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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?
Please leave a comment; I would love to hear from you!

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!

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt During The 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Remy's Ratatouille Hide and Squeak 1This years EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival will be happening July 15 through November 20, 2021 at Walt Disney World! Returning once again is family favorite Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt. My kids and I have searched for Remy while touring World Showcase at EPCOT several times, and it’s a fantastic way to keep them entertained and engaged while you enjoy the global dishes and drinks. Here’s the scoop on this fun-filled experience, courtesy of Disney:

Embark on a Ratatouille-inspired adventure that’s très magnifique! Kids of all ages can search for Remy on a savory scavenger hunt around the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Simply purchase your map and stickers from select Festival merchandise locations, including:

  • Port of Entry
  • Mouse Gear
  • World Traveler (located at International Gateway)

Next, locate statuettes of Remy hidden throughout World Showcase and the Global Marketplaces and match the ingredient stickers to your map. 

Once you’ve found them all, bring your completed map to Disney Traders—located at the entrance to World Showcase—and choose a surprise, compliments of Chef Remy!

This activity is fun for all ages and can be completed at your own leisure. You can bring your scavenger hunt to EPCOT at any time during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival to complete your experience.

Will you be doing Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt?
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Timeline Of Magic At Walt Disney World

Almost 50 years ago on October 1, 1971, Walt Disney World opened to visitors thrilled to experience the Disney magic. In the five decades since, Disney has continued to expand and create even more cherished experiences for guests to enjoy with family and friends. Recently Disney shared a timeline of the magic at Walt Disney World. Check it out and see how many of the milestone moments you remember!

Worlds Most Magical Celebration 13Walt Disney World Resort opened October 1, 1971, to guests – and an entire world – eager to see how Walt Disney’s genius had pixie-dusted the trackless flatlands of Central Florida into a Magic Kingdom. Ten thousand guests, their smiles as wide as the October skies, streamed into Walt’s fairytale park on that historic day, ready to be transported to a world of fun and fantasy, where teacups spin, elephants fly and life’s cares melt away at the gates.

“May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place … a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn together.” – Official Dedication, October 25, 1971

These words were spoken by Walt’s brother, Roy O. Disney, at the official grand opening of Walt Disney World. Mickey Mouse, sporting the world’s largest bass drum at the time, led 5,000 marchers in a festive parade through the five lands of Magic Kingdom Park. Guests were also treated to a high-stepping marching band 1,076 performers strong.

Worlds Most Magical Celebration 14Walt did not live to see that day, but after years of planning and construction (and Roy postponing retirement to help see it through), his much-anticipated “Florida Project” was open and ready to welcome the world. From one theme park, two resort hotels and two golf courses, Walt’s dream today is a world unto itself including four theme parks, two water parks, more than two dozen resort hotels, Disney Vacation Club properties, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, 63 holes of championship golf, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s BoardWalk entertainment enclave and Disney Springs, a waterfront entertainment, dining and shopping district.

And now 50 years and millions of memories later, Walt Disney World Resort is on the brink of an exciting new era of family entertainment as it kicks off the next 50 years. All of it inspired by the ultimate dreamer, Walt Disney.

Here’s a look at some of the many milestones in the 50-year history of The Most Magical Place on Earth:

1965

November 15 – Walt Disney and his brother Roy publicly announce plans for Disney World in a press conference held in downtown Orlando, Florida.

1966

October 27 – Walt Disney records a film outlining plans for the Florida Project – including details for Disney World and the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT).

1967

May 30 – Groundbreaking officially kicks off construction of Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney’s brother, Roy O. Disney officially named the project “Walt Disney World” to ensure the world will always remember the man behind this historic dream.

1970

January 16 – The Walt Disney World Preview Center opens in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, becoming the first location to welcome guests on Walt Disney World property. It features scale models and artist renderings for many of the diverse experiences being created for the “Vacation Kingdom of the World.”

1971

October 1 – Walt Disney World officially opens to the public. Phase one includes Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The resort is a showplace of innovation, featuring a transportation system of monorails, watercraft, trams and motor coaches, as well as a centralized computer network and other groundbreaking systems supporting the many guest offerings and attractions.

October 25 – The Electrical Water Pageant debuts, bringing twinkling lights and a colorful synthesizer soundtrack to become a guest favorite along the waters of Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.

November 19 – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground opens, nestled among acres of scenic pine and cypress forest and evoking the timeless beauty of the American frontier.

1973

December 15 – Walt Disney World Resort expands with a new hotel, now known as Shades of Green, and a new attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean, in Adventureland.

1974

June 30 – The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue premieres at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.  Today, it is one of the longest-running dinner shows in American history.

1975

January 15 – Tomorrowland expands with Space Mountain and GE Carousel of Progress opens, further enhancing Tomorrowland with the latter currently holding the record for longest-running stage show in the history of American theater.

March 22 – Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village opens with 28 shops and four restaurants It will evolve over the decades and become The Marketplace at Disney Springs.

June 7 – Walt Disney World Resort honors America’s bicentennial with America On Parade. With 50 floats and more than 200 performers paying tribute to America’s history, people and traditions, it stands as the largest daily parade ever staged in a Disney park.

July 1 – The WEDway PeopleMover (now known as Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover) is added to Tomorrowland, providing new views along its highway in the sky.

July 14 – Preliminary plans for EPCOT are announced.

1976

June 20 – Disney’s River Country water park opens next to Fort Wilderness. The popularity of River Country eventually inspires Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach water parks.

1977

June 11 – The Magic Kingdom is aglow as The Main Street Electrical Parade makes its first Florida appearance, which followed its 1972 debut at Disneyland park in California.

1979

October 1 – After years of planning, construction begins on EPCOT.

1980

September 23 – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens in Frontierland, expanding the mountain range at Magic Kingdom Park.

1981

October 1 – A year-long Tencennial Celebration begins, bringing new entertainment to Magic Kingdom Park. Later in the year, the EPCOT Preview Center opens on Main Street, U.S.A.

1982

October 1 – EPCOT opens with five Future World pavilions – Spaceship Earth, Universe of Energy, World of Motion, Journey Into Imagination and The Land – and nine World Showcase pavilions representing Mexico, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan, France, United Kingdom and Canada.

Disney expands its legacy of work with Make-A-Wish as the first wish is grated at Walt Disney World Resort. Since 1982, more than 176,000 life-changing wishes have been granted for children facing critical illnesses in partnership with more than 250 wish-granting organizations around the globe.

1983

December 16 – The first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held at Magic Kingdom, starting a tradition of popular Disney After Hours events, combining special entertainment and offerings with extra time in the park.

December 25 – The Walt Disney World Christmas Parade is broadcast live from Magic Kingdom on ABC, going on to become a holiday tradition and growing to include parades and performances from both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

1984

May 11 – The Disney Dreamers & Doers program begins recognizing young people who demonstrate excellence in their schools, families and communities. Since 1984, Walt Disney World Resort has recognized nearly 14,000 students from public and private schools across Central Florida.

September 7 – EPCOT World Showcase expands with the opening of the Morocco pavilion.

1986

January 15 – The Living Seas (now The Seas with Nemo & Friends) opens at EPCOT, home to more than 200 species of sea life in a 5.7 million-gallon “ocean” of saltwater.

1987

January 25 – The iconic “I’m Going to Disney World!” commercial debuts. New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms is the first to shout the now-famous phrase following his team’s Super Bowl XXI victory.

1988

June 3 – EPCOT World Showcase expands with the opening of the Norway pavilion.

June 28 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa opens as the flagship of Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

October 1 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort opens.

1989

May 1 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens with Tinseltown glamour, major entertainment attractions and behind-the-scenes looks at movie-making.

May 1 – The nighttime entertainment complex Pleasure Island opens with a glittering array of restaurants and themed nightclubs. It will close in 2008 to make way for Disney Springs.

June 1 – Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park opens, featuring a 95-foot-high mountain, eight water slides and a 2.5-acre wave pool.

1990

November – The first phase of the EPCOT Resort Area opens with the debut of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (November 5) and Disney’s Beach Club Resort (November 19). The following year brings Walt Disney World Swan Hotel (January 13) and the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel (June 4). All within walking distance of the theme park, the collection of resorts significantly expands lodging and convention options.

1991

November – The Disney Harvest program launches. Today this program annually collects more than 823,000 pounds of prepared, unserved food from throughout Walt Disney World Resort for distribution to more than 40 Orlando-area nonprofits served by Second Harvest Food Bank.

December 20 – Disney Vacation Club launches with the opening of its first resort, now called Disney’s Old Key West Resort.

1993

April 23 – The Walt Disney Company dedicates 8,500 acres of land purchased at the Osceola-Polk County line to The Nature Conservancy to preserve for future generations as the Disney Wilderness Preserve.

1994

January 16 – The inaugural Walt Disney World Marathon steps off, eventually growing into the popular runDisney races today.

April 29 – The inaugural EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival debuts. In the years to follow, festivals dedicated to food & wine, the arts and holidays join the lineup.

June 12 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios expands with the opening of its first new themed area, Sunset Boulevard, bringing more shops, dining and entertainment to the park…along with the haunted thrills of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (July 22).

Walt Disney World Resort continues to expand lodging options with the openings of: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (May 28), Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort (April 29) and Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (November 1).

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida is established with Walt Disney World Resort as a founding trustee. Walt Disney World’s support and sponsorship of the Chamber includes hosting the its crowning celebration for Central Florida’s most dynamic businesses and entrepreneurs, the Eagle Awards.

1995

April 1 – Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park debuts, offering winter-themed fun in a water park setting, including a 12-story drop down the high-speed waterslide Summit Plummet.

April 22 – The Disney Conservation Fund forms to provide support for respected conservation organizations saving wildlife and protecting the magic of nature. To date, the fund has directed $100 million to support nonprofit organizations working with communities to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet.

July 15 – Disney’s Wedding Pavilion opens on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, part of a vast expansion of options for weddings and vowel renewals. Today, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons offers a wide range of nuptial and honeymoon planning around the globe.

1996

February 9 – Disney Institute opens, bringing more than 60 interactive programs to guests seeking fun and self-enrichment in customized vacation experiences. In the years to follow, Disney Institute evolves into a renowned training and professional-development organization that helps organizations be more successful using business insights and best practices of Disney parks and resorts.

July 1 – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas open along with their lively namesake boardwalk that brings new restaurants and nightspots to the EPCOT Resort Area.

October 1 – Walt Disney World Resort celebrates its 25th anniversary with a year-long celebration, new entertainment and Cinderella Castle decorated as a giant birthday cake.

1997

March 28 – ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex opens. The 220-acre complex includes multiple outdoor playing fields, baseball/softball diamonds, a track & field complex, a fieldhouse and a 9,500-seat ballpark. Over the years it will grow to encompass two additional fieldhouses, an ESPN broadcast center and even more outdoor playing fields. It will also serve as an official training site for various American and international professional teams, as well as host of several major sporting events such as the Invictus Games, the 2020 MLS is Back Tournament and the 2020 NBA restart of the regular season.

August 1 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opens. With 1,900 guest rooms and a 220,000-square-foot convention center, it is the largest of the Disney resort hotels that cater to meetings and events.

1998

April 22 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park opens on Earth Day. At 500 acres, it is Disney’s largest park and home to approximately 1,800 animals representing 200 species. The park’s icon, the Tree of Life, is a tribute to nature, featuring more than 300 intricately carved animal images.

October 15 – “Fantasmic!” premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the newly-constructed Hollywood Hills Amphitheater. The larger-than-life show features more than 50 live performers, massive sets, a brilliant display of lights, lasers, fireworks, and water animation all set to rousing music.

1999

March 18 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park expands with Asia, a new themed area featuring Kali River Rapids and the Maharajah Jungle Trek that introduces tigers and other animal species to the park.

October 1 – The Millennium Celebration begins at EPCOT. The 15-month event marks the debut of the popular nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, that will run for 20 years. Also new is Millennium Village, celebrating the cultural achievements of 25 countries, and the Tapestry of Nations parade. The celebration also brings pin trading to the forefront for Disney collectors everywhere.

2001

April 16 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge opens, featuring spectacular views of lush savannas home to more than 200 animals. The resort is also home to one of the largest collections of African art in the United States.

October 1 – 100 Years of Magic Celebration commences, honoring the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney’s birth. New parades debut in all four parks, a 122-foot-tall Sorcerer Mickey hat becomes an icon for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream also opens to take guests on a journey through the life of Walt Disney.

2004

December – Disney’s PhotoPass launches, offering guests an innovative way to view and retrieve professionally captured photos online.

2005

May 5 – Walt Disney World joins in the “Happiest Celebration on Earth,” with Disney parks around the world saluting the 50th anniversary of Disneyland Resort in California. Opening as part of the celebration: Soarin’ at EPCOT and the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

2006

April 7 – Expedition Everest opens, bringing new thrills to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

October 1 – “The Year of a Million Dreams” begins at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. A new “Dream Squad,” randomly selects guests to win an array of prizes. These include priceless, “dream come true” experiences like a night’s stay in the new Cinderella Castle Suite.

2008

January 17 – The first Disney Dreamers Academy event brings 100 exceptional African American high school students from around the U.S. to a four-day, immersive, transformational mentoring experience at Walt Disney World Resort. Becoming an annual event, the free program has since encouraged more than 1,000 participants to pursue their dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.

March 31 – MagicBands and the My Disney Experience mobile app launch for all guests, bringing innovative new enhancements to help guests plan and experience Walt Disney World Resort.

2011

September – The luxury residential resort community Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort welcomes its first residents. Designed by Disney Imagineers, the community offers distinctive neighborhoods, expansive nature preserves and concierge-style resident services.

2012

May 31 – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort opens with a new style of accommodations – Family Suites for parties of up to six people.

December 6 – New Fantasyland opens at Magic Kingdom Park. The 26-acre expansion of the original land initially includes three new attractions and Be Our Guest Restaurant. Other phases of the new land include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train that opens May 28, 2014.

2015

September 29 – Culminating a three-year reimagining of what was previously Downtown Disney, Disney Springs comes to life. The retail, dining and entertainment district will continue to grow, encompassing four “neighborhoods” all themed to Florida towns of the early 20th century.

2016

April 12 – A 48,000-panel, five-megawatt Mickey-shaped solar array debuts near EPCOT. The facility is able to produce enough power equal to 1,000 residential rooftop systems.

2017

May 27 – Pandora – The World of Avatar opens as an entirely new themed land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, featuring two attractions, dining, retail and instantly iconic floating mountains.

2018

June 30 – Toy Story Land opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests to play with their favorite toys in Andy’s backyard in three attractions.

2019

July 9 – Gran Destino Tower opens with 500-plus new guest rooms along with new dining and convention spaces, completing a multiyear transformation of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

August 29 – Star WarsGalaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 14-acre land invites guests to experience their own Star Wars stories like never before. One of the most ambitious and technologically advanced attractions created for a Disney park, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens December 5 inside the land.

September 29 – Disney Skyliner takes flight. This grand, state-of-the-art gondola system connects EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to four Disney Resort hotels.

December 16 – Disney’s Riviera Resort opens, a Disney Vacation Club property inspired by Europe and imagined by Disney.

December – A new 270-acre, 57-megawatt solar facility goes online, generating enough renewable clean energy to operate two of Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks annually.

2020

March 4 – Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the first ride-through attraction in a Disney park dedicated to Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

2021

October 1 – “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” will begin, saluting the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. The 18-month event will feature new experiences at all four theme parks and beyond, with shimmering EARidescent décor.

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