We are officially at 2 months before the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins! This year, Disney has announced that there are quite a few new events, as well as a few minor tweaks, that are occurring in this year’s Special Events calender.

First off, and something that we mentioned earlier, is that there will be a new Marketplace VIP Access Chef Tour. This special tour will take place every Wednesday during the Festival starting at 10:30 am. During the tour, tastes will be selected from different marketplaces along the promenade and guests will get to hear stories from the chefs themselves. Guests will also be able to try five different dishes and five different beverages (beer, wine, and cocktails). This tour will last 2 hours and cost $90 per person, plus tax. (Park admission is required.)

Another new offering is the Italian Regional Food and Wine Luncheon. This event is scheduled to take place at the new Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar located in the Italy Pavilion. During this event, different wines will be pared with authentic dishes. The tour will take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the Festival and will start at 12:00 pm and will last until 2:00 pm. The cost is $75 per person, plus tax.  (Gratuity is included, park admission is required.)   This event seems to be a replacement for the French Regional Lunch that has been offered in the past.

Also taking place in the Italy Pavilion will be the White Truffle Lunch which will take place on November 4th at Tutto Italia.

As for this year, during the ever popular Party for the Senses, there will now be three tiers that guests can take part in. Party For The Senses dates are October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, and November 3rd.

  • General Admission ($145 plus tax, gratuity included, park admission required)
  • New! A Reserved Table on the main floor ($170 plus tax, gratuity included, park admission required)
  • A reserved table in the premium Wine View Lounge ($270 plus tax, gratuity included, park admission required)

The reserved seating options both offer a specialty cocktail and early admission at 7:15 pm.


Bookings for all the Special Events during the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will take place on August 14th at 7:00 am. To schedule your event, call (407) WDW-FEST.



  1. Does anyone know if the samples at the countries will be included as snacks (in the meal plan) as they have in years past?

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