Happy November from Epcot! November brings Dia de los Muertos to the Mexico Pavilion, a lot of Holiday merchandise to the park, the end of the Food and Wine Festival on November 12 🙁 and the start of the Festival of the Holidays on November 18 🙂 to this really busy park! That’s in addition to the construction for the new Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille rides and installation of the park’s Skyliner station!! Here’s everything we found!
One of the activities (besides eating and drinking) at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival that has proven to be popular is Remy’s Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt. We saw a lot of you and your kiddos completing this fun activity this year, and it has been so popular they ran out of the prizes — but don’t despair, new prizes are here!
If you aren’t familiar with this activity, the map is available for purchase at a few locations around Epcot, then you and your kiddo look for a small statue of Remy hidden in each country. When you find it pop the sticker on the map. Once your map is complete you have earned a prize. Originally your prize was one of the plastic cups shown above, but those are now out of stock. [Read more…]
IT’S TIME to make some serious Food and Wine plans, my friends… because we have a TON of information about the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
Running from August 30 – November 12, 2018, the Food and Wine Festival features incredible special events, informative culinary and beverage demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and delicious Marketplace Food Booths, and so much more! Let’s check out what’s happening NEW in 2018… including a new Character Dance Party, a Mimosa Bar, new dishes at the Food Booths and more!!
We wait all year for the start of it. Yep — the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is underway!
If you haven’t been, be sure to put the event on your Disney Bucket List. At this time of year, Epcot is transformed into a food lover’s paradise. With Festival Marketplace Booths throughout both Future World and World Showcase, the opportunity to Eat Your Way Around the World(s) is even more exciting!
But there are also some choices if you’d like to splurge a little. Party for the Senses draws big crowds every year, as do pairing events and signature dining options at restaurants throughout the resort.
It’s a lot to plan for! So we’d love to offer you advice on a few Dos and Don’ts for navigating the Epcot Food and Wine Festival like a pro. Consider these pointers as you make plans to attend this year’s event. [Read more…]
You may think that you couldn’t possibly enjoy the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with kiddos along for the ride. But we think you totally can!
While the festival is certainly a food lover’s paradise, there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a day there with the younger set, too. After all, Epcot is first and foremost a theme park, so even during the Food and Wine Festival, you’ll find plenty of exhibits and entertainment geared toward the small fry.
We love coming up with strategies that help you to enjoy eating your way through Walt Disney World, no matter who’s along for the ride. So if you like what you see here, be sure to check out our 2016 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for even more great tips on managing the event with kids along.
In the meantime, check out these suggestions for making the festival fun for everyone in your party!
Attend a Culinary Demonstration or Other Special Event
If you have kids that are interested in what happens in the kitchen, consider checking out what Culinary Demonstrations are available at the Festival Center for the day. Kids are permitted to attend these events with a ticket (but aren’t served alcohol, obviously). We think it’s great fun, especially for older kiddos in your party. Who knows? A future chef may be born!
If your budget allows, you may even want to check out the brand new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands On Workshops. New in 2016, these events take place once a day, and offer guests the chance to get in on the action of exploring and creating. [Read more…]
We had hardly caught our breaths from confirming that Skipper Canteen, a new Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant, would soon open in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom before more doings were announced.
Not only will new Star Wars Lands make their ways to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, but we’ll also be seeing a brand new Toy Story Land as well!
As we keep tabs on all of the latest developments regarding these changes, we’re also sharing all the news that’s coming out this week. Check out what’s new for the week, from cool new Disney apps to special premium Halloween Events!
Oh, and did you know there’s a CHOCOLATE Kitchen Sink Sundae???
Disney Food News
- We’re checking in at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World to show you the latest round of changes as the area transforms into Disney Springs.
- There’s a new Shop Disney Parks App, which includes a loooooonnnnnggg list of edibles that you can order from the comfort of home!
- We’ve also spied a new Adventurer’s Club sign for sale that’s sure to be a hit with fans of the now-defunct Pleasure Island hotspot!
- More details are emerging about Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt, which guests can participate in during the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
- AJ kicks off a brand new series, #OnTheList, which features all of the best Disney Food Bucket List favorites! This week, we’re checking out the Kitchen Sink Sundaes from Beaches and Cream!
- The Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package is now Available to book during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
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 menu updates, restaurant closures, special events, and more! [Read more…]
We are back with today with more great tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
We’ve been taking a look at some of the Touring Strategies featured in the DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. A while back, we shared our recommended strategy if you only have one day to enjoy the Festival. Today, we’ll take a look at enjoying the Food and Wine Festival as a family — with kiddos in tow.
Kick the Day Off Right with Rides
Think that the Food and Wine Festival is just for grown ups? Think again! Although many of the special events are geared toward an adult crowd, this is a theme park, after all! So you can plan to attend the festival with your kids and still have a great time.
If you arrive to the park early, be sure to have your FastPasses for attractions lined up ahead of time. While most of the festival doesn’t really gear up until afternoon (with the exception of Festival Center, which opens at 9:00AM), Futureworld opens when the park does.
So if you arrive bright and early — or if you can take advantage of early Extra Magic Hours — you can get a few rides in before you journey Around the World begins. That way, the kids in your group have already experienced some fun, and will be more likely to spend a few hours checking out the Festival with you. [Read more…]
The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2015, and today, we’re starting to get an idea of what this year will include.
We have updates on everything from food to new attractions, so let’s get to it!
NEW Booths and Dishes
While we anticipate lots and lots more announcements about new food items, we’re getting our very first glimpse of some eats that will debut in the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths!
The Scotland Booth is back and will debut a brand new drink, the Scottish Citrus Thistle!
A Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Peppers, Onions and Snap Peas will be a highlight at the Australia Booth, and the New Zealand Booth will tempt guests with a Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Ragout and Kumara Dumpling.
So we can breathe a collective sigh of relief there. 🙂
New Special Events
We cannot wait to check out a brand new festival Premium Event — the French Family Meal Traditions Lunch, which will take place on Fridays and Sundays.
A brand new premium party, the Rockin’ Burger Block Party, will also take place on select dates. More details to come about that one!
NEW Artists Debuting and Familiar Favorites Returning to Eat to the Beat Concert Series
Taking in an Eat to the Beat Concert as the sun goes down is a great way to enjoy your evening at the festival. And this year, we have some brand new acts to choose from.
New acts Tiffany, Everclear, Maxi Priest, and Chaka Khan will take the stage at the America Pavilion in 2015. They’ll be joined by several returning acts, including Wilson Phillips, Smash Mouth, The Pointer Sisters, Jo Dee Messina, Boyz II Men, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
To check out the FULL official line up, click over to our Eat to the Beat Concert Series Page!
Celebrity Chefs to Appear at the 2015 Food and Wine Festival
One of the most fun aspects of the festival is catching a low cost culinary demonstration with celebrity chefs. 2015 will see the return of many favorites. Look for Cat Cora, Robert Irvine, Jamie Deen, Rock Harper, Kenny Gilbert, and Buddy Valastro at Culinary Demos and Special Events.
The festival will also welcome back chef and cookbook author John Ash, who appeared at the very first festival in 1996!
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt
Also new for 2015 — everyone’s favorite rat chef Remy will be joining the party with [Read more…]