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Epcot Festival of the Arts Food Studios Menus Released

by on January 11, 2018

Epcot Festival of the Arts

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Wow! This weekend kicks off the second annual Epcot Festival of the Arts which is returning from January 12 through February 19. This festival really celebrates all things artsy and one of the key components of the Epcot Festival of the Arts is the incredible food and beverage options which can be found a the Food Studios kiosks that are located around the World Showcase promenade. Let me tell you that I am not overselling it when I say that these dishes and beverages really are serious works of art.

Today, I have the different menus of the different Food Studios, as well as the other unique dining options that will be available for Guests throughout the Festival.

 

The Deconstructed Dish (Showcase Plaza)

Delicious dishes that dazzle

Food:

  • Deconstructed Reuben with shredded corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, pickled red cabbage, and a rye curl
  • Deconstructed BLT with crispy pork belly, tomato jam, and a soft poached egg
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil

Beverages:

  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Maple Bourbon Cream, a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Maple Syrup, a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon (non-alcoholic)
  • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington
  • Pop-Artsicle: Red, White and Blue Frozen Slushy (non-alcoholic)

 

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Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable to Close at Epcot

by on January 10, 2018

Circle of Life

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Well, it’s time we say goodbye to the Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable film that is shown at The Land Pavilion in Epcot. The attraction will close after over 20 years on February 3.

The film, for those who haven’t seen it, is an edutainment offering that stars Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon, from The Lion King. The film spotlights the environmental inter-dependency of all creatures and demonstrates just how easily the ecological balance can be upset. The 20 minute show is certainly an enlightening one, although also a little be sobering too. (And the many who napped there will also miss the dark respite.)

There is no word on what exactly what will be replacing the film. For the temporary time being, it appears that the theater will be used by Disney Performing Arts  to host student workshops and performances.

New Musical Acts Announced for Epcot This Winter

by on December 21, 2017

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Epcot’s World Showcase is an authentic display of entertainment acts. Each one showcases different talents that pertain to something to do with that country. This winter, three authentic acts will take the stage, bringing great offerings.

First is Matboukha Groove. This band is a returning act that performs a unique and entertaining fusion of World Music styles. Guests will be able to catch Matboukha Groove at the Morocco stage from January 1- July 1.

Over in the Germany Pavilion, catch Groovin’ Alps. They are a high-energy German percussion band and brand new to Epcot. Groovin’ Alps brings the sounds of the mountains to Epcot with Bavarian folk tunes played on items found on a dairy farm and they will be performing from January 10 – March 27.

Finally, Bodh’aktan will be returning once again to rock out on the Canada Pavilion’s Mill Stage. Bodh’aktan mixes Quebecois, folk, and polka to make fantastic rock and dance music. They will be performing from January 12-28.

Which new act sounds most intriguing to you?

Garden Rocks Artists Announced for 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on December 21, 2017

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It may be the first day of winter, but I’m thinking about spring. Why? Because this week we learned which artists will be coming for the 2018 Garden Rocks Concert Series, part of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

The annual springtime event, the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, will run from February 28 through May 28. That’s 90 days of flowers, topiaries, food, demonstrations, seminars, and, yes, the Garden Rocks Concert Series!

The Garden Rocks Concert Series (which was formerly known as the Flower Power Concert Series) shows take place on Friday through Monday evenings at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion.

This year, many favorite performers will be returning, but there will also be quite a few new artists from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. They all are going to be ready to rock! Here is this year’s line up:

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Holidays Around The Parks: Epcot Edition

by on December 8, 2017

It’s that time of year again when theme parks roll out their holiday decorations to celebrate the season in their own magical ways. Whether you’re a fan of the mouse or the boy who lived, there is something for everyone this holiday season when it comes to décor in the parks. Today we’re going to take you on a tour through Epcot as we explore some of the elements that make Holidays Around the World one of the grandest, joyous celebrations of the holidays in Orlando.

One of the newer offerings this season is the Cookie Nook, located inside the former Odyssey building. As the name implies, you can find a wide selection of scrumptious Christmas cookies to pair with local brews that have a holiday flair to them. Having grown up in Titusville, I must recommend the Playalinda Brewing Company’s Sparkling Christmas Coffee Blonde, which emits a robust coffee flavor for a lighter beer. Holiday gifts are also available for purchase at this location.

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Artists Announced for the Disney on Broadway Concert Series

by on December 6, 2017

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

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The Epcot Festival of the Arts is a celebration of all things art. That includes visual art, culinary art, and theatrical art. Which means that during this unique festival, the park collaborates with Disney Theatrical to bring favorite music and Broadway talent who will perform at the America Gardens Theatre singing the award-winning music of Disney on Broadway, including ‪The Lion King‪, Newsies, and Aladdin. The shows will take place Fridays through Mondays from January 12 through February 19.

Here is a list of performers for the 2018 Disney on Broadway Concert Series:

January 12 to 15
Performers: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
Songs from: Tarzan, Aladdin, Newsies and Frozen

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Details about the 2018 Epcot Festival of the Arts

by on November 28, 2017

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I am super happy to see that the Epcot Festival of the Arts is returning. Debuting last year, the festival celebrates everything artistic. This includes visual arts, culinary arts, performing arts, and so much more.

The festival has been expanded for 2018, with it taking place every day this year, from January 12 through February 19. During the Epcot Festival of the Arts,  Guests will be able to see some gorgeous works of art in person. They will also be able to participate in seminars and watch the creative process live. There are multiple food booths called Food Studios located around the World Showcase promenade which features dishes that are serious works of art. Finally, through a collaboration with Disney Theatrical, favorite music and Broadway talent will perform at the America Gardens Theatre singing the award-winning music of Disney on Broadway. (Which I recently shared details about how you can now book the Disney on Broadway Dining Packages.)

Here is the rundown of what you can expect to experience at this year’s Epcot Festival of the Arts:

Featured Exhibits

There are not only Featured Exhibits that contain unique artwork, but many of the World Showcase pavilion’s artwork is also highlighted. These Featured Exhibits can be seen in the Odyssey Festival Showplace.

  • Disney’s Iconic Artists  – Study pieces that are responsible for creating so many childhood memories.
  • Disney-Inspired Original Art – Take home original artwork created by some of Disney’s most beloved artists.

Pavilion Exhibits

  • American Heritage Gallery – American Adventure: Journey through 400 years of African-American achievement.
  • Art of Disney – Future World West: Purchase work by popular Disney artists as well as Festival merchandise.
  • Bijutsu-kan Gallery – Japan: Delve into the origin and evolution of “kawaii,” Japan’s cute culture.
  • Gallery of Arts and History – Morocco – Check out the unique designs of time-honored crafts.
  • House of the Whispering Willows – China: Discover the wonders of the new Shanghai Disney Resort.
  • Mexico Folk Art Gallery – Mexico: Celebrate the traditions of Día de Muertos.
  • Stave Church Gallery – Norway: Observe art representational of the culture that influenced Disney’s Frozen.
  • Chalk Gallery – World Showcase: Watch imaginative chalk artists recreate works by famous masters.

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El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia Now Performing at Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

by on November 28, 2017

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Have you had the chance to see Coco yet? Well, to tie the film into its Mexican heritage, the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot has introduced a new musical act for a limited time.

El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia is a musical act that was inspired by the film and they will be entertaining Guests through January 6. The group gets their name courtesy of  the town of Santa Cecilia, which is featured in Coco.  El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia will perform songs from the movie including “Remember Me” and “The World Es Mi Familia.”

In addition, a new interactive exhibit and festive dioramas that showcase scenes from the film will be added to the Mexico Folk Art Gallery. Currently the gallery features an exhibit called Remember Me.

Coco is now in theaters.

Full Menus for the Epcot International Festival of Holidays

by on November 22, 2017

Epcot International Festival of Holidays

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This year, the Walt Disney World Resort has introduced a new holiday festival. Well, sort of. What was previously known as the Epcot Holidays Around the World is now known as the Epcot International Festival of Holidays. With this name change comes a few additional bonuses, one of which is brand new Holiday Kitchen Marketplace Booths where you can try holiday delights from around the world.

Here are the 12 different Holiday Kitchens and their menus:

Alsace Holiday Kitchen – France Pavilion

Food

  • Napoléon de Saumon Fumé, Brioche á l’aneth: Smoked Salmon Napoleon in a Dill Brioche
  • Le Réveillon de Noël: Turkey Breast Stuffed with Mushrooms and Chestnuts with Sweet Potato Purée
  • Bûche de Noël au Chocolat: Slice of Chocolate Chirstmas Yule Log

Beverages

  • Spiced Rum Punch Slush: Spiced Rum, Rhum Clement V.S.O.P., Orange and Pineapple Juice with Cinnamon
  • Merlot & Cabernet Blend, Château de Bechuad, Saint Emilion
  • Holiday Kir: Sparkling Wine and Monin Cranberry Syrup
  • Champagne Brut, Nicolas Feuillatte

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Choza de Margarita: Upgraded Margarita Mecca Now Open

by on November 15, 2017

The new Choza de Margarita stand at the Mexico Pavilion is located on the World Showcase Plaza side of the pavilion's central pyramidThis past Monday, the long-awaited Choza de Margarita stand outside of the Mexico pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase opened to much fanfare (and whistling… more on that in a second). Relocated from the Norway side of the pavilion’s central pyramid to the World Showcase Plaza side, this will be the new permanent home for “quick service” margaritas (as opposed to the more intimate setting of La Cava del Tequila, which has been slammed with patrons during the last few months to account for the missing stand).

Much larger in size and scope, the new Choza de Margarita stand exhibits a bit of smart, practical design on Disney’s part – the stand allows room for a line that will not impede traffic through the World Showcase promenade, and also has a good amount of room after you pick up your treats to stand or sit and enjoy them outdoors before heading off to your next destination. Another great part about the new stand? They have tons more offerings now, featuring options ranging from the traditional machine-spun frozen margaritas from before, as well as higher-end signature margaritas more akin to La Cava’s offerings (previously the stand only offered one of these a month), and even several snacks!

The frozen margaritas featured on the menu are mostly the same recipes and results as before – strawberry ($10.50), lime ($10.25), and passion fruit/mango ($10.25), or you can go for the Fiesta margarita ($10.50), a combination of all three flavors, which also comes with a lot of celebratory Cheery Cast Members make signature margaritas to orderwhistling and singing from Choza’s Cast Members. There are also a few beer options (Dos Equis Ambar, Cerveza Pacifico, and, for the Bloody Mary-style drink lovers, a Michelada).

The more interesting options come from the “Signature Margaritas” section of the menu, though. Ranging from $14-14.50 (a bit pricy, in my opinion, but in line with La Cava’s indoor pricing and quality), you can order three specialty drinks assembled to order featuring higher-end spirits and more complex flavors:

  • Acan grapefruit, featuring Tequila Casa Noble blanco, grapefruit liqueur, elderflower cordial, lemon, cardamom bitters, and ginger beer
  • Lime cucumber, featuring Tequila Avion blanco, fresh cucumber juice, orange liqueur, agave, and Tajin chili rim
  • Guava pink peppercorn, featuring Mezcal Zignum reposado, guava nectar, grapefruit liqueur, lime, Peychaud’s bitters, and pink peppercorns

The Acan Grapefruit Signature Margarita and the Lime Cucumber Signature Margarita from Choza de MargaritaOf course, I had to try out a few of the new drinks and snacks (all in the name of research, right?). First up, I sampled the Acan grapefruit, which sounded like a light option, perfect for a hot day. This margarita is on the sweeter side because of the elderflower, but the ginger beer brightens up the tequila and the floral cardamom, balanced well with the acid of the grapefruit flavors and the lemon juice. All in all, this was a very smooth sip, and perfect for those who prefer their margaritas with sweet/sour contrast.

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