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2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Complete Guide

No it’s not Christmas in September, but it sure feels like! To Disney enthusiasts it’s our most wonderful time of the year, the 20th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Our yuletide, stomach-stuffing delight is just what we need to complete every year. If you haven’t been before, then it would be slightly hard for you to understand our obsession with every detail regarding this wonderful festival.

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will feature more than 30 global marketplaces with dates from September 25th through November 16th… So I take it as my duty to inform both new comers and returnees of everything each person will need to know for the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

What’s New at the 2015 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival?

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Expands to Future World

For the first time ever, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be in the Future World section of Epcot with four new food and beverage marketplaces. The new Artistry of Wine & Cheese festival area will feature the Cheese Studio (offering a cheese sampler served on an artist’s palette to pair with wines) and the Wine Studio (offering premium wines on tap). The Cheese and Wine Studio will be located along the walkway toward Future World West.

New Next Eats Area will debut with Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab marketplaces inspired by ABC’s The Chew. Both marketplaces will be located near the Epcot Character Spot.

Photo: Disney

Photo: Disney

NikkyJ

STAR WARS Force Friday Frenzy!

star wars force friday 2015Star Wars™ fans need to prepare for the merchandise frenzy coming to the Walt Disney World Resort! New Star Wars™ themed products will arrive on September 4, 2015 at 12:01 AM. Force Friday is a ticketed event as Disney prepares for the popular film release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December of this year.

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Breakfast to Stay at Be Our Guest Restaurant!

Photo: Disney Co.

Photo: Disney Co.

Many fans of the Belle and Beast story will mostly likely make Be Our Guest Restaurant a Disney trip must do! Well fans will be happy to know that the breakfast option is now a permanent feature at this popular Magic Kingdom restaurant.

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Disney Springs Freebie

New Entertainment and more at Downtown Disney!

Photo: Disney Co.

Photo: Disney Co.

Live Entertainment has sprung up at Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs). The new entertainment features up to twenty different acts performing roughly 300 sets in a given week. Downtown Disney now offers a variety of acts ranging from freestyle rap to sultry jazz.

Performance times will vary throughout the day. Performances at the Marketplace will start daily at 12:30 p.m. near Dockside Margaritas, while the West Side will kick off the nightlife at 6:30 p.m.

NikkyJ

New MagicBands featuring Jack Skellington and More!

New MagicBands are now available throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

If you’re taking a trip over to the Mouse, then you’ll be happy to know about the new MagicBands being offered. The new bands feature Steamboat Willie, characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” Winnie the Pooh, Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more!

NikkyJ

Martha’s Vineyard Wine Pairings at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival season is right around the corner. We can tell this by the events popping up all around the Walt Disney World Resort. Over at Disney’s Beach Club Resort the Martha Vineyard Wine Pairings showcase will kick off this weekend.

According to Disney Parks Blog, this intimate event is a “foodie’s dream!” During the event, a wine expert from the winery and a Disney chef will guide guests through the tasting, detailing the notes of each pairing.

NikkyJ

Dining in Luxury: New Victoria & Albert’s Menu at Disney!

For food enthusiasts with an unlimited budget to indulged, you’ll be happy to know that Disney’s Grand Floridian restaurant Victoria & Albert’s has debut a new 10-course menu. Obviously, a ThemeParkHipster, like me, will most likely not partake in this cool new cuisine until I am done with my Dave Ramsey plan (basically when I am debt free and a $500 meal will by no means affect me).

NikkyJ

New Tower of Terror Merchandise In Stock

Hollywood Tower Hotel Robe Photo: Disney Co.

Hollywood Tower Hotel Robe Photo: Disney Co.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror fans will be excited to know that the latest hotel inspired items are now available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

The newest Tower of Terror merchandise includes a sweatshirt with the iconic front desk bell, a luxurious black bathrobe, women’s shirt, a Raglan T-shirt with a bellhop silhouette, and a notepad with a really cool packaged pen.

NikkyJ

Best Thing I Ever Ate: Pot Roast Mac-n-Cheese and Cheeseburger Mac-n-Cheese

Can you smell the delicious delights coming from the screen?

Well I know I may be pushing the imagination button a bit, but I’m really stoked about this week’s Best Thing I Ever Ate segment, featuring the Pot Roast Mac-n-Cheese and Bacon Cheeseburger Mac-n-Cheese at the Magic Kingdom!

I actually couldn’t choose between the two dishes, so I decided to talk about one of Disney’s best kept secrets. You can find these two flavorful bites in the Friar’s Nook at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

NikkyJ

2015 Epcot Candlelight Processional Packages Now On Sale

The Epcot Candlelight Processional is one of my favorite Theme Park Christmas traditions to do at Walt Disney World. Each guest at Epcot is entertained with the jubilant reciting of the divine holiday story presented in true Disney fashion. The story is usually told by celebrity narrators such as Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg; accompanied with a 50-piece orchestra and a magnificent mass choir.

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