Walt Disney World Resort began its phased re-opening on July 11, 2020. I had the opportunity to spend eight days in the theme parks and at Disney’s Pop Century Resort at the end of July and would love to share my experience during Disney World’s phased reopening this summer.
Overall, I had a magical time in the parks and at my hotel. We were able to see a number of Disney characters, experience all of the attractions we wanted to (many multiple times) thanks to short lines, and even enjoy a character dining experience. The Disney magic is still alive and well and waiting to welcome you back at the Walt Disney World Resort. I even discussed my experience during Disney World’s phased reopening on The Budget Mouse podcast. Be sure to listen for all the details!
Disney is taking guest (and cast member) safety very seriously.
All guests make pass a temperature screening to enter the theme parks and wear a face covering throughout their visit. Face masks are only able to be removed while actively eating or drinking AND stationary. You are no longer able to stroll the parks with a drink in hand without your face covering.
Social distancing is being practiced everywhere, from the resort lobby to attraction queues and even Disney transportation. Disney buses now accommodate five to six families with barriers installed and select seats marked as unavailable. Dividers have been installed in the monorail, as well. There are ground markers at every attraction queue to keep at least (and sometime more) six feet between parties. At certain points of the queue where guests would be on one side of you or the other, plexiglass barriers have been installed.
They have added hand sanitizer machines throughout the parks and resorts. It is readily available and encouraged both before and after experiencing attractions.
I personally felt very safe traveling during Disney World’s phased reopening with my three year old and eight year old due to all of these safety precautions.
One thing that many guests seem to be very concerned about (and understandably so) is characters. Disney is not allowing guests to hug characters right now, but we still found plenty of opportunities to see and even interact with them.
All four parks are offering character cavalcades that actually feel like a short, mini parade. You can find Mickey and friends at all four parks and a variety of other characters throughout the parks. Guests can even personally interact with many of these characters. For example, Anastasia and Drizella are often standing on Cinderella Castle with microphones to talk to guests. We also found Buzz Lightyear, Joy from Inside Out, Gaston, Winnie the Pooh, and Alice in Wonderland among others. You can stop for a picture and even talk to these characters.
Disney is currently offering two character dining experiences. You can enjoy breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort or lunch or dinner at Garden Grill at Epcot. These are also the only opportunity to take a picture with the characters with your mask on. The characters just have to keep their distance.
Five Tips for Visiting During Disney World’s Phased Reopening
Take Advantage of Mobile Order Whenever Possible: This single tip will save you so much time during your visit. Mobile order is available at the resort food courts and (open) quick service locations in the theme parks. You can order your meals in your My Disney Experience app and simply arrive to pick up your food when it is ready.
Prepare for Bag Check: Bag check has changed, but for the better! It is so much faster and easier now! However, you can be prepared by removing any large metal objects from your bag like an umbrella or sunglass case as you prepare to enter the park.
Pack Multiple Masks: You’ll probably get hot and sweaty throughout the day so if you have an extra mask in your park bag, you can change it out for a fresh mask. Masks are also available for purchase throughout the theme parks and hotels.
Practice Wearing Masks at Home with Kids: Your kids may not have had to wear a mask very much at home, if at all. I would recommend practicing with them at home so that they have an idea of what to expect. They can also start getting used to the mask so it won’t be as bothersome during your visit.
We’d love to help you plan a magical and memorable Disney World vacation this year. Plus, we have a special offer when you book your 2020 Disney World vacation package with us! When you book a minimum three night stay with a three day ticket, you’ll receive a 2020 Walt Disney World Resort photo album ($24.99 value)!
With spring just around the corner, it’s time for the return of the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort! Join us for fun, flowers, and most importantly, FOOD! This year’s festival features 16 Outdoor Kitchens and several other locations through the park that will be offering delectable festival bites and libations.
Special dining packages are also available for the Garden Rocks Concert Series. This concert series runs for 90 nights and features over 250 performances by tons of popular artists. This dining package allows you to have either breakfast, lunch, or dinner at select table-service restaurants in the park and grants you guaranteed seating at one of three concert performances that day. Be sure to reserve these early to savor every single minute! For more information and to make your reservations, visit the Garden Rocks Dining Packages web page.
The 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival menus are incredible and you won’t want to miss out on any of these delicious bites! In addition to the returning Outdoor Kitchens like The Honey Bee-stro, The Citrus Blossom, Trowel & Trellis, and Flavor Full Kitchen, there is a new kitchen in The American Adventure called Magnolia Terrace as well as a variety of new offerings, including a selection of plant-based offerings, throughout all of the menus. Check out all of these offerings and more for the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival detailed below in my official Foodie Guide! The festival runs now through June 1, 2020. And while you’re snacking around World Showcase, be sure to pick up a souvenir Spike the Bee spork! He’s the cutest way to snack sustainably! This reusable utensil featuring this bee-loved pollinator is available for purchase at select Outdoor Kitchens while supplies last.
The 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts has returned, highlighting the visual, performing, and culinary arts now through February 24. This year’s festival features a dazzling array of Food Studios along with other festival-exclusive dishes served at various locations throughout the park. From sweet and savory to spicy and scrumptious, this year’s menus are decorated with a whole gallery of items including returning favorites as well as new items that will dazzle your taste buds. This colorful fare paints a yummy picture of culinary perfection presented throughout Future World and World Showcase.
Guests can also savor show-stopping cuisine with a side of sizzling Disney Broadway hits with the Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Packages. You can feast on the finest fare from around the world at participating restaurants before enjoying guaranteed seating at one of three concerts held the same day. For more information and to book a dining package, visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or call 407 WDW-FEST (407 939-3378). Bookings are available for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
New to the festival this year, Le Cellier Steakhouse will be celebrating the arts with a sophisticated brunch offered on weekends from Jan. 18 through Feb. 23 from 11am-3pm. Come and enjoy a wonderful prix fixe brunch menu which starts with assorted pastries for the table. Dishes to choose from include Cheddar Cheese Soup or Avocado Toast as well as entrées like Montreal-Spiced Corned Beef Hash, Le Cellier Eggs Benedict, or Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bread Pudding. Finish off the meal with a decadent dessert such as Maple Crème Brûlée or Coffee and Donuts. The brunch also includes your choice of beverage. Quench your thirst with a Northern Mimosa, Le Cellier Bloody Caesar, Joffrey’s Le Cellier Blend Press Pot Coffee, or a non-alcoholic specialty beverage. This special dining experience will be $67 per adult and $39 per child 9 and under plus tax and gratuity and is worth two (2) entitlements on the Disney Dining Plan. To make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World Website or check out the My Disney Experience mobile app!
As for the menus for the wonderful Food Studios sprinkled throughout the park, here’s your official guide with all the info a budding, hungry artist could ever want! For more information on the festival, visit the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts page. Happy snacking!
Pop Eats (Located in Showcase Plaza)
Sous Vide Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Beet Chip Crumbles (Gluten-friendly)
Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam (Gluten-friendly)
Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Belgian Chocolate (Kid Approved)
Pop’t Art: Modern-designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (Kid Approved)
Blue Sky Black Cherry Boba Freeze (Non-alcoholic) (Kid Approved)
#RainbowSherbetGlitterDreamAle by Playalinda Brewing Co., Titusville, FL
Popping Bubbles Cocktail
Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary
Decadent Delights (Located in Showcase Plaza):
White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Caramel, Coconut, and Maple Meringue
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Pretzel Crunch (Kid Approved)
Lemon Blood-Orange Tart
Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie (Kid Approved)
White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette
3 Daughters Strawberry Blonde Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL
Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, England
Biagio Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont
Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port, St. Petersburg, FL
Cold Fashioned Coffee Cocktail
Neapolitan Beer Flight
The Deconstructed Dish (Located in Showcase Plaza)
Deconstructed Reuben: Sliced Corned Beef, Rye-crusted Sauerkraut and Jarlsberg Cake with Broken Thousand Island Dressing
Deconstructed BLT: Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam, and Soft-Poached Egg
Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped New York-style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries, Sugar Cookies, and Micro-Basil (Kid Approved)
Rainboba: Sparkling Water layered with Fruit Boba and topped with a Foam Cloud (Non-alcoholic) (Kid Approved)
Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake garnished with Maple Syrup, a Waffle Crisp, and Candied Bacon (Non-alcoholic) (Kid Approved)
Imagery Sauvignon Blanc, California
Mad Genius Red Blend, California
Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Cream Bourbon garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon
Refreshment Port (Located near the Canada Pavilion)
Epcot’s longest-running annual festival – the 2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – is revving up to be a show stopper, with a Garden RocksConcert Series talent lineup like never before. New to the Garden Rocks Concert Series on the America Gardens Theatre stage this year are Daughtry, Don McLean and other luminaries of various musical genres – so mark your calendars now!
March 4-5 – Peabo Bryson NEW
March 13-16 – Simple Plan
March 17-19 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
March 20-23 – Mark Wills NEW to Garden Rocks
March 24-26 – The Spinners
March 27-28 – Sister Hazel
March 29-30 – The Pointer Sisters
March 31-April 2 – Former Journey Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
April 3-4 – Blood, Sweat & Tears
April 5-6 – Exposé
April 7-9 – Berlin
April 19-20 – Rick Springfield
April 24-27 – Plain White T’s
April 28-30 – Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
May 1-2 – Don McLean NEW
May 5-7 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett NEW
May 8-9 – Thelma Houston NEW
May 10-11 – The Allman Betts Band NEW to Garden Rocks
May 15-18 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
May 19-21 – Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot NEW to Garden Rocks
May 24-25 – Daughtry NEW
May 26-28 – Marshall Tucker Band
May 31-June 1 – Survivor
See a favorite band or a new one you don’t want to miss? One of the best ways to join the concert fun is to book a Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package for one of the shows at 5:30, 6:45 or 8 p.m. Each package includes breakfast, lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants and guaranteed concert seating. Reservations are available now.
The music is surely gonna get you, and that’s not all. The festival presents a kaleidoscope of colorful blooms, topiaries and gardens designed to inspire wonder and whispers of “how’d they do that?!” The brand-new Remy topiary will be unveiled as the centerpiece of a Ratatouille Garden at the France pavilion, where the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction will open in summer 2020. The floral Remy will be surrounded by a colorful garden of veggies that comprise ingredients of a ratatouille recipe.
It wouldn’t be a festival without fabulous food, and the event’s 17 Outdoor Kitchens plus other food-and-beverage stops will tickle your taste buds. Florida fans will delight in some of the state’s namesake flavors at three different kitchens: honey-laced treats at The Honey Bee-stro, citrus-based marvels at The Citrus Blossom, and sweet and savory delights at Florida Fresh.
Elsewhere across the park, lush swaths of bright blossoms, floating gardens, flower towers and more whimsical topiaries will brighten the landscape. Watch for stunning topiary depictions of celebrated heroines like Anna and Elsa, rough-and-ready Toy Story hero Buzz Lightyear, beloved Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermitthe Frog, and fairy-tale wonders like Tinker Bell, Snow White and Bambi. At the Goodness Garden Butterfly House, hundreds of winged beauties will take flight. Nearby at the Play Full Garden, families can celebrate spring at a unique playground experience.
Fans of behind-the-scenes tours won’t want to miss booking a Gardens of the World Tour – Spring Edition; an English Tea Garden Tour at the United Kingdom pavilion; or a Behind the Seeds! guided walk through The Land pavilion’s fish farm and four greenhouses. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival began in 1994 as a 38-day celebration of Disney-style gardens and topiaries. The event now flourishes as a 90-day celebration of spring with something for everyone in the family. Follow the Disney Parks Blog for updates and more details. The 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, including Garden Rocks concerts and all gardens and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission. Visit FreshEpcot.com or call (407) W-DISNEY for more information.
2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort will kick-off its annual global celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts on January 17 and continue for 39 days through February 24, 2020. The event features visiting artists, an array of foodie delights and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.
The popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series returns to America Gardens Theatre with three daily performances headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows. This year’s talent-rich lineup includes Kissy Simmons, who starred as Nala in “The Lion King,” and Kevin Massey of “Tarzan.” The show-stopping schedule currently features:
Jan. 17, 20, 21, 24 and 25 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
Jan. 18, 19, 22, 23 and 25 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
Additional January and February performances still to be announced.
All shows are included with theme park admission. The best way to experience a performance is by reserving a Disney on Broadway Dining Package, which guarantees seating for one show on the day of the dining experience.
Premium festival experiences that include Paint with a Disney Artist and the World Showcase: Destinations Discovered guided tour are also available to guests for a fee.
Dining packages and workshops are now available to book by visiting ArtfulEpcot.com or calling (407) WDW-Fest for more information.
More to See, Do and Eat During the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Indulge in new culinary fun at the Le Cellier Brunch in the Canada pavilion, a leisurely prix fixe bounty each Saturday and Sunday in the relaxing Canadian chateau. Reservations required.
Explore the Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush, green environment built for exploring.
Jump into photo-ops located throughout Epcot, such as the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion where guests can flap their fins in Mermaid Lagoon or get their pirate on at Skull Rock.
Grab a paintbrush and add color to a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza.
Join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art in each World Showcase pavilion.
Marvel at and purchase works by Disney’s iconic artists in displays throughout World Showcase.
Watch visiting artists as they create new pieces, from Disney-inspired works to creative art across diverse mediums.
Create festival-inspired T-shirts and candles.
Are you heading to the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts? It’s not too late to book your trip today!
In addition to enjoying the stirring retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a choir and a 50-piece orchestra, special dining packages are also available for this experience every night throughout the festival. The Candlelight Dining Package allows you to enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner with guaranteed seating that night during the show. These reservations fill up fast, so be sure to make yours today via the My Disney Experience mobile app or by visiting the Walt Disney World Resort website.
The official Holiday Cookie Stroll is also returning this year with yummy cookies galore! Purchase any five cookies from any of the official cookie stroll locations noted in your Passport, making sure to collect a matching stamp for each cookie purchased. Once you’ve collected 5 stamps, bring the stamped Passport to Holiday Sweets & Treats for a complimentary completer cookie! How fun is that? This activity is great for the kids, and can be completed at your own leisure. You can even bring back your stamped Passport to Epcot at any time during the festival to complete your stroll. And what’s more, there’s a variety of new cookies for you to enjoy this year!
And now – onto the FOOD! If you’re wanting all the info on the menus for the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, you’ve come to the right place! This list is fresh out of the oven and jam-packed with unique dishes, holiday cocktails, and seasonal beverages as well as the classics like cookies, eggnog, gingerbread treats, hot cocoa, and more. Check out all the yummy details below!
Please note that GF indicates “Gluten/Wheat Friendly” items while KA indicates Kid-approved items
Feast of the Three Kings (Near the Mexico Pavilion):
Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives (GF)
Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce (GF)
Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco (GF, KA)
Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds (GF)
Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (non-alcoholic, KA)
M.I.A. Beer Company Tres Reyes Mango Golden, Doral, FL
Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater
M.I.A. Beer Company White Christmas IPA, Doral, FL
3 Daughters Brewing 70 Degree Winter Weizen, St. Petersburg, FL
Shipyard Candy Cane Coffee Porter, Clearwater, FL
Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale, San Francisco, CA
Barrel of Monks Brewing Figgy Terno, Boca Raton, FL
Castle Church Brewing Here I Stand Stout, Orlando, FL
Beer Flights also available
Refreshment Outpost (African Outpost):
Warm Caramel Stuffed Salted Pretzel with Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce (KA)
Coca-Cola Cinnamon Float (non-alcoholic, KA)
Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL
Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China Pavilion):
Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls (KA)
Mongolian Beef Bao Bun and a Fortune Cookie
Celebration Barbecue Pork with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie
Chengdu Spicy Street Fries
Firework: Jose Cuervo Tequila Gold, Vodka, Mango Syrup, Orange Juice and Soda Water
Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk and Boba
The Lucky Mo: Peach Schnapps, Peach Syrup, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice and Coconut Milk
Norway- Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway Pavilion):
Traditional Holiday Rice Cream
Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico Pavilion):
Giant Tostada de Puerco: Braised Pork served on a Giant Tostada with Chipotle Black Bean Spread, Guajillo Sauce, Queso Fresco, Crema Mexicana, Pickled Onion, and topped with Chicharrón Dust (GF)
Tamal de Pollo: Braised Chipotle Chicken served in a Corn Masa with Yellow Mole and topped with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Queso Cotija and Crema Mexicana (GF, KA)
Horchata Cheesecake: Creamy Rice Cheesecake served with Cajeta Sauce
Holiday Cider: Hard Apple Cider with Cinnamon-infused Tequila
Mexican Fruit Punch: Mezcal, Red Wine, and Blackcurrant Liqueur infused with Star Anise, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger and Orange Peel (served warm)
Horchata Margarita: Tequila, Horchata Rum, Cinnamon Whisky, and Agua de Horchata served on the rocks
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company:
Future World East: Choco-Latte: Latte with Chocolate Sauce and Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
Canada: Ginger Chai Madness: Chai Latte with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur and Gingerbread Syrup
Showcase Plaza: Coconut Snowstorm: Latte with RumChata and Coconut Syrup
The American Adventure: Toffee Coffee: Latte with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur and Sea Salt Caramel Toffee Sauce
The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays starts November 29 and runs through December 30, 2019, so be sure to come on out and feast on these delicious yuletide offerings! For more information on the festival and to make reservations, visit EpcotHolidays.com.
Get ready to chow down on some good ol’ classic American barbecue with Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue, coming to Epcot this winter! This new fast-casual barbecue experience at The American Adventure will offer up classic American backyard barbecue from around the United States as well as a variety of home-style craft brews.
On the menu are a variety of sandwiches and platters as well as a plant-based option. Chow down on a sliced Texas beef brisket sandwich with house-made spicy mop sauce on garlic toast or the South Carolina smoked sausage sandwich with tangy mustard sauce and caramelized onions.
You can also feast on Kansas City smoked chicken, Memphis dry-rub pork ribs, North Carolina chopped smoked pork butt, all available by themselves or as part of a delicious hearty platter. For a lighter option, you can grab the Power Greens Salad with chilled pulled chicken, fresh citrus, and a citrus vinaigrette. And if you’re looking for an all-American burger, try the grilled burger topped with BBQ pork and a fried onion ring or take a bite out of the plant-based BBQ burger featuring a plant-based patty topped with BBQ jackfruit served on vegan garlic toast.
Of course, if you’re like me, you’ll enjoy slathering your entrée in a delicious barbecue sauce. Sauces include a spicy mop sauce, sweet BBQ, tangy mustard, and a vinegar-based sauce. The side items include your classic barbecue complements like french fries, beer-battered onion rings, mac and cheese, baked beans with burnt ends, house-made pickles, and creamy slaw.
Kids can enjoy their own fun-sized bites including a burger, BBQ chicken salad, BBQ chicken leg or chicken salad, and even a BBQ rib platter, all served with their choice of two sides.
And finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with a delectable dessert like banana pudding or a s’mores brownie as well as a cup of fresh watermelon garnished with torn mint – YUM.
All-American beverage offerings will include a selection of beer and cider from around the country, wines from the west coast, and specialty regional cocktails with and without alcohol. Coca-Cola® fountain beverages will also be available to quench your thirst. You’ll also get to enjoy an outdoor bar pouring your favorite craft brews on draft, and the outdoor seating area will be a great place to sit back and sip on a Tennessee Lemonade Cocktail or a non-alcoholic Berry Sparkler!
Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will open this winter at The American Adventure at Epcot. For more information visit the Walt Disney World Resort website or check out the My Disney Experience mobile app. Stay tuned for more details to be released soon.
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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
Thailand (Located near Disney Traders)
Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables (KA)
Shrimp and Cold Noodle Salad
Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice
Maison Willm Réserve Gewürztraminer, Alsace
Australia (Located near Port of Entry)
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)
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
Shimmering Sips (Located near Port of Entry)
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)
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
Hawai’i (Located near Refreshment Port)
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)
Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE® Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine
Islands of the Caribbean (Located near the Mexico pavilion)
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)
Red Stripe Lager
Caribbean White Sangria
The Donut Box (Located near Test Track)
Sweet Corn Fritter with Fresno and Red Pepper Jelly (V)
Strawberry-dusted Yeast Donut Holes (V) (KA)
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)
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
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
The Alps (Located at the Norway pavilion)
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)
Domaine CARREL et Fils Eugène Jongieux Blanc
Cave De La Côte Rosé Gamay, Romand
René Favre Dôle, Chamoson
Wine Flight also available
India (Located near the China pavilion)
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
Mango Lassi (Non-Alcoholic)(KA)
Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
Sula Shiraz, Nashik
Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Chai Cream Liqueur
China (Located at the China pavilion)
Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw (KA)
Mala Chicken and Shrimp Bao Bun
Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles
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®
Africa (Located near Refreshment Outpost)
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
Cederberg Chenin Blanc, South Africa
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape
Groot Constantia Pinotage, Constantia
Wine Flight also available
Refreshment Outpost (Located between the China and Germany pavilions)
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)
Savannah Smoothie: Coconut Milk, Agave, and Amarula Cream Liqueur
Germany (Located at the Germany pavilion)
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions, and Cheese (KA)
Roast Bratwurst in a Prop & Peller® Pretzel Roll (KA)
We are often asked if Epcot offers much for kids to enjoy in this park. We think that there are a number of activities and experiences that kids can enjoy year round in the parks, but the Food and Wine Festival brings even more for kids to see and do. Although there are plenty of delicious food and beverage options for adults, there are six things for kids at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to enjoy, too!
Here are six things that we think your kids will love at the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival:
Fun Zone Playground: Your kids can burn some energy at the Fun Zone Playground in Future World East. The playground has plenty of space for your kids to explore and climb. You can even relax with a drink or food sample from one of the nearby marketplaces.
2. Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt: Little statues of Remy holding an ingredient from his famous ratatouille have been hidden all over the World Showcase pavilions. You can search for the 15 statuettes at no charge or purchase a map with stickers from participating Festival merchandise locations to earn a surprise for a completed map. This makes for an inexpensive souvenir and is a fun activity as you make your way around the park.
3. Candy Sushi Making Experience: You can learn to make sushi inspired confectionary creations from some of your favorite candies, all led by a Disney chef. Classes are held daily at 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm in Sunshine Seasons at the Land pavilion. Advance reservations are strongly recommend and can be made here.
4. Disney Du Jour Dance Party: You can show off your best dance moves during the Disney Du Jour Dance Party which will be happening every day throughout the festival from 5:30-8:30 pm. However, Friday and Saturday evenings get even more exciting with live performances from Radio Disney artists.
Here is the full schedule of upcoming performers (subject to change without notice):
August 30 through August 31, 2019 Meg Donnelly (With U, Disney Channel’s Zombies)
September 13 through 14, 2019 Jenna Raine (A Letter to Me)
September 27 through September 28, 2019 Isabella Nicole (Headphones)
October 4 through October 5, 2019 Avenue Beat (Delight)
October 11 through October 12, 2019 Sky Katz (Like This, Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home)
October 18 through October 19, 2019 JAGMAC (Like a Band)
November 1 through November 2, 2019 AJ Mitchell (All My Friends)
November 8 through November 9, 2019 Kylie Cantrall (That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout, Disney Channel’s Gabby Duran & The Unsittables)
November 15 through November 16, 2019 Erin Bowman (Good Time Good Life)
November 22 through November 23, 2019 Tegan Marie (Horses)
5. Kid Approved Dishes: All of the festival passports indicate which dishes are “KA” or “kid approved.” There are food and beverage options at almost every booth that offer kid friendly options. If you don’t have the most adventurous eaters, it’s a great way to encourage them to try new things.
6. Epcot Forever: Epcot’s long running nighttime show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will be ending on September 30 to make way for a new, limited-time nighttime spectacular, Epcot Forever, which will make its debut on October 1. Your kids will love ending the day watching this incredible new show featuring fireworks, laser effecrs, and more all around the World Showcase Lagoon. 5.
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is one of my favorite annual events at Epcot! This beautiful annual event is included with your regular theme park admission so you can enjoy much of it without any added expense.
Here are 8 things you won’t want to miss at the 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival:
Character Topiaries: The “star of the show” is always the incredible character topiaries throughout the park. This year, you can find topiaries featuring Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Bambi and friends, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story pals, Captain Hook and Peter Pan, Mickey and the gang, and so many more!
Outdoor Kitchens: You can try some unique food and drinks at seventeen outdoor kitchens scattered throughout the World Showcase. These snack sized samples are perfect for an afternoon treat or you can easily make a meal out of a few of them! Many feature fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden and there’s even a new spot this year offering food and beverages infused with honey. We highly recommend the frushi at Hanami!
Garden Rocks concert series: This popular concert series brings 36 different artists to the park over 90 nights to perform three concerts nightly at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8 pm. You can see a variety of genres covered by artists including Air Supply, Simple Plan, Steven Curtis Chapman, Lonestar, and more.
Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration: This springtime scavenger hunt features Spike the honey bee and will take your family all over the World Showcase searching for him. You can purchase a map for $6.99 and then return it for a surprise which makes for a fun and inexpensive souvenir.
Interactive Play Areas: Epcot has two new interactive play areas for the festival that your kids will love and can be a great break for them to burn some energy. Your kids can choose from Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds or the Play Full Garden.
The Goodness Garden Butterfly House: You can see and learn about butterflies up close in the butterfly house which is home to several different species. If you’re really lucky, you might even get to watch one emerge from a chrysalis.
The Story of Coco: You can watch this new Coco-inspired show several times day in the Mexico pavilion. Folklorico dancers join the musicians of Mariachi Cobre to bring the story of Disney-Pixar’s Coco to life, with Miguel even appearing as a puppet.
Guided Tours: There are four tours available in Epcot this spring- Gardens of the World, English Tea Garden, Royal Tea Garden, and Behind the Seeds. Gardens of the World is unique three hour tour to the Flower and Garden Festival that will help you see how these incredible character topiaries are brought to life.
The 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is happening now through June 3, 2019.
PS- Dates have now been confirmed for the other Epcot festivals happening later this year. The 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival officially returns August 29- November 23, 2019 and the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will run from November 29 through December 30, 2019.