Disney Very Merriest After Hours Coming To Magic Kingdom This Holiday Season

If you have been eagerly awaiting the news on what the Christmas season will look like at Walt Disney World this year, Disney recently answered this all important question. Instead of the festive Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, this holiday season Walt Disney World will be offering Disney Very Merriest After Hours as a fun and safer alternative. Here’s what we know about this jolly event so far, courtesy of Disney:

Christmas Mickey and MinnieMerry music fills the night air. Cinderella Castle is all aglow. Snow falls on Main Street, U.S.A. as Magic Kingdom park brims with excitement.

This Christmas season, join your loved ones and friends at a truly magical holiday festival—Disney Very Merriest After Hours—held during the 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World Resort. Offerings for this new event include Character sightings, fireworks, themed music and decorations, attractions and more.

Spot some favorite Disney friends as they spread their holiday cheer throughout the park. Thrill to Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, a dazzling fireworks display hosted by Minnie Mouse. Indulge in delicious holiday treats, ice cream, popcorn and bottled beverages—all included with the cost of admission. Delight in some holiday-themed attraction overlays and Cinderella Castle projections. Plus, enjoy Magic Kingdom park for 4 hours after the park closes, and less time waiting in line for attractions!

Disney Very Merriest After Hours will take place from 9:00pm to 1:00am on select nights, from November 8 through December 21, 2021. Tickets will go on sale next month, so continue to check for updates. Event tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom park as early as 7:00pm, giving you time to enjoy even more of your park favorites before the event begins. These dated event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.

Event Highlights

Don’t miss this merriest of evenings, made merrier still when shared with those who brighten your holidays. Highlights include:

  • Character sightings
  • Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show
  • After-hours access to Magic Kingdom park and less time waiting in line for popular attractions
  • Holiday-themed attraction overlays and Cinderella Castle projections
  • Snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Holiday treats, ice cream, popcorn and bottled beverages—all included with the cost of admission
  • Themed food and beverages available for purchase
  • Holiday-themed Disney PhotoPass photo opportunities (photos available for purchase)
  • Special lighting, music and more!

With very few details announced officially from Disney yet, we’ll have to wait until next month for exact dates, pricing information, and more specifics on what will be included. Be sure to check back often as I will share the details as soon as they are released!

Will you be attending Disney Very Merriest After Hours?
Please leave a comment; we would love to hear from you!

Christmas Mickey and Minnie

First Look At A Magical 2021 Holiday Season At Walt Disney World

Holidays Return To Walt Disney WorldIf you are looking for some place to get away and spend the holidays this year, look no further than Walt Disney World. Recently Disney shared a first look at what is in store for guests to Walt Disney World this holiday season. According to Disney:

Beginning November 12, festive entertainment, whimsical décor, seasonal food and drinks, special merchandise and more will all be a part of the 2021 holiday season across Walt Disney World Resort. Here is a first look at the merrymaking to come this year as part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring the resort’s 50th anniversary.

Holiday Cinderella CastleMagic Kingdom Park

  • Main Street, U.S.A., will be decked for the holidays with seasonal décor.
  • In the evening, special holiday projections will appear most nights on Cinderella Castle, alternating periodically throughout the night with the castle’s transformation into a Beacon of Magic as part of the park’s 50thanniversary celebration.*
  • “Disney Very Merriest After Hours,” a new specially ticketed event, begins November 8 and continues on select nights through the holiday season. The four-hour experience with feature “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks,” Disney characters throughout the park, holiday music and décor, treats included and much more. The event will be open to a limited number of guests after regular park operating hours, with lower wait times on more than 20 available attractions. Tickets will go on sale in August, with an early purchase window available to guests of select Disney Resort hotels.

Holiday Tower of TerrorDisney’s Hollywood Studios

  • The Hollywood Holiday Tower will twinkle anew at the end of Sunset Boulevard during Sunset Seasons Greetings. Projection effects will magically transform the park icon into snowy Arendelle, a Muppets gingerbread masterpiece, a Toy Story toy hotel, and a Dickensian village inspired by “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” This holiday show will also alternate with the tower’s nightly transformation into a Beacon of Magic.
  • “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” will feature a festive finale starring Olaf.
  • Santa Claus will bring some North Pole cheer to a motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Minnie Mouse will host a meal at Hollywood & Vine, joined by her pals in their holiday finest – and Santa, too!

Holiday Tree of LifeDisney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • The park’s centerpiece – The Tree of Life – becomes another Beacon of Magic most nights during the 50thanniversary celebration. During the holiday season, there will be even more magic inspired by nature as the holiday edition of Tree of Life Awakenings also takes place most nights.
  • Disney characters will set sail down Discovery River, accompanied by joyful songs of the season.

Holiday Disney SpringsDisney Springs

  • The Walt Disney World shopping, dining and entertainment district will transform into a winter wonderland, full of sparkling lights, enchanting décor and holiday surprises.
  • The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll will feature elaborately decorated, Disney-themed trees, including some inspired by “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.”
  • A magical snowfall will add a touch of wonder for holiday shoppers at surprise locations.
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will become Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar with delightful décor and a delicious limited-time menu filled with festive favorites.
  • Disney Springs is the perfect place for guests to make their holiday shopping lists and check them twice, with a wide array of Disney holiday merchandise, including ornaments, matching family pajamas, Spirit Jerseys and more.

Gingerbread 3Disney Resort Hotels

  • Iconic trees and other seasonal touches will turn Disney Resort hotels into holiday hideaways.
  • Select resorts will feature intricate gingerbread displays perfect for holiday photographs … and inspiration for holiday treats.
  • Select resorts will offer holiday menus at restaurants, as well as other specialty food and drinks.

Holiday Cookie StrollEPCOT

  • The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will return November 26 – December 30 and will feature Holiday Kitchens around World Showcase, performances by Voices of Liberty, a Cookie Stroll and more.

Will you be visiting Walt Disney World this holiday season?
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Full Menus For The 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Global Marketplaces

Food and Wine 2021This year the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival will be held from July 15 through November 20. Once again this fun-filled event features live musical performances, festival themed merchandise, family friendly activities, and of course loads of delicious drinks and dishes.

The 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival features over 20 Global Marketplaces offering foods and beverages representing six different continents. This year’s marketplaces include many past favorites plus seven new locations:

  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
  • The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
  • Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening October 1
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening October 1

Be sure to pick up a free Festival Passport to help you plan your feeding frenzy. Passports are available at the entrance of EPCOT, all Global Marketplaces, plus select merchandise locations. So let’s check out the menus…better grab a snack, you’re about to get very hungry!

The Alps 1THE ALPS – Opening October 1
  • Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Alpine Ham, Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette
  • Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette
  • Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche
  • Huber Vision Grüner Veltliner, Austria
  • Cave De La Côte Rosé Gamay, Romand
  • René Favre Dôle, Chamoson
  • Frozen Rosé
  • Wine Flight
Australia Lamb ChopAUSTRALIA
  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bush Berry Pea Salad and Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries and Lemon Myrtle Meringue (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
  • Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
  • Robert Oatley Chardonnay
  • Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Wine Flight
Appleseed Orchard 1APPLESEED ORCHARD
  • Apple Crumble Tart
  • Apple Chips (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Frozen Apple Pie (non-alcoholic)
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider (non-alcoholic)
  • Collective Arts Brewing Circling the Sun Hard Cider, Ontario, Canada
  • Original Sin Hard Cider McIntosh, New York, NY
  • Blake’s Hard Cider Saint Chéri Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry, Armada, MI
  • Big Storm Brewing Co. Apple Blonde Ale, Clearwater, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Apple Pecan Brown Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Apple-y Ever After Green Apple Sour Ale, Orlando, FL
  • Apple Blossom Sky: Fanta® Apple, Ginger Beer, Floodwall Apple Brandy, Maple Syrup, and Mini Marshmallows
  • CORKCICLE® Classic Tumbler
  • Beer Flight
  • Cider Flight
Belgium 1BELGIUM – Opening October 1
  • Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
  • St. Bernardus Witbier
  • Belgian Abbey Ale
  • Delirium Red Fruit Beer
  • Chimay Dorée Gold
  • Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Beer Flight
Brazil 1BRAZIL – Opening October 1
  • Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp, and White Fish with Coconut-Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Limāo Lager, Doral, FL
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça
Brew Wing 1BREW-WING AT THE EPCOT EXPERIENCE
  • Garlic-Parmesan Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Barbecue Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Traditional Buffalo Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Teriyaki-Sesame Wings with Celery and Ranch
  • Mango-Habanero Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Cheese Flatbread
  • Pepperoni Flatbread
  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Pineapple Vibes Blonde Ale, Orlando, FL
  • Central 28 Beer Company Groveland Road Blood Orange IPA, DeBary, FL
  • Wicked Weed Brewing Watermelon Dragonfruit Session Sour, Asheville, NC
  • Bold Rock Honeycrisp Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA
  • Starcut Ciders Magpie Hard Cider, Bellaire, MI
  • Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Apple Lantern Roasted Pumpkin, Armada, MI
  • Beer Flight
  • Cider Flight
Canada 1CANADA
  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Collective Arts Audio/Visual Lager, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Château des Charmes Cabernet-Merlot Old Vines
China 1CHINA
  • Pan-fried Chicken Dumplings with House-made Sweet and Spicy Sauce
  • ZiRan Beef Bao Bun: Grilled Beef with Cumin
  • Crispy-fried Pepper Shrimp with Spicy Sichuan Noodles
  • Mango Bubble Milk Tea: Assam Black Tea, Whole Milk and Mango Syrup (non-alcoholic)
  • ByeJoe Punch: Chinese BaiJiu Spirit, Lychee Syrup, Soda Water and Piña Colada Mix
  • Dragonfly: Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Absolut Vodka, Orange Juice and Mango Syrup
  • Kung Fu Master: Absolut Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
The Donut Box 1THE DONUT BOX
  • Candy Jar Donut made with M&M’S®, SNICKERS,® and TWIX®
  • Sriracha-glazed Donut
  • Chef’s Donut of the Day
  • The Donut Box: Pack of the 4 Daily Donuts
  • Crispy Chicken on a Sriracha-glazed Donut
  • Strawberry Smoothie (non-alcoholic)
  • Left Hand Brewing Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout, Longmont, CO
  • Black and White Coffee Cocktail
  • CORKCICLE® Classic Tumbler
Earth Eats 1EARTH EATS
  • The Impossible™ Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun (plant-based item)
  • Impossible™ Three-Bean Chili (gluten/wheat-friendly, plant-based item)
  • Spiced Apple Twinings of London® Chai Tea (non-alcoholic)
  • Stephen Vincent Pinot Noir, California
  • Spiced Apple Twinings of London® Chai Tea with Whiskey
Flavors From Fire 1FLAVORS FROM FIRE
  • The Corned Beef Corner Route: Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions and Beer-Cheese Fondue
  • The Chimichurri-up Offense: Charred Chimichurri Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • The S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon: Smoked Chocolate Cake, Graham Cracker, Marshmallow, Chocolate Ganache and Candied Bacon
  • Saugatuck Brewing Company Bonfire Beer, Douglas, MI
  • Four Virtues Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel, California
  • Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon
France 1FRANCE
  • Beignet aux Trois Fromages: Warm Beignet filled with 3 Cheeses
  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
  • Coq au Vin, Pommes Dauphine: Chicken braised in Burgundy Wine with Bacon and Puffed Potatoes
  • Crème Brûlée au Grand Marnier: Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Grand Marnier Liqueur (contains alcohol)
  • Evian Sparkling Cucumber and Mint Water with Magnesium and Zinc (non-alcoholic)
  • Strawberry Rose Mimosa: Pol Remy Sparkling Wine, Orange Juice and Monin Strawberry Rose
  • Rosé Pétillant Méthode Traditionnelle Champenoise: Rosé Sparkling Wine, Pink Flamingo
  • Chardonnay, Louis de Camponac
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blend, Bordeaux, Château de Prieuré
  • La Passion Martini Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice
Germany 1GERMANY
  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce
  • Gaffel Kölsch, Cologne
  • Weihenstephaner Lager, Freising
  • Schöfferhofer Wild Cherry Hefeweizen, Mainz
  • Selbach-Oster Riesling
  • Beer Flight
Greece 1GREECE
  • Spanakopita
  • Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Lamb Moussaka
  • Mylonas Assyrtiko
  • White Wine
  • Skouras Zoe Rosé
  • Kir-Yianni Naoussa Xinomavro Dry Red
  • Wine Flight
Hawaii 1HAWAI’I
  • Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and Sspicy Mayonnaise
  • Tuna Poke with Eel Sauce, Spicy Mayonnaise and Crispy Shrimp Chips
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts
  • Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA, Kailua-Kona, HI
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE® Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine
Hops and Barley 1HOPS & BARLEY
  • New England Lobster Roll: Lobster with Herb Mayonnaise on a Griddled Roll
  • Hot Beef Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Pickled Vegetables
  • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Strawberry and Lime, Tampa, FL
  • SweetWater Brewing Company Hazy IPA, Atlanta, GA
  • Lord Hobo Brewing Boom Sauce DIPA, Woburn, MA
  • Bold Rock Roast Coffee Hard Cider, Mills River, NC
  • Longevity Chardonnay, California
  • Tribute Cabernet Sauvignon, California
  • Beer Flight
India 1INDIA – Opening October 1
  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips
  • Korma Chicken with Basmati Rice, Crispy Chickpeas and Spiced Yogurt Sauce (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Ben’s Original™ Basmati Rice (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Mango Lassi (non-alcoholic)
  • Taj Mahal Premium Lager
  • Sula Brut Tropicale Sparkling Wine, Nashik
  • Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
  • Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Chai Cream Liqueur
Ireland 1IRELAND – Opening October 1
  • Fisherman’s Seafood Pie
  • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
  • Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
  • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
  • Guinness Baileys Shake
Italy 1ITALY
  • Mezzelune Croccanti: Crispy Half-moon Breaded Mozzarella-filled Ravioli with Pomodoro Sauce
  • Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce, Romano Cheese and Prezzemolo
  • Bomboloni: Cream-filled Italian Doughnut with Raspberry Sauce and Powdered Sugar
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Rosa Regale
  • Moscato
  • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello
  • Peroni Pilsner
  • Italian Mineral Water
Japan 1JAPAN
  • Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and Teriyaki
  • Tempura Shrimp Sando: Crunchy Shrimp served with Yuzu Crab, Green Onions and Eel Sauce served on a Bun
  • Spicy Hako Sushi: Spicy Tuna and Salmon served Box-style with Red Tempura Crunch and Volcano Sauce
  • Kochi Lemon Drop: Vodka, Yuzu, and Lemon Juice garnished with a Lemon Jelly
  • Ozeki Platinum Sake: Junmai Daiginjo Refreshingly Dry with a Fruity Flavor
  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Urayasu Rice Lager, Orlando, FL
Kenya 1KENYA – Opening October 1
  • Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato & Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous
  • Tusker Lager
Lobster Landing 1LOBSTER LANDING – Opening October 1
  • New England Lobster Tail with Lobster Bisque Sauce
  • Lobster Chowder with Bacon, Corn, Potatoes and Oyster Crackers
  • Baked Lobster Dip with Old Bay Chips (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Coronado Brewing Co. Salty Crew Blonde Ale, San Diego, CA
  • Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa
  • Sean Minor Chardonnay, California
  • Cape Codder: Vodka with Cranberry, Pomegranate and Lime
Mac and Eats 1MAC & EATS – Opening October 1
  • Traditional Macaroni and Cheese with Herbed Panko
  • Truffle Macaroni and Cheese with Herbed Panko
  • Cowboy Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Pork Belly, Brisket Burnt Ends, Pickled Peppers and Onion Straws
  • Macaroni and Cheese with House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers (plant-based item)
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Lemon Hazy IPA, Tampa, FL
  • L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines, Columbia Valley, WA
  • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
Mexico 1MEXICO
  • Chilaquiles con Chorizo: Crispy Corn Tortillas tossed in Salsa Verde and Monterey Jack Cheese topped with Crema Mexicana, Queso Cotija, Pickled Onions and Ground Chorizo
  • Taco de Ribeye: Shaved Ribeye, Red Onions, and Poblano Peppers on a Corn Tortilla with Ranchera Salsa, Cotija Cheese and Chives
  • Capirotada de Chocolate: Abuelita Chocolate Bread Pudding served with a Chocolate Crème Anglaise
  • Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater
  • El Tigre Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal with Pomegranate, Prickly Pear, Pineapple, and Ginger Juices served on the rocks with a Hibiscus Salt Rim
  • La Clásica Reyes Margarita: Centinela Blanco Tequila, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Abasolo Corn Whiskey, Lime Juice and Agave Nectar served on the rocks with a Chile Piquín Salt Rim
  • White Passion Fruit Sangria: White Wine, Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur and a hint of Ilegal Mezcal
Noodle Exchange 1THE NOODLE EXCHANGE
  • Traditional Spicy Vietnamese Beef Pho with Shaved Beef, Enoki Mushrooms, and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Char Siu Pork Udon with Enoki Mushrooms, Bok Choy, and Soy Pickled Egg
  • Shrimp and Coconut Curry Rice Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Tofu Pho with Enoki Mushrooms and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat-friendly, plant-based item)
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Yaupon Brothers Green Tea Pale Ale, Titusville, FL
  • A to Z Riesling, Oregon
Outpost 1REFRESHMENT OUTPOST
  • Spicy Githeri with White Beans, Pigeon Peas, Ben’s Original™ Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley and Kachumbari Slaw (plant-based item)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Allspice Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
  • CORKCICLE® Classic Tumbler
Port 1REFRESHMENT PORT
  • Braised Beef Poutine: French Fries, Boursin® Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce, Cheese Curds and Gherkin Relish
  • Maple Boursin Cheesecake with Whipped Boursin® Maple Bourbon Cheese and Candied Pecans
  • Numanthia Termes Tinta de Toro Red Wine
Rotunda Bistro 1ROTUNDA BISTRO
  • Chilled Smoked Shrimp Salad (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Wild Mushroom and Truffle Tart with Gruyère and Crème Fraîche
  • Chilled Crab and Avocado Parfait with Caviar (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Domaine Carneros Cuvée Brut Rosé, California
Shimmering Sips 1SHIMMERING SIPS
  • Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone
  • Banana Bread with Mixed Berry Compote (plant-based item)
  • Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava Juices
  • Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
  • Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice
  • Mimosa Flight
  • CORKCICLE® Stemless Flute
Spain 1SPAIN – Opening October 1
  • Charcuterie with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Spanish-style Paella with Rice, Chorizo and Shrimp (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Estrella Galicia Cerveza Especial Lager
  • Avaline White Blend
  • Faustino VII Rioja Rosado
  • Espelt Garnacha
  • Wine Flight
Swanky Saucy Swine 1THE SWANKY SAUCY SWINE
  • Crispy Barbecue Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Roasted Porchetta with Pork-fat Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Soy-glazed Sticky Ribs with Green Onions and Peanuts
  • Crispy Pig Ear Salad with Fire Roasted Tomatillo Sauce, Pickled Red Onions, Queso Fresco, Roasted Corn Salsa and Avocado Cream (gluten/wheat-friendly)
  • Parish Brewing Co. SIPS Pinot Noir Black Currant Sour, Broussard, LA
  • Rombauer Zinfandel, California
  • Bourbon Bloody Mary with Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Tangierine Cafe 1TANGIERINE CAFE: FLAVORS OF MEDINA
  • Fried Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce (plant-based item)
  • Grilled Kebabs with Couscous, Tomato-Onion Salad and Garlic Aïoli
    • Lemon-Garlic Chicken
    • Moroccan Spiced Lamb
    • Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips
  • Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Zaalouk and Zhoug Dips
  • Pistachio Cake with Cinnamon Pastry Cream and Candied Walnuts
  • Fresh Orange Juice (non-alcoholic)
  • Fresh Blood Orange Juice (non-alcoholic)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Bold Rock Ginger Turmeric Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA
  • Woodchuck Cinnamon Nutmeg Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
  • Fig Cocktail with White-Cranberry Juice and Fig Vodka
  • Cider Flight
  • CORKCICLE® Classic Tumbler

Which Global Marketplace are you most excited to try?
Please leave a comment; I would love to hear from you!

More Details About 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Live Entertainment

Epcot JAMMitorsDisney has just announced more details about the entertainment line up for this years EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. From July 15 through November 20, 2021, while guests enjoy taking a tasty tour around the world feasting on global cuisine and beverages, they can also check out some live music and entertainment. Here’s what we can look forward to during this years EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival according to Disney:

JAMMin’ Chefs (Canada Mill Stage)

This funky drumming crew breaks it down as they drum up fun in the kitchen using pots, pans and other unlikely instruments.

Mariachi Cobre (America Gardens Theatre)

Enjoy an exuberant performance of world-famous, traditional folk music.

Voices of Liberty (America Gardens Theatre)

Get swept away by inspiring vocal performances celebrating America’s spirit and beauty.

America Gardens Bandstand (America Gardens Theatre)

The 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens with America Gardens Bandstand presented by Florida Blue Medicare, a live music concert series presented Friday through Monday evenings. Local bands from across Central Florida take to the America Gardens Theatre stage, playing popular songs of yesterday and today.

  • July 16 to 19: Epic! Live
  • July 23 to 26: Champagne Orchestra
  • July 30 to August 2: Element
  • August 6 to 9: Sound Society
  • August 13 to 16: The Hooligans
  • August 20 to 23: The Vybe
  • August 27 to 30: The M-80s
  • September 3 to 6: Latin Ambition
  • September 10 to 13: Audio Exchange
  • September 17 to 20: The Hooligans
  • September 24 to 27: Epic! Live

Remember to check back often as I will share more details as soon as they are announced!

Will you be visiting during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival?
Please leave a comment; I would love to hear from you!

More Details About The World’s Most Magical Celebration

October 1, 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort. To honor this monumental occasion, Disney is kicking off “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” filled with new experiences and enchanting enhancements for guests to enjoy. Here are more details of what we can expect during this 18-month resort wide event, courtesy of Disney:

Worlds Most Magical Celebration 14On October 1, 1971, Walt Disney World Resort officially opened to guests for the first time, the culmination of years spent imagining, planning and developing Walt Disney’s magical dream. In the five decades since, the vacation destination continued to expand with new stories and characters and adventures to cherish for a lifetime. And now with a major milestone approaching, guests can share in “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” beginning October 1, 2021, in honor of the resort’s 50th anniversary.

This 18-month celebratory event will feature new experiences at the resort’s four theme parks and beyond, where shimmering EARidescent décor will appear as if by magic. Shining at the center of it all will be Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, which will add to its royal makeover from 2020 with new gold bunting, sparkling golden embellishments and other new enhancements, including a 50th anniversary crest warmly welcoming guests to the join the festivities.

Enchantment 1New Nighttime Spectacular ‘Disney Enchantment’ to Light Up Magic Kingdom Park

A new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” will help kick off the 50th anniversary festivities when it debuts October 1 at Magic Kingdom Park. Created to launch with “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” this evening extravaganza will take guests on a journey filled with adventure, wonder and empowerment. Inspiring everyone to believe in magic, “Disney Enchantment” will feature music, enhanced lighting, stunning fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.

Harmonius 2‘Harmonious’ Reimagines Disney Music at EPCOT

Joining “Disney Enchantment” on October 1 will be “Harmonious” at EPCOT, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park. This new show will bring the globe together at World Showcase Lagoon in a celebration of Disney music that inspires people worldwide. It’s a grand, powerful tribute to the unifying power of story and song, embracing new technical magic that incorporates pyrotechnics, fountains, lighting and media in new ways. “Harmonious” will feature new interpretations of classic Disney songs, reimagined in more than a dozen languages by a diverse group of 240 artists from around the world.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOTRemy’s Ratatouille Adventure Grand Opening Set for October 1 at EPCOT

The grand opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be October 1, inviting guests into the flavorful world of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning “Ratatouille.” In this family-friendly attraction, guests will feel as if they shrink to the size of Chef Remy and scurry through Gusteau’s famous restaurant. They will discover Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in a newly expanded area of the park’s France pavilion, where the real is made fantastic in a reimagining of Paris inspired by the film.

Creperie 2Also debuting October 1 in this section of the pavilion will be a delicious new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris, offering both table- and quick-service options. The menu will feature sweet crepes, savory buckwheat galettes (naturally gluten friendly) and authentic French hard cider. The attraction, restaurant and pavilion expansion are all part of the historic transformation of EPCOT currently underway, bringing a breadth of new experiences to the park as a celebration of curiosity, discovery and the magic of possibility.

Beacons of Magic Shine at Walt Disney World Theme Parks

As part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” icons at each Walt Disney World theme park will transform into magnificent Beacons of Magic at night, coming to life with their own EARidescent glow*.

  • Cinderella Castle will illuminate Magic Kingdom with a dazzling radiance that sparkles with pixie dust.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, a warm light will emanate from the Tree of Life as magical fireflies gather to usher in the magic of nature.
  • The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be awash in a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.
  • And at EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another in a symbol of optimism resembling stars in a nighttime sky. The iconic structure’s permanent new lighting will continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park.

KiteTails 1‘Disney KiteTails’ to Take Flight at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

New daytime entertainment is stirring at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, as “Disney KiteTails” will come alive several times daily beginning October 1 inside the Discovery River Amphitheater. Performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie. These colorful creations will dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family.

Sculptures 1Golden ‘Disney Fab 50’ Sculptures to Appear Across the Theme Parks

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale will be part of a new collection of special golden character sculptures debuting October 1 across the four Walt Disney World theme parks. There will be 50 characters featured overall, and guests will be able to interact with the “Disney Fab 50” in surprising ways as part of the 50th anniversary celebration.

Worlds Most Magical Celebration 12Mickey, Minnie and Friends Will Be Dressed for the Occasion

Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale will also be dressed in sparkling new looks, custom-made for this special occasion. Highlights of these celebratory designs include beautifully embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle backed by fireworks, as well as a brocade in multi-toned, EARidescent fabric – all punctuated with pops of gold.

Mickey and Minnie will be the hosts of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” joined by Walt Disney World cast members at the heart of this event. Wearing new EARidescent nametags designed for the 50th anniversary, cast will demonstrate yet again why they are renowned for their commitment to service, consistently exceeding guests’ expectations by going above and beyond to make visits to The Most Magical Place on Earth special.

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