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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

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Food Choices

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!

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5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot’s International Food And Wine Festival

Epcot’s premier food and wine event happens once a year from September 29 – November 11 and is one of our favorite events at Walt Disney World.  It can also be a little overwhelming.

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

With 29 booths of food and beverages from all over the world, plus Epcot itself, it can be hard to know how to even start enjoying the festivities.  Here are 5 simple tips to help you get the most out of this year’s festival:

1.   Take Your Time and Enjoy – Resign yourself to the fact that you cannot see and taste everything in one day.  It’s just not possible, nor would it be very enjoyable.  We suggest that you SLOW DOWN and take it in leisurely.  Start off at the Festival Welcome Center,  the cast members there will be able to give you all the information that you need and help you get acclimated and it is a great way to start your day!

2.  Stay On Budget – With so many opportunities to try new tastes from all over the world, it is easy to forget how much you spend from marketplace to marketplace.  And believe us, the worst thing is getting home from vacation and getting a seriously high credit card bill!  One of the things Disney does to help is the Food and Wine Festival gift card that you can wear on your wrist.  It’s small and is a GREAT way to budget how much money you spend at the festival.  You can load it up at any of the stores at Epcot, and after each purchase you can see how much is left on the card and you can stay on budget.

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

3.  Drink Lots of Water – It may be cooler in many parts of the United States, but in Florida, it’s still pretty hot, and after you’ve walked around the park all day and start to eat and drink your way around World Showcase, you may find that you no longer feel well.  Drinking lots of water can help keep you hydrated and also protect you from any unnecessary visits to the First Aid station.

4.  Share – The food and beverage items at the Festival are not meant to be meals in themselves, but samples of tastes from around the world.  It’s a good idea to share the food items you get to maximize the different flavors you can try as well and stretch your dollar…both will help you have a much more enjoyable Food and Wine experience!

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

5.  Call a Cab or Use Disney Transportation – Let’s be honest, sometimes we overdo it.  And if you enjoy a few too many adult beverages during the festival, driving is the one thing you DO NOT want to do at Disney.  It’s not safe for you, for guests, and you may create the type of memories you do not want to have at Walt Disney World.

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

Disney Transportation is always available if you are staying on property, but if you are off property, the best advice is to call a cab.  Using a cab FROM your resort also means that you don’t have to worry about your car at the end of the night.  We want you to have a great time and enjoy yourself, but we also want to keep you safe!

Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival can be a little overwhelming, but using these tips and a little common sense will help you have a great time, make some incredible memories, hopefully make you want to come back next year!

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Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival!
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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a Perfect Match with Food and Beverage

This year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival elevates the “farm to table” trend to new heights, with Festival Farms around each Garden Marketplace to show how the plants grow that are part of the delicious food and beverages served daily at the festival through May 19 at Epcot..

This fun video highlights the synergy between the garden and kitchen teams, and gives a little insight into the connections. We can’t wait for a taste of tomato wine with shrimp and grits, or the Florida watermelon salad with arugula!

‘Great Irish Hooley’ Festival Rocks Labor Day Weekend at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney

Never heard of a “Hooley?” Then it ‘s time to step up and experience Central Florida’s first Great Irish Hooley August 31-Sept. 3 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney Pleasure Island a the Walt Disney World Resort.

The hooley – Irish slang for a party or celebration -will pack Labor Day weekend at Raglan Road with six top Irish bands playing traditional and rock tunes, Irish Dance Workshops for the whole family, structured set dancing called the Ceili (kay-lee) that’s a precursor to today’s country line dancing, Celtic face painting and authentic food and beverages. Musicians will perform inside the pub and outside on the patio.

Celebrating their successful debut album, Full Set plays the festival Friday through Monday to begin a U.S. tour that includes the Milwaukee Irish Fest. Elevation, the popular U2 Tribute band, plays sets on Saturday and Sunday. Other great bands on tap are The Raglan Rogues, Danny Burns, Johnny “Snaggs” Norton and house band Creel. The six-member, award-winning Raglan Road Irish Dancers perform throughout the weekend. And renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast will lead Irish Dance Workshops from Saturday through Monday.

Throughout the hooley, guests can belly up to one of Raglan Road’s 130-year-old imported-from-Ireland bars or grab a table for authentic fare by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon.

The Great Irish Hooley schedule of entertainment and events is right here:

 

AMC Dine-In Theatres Open at Walt Disney World

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AMC Dine-In Theatres
A New In-Theatre Dining Experience with a Menu of Choices
Opened May 16th at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

AMC Theatres® (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announced that guests will be able to watch the latest movies while enjoying their favorite food and beverages at AMC Downtown Disney 24 located in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort. AMC Dine-In Theatres, the only theatre of its kind in the Orlando area, is officially open and combines restaurant cuisine and cocktails with AMC’s noted immersive movie theatre experience and hit movies. 

“We are excited to present AMC Downtown Disney as another one of our flagship AMC Dine-In Theatres,” said Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president, AMC. “Since the launch of this concept, we’ve received tremendous feedback from our guests about the enhanced experience and variety of food and beverage options. More than 90 percent of our surveyed guests who attended a Dine-In location said it met or exceeded their expectations.”

AMC Dine-In Theatres offers a meal-and-a-movie option and a bar and lounge.

Dine-In Theatres (six auditoriums at AMC Downtown Disney):

  • Casual, in-theatre dining
  • Upgraded, comfortable reserved seating
  • Table-top dining
  • Seat-side service and a personal call button that discreetly alerts a server
  • An extensive menu including a wide array of entrees such as an enticing selection of quesadillas, burgers, flatbread pizzas, grilled sandwiches, house specialties, as well as appetizers and deserts
  • A wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks, beer and wine
  • Fork & Screen guests must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
MacGuffins® Bar & Lounge:
  • A full-service bar and lounge area inside AMC Downtown Disney 24
  • The perfect place to hang out with friends before the show or discuss the movie after it ends
  • Named after a term coined by famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock
  • Features a variety of beer, wine, cocktails and the full Dine-In Theatre menu, including appetizers and desserts
  • MacGuffins Bar & Lounge guests must be at least 18 years old; minors accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least 21) are welcome
AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Downtown Disney 24 pricing:
  • Ticket prices range from $6-13, depending on day of week and showtime, for the Dine-in Theatre experience.
  • Menu items start at $6.59-8.99 for appetizers and adult entrees range from $8.59-11.99.
AMC Downtown Disney 24 also offers 18 traditional auditoriums featuring stadium seating, the innovative Marketplace concession area and an ETX auditorium. ETX includes a 20-percent larger screen, 3D technology, digital projection and an upgraded sound system. Specifically, the digital projection system produces images at a higher resolution than HD and there are nearly twice as many audio channels compared to typical auditoriums.
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