Step inside Epcot’s Mexico pavilion with guest author Rebecca Dolan! Let’s check out her lunch review of San Angel Inn.

If the thought of eating Mexican food at an amusement park brings up images of overstuffed burritos, taco salads, and plastic-cheese nachos, you’re not alone. And while Disney does those things (and does them well), when dining in Epcot you can expect more authentic options.

The Mexico Pavilion is home to two full-service restaurants, San Angel Inn and La Hacienda de San Angel. Today we’re heading deep inside the pyramid for lunch at San Angel Inn.

This spot has been hot and cold for us in the past. On some visits, it’s wonderful; on others, there’s a lot left to be desired. So I’m excited to see how Rebecca got on in one of Epcot’s legacy restaurants!

Atmosphere

Once inside the pyramid you’ll step into a town square, where a fiesta is being held under a twilight sky.

Entering the town square

Entering the town square

There are stores, street vendors, a tequila bar, and the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros boat ride.

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Review: Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons

You know that feeling when you’ve rope-dropped Soarin’ Around the World… but in order to do that, you had to skip breakfast?

Yeah, that feeling is hunger. And we’ve got just the thing to help you muster your strength for the rest of your day.

It’s a little thing we call Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding. Actually, that’s not just us. That’s what the friendly folks at Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion at Epcot call it, too ;) .

You know Sunshine Seasons as the conveniently located food court with fresh and unusual-by-theme-park-standards grub. We like to keep a close eye on the menus and pastry cases here because it seems like new things are always popping up.

Sunshine Seasons sign

Sunshine Seasons sign

Before the Soarin’ refurb, it used to be home to a Croissant Berry Bread Pudding for breakfast. But that’s since been replaced by the Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding. [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: Specialty Drinks at Satu’li Canteen and Pongu Pongu in Disney World’s Pandora

Just in case you’re unaware… Pandora — The World of AVATAR is COMING SOON!!!

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Bridge to Pandora — The World of AVATAR

Opening in Animal Kingdom on May 27th, this new land will, of course, feature new dining and drinking establishments along with its highly anticipated attractions: Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. And today, we’ve got a little sneak peek at some of the specialty drinks that will be served exclusively to thirsty travelers visiting Pandora. [Read more…]

Possible Details and Dates for the 2017 Disney World Free Dining Offer

It’s that time of year again – time to start placing your bets on when the 2017 Free Disney Dining Plan will be announced. We all know how popular free dining has become in recent years and we’re betting that this year won’t be any different!

Mickey Waffles!

Mickey Waffles!

If you’re not familiar, the Disney free dining offer includes a free Disney Dining Plan with the purchase of a Walt Disney World Resort hotel and ticket package. The “free” part of the name pulls you in, just remember that you’ll be paying full price for your resort hotel room when you book free dining.

In the past, free dining was announced for less crowded (non-peak) times during the year – late summer, early fall, and early winter (before the holiday season). But let’s be honest, there’s really no such thing as a non-peak season anymore. So we’re expecting this year’s free Disney Dining dates will include more summer dates, in addition to the usual fall and early-winter (non-holiday) dates.

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News: Permits Filed for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is still a few months away, but we have some exciting news to share! We’re hearing that several popular booths may be returning for the 2017 Festival.

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According to the Orlando Business Journal, permits have been filed to “provide labor, materials and/or electrical for construction” for Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths.

The returning booths as noted in the permits are: Scotland, New Zealand, Ireland, Belgium, Islands of the Caribbean, Patagonia, Brazil, the Chocolate Studio, and Sustainable Chew. [Read more…]

Something GOOD on Tax Day!

It’s here! We’ve made it another year, U.S. Friends!

I’m talkin’ about Tax Day. Whether you received a hefty refund, or you’re still crying over the check you had to write, one thing is for certain: we are all happy to have the task of settling up with Uncle Sam done and over with for another year.

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Feel a Little Like This On Tax Day? Yeah. Us, Too.

See, we think that it’s time to take a TAX BREAK…and plan your DISNEY TRIP INSTEAD! I mean doesn’t this look like so much more fun?!?

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So for one week only, we’re offering two fantastic opportunities to save…and excuses to blow off your responsibilities and start making FASTPASS RESERVATIONS! ;-D

We’re talking 50% off of the DFB Guide Everything Bundle (that’s OVER $70 off the cover prices!) and 30% off of the book that started it all — the 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book, Second Edition[Read more…]

New DFB Video: Magic Kingdom Table Service Restaurants You Have To Try!

It’s time for another info-packed Disney Video! And this time, we’re talking about the Magic Kingdom in Disney World!

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If you’re planning a trip to the Magic Kingdom, this is a must-see. I’m sharing my top table-service restaurants (and the ones you maaaaaybe don’t need to bother with)!

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