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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Premium Events On Sale July 21

by on July 18, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

For those of you who enjoy participating in the great Premium Events that the Epcot Food and Wine Festival offers, you’ll be able to make your reservations beginning on July 21. Even better news is that for those of you who are Chase Visa cardholders, Annual Passholders, and Disney Vacation Club members, you’ll be able to book as early as July 19! (Though keep in mind that availability will be limited during the early booking window.)

Here are just some of the premium events that you will be able book beginning this week for this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival:

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The Polite Pig Restaurant Announced for Disney Springs

by on July 15, 2016

The restaurant hits just keep coming for Disney Springs – The Polite Pig will be joining the Town Center lineup. The Polite Pig will be brought to life by James and Julie Petrakis, who are owners of the well known Orlando area restaurant, The Ravenous Pig.

The Polite Pig will be a quick service location that serves both lunch and dinner. It will feature a variety of wood-fired, smoked, and grilled items. Specialty items will include a grilled salmon BLT, a pulled pork sandwich with an apple slaw and charred broccoli salad. Customers will order from the counter and have their food brought to them.

The Polite Pig Exterior

©The Polite Pig

 

The 5,000-square-foot eatery will be open daily, and will offer seating for about 200 guests. In addition to indoor seating, The Polite Pig will have a fantastic outdoor patio for Guests to enjoy. The Polite Pig will also feature an open kitchen. The restaurant’s bar will serve beer from local breweries, including Cask & Larder beer, as well as wine and cocktails from the tap.

The Polite Pig Interior

©The Polite Pig

According to the Orlando Sentinel, “We want to keep it pretty simple,” Julie Petrakis said. “It’s definitely something that we would have never thought of doing ourselves, but Disney approached us and wanted to have something with a local following at Disney Springs.”

The Polite Pig will be located across from the newly opened UNIQLO. It is expected to open in the spring of 2017.

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PizzeRizzo is Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on July 15, 2016

PizzeRizzo

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Have you been wondering what’s been going on with Pizza Planet since it closed a few months ago? I certainly had been. Plus, if you mixed the refurbishment news together with the news that the entire area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios had been rebranded as Muppet Courtyard, you knew something was clearly up. Now, we know what that something is. Today, Disney announced that a new Muppets-themed restaurant called PizzeRizzo will be opening this fall!

Everyone knows and loves Rizzo the Rat and what better character to own and operate a pizzeria. (? Sure…why not. I mean what do the Guests know anyway…they’re tourists.) Guests will be able to grab some pizza or a cold beverage in this two-story quick-service location which will feature both indoor and outdoor seating. Guests will be able to dine in a “cheesy” banquet room or enjoy a special booth designed just for Rizzo’s celebrity friends. You’ll also need to be on the lookout as Guests will be able to see hints of Rizzo, his extended family, and friends who’ve visited his family pizzeria over the years stashed around the restaurant.

Of course, as many know, according to Jim Hill, the Muppets were always supposed to have a themed pizzeria, however the original version was to be themed around Gonzo – The Great Gonzo’s Pandemonium Pizza Parlor. Proof that no good idea dies at Disney; it just morphs into something else.

I look forward to learning more about PizzeRizzo and sharing them with you!

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Club Villain Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on July 14, 2016

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©Disney

Looking to get spooky at Walt Disney World this fall? Club Villain is returning for select dates in September and October.

Club Villain, which takes place in the Sunset Showcase at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (located near Rock n’ Roller Coaster), is hosted by Dr. Facilier, the baddie from The Princess and the Frog. The evening features a night of dancing and dining, all while celebrating with your favorite Disney villains.

The event will feature a delightful menu inspired after The Princess and The Frog‘s New Orleans location. Dishes will include beef striploin rubbed with herbes de Provence, Voodoo sticky “pig wings” with citrus gremolata and spicy shrimp sautéed with Andouille sausage, tomato, okra and onions over creamy polenta. There will also be great chilling cocktail concoctions, plus beer and wine at the Potions Bar.

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Now Open at Disney Springs

by on July 12, 2016

Chef Art Smith's Homecoming

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming is now open in the Town Center section of Disney Springs. The restaurant which overlooks The Springs, features Southern classic dishes for Guests to enjoy.

Menu items for Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming include Art’s Fabulous Fried Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, Fried Catfish, Momma’s Mac and Cheese, Sweet Collards, Addie Mae’s Chicken & Dumpling soup, the Tarpon Springs Greek Salad, Church Lady Deviled Eggs, Anna Maria Fish Dip, Chocolate Pecan Pie, and Shine Cake. Full menu offerings for this great new table service location can be found here. The restaurant also features a grab-and-go offerings including fried chicken and chopped pork sandwiches.

The interior features plenty of Florida touches, including the cocktail bar and two large tables which were crafted from reclaimed Florida camphor and eucalyptus. There’s also Florida cypress through the interior. Even the zinc tabletops were made in the Sunshine State. Artwork also includes over-sized murals by a local artist.

The great thing is that Chef Art Smith is literally coming home with this new restaurant. He is a native of Jasper, Florida, as well as a former cast member in the Disney College Program.

For those looking to make reservations at Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming, you will be able to do so beginning July 15th for seatings beginning August 15th. Walk ups will be taken prior to August 15.

Homecoming is open Sunday through Thursday until midnight and Friday and Saturday until 1:00 a.m.

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Disney Early Morning Magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on July 12, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

Recently, Disney introduced the idea of Early Morning Magic at the Magic Kingdom. Well it seems that the concept was a good idea, so they are now rolling the idea over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This special event allows Guests to enter the theme park early in the morning before the park opens officially for Guests for the day and allows for the ability to ride attractions that commonly have long waits, as well as enjoy a great in-park breakfast.

During the event, Guests are able to experience Toy Story Mania!, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and meet favorite characters such as Buzz and Woody at Pixar Place, Mickey and Minnie at Red Carpet Dreams, and Olaf at the Celebrity Spotlight.

Plus, in addition to getting in some some early morning fun, Guests will also be able to enjoy a fantastic breakfast at ABC Commissary. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Menu items will include:

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival International Marketplace Menus Released

by on July 12, 2016

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

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The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is going to be here before we know it. Information about this year’s events has been coming out lately, what with the announcement of the performers for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series yesterday. But today, I have information about the International Marketplace menus for this year’s event!  (Which let’s be honest…is one of the best parts of the festival. There’s nothing like getting to walk around the World Showcase promenade sampling delicious food and beverages!) Standby favorites will be returning like cheddar cheese soup from Canada and the Kalua Pork Slider from Hawaii, and new dishes, like loaded Greek “nachos” from the Greece Booth, will be delighting palates.

So, let the planning process begin. I’ve got my list started! Here’s what you can expect to experience this year at the Marketplaces for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival:

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Eat to the Beat Concert Series Artists Announced for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2016

by on July 11, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

Details are slowly, but surely coming in about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival and today, we have the full concert line up for the fantastic Eat to the Beat Concert Series. During this concert series, bands and solo artists perform some of their most popular songs nightly.

In addition to the new artists for this year (which include artists like Wang Chung, Plain White T’s, Jeffrey Osborne, and Toad the Wet Sprocket), many favorites will be returning, including Air Supply, Boyz II Men, Sugar Ray, Hanson, and Dennis DeYoung.

This year’s schedule is as follows:

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Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party Has New Location

by on July 8, 2016

Star Wars Launch Bay - Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

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Are you planning on attending The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party? Well beginning July 10, the dessert party will be taking place at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Guests participating in the dessert party will check in at the Star Wars Launch Bay entrance. From there, they will be able to take part in photo opportunities, see the exhibits inside the Launch Bay, as well as take part in the character meet and greets. During the dessert party, Guests will get to enjoy Star Wars-themed desserts, like the R2-D2 and Darth Vader cupcakes, flatbreads, and dips. Guests will also receive a souvenir Chewbacca stein.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Star Wars Launch Bay will remain open to all day Guests, however, dessert party Guests will be given a wristband and will have reserved space at the base of the Cantina steps.

Once Guests have enjoyed their dessert party treats, they will be escorted from the Star Wars Launch Bay to the VIP viewing area for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show.

The dessert party costs $69.00 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $39.00 for children (ages 3-9).

The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party can be booked now by calling 407-939-3464.

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New Entertainment Act for Morocco Pavilion – Musique Aramenco

by on July 8, 2016

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©Disney

Another new entertainment act is now gracing the stage at the Morocco Pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot.

Musique Aramenco will perform with a fusion of traditional and popular dance music from the Southern Mediterranean and Northern African areas. The show will include the darbuka drum, violins, and a belly dancer.

Musique Aramenco appears five days a week and will perform on the Moroccan stage for a limited time.

 

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