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RUMOR: Is a Mary Poppins Ride Coming to the UK Pavilion in Epcot?

A long time rumor has been circulating around that a Mary Poppins-themed attraction would be coming to the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot. Alot of the rumors pointed to an expansion of the pavilion featuring a dark ride.  Today wdwnt.com is reporting that a Mary Poppins ride is indeed in the works for the pavilion, however it will be a flat spinner ride – think Dumbo or Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

There are no other details of what the theme might be, but looks like the pavilion will not need to expand to house the project.  The article goes on to say that the attraction would likely replace the garden and bandstand area towards the back of the pavilion.

It’s safe to say that if these rumors are true, we will probably hear about it during the D23 Expo in Anaheim next summer.


ESPN’s Monday Night Football Tailgate Coming to Epcot Food & Wine

Today Disney announced the new Food & Wine Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Running on select Mondays throughout the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the 45-minute program will pair tailgating-inspired food and beverages. Guests can enjoy a flight of three sample size food items inspired by the cities playing in the game each week along with three different beverages, while learning from culinary experts about how to prepare these dishes.

The Food & Wine Tailgate Tasting is a complimentary program and will be offered on September 17, 24 and October 1, 8 and 15 from 4:30-5:15 p.m. in the Festival Center. Guests interested in attending may pick up a wristband at the Festival Center starting at 9 a.m. each Monday for that day’s seminar. All guests must be present to receive their wristbands. Both wristbands and seating at the event are available on a first come, first serve basis.


2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Commemorative Merchandise

The 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has kicked off at the Walt Disney World Resort offering guests tastes from 30 global food and beverage marketplaces, a chance to meet their favorite celebrity chefs, try a new Food & Beverage Pairing in the Festival Center each Friday through Sunday, enjoy nightly Eat to the Beat Concert Series shows and event exclusive merchandise.  All of the items below are available through November 12, 2018 or while supplies last.

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“Products are both commemorative and functional,” explained Cathy Dawson, Product Developer for Merchandise Special Events. “These items will assist guests with recreating the tasting-around-the-world experience at home especially when paired with a Festival cookbook.”

From tabletop to kitchen products, artwork on many cream-and-wine colored items show Chef Mickey Mouse exploring the Festival. New merchandise includes a ceramic pie plate, wooden pepper mill, bottle-shaped cutting board, and a serving dish that gives a nod to the one and only Mouse.

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Beloved artwork from last year’s event returns on new merchandise. Foodie Figment shares his culinary love on apparel, drinkware, and coasters; while Chef Remy from Disney•Pixar’s “Ratatouille” appears on aprons, kitchenware, ornaments and more.

“The [Figment and Remy] merchandise was a tremendous hit with guests last fall, so it was important we include them in this year’s assortment. The Remy-themed measuring spoons look adorable, and they are useful for would-be chefs,” continued Cathy.

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For craft beer lovers, the “Brews Around the World” collection features must-have apparel, barware, and accessories. Grab a coaster that doubles as an opener or display favorite bottle caps on a lettered sign.

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For craft beer lovers, the “Brews Around the World” collection features must-have apparel, barware, and accessories. Grab a coaster that doubles as an opener or display favorite bottle caps on a lettered sign.

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Pin collectors will delight with limited edition pins of kitchen-inspired scenes, from Snow White baking a personalized pie for Grumpy to Timon and Simba enjoying grubs. A four-pin set offers an easy way to add a splash of the Festival to any outfit.

Look for these items and more, including the fan-favorite Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt, at the Festival Center located adjacent to Mission: SPACE, and in select merchandise locations throughout Epcot.


 

 

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Kicks Off Today at Walt Disney World Resort

The aromas and flavors of more than 30 global food and beverage marketplaces, plus a full menu of new offerings such as “Sunday Brunch with the Chef” series, will welcome guests to Epcot during the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 30-Nov. 12, 2018.

Throughout the celebrated 75-day event, guests will have a chance to meet their favorite celebrity chefs, try a new Food & Beverage Pairing in the Festival Center each Friday through Sunday, and get their gourmet groove on at nightly Eat to the Beat Concert Series shows. The first of five popular Party for the Senses events will kick off Sept. 22 in the park’s World ShowPlace Events pavilion.

One of America’s top food festivals since 1996, the Epcot dine-around extravaganza will surprise guests with new and inspiring sips and bites throughout the park’s World Showcase and on into several Future World venues.

Here’s some highlights:

  • The NEW Taste Track global marketplace featuring specialty croissant doughnuts (add gelato for an extra-sweet treat) joins dozens of popular returning marketplaces. For a fourth year, global marketplaces will extend into Future World to offer brand-new taste sensations. Disney chefs are in the kitchen whipping up delicious new bites like Butternut Squash Ravioli with brown butter vinaigrette, Parmesan cheese and pumpkin seeds at The Wine & Dine Studio; Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak with smoked corn cake, pickled vegetable slaw and cilantro aïoli at Flavors from Fire; and New Brunswick Slider, slow-braised beef brisket “pot roast-style” on a potato roll with horseradish cream, crispy fried onions and pickled vegetables on the side at the Hops & Barley
  • The NEW “Sunday Brunch with the Chef” series in World ShowPlace will kick off Sept. 2 with Top Chef All-Star Richard Blais and continue on select Sundays through Nov. 11 with a lineup that includes Jamie Deen, Tiffani Thiessen, Masaharu Morimoto, Buddy Valastro, Art Smith, Geoffrey Zakarian, Carla Hall and Alex Guarnaschelli.
  • Eat to the Beat concerts – 225 shows in all – will rev up the America Gardens Theatre stage three times each night with new musical acts including Vertical Horizon, Sheila E, 98 Degrees, MercyMe and Glass Tiger, along with returning festival favorites spanning a broad range of eras and genres from rock and pop to rhythm and blues.
  • The grandest of the festival’s don’t-miss tasting events, Party for the Senses at World ShowPlace, will welcome acclaimed chefs and vintners Sept. 22, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and Nov. 10 to showcase creative bites and palate-pleasing sips with sensational live entertainment.
  • “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops Wednesdays and Thursdays will offer new opportunities for guests to interact with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros. Event hosts and topics will be announced this summer.
  • Popular TV chefs and other culinary icons will entertain guests and inspire their palates at festival seminars and other events. Just a few of the big names on tap are Robert Irvine, Maneet Chauhan, Jet Tila, Shaun O’Neale, Keegan Gerhard, Dan Pashman and Rock Harper.

Throughout the festival, park guests can pair wines, beers and cocktails with savory and sweet dishes as they stroll the park and let their complimentary festival passports be their guide. As guests explore, they’ll find something for everyone in the family:

  • A “Ratatouille”-inspired adventure is back as Chef Remy encourages families to play together during Remy’s Ratatouille Hide ‘n’ Squeak scavenger hunt. This year Remy is hiding in all new locations!

Other returning favorites include:

  • The complimentary Back to Basics weekend series offered in the Festival Center will share epicurean tips and tricks from the pros. Book and bottle signings by some of the world’s top vintners will be available, and The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli, will offer guest samples.
  • Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars will offer daily learning and tasting sessions at the Festival Center. On select Saturdays, Cheese Seminars will be a fromage fan’s delight.
  • Eat to the Beat Dining Packages and other Specialty Dining and Pairing events will be on tap at a number of Epcot participating restaurants. Bookings for special programming and premium festival events is open now.

Included with Epcot Admission
Back to Basics series, book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, Festival Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

Special Programming by Reservation
Party for the Senses grand tasting events, signature dinners and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission. Guests can call (407) WDW-FEST (939-3378) to make reservations and find more details at TasteEpcot.com.


VIDEO: Sneak Peek at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival