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NEW Japan Pavilion Restaurant Takumi-Tei Opening This Summer

Takumi-Tei, the new table service restaurant at Epcot’s Japan Pavilion will be opening this summer. This new dining location will provide guests a signature dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan. 

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Takumi-Tei means house of the artisan. According to Disney, the design celebrates the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world, while the food is inspired by the wonderful collaboration between nature and takumi, the artisan. The upscale dinner menu will highlight wagyu beef in a sublime setting, and guests interested in the ultimate experience will be able to indulge in a multi-course tasting menu featuring traditional tea service. Signature cocktails and premium sake will be available along with a wine and craft beer menu.

Takumi-Tei will open in the Japan pavilion at Epcot this summer and will be operated by Mitsukoshi USA, which operates the merchandise, restaurants (Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining), and kiosks in the Japan pavilion.

For more information on dining at Epcot, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463). 

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Epcot’s Space-Themed Restaurant to Open Later This Year

Today Disney announced the new space-themed table service restaurant coming to Epcot will open later this year at Walt Disney World Resort.

The new dining location will be located adjacent to the Mission: SPACE attraction, and will take guests into outer space for an incredible dining experience.

The Patina Restaurant Group will operate the new restaurant, and they’ve developed a menu that features internationally-inspired cuisine, more than 1,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines and a wide selection of craft beer.  

Stay tuned for more details!

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Details Announced For 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

A culinary mashup of global cultures and gourmet innovation will bring irresistible bites, sips, entertainment and family fun to the 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Aug. 29-Nov 23, 2019. This year, the celebrated summer-into-fall festival at Walt Disney World Resort will add a dozen extra days, expanding the foodie celebration to a delicious 87 days.

Epcot guests can begin with the aromas and flavors of 30 festive global food and wine marketplaces that extend from Future World to encircle the World Showcase promenade. Guests also can explore opportunities for special tastings and pairings, plus premium dining events featuring chef personalities such as Maneet Chauhan, Rick Bayless, Rock Harper and Florida darling Art Smith. Reservations for special programming and premium festival events open May 15 and can be made by calling (407) WDW-FEST.

Back by popular demand, the Disney du Jour Dance Party in Future World will expand to seven days a week. Sundays through Thursdays, a DJ will lead the interactive fun. Fridays and Saturdays, Radio Disney stars will pump up the mix with live performances. Actress-singer Meg Donnelly, from the Disney Channel original movie “Zombies,” will appear opening weekend, and more weekend celebrity headliners will join the lineup throughout the festival.

Other family activities on tap are Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt and the popular Candy Sushi interactive experience.

Throughout the event, guests can dish with their favorite celebrity and Disney chefs, and book seats for tasting and dining events in Mexico, France, Japan, Italy, Morocco and other World Showcase pavilions. Guests can also get their gourmet groove on during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series that runs three times nightly Aug. 29-Nov. 19. Eat to the Beat Dining Packages, available at select table-service locations, will include guaranteed concert seating.

The first of five popular Party for the Senses events – each a delectable tribute to the sensory arts – will kick off Sept. 21 in the park’s World Showplace Events Pavilion.

More highlights from the 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:

  • 30 Global Marketplaces, plus additional locations across the festival, will present fresh flavors at a variety of marketplaces such as Africa, where the new Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with sweet potato and corn mealie pap with Kachumbari slaw will tempt guests to return for seconds. At Earth Eats marketplace guests can dig into the new plant-based Cottage Pie with carrots, mushrooms and peas topped with mashed cauliflower and white beans.
  • The back-by-demand Sunday Brunch with the Chef series in World Showplace Events Pavilion will kick off Sept. 1 with celebrity Chef Jamie Deen and continue on select Sundays through Nov. 17. The chef lineup includes Cat Cora, Carla Hall, Fabio Viviani, Andrew Zimmern, Buddy Valastro, Richard Blais, Robert Irvine, David Burtka, Graham Elliot and Aarti Sequeira.
  • Three times nightly, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series – 249 concerts in all – will rev up fans at the America Gardens Theatre stage through Nov. 19 with the biggest musical menu of top talent in the festival’s history, including new acts Lauren Daigle (contemporary Christian), Kris Allen (pop, alt-rock), Sawyer Brown (country) and Boyce Avenue (rock, pop). Returning festival favorites spanning a broad range of eras and genres include Plain White T’s, Sugar Ray, Hanson, Sheila E. and Boyz II Men. Showtimes Sundays through Thursdays will be 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday shows are slated for 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.
  • Eat to the Beat Dining Packages will let guests choose their favorite restaurant for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner plus guaranteed concert seating that evening.
  • The grandest of the festival’s hot-ticket tasting events, Party for the Senses at World Showplace Events Pavilion will welcome acclaimed chefs and vintners Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 12 and 19 (All Disney Chef Night!) and Nov. 9. This event showcases creative bites and palate-pleasing sips with sensational live entertainment featuring Femmes of Rock, who wowed guests last year with their blistering solos and innovative arrangements.
  • “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops on select Mondays and Thursdays through Nov. 14 will offer new opportunities for guests to work side-by-side with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros.
  • Popular TV chefs and other culinary icons will entertain guests and inspire their palates on select dates at festival seminars and other events. Some of the big names on tap are Bryan Voltaggio, Kenny Gilbert, Maneet Chauhan, Jet Tila, Shaun O’Neale, Keegan Gerhard, Dan Pashman and Rock Harper.
  • Book & Bottle Signings by some of the world’s top vintners and chefs will return on select dates this year, in addition to the popular The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli, offering guests samples.
  • Culinary Demonstrations (available through 16) and Beverage Seminars (available through Nov. 17) will offer learning and tasting sessions select days throughout the festival.
  • And don’t forget about the exciting new merchandise to commemorate the Festival!  Chef Minnie will join Chef Mickey this year to bring a “sprinkle” of fun to the festival. This new merchandise line depicts them busily making cupcakes and other delectable desserts with ingredients that include rose-gold accents and a little sparkle. Chef Minnie will also bring her sense of style to a new cupcake headband and other festival apparel. Guests can also celebrate the Festival with returning favorites including the Taste Your Way Around the World, Brews, Figment, and Remy collections.

Included with Epcot Admission

Eat to the Beat concerts through Nov. 19 only, Disney du Jour Dance Party, Festival Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

Special Programming by Reservation

Party for the Senses, Sunday Brunch with the Chef, Cheese Seminars and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission. Reservations for special programming and premium festival events open May 15 and can be made by calling (407) WDW-FEST. More information can be found at TasteEpcot.com.

Disney Announces 2019 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series Line-Up

The 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will run for 87 days this year and will bring 35 “Eat to the Beat” bands to perform at the event.  The line-up includes several new acts such as Sawyer Brown (“Thank God for You”); Lauren Daigle (“You Say”); Boyce Avenue (“Anchor”); and Kris Allen (“Live Like We’re Dying”). Returning favorites include Plain White T’s, Sugar Ray, Hanson, Sheila E. and Boyz II Men, among many others.

Here’s the 2019 Eat to the Beat concert line-up so far: (Lineup is subject to change; songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list.)

  • Plain White T’s
    August 29 through 31

  • Sawyer Brown – NEW!
    September 1 through 2

  • MercyMe
    September 3 through 4

  • Grace Kelly – NEW!
    September 5 through 6

  • Zach Williams – NEW!
    September 7 through 8

  • Lauren Daigle – NEW!
    September 9 through 10

  • Jimmie Allen – NEW!
    September 11 through 12

  • TBD
    September 13 through 15

  • The Allman Betts Band
    September 16 through 17

  • Everclear
    September 18 through 19

  • STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
    September 20 through 22

  • Post Modern Jukebox
    September 23 through 24

  • Blue October
    September 25 through 26

  • Mark Wills
    September 27 through 29

  • Sugar Ray
    September 30 through October 2

  • TBD
    October 3 through 9

  • Boyce Avenue – NEW!
    October 10 through 11

  • Southern Avenue – NEW!
    October 12 through 13

  • TBD
    October 14 through 15

  • 38 Special
    October 16 through 17

  • Baha Men
    October 18 through 20

  • Billy Ocean
    October 21 through 22

  • Sheila E
    October 23 through 25

  • High Valley
    October 26 through 27

  • Hanson
    October 28 through 30

  • Sheena Easton
    October 31 through November 1

  • Kris Allen – NEW!
    November 2 through 3

  • Boyz II Men
    November 4 through 6

  • The Hooters
    November 7 through 8

  • Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy
    November 9 through 11

  • TBD
    November 12 through 18

  • D’Capella – NEW!
    November 19

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens August 29 and runs through November 23. The Eat to the Beat Concert Series runs August 29 through November 19.

Performances are Sundays to Thursdays 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM. Showtimes Fridays and Saturdays are 6:30 PM, 7:45 PM and 9:00 PM. Concerts take place daily at The America Gardens Theatre and are included in Epcot admission.

For more information visit EpcotFoodFestival.com.

Source: WaltDisneyWorld.com

Schedule Change for Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot

There has been a schedule change to the Garden Rocks Concert Series which takes place during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. The Lovin’ Spoonful known for the hit “Summer in the City” will now perform May 12-13, instead of the previously scheduled Peabo Bryson.

You can view the updated schedule below:

  • Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
    May 5 through 7

  • A Flock of Seagulls – NEW!
    May 8 through 9 

  • Marshall Tucker Band – NEW to Garden Rocks!
    May 10 through 11
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful
    May 12 through 13

  • Richard Marx – NEW to Garden Rocks!
    May 14 through 15

  • Starship, starring Mickey Thomas
    May 16 through 19

  • Colin Hay of Men at Work – NEW!
    May 20 through 21 

  • War – NEW!
    May 22 through 23

  • The Guess Who
    May 24 through 27
  • Jon Secada
    May 28 through 29

  • Blood, Sweat and Tears
    May 30 through June 1

  • Eddie Palmieri – NEW!
    June 2 through June 3

Garden Rocks concert performances take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. each night of the festival and are included in regular park admission. Guests can enjoy guaranteed concert seating by reserving a Garden Rocks Dining Package and enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants. Reservations for concert dining packages open Dec. 13. For more info or to make a reservation, call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or visit FreshEpcot.com.