Events

Food and Wine’s Parisian Breakfast: Flawless French Fare

by on October 23, 2017

A highlight of the Parisian Breakfast: sipping mimosas in the beautiful Chefs de France dining roomThis week, I want to highlight another great Epcot International Food & Wine Festival special event that you should consider booking next year (as it most definitely will return!): the Parisian Breakfast, hosted at Chefs de France. A now longtime favorite of many Food and Wine Festival goers, this breakfast features a buffet of French delights, along with specialty coffee, teas, hot chocolate, and mimosas, for $40 plus tax per person. I attended one of the Parisian Breakfast events held this year – my first time at the event – and I’m so glad I did. I balked at the $40 price tag when I booked; how would it be worth it for the cost of a nice dinner at Walt Disney World? After finishing the event, though, I can tell you, it is most certainly worth the money. Let’s take a look at the event and see why…

Logistics

First, a few details on actually getting to the meal. This event books early in the festival season, often selling out dates well in advance of the festival’s start. To book, you’ll call the same number as for other events (407-939-3378), and credit card payment is due at time of booking. Breakfast runs from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM, and it’s recommended you arrive at the park by 8:15 AM and use the breakfast reservation entrance. All guests are held at the bridge to France from International Gateway until the park opens, so ultimately, there’s no big rush if you can’t make it super early. Be warned, though: many guests at the breakfast I attended were at a near sprint when we were released to walk towards France. They clearly already knew the glorious breakfast awaiting them down the hill. (I did not.)

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Food And Wine’s Mexican Tequila Lunch: Not Your Average Upcharge

by on October 4, 2017

 

It’s likely your tasting schedule for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is already jam-packed with sampling some of the hundreds of items on sale at the booths around Future World and World Showcase, but if you’re looking for a slower-paced, more educational dining experience, look no further than the festival’s special events. Though the slate of available events changes from year to year, a few staples, including the Mexican Tequila Lunch, have stuck around the last few years, proving popular options that are both educational and entertaining.

The Mexican Tequila Lunch features excellent food, drinks, and views.

This year, I’ll be reviewing two such popular events that run throughout the festival season. First up: the Mexican Tequila Lunch, held select Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the festival season from noon to 1:30 PM at La Hacienda de San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion. Hosted by the tequila experts from La Cava del Tequila, this $85 event includes a four-course Mexican-inspired meal as well as tastings of several tequila varieties. I attended the first tequila lunch held during the 2017 festival season, and here, I’ll try to give you a sense of all the great information, food, and of course, spirits, I got to sample during the meal.

Check-in takes place just outside La Hacienda, after which Cast Members welcome guests into the restaurant with a warm greeting and an ice-cold margarita just before seating us in assigned areas of the dining room. Honestly, as soon as I sat down, I was overwhelmed at the sheer amount of liquor in front of me. I had been concerned that $85 was a bit steep for a lunch, even featuring alcohol, but upon looking at the table setup and the menu in front of me, I was very, very excited to see what the meal had in store. I sampled my welcome drink, a silky smooth, slightly sweet Tequila Avion cucumber margarita, as the remainder of the guests settled in around me, and soon, we were off to the races.

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Disney Dish Live with Jim Hill and Len Testa November 10-13

by on July 6, 2017

Disney Dish Live – November 10-13

What is the Disney Dish Podcast and Disney Dish Live? We like to think joining TouringPlans is like going to Disney College. We give you the information you should know to have a great trip, including when and where to stay, what to eat and what to pass on, and how to organize your day to do what you want with less standing in line. But when you’re ready to take that knowledge to the next level, we produce the Disney Dish podcast. If TouringPlans is the “what” of your trip, Disney Dish is the “why.” Whether he’s going over recent news about Disney parks (and Universal) or talking about park history, Jim Hill (kept mostly on topic by Len Testa) knows his stuff.

Would you like to meet the hosts and hear a podcast being recorded? Hang out at the bar, and walk around the parks with them? Ask questions or suggest topics for a new show? Then join us and our travel partner, Storybook Destinations, at Coronado Springs for Disney Dish Live November 10-13, 2017.

Schedule and details are at StorybookDestinations.com/DisneyDish.

Daisy’s Best Week Ever March 2, 2017: Flower & Garden Time

by on March 2, 2017

Hello, friends! It’s that time of year again. 🙂 I’m thrilled to be able to share with you some of the Flower & Garden Festival over at Epcot. Now, I wish I could have visited during better weather. Unfortunately, you’ll notice my photos are pretty grey. I’m just glad it didn’t rain! To get things kicked off, Here’s Figment still hanging out behind Spaceship Earth. He’s a leftover from the International Festival of the Arts, but I’ll never complain about having more Figment in the parks.

You don’t want to miss the rest of the festival, do you? Click to see more!

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Ask It: Best Special Event at Epcot

by on February 22, 2017

Best Special Event at Epcot

Last week, we presented this #AskIt —

My favorite special event at Epcot is…

Without a doubt, people are passionate about special events at Epcot. For many, it was difficult to choose just one. For others, there was one that drew large amounts of vitriol. With more than 800 votes in, here’s the results (in order from least to greatest).

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Julia’s Best Week Ever, January 26, 2017: Artsy Parksy

by on January 26, 2017

Over dinner on Friday night, it occurred to us… we haven’t been inside a Walt Disney World theme park all year. Between long work hours, visiting family, Girl Scout cookie sales, and other scheduling fun, our park time has been non-existent. Last weekend, while my husband was on call, I was watching with delight all the coverage of the Epcot Festival of the Arts. We cleared out our schedules and made our way over to Epcot to see what there was to see.

When the Festival of the Arts was first announced, I heard a lot of people talking about how it was some sort of money grab and would be a thrown-together event. The first weekend coverage was very positive, and so I went in with high hopes.

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2017 Pro Bowl Week Schedule

by on January 22, 2017

The Pro Bowl Week is a week-long celebration that unites and inspires the entire football community – players, coaches, families, and fans for a full week of activities, challenges, and true football spirit.

During Pro Bowl Week, everyone has the opportunity to participate in or watch a variety of events, including youth football clinics, the NFL Flag Championships, Pro Bowl player practices, skill challenges, sessions for coaches, the Women’s World Football Championships, and a host of other festivities with the best players of the past, present and future.

Many events are taking place at Walt Disney World, and are free to attend. Practices are free and open to the public but fans can register for priority access here. Some events require a Fan Mobile Pass (FMP). 

 

NFL Pro Bowl Practices

 

Pro Bowl Practices at ESPN Wide World of Sports are not only a chance to see NFC and AFC teams in action, but also the epicenter of a three-day football festival. Practice combined with various fan competitions and activities will be open to the public beginning Wednesday, January 25 and concludes on Saturday, January 28.

AFC Team Practice Schedule

  • Wednesday, January 25: 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Thursday, January 26: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
  • Friday, January 27: 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Saturday, January 28: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

 

NFC Team Practice Schedule

  • Wednesday, January 25: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 26: 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Friday, January 27: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
  • Saturday, January 28: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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What You Need To Know Before Going to Festival of the Arts This Weekend

by on January 19, 2017

Ok, I’ll admit it. At the first announcement, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts didn’t seem like it would be that great. Even as the menu was announced my interest in the festival remained as muted as the tones of Picasso’s dark period. Alas, on opening day my Twitter feed flooded with photos and remarks about the creativity and fun found throughout the festival. Suddenly my interest sprang to life.

In its inaugural year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is offered Fridays through Mondays January 13 – February 20, 2017. Six weeks may seem like a substantial run, but when you consider the Epcot International Food and Wine festival runs for 16 weeks this year, this seems like a mini featurette. While the Festival of the Arts is not brimming with all the frills and frivolity of the Food and Wine, and the Flower and Garden festivals, there is still a lot to enjoy and if you’re not careful you might miss some of the offerings. So, before you head out the door this weekend here’s our Epcot Art Festival Tips.

Epcot Festival of the Arts tips

 

Epcot Art Festival Tip #1: Grab the guides

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Best Food Bets at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

by on January 16, 2017

Best Bets for Food at the Epcot Festival of the Arts

This is an article on the Epcot Festival of the Arts first weekend from guest author Todd Santanello:

I am an erstwhile chef and current Disney food aficionado. I hope that my back of the house knowledge comes through in my reviews, and helps you better plan your Disney dining experience. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter @cheftodd55, or join my Facebook group Chef Todd Eats Disney.

Opening weekend at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts was full of hits and misses from the new food studios. Most of the misses were not so much in the quality or flavor of the food, but in the overall delivery of the product. Service was very awkward and clumsy at most of the kitchens. While the concept of “food as art” is wildly appealing, the actual delivery

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A Frozen Holiday Wish – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2016 + Video

by on November 15, 2016

Photo - Matt Stroshane

Photo – Matt Stroshane

For today’s TouringPlansTV, I’m bringing you with me to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Watch Elsa freeze Cinderella Castle in A Frozen Holiday Wish.

Enjoy!

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