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Are you a food fanatic and wine enthusiast? The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will return to the Walt Disney World Resort from September 27 – November 11, 2013.
Throughout the festival you will be able to delight in outstanding food, fun and entertainment.
Here are some highlights you can look forward to at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, including:
As many of you know, the Octonauts is a new favorite for children on Disney Junior. My 5 year old is no exception. So when his 6th birthday approached, an Octonauts party was a must. I agreed wholeheartedly, until I began the search for party supplies. Nothing online, in the party store, anywhere. As the show originated in the United Kingdom, all the Octonauts supplies were there. As we search the internet, my husband and I find tons of DIY ideas for Octonauts decoration, food and favors. We even got a little creative and came up with a few of our own.
Here is a breakdown of our Octonauts Birthday Party!
“Disney’s support went the extra mile. Their financial contribution, commitment to volunteerism and their Imagineers providing incredible creativity to make our space come alive is just phenomenal,” said Dave Krepcho, president/CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank.
In 2012, more than 730,000 people, half of them children, received emergency food in the six Central Florida counties served by Second Harvest. To help meet Central Florida’s growing need, the new facility’s features include increased warehouse space, increased refrigerator and freezer capacity and a community kitchen.
For more than 20 years, Disney has donated several million pounds of food through its “Disney Harvest Program” which collects prepared and unserved food from eateries throughout the resort’s properties and delivers it to the food bank. Disney Cast Members also participate in food drives and volunteer their time to sort food at Second Harvest.
Wishing you Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust
- Disney Imagineers Put Their Creativity to Work at Second Harvest Food Bank (chipandco.com)
- Disney is Sharing the Magic (chipandco.com)
Our readers have Dining questions all the time. When is the best time to eat? Quick Service or Table Service? Dining Plan or No? Ask ten people how they eat when they are at Walt Disney World and you will get twelve different answers! It all depends on how you like to do things at the parks. I’m going to give you a rundown of how we plan our meals at Walt Disney World with two kids.
1. Disney Dining Plan: We always do the Disney Dining Plan (especially when it’s free). There are debates on whether you are saving money, but we like the convenience. I like being able to budget most of my expenses ahead of time. Children under 3 are not required to purchase a Dining Plan, so they can eat off of your plate. There is so much food, this is never an issue.
2. Plan your Advance Dining Reservations. Yup, we love to eat at Disney and have our favorite places to go. So after consulting TouringPlans.com for their crowd calendar, we decide which days we will be at which park. Then we map out our Advance Dinning Reservations (ADR’s). With the dining plan you get one Table Service, one Quick Service and one Snack per person, per night of stay. You can use in any order or combination and we do!
3. Bang for Your Buck: If you are using the Disney Dining Plan, get the most out of your money. Plan character meals, which are often very expensive. Check out the menu’s ahead of time and make sure you go somewhere special, that you might not go to otherwise. If you are looking to do Le Cellier for a romantic evening, or Cinderella’s Royal Table for your Princess, plan on 2 Table Service Credits.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom may not be open as long as many of the other parks but they do pack in as much as they can in the hours that is available. While walking around I know I get hungry. We often get asked from fans, Are there many Quick Service choices for Dining in Disney’s Animal Kingdom? My answer would be, most definitely, and it’s some of the best food I’ve found in the Walt Disney World Parks.
Here is a rundown of what you can find throughout the park for snacks, a quick bite or a full meal. There are carts scattered all over the park, with often one item and beverages being the only options. Also a great choice are kiosks with no seating provided, but with plenty available nearby, usually 3 or more choices with beverages. Lastly there are full Quick Service plazas with dining, restroom facilities and plenty of indoor/outdoor seating.
Why include the carts and kiosks? Well, sometimes snacking around the Animal Kingdom is the best way. There are tons of nooks to grab a table and enjoy your surroundings.
- The Beastly Kiosk-Offers corn dogs, chips and beverage choices. Perfect if you are looking for quick eats as you enter the park.
- Safari Coffee-One of several kiosks near the tree of life. Perfect for an early morning stop, Safari Coffee offers coffee, espresso beverages, breakfast pastry and cupcakes. Seating is available nearby.
- Safari Ice Cream, Popcorn and Pretzels-Three kiosks located right before the entrance to Africa. Here you will find hand scooped ice cream, popcorn and stuffed pretzels. All serve water and soft drinks. The popcorn kiosk also serves beer.
- Flame Tree Barbecue- A Full Quick Service option near the road towards Dinoland, USA. The menu consists of house-smoked specialties; including ribs, pork and chicken. Salads and beverages are available. Seating is an outdoor, partially covered pavillion with amazing views of Everest.
- Pizzafari-Also a Full Quick Service option on the path towards Camp Mickey and Minnie. Both breakfast aand lunch are served here. Another benefit is indoor (aka air-conditioned) and outdoor seating. Breakfast options include Eggs, French Toast, Frittatas and Fresh Fruit. Lunch offers Pizza, Sandwiches and Salads.