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Full List of 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Menus

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Full List of 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Menus

Every foodie’s favorite time of year is now underway! The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is running now through November 19, 2019! We have the full list of 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival menus so you can start deciding now what you can’t miss during your visit!

In addition to celebrating cuisines and cooking techniques from around the world, the festival features a variety of special seminars and culinary demonstrations as well as the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. This concert series, which runs through Nov. 19 throughout the festival and lets you embrace your inner groupie with live performances at the America Gardens Theatre from some of your favorite musical artists. And if you’re looking to pair it with a delicious meal, you can purchase an Eat to the Beat Dining Package, allowing you to enjoy an amazing breakfast, lunch, or dinner at an Epcot eatery as well as a guaranteed seat at the evening concert. 

This year’s event boasts over 30 individual Global Marketplaces highlighting delicious dishes, sweet treats, fine wine, craft beer, spirits, and other beverages sure to satisfy every palate. These are located throughout World Showcase and Future World, giving you an opportunity to chow down on an incredible variety of unique small bites and sips as you explore the festival. I’ve put together a Foodie Guide detailing all of the menus and locations as well as all of the gluten-friendly, vegetarian, and kid-approved items. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival starts August 29 and runs through November 23, 2019, which means you have plenty of time to try as many eats as your hungry heart desires! 

  • V indicates Vegetarian items
  • GF indicates “Gluten/Wheat Friendly” items
  • KA indicates Kid Approved
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Thailand (Located near Disney Traders)

Food:

  • Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables (KA)
  • Shrimp and Cold Noodle Salad
  • Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice

Beverage:

  • Singha Lager
  • Maison Willm Réserve Gewürztraminer, Alsace
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Australia (Located near Port of Entry)

Food:

  • Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Bushberry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas (GF)
  • Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bushberry Pea Salad, and Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata (GF)
  • Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries, and Lemon Myrtle Meringue (KA) (GF) (V)

Beverage:

  • Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
  • Hope Estate “Wollombi Brook” Semillon, Hunter Valley
  • Franklin Tate Estates Chardonnay, Margaret River
  • 3 Rings Shiraz, Barossa Valley
  • Wine Flight also available
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Shimmering Sips (Located near Port of Entry)

Food:

  • Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae made with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® Almondmilk, fresh Berries, and Chocolate Almond Streusel (V) (KA)
  • Cheesecake Trio: Raspberry, Chocolate, and New York-style Cheesecake Bites (V) (KA)
  • Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone (V) (KA)

Beverage

  • 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
  • Frozen Mimosa featuring White Claw Natural Lime Hard Seltzer
  • Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut, Champagne
  • Dom Pérignon Brut, Champagne
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé, Champagne
  • Mimosa Flight
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Hawai’i (Located near Refreshment Port)

Food: 

  • Kāalua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and spicy Mayonnaise (KA)
  • Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers, and Wasabi Cream inspired by AULANI Disney Vacation Club® Villas, Ko Olina Hawai’i
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and spicy Mayonnaise
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (KA) (GF) (V)

Beverage:

  • Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE® Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Islands of the Caribbean (Located near the Mexico pavilion)

Food:

  • Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aïoli (KA)
  • Jerk-spiced Chicken with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt (GF)
  • Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (V) (KA)

Beverage:

  • Red Stripe Lager
  • Caribbean White Sangria
  • Frozen Mojito
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

The Donut Box (Located near Test Track)

Food:

  • Sweet Corn Fritter with Fresno and Red Pepper Jelly (V)
  • Strawberry-dusted Yeast Donut Holes (V) (KA)

Beverage:

  • Strawberry Smoothie made with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk®  (Non-Alcoholic) (KA)
  • Central 28 Beer Company Boston Cream Donut Ale, DeBary, FL
  • Black and White Coffee Cocktail garnished with a Fresh Yeast Donut with Chocolate Espresso Bean Crumbles

Cool Wash (Located near Test Track)

  • Assorted Coca-Cola® Slushies (non-alcoholic)
  • Coca-Cola® Orange Vanilla with St. Petersburg Gin

Mexico (Located at the Mexico pavilion)

Food:

  • Taco de Puerco: Shredded Pork Belly on a Corn Tortilla with Salsa Verde 
  • Tostada de Carne: Braised Beef on a Corn Tostada with Mole Oaxaqueño and Chicharrón Dust
  • Capirotada de Chocolate : Chocolate Bread Pudding served with Chocolate Abuelita Crème Anglaise

Beverage:

  • Cerveza Por Favor: Mexican Craft Beer served with a Liqueur Floater
  • Mexican Sangria: Red Wine, Blackcurrant Liqueur, Citrus Juices, Strawberry Purée, and a hint of Rum
  • Clásica Reyes Margarita: 100% Agave Tequila, Ancho Reyes Liqueur, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar served on the rocks with a Tajín Chile-Lime Powder Rim
  • Smokey Margarita: Mezcal Ilegal, Pineapple-Ginger Juice, Agave Nectar, 100% Agave Tequila and Ancho Reyes Liqueur served On the rocks with a spicy Salt Rim
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

The Alps (Located at the Norway pavilion)

Food:

  • Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette (V) (KA)
  • Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes
  • Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche and Blue Diamond® Almonds (V) (KA)

Beverage:

  • Domaine CARREL et Fils Eugène Jongieux Blanc
  • Cave De La Côte Rosé Gamay, Romand
  • René Favre Dôle, Chamoson
  • Frozen Rosé
  • Wine Flight also available
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

India (Located near the China pavilion)

Food:

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa, and Coriander Pesto Dips(V) (KA)
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and UNCLE BEN’S® Basmati Rice (V) (GF)
  • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews, and Warm Naan Bread

Beverage:

  • Mango Lassi (Non-Alcoholic)(KA)
  • Godfather Lager
  • Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
  • Sula Shiraz, Nashik
  • Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Chai Cream Liqueur

China (Located at the China pavilion)

Food:

  • Wuxi Spareribs
  • Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw (KA)
  • Mala Chicken and Shrimp Bao Bun
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles

Beverage:

  • Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (non-alcoholic)
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
  • Happy Peach: Peach Liqueur and Dark Rum
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice
  • Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
  • Year of the Piggy: Light Rum, Triple Sec, Lychee Syrup, Lime Juice and Sprite® 
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Africa (Located near Refreshment Outpost)

Food:

  • Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw
  • Spicy Kenyan Vegan Githeri with White Beans, Pigeon Peas, Curry Rice Pilaf, and Kachumbari Slaw (V)
  • Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous

Beverage:

  • Tusker Lager
  • Cederberg Chenin Blanc, South Africa
  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape
  • Groot Constantia Pinotage, Constantia
  • Wine Flight also available
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Refreshment Outpost (Located between the China and Germany pavilions)

Food:

  • Nigerian Meat Pie
  • No Worries Panna Cotta: Raspberry, Papaya, and Mango Panna Cotta with a Cookie Crumble Base topped with a Lion King White Chocolate (KA)

Beverage:

  • Savannah Smoothie: Coconut Milk, Agave, and Amarula Cream Liqueur
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Germany (Located at the Germany pavilion)

Food: 

  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions, and Cheese (KA)
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Prop & Peller® Pretzel Roll (KA)
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce(V) (KA)

Beverage:

  • Weihenstephaner Festbier Lager, Freising
  • August Kesseler R Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau
  • J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel
  • Selbach-Oster 2014 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Mosel
  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir, Pfalz
  • Riesling Flight also available

Brewer’s Collection (Located at the Germany pavilion)

  • Weihenstephaner Festbier Lager, Freising
  • Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrüb
  • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer
  • Beer Flight also available
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Sommerfest (Located at the Germany pavilion)

  • Frangipane Peach Tart (V) (KA)
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Spain (Located between the Germany and Italy pavilions)

Food:

  • Charcuterie in a Cone with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette
  • Spanish-style Paella with Botifarra and Roasted Chicken
  • Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, and Smoked Paprika (GF)

Beverage:

  • Lagar de Bouza Albariño, Rías Baixas
  • Casa Castillo Monastrell, Jumilla
  • Espelt Garnacha Old Vines, Catalonia
  • Wine Flight also available
Photo; Disney Parks Blog

Italy (Located at the Italy pavilion)

Food:

  • Ravioli Carbonara: Parmesan and Pecorino Ravioli, Egg Yolk, Cream, and Bacon
  • Costine di Maiale: Balsamic-glazed and Oven-roasted Pork Ribs
  • Pollo: Crispy Chicken with Marinara Sauce (KA)
  • Traditional Sicilian Cannoli: Crisp Pastry filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate, and Candied Orange
  • Chocolate-Hazelnut Cake: Vanilla Cake and Chocolate-Hazelnut Mascarpone Cream dipped in Chocolate (KA)

Beverage:

  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
  • Pinot Grigio, Santa Marina
  • Chianti, Gabbiano
  • Prosecco, Villa Sandi
  • Corbinello, Montegrande
  • Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande
  • Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila 
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Hops & Barley (Located at The American Adventure)

Food:

  • New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll
  • New Brunswick Slider: Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast-style” with Horseradish Cream and Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled Vegetables on the side
  • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (V) (KA)

Beverage:

  • North Coast Brewing Co. Blue Star Wheat, Fort Bragg, CA
  • 3 Daughters Brewing A Wake Coffee Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Heavy Seas AmeriCannon APA, Baltimore, MD
  • Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider, Walden, NY
  • Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
  • Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
  • Beer Flight also available

Block & Hans (Located at The American Adventure)

  • Orlando Brewing Blonde Ale,  Orlando, FL 
  • Goose Island 312 Dry Hopped Urban Wheat Ale, Chicago, IL 
  • Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington, KY 
  • Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout, Longmont, CO 
  • Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Milton, DE 
  • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY
  • Beer Flight also available

Fife & Drum (Located at The American Adventure)

  • Hanson Brothers Beer Company Mmmhops Pale Ale, Tulsa, OK

Funnel Cake (Located at The American Adventure)

  • Mini Funnel Cake topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and Mixed-berry Sangria Compote (V)

Japan (Located at the Japan pavilion)

Food:

  • Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables, and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce (KA)
  • Frothy Ramen: Chilled Noodles and Dashi Broth with a Light Foam topping
  • Spicy Roll: Spicy Tuna and Salmon Sushi Roll topped with Volcano Sauce

Beverage:

  • Kirin Draft Beer
  • Draft Sake
  • Nami Sake Cocktail: Sake, Gin and Blue Curacao
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Morocco (Located at the Morocco pavilion)

Food:

  • NY Strip Steak Green Shermoula Flatbread with fresh Radish and Tomato Salsa
  • Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onions, Tzatziki, and Chipotle Sauce
  • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce

Beverage:

  • Casa Beer
  • Laroque Chardonnay, Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Red Organic Sangria
  • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Belgium (Located between the Morocco and France pavilions)

Food:

  • Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
  • Golden Malted® Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)
  • Golden Malted® Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream(V) (KA)

Beverage:

  • Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale
  • St. Bernardus Witbier
  • Delirium Red Fruit Beer
  • Stella Artois Hard Cidre
  • Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur  
  • Beer Flight also available
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Brazil (Located between the Morocco and France pavilions)

Food:

  • Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp, and White Fish with Coconut-Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Onions(GF)
  • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (GF) (V) (KA)

Beverage:

  • M.I.A. Beer Company Barbossa Black Beer, Doral, FL
  • Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde, Portugal
  • Quinta do Crasto Douro Tinto, Portugal
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça 

France (Located at the France pavilion)

Food:

  • Fondue Savoyarde: Fondue of Imported Cheeses and Chardonnay served with Croutons (V)
  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
  • Boeuf Braisé à la Bordelaise, Pomme Dauphine: Beef Braised in Cabernet Sauvignon with Red Onions and Puffed Potatoes
  • Crème Brûlèe: Crème Brûlèe with House-made Chocolate Hazelnut Cream (V) (GF) (KA)

Beverage:

  • Kronenbourg 1664 Pale Lager Draft
  • Chardonnay, Maison de France
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Village la Tourelle, Bordeaux
  • Kir à la Grenade: Sparkling Wine with Monin Pomegranate Syrup 
  • La Passion Martini Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice
  • Evian Water
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Ireland (Located at the U.K. pavilion)

Food:

  • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
  • Warm Irish Cheddar and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread (V)
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard (V)

Beverage:

  • Brehon Brewhouse Killanny Red Ale
  • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
  • Guinness Baileys Shake
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Canada (Located at the Canada pavilion)

Food:

  • Canadian Cheddar and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (GF)

Beverage:

  • Collective Arts Brewing Saint of Circumstance Citrus Blonde, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Château des Charmes Vidal Icewine, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Château des Charmes Merlot, St. David’s Bench
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Appleseed Orchard Wine Bar (Located near Le Cellier Steakhouse)

Food:

  • Charcuterie and Cheese Plate featuring Burton’s Maplewood Farm Applejack Brandy Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

Beverage:

  • Forge Cellars Dry Riesling Classique, Seneca Lake
  • Conundrum Red Blend, California
  • Amavi Cellars Syrah, Walla Walla Valley
  • tenshən Rhône Style White Blend, Central Coast
  • Lang & Reed Wine Company Cabernet Franc, North Coast
  • Frog’s Leap Zinfandel, Napa Valley
  • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
  • Wine Flights also available

Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar (Located near Le Cellier Steakhouse)

Food:

  • Caramel-Apple Popcorn (KA)

Beverage:

  • Frozen Apple Pie (non-alcoholic)(KA)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Apple Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel Ale, Doral, FL
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Apple Pie Beer, Titusville, FL
  • Sea Dog Brewing Co. Green Apple Ale, Clearwater, FL
  • Ciderboys Lemon Cello Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
  • Collective Arts Brewing Cherry Apple Hard Cider, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 
  • Woodchuck Hard Cider Spiced Apple, Middlebury, VT
  • Apple Blossom Sky: Fanta® Apple, Ginger Beer, Floodwall Apple Brandy, Burton’s Maplewood Farm Applejack Brandy Barrel Aged Syrup and Mini Marshmallows
  • Beer Flight also available
  • Cider Flight also available
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Refreshment Port (Located near the Canada pavilion)

Food:

  • Duck Confit Poutine with Fig Demi Sauce and Brie Cheese Fondue
  • DOLE Whip® Pineapple Soft-serve (V) (KA)

Beverage:

  • DOLE Whip® Pineapple Soft-serve with Bacardi Coconut Rum
  • Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum
  • Barbecue Bloody Mary with Smoked Garlic Sausage and House-made Pickle Skewer served with a Mustard and Barbecue Rub Rim
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

The Cheese Studio hosted by Boursin® Cheese (Located at Future World West)

Food:

  • Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushrooms, and Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce (KA)
  • Black Pepper Boursin® Soufflé with Fig Marmalade (V)
  • Maple Bourbon Cheesecake with Maple Bourbon Cream, Caramel, and Pecan Crunch (V)

Beverage:

  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Blueberry Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey
  • Domaine Saint André de Figuière Rosé, Côtes de Provence
  • Alta Vista Estate Malbec, Mendoza
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

The Chocolate Studio (Located at Future World West)

Food:

  • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (GF)
  • Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart with Whipped Cream (KA) 

Beverage:

  • Twinings® Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea and Chocolate Shake (non-alcoholic)(KA)
  • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont
  • Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 
  • Croft Fine Ruby Port, Portugal
  • Twinings® Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

The Wine & Dine Studio (Located at Future World West)

FOOD

  • Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan, and Pumpkin Seeds(V) (KA) 
  • Trio of Artisan Cheese (V)
    • Gorgonzola with Cow and Sheep’s Milk
    • Artigiano Aged Balsamic & Cipolline Onion
    • Italico
  • Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Trio of Artisan Cheese paired with Reata Chardonnay, Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, and Spellbound Petite Sirah

Beverage:

  • Reata Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
  • Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon
  • Spellbound Petite Sirah, California
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Flavors from Fire hosted by ESPN’s College GameDay (Located at Future World West)

Food:

  • The Steakhouse Blended Burger: Blended Beef and Mushroom Slider with Brie Cheese Fondue, Arugula, and a Truffle and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche Bun 
  • Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions, and Beer-Cheese Fondue
  • Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli
  • Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, and Mango-Lime Compote

Beverage:

  • Bell’s Brewery Porter, Comstock, MI
  • Edmeades Zinfandel, Mendocino County 
  • Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon 
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Earth Eats hosted by Impossible™ Foods (Located at Future World West)

Food:

  • The Impossible ™ Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun (V)
  • Impossible™ Cottage Pie: IMPOSSIBLE™ Ground Meat with Carrots, Mushrooms, and Peas topped with Mashed Cauliflower, White Beans, and Mozzarella (V)

Beverage:

  • suja® organic kombucha green apple
  • suja® organic kombucha pineapple passionfruit
  • suja® organic kombucha mixed berry
  • suja® organic kombucha Flight also available
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Active Eats (Located at Future World West)

Food: 

  • Loaded Macaroni & Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar, and Leeks (KA)
  • Spice-crusted Verlasso® Salmon with UNCLE BEN’S® Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley, Crushed Avocado, and Sherry Vinegar (GF)
  • Fruit and Nut Energy Snack: House-made mixture of Apricots, Almonds, Pecans, Coconut, Puffed Rice, and Chocolate Chips (V) (GF) (KA)

Beverage:

  • M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Key Lime Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
  • L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines, Columbia Valley, WA
  • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Coastal Eats (Located at Future World West)

Food:

  • Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado-Lemongrass Cream
  • Baked Shrimp and Scallop Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
  • Pacifico True Striped Bass Tostada with Slaw and Fire-roasted Tomatillo Sauce

Beverage:

  • Short’s Brewing Co. Mule Beer, Elk Rapids, MI
  • A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris, Oregon
  • ROCO Gravel Road Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR

The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar Hosted byGHIRARDELLI® Chocolate Company (Located near the Land pavilion)

  • GHIRARDELLI®Drinking Chocolate (non-alcoholic)
  • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont

Sunshine Seasons (Located inside the Land pavilion)

  • Vanilla Gelato Sundae with GHIRARDELLI®  Hot Fudge or Caramel Drizzle, Whipped Cream and Sprinkles (KA)

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. (Located throughout the park)

  • Future World East: Açaí Surprise: Frozen Wild Berry and Açaí with Grey Goose Vodka
  • Canada: 
    • Citrus Sunrise: Frozen Orange and Pineapple Juice with Grand Marnier
    • Nitro Cold Brew
  • America: Whisky Adventure: Frozen Lemon and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Odyssey: Chai-quila: Iced Chai Tea with Avion Espresso Tequila

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is happening now through November 23, 2019. For more information, to purchase an Eat to the Beat Dining Package, or to book a special culinary demonstration, visit TasteEpcot.com or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463). 

Visiting with kids? Don’t miss our list of six things your kids will love about the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Which 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival menus are you most excited to see?

Six Reasons to Visit Disney World for the 2019 Holiday Season

We love the holidays at Disney World! From life size gingerbread houses to larger than life Christmas trees, here are the top six reasons you need to visit Disney World for the 2019 holiday season:

Magic Kingdom

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The skies above Magic Kingdom Park will sparkle to life like never before during  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with the debut of an all-new fireworks show that can be enjoyed across the park!  

The new fireworks show, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, will celebrate the magic of Christmas with medleys of beloved holiday songs, from “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” to “Up on the House Top” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”   You’ll be able to see the fireworks show during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights November 8 – December 22, 2019.

Along with the new show, each of this year’s 23 nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will feature performances of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show.  And during A Frozen Holiday Wish stage show, Queen Elsa will magically transform Cinderella Castle with glistening ice.

Epcot

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The 2019 line-up of celebrity narrators confirmed to-date for the popular Candlelight Processional just launched on the Blog for the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. This special event runs November 29-December 30, where you’re invited to discover holiday cheer throughout Epcot and across all 11 World Showcase pavilions.

Also at Epcot, from November 29, 2019, through December 30, 2019, guests will be immersed in a vast world of holiday decorations and entertainment, themed merchandise, festive cuisine and costumed storytellers from the 11 World Showcase nations.

Special Holiday Kitchens sprinkled throughout World Showcase will serve up tasty treats inspired by treasured holiday recipes from across the globe. And pavilions will come alive with the sights and sounds of special entertainment celebrating each country’s holiday heritage with Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting guests at The American Adventure pavilion.

Guests can also participate in Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree Scavenger Hunt to scout World Showcase locations looking for the famous chipmunks and their ornaments. Completed maps (available for purchase) are returned for a special festive surprise, courtesy of the chipmunk duo.

And this year, with its premiere scheduled for October 1, 2019, holiday guests will be among the first to view “Epcot Forever,” a new nighttime spectacular bursting above World Showcase Lagoon.

Hollywood Studios

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HDisney’s Hollywood Studios is also rolling out special holiday shows, enchanting “snowfalls,” décor and more this season. And this year, you’ll be able to live your Star Wars story at Star Wars:Galaxy’s Edge where you may just find the perfect holiday gift from a galaxy far, far away.

You won’t want to miss the Sunset Seasons Greetings show at the park, featuring projections on the Hollywood Tower Hotel, amazing laser effects and “snow,” along with stories, songs and cheer courtesy of favorite Disney friends.

The nighttime spectacular “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” will treat holiday-goers to festive music, fireworks, special effects and state-of-the-art projections to a one-of-a-kind holiday experience at the iconic Chinese Theatre.

And as a curtain-closer, Olaf will be delivering a special holiday finale in For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along along with other experiences.  

Animal Kingdom

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For the first time in its two-decade history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will introduce festive new entertainment and holiday décor in every land.

Beginning November 8, 2019, when you cross the bridge to Discovery Island, you’ll find yourself in the midst of a celebration of winter. By day, stylized, life-sized animal puppets mingle with villagers who make the island their home. As day becomes night, rooftop luminaries in animal shapes and bird lanterns throughout Discovery Island will bring a warm glow to the village.

Also, as the sun sets, the Tree of Life will awaken with a series of wintry tales emerging from within, backed by a heartwarming holiday musical score. Between awakening moments, the Tree of Life will shimmer and sparkle throughout the night, alive with the magic of nature and the spirit of the holidays.

Disney Springs

Guests who make a holiday list can check it twice as they breeze among dozens of trendy brand-name stores and a large and varied collection of Disney merchandise at Disney Springs.  There are amazing dining spots to explore and this year’s live entertainment will include toy soldier stilt walkers, carolers and Living Statues in holiday attire. Holiday decorations set the colorful stage for Disney Springs festivities, which run Nov. 8, 2019, to Jan. 5, 2020.

If you’re visiting the popular Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs this season, you will be treated to custom-decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme featuring characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and others.

At Santa’s Chalet, a jolly Santa Claus will welcome guests until December 24.

And you’re invited to also join in the complimentary Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt and discover where the mischievous Experiment 626 is hiding.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Decorations

Even the Walt Disney World Resort hotels feature spectacular holiday decorations! From larger than life Christmas trees to a life sized gingerbread house and carousel, you

Disney Springs Gingerbread Display

Located in the popular Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs, this storefront display depicts a miniature version of the pastry shop surrounded by little gingerbread trees. This adorable gingerbread house should be on display from late November through the end of December. And when you stop by the shop to see it for yourself, you can indulge in one of the many holiday offerings available.

Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Gingerbread Display

Representing the fun restaurants and shops located along Disney’s Boardwalk, this gingerbread display is located in the lobby of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. The display will be up around Thanksgiving and will remain through the end of December. With the BoardWalk Bakery as the centerpiece, it even features a gingerbread Chef Mickey! You’ll also be able to snack on festive sweets available for purchase nearby the display.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread Castle

A gingerbread Cinderella and Prince Charming greet guests as they come to visit the fanciful gingerbread castle set on an “it’s a small world” backdrop on the 4th floor concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The 18-foot tall display is crafted from thousands of gingerbread blocks, rolled fondant, and modeling chocolate. It features the magical additions of a gingerbread Fairy Godmother and a display box featuring Cinderella’s glass slipper. Come see it through the end of December! You’ll also find sweets at a cart nearby with items available for purchase.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Gingerbread House

The iconic Grand Floridian Gingerbread House celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! This life-size gingerbread house is located in the resort lobby throughout the holiday season. Featuring hidden Mickeys, gingerbread shingles, and more, this 14-foot tall display houses a little sweet shop selling freshly baked house-made items such as gingerbread cookies and gingerbread shingles.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel

This life-sized spinning carousel takes center stage in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The display features Donald and Daisy-themed carousel horses decorated with hand-crafted chocolate, sugar, and fondant as well as hand-crafted gingerbread snowflakes.

What is your favorite part of the holidays at Disney World?

14 Things to Do on a Rainy Day at Disney World

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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A little rain should never put a damper on a full day of magic at Walt Disney World Resort, where the fun always shines! There are always exciting activities, attractions and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.  Here are some of our top suggestions for things you can do on a rainy day at Disney World!

Magic Kingdom Park  

  • When the afternoon parades at Magic Kingdom Park can’t be performed as planned, your Disney friends come out to play in the “Rainy Day Cavalcade.”* This cheery procession brings Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals down the street in antique vehicles, accompanied by a special musical soundtrack and parade performers in colorful rain slickers and galoshes!
  • Hop on a rip-roaring rocket into the furthest reaches of outer space on Space Mountain attraction, set sail on a swashbuckling voyage on Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, and climb aboard a gloomy Doom Buggy on the Haunted Mansion attraction. 

Epcot

  • Take flight on Soarin’ Around the World.  This indoor attraction allows you to experience a breezy, airborne adventure as you hang glide above the breathtaking marvels of the world.
  • Go under the sea—without getting wet—on The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction before getting close up with clown fish, sharks and more in a massive 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium.
  • Catch popular Disney and Pixar short films—in amazing 4D at the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Check into the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction.  Inside you’ll be hurtled up and down aboard an elevator-style lift and brought into…the Twilight Zone.    
  • Make your way over to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith attraction and race along the darkened freeways of Los Angeles in a super-stretch limo to the rockin’ tunes of Aerosmith.
  • Sing along with Anna & Elsa in For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Singalong Celebration.
Festival of the Lion King, the popular, high-energy live musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom combines music, puppetry and pageantry inspired by Disney’s animated film classic, “The Lion King.” Performed inside the Harambe Theatre, this Broadway-style show is an exciting retelling of the film and immerses the audience in theatrics and classic songs. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • In Africa, head over to “The Festival of the Lion King,” a high-energy show filled with songs, pageantry and puppetry celebrating the classic movie, “The Lion King.”
  • Venture over to Pandora – The World of Avatar area where you can take a mystical journey into Pandora’s glowing bioluminescent rainforest on Na’vi River Journey attraction. This indoor boat ride will take you on a visually stunning adventure! 
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Character Dining

Character dining is a great way for you to meet some of your favorite Disney characters while avoiding the rain.  Some of our favorite rainy day restaurants include:  

  • The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom Park where you can relish in an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet with some of your favorite friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood.
  • Dine like royalty at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot. This enchanting experience invites you to feast inside a medieval castle while interacting with some beloved Disney Princesses.
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  • Join Safari Donald Duck and friends at Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This Harambe marketplace eatery allows you to enjoy African inspired dishes alongside some of your favorite Disney characters. 
  • Take a step back in time as you dine at Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to meet some Disney Junior Characters during a memorable breakfast buffet or Minnie Mouse and friends at seasonal dining parties!
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The weather may not always cooperate, but being prepared can help make your day at Walt Disney World Resort a success! Our new umbrellas and raincoats are can be found in the World of Disney at Disney Springs, Once Upon A Time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Future World kiosk and Mouse Gear at Epcot and the Emporium at Magic Kingdom Park.

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What is your favorite attraction to visit on a rainy day?

*The “Rainy Day Cavalcade” will not occur if there is lightning in the area due to safety concerns.

Cool Off at Disney Parks in Summer 2019 with Delicious Treats

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Chill out this summer with some deliciously refreshing cool treats at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. If you’re looking for a way to cool off between all of your exciting activities at Disney parks in summer 2019, then this is the list for you! Between going on fantastical adventures and taking in one of the many entertaining shows the parks and resorts have to offer, you’ll definitely want to find ways to take a break and beat the heat. And what better way to do that than with a yummy frozen treat? Here’s a list with just a few ways to cool off on both coasts! And if you’re wanting to speed up your cool-downs, pay in advance and skip the line by mobile ordering your treat from select locations via the My Disney Experience app at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland app on the West Coast.

DISNEYLAND RESORT

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Disneyland Park

  • Try the popular Blue Milk and Green Milk from the Milk Stand in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
  • Hangout with DJ R-3X at Oga’s Cantina and sip on one of the many out-of-this-world non-alcoholic concoctions available.
  • Fuel up with Moof Juice or Phattro specialty non-alcoholic beverages at Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo.
  • Satisfy your inner-jungle skipper with the Jungle Julep (slush of pineapple, orange, grape, and lemon juices) from Bengal Barbecue.
  • If you’ve got a New Orleans vibe goin’ on, try the refreshingly sweet non-alcoholic Mint Julep from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
  • Grab a popular Dole Whip Pineapple from Tiki Juice Bar and other soft-serve flavors from The Tropical Hideaway.
  • Scoop up some old-fashioned ice cream at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor.
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Disney California Adventure Park

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Downtown Disney District

  • Go wild with some insane milk shakes from the CrazyShake Window by Black Tap.
  • Discover taste-provoking ice cream at Salt & Straw, a family-run scoop shop with handmade, small-batch seasonal flavors created with local ingredients.
  • Get ready for an action-packed day with a refreshing and vitalizing smoothie from Jamba Juice.

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Magic Kingdom Park

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Epcot

  • Try one of the awesome specialty beverages (like the Awesome Mix Slushy, the I Am Root root beer float, the Destroyer Punch, or the Galaxy Juice) available through August 18 at Fife & Drum for “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!”. 
  • Indulge in fresh Italian Gelato from Gelati in the Italy pavilion.
  • Scoop up some Kakigōri (Japanese shaved ice) from Kabuki Cafe in the Japan pavilion.
  • Stop by L’Artisan des Glaces in the France pavilion for unique flavors of ice cream and macaron ice cream sandwiches.
  • Celebrate Disney’s “The Lion King” with the No Worries Panna Cotta (raspberry, papaya, and mango panna cotta with cookie crumbles and white chocolate!) at Refreshment Outpost.
  • Wash down your fish and chips with a Frozen Pimm’s Lemonade at the UK Beer Cart, made with frozen Minute Maid Lemonade, Sprite, and gin.
  • Make a pit stop at The Land Cart with Frozen Fanta Blue Raspberry and Frozen Minute Maid Lemonade or grab a Blueberry Slushy at the Canada Popcorn Cart.
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Take a break and enjoy a build-your-own sundae with the new Burgers and Sundaes experience at Restaurantosaurus starting August 18.
  • Beat the heat with one of the many treats inspired by Disney’s “The Lion King” throughout the park like the Simba Ice Cream Sandwich, Simba’s Sunset Dole Whip, the King’s Cooler, the Asante Slush, or the Bugs ‘n Grub Waffle Cone – check out my recent Foodie Guide for more info.
  • Feel like a billion bucks with Scrooge McDuck’s Billionaire Bacon Caramel Sundae, available at Dino-Bite Snacks in DinoLand U.S.A.
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Sip on a milkshake from Dockside Diner.
  • Enjoy hand-dipped ice cream, sundaes, and ice cream sandwiches from Hollywood Scoops.
  • Get in on the action with the incredible Frozone Slush (Fanta Blue Raspberry with whipped cream) or the Secret Identity (Frozen Coca-Cola with cherry cotton candy) from the Neighborhood Bakery.
  • Get refreshed Green Alien-style with the Mystic Portal Punch at Woody’s Lunch Box.
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Disney Springs

  • Try one of the many specialty beverages (like the Violet Sake Slushie from YeSake) and desserts available for Disney Springs Flavors of Florida 2019, available through Sept. 2.
  • Grab an artisanal shake from D-Luxe Burger like the S’mores Gelato Shake or the Salted Caramel Gelato Shake.

With all of these cold treats, you’re sure to have a great time at Disney Parks in summer 2019! And don’t forget, you can always stay hydrated with a complimentary cup of ice water available at any food and beverage location that serves fountain beverages. 

For more information on these food and beverage offerings on the west coast, visit the Disneyland Resort Dining Page or call 714 781-DINE (714 781-3463). For the east coast, visit the Walt Disney World Resort Dining Page or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way Coming to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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A Disney Villain you love to hate will be hosting her own festive and fabulous event during this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park!

Starting today, you can book the all-new Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant,  the perfect place to mix and mingle with Cruella de Vil and be part of her circle of puppies, aka friends! Enjoy a fun, festive atmosphere, with themed background music and décor, and a great view of Town Square. 

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Beginning at 9:30 p.m., this new and special experience will allow you to pop in and out at your leisure and indulge in savory hors d’oeuvres with a taste from the Witches Cauldron—a kettle of gooey and creamy spinach dip with ciabatta crostini, assorted Halloween flatbreads and more! In addition, there will be sweet treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake and mini cannoli, Kanine Krunchy cake and Mini De Vil brownies and a variety of beverages including beer and wine selections and more! 

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But the party doesn’t stop there! You will also have access to a special reserved viewing area for the truly enchanting “Mickey’s Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade at 11:15 p.m., featuring some of Cruella’s villainous pals. 

After the parade, the fun continues at Tony’s where you can hang out until 12:30 a.m.

Cruella’s Halloween Hide-a-Way is available for $99 per person (plus tax) every Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event night at Magic Kingdom Park. Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required to attend. Seating is available for guests as they dine on a first come, first serve basis and shared seating is encouraged amongst guests to enjoy both the food and company the party has to offer.

Reservations are available on DisneyWorld.com and by calling 407-939-3463. Space is limited and will fill up fast, so book your reservation soon!

Seven Disney Special Ticket Events Offer After Hours Fun at Disney World

From the Disney Parks Blog:

If you’re looking for a list of the best things to do at Walt Disney World Resort, you came to the right place! Disney Special Event Tickets are one of my favorite things to take advantage of at Walt Disney World Resort, offering a unique immersive experience in the Disney parks. Depending on the event you choose, this is a chance to enjoy some of your favorite attractions with less wait time or celebrate the holidays – Disney style! Whether you are planning your first Walt Disney World Resort vacation or a returning guest, these events are a great way to get the most out of your trip. Keep reading to discover which special after-hours event is right for you!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s iconic Tree of Life will undergo extraordinary “awakenings” throughout each evening as the animal spirits are brought to life by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment. Projections of nature scenes take on a magical quality as they appear to dramatically emanate from within the Tree of Life. (David Roark, photographer)

1. For Nature Lovers: Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

When the sun goes down, Disney’s Animal Kingdom comes alive like never before and Pandora- The World of Avatar transforms into a bioluminescent rainforest.  Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom not only offers the chance to see the park in a whole new light, it’s also a great way to experience many of the exciting attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 

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2. For Fans That Can’t Get Enough Toy Story: Disney H2O Glow Nights at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Looking for more ways to celebrate the release of “Toy Story 4” this summer? Disney H2O Glow Nights is the event for you! From Toy-story themed menu items to character greetings with your favorite Toy Story pals, this one-of-a-kind glow party brings “Partysaurus Rex,” to life and lets you experience Typhoon Lagoon attractions under the stars. 

3. For Villain Devotees: Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park

This summer, Disney’s most notorious villains are taking center stage at Magic Kingdom Park! Disney Villains After Hours will feature a tempting array of villain-inspired treats, special branded merchandise, the all-new night show, “Villains Unite the Night” and Maleficent the Dragon. Check out this complete list of the unique experiences this event has to offer. 

Little green Aliens from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films pilot toy rocket ships in the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The out-of-this-world attraction is inspired by Andy’s toy playset from the Pizza Planet restaurant. With multi-colored lighting and sound effects from throughout the galaxies, Walt Disney World guests swirl and whirl in the toy rocket ships while the Aliens try to get captured by “The Claw” that hangs overhead. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

4. For Adventure Seekers: Disney After Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

Let your adventure begin at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Whether you’re heading to Andy’s Backyard, hopping on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith or checking out The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, attending Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios is an awesome way to experience everything Disney’s Hollywood Studios has to offer. 

New in 2015, the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” show during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park features the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s Hocus Pocus, who throw an evil Halloween party with appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent and other Disney villains, along with dancers, projections and special effects. Walt Disney World Resort is located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

5. For Halloween Aficionados: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Did someone say trick-or-treating in the Magic Kingdom Park? At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, dressing up is not just for kids! The unique special entertainment offerings at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party combine the magic of Disney with classic Halloween traditions. You won’t want to miss the brand-new fireworks spectacular or the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” castle stage show.  

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6. For Classic Disney Enthusiasts: Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park

From Fantasyland to Tomorrowland, there is so much to explore in the Magic Kingdom Park.  Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park allows you to enjoy more than 25 of Disney’s iconic attractions and character greetings including Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight with less wait times.    

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7. For Christmas Connoisseurs: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 

There is nothing quite like watching an enchanting “snowfall” in Florida. In my opinion, the most wonderful time of the year is even more magical when spent at the happiest place on earth! At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party there is no shortage of holiday cheer, Yuletide traditions and beloved Disney characters.  And debuting this year, an all-new holiday firework show, “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.” 

Ready to experience the Disney parks like never before? Plan to purchase your tickets early to save on these awesome special ticket events at Disney World. 

Holiday Celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Begin November 8, 2019

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Everyone will be feeling extra merry and bright at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this holiday season, with festive new entertainment and holiday décor in every land! For the first time, holiday celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be held throughout the park and all the fun begins November 8, 2019.

It all begins when you cross the bridge to Discovery Island, finding yourself in the midst of a celebration of winter, hand-crafted by the eclectic community of artists who make the island their home. The village is filled with sparkling white holiday decorations. Colorful, animal-inspired luminaries line the rooftops, and wireframe lanterns in the shape of beautiful birds can be found perched throughout the area. And during the day, Discovery Island springs to life with a holiday gathering of winter animals, realized in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets. Reindeer, foxes, polar bears, penguins and more interact with guests, accompanied by serenading musicians as they create a playful atmosphere of festive fun.

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As day becomes night, the rooftop luminaries and bird lanterns all around Discovery Island bring a warm and festive glow to the entire village. At the center of everything, the Tree of Life awakens with a series of wintry tales, complemented by a familiar and heartwarming holiday-inspired musical score. Between awakening moments, the Tree of Life continues to shimmer and sparkle throughout the night, alive with the magic of nature and the spirit of the holidays.

Over in Dinoland, U.S.A., all the Disney character friends gathered for Donald’s Dino-Bash! get into the spirit with colorful holiday decorations in the style of Donald Duck and each of his pals, and at night, you’re invited to gather ‘round Truck-O-Saurus for the Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip ‘n Dale and plenty of interactive fun and games.

In Asia, the residents of Anandapur have decorated the theatre district in celebration of Diwali, the holiday festival of lights in India. Glowing flowers, lanterns and more illuminate the square between Anandapur Theater and the waterfront stage, home to authentic cultural performances.

The village of Harambe in Africa welcomes visitors with a unique holiday presentation, blending the inspiration and style of western traditions with the colors and textiles of authentic African celebrations. The various groups appearing throughout Harambe introduce holiday-inspired enhancements, including costume additions and new music, to their performances. The holiday fun continues inside Tusker House for dining with Disney friends, where Mickey and his pals spread holiday cheer throughout the meal.

The holiday spirit even reaches Pandora – The World of Avatar, where the ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora bring a little Christmastime fun to their alien home, with a display at Pongu Pongu of kitschy holiday décor, combining vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.

It’s going to be an extra magical holiday season at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and across Walt Disney World Resort, filled with wonder and delight in all four parks! Make plans to join the holiday celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, starting November 8, 2019.

Guide to Food and Drinks at Disney Parks for Fourth of July 2019

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Get ready for a patriotic spread of red, white, and blue treats that Sam Eagle would be proud to chow down on at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts for Fourth of July 2019. This guide provides you with all of the yummy details your all-American heart could hope for. Happy Independence Day, Disney Foodies!

4TH OF JULY OFFERINGS AT DISNEYLAND RESORT

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Disneyland Park

  • Plaza Inn Dining Package Adult Meal – Available July 4 at Plaza Inn by Reservation OnlySlow-roasted BBQ pork, fried chicken breast, smoked bratwurst with golden mustard sauce, fresh watermelon, corn on the cob, house-made cornbread, sweet baked beans, mac and cheese, and apple pie (vegetarian options available)
  • Plaza Inn Dining Package Kid’s Meal – Available July 4 at Plaza Inn by Reservation OnlyFried chicken leg, mac and cheese, watermelon, house-made cornbread, corn on the cob, and individual classic apple pie (vegetarian options available)
  • Apple Pie Shake – Available July 4 at Carnation Cafe 
  • 4th of July Cupcake – Available July 4 at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe: Cinnamon sponge cupcake with apple filling and buttercream

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Firecracker – Available July 4-7 at Hollywood Lounge: Mojito with blueberries and strawberry popping pearls

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel – Sand Bar BBQ 4th of July Menu 

  • PCH Burger – Short ribs and brisket blend half-pound beef patty with steak tomato, aged cheddar cheese, Vidalia onions, and charred avocado aïoli on a brioche bun
  • All Beef Hot Dog – Wagyu beef dog with caramelized onions and homemade ketchup on a pretzel bun
  • Chicken DrumMettes – Flare of citrus and sea salt with blue cheese dipping sauce and vegetable crudité
  • Veggie Burger – All-natural plant-based vegetarian patty with plum tomato, caramelized red onions, iceberg lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing on a brioche bun
  • Street Corn on the Cob – Sweet Californian corn, chili-lime aïoli, and queso fresco
  • Seasonal Fruit – Watermelon wedge, pineapple spears, and grapes or large dill pickle
  • Watermelon Aguas Frescas
  • Horchata
  • Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
  • Mickey Premium Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Classic Root Beer Float – Vanilla ice cream with root beer
  • Electric Lemonade – Citrus vodka and Odwalla lemonade
  • Odwalla Lemonade
  • Budweiser
  • Bud Light
  • Corona Extra
  • Heineken
  • Blue Moon Belgian White
  • Hangar 24 Orange Wheat Ale
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Downtown Disney District

  • Frozen Cherry Boba Lemonade – Available at Wetzel’s PretzelsFrozen lemonade with cherry-flavored popping pearls and cherry purée
  • Firecracker Cocktail – Available through July 7 at Splitsville Luxury Lanes: Lemonade, citrus vodka, blue curaçao, and grenadine
  • 4th of July Box – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcakes, dark chocolate cupcakes, and gluten-friendly lemon-blueberry cupcakes
  • Americana Mini Sampler – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcake, dark chocolate cupcake, and vanilla cupcake
  • Berry Ice Creams – Available through July 31 at Salt & Straw: Birthday Cakes & Blackberries flavor, Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero flavor, and Fresh Sheep’s Cheese & Strawberries flavor
  • Red, White & Blue Cake Shake – Available July 3-7 at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes: Vanilla shake with red, white, and blue cake slice, whipped cream, sprinkles, a cherry, and a vanilla frosted rim with red, white, and blue sprinkles

4TH OF JULY OFFERINGS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

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Magic Kingdom Park

  • It’s a Party! Sundae – Available through July 31 at Plaza Ice Cream ParlorRed velvet cake topped with birthday cake ice cream, vanilla sauce, raspberry sauce, whipped cream, a cherry, and red, white, and blue sprinkles
  • Sugar Cookie Sandwich – Available through July 31 at Plaza Ice Cream ParlorBirthday cake ice cream sandwiched between two sugar cookies with red, white, and blue sprinkles
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Epcot

  • Berry Shortcake – Available July 4 at Sunshine Seasons: Fresh blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream topped with patriotic sprinkles and a chocolate Mickey coin
  • Fourth of July Cupcake – Available July 4 at Fountain View: Yellow cake with buttercream and white chocolate mousse dome
  • BBQ Rib Plate – Available July 4 at Liberty Inn: BBQ babyback ribs with slaw and cornbread
  • All-American Burger – Available at Liberty Inn1/3 lb Angus burger with Vermont sharp cheddar, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and pickle on a brioche bun with french fries
  • The American Dream – Available at Fife & DrumFrozen blue raspberry slushy with vanilla ice cream and frozen strawberry
  • Voices of Liberty Quick-Service Dining Package – Available July 4 at Liberty Inn: Includes entrée, non-alcoholic beverage, dessert, and guaranteed seating for the Voices of Liberty Show at America Gardens Theatre and can be purchased for 29.99 plus tax on July 4 only in-person at Liberty Inn. Show times are 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Fourth of July Cupcake – Available through July 7 at Creature Comforts and Restaurantosaurus:Yellow cupcake with apple pie filling, buttercream, and chocolate fireworks
  • Ultimate Barbecue Platter – Available July 4-7 at Flame Tree BarbecueHouse-smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, coleslaw, and beans
  • Burger and Brew Combo – Available July 4-7 at Restaurantosaurus7-oz burger topped with smoked cheddar cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and jalapeño poppers and served with fries and your choice of beer
  • 4th of July White Berry Sangria – Available July 4-7 at Tusker House Restaurant, Tiffins Restaurant, Dawa Bar, and Nomad Lounge: White sangria with blueberries and strawberries
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Disney Springs

  • Red, White and Blue Slush – Available July 4 at Amorette’s PatisserieBlue raspberry, white Chantilly cream, and strawberry lemonade
  • Firecracker Cocktail – Available through July 7 at Splitsville Luxury Lanes: Lemonade, citrus vodka, blue curaçao, and grenadine
  • 4th of July Box – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcakes, dark chocolate cupcakes, and gluten-friendly lemon-blueberry cupcakes
  • Americana Mini Sampler – Available through July 7 at SprinklesRed velvet cupcake, dark chocolate cupcake, and vanilla cupcake
  • 4th of July Sundae – Available July 4 at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill:Fresh berries and gelato topped with whipped cream, a house-made waffle cone, red, white, and blue sprinkles, and chocolate candies
  • Assorted 4th of July Desserts – Available at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill To-Go Window: Freshly-made brownies, mini cupcakes, cookies, and white chocolate-drizzled popcorn

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

  • Mickey’s Fire Cracker Cupcake – Available July 4 at Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Red velvet cupcake with mixed berry filling and vanilla buttercream icing
  • Independence Day Cupcake – Available July 4 at P&J’s Southern Takeout at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds: Yellow cupcake with buttercream icing 
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich – Available July 4 at Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: BBQ pulled pork with spicy pimento cheese, fried onion straws, bread, and pickles
  • Fourth of July Shortcake – Available July 3-5 at Everything POP Shopping and Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort: Red, white, and blue shortcake with macerated berries
  • Red, White, and Blue Sangria – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: White sangria infused with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
  • Patriotic Rum Punch – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Raspberry rum, blue curaçao, and cranberry and pineapple juices
  • Non-Alcoholic Boom Berry Lemonade – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Powerade Mountain Blast, lemonade, and fresh raspberries
  • The Strawberry Sparkler – Available July 3-4 at Geyser Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Sparkling wine infused with strawberry purée and fresh blueberries and garnished with a strawberry popsicle
  • 4th of July Donut – Available through July 4 at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Classic glazed donut topped with vanilla frosting and red, white, and blue sprinkles
  • 4th of July Cupcake – Available through July 4 at Roaring Fork at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Vanilla cupcake with cherry filling, buttercream icing, and red, white, and blue sprinkles and stars
  • Apple Pie Cupcake – Available July 3-5 at The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts: Vanilla bean cupcake with roasted apple filling and buttercream
  • Uncle Slam – Available July 4 at Oasis and Barefoot Pool Bars at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortRum blended with cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and strawberry purée with a floater of blue curaçao (non-alcoholic version also available)
  • Raspberry Dole Whip Cone – Available July 4 at Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortBlue sugar cone with red raspberry Dole Whip and red, white, and blue stars
  • 4th of July Cupcake – Available July 4 at Capt. Cook’s and Kona Coffee Bar: Yellow cupcake with lemon-blueberry filling and red, white, and blue, buttercream stars

For more information on the food & beverage offerings at Disneyland Resort, visit the Disneyland Resort website or call 714 718-DINE (714 718-3463).

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

12 Disney World Shows You Have to See During Your Next Visit

The Walt Disney World Resort theme parks are known for their characters, parades, fireworks, and rides, but many guests overlook the incredible shows. From Broadway style shows to interactive experiences, there are some great Disney World shows that you won’t want to miss! There is truly something for every member of your family to enjoy!

Here are twelve Disney World shows that you should make time to watch during your next visit:

Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Disney’s Festival of the Lion King is a true Broadway style stage show inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom that lasts about thirty minutes. You’ll get to hear some classic songs and even see a few characters from the original film, but also enjoy some new music and performances from this talented cast.

Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Beauty and the Beast truly comes to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage. You’ll get to enjoy an abbreviated version of the film during this twenty-five minute performance featuring all of your favorite characters from the film.

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration is a “must see” for Frozen fans and anyone who has ever had a Frozen fan in their family. This re-telling of the movie is a fun sing along for kids (and those young at heart), but also has plenty of humor mixed in to keep everyone’s attention.

Finding Nemo- The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Finding Nemo- The Musical is another fabulous Broadway style show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This incredible and colorful forty minute performance features larger than life puppets of your favorite friends from “The Big Blue.”

Voyage of The Little Mermaid at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Voyage of The Little Mermaid is a twenty minute retelling of the film that will take you “Under the Sea” where Ariel wishes that she could be “Part of Your World.” From live performers to colorful puppets, this show is great for the whole family to enjoy together.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom Park: Mickey’s PhilharMagic doesn’t feature any live actors, but is a fun 3-D show in Fantasyland. With scenes and music from many classic Disney films, this is a “must do” for my family at Magic Kingdom. Since this show is held inside, it is a great rainy day activity.

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire at Magic Kingdom Park: Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is a stage show at Cinderella Castle performed multiple times each day. With music, dancing, and more, this is a great show that features lots of our Disney friends.

Disney Junior Dance Party! At Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The new Disney Junior Dance Party! just premiered in December 2018 and is perfect for little ones! They can see some of their favorite Disney Junior friends and even get up and dance along with the show to burn some energy. There is no bench or stadium seating so all guests must sit on the floor with their children during this experience.

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom Park: Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor allows you to go into the monster world and help Mike and some of your favorite monster friends collect your laughter to power their world. There’s even a chance for you to text some of your own jokes for Mike’s nephew, Marty, to read on stage so come prepared 🙂

Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Park: Your family can learn about all 45 men who have held the office of President of the United States at the Hall of Presidents. You’ll have the chance to see and even hear from some incredible audio-animatronic figures. This can be a great educational experience, especially if your kids are missing school for your vacation.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Is an exciting, action packed show, full of tricks and special effects that you see in the movie. This show then takes you “behind the scenes” to see how many of these effects are created and safely performed in the movies.

UP! A Great Bird Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: UP! A Great Bird Adventure is still a relatively new show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Located in Asia, this twenty-five minute show will feature some of the world’s most exotic birds alongside your favorite Disney-Pixar friends from “Up.”

What are your favorite Disney World shows?

Complete Guide to New Lion King Treats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Is your stomach roaring for some tasty grub? Well I’ve got some deliciously exciting news for you! There is a whole pride of eats and treats coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park this summer with offerings that celebrate some of your favorite characters and moments from Disney’s beloved tale, “The Lion King.” 

All of the Lion King treats listed below are now available and will run through the end of summer. From latte art and ice cream sandwiches to special cones and more, there are enough treats here to have a feast fit for a (lion) king! 

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Simba Ice Cream Sandwich – Available at Tamu Tamu

Vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies and decorated with chocolate tail and an image of Simba

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Simba’s Sunset Dole Whip – Available at Tamu Tamu

Pineapple Dole Whip topped with red syrup made up of watermelon and coconut 

King’s Cooler – Available at Tamu Tamu

Pineapple Dole Whip with rum topped with red syrup made up of watermelon and coconut

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Asante Slush – Available at the Shave Ice Cart Near Harambe Market

Shaved ice topped with watermelon and passion fruit-mango syrup

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Serengeti Sangria – Available at Dawa Bar, Harambe Market, and Boneyard Bar

Red sangria

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Bugs ‘n Grub Waffle Cone – Available at Anandapur Bus and Trilo-Bites

Chocolate soft-serve ice cream in a green cone with cookies and cream “dirt” crumbles, gummy worms, and a chocolate beetle

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“The Lion King” Novelty Sipper and Popcorn Bucket – Available Later this Summer at various Outdoor Vending Locations throughout the Park

Only available while supplies last

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“The Lion King” Latte Art – Available at Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.

Special latte art featuring Simba

Lion’s Latte – Available at Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.

Hot or iced latte featuring a decadent blend of espresso, white chocolate and coconut.

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Simba Cupcake – Currently available at Pizzafari

Yellow vanilla cupcake filled with white chocolate mousse and topped with buttercream, an edible piece featuring Simba, and a fierce mane of orange and yellow icing

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Simba and Nala Waffles – Currently available at Tusker House (breakfast only)

Kid’s waffles featuring Simba and Nala

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Special “The Lion King”-themed Merchandise – Available at Mombasa Marketplace, Discovery Trading Company, and Island Mercantile

Enjoy these treats in style with apparel including a Long Live the King Black Youth Tee, a Simba Youth Baseball Cap, and a Hakuna Matata Adult Tee

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But that’s not all – in addition to all of these fun treats, there are a few more ways you can celebrate “The Lion King,” such as our new limited-time dining experience – Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night. This event happens on Wednesday nights throughout the summer and takes you on a flavorful journey inspired by the animated classic. Take a train ride to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, enjoy live entertainment, and graze on hors d’oeuvres featuring authentic African fare plus a variety of other delicious selections. 

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Next door at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jiko – The Cooking Place is featuring a limited-time special “Lion King”-themed prix fixe menu. Check out the full menu and more details on my recent blog

For more information on Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and to make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World website or call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).