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Walt Disney World Skyliner

Previously I shared that the new Disney Skyliner gondola system will be operating at the Walt Disney World Resort in the coming year. We now know that it will begin service in the fall of 2019.

The Disney Skyliner will offer a new way to experience Walt Disney World Resort with unique views only available from the sky.

Disney’s new Skyliner system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels-

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Disney’s Riviera Resort.

By Darren Wittko


Epcot Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Update

Details on the innovative new ride system planned for a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired attraction to life at Epcot.

Details on the innovative new ride system planned for a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired attraction to life at Epcot.

Details emerge on the new coaster coming to Epcot:

  • The ride system and ride vehicles will be unlike anything Disney has created before.

  • This Guardians of the Galaxy ride will be rich in storytelling. Guests will be fully immersed throughout the experience.

  • Each ride vehicle will be programmed to direct your eye to the story happening around you.

  • The attraction will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters ever built.

  • The coaster will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

By Darren Wittko

DISNEY: EPCOT'S ILLUMINATIONS COMING TO AN END

Illuminations Reflections of Earth will end in 2019.

Illuminations Reflections of Earth will end in 2019.

The fireworks and laser show that has entertained guests at Epcot for decades is coming to end sometime in the second half of 2019, according to Walt Disney World Resort. Details are limited on the replacement but some rumors suggest that it will involve drones while others suggest it will utilize technology similar to that of World of Color at Disney’s California Adventure.

The closing of Illuminations Reflections of Earth has been anticipated as work could be seen going on in the lagoon area where the show takes place.

"... We’ve got big plans for our multi-year transformation of Epcot, with new experiences that will ‘Wow!’ guests while keeping true to the original vision of the park,” the Disney said.

Epcot is getting even more attractions including a Ratatouille ride in the France Pavilion, opening in 2021. Construction of a Guardians of the Galaxy themed roller coaster is underway near the former Universe of Energy Pavilion and that too is scheduled to open in 2021. Plus, Disney is building the Skyliner, a new gondola transportation system that will bring guests from several resort hotels to Epcot and Hollywoods Studios.

What are your thoughts on the closing of Illuminations? Sad to see it go or looking forward to something new?

Darren W. specializes in Walt Disney World Resort travel.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: EPCOT FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 2018

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It’s that time of year – the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is almost here! With delicious dishes and unique beverages influenced by cultures from around the world, this year Epcot has more offerings than ever.

The festival starts on Aug. 30, 2018 and runs through Nov. 12, 2018. Here's a look at the menus for each of the Global Marketplaces located throughout the park.

In addition to the marketplaces, there are a variety of special culinary experiences available, including pairing seminars, culinary demonstrations, and more! For more information or to make reservations for please call (407) WDW-DINE (407 939-3463) or visit the Walt Disney World Resort website.

Here's a look at the Foodie Guide to the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

V indicates Vegetarian items
GF indicates “Gluten/Wheat Friendly” items
KA indicates Kid-Approved

Thailand (located near the Mexico pavilion)
FOOD

  • Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables (KA)
  • Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake with Cold Noodle Salad
  • Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice

BEVERAGE

  • Singha Lager
  • Maison Willm Gewürztraminer, Alsace

Australia (located near Refreshment Port)
FOOD

  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas (GF)
  • Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies (GF)
  • Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut (V)

BEVERAGE

  • Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
  • Hope Estate “Wollombi Brook” Semillon, Hunter Valley
  • Franklin Tate Estates Chardonnay, Margaret River
  • Yangarra Shiraz, McLaren Vale
  • Wine Flight also available

Hawai’i (located in Showcase Plaza)
FOOD

  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise (KA)
  • Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers, and Wasabi Cream
  • Teriyaki-glazed Spam Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (V)

BEVERAGE

  • Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Mai Tai with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Dole Pineapple Juice

Islands of the Caribbean (located in Showcase Plaza)
FOOD

  • Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aïoli (KA)
  • Jerk Spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt
  • Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (V) (KA)

BEVERAGE

  • Red Stripe Lager
  • Caribbean White Sangria
  • Frozen Mojito

Greece (located near the Mexico pavilion)
FOOD

  • Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki (V) (KA)
  • Taste of Greece: Chicken Souvlaki, Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita, and Lamb Sausage with a Dill Tomato Ragu
  • Spanakopita: Greek Spinach Pie (V)
  • Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon (V) (KA)

BEVERAGE

  • Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, Peloponnese
  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko, Santorini
  • Argyros Atlantis Red Blend, Santorini
  • Wine Flight also available

Craft Drafts (located in the Festival Center)
BEVERAGE

  • Central 28 Beer Company Waff-Ale, DeBary, FL
  • Bold City Brewing 1901 Roasted Red Ale, Jacksonville, F
  • Florida Beer Company Passport Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • First Magnitude Brewing Co. Lemongrass Saison, Gainesville, FL
  • JDub’s Brewing Company Honeydew Melon Kölsch, Sarasota, FL
  • Shipyard Brewing Company Monkey Fist IPA, Clearwater, FL
  • Beer Flights also available

India (located between the China and Germany pavilions)
FOOD

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V) (KA)
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Basmati Rice (V) (GF)
  • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews, and Warm Naan Bread

BEVERAGE

  • Mango Lassi (Non-Alcoholic) (KA)
  • Godfather Lager
  • Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
  • Sula Shiraz, Nashik
  • Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Indian Cream Liqueur

Germany (located in the Germany pavilion)
FOOD

  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese (KA)
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll (KA)
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (V) (KA)

BEVERAGE

  • Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
  • Carl Graff Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Mosel
  • J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel
  • Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken, Mosel
  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir, Pfalz
  • Riesling Flight also available

Brewer’s Collection (located between the China and Germany pavilions)
BEVERAGE

  • Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
  • Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrüb
  • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer
  • Beer Flight also available

Spain (located between the Germany and Italy pavilions)
FOOD

  • Charcuterie in a Cone with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette
  • Spanish-style Paella with Chorizo and Roasted Chicken
  • Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, and Smoked Paprika (GF)

BEVERAGE

  • Lagar de Bouza Albariño, Rías Baixas
  • Casa Castillo Monastrell, Jumilla
  • Espelt Garnacha Old Vines, Catalonia
  • Wine Flight also available

Africa (located in The Outpost between the China and Germany pavilions)
FOOD

  • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, and Pap (GF)
  • Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and Quinoa (V)

BEVERAGE

  • Cederberg Chenin Blanc
  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
  • Groot Constantia Pinotage
  • Wine Flight also available

Hops & Barley (located in The American Adventure)
FOOD

    • New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll
    • New Brunswick Slider: Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled Vegetables on the side
    • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (V) (KA)

BEVERAGE

  • North Coast Brewing Co. Blue Star Wheat, Fort Bragg, CA
  • 3 Daughters Brewing A Wake Coffee Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Heavy Seas AmeriCannon IPA, Baltimore, MD
  • Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider, Walden, NY
  • Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
  • Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
  • Beer Flight also available

Belgium (located between the France and Morocco pavilions)
FOOD

  • Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)

BEVERAGE

  • Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale
  • St. Bernardus Witbier
  • St. Bernardus Abt 12
  • Stella Artois Hard Cidre
  • Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Beer Flight also available

Brazil (located between the France and Morocco pavilions)
FOOD

  • Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp and White Fish with Coconut-lime Sauce and Steamed Rice
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions (GF)
  • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (GF) (V) (KA)

BEVERAGE

  • M.I.A. Beer Company Barbossa Black Beer, Doral, FL
  • Casa Valduga Brut Rosé
  • Quinta do Crasto Duoro Red
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

New Zealand (located near Refreshment Port)
FOOD

  • Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
  • Seared Venison Sausage with Kumara Purée and Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce

BEVERAGE

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
  • Antmoore Wineworks MOKOblack Pinot Noir, Marlborough
  • Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Ireland (located in the United Kingdom pavilion)
FOOD

  • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
  • Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread (V)
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

BEVERAGE

  • Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
  • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
  • Guinness Baileys Shake

Canada (located in the Canada pavilion)
FOOD

  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (GF)

BEVERAGE

  • Moosehead Radler: Lager infused with Grapefruit, Grape and Lemon Juices, New Brunswick
  • Château Des Charmes Equuleus Red Blend, St. David’s Bench
  • Château Des Charmes Vidal Icewine, Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Almond Orchard hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® (located in Showcase Plaza)
FOOD

  • Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Pulled Chicken, Toasted Blue Diamond Almonds and Parmesan Cheese served with Nut Thins Crackers
  • Fire-roasted Tomato Hummus topped with Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Roasted Almonds and served with Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins Multi-seeds Crackers
  • Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Chocolate Almond Streusel (V)(KA)

BEVERAGE

  • Almond Breeze Strawberry Smoothie (Non-Alcoholic) (KA)
  • Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne
  • Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne
  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rosé Champagne

The Cheese Studio hosted by Boursin Cheese® (located in Future World West)
FOOD

  • Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce (KA)
  • Cheese Trio: Profiterole topped with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange Apricot Jam; Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning; Strawberry Macaron with Boursin Pepper Cheese
  • Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake with Maple Bourbon Cream, Caramel, and Pecan Crunch (V)

BEVERAGE

  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Blueberry Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey
  • Domaine Saint André de Figuière Rosé, Côtes de Provence
  • Alta Vista Estate Malbec, Mendoza

Flavors from Fire (located in Future World West)
FOOD

  • Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds (KA)
  • Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions, and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso Romano and American Grana Cheeses
  • Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli
  • Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, and Mango

BEVERAGE

  • Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter
  • Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Lodi
  • Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon

The Chocolate Studio (located in Future World West)
FOOD

  • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (GF) (KA)
  • Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream (V)

BEVERAGE

  • Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea and Chocolate Shake (non-alcoholic) (KF)
  • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont
  • Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
  • Croft 10 Year Tawny
  • Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka

The Wine & Dine Studio (located in Future World West)
FOOD

  • Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese, and Pumpkin Seeds (V) (KA)
  • Trio of Artisan Cheese featuring La Bottega di BelGioioso Cheeses (V)
    • Crescenza-Stracchino
    • CreamyGorg Gorgonzola Dolce
    • Artigiano Vino Rosso
  • Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese
    • Trio of Artisan Cheese paired with Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Reata Chardonnay and Spellbound Petite Sirah

BEVERAGE

  • Reata Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
  • Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon
  • Spellbound Petite Sirah, California

Earth Eats (located in Future World West)
FOOD

  • The Steakhouse Blended Burger: Blended Beef and Wild Mushroom Slider with Brie Cheese
  • Fondue, Arugula, Truffle and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche Bun
  • The Impossible Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun (V)

Active Eats (located in Future World West)
FOOD

  • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions (KA)
  • Spice-crusted Verlasso Salmon with Warm Lentil Power Salad, Crushed Avocado, and Sherry Vinegar (GF)
  • Active Eats Energy Bar Bites: A mixture of Chocolate, Nuts, Dried Fruit and Dates (V) (KA)

BEVERAGE

  • M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Pineapple Coconut Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
  • L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines, Columbia Valley, WA
  • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR

Coastal Eats (located in Future World West)
FOOD

  • Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado-lemongrass Cream
  • Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
  • Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-chipotle Butter Sauce

BEVERAGE

  • A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris, Oregon
  • ROCO Gravel Road Pinot Noir, Oregon

Light Lab (located in Future World West)
BEVERAGE

  • Phosphorescent Phreeze (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • InfraRED (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • UltraVIOLET (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls
  • Original Sin Dry Rosé Hard Cider, New York, NY Cider
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Blueberry Peppercorn Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL Cider
  • Ciderboys Zen Berry Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI Cider
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Red Cherry Tart, Titusville, FL
  • GrassLands Brewing Company Green Kiwi Blonde, Tallahassee, FL
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Blue-berry Golden Ale, Doral, FL
  • Flights also available

Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar (located in the Festival Center)
FOOD

  • Chocolate Croissant: Flaky Croissant stuffed with Chocolate
  • Almond Croissant: Flaky Croissant topped with Toasted Almonds
  • Jumbo Blueberry Muffin with Streusel Topping
  • Cheese Danish with Sweet Icing

BEVERAGE

  • Frozen Apple Pie (non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Pomegranate, Orange and Grapefruit Juices
  • Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
  • Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice
  • Madras Mimosa with Cranberry Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice
  • Frozen Mimosa featuring White Claw Natural Lime Hard Seltzer
  • Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee

The Festival Center Wine Shop (Disney Family of Wines) (located in the Festival Center)
FOOD

  • Charcuterie Plate: Chefs Selection of Artisanal Meats and Accompaniments
  • La Bottega di BelGioioso Cheese Plate: Crescenza-Stracchino, CreamyGorg Gorgonzola Dolce, and Artigiano Vino Rosso Cheeses
  • Bloody Mary Seafood Cocktail: Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Olive Salad and Crisp Lettuce in a Bloody Mary Vinaigrette

BEVERAGE

  • Fess Parker Riesling, Santa Barbara County
  • MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley
  • Silverado Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
  • Silverado Vineyards Chardonnay, Carneros
  • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines “Goldie” Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills
  • MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
  • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines “Birdie” Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
  • Skywalker Vineyards Sommita Pinot Noir, Marin County
  • Silverado Vineyards Fantasia Sangiovese Blend, Napa Valley
  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley
  • Fess Parker Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah, Santa Barbara County
  • Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • White Wine Flight
  • Pinot Noir Flight
  • Red Wine Flight

The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company) (located in the Festival Center)
BEVERAGE

  • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont
  • Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate (Non-Alcoholic)

Refreshment Outpost (located between the China and Germany pavilions)
FOOD

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Kimchi and Mustard Sauce

BEVERAGE

  • Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky & Frozen Coke

Refreshment Port (located near the Canada pavilion)
FOOD

  • Beef Brisket Poutine: French Fries with Beef Brisket, Beer Cheese Sauce, and Poutine Gravy topped with Crispy Onions
  • Sweet Potato Poutine: Sweet Potato Fries with Caramel Sauce, Mini Marshmallows, and Pecans (V)
  • Pineapple Soft-Serve Ice Cream (V) (KA)

BEVERAGE

  • Pineapple Soft-Serve Ice Cream with Bacardi Coconut Rum
  • Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum

Taste Track (located near Test Track)
FOOD

  • Croissant Doughnut tossed in Cinnamon Sugar (KA)
  • Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate and Marshmallows (KA)
  • Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream (KA)
  • Croissant Doughnut with Sprinkles (KA)
  • Gelato (Chocolate, Hazelnut, White Chocolate Raspberry or Vanilla Bean)

BEVERAGE

  • Pancake Milkshake (KA)

Block & Hans (located in The American Adventure)
BEVERAGE

  • Dogfish Head Brewery 60 Minute IPA, Milton, DE
  • Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
  • Full Sail Brewing Co. Blood Orange Wheat, Hood River, OR
  • Karbach Brewing Co. Love Street Kölsch Style Blonde, Houston, TX
  • Big Top Brewing Company Hawaiian Lion Coconut and Coffee Porter, Sarasota, FL
  • Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington, KY

Fife & Drum (located in the American Adventure)
BEVERAGE

  • Hanson Brothers Beer Company Mmmhops Pale Ale, Tulsa, OK

Japan (located in the Japan pavilion)
FOOD

  • Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables, and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce (KA)
  • Beef Nigiri topped with Shrimp Sauce and Diced Pickled Jalapeños (GF)
  • Spicy Roll: Tuna and Salmon topped with Volcano Sauce

BEVERAGE

  • Kirin Ichiban Lager
  • Ozeki Rai Sake
  • Fuji Apple Cocktail: Sake, Peach Schnapps, and Green Apple Syrup

Morocco (located in the Morocco pavilion)
FOOD

  • Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket (KA)
  • Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce (V)
  • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce

BEVERAGE

  • Casa Pale Lager
  • Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
  • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur
  • Red Organic Sangria

Mexico (located in the Mexico pavilion)
FOOD

  • Short Rib Tostada: Corn Tortilla topped with Short Ribs, Black Beans, Salsa Verde, and Spring Onion
  • Shrimp Quesadilla: Corn Tortilla with Shrimp and Oaxaca Cheese and topped with Spicy Guajillo Sauce and Sesame Seeds
  • Coconut Rice Pudding served with Mango Coulis (GF) (V)

BEVERAGE

  • Cerveza Por Favor: Dos Equis Draft Beer with a hint of Almond
  • Mariachi Loco: Margarita with Libelula Tequila Joven, Mango Purée and Chamoy
  • Ay Caramba: Smoky Margarita with Gracias A Dios Mezcal, Lime Juice and Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
  • La Chancla: Red Wine Sangria mixed with Fruit Juice
  • El Padrino: Blackberry Mexican Punch with Velo Blanco Tequila

China (located in the China pavilion)
FOOD

  • Xi’an Pancake with Beef
  • Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw (KA)
  • Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles

BEVERAGE

  • Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (non-alcoholic)
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
  • Happy Peach: Peach Liqueur and Dark Rum
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec
  • Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
  • Honeydew Bai Jiu Cocktail: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit and Honeydew Syrup

France (located in the France pavilion)
FOOD

  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
  • Carbonade de Boeuf, Purée de Pommes de Terre: Beer-braised Beef with Bacon, Onion and Mashed Potatoes
  • Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with House-made Raspberry Jam (V) (GF) (KA)

BEVERAGE

  • La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice
  • Chardonnay, Le Vieux Manoir
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Village la Tourelle, Bordeaux
  • St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
    Kronenbourg 1664 Pale Lager

Italy (located in the Italy pavilion)
FOOD

  • Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimp, Zucchini, and Sweet Potatoes with a Spicy Sauce
  • Pollo Alla Cacciatora: Braised Chicken Thigh, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Parmesan Polenta
  • Mezzi Rigatoni: Vodka Sauce, Crispy Pancetta, and Parmesan Cheese (KA)
  • Cannoli: Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit (KA)

BEVERAGE

  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt
  • Placido Pinot Grigio
  • Placido Chianti
  • Villa Sandi Prosecco
  • Montegrande Corbinello Spumante Dolce
  • Fior d’Arancio Montegrande Moscato
  • Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila

Funnel Cake Stand (located in The American Adventure)

  • Maple Bacon Funnel Cake topped with Candied Bacon (KA)

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • The American Adventure: Fire and Ice: Frozen Lemon with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Canada: Riviera Sunrise: Frozen Orange Pineapple with Grand Mariner
  • Showcase Plaza: Wild Goose: Frozen Wild Berry Acai with Grey Goose Vodka
  • Future World East: Fast Lane: Frozen Cappuccino with Brown Jug Bourbon Cream

For special resort hotel offers during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, check out the Offers Page

EPCOT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ENTERTAINMENT

2018 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival Entertainment

2018 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival Entertainment

This year, the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival covers 75 days, from Aug. 30-Nov. 12, 2018, and the Disney Parks Live Entertainment team is hard at work on the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. This year the America Gardens Theater will be hosting nine new acts including 98 Degrees, MercyMe, Vertical Horizon, Glass Tiger, Sheila E. and Jim Belushi & the Sacred Hearts.

In Future World, the all-new Disney Du Jour Dance Party electrifies the Fountain View Stage on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the Festival, with great music and interactive dances and activities for kids of all ages. And every Disney Du Jour Dance Party is highlighted by a special concert appearance by an up-and-coming artist from Radio Disney.

For opening weekend, the Disney Du Jour Dance Party will feature Hollywood Records’ recording artist, IRL. The band just wrapped the first leg of the American Idol 2018 tour and will embark on their own headline tour, starting Sept. 9, 2018. You can catch IRL’s performance at Epcot Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2018.

The Disney Du Jour Dance Party is one of several new family-friendly offerings at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Kids can explore a new playground in Future World, participate in the Junior Chef Kitchen (Sundays in the Festival Center) and try their hand at rolling sweet sushi treats at Sunshine Seasons with Candy Sushi.

A separately ticketed event, Party for the Senses 2018, runs on select Saturdays and pays tribute to the sensory arts with a night filled with incredible food and entertainment. This year, each Party for the Senses is headlined by a performance from the incomparable Femmes of Rock. The Femmes of Rock have wowed audiences worldwide with high-energy shows, featuring classic rock hits played on electric violins.

Check the Offers Page for ways to save money on Walt Disney World Resort hotels and theme park tickets. 

By Darren W.

Holiday Happenings at Walt Disney World Resort 2018

Holiday Events at Walt Disney World 2018

Holiday Events at Walt Disney World 2018

I'm calling it, “Joy Through the World” at Walt Disney World this holiday season because there are so many holiday activities and events being offered throughout the resort. 

This holiday season, you can experience a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, featuring Sunset Seasons Greetings; Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!; and special seasonal cheer in the new Toy Story Land.

Head over to Epcot for the International Festival of the Holidays including the Candlelight Processional.  

Have festive fun with Mickey and the gang during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Plus if you're still looking for a hotel offer, view special offers on Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms during this holiday season. 

Darren specializes in Walt Disney World Resort

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages on Sale July 11

Epcot Candlelight Processional Dates 2018

Epcot Candlelight Processional Dates 2018

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages go on sale Wednesday July 11, 2018.

Here is the lineup of celebrity hosts so far. More names should be announced shortly

  • 11/22 – 11/23 – Chita Rivera
  • 11/24 – 12/2 – TBD
  • 12/3 – 12/6 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/7 – 12/9 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/10 – 12/12 – TBD
  • 12/13 – 12/14 – Blair Underwood
  • 12/15 – 12/17 – Gary Sinise
  • 12/18 – 12/20 – Pat Sajak
  • 12/21 – 12/23 – TBD
  • 12/24 – 12/25 – Edward James Olmos
  • 12/26 – 12/27 – Jodi Benson
  • 12/28 – 12/30 – TBD

Lunch and dinner packages are available at some favorite Epcot restaurants like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway pavilion); Biergarten Restaurant (Germany pavilion); Chefs de France (France pavilion); Coral Reef Restaurant (The Seas pavilion); The Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land pavilion); La Hacienda de San Angel** and San Angel Inn Restaurante (Mexico pavilion); Nine Dragons Restaurant (China pavilion); Restaurant Marrakesh and Spice Road Table (Morocco pavilion); Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (United Kingdom pavilion); Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining (Japan pavilion); and Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Italy pavilion).

Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Epcot-area resort restaurants at Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages start at:

  • For Breakfast: $38 plus tax per person for adults and $22 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.
  • For Lunch: $50 plus tax per person for adults and $16.99 plus tax per person for children, ages 3.
  • For Dinner: $55 plus tax per person for adults and $16.99 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.

Epcot provides an extravaganza of holiday entertainment, merchandise, food, beverages and festivities where Guests can celebrate at Epcot throughout the holiday season. Time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase, and live performances enliven the park throughout the day.

Book a Candlelight Processional dining package by visiting Disneyworld.com/dine.

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining package price.

** Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are available for dinner only.

Holiday Happenings at Walt Disney World Resort 2018

Holidays 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort

Holidays 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort

The return of the holiday season to Walt Disney World Resort starts Nov. 8, 2018. 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The return of Sunset Seasons Greetings featuring impressive new laser effects and “snow,” holiday magic transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel with spectacular projections of Disney Characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Olaf sharing their favorite seasonal stories.

Another returning favorite is the nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! The new Toy Story Land also gets special seasonal fun including holiday songs on Alien Swirling Saucers and more!

Epcot

11 World Showcase nations during Epcot International Festival of the Holidays beginning Nov. 18, 2018. One of my favorite holiday traditions at Epcot is the Candlelight Processional and this year it starts performances on Nov. 22, 2018.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

New this year the magic of nature will receive a holiday touch with the inclusion of Diwali, the holiday Festival of Lights in India, as part of the new live show UP! A Great Bird Adventure.

Darren W specializes in Walt Disney World Resort

2018 Epcot Candlelight Processional Dates

2018 Epcot Candlelight Processional Dates

2018 Epcot Candlelight Processional Dates

2018 Epcot Candlelight Processional dates have been announced:  The first show begins on Thanksgiving (November 22) and will run through Dec 30, 2018.  Previously I shared with you dates for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom, be sure to check that out as well! 

Darren specializes in Disney Destinations

New Attraction Opens at Epcot

Epcot-Norway

I love the cultural exhibits scattered around World Showcase at Epcot. These hidden, gems are great places to escape the crowds and to just find a little peace and quiet. Among my favorites are the Morocco Pavilion and Japan Pavilion. And recently, The Stave Church Gallery in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot has been reimagined to showcase a brand-new exhibit called “Gods of the Vikings.”

Celebrating the legendary Norse gods and goddesses that inspired the ancient Vikings of Scandinavia in their daily lives, you can stop in to learn more about the popular Viking gods Thor, Odin, Freyja, and Loki through displays of authentic Viking artifacts. This exhibit can be found inside the Stave Church located right at the entrance to Norway - yes you can really go inside! Be sure to check it out on your next visit. 

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Walt Disney World Travel

Epcot Food and Wine Fest 2018

epcot-food-and-wine-2018

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort from August 30 to November 12, 2018.

November is one of the busiest months of the year at Walt Disney World. I highly recommend booking your resort reservations as soon as possible. Click here to view all Walt Disney World Offers. 

Darren Wittko specializes in Disney Destinations

Details Emerge on New Walt Disney World Attractions

Epcot

Guardians of the Galaxy  coaster coming to Epcot in 2021.

Guardians of the Galaxy coaster coming to Epcot in 2021.

New details have been released about the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired coaster coming to Epcot in 2021. This one-of-a-kind family coaster will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters inside of the former Universe of Energy show building. The Guardians of the Galaxy coaster will feature a unique story currently being created by Walt Disney Imagineering and include a new innovative ride system.

The attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to  Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

During D23 Expo Japan, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, shared details on a new attraction coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a catchy theme song created especially for the attraction as well as a new experience that defies logic that we’re calling 2 ½-D. No glasses required. 

On the attraction, the fun begins when Guests see the premiere of a new cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic. As they head out, they drive alongside a train and find out that the engineer is Goofy. Then, one magical moment lets you step into the movie and on Goofy’s train for a wacky, wild ride. 

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you're the star and anything can happen. 

 

Darren specializes in Disney Destinations

Big Changes Coming to The American Adventure, Epcot

The American Adventure inside Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort

Disney announced some major enhancements for The American Adventure show, one of my personal favorites at Walt Disney World. The Golden Dream montage gets me every time. And speaking of the song Golden Dream, Disney has rerecorded it with new voices and a new orchestration. 

Other significant enhancements include:

  • High definition digital projection technology for the screen segments of the show
  • High definition sound system throughout the theater
  • The show's finale sequence of famous Americans has been updated to include composer John Williams, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and noted ballerina Misty Copeland.

The American Adventure will re-open late February or early March. 

Darren Wittko specializes in Disney Destinations. 

10 Must-Do Experiences at Epcot's Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts Events

Epcot Festival of the Arts Events

1. Art of Topiaries  The Disney horticulture team will be showing you how we create some of the amazing signature Walt Disney World topiaries. 

2. Watermelon Carving –  A watermelon will be artfully carved while you receive great tips and tricks to use at their next party. 

3. Magic with Water – The Disney Photo Imaging team will discuss tips and tricks for taking great photos around water; including swimming pools, play fountains, waterfalls, and even in the rain. You will also learn about using camera settings, lenses, and locations to get the best results.

4. Animated Flip Books – This session is animation 101 where you will have the opportunity to create their own animated Flip Book while going over the fundamental principles of animation with one of our Disney animators. 

5. Food Styling 101 – If you love taking photos of amazing dishes, this is your experience. The session will look at the basics of what goes into making food photo- and video-ready. Lessons include going from ingredients to a beautiful hero shot, talking tricks and tools of the trade and sharing tips to make their own food photography shine.

6. Inspiring Floral –  This workshop will share floral design principles along with Disney-inspired creations to help you bring the magic of Disney home at any time of the year.

7. Handcrafted Calligraphy – It’ll be difficult not to have fun learning the basics of pointed pen calligraphy. This workshop will cover topics such as mastering faux calligraphy, how to hold an oblique pen, letter formation, common issues you may run into, and which paths they can take with their new skill.

8. Phone Cam Photography – This photography session from Disney Photo Imaging is for everyone! You will learn how to maximize the capabilities of your phone’s camera to improve your photos. Lighting adjustment, color adjustment, taking High Dynamic Range photos, time lapse, and how to edit photos are just a few of the topics on the agenda.

9. Handwritten Typography – Nothing is more personal than typography created by hand and at this workshop, a Walt Disney World Resort creative service manager will teach you how to draw their own hand drawn typography to create personalized gifts and cards.

10. Storytelling Drawings – A single drawing can tell a story – and this workshop will show you how to do it. A Disney animator will share the art of quick sketching from life. Gesture drawing of people covered in this session is a foundational practice for animators, storyboard artists, and directors. 

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will return January 12 through February 19, 2018 to celebrate all things art – performing, visual and culinary. Book these experiences by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687)

by Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

EPCOT CELEBRATES THE DISNEY•PIXAR FILM ‘COCO’ WITH NEW ENTERTAINMENT, INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS

El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia

El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia

From now until Jan. 6, 2018, El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia, a new musical group inspired by the film, will entertain you at the Mexico Pavilion. Named for the town of Santa Cecilia seen in the film, El Mariachi Coco de Santa Cecilia perform songs from the movie including the beautiful “Remember Me” and the heartwarming “The World Es Mi Familia.”

Later this season, Mexico Folk Art Gallery, which currently houses a spectacular collection of “Dia De Muertos” artwork, also will feature an interactive exhibit and festive dioramas showcasing scenes from the film.

In addition to this new musical experience, you can enjoy “Las Posadas,” featuring colorful dancers and performers from Mariachi Cobre celebrating the holiday customs of Mexico during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. 

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2018

Epcot 2018 Flower and Garden Festival

Held each day from Feb. 28-May 28, 2018, the Festival’s 25th anniversary event will feature fan favorites like exhibits, events and tastings including: 

  • Disney Character Topiaries
  • 15 Outdoor Kitchens serving creative, flavor-rich cuisine that highlights spring garden offerings
  • Garden Rocks music series – with its classic rock ‘n’ roll stars from the ‘60s, ‘70s ‘80s and ‘90s. Garden Rocks Dining packages will be available for certain Epcot restaurants – pairing a fabulous meal with reserved seating for your favorite concert
  • Garden Tours – Including Gardens of the World Tour (spring edition); the English Tea Garden Tour; and Royal Tea Garden Tour (extra fee required)
  • New interactive kids play areas
  • And – of course – the millions of extra plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and themed gardens that decorate Epcot in spring. 
  • Also returning will be our Egg-Stravaganza scavenger hunt and hand-crafted and Festival merchandise to extend an already-packed day of adventure at Epcot.

>> Check out available Spring Offers on Walt Disney World Resort hotels and tickets. 

by Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

New Attraction Coming to Epcot

Spectaculab at Epcot

I'm excited to share that Innoventions will welcome The SpectacuLAB, an engaging new interactive show coming November 2018. 

As you enter The SpectacuLAB, you'll be invited to join a group of real scientists – and their tech-savvy intern – for a series of thrilling experiments that put scientific principles like ultrasonic pressure, barometric pressure, acceleration and force to the test.

Through this funny and fascinating show, Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the demonstrations and discover how each scientific principle has inspired amazing technologies we enjoy today.

By Darren Wittko

Mission: SPACE at Epcot Offers New Out of This World Experiences

New Experiences Coming to Mission Space at Epcot

New Experiences Coming to Mission Space at Epcot

Starting Aug. 13, 2017, Epcot will relaunch Mission: SPACE with a brand new experience and an enhanced version with 2 very different experiences. 

Orange Mission: a truly intense experience that lets you feel the force of an actual space launch en route to Mars. On this mission, you’ll dodge meteoroids, slingshot around the moon and attempt a precision landing on the Red Planet’s alien surface. This “mission” has been enhanced with new, HD video to make it even clearer.

Green Mission: a new, family friendly mission that takes you on an exciting orbit around Earth. On this new adventure, you’ll take in sites like the Hawaiian Islands, Italy’s “boot” and the Northern Lights—as seen from space. Before finally landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The height restriction has been changed for the Green Mission side with the addition of new X-2 booster seats allowing children 40-44” to ride.  

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations.