“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child
We LOVE the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival and we’re already hungry for details about this year’s event!
Since 1995, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has been tickling people’s taste buds and this year’s festival is no exception — taking place for a record 87 days from August 29 to November 23 — the same day as Star Wars: Galaxy Edge’s opening day!
Like a passport specially for your palate, the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival is a magical taste tour— one that whisks you off on a fun and flavorful journey across six continents. And everyone’s favorite little chef, Remy, will help you enjoy all of this year’s festivities, from all-new demonstrations to more than 30 delicious destinations.
You’ll sip, savor and stroll your way through Epcot® as you delight in your favorite flavors and try plenty of new ones along the way. Foodies and anyone who’s in search of even more delicacies can treat themselves to chef demonstrations, hands-on workshops, special events like Party for the Senses and more separately priced happenings.
Family-friendly fun includes Remy’s Ratatouille-inspired scavenger hunt, play area, nightly dance parties and select dishes and demonstrations designed with kids in mind.
As evening arrives, you’ll find that taste isn’t the only thing on tour. The Eat to the Beat Concert Series is back and better than ever August 29–November 19. Catch star-studded performers throughout the festival, including new acts like Sawyer Brown, Lauren Daigle, Boyce Avenue and Kris Allen. And don’t miss returning favorites like Plain White T’s, Sugar Ray, Hanson, Sheila E. and Boyz II Men.
Interested in joining in on this culinary wonderland brimming with fresh flavors and succulent sounds? Contact your favorite Vacationista at Vacations with Character® to book your next delicious adventure! www.vacationswithcharacter.com
Top 5 Best Things to Do in Disney Outside of the Parks by Nicole Ricucci
Your trip is booked, bags are packed, and you’re running through your itinerary in your head out of excitement for your Disney Vacation. You have everything planned for your time in the parks, but did you know there’s more to explore? Walt Disney World property covers over 40 square miles, and there’s loads of hidden gems for you to find.
Did you know you can visit any Walt Disney World Resort even if you aren’t staying there? While some amenities may be reserved just for guests with rooms there, many features are open for you to enjoy! Craving a dole whip the second you step off the plane but don’t have park tickets until the next day? Stop over to Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Resort and grab your favorite Adventureland treat! (Secret tip: the Polynesian beach is a great spot to watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show.
Each resort has a different theme, and so much to see. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will have a pianist playing in the lobby periodically throughout the day. Sometimes you may even spot some royal special guests! It’s a great spot to relax if you need a quick quiet time break from Magic Kingdom, but don’t want to go back to your hotel. Don’t forget to take advantage of each resort’s dining options! Some of the best dining opportunities on property are located at the resorts.
If you and your family love some friendly competition, visit one of two mini golf courses available on property. Winter Summerland Mini Golf will make you think it’s Christmas in July at Santa’s off-season retreat, or if marching broomsticks and hippos in tutus are more your speed, visit Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Mini Golf. Both locations offer two 18-hole courses, just in case a rematch is needed. Adult tickets (age 10+) are $14.00 and child (age 3-9) tickets are $12.00. The family member with the lowest score gets to buy everyone else Mickey’s Premium Bars. Time to tee up!
The VOID at Disney Springs
This incredibly immersive experience allows you to not only be a part of a video game, but truly step inside of it. As of right now, the VOID has two adventure options: Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, and Ralph Breaks VR. Strap in to a virtual reality suit and see yourself as a Stormtrooper or an internet character and actually walk through the game. This is an experience unlike anything before that you really need to try to understand the hype. Reservations are required and tickets are $29.99. Contact your travel agent to book your spot!
Located right behind Epcot’s World Showcase, Disney’s Boardwalk is a beautiful walk with shops, restaurants, and nightlife. There’s even an art gallery! Ample Hills Creamery offers ice cream flavors you can’t get at home such as Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Shirley Temple, and Oatmeal Lace. Head into Jellyrolls (21+) and listen to dueling pianos while enjoying a nightcap. You can even rent surrey bikes to ride along the path. When you’re ready to go back into the parks, follow the boardwalk back to the World Showcase which will put you right in between the UK Pavilion and the France Pavilion, or take the Friendship Boats over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Senses Spa and Salon
Spending all day exploring the parks can be exhausting. Treat yourself to a massage, pedicure (or both, you totally deserve it) and many other spa treatments at Senses. There’s two locations, at Disney’s Saratoga Springs and Disney’s Grand Floridian. They even have packages for children (ages 4-12) with a tasty treat at the end. Don’t forget to relax a bit during your trip, it is a vacation after all.
For any questions or more ideas, be sure to contact your favorite Vacations with Character Travel Professional: www.vacationswithcharacter.com #NowMoreThanEver it’s a great time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort!
“Nicole is a travel agent with Vacations with Character, specializing in planning memories at Disney and Universal. She is a two time alumna of the Disney College Program and is passionate about theme park food, Disney Festivals, and Halloween Horror Nights.”