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August 15, 2018

Attn: Tables in Wonderland Members! Contemporary Resort Offering Chef's Table Experience!

UPDATED 8/15/18:

Due to popular demand, two dates have been added! The previously dates are SOLD OUT!

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7 p.m.
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This fall, Disney's Contemporary Resort Convention Center is presenting a number of special Chef's Table dining experiences exclusively for Tables in Wonderland members.

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These evenings with the Contemporary Catering chefs and service staff will be held at the exclusive Chef's Table located backstage at Disney's Contemporary Resort Convention Center.

The evenings begin with check-in in the East Rotunda on the first floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be a reception and champagne toast in the Catering Kitchen, then you'll progress through a secret entrance to the Chef's Table.

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Attendees will enjoy six courses, all presented and finished on-stage and accompanied by an outstanding wine selection, with lots of interaction with the Contemporary's sommelier and chefs.

These special events will be held on the following Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.:

-- October 11, 2018
-- November 1, 2018
-- December 13, 2018

Because this is such a special "signature dining" experience, you're asked to adhere to the following dress code:

-- For men: Khakis, slacks or dress shorts and collared shirts are suggested. Jeans may be worn if in good condition. Sport coats are optional.
-- For women: Capri pants, skirts, dresses or dress shorts are suggested. Jeans may be worn if in good condition.

Tank tops, flip-flops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, hats for gentlemen, cut-offs, torn clothing and t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics are NOT permitted.

Price for the Chef's Table experience is $259 per person, plus tax, gratuity included. Discounts do not apply to this special event. You can make a reservation for a party of up to 10 guests, including yourself. Your valid Tables in Wonderland Member Card must be presented upon arrival. Note that the event is designed for those 18 years of age and older, and that you must be at least 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. A valid form of government ID will be required to verify your age.

To make reservations, call (407) WDW-7762. Be sure to inform the cast member of any dietary restrictions you may have when booking. Space is limited. Remember, there is a 24-hour cancellation policy.

Read more about Tables in Wonderland HERE.





Preview Time: What Else Is New at the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

The Epcot International Wine and Food Festival is always a highly anticipated event -- and this year is no different. Over the weekend we learned about some brand new food, merchandise, events and programs that are being added this year!
Check out the new merchandise here.
Check out some of the new Global Marketplace food and beverages here.

Here's what else is new at this year's festival:

New Events and Programs

Candy Sushi

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This new family-friendly event will have a Disney Chef teaching guests how to create their own Candy Sushi creations! Skittles is bringing this experience to you through a partnership with Adventures by Disney.

Details:

When:
Daily at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Where:
Sunshine Seasons in The Land Pavilion
Epcot admission required.

Cost:
FREE!

Registration:
Space is limited for this event, be sure to sign up in advance.
Registration opens August 16 at www.tasteepcot.com
Registration requires a credit card guarantee (similar to an advanced dining reservation there will be a no-show charge).

Eat to the Beat Counter-Service Dining Packages

The Eat to the Beat Dining Packages are returning as usual this year at several table service locations. NEW this year is a counter-service option.

On the day of the event a limited amount of day-of, first-come, first-serve Eat to the Beat Counter Service Dining Packages will become available at Liberty Inn in the America Pavilion at 11:30 am.

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Details:

When:
Day-of, first-come, first-serve Eat to the Beat Counter Service Dining Packages will become available at 11:30 am.

Where:
Counter Service Dining Packages will become available at Liberty Inn in the America Pavilion

Cost:
$29.99, plus tax. The meal includes a non-alcholic beverage, entree and dessert. Plus, reserved seaing at that evening’s Eat to the Beat Concert.

Tip:
If the counter service package is something you are interested in do not hesitate in getting to Liberty Inn at 11:30. The amount of seats available will vary each day as it is dependent on the amount of reserved seating not sold for the regular, table service dining packages.

Eat to the Beat Table Service Dining Packages can be booked in advance. For information on that click here.

Party for the Senses

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The group Femmes of Rock have been confirmed as the performers for all five Party for the Senses.

Festival Center Stage Presented by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®

Coffee lovers will love this addition. You will be able to purchase select coffees from Joffrey’s Specialty Disney Coffee Collection, including Disney French Bistro, Disney Peru Alto Mayo and Disney Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Blend as you “Discover the incredible voyage coffee undergoes in order to arrive in your morning mug.”

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Junior Chef Kitchen presented by Krusteaz®

Whether your kids are aspiring chefs or not, everyone can enjoy making, decorating, and eating their own pancake creation. Participating kids will receive their very own chef hat, apron, and certificate of completion.

Details:

Where:
Festival Center Spotlight Stage

When:
11 a.m. on these dates:
September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
October 7, 14, 21 and 28
November 4, 11

Price:
Free
Epcot admission required.

Registration:
Children wishing to participate in the complimentary Junior Chef Kitchen must register at the Festival Center the day before or the morning of the experience. Guests must be between 4 and 10 years of age to participate. Availability is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Disney Du Jour Dance Party (Character Dance Party)

Burn off some of those Global Marketplace calories as you dance with your kids and a rotation of Disney Characters. Some of the characters that will be dancing along are Remy and Emile from Ratatouille.

When:
Friday and Saturday Evenings

Playground

There will be a new playground area for kids that has been designed especially for them and the Festival. Look for it in the Test Track area. There will also be a new family-friendly marketplace in this area – Taste Track with croissant donuts and a pancake milkshake.

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide ‘n’ Squeak Scavenger Hunt

This favorite returns, but with a new prize this year. The hunt starts with purchasing a map and stickers at select Festival Center merchandise locations. When you've completed the map, take it to a designation location for a special prize. This year’s prize is one of four fun cups! There are four cups to choose from, decorated with either Mickey, Minnie, Figment or Remy.

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In the past, maps have been available at:
– Pin Central
– Festival Center
– Disney Traders in World Showcase
– International Gateway in World Showcase

Keep your eyes on our 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page for more updates as the Festival approaches.





August 14, 2018

Tangaroa Terrace Closing for Refurbishment

Tangaroa Terrace at Disneyland Hotel

The Tangaroa Terrace restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel will be closed for refurbishment beginning September 4, 2018 and is expected to reopen mid-January 2019. Select menu offerings will be available at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar and The Coffee House during this time.

According to permits filed by Disney, the project involves the development of a tiki bar. The permits also note that 280 square feet of the existing restaurant will be converted to a new service bar. A canvas canopy will also be added, along with new glazing and tile. The project also calls for installation of hanging lights above the outdoor seating area next to Trader Sam's.





August 13, 2018

Preview Time: 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise and More

Our preview of the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival -- which starts in less than three weeks! -- continues with a look at the special merchandise that will be available.

The recurrent theme of Taste Your Way Around the World was prevalent, as it has been in years past. You can find it on shirts, caps, and other apparel, cookware, glassware and much more:

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If you're a fan of Chef Mickey (and who isn't?) you'll see the little guy emblazoned on all sorts of merchandise this year, starting with his own trash can Salt and Pepper Shakers:

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Then there's this mug...

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... and an adorable little plush Mickey...

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a really cute ornament...

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and a line of Chef Mickey T-shirts, too!

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This year's star festival Mouse Ears are sparkly Minnie Ears with a rich-looking burgundy bow:

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No Epcot Food and Wine Festival is complete without Figment, who has become a sort of mascot for the annual event. He shows up on quite a bit of themed merchandise, like this tumbler.

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His Purpleness is also featured on a line of apparel, but one of our favorite items was this adorable Figment figure!

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For all you pin collectors, we can't forget to include a shot of this year's featured limited edition and special release pins.

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How do you buy all of this merchandise? With your special Epcot Food and Wine Festival Disney Gift Card. This handy item, with its springy plastic coil that wraps around your wrist for handy access, features stylized versions of "the little chef" from Disney-Pixar's Ratatouille, Remy this year.

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And speaking of Chef Remy, he's the star of the returning festival challenge, Remy's Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt.

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This fun activity, for kids and adults alike, has you search around the Festival Marketplaces, looking for hidden Remy figures using a map as a guide. Once you complete the challenge, you turn in your finished map to received your prize -- one of these decorated tumblers.

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You can read more about the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here.

We have a complete list of all the items that will be available at the Global Marketplaces.

We also have a handy list of the gluten/wheat friendly and vegetarian items.

In addition, there are details on the special dining programs:

As for entertainment, we have info on the Eat to the Beat Concert Series and Dining Packages.

We'll have lots more info on the 2018 Epcot International Festival as the opening date of August 30 grows nearer!






Winner Found: AllEars.Net Kingdom Strollers Search and Surprise! Giveaway

Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner!

On Sunday morning (Aug. 12) we held our first-ever AllEars.Net Kingdom Strollers Search and Surprise! Giveaway!

We searched all over the Magic Kingdom, looking for families who had rented from our recommended stroller rental agency, Kingdom Strollers.

We started out with our prize gift bag, filled with an assortment of Disney and AllEars treats.

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As we made our way around Fantasyland, we spotted a number of the different styles of strollers that Kingdom Strollers offers.

We found several City Mini Singles:

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Then we spotted a City Mini Double:

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We even spotted this Summit X3 Double:

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Finally we settled on a winner, and left them their prize! We hope they enjoyed it!

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Follow us and keep an eye on our social media channels -- Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram -- for future "Search and Surprise!" Giveaways!






August 12, 2018

Día de los Muertos Celebrations Return to Disneyland Resort

If you're visiting Disneyland Resort this fall be sure to join in the return of some special Día de los Muertos seasonal experiences in both California Adventure and Disneyland parks.

All of these experiences celebrating Día de los Muertos will begin September 7 and continue through November 2, 2018.

California Adventure:

Once again the Disney Pixar movie Coco is central to the Plaza de la Familia festivities in Paradise Gardens. When visiting you and your family can share memories of loved ones at the interactive Memory Wall.

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Día de los Muertos Celebrations Return to California Adventure Park ©Disney

You'll also get to enjoy a Mexican Árbol de la Vida (Tree of Life) photo location. Plus, this year there is a mask making craft that depicts an alebrije (spirit guide) from Coco.

Don't miss out on the immersive art exhibit The World of Coco along with the touching Mariachi music performed on the bandstand - all while enjoying tasty Mexican food at Paradise Garden Grill.

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Día de los Muertos Celebrations Return to California Adventure Park ©Disney

A Musical Celebration of Coco will be performed several times daily. It brings together the Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia and the Grammy-award winning Mariachi Divas for a fun, festive combination of music and dance that tells the inspiring and enjoyable story of Miguel’s journey in Coco. New this year, the singers and authentic Folklórico dancers will be joined by Miguel, brought to life in a whimsical, hand-crafted style inspired by traditional Mexican folk art.

Be sure to make a stop in Cars Land because the citizens of Radiator Junction will be remembering Doc Hudson (the Fabulous Hudson Hornet) with an ofrenda (remembrance altar). You'll find the ofrenda at Ramone's House of Body Art.

Disneyland:

Frontierland's Zocalo Park will be colorfully decked out with a display in honor of Día de los Muertos.

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The display will incorporate marigolds and papel picado througout the installation. It will also include a traditional ofrenda, calaveras (sugar skulls), and an iconic figure of La Catrina.

Be sure to enjoy the tasty food at nearby Rancho del Zocalo while here.

You can read about last year's celebration HERE.

Which Día de los Muertos events are you looking forward to seeing and experiencing? Let us know in the comments.

August 11, 2018

Preview Time: 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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This year's Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts in less than three weeks, on August 30, and runs for 75 days, until November 12. Today, Disney gave the media a taste of what to expect during this annual eating extravaganza.There's new food, new events, new entertainment, and new merchandise galore.

Let's start with a look at the main event -- the food! There was a lot of focus at the preview on the Global Marketplaces (food booths) that will be located in Future World -- The Cheese Studio, Wine and Dine Studio, Active Eats, Earth Eats, Flavors from Fire -- although several other country marketplaces were represented as well.

The Cheese Studio, which will once again be located along the rose walk that connects the Imagination pavilion in Future World with World Showcase, will have a Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake with maple bourbon cream, caramel and pecan crunch.

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Its nearby neighbor the Wine and Dine Studio will feature a savory new Butternut Squash Ravioli with brown butter vinaigrette, parmesan cheese and pumpkin seeds.

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Returning to the Flavors from Fire marketplace this year is the Chocolate Picante, a dark chocolate mousse flavored with cayenne pepper and chili powder, accompanied by fresh mango. We loved this lightly spiced chocolatey morsel last year and are glad to see it back.

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Flavors from Fire will also have a new Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a smoked corn cake with pickled vegetable slaw and cilantro aioli.

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The Brazil Marketplace will be serving up a traditional seafood stew known as Moqueca, made with scallops, shrimp, and white fish in a coconut-lime sauce with steamed rice. We could do without the green pepper in this dish, but suppose we're in the minority.

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New at the Islands of the Caribbean marketplace is a jerk-spiced chicken lollipop -- seemed to be a take on the ever-popular lamb chop lollipop found at the Australian booth in years past.

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Active Eats will have little Energy Bar Bites that are a mixture of chocolate, nuts, dried fruit and dates, topped with coconut. Lots of our favorite things rolled into one. Yum.

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Over at Earth Eats there will be a special slider that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser: steakhouse blended beef and wild mushrooms with brie cheese fondue, arugula, truffle and blue cheese potato chip on a brioche bun.

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Hops and Barley marketplace, well-known over the years for its lobster roll, offers up a New Brunswick Slider this year -- slow-braised beef brisket with horseradish cream and crispy fried onions on a potato roll with pickled vegetables.

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You may have read that Taste Track, the kiosk over near Test Track in Future World, will be serving up festival offerings this year. While on the solid side Taste Track will be featuring a variety of croissant donuts, they'll have one new drink sure to appeal to those with a sweet tooth: The Pancake Milkshake -- vanilla ice cream with butter extract, maple syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles, pancake, and a splash of strawberry puree.

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Taking up residence within the Festival Center this year is the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar, which will be mixing up a number of variations on the popular orange juice + champagne theme. The Madras Mimosa featured below displayed a little spicy heat.

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New at the Ireland booth will be a Guinness Baileys Shake -- think this will be one popular item this year. Who doesn't love the creamy chocolate of Baileys?

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The popular Light Lab, with its glow-in-the-dark tricks, returns this year and brings with it an RGB (that's Red-Green-Blue) Beer flight: Playalinda Brewing Co.’s Red Cherry Tart, GrassLands Brewing Company’s Green Kiwi Blonde, and M.I.A. Beer Company’s Blue-berry Golden Ale. Not a beer-drinker so can't really say how it tasted, but it did make a pretty picture.

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You'll be able to keep track of all these items as well as all the many activities happening around Epcot during the festival with this handy passport, sporting that cute stylized image of Chef Remy that is decorating a lot of the festival merchandise this year.

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Speaking of merchandise, this year's new Food and Wine Festival merchandise and much more will be featured in our next blog. Stay tuned!

Don't forget: You can see the full list of menu items that will be served at the Global Marketplaces HERE. We've even pulled out the vegetarian and wheat/gluten-friendly items into their own separate list for you HERE.






WAKE UP! New Dooney and Bourke Bags on Sale Today at Disney Springs!

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Exciting news for Dooney and Bourke lovers -- the newest bags featuring a bright Mouse Ears pattern will be available at Ever After Jewelry Co. and Accessories at Disney Springs today, August 11, 2018.

Walt Disney World Passholders can purchase these bags early at World of Disney, starting at 9 a.m. this morning!






August 10, 2018

Tron Attraction Construction Causes Some Ride Disruptions

The Disney Parks Blog released more details today on the construction of new Tron coaster attraction that is currently being built in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, adjacent to Tomorrowland's Space Mountain.

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The Tron attraction is based on TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland. Riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles for a race through the digital frontier. The ride has been one of that park's most popular attractions since it opened.

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As construction in the Magic Kingdom progresses, the operations of several existing attractions is going to be temporarily disrupted.

The Walt Disney World Railroad will cease running and will sit "in residence" at its Main Street Station starting in December 2018. This will give guests the chance to have an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of some unique photo opportunities.

In addition, the Tomorrowland Speedway will close for part of 2019, to allow for the adjustment of its track. Contrary to rumors, the attraction is not permanently closing -- it will reopen otherwise unchanged in the summer of 2019.

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A Tron-themed billboard can now be seen from the Magic Kingdom's Storybook Circus area.

Magic Kingdom’s Tron attraction, which was originally announced at the D23 Expo in 2017, is set to debut in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021.





Medals Revealed for 2018 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Can you believe that August is already a third of the way over? That means November will be here before you know it and with it, the 2018 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend!

So it's not a surprise that Disney has just unveiled the medals for the weekend's race events. It's a perfect pairing between this event and the Epcot Food and Wine Festival -- the medals all feature chefs from Disney movies!

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5K and 10K 2018 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Medals ©Disney

Chef Tony serenading Lady and the Tramp during their romantic meal at his restaurant is on the Disney Fall Feast 5K medal.

The Disney Wine & Dine 10K medal features a chef that didn't quite get along as well with his guest as Chef Tony did with Lady and Tramp! Chef Louis and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid adorn the 10K hardware. We think Sebastian ran a 10K trying to escape Chef Louis in the movie!

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Half Marathon and Two Course Challenge 2018 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Medals ©Disney

Runners completing the 13.1 Mile Half Marathon will receive a medal inspired by the Tuscan countryside, showing sporty Chef Mickey out for a run, while those finishing the Disney Two Course Challenge - the 10K and the Half Marathon - will be given a rose-gold medal featuring Cogsworth and Lumiere from Beauty and Beast.

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runDisney Kids Races 2018 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Medals ©Disney

Finally, little ones participating in runDisney Kids' Races will earn a medallion sporting Chef Linguini and Remy from the Disney-Pixar film Ratatouille. By the way, there are still limited spots available for the kids' races.

The Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend runs Nov. 1-4, with an expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports along with the various races.

Are you running this year? In which races? Good luck to all of our readers who take on these challenges!





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