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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever November 5, 2015: Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Liliane Opsomer

by on November 5, 2015

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Take a Best Week Ever walk around the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s Disneyland vacation with Daisy Lauren as much as I did! For this Best Week Ever, we are back in unseasonably sunny Orlando for a visit to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with one of our favorite people. There are only a couple weeks left before Epcot’s annual orgy of eating and drinking ends, but it’s not to late to share the excess with a friend. So this week, I took a walk around World Showcase with Liliane Opsomer, the co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids and the master of all things social media for The Unofficial Guides. Grab your MagicBand and a box of Zantac, and join us as we eat our way around the world!

 

When I arrived at noon, Epcot appeared quite a bit busier than you might hope a weekday in early November would be. Welcome to Jersey Week! Thanks to teachers’ conferences in New Jersey, wait times were jacked up throughout the park, with Spaceship Earth posting a 35 minute standby queue as I entered.

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

by on September 25, 2015

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Today is the first day of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With that being said, there are a few things that I wanted to update you on, if you are going to the Festival this year.

The first update is about the Chase Lounge. Once again, the Chase Lounge is back in the same location as it previously was; on the third floor of the American Adventure Pavilion. Guests can go to the Lounge to cool off, grab a beverage, re-charge your batteries (phone or personal), and simply relax. However, there are a few new things that have been added to the lounge’s amenities. Enhancements for this year include a dedicated Festival Information desk, a social media photo booth, and a station where guests can email recipes from the festival. (Yum!) In addition, periodically throughout the festival, the lounge will host animation sketch classes and will feature caricature artists for guest enjoyment. Guests will also be able to pick up wristbands for special seating for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

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FastPass+ Reservations Available for Eat To The Beat Concerts

by on August 26, 2015

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One of the popular aspects of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. These concerts take place in the America Gardens Theatre at the America Adventure Pavilion nightly during the festival and feature beloved artists such as Boyz II Men, Sugar Ray, Air Supply, Wilson Phillips, and more.

Well, for the first time ever, if there is an artist that you absolutely cannot miss, you potentially won’t have to. You see, now you can make FastPass+ reservations to ensure they will definitely see their favorites.

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Details on Chase Lounge for Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on July 27, 2015

Chase Lounge 1Chase is the official sponsor of the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which means that once again, the Chase Lounge will be returning to the American Adventure Parlor at the American Adventure Pavilion. This lounge is found on the third floor,with its entrance found between the attraction and the gift shop.

The lounge allows guests to have a seat, relax, grab a complimentary soft drink, recharge batteries, learn about exclusive perks and benefits of the Chase Visa Card and – most importantly – soak up some much needed air conditioning! (Trust me. Touring and eating around World Showcase can be extremely HOT, especially during those peak afternoon times! Just because it’s September, October, or November doesn’t mean that you won’t feel like a puddle of goo after touring around in the blazing Florida sun.)

During last year’s festival, beer and wine were also available to purchase; however, it is unclear if this will be available at this year’s festival. Also, in previous years guests could obtain preferred viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth as long as wristbands (which were distributed on a first come, first served basis) were available. No word yet on if that will be available for guests, either. I’ll make sure to keep you posted. 

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More Details about the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on July 22, 2015

The Hawai'i kiosk at Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

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Are you ready for fall? Well, if you are, details are abounding now about this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If this is your favorite time of year to visit the parks, like it is mine, you count down the days until you can start making your plans! (I’m drinking pumpkin spice tea to get me in the mood as we speak!)

Well, now, we are only just a little over two months away from opening date, which starts on September 25 and will last a total of 53 days through November 16. What makes this year even more special is it is the 20th anniversary of the event! We’ve already heard some initial details, but we now know things like Marketplace Kiosk menus, special event details, and more.

What’s New?

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2015 Eat to the Beat Concert Series Artists Announced

by on May 29, 2015

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Earlier this week, I gave you some preliminary details about the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, including information about five new artists that would be joining this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series festivities.  During this concert series, bands and solo artists perform some of their most popular songs nightly.

Well today, Disney released the full concert series schedule. In addition to the new artists (which include Tiffany, Chaka Kahn, the S.O.S. Band, Everclear and Maxi Priest), many favorites will be returning, including Air Supply, Boyz II Men, Hanson, and Dennis DeYoung.

This year’s schedule is as follows:

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A First Look at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on May 28, 2015

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Is fall your favorite time to visit Walt Disney World? It is mine! Part of the reason is the Halloween festivities, but the other part is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and this year is slated to be bigger than ever because it’s the 20th anniversary! The festival, which is famous for offering delicious small bites, tantalizing beverages, educational seminars, a concert series, signature dinners, tasting events, and celebrity chefs, will take place this year from September 25 through November 16 and will once again be sponsored by Chase.

To help celebrate the 20th year of the extremely popular event, there will be new wine tastings, rockin’ parties, and culinary experiences built around the 20-year milestone. Oh, and this year, Chef Remy from Ratatouille will invite guests to join a culinary scavenger hunt. How fun!

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2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Menus Added to TouringPlans.com

by on September 19, 2014

FoodandWinelogosmallYesterday was the soft open of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which officially began today. Because of the invaluable help of Chat moderator, Susan Weaver; friend of the site, Heather Pero; and blogger, Maddi Higgins, we’re able to bring you this year’s Food & Wine menus and pricing in plenty of time to start planning your assault on the booths.

The biggest change this year is the elimination of all larger sized beer offerings. Whereas in previous years beers were sold in 6-, 12-, and 22-oz. sizes, for 2014 you’ll only find 6-oz. pours and flights of 4 beers at 4 oz. each. Those are priced $3.50 and $9.25, respectively.

It will come as no surprise that prices have generally gone up from last year. Most of the returning items are 25-50¢ higher this year. The majority of food items are in the $3.75 to $5.75 range. Desserts are usually around $3.

Nearly every booth at least one vegetarian choice, though many times that choice is dessert only. Vegan choices are only found at Terra, which returns this year.

The Food & Wine Festival runs now through November 10. TouringPlans recommends visiting on weekdays to avoid what can be very long lines at the food kiosks.

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Menu Monday: The Best Recurring Items at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on August 18, 2014

The Hawai'i kiosk at Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

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Walt Disney World’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a wonderful thing. Do you remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer frolicked through a land made entirely of chocolate? That’s essentially the Food and Wine Festival in a nutshell, only with less cruelty-to-confectionaries and more damage to your wallet. All around the World Showcase you’ll find new kiosks set up celebrating food and drink from across the globe, with dozens of shareable sized dishes of everything you could ever hope to try available for purchase. While each year they offer a wide variety of new menu items, there are always some that are so popular they keep coming back. Here are some of the best items that will be back this year you should be reserving valuable tummy space for… and make sure to check out the official Food and Wine Festival 2014 menus for all the rest! (Food item prices range from $3.00 to $8.00 USD per.)

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New Ultimate Day VIP Tour Introduced for Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on August 15, 2014

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Disney has been introducing a lot of these special and select VIP tours frequently lately and it looks like they aren’t stopping any time soon. You see, for those who would like the ultimate day at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Disney announced that there is now a tour for that. “The Ultimate Day VIP Tour for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival” will allow you to do it all, thanks to your VIP tour guides.

The tour begins at a special VIP Lounge located at the Festival Center called the Wonder’s Retreat.  Here guests will start their day with a flute of champagne and small bites.  From there, they will get to experience popular attractions at Epcot, including Test Track, Soarin’, Spaceship Earth and The Seas with Nemo & Friends. After a brief break, guests will head back to the Wonder’s Retreat for a beverage tasting and a six-course tapas-style lunch.

Following lunch, guests will get private behind the scenes tour of the greenhouses at Living With The Land.  Guests will then head to World Showcase, where Disney Chefs will give them an introduction to the Marketplace Booths, as well as a three-course tasting.

Guests will also receive VIP seating for that evening’s Eat to the Beat concert, as well as a special reserved location for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

This tour will take place on Thursdays and Sundays, lasts for six hours, and costs $399 per person, plus tax for those ages 21 and over. (Theme park admission is required and not included in the price.) To schedule this tour, call (407) WDW-TOUR.

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