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Fall into Magic this Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Parties, races, culinary delights and more await guests during the upcoming fall season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tastes, toys, treats and more are all on the menu this fall at Walt Disney World Resort. From culinary creations to sporting events to special parties, there are many different ways to fall into magic during the cool-down season, both in the theme parks and all across the resort.

23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Offers New Tastes

The aromas and flavors of more than 30 global food and beverage marketplaces, plus a full menu of new offerings such as “Sunday Brunch with the Chef,” welcome guests during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 30-Nov. 12. One of America’s top food festivals since 1996, the 75-day Epcot dine-around extravaganza will surprise guests with new and inspiring sips and bites throughout the park’s World Showcase and several Future World venues. Highlights include:

  • The grandest of the festival’s don’t-miss tasting events, Party for the Senses in World ShowPlace, will welcome acclaimed chefs and vintners Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and Nov. 10. They will showcase creative bites and palate-pleasing sips with sensational live entertainment.
  • “Eat to the Beat” concerts – 225 in all – will rev up the America Gardens Theatre stage three times nightly with new musical acts including Vertical Horizon, 98 Degrees, Sheila E. and others. Selections span a broad range of eras and genres from rock and pop to rhythm and blues.
  • “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops Wednesdays and Thursdays provide new opportunities for guests to interact with visiting chefs, mixologists and other pros.

Throughout the festival, guests will find something for everyone in the family:

  • A Ratatouille-inspired adventure is back as Chef Remy encourages families to play together during Remy’s Ratatouille Hid ‘n’ Squeak scavenger hunt.
  • On Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy an interactive Character Dance Party.
  • In the new Junior Chef Kitchen, children become the chefs and eat what they make in this complimentary experience each Sunday in the Festival Center.

This is just an appetizer for what’s to come this fall. The 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is included with theme park admission, but certain programs require a separate ticket and/or reservation; for full details, visit

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Starts Sooner than Ever

Let’s boo this! There are even more nights to celebrate the spooky season this year during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special-ticket event runs select nights Aug. 17-Oct. 31 at Magic Kingdom Park – the earliest in the calendar year it’s ever started. It’s also the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Hocus Pocus,” so what better way to celebrate the film than the spellbinding Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular at Cinderella Castle, where the Sanderson Sisters take “stage fright” to another level.

Guests should keep their eyes open for dancing ghosts, the Headless Horseman, plus Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and many more beloved Disney Characters in the Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. There will also be plenty of sweets for all trick-or-treaters around the park, including allergy-friendly options. And each night during the party, the skies above an eerily lit Cinderella Castle come alive during Happy HalloWishes, a magical fireworks extravaganza that definitely goes bump in the night!

Advance tickets start at $75 for adults and $70 for ages 3-9 (plus tax). For a full list of event dates, visit Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as space each night is limited. For more information, call (407) WDISNEY (934-7639).

New Toy Story Land: A Perfect Place for Fall Fun

Where better to spend a beautiful fall day than playing in Andy’s backyard, the young toy owner from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Storyfilms. In this extraordinary new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests are “honorary toys” surrounded by Andy’s favorites – Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and many more.

Across 11 fun-filled acres, guests can hop on the all-new Slinky Dog Dash for a family-friendly roller coaster ride, take a spin and enjoy some interstellar beats on Alien Swirling Saucers and go for the high score playing midway games inside the 4D world of Toy Story Mania! When toys get hungry, there’s no better place to grab a bite than Woody’s Lunch Box, a walk-up window featuring a bevy of nostalgic delights – from a grilled three-cheese sandwich to a Lunch Box Tart and much more.

Toy Story Land also offers a collection of new merchandise items, allowing guests to take their special memories home with them. Among the many highlights: a Buzz Lightyear Bubble Blower and a Slinky Dog headband.

Disney Junior Dance Party Shimmies into Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Later in fall, the new Disney Junior Dance Party premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This live performance will feature high-energy music, a vibrant party atmosphere, special effects and characters from popular Disney Junior TV shows. Guests are invited to join all the fun with the stars of “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” “Doc McStuffins,” “The Lion Guard” and the newest hit series, “Vampirina.”

Two New Restaurants, Reimagined World of Disney Opening at Disney Springs

  • James Beard Award-winning Chef José Andrés – one of “The 100 Most Influential People of 2018” according to – will open a new location of his popular Jaleo this fall. It will offer an extensive menu of tapas that reflects the rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. Designed by renowned Spanish designer Juli Capella, the new multi-level restaurant will feature breathtaking exterior architecture and a vibrant, theatrical décor representing the colorful, dynamic culture of Spain. Andrés’ Disney Springs venue will be his largest and most ambitious location to date.
  • A new restaurant by James Beard Award-winning Chef Wolfgang Puck will also open this fall. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will modernize the traditional “bar and grill” concept in a setting inspired by traditional farmhouses – with a touch of elegance. The restaurant will capture the essence of laid-back California dining made popular by Puck’s Spago, his flagship restaurant in Los Angeles.
  • In late fall, Disney Springs will reveal the newly reimagined World of Disney store, where guests will discover the products they love from Disney Parks in a dynamic and distinctly Disney environment. The flagship store remains open throughout the enhancement process.

New Hotel and Ticket Package Available Labor Day Week

The “Ultimate Disney Fall into Magic Package” is available this year for the week of Labor Day. The limited-time offer, available for booking through Aug. 19, includes a five-night stay at a select Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resort hotel for arrival Sept. 3 and departure Sept. 8, 2018. The package also features four-day Magic Your Way tickets and an itinerary full of special experiences in all four parks – including access to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and two hours of exclusive evening access to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Packages start at $149 per person, per night for a family of four in a standard room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. For more information, contact us today!

32 Eat to the Beat Bands Slated to Appear During 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts (known for their soulful rhythm & blues covers) will perform Oct. 1-2 at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival “Eat to the Beat” concert series. Performances are included with Epcot admission. (Disney)

9 new acts join hit makers of all genres appearing Aug. 30 – Nov. 12, 2018

9 new acts join hit makers of all genres appearing Aug. 30 – Nov. 12, 2018
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Thirty-two musical acts will perform during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 30-Nov. 12, 2018. These performers represent a diverse collection of hitmakers from pop to country to R&B and more.

The concert series packs a powerful lineup ready to rock the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily. Eat to the Beat welcomes nine new-to-the-festival bands including MercyMe, Sheila E and Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts, who join 23 returning acts.

The lineup (included in Epcot admission and subject to change) includes the following artists, best known for these popular songs:

Aug. 30-31 Blue October – “Into the Ocean”

Sept. 1-3 Tiffany – “I Think We’re Alone Now”

Sept. 4-5 NEW! MercyMe – “I Can Only Imagine”

Sept. 6-7 NEW! Glass Tiger – “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”

Sept. 8-9 NEW! Tauren Wells – “Hills and Valleys”

Sept. 10-11 Postmodern Jukebox – Known for vintage-style covers of modern hits

Sept. 12-13 NEW! Vertical Horizon – “Everything You Want”

Sept. 14-16 Baha Men – “Who Let the Dogs Out”

Sept. 17-19 Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”

Sept. 20-21 Living Colour – “Cult of Personality”

Sept. 22-23 NEW! Sheila E – “The Glamorous Life”

Sept. 24-26 Sugar Ray – “Every Morning”

Sept. 27-28 David Cook – “Light On”

Sept. 29-30 Jeffrey Osborne – “On the Wings of Love”

Oct. 1-2 NEW! Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts – Known for their soulful rhythm & blues covers

Oct. 3-4 Everclear – “Santa Monica”

Oct. 5-7 Mark Wills – “19 Something”

Oct. 8-10 Air Supply – “All Out of Love”

Oct. 11-12 NEW! Anderson East – “All on My Mind”

Oct. 13-14 Smash Mouth – “All Star”

Oct. 15-16 NEW! 98 Degrees – “Give Me Just One Night”

Oct. 17-18 38 Special – “Hold On Loosely”

Oct. 19-21 The Devon Allman Project – “Ragged and Dirty”

Oct. 22-23 Kenny G – “Songbird”

Oct. 24-25 Billy Ocean – “Get Outta My Dreams”

Oct. 26-28 Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – “We Built this City”

Oct. 29-31 Hanson – “MMMBop”

Nov. 1-2 NEW! High Valley – “She’s with Me.”

Nov. 3-4 Taylor Dayne – “Prove Your Love”

Nov. 5-7 Boyz II Men – “End of the Road”

Nov. 8-9 The Hooters – “And We Danced”

Nov. 10-12 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – “Go Daddy-O”

(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert set list)

Festival-goers can book Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert.

2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Dates Announced


The Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World® Resort this fall with 75 days of entertainment, events, wonderful food and tasty beverages.

The festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018.

This year’s festival will continue its tradition of fine dining events, appearances by favorite Disney culinarians and top celebrity chefs, and a slate of concerts from favorite bands of the last few decades.

Stay tuned for updates on this year’s “Eat to the Beat” concerts, dining packages, special events and other fun.

17 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World in 2017

With an amazing land set to debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in 2017, a new festival, a multitude of dining locations and popular returning events, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year at the Walt Disney World® Resort!

Check out 17 reasons to visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2017

1. “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

This “out of this world” fireworks spectacular, which returned a few weeks ago to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, uses the latest projections effects, lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics to light up the sky, Star Wars style.


2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Inspired additions to Star Wars Launch Bay

Your can celebrate the newest cinematic addition to Star Wars, courtesy of an assortment of props from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

3. MagicBand 2 Rolls Out

MagicBand 2, the next iteration of bands that offer the same helpful functions as the original bands, have just made their way to select Disney Parks merchandise locations and the Shop Disney Parks app. Stay tuned for more updates!

4. Exclusive New Star Wars Tour Now Available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This seven-hour experience, led by a Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide, allows you to experience Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; get an insider’s tour and meet characters at Star Wars Launch Bay; screen “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” and enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items at Backlot Express. The tour wraps at the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which includes reserved viewing for the show. Younglings ages 4-12 on the Guided Tour package can also train in the way of The Force in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. The price is $129 per Guest. Book your today by calling 407-939-7529.

5. Disney After Hours Events Return January-March

Disney After Hours returns to Magic Kingdom® Park on Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 2, 9, 16, March 2 and 9, 2017. This 3-hour event takes place after the park closes and is only open to a limited number of Guests, which means much shorter lines at 25 attractions, character greetings and more. The cost is $119 per adult or child (tax not included). Book today by calling 407-827-7185, or online at

6. More Dining to Debut at Disney Springs

Dozens of shopping and dining locations made their debut at Disney Springs in 2016 – and even more are set to open in 2017! Stay tuned for news and opening dates for Planet Hollywood Observatory, Paddlefish, The Polite Pig, The Edison and Wine Bar George.

7. Milestone Races for runDisney

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. And to celebrate, they’ve made Donald Duck their mascot. Also, in anticipation of the release of “Beauty & The Beast” this spring, runDisney has themed this year’s Princess Half Marathon after the film.

8. First-Ever Epcot® International Festival of the Arts Begins January 13

Epcot will start 2017 off with a bang, offering a brand new art festival for you to experience. This new offering will run weekends between Jan 13-Feb. 20, 2017 and will showcase visual, culinary and performing arts.

9. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Begins March 1

This year’s spring festival will run March 1-May 29, 2017. Festival “firsts” include brand-new topiaries of Belle and Figment, two new outdoor kitchens (bringing the total to 15), and a “Cars” interactive play garden for kids in honor of the upcoming Disney•Pixar film, “Cars 3.”

10. New Garden Rocks Dining Packages to debut at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

During the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, dining packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants, combining dinner and reserved seating for performances of the Garden Rocks Concert Series. Stay tuned for more details!

11. New Family Raft Ride at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Coming this spring, you can enjoy a new family-style raft attraction at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Planned to be one of the longest Disney water park attractions, this experience will immerse you in the story of treasure hunter, Captain Mary Oceaneer. You will gently ascend in treasure rafts, only to plunge into a whitewater adventure where they may encounter some of Mary’s legendary treasure.

12. Boulder Ridge Cove, Geyser Point Bar & Grill Opening Summer 2017

Scheduled to open at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in summer 2017, Boulder Ridge Cove pool will feature an expanded sun deck and zero-depth-entry pool in what appears to have been an abandoned rock quarry. Geyser Point Bar & Grill, a new quick-service eatery, will be located in the heart of the feature pool area of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.


13. Pandora – The World of AVATAR Opening Summer 2017

This new land will open its doors at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in summer 2017 with exciting new offerings – including AVATAR Flight of Passage, the Na’vi River Journey, the Satu’li Canteen Restaurant, Pongu Pongu drink location and Windtraders merchandise shop.


14. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Returns for a Record 75 Days

This year’s festival will kick off on August 31 and run through November 13 – for a record 75 days!

15. 35th Anniversary of Epcot

The second theme park to be built at the Walt Disney World Resort will mark its 35th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2017.

16. More Updates to Star Wars-Inspired Land

As we’ve previously shared, a Star Wars-inspired land is currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Measuring 14-acres, this new land will transport you to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.


17. Return of Holiday Favorites

Stay tuned for updates on next year’s Candlelight Processional narrators, the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and more!

2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Dates


The Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World® Resort Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017. This year’s festival will be a record 75 days of global culinary creations, celebrity chefs, premium events, Eat to the Beat concerts, and more.

Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for more updates about this favorite fall event!

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths and Menus Announced

Satiate your hunger and thirst with a burst of fresh food, fine wine and craft beers from a diverse host of global marketplaces—this year, at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!


2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths and Menus

Journey deep into a diverse assortment of tastes and tannins, inspired by the countries of the African continent.

Berbere-style beef tenderloin tips with onions, jalapeños, tomato and pap*
Buttered chicken with micro cilantro and naan bread

Indaba Chenin Blanc
DeMorgenzon DMZ Cabernet Róse
Fairview Pinotage*
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz

Enjoy a rich range of delectable menu options hailing from the land down under, including several Australian wines.

Grilled sweet and spicy bush berry shrimp with pineapple, peppers, onions, and snap peas
Grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato crunchies*
Lamington: Yellow cake dipped in chocolate and shredded coconut

Coopers Brewery Extra Strong Vintage Ale
Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Dry Riesling
Bulletin Place Unoaked Chardonnay
Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz*

Discover a different take on the waffle as you indulge in savory sweets and hoppy treats from the Kingdom of Belgium.

Potato and leek waffle with beer-braised beef and smoked gouda cream*
Belgium waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream
Belgium waffle with berry compote and whipped cream

Leffe® Blonde*
Palm Spéciale Belge Ale
Stella Artois® Cidre
Chilled coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Beer flight: Hoegaarden®, Palm Amber Ale, Leffe® Blonde and Stella Artois® Cidre

Explore offerings from the Atlantic coastline as you make your way inland to the heartbeat of South American culture.

Escondidinho de carne, “Little Hidden One”: layered meat pie with mashed yucca
Crispy pork belly with black beans and tomato*
Pão de queijo: Brazilian cheese bread
Cocada: Brazilian coconut candy

Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer*
Carnaval Moscato Sparkling White Wine
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

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Pop the top and soak up some European-style suds. Or, order a flight to set off on your own beer smorgasbord.

Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
Norbertus Special Hefeweizen
BraufactuM Progusta IPA
Shöfferhofer Zitrone Weizen-Mix

Bier Flight
Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
Norbertus Special Hefeweizen
BraufactuM Progusta IPA
Shöfferhofer Zitrone Weizen-Mix

Celebrate the “Great White North” with Yukon fare, including refreshing lagers and ice-cold wines.

Canadian cheddar cheese soup
Chicken sausage with creamy polenta and Minus 8 onion jam
“Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce*

Moosehead® Lager
Neige Premiere Apple Ice Wine
Inniskillin Vidal Icewine
Tawse Vineyard Cabernet Franc*

marketplaces-01Cheese StudioNEW! 
Have it your “whey” with a sumptuous selection of smooth and savory cheeses.

Trio of artisan cheese
Karst cave-aged cheese served with honey
La Bonne Vie goat cheese served with Craisin® bread
Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue Cheese with berry port compote
Sweet goat cheese panna cotta with guava gellé
Cheese fondue with sourdough bread

Robert Mondavi FuméBlanc
Still River Winery Apfel Eis (apple ice wine)
Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

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Masterful techniques and modern technology come together for a 21st-century flavor revolution.

Olive oil poached salmon with fresh corn, bacon and pepper jam
New York strip, parsnip silk, balsamic glaze and arugula foam*
Liquid nitro chocolate almond truffle with warm whiskey caramel

Festival Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles*
Smoking Hibiscus featuring Montelobos® Mezcal Joven

Commemorate the countrymen of the world’s most populous nation with a choice of their food and beverage favorites.

Beijing roasted duck in steamed bun with hoisin sauce
Gaoli beef slider*
Black pepper shrimp with Sichuan noodles
Chicken pot stickers

Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling*
Ritzy Lychee with cognac and vodka
Happy Peach with peach liqueur and dark rum
Kung Fu Punch with vodka and triple sec
Mango jasmine tea with popping bubbles

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Sophisticate your knowledge of all things hops and barley with a cool brew or flight from a popular craft brewery.

Brew Hub Keybilly Island Ale, Lakeland, FL
Two Henrys Blueberry Vanilla American Wheat Ale, Plant City, FL
Orlando Brewing Grateful Pumpkin, Orlando, FL
Swamp Head Wild Night® Honey Cream Ale, Gainsville, FL
3 Daughters St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
Florida Beer Company Passport 20 Belgian-Style Tripel Ale, Cape Canaveral, FL
Funky Buddha Vanilla Espresso Porter, Oakland Park, FL
Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Clearwater, FL
Flight #1: Florida Harvest
Brew Hub Keybilly Island Ale, Lakeland, FL
Two Henrys Blueberry Vanilla American Wheat Ale, Plant City, FL
Orlando Brewing Grateful Pumpkin, Orlando, FL
Swamp Head Wild Night® Honey Cream Ale, Gainsville, FL
Flight #2: Craft Beer Lovers
3 Daughters St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
Florida Beer Company Passport 20 Belgian-Style Tripel Ale, Cape Canaveral, FL
Funky Buddha Vanilla Espresso Porter, Oakland Park, FL
Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Clearwater, FL

Craft beer snack mix: sweet and savory blend of nuts, fruits, and crackers
Charcuterie plate: Country pâté, cured meats, and crostini
Pimento cheese dip with pretzel crisps
Bloody Mary shrimp cocktail

epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival-10Desserts & Champagne
Seduce your sweet tooth to the core while you tickle your nose with any one of the bubbly sensations that await you.

Chocolate cherry explosion
Strawberry-basil champagne “toast”
Guylian® Belgian chocolate seashell truffles

Nicholas Feuillatte Blanc de Blancs
Möet & Chandon Impérial
Veuve Clicquot® Ponsardin “Yellow Label”
Dom Pérignon
Möet & Chandon Nectar Impérial
Orange Blossom Brewery Toasted Coconut Porter float with caramel ice cream
Cream soda float with caramel ice cream
Frozen S’mores featuring Monin® Toasted Marshmallow Syrup

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The dazzling flavors of Spanish, African and indigenous Taino cuisine come together for a tantalizing assortment of Dominican dishes.

Lechón asado: Roasted pork with mangú, pickled red onion and avocado*
Soufflé de yuca: Yuca soufflé topped with griddled cheese
Pescado con coco: Seared grouper, pigeon peas and rice with coconut sauce
Caramel flan with rum-roasted pineapple

Presidente Pilsner Beer*
Frozen Dominican piña colada featuring Ron Barceló Blanco Rum
Frozen sugar cane cocktail featuring Ron Barceló Blanco Rum

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Appease your hunger with a hearty harvest of fresh fare—straight from the farm and on to you!

Loaded mac n’ cheese with Nueske’s® pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions
Griddled “yard bird” with braised greens*

Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider
Wyder’s® Dry Pear Hard Cider
Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider
Florida Orange Groves, Key Limen Wine
Tom Gore Chardonnay*
Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon
Hard cider flight:
Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider
Wyder’s® Dry Pear Hard Cider
Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider

Peruse France for a taste of the finer things… food and drink both classical in tone and timeless in their presentation.

Croissant aux escargots with garlic and parsley
Boeuf bourguignon: Braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes*
Crème brûlée vanille chocolat: Vanilla & chocolate crème brûlée topped with caramelized sugar

Beer, Kronenbourg Blanc 1664
Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, Vielles Vignes Mommessin
Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet*
Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
Ice Pop Pomme: Apple juice, vodka, and St. Germain liqueur
La Passion Martini Slush: vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, cranberry and passion fruit juice

Revel in the spirit of the Rhineland—sink your teeth into a tasty sausage and then wash it down with a German beer.

Schinkennudeln: Pasta gratin with ham and cheese*
Roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll
Apple strudel with vanilla sauce

J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett*
Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese
Kallstadter Kobnert Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) Spätlese Dry
German Riesling flight:
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese

Experience old country flavors from a classic land, whether pulled from the sea or picked from trees on the hillside.

Vegetarian moussaka with Gardein™ sausage crumbles*
Greek salad in a cone
Chicken gyro with tzatziki sauce

Domaine Skouras Moscofilero*
Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
Alpha Estate Axia Syrah Xinomavro
Tzatziki martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS® Natural Yoghurt Liqueur

Say “aloha” as you travel across the Pacific for some tropical flavors and island favorites, both savory and sweet.

Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole® Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise*
Tuna poke with seaweed salad and lotus root chips

Kona Brewing Company, Big Wave® Golden Ale*
Kona Brewing Company, Pipeline Porter
Maui Splash Sweet Pineapple Wine
Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

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Endear yourself to the sensibilities of the States, from stout ales to artisan cheese plates.

New England Lobster Roll*
Florida grass fed beef slider with pimento cheese
Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing

SweetWater Take Two Pils
Goose Island® Honkers Ale
Samuel Adams® Rebel IPA
Dogfish Head Sixty-One IPA
La Crema® Chardonnay*
Cambria Estate Winery Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
Beer Flight (Includes 4, 4 oz. servings)
SweetWater Take Two Pils
Goose Island® Honkers Ale
Samuel Adams® Rebel IPA
Dogfish Head Sixty-One IPA

epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival-01Intermissions Cafe

Asian Tuna Salad with Noodles
Southwest Chicken Wrap
Tuna Salad with Pita
Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Crudité of Carrots, Celery and Broccoli with Creamy Pepper Relish
Fruit & Cheese Plate
Side Salad
Key Lime Pie

Festival Chardonnay, Napa Valley
Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
MARTINI® Prosecco
Caposaldo Peach Moscato Sweet Sparkling Wine
Iron Horse Vineyards “Fairy Tale Cuvée” Sparkling Wine
Presidente Pilsner Beer
Two Henrys Elderberry Hard Cider
Assorted soft drinks
Dasani Water

Jaunt over for favorite flavors o’ the Emerald Isle, including robust cheeses, honey wine and chilled Irish coffee.

Lobster and seafood fisherman’s pie
Kerrygold® cheese selection: Reserve cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout and Skellig
Warm chocolate pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard*

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen*
Kerrygold® Irish Cream Liqueur

Embark for a delightful occasion in Italy to get your fill of fresh-made pasta and wines from the countryside.

Ravioli alla caprese: Cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil
Filetto di pollo, con funghi al marsala: Chicken tenderloin, cremini mushrooms, marsala sauce and ciabatta bread*
Cannoli al cioccolato: Chocolate-covered cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit

Moretti Lager Beer
Moretti La Rossa Beer
Pinot Grigio, Placido
Corbinello, Montegrande
Chianti Classico, Placido*
Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande
Prosecco, Bosco del Merlo
Frozen margarita with limoncello and tequila

“Roll” by Japan’s marketplace for an authentic sushi roll. Or, slake your thirst with a draft beer or sake.

Spicy hand roll: Tuna and salmon with Kazan Volcano sauce
Teriyaki gyoza bun: Steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables and sweet teriyaki sauce
Miso Udon: steamed shrimp, vegetables, and noodles in a spicy broth

Kirin Draft Beer
Pineapple Fuzed Sake
Sake – Komatsu Tateaki Samurai
Sake – Suigei Drunken Whale*

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Come for the culture, stay for the food—enjoy tacos fresh from the grill while you get your fill of ice-cold cerveza.

To eat:
Tacos de camarón: Battered shrimp, pico de gallo, pickled onions, and chipotle mayonnaise
Chilaquiles de pollo: Corn chips layered with seasoned chicken, queso fresco, sour cream and cilantro
Pastel de elote con queso: sweet corn cheesecake

Dos Equis Lager Beer with Floater*
Mexican sangria
Tequila Flight
Guava margarita

Make way for food inspired by the rugged mountainsides of this north African nation, including Berber cuisine and beer.

Kefta pocket: Ground seasoned beef in a pita pocket
Harissa chicken roll

Casa Beer*
Guerouane White*
Mimosa Royale

New Zealand
Savor the other side of the equator and taste what Kiwi pride is all about—enjoy treats from land, sea and vine.

Steamed green lip mussels with garlic butter and toasted bread crumbs
Seared venison loin with wild mushroom marsala sauce and kumara dumpling*
Lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney

Kim Crawford Pinot Gris
Brancott Estate® Flight Song™ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Kim Crawford Chardonnay
Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir*

Tempt your tastes with a sampling of South American cooking, inspired by the continent’s mountainous southern tip.

Beef empanada
Grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce and boniato purée*
Roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri

Undurraga Sparkling Wine Brut
Calle Ocho Chardonnay
Kaiken Torrontés
Terrazas Reserva Malbec

Take part in hearty Polish entrees while you whet your whistle with beer, wine and delicious vodka-based beverages.

To eat:
Kielbasa and potato pierogi with caramelized onions and sour cream
Sauerkraut pierogi with pork goulash*

Okocim Brewery, Okocim O.K. Beer
Donausonne® Blaufränkisch Hungarian Wine*
Frozen Szarlotka Apple Pie featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Refreshment Port

Croissant doughnut with cinnamon and sugar
Dole fruit bowl: choice of pineapple tidbits or mandarin slices
Fried chicken chunks with Dole pineapple sweet and sour sauce
Pineapple Dole® Whip soft-serve ice cream
Pineapple Dole Whip soft-serve ice cream with Bacardí® Coconut Rum

Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum

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spicy hot dogs with kimchi slaw and korean mustard

Mango Star featuring African Starr Rum t
frozen “Brown Elephant.”

Set out into the Highlands and take your pick from one or more of several Scottish mainstays.

Haggis with neeps and tatties: Traditional Haggis with rutabaga and mashed potatoes
Fresh potato pancake with Scottish smoked salmon and herb sour cream *
Seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon
The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked cake with lemon cream and toasted oats

Innis & Gunn® CASK OAK Aged Beer*
Brew Dog Punk Ale
Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin
Glenfiddich® Single Malt 12-Year Scotch
Glenfiddich® Single Malt 15-Year Scotch
Glenfiddich® Single Malt 18-Year Scotch
Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch flight (12-, 15- and 18-year)

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Complete your full-circle tour of authentic Asian tastes with a sizable serving of kimchi, a South Korean favorite.

Korean Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi*
Roasted pork lettuce wrap with kimchi slaw

iCing Grapefruit Sparkling Rice Brew
Myungjak Bokbunja Raspberry Wine*
Soju Banana Milkshake featuring The Ginger People® Ginger Soother®

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Treat yourself to fresh and flavorful selections inspired by the magnificence of mother nature.

Pork Spareribs with red wine, fennel, and cheesy mascarpone grits
Ricotta & zucchini ravioli with tomato sauce
Vanilla panna cotta with fresh figs and pistachio brittle

Founders Spectra Trifecta (Chamomile Kolsch)
Frozen Chew-tini
Beso Del Sol White Sangria*

marketplaces-02Wine StudioNEW! 
Sip some of the incredible reds and whites that the American West Coast has to offer.

Trio of artisan cheese
Karst cave-aged cheese served with honey
La Bonne Vie goat cheese served with Craisin® bread
Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue Cheese with berry port compote

Avviato Pinot Grigio, Oregon
14 Hands Chardonnay, Washington
Franciscan Equilibrium White Wine, California
Acacia Pinot Noir, California
Dry Creek Zinfandel, California
Spellbound Petite Sirah, California
Clayhouse Malbec, California
Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon, California


Epcot Food & Wine Festival Dates Announced for 2015

It’s official! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival launches September 25 and runs through November 16 this year – 53 days of sweet and savory tapas-sized dishes and beverages, plus tasting seminars, culinary demos, signature dining experiences, live entertainment and more.


Check back for more information. We’ll share all the information right here as details unfold.

Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

We welcome Kingdom Magic Runners‘ newest Guest Blogger, Beth Kripple, who shares her recap of her very first RunDisney race, Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon.

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There are few times when you won’t mind starting an adventure off “on a dark and stormy night”! Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon at Walt Disney World is definitely one of them. I had been prepping to run the race for several months. This was not only my first half marathon, but my first race ever. If I was going to run 13.1 miles, I was going to do it Disney-style. I knew that not being an elite athlete and being new to running was not going to diminish my first race experience if I was at Disney. From the first trip to the Expo to pick up my bib, through the race itself, and to the trip back to Disney Port Orleans Riverside at 3 am, the cast members and volunteers who endured the rainy weather with me had my back.

The support and help doesn’t just start the weekend of the race. On the Run Disney website is a lot of information, including training programs for beginning and intermediate runners, nutritional advice, and advice from experienced Run Disney participants on how to make the best of your time. This kind of support extends into social media and email as well. RunDisney will send out periodic emails as well as update on Facebook and Twitter. You are always in the know, and with the weather the way it was for Disney’s Wine and Dine, that helped with a lot of my first race nerves.


Arriving at the race at 8:00 pm was a great mix of easy going and nervous excitement. There was no rush and no pressure. People were there to run, yes, but also to have fun. Around 9:30, the rain softly started. 10 pm, the first corral was off and running! Even though I was running alone, I did not feel alone. I had the chance to talk with other runners in my corral. We talked about our Disney vacations, joked about the rain and about how we did not care how rainy it got: if the race was on then we were running. There was exchange of advice and support all along the way. Cast members and volunteers guided areas of the route and manned drink stations in their ponchos, all still cheering us on and bringing smiles to our soaked faces.

It was a magical memory. My favorite part, besides finding that finish line, was running through Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the holiday lights. The lights were so beautiful and had a lovely reflection on the wet pavement. And just as an added bonus, rain makes laser lights look awesome with flashes and sparkles as the raindrops reflect the colored beams.

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Rain or not, I loved every minute of my first race and was so very thrilled it was a Disney race. I’m getting ready for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February! If you’re going to run, run Disney-style!

Guest Blogger – Beth Kripple


Beth is a mom, librarian, sf geek, new runner, Disneyphile, and past Cast Member. Her favorite place to stay at Walt Disney World is Disney Boardwalk Villas. She has had the chance to visit Disneyland and Disneyland Resort Paris. Hopefully visits to Disneyland Shanghai or Disneyland Hong Kong (which only got a wistful wave as she passed through the city two years ago) are in the future, but Walt Disney World is her favorite!

Would you like to be a Guest Blogger for Kingdom Magic Runners? We’d love to share your race review (Disney or other race), product review or personal running accomplishment here! Feel free to email or!

Week 7 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival With Travel With Rick

Join Rick and Amanda Tinney as they enjoy the Craft Beers, Hops and Barley, Scotland, and Desserts and Champagne Marketplaces, the final booths for this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.


  • Craft Beers Marketplace – :44
  • Hops and Barley – 12:39
  • Scotland Marketplace – 22:58
  • Desserts and Champagne Marketplace – 31:49

Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment and share it with your friends!

Week 5 of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival – Episode 278

As we continue to taste our way around Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, this week Rick is joined by West Coast friends Kate and Chad as they enjoy the Japan, Brazil, France, and Ireland Marketplaces!

Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment and share it with your friends!


Links mentioned on this week’s episode:


2013 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Recap Part I, the Expo

The weekend really started once we headed over to ESPN Wide World of Sports to pick-up our packets on Friday, November 8th.  I’m a huge fan of picking up my packet the day before the race…I like the time to digest any additional information they provide, stroll the expo and generally just take it all in without having to worry about being on my feet the day of the race.   I make it a point to avoid the expos right at opening…there are usually long lines…so we arrived about 2 hours after opening at noon.  We breezed through parking at ESPN Wide World of Sports, not even having to park on the grass, which is unusual and headed into the Expo.  If you were staying at a Host Resort at Walt Disney World, you had bus transport, but we were at Bay Lake which wasn’t a Host, so drove ourselves.

Packet Pick-up at ESPN Wide World of Sports

Packet Pick-up at ESPN Wide World of Sports

As with any of the larger races that RunDisney does the area to pick-up your bib / packet and the Expo itself are separated into 2 buildings.   As we headed in to packet pick-up we realized that we had left our race waivers at home…a slight lapse of memory on my part when packing.  runDisney makes it very easy to print your waiver there and that’s what we did.  They had set up computers in the middle of the floor there that you could literally walk up to, type in your name and birthdate and your waiver printed.  Painless and efficient….a definite plus.  Heading into the lines to pick-up the bibs some people had shorter lines than others, but the volunteers were doing a good job of keeping things going.  I really think that waiting a couple hours to attend made all the difference for us, the crowds were very low and it was great.  If you wanted, there was an Official Race Merchandise area to shop…which I did…it’s usually less crowded.

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Photo Ops outside of Packet Pick-up

Photo Ops outside of Packet Pick-up

Packet Pick-up Building

Packet Pick-up Building

It’s nice that you no longer have to activate your bib by walking across the strip…that used to be something that you definitely had to remember to do at the Expo otherwise they wouldn’t be able to track your time.  Kudos to runDisney for simplifying the process and not making us do that now.  Although some lines were longer than others we got through packet pick-up in about 10-15 minutes and then headed over to the Josten Center for the Expo portion and to retrieve our race shirts there.  It was a bit more crowded over there…but not unbearable like some years have been.   The longest line I saw was for family members that had purchased party only tickets and needed to retrieve those…the line was winding around outside and people were getting grumpy.

I browsed some of the vendors after retrieving my shirt.  I always love checking out the medals for upcoming races at the runDisney booth.  We spent about an hour at that portion of the Expo before heading back to Bay Lake Tower to relax for a bit.  The only snafu of the day came when we tried to do runner tracking at the Expo…some people were logging into their personal accounts on the computers and not logging out…so if you didn’t check, a stranger might be tweeting out your times depending on what way you were selecting to have your times published.  We opted to do the runner tracking from our phones on our own and forgo having to be sure that no one else was logged into the computer we were using.  Stay Tuned….Race Day will be coming tomorrow!  For More Race Photos check out: Kingdom Magic Runners

Men's RunDisney shoe

Men’s RunDisney shoe

Women's RunDisney shoe

Women’s RunDisney shoe

Guest Blogger – Carrie Bryniak

carrie-bryniakI am your friendly Travel Professional with Kingdom Magic Vacations and a runner as well.  My first RunDisney Race was in 2010, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay…and since then I’ve been hooked on Disney races and others.  Some of my favorites are the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, the Turtle Krawl 5K and the USA Beach Running Championships.  If you’re a runner and you need help with travel plans for a race, don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’m here to help you and support your efforts!

What Does 2 Days Before a Race Feel Like?

What Does 2 Days Before a Race Feel Like?

Here we are…just 2 days until the running of the Wine & Dine Half Marathon at Disney World.  The course will take us 13.1 miles through 3 parks and then to an after party in Epcot until 4am to celebrate our accomplishment!  But what does 2 days before the race feel like to a runner?  If you’re me…it’s nerves, nerves, nerves.  Before any race I find myself double and triple checking my gear that I’m packing to be sure that I have it all…this happens whether or not we’re traveling for a race or just driving to one from our home.  I’m always afraid I’m going to forget something vital.  I mean, there’s the one race outfit, the back-up weather outfit, the fuel belt, the Vibrams, the Injinji socks, the Body Glide, the compression socks, the headband and ponytails, the Ipod, the sport watch….AHHHHH…will the list never end?!

Then there is the charging of equipment…the watch, the Ipod etc.  I still haven’t finished creating my playlist for the run on Saturday…sigh…add that to the To Do List yet.  I like to make sure that I have a playlist for the different race lengths…this way as I put it together I know when I’m nearing the end of the playlist…I know where my “push” is going to be.  And sleeping…you expect me to sleep well?!  Forget it…the night before the race I usually don’t sleep that well….the nerves get the better of me, I may sleep on and off, but it’s not restful.  So right now I guess you could say that I feel my body “humming”, humming with the anticipation of the race, waiting to see what the weather will be like, waiting to see how I feel after the start.

I feel bad for my husband because as the race draws even closer and we head to the pre-race gathering it doesn’t take a lot to get me moody….he likes to pace around and stretch forever…it makes me batty.  I’m just not wired like that.  He likes to keep drinking fluids…I’ve cut myself off because I don’t want that feeling of running and needing a restroom.  My goal?  Finish the race without using a Port a Potty!  I just want the race to start…I don’t love the long wait times…I want to get going and get in my rhythm.

What Does 2 Days Before a Race Feel Like?

Some people will say that if I’ve trained enough I shouldn’t be nervous.  I do train and I try to follow the Galloway training program as closely as I can, but life gets in the way, let’s be honest.  Some weekends you don’t get those long runs in like you wanted to.  And really, can you ever train enough?  So yes, I’m left wondering if missing a long run here or there is going to hurt me.  I’m also feeling the pressure, purely from myself, to run a personal best.  The last 2 races that I’ve run have been personal bests for me…so how can I, as an athlete, not want to do better than my time last year in this race?  It’s not enough for me to finish…I want to improve from year to year…I want to get faster and stronger, I’m putting in the time and I’m pushing myself…so I expect “me” to show “me” some results.

So that’s what 2 days before a race feels like if you’re me!  What does your 2 days before feel like?

Guest Blogger – Carrie Bryniak

carrie-bryniakI am your friendly Travel Professional with Kingdom Magic Vacations and a runner as well.  My first RunDisney Race was in 2010, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay…and since then I’ve been hooked on Disney races and others.  Some of my favorites are the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, the Turtle Krawl 5K and the USA Beach Running Championships.  If you’re a runner and you need help with travel plans for a race, don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’m here to help you and support your efforts!

Kingdom Magic Runners Look Forward to Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Kingdom Magic Runners Look Forward to Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

A week from today runners and their families will converge on Walt Disney World for the running of the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  The weekend features Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K, Kids Races, an Expo and the crowning moment…the Half Marathon that evening.  Kingdom Magic Runners will be there to take part in the race and celebrate at the after party!

In fact, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been following the Jeff Galloway program for experienced runners that want to improve their time, and let me tell you…it works.  I ran a personal best at the Tower of Terror 10 Mile race in October and am hoping for another PR in the Half coming up!  In keeping with the training program today was my last long run before the race….a 5 mile run.

My husband and I decided to run together (usually he’s a lot faster than me) and just take our time.  There’s no sense in overdoing things right before the race and risking injury.We ran at a 12 minute pace and kept up a conversation with each other.  Since my training runs and races are usually run alone because I’m at a different pace than my husband and other friends it was nice to have the companionship for this run.  Coming into race week I expect to run 2 more times before the race…one a normal maintenance run and the last run will feature some speed work to get me in the mindset for the race.

Kingdom Magic Runners Look Forward to Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Normally we are pretty healthy eaters in my household…but race week always find us concentrating even more on our fluid intake and making sure that we really are eating balanced meals.  I find myself referring to the 2 Nancy Clark books on food & running that we own…Nancy Clark’s food Guide for New Runners and Food Guide for Marathoners, this gives us some great meal ideas.

What preparations do you go through race week?  We’d love to have you share some of yours with us, it could definitely be helpful to other runners!  See you at the race!  In the meantime…happy training and don’t forget to check out our Facebook Page: Kingdom Magic Runners!

Guest Blogger – Carrie Bryniak

carrie-bryniakI am your friendly Travel Professional with Kingdom Magic Vacations and a runner as well.  My first RunDisney Race was in 2010, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay…and since then I’ve been hooked on Disney races and others.  Some of my favorites are the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, the Turtle Krawl 5K and the USA Beach Running Championships.  If you’re a runner and you need help with travel plans for a race, don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’m here to help you and support your efforts!

Singapore Is Still So Misunderstood! – Guest Blog Post

I have a friendly wager with Kingdom Magic Vacations’ Rick Howard.  Not a huge fan of Singapore’s “performance” at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival over the past few years, I think it’s fair to say that Rick doesn’t hold out much hope for their offering in 2013.  Yet, from my perspective, well, you’ve already seen me extoll Singapore’s virtues in this space a month or so back HERE.

Singapore Is Still So Misunderstood!

If you remember, my biggest wish was for Singapore to dump their, for me, unappealing Beef Rendang into the South China Sea.  Well, that they did as they introduce Lemongrass Chicken Curry with Coconut and Jasmine Rice in 2013.  I’m really looking forward to this new offering!

The chicken curry is accompanied by an encore of Seared Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice and “Singa” Sauce.  Introduced in 2012, I rated this particular plate among my Top 10 dishes last year.  By the way, the “Singa” is, more or less, a Thai-style sweet-hot sauce.

Singapores Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice

Back to the bet.  We’ll cover Scotland in more detail later, but I’m convinced that Singapore is going to “out-do” Food & Wine’s rookie kiosk from the U.K.  And, my wager with Rick rests on that happening.  Frankly, by the time the festival is over, I’m convinced that we’re ALL going to agree that Singapore did step it up in 2013 … and I’m CERTAIN that Rick will pick Singapore over Scotland any day of the week!

Singapore Is Still So Misunderstood!

Singapore’s menu finishes with a selection of beverages including:

  • Tiger Beer
  • Marqués de Caceres Satinela (a medium-sweet white wine)
  • Singapore Sling made of Hendrick’s Gin and a Cherry Liqueur and topped with a maraschino cherry)

The Sling has taken a lot of criticism in the past, and I’m not going to argue that those negative comments aren’t without merit.  After all, when I see a recipe that mixes alcohol with all of that cherry “flavoring”, I think immediately of cough syrup.

At the end of the day, however, I think Singapore’s food offering will overrule the unsavoriness of their namesake drink to raise this marketplace in all of our esteem.  I’ll give them a pre-festival grade of “B”.

It’s not too late to book your trip
to experience Epcot’s International
Food and Wine Festival!

Contact Kingdom Magic Vacations Today!

Guest Author Bob SikonGuest Author – Bob Sikon Bob Sikon is a Cast Member “Wanna-Be”. He fell in love with Walt Disney World on his first visit to Mickey’s Florida home in 1999, and it was all because of the Cast Members. In his words, “The way they take care of you, they make you want to be part of The Magic.” Someday, his dream will come true, and he’ll proudly wear a Cast Member name badge, but, for now, you can find him in Atlanta, GA, planning his next trip to “The World”, and blogging about the place “Where Dreams Come True” at

5 Reasons We Love Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

Running from September 27 through November 11, Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival opens this weekend with even more flavors to discover – it’s our favorite time of year, and here’s 5 reasons why…

1.  The Food

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Whether it’s shrimp from Australia or griddled Greek cheese with pistachios and honey, there are so many choices from the 29 marketplaces around World Showcase.   With all those booths, and each booth offering 2 to 4 food choices,  there are dozens of food options to choose from all over the world.

2.  The Beverages

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - The beverages

From wines to beers, mixed drinks, to aperitifs, the Food and Wine Festival brings us beverage options that are not only tasty and refreshing, but also an eclectic sampling of what the world has to offer.  Only during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival can we sample beverages from around the world all located in one place and many are paired with the food offers at each marketplace.

3.  The Special Events

5 Reasons We Love Epcot's Food and Wine Festival - Events

Epcot’s Food and Wine is not just about the food and beverages at the marketplaces, there are several special events that that you can attend.  Some of the events like “Party for the Senses,””Dessert Dinner Discovery,”and Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, there are several different special events to attend.  Many are free and included with your Epcot park admission, but some do require an extra fee.

4.  The Merchandise

5 Reasons We Love Epcot's Food and Wine Festival - Merchandise

The merchandise available during the Food and Wine Festival is some of the most imaginable and creative that Disney offers all year.  From bottle openers, wine toppers, Mickey Chef Ears, wine glasses, and so many other merchandise options, there something for everyone to take home with them from this amazing event.

5.  The Cast Members

5 Reasons We Love Epcot's Food and Wine Festival - Cast Members

The Walt Disney World Cast Members are always amazing, but there is something special in the air this year, that makes them even more magical.  Each booth has been challenged with keeping themselves energized and you can even hear them all over World Showcase chanting and keeping everyone laughing and having fun.  You can feel the energy all over the festival and it rubs off on you…it’s awesome.

There is still time to get down to Walt Disney World and enjoy all that Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival has to offer!

It’s not too late to book your trip to experience
Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival!

Contact Kingdom Magic Vacations Today!