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2014 Special Events at Epcot Food and Wine Festival2014 Special Events at Epcot Food and Wine Festival
July 17, 2014
Complete details on the special ticketed experiences at this year's Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will be released July 24. Until then, the Disney Parks Blog announced some of the events that are new this year:

-- Dining Through the Decades, A Tribute to Walt Disney (October 24) $99 pp or $119 pp
-- Experience Puerto Rico - The All Star Island (September 20) $99 pp
-- Boot Camp Series interactive epicurean adventure (September 21, October 5, 12, 19, Nov. 2) $119 pp
-- Food for Thought (Fridays, plus Saturday October 11) $169 pp
-- Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing (Wednesdays) $55 pp
-- Italian White Truffle and Wine Pairing Dinner (October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) $295 pp
-- Parisian Breakfast (Saturdays) $39 pp
-- "3D" Disney's Dessert Discovery (October 3, 10 and 17) $59 or $99 pp - this also can be booked at epcotfoodfestival.com

These events will be available for booking at 7 a.m. July 31 at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378).

        Related Links:
         -- Festival Preview Photos
         -- First Look at Festival Foods and Beverages
         -- Eat to the Beat Dining Packages
         -- Chef Jens Dahlmann Previews the Marketplaces
         -- Marianne Hunnel Dishes about What's New
         -- Culinary Host Pam Smith Shares Julia Child Story from 1st Festival

 

Trattoria al Forno Replaces KouzzinaTrattoria al Forno Replaces Kouzzina
July 15, 2014
Disney has announced that Italy will replace Greece on the Boardwalk starting in December 2014.

Look for simple foods "trattoria" baked in an oven (al forno) at the new eatery serving dishes from Italy's various regions. Everything from Neopolitan pizzas, to pork chop alla Milanese, to house-made cavatelli, polenta and much more. For vegetarians - ruffled campanelle pasta with green beans, roasted potatoes and Genovese pesto. A seasonal risotto will always be on the menu. Paper-thin Italian meets, olives, caponata, pastas, fresh seafood and vegetables will all be part of the dining experience.

 

Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages On Sale!Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages On Sale!
July 08, 2014
2014 Candlelight Processional Dinner packages are on sale as of July 8, 2014.

 

AllEarsNet TV: Epcot's After Hours Wind DownAllEarsNet TV: Epcot's After Hours Wind Down
June 19, 2014
Join Deb Koma, Deb Wills and Linda Eckwerth as they experience Tutto Gusto, one of four World Showcase locations for an After Hours Wind Down. Also included is Deb Koma's thoughts on her Rose and Crown experience.

 

Disney Season: Fall 2014Disney Season: Fall 2014
June 17, 2014
From Labor Day to Thanksgiving there's a bounty of festive offerings at Walt Disney World Resort to satisfy all tastes. With an art show, sporting events, annual holiday parties, concerts and international food fest, the Vacation Kingdom is the place to celebrate the golden days of the harvest season. The fall lineup kicks off on September 1 with the popular Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party offering three extra nights of happy haunts.

 

Exotic Flavors at Sanaa in Kidani VillageExotic Flavors at Sanaa in Kidani Village
June 14, 2014
The Animal Kingdom Lodge opened with two highly popular restaurants, Boma and Jiko. With the addition of the Disney Vacation Club at Kidani Village came yet another dining option, Sanaa. While Sanaa may not receive the same notoriety as Boma or Jiko, it offers a truly unique dining experience. In Swahili Sanaa means "work of art," and after dining here it is easy to see why that name is so appropriate.

 

A Preview of Harambe Nights at Disney's Animal KingdomA Preview of Harambe Nights at Disney's Animal Kingdom
June 01, 2014
Harambe Nights is a brand-new experience designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "The Lion King." Harambe Village and its people are the hosts for this limited-engagement experience, which allows the popular story to be told in a new and creative way.

 

2014 Food and Wine Festival Details2014 Food and Wine Festival Details
May 20, 2014
The flavors of Argentina and Chile will sizzle at the new Patagonia Marketplace when Disney's fall culinary extravaganza, the 19th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival presented by Chase, opens Sept. 19 at Walt Disney World Resort. The 2014 festival kicks off a week early and runs 53 days -- up seven days from the previous 46-day event - until Nov. 10, featuring new marketplace menus and debuting a variety of premium dining events.

 

Review: After Hours Wind Down - Rose and Crown PubReview: After Hours Wind Down - Rose and Crown Pub
May 14, 2014
Walt Disney World has a special spring/summer offering that allows you to stay in Epcot and "lounge around" after the park closes at one of four spots scattered around World Showcase. Called the "After Hours Wind Down," the program gives you the chance to hang out at either La Cava del Tequila in Mexico, Spice Road Table in Morocco, Tutto Gusto in Italy, or the Rose and Crown Pub in the United Kingdom, from 9:20 (after IllumiNations) to 11 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays. Here's our review of the experience at the Rose and Crown Pub.

 

Perfect Petals Vera Bradley LuncheonPerfect Petals Vera Bradley Luncheon
May 06, 2014
Kristin attended A Perfect Petals Brunch, featuring The Disney Collection by Vera Bradley, at Epcot. The highlight of the event was the ability to be one of the first to purchase bags with the new Disney Perfect Petals pattern. But guests enjoyed quite a few other treats along the way.

 

Review: Animal Kingdom's Yak and Yeti RestaurantReview: Animal Kingdom's Yak and Yeti Restaurant
May 04, 2014
Located in Disney's Animal Kingdom's Asia, the Yak and Yeti Restaurant can certainly be considered a "place of delight" for your taste buds.

 

Polynesian Reverts to Original Name; Gets New Look, LoungePolynesian Reverts to Original Name; Gets New Look, Lounge
May 03, 2014
The Polynesian Resort will revert to its original 1971 name, The Polynesian Village Resort Hotel, as it continues a multi-year re-imagining with the renovation of its guest rooms, the resort's feature pool and its centerpiece Great Ceremonial House. The "Poly" also plans to add Trader Sam's Grog Grotto with a highly themed lounge area featuring tiki cocktails and Polynesia-themed small plates. It will be based on the popular themed lounge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

 

Disney VISA Cardholders: FREE Dining Offer
May 02, 2014
For a limited time, Disney VISA cardholders can receive a FREE dining plan when they book a 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way Package.

 

The Dining Plan and a DietThe Dining Plan and a Diet
April 21, 2014
Disney Dining Plan + Diet = Doom? Despair? No, it doesn't have to! DDP + Diet can = Delight!

So you're on a diet and you're facing the Disney Dining Plan. These concepts contradict each other at every turn. Say you've been working hard to maintain your health, your heart and your figure, but your upcoming trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth is giving you pause. Do you log an extra hour of working out each day? Do you go without and/or skip meals? Please don't! You can certainly find healthy choices on the Disney Dining Plan! Using the standard DDP, I will walk you through my recommendations for ordering delicious and more nutritious options to keep you feeling fit and fantastic as you tour the parks.

 

Epcot Announces After-Hours Wind Down Epcot Announces After-Hours Wind Down
April 11, 2014
Have you ever wanted to hang out at Epcot after IllumiNations but you have to leave the park?

From April 17 - September 15 you'll now be able to wind down at La Cava del Tequila (Mexico), Spice Road Table (Morocco), Tutto Gusto (Italy) or the Rose and Crown (United Kingdom) frpm 9:20pm - 11:00pm.

Each location will have small bites to taste paired with a beverage flight! The cost is $35, plus tax and gratuity. You must make a reservation at www.disneyworld.com/spring, call 407-WDW-DINE or stop by Epcot Guest Relations.

 

Tony's Town Square Updated Photos and MenusTony's Town Square Updated Photos and Menus
April 05, 2014
Updated Tony's Town Square page with lots of food photos and restaurant pics, plus updated menus!

 

Character Dining - Garden GrillCharacter Dining - Garden Grill
April 02, 2014
Despite the countless times I have visited Epcot's Land pavilion, the Garden Grill Restaurant was one of the few Epcot dining locations to which I had never been. Many a time, when walking past to go ride Soarin' or Living with the Land, I have commented on how this was a restaurant that I really wanted to try. However, for one reason or another, I continually put it off. This might have been due to the fact that there are so many restaurants at Epcot which I really enjoy or the simple fact that the Garden Grill is only open for dinner and its limited operating hours make reservations a little harder to come by. Whatever the reason, I finally decided to give the Garden Grill a try and I went in not really knowing what to expect. I knew that the dining room rotated, dinner was served family-style, and that it was a character dining experience, but that was about it. After having finally dined there, I can say that the Garden Grill surpassed my expectations and might actually be my new top location when it comes to character dining.

 

Special Star Wars Dining Experiences!Special Star Wars Dining Experiences!
March 26, 2014
Great news for Star Wars fans! Beginning March 26, two new dining experiences will be available for booking for Star Wars Weekends from May 4 to June 15, 2014.

 

Changing Face of World Showcase DiningChanging Face of World Showcase Dining
March 25, 2014
I have been enjoying watching the transformation of the "cuisine scene" that's been taking place around Epcot's World Showcase over the last few years. World Showcase has been updating its restaurants, in some cases wisely taking advantage of the beautiful water views that World Showcase Lagoon affords. This review discusses Spice Road Table and Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar.

 

Raglan Road Event Features Chef Kevin DundonRaglan Road Event Features Chef Kevin Dundon
March 14, 2014
Raglan Road, an authentic Irish restaurant and pub located at Downtown Disney, held a special event recently to celebrate St. Patrick's Day as well as to launch the new cookbook written by Neil Cubley and Chef Kevin Dundon, who co-owns the restaurant. Jack Spence reviews the event and talks a bit about the new cookbook.

 



For more details on these and many other Disney dining-related items, along with photos, visit disneyfoodblog.com