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17
Jul 14

2014 Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule Dates and Times

Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Series

Five new Eat to the Beat musical acts join 17 fan-favorite bands to complete a genre-spanning lineup of pop hit greats during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival September 19th to November 10th at Walt Disney World Resort.

New-to-the-festival bands Jo Dee Messina, Fuel, Jim Brickman, Los Lonely Boys and David Cook — and 17 returning acts including Sister Hazel, Hanson and Boyz II Men — will rock the America Gardens Theatre stage during concerts at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily.  The lineup (subject to change and included in Epcot admission) includes:

Sept. 19-21 – Jo Dee Messina NEW!  ”Lesson in Leavin’”
Sept. 22-23 — The Pointer Sisters “I’m So Excited”
Sept. 24-25 — Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl”
Sept. 26-27 — Christopher Cross “Sailing
Sept. 28-29 — Hanson “I Will Come to You”
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 — Air Supply “All Out of Love”
Oct. 3-5 — STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
Oct. 6-8 — Sugar Ray “Fly”
Oct. 9-10 – Fuel NEW!  ”Shimmer”
Oct. 11-12 — Sister Hazel “All For You”
Oct. 13-14 — Richard Marx “Hold On to the Night”
Oct. 15-16 — Billy Ocean “Caribbean Queen”
Oct. 17-19 — Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
Oct. 20-22 — Smash Mouth “Walkin’ On the Sun”
Oct. 23-24 – Jim Brickman NEW! “Valentine”
Oct. 25-26 – Los Lonely Boys NEW! “Heaven”
Oct. 27-28 — Wilson Phillips “Hold On”
Oct. 29-31 — Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX “Come Sail Away”
Nov. 1-2 — 38 Special “Caught Up in You”
Nov. 3-5 — Boyz II Men “End of the Road”
Nov. 6-7 – David Cook NEW!   “The Time of My Life”
Nov. 8-10 — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”
(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list)


20
May 14

What’s New and Dates for the 2014 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World

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The flavors of Argentina and Chile will sizzle at the new Patagonia Marketplace when Disney’s fall culinary extravaganza, the 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase, opens Sept. 19 at Walt Disney World Resort. The 2014 festival kicks off a week early and runs 53 days – up seven days from the previous 46-day event — until Nov. 10, featuring new marketplace menus and debuting a variety of premium dining events.

Celebrated for its inspired food-and-beverage marketplaces, high-energy Eat to the Beat concerts, signature dinners and galas, the 19th festival will debut the new Patagonia Marketplace menu showcasing cuisine of Argentina and Chile such as fresh, sustainable roasted Verlasso salmon, quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri. Disney chefs this year also will dish up new Farm Fresh Marketplace offerings and debut new menu items at multiple marketplaces. A dinner showcasing Walt Disney’s culinary predilections, a foodie “Boot Camp Series” and a Friday morning celebrity chef nosh-and-chat cookbook event, “Food for Thought,” will debut.

brazil epcot food wine festival pork belly

Festival guests will be able to pair wines and beers with savory and sweet dishes from more than 25 ethnic and specialty marketplaces as they stroll the World Showcase Promenade and earn stamps on their complimentary festival “passport” souvenirs. Champagne, cocktails and “mocktails” also will be on festival menus. In Future World, the iconic Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog returns for a fourth year so that families can discover the cranberry’s rich agricultural heritage.

brazil epcot food wine festival cranberry bog

And that’s just for starters . . .

Hot Off the 2014 Festival Event Menu:

New marketplace debuts; favorites return – Flavors of Argentina and Chile will merge at the new Patagonia Marketplace, where sustainable salmon with a kick debuts. At the Farm Fresh Marketplace, which replaces Florida Local Marketplace, guests can taste farm-fresh local flavors of a new “Bacon and Eggs” dish featuring applewood-smoked, pepper-coated bacon, sweet corn, potatoes, Hollandaise and pickled jalapeños. The Brazil Marketplace puts the lime in the coconut with Mocequa de Pescado, a fresh tilapia dish featuring coconut lime sauce and steamed rice.

New Eat to the Beat acts debut; fan favorites return to festival stage – Opening night through Sept. 21, new festival act Jo Dee Messina will rock the house at America Gardens Theatre. Other new beats on tap include Rick Springfield (Sept. 24-25); Fuel (Oct. 9-10); Jim Brickman (Oct. 23-24); Los Lonely Boys (Oct. 25-26); and David Cook (Nov. 6-7). The Pointer Sisters (Sept. 22-23), Christopher Cross (Sept. 26-27) and other fan favorites will return to play the festival stage. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Nov. 8-10) will close the event.

Celebrity chefs cook and dish – Renowned chefs such as Warren Brown, Rock Harper, Jennifer Hill Booker, Erika Davis, Paula DaSilva, Gale Gand, Dana Herbert, Jamie Deen, Jerome Brown, Dean Max, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, Allen Susser, Duskie Estes and John Stewart will share their talents during culinary demos and premium events.

Festival Welcome Center buzzes with activities – Guests can make the most of the new complimentary Back to Basics Festival Center weekend series featuring guest presenters with epicurean tips and tricks from the pros. Culinary demonstrations and mixology and wine seminars will offer new tastes and sips for a nominal fee.

Other festival highlights include:

More than 270 chefs including Disney chefs and culinary stars from across the country.
Party for the Senses grand tasting events Saturday evenings showcasing tempting bites from eminent chefs, more than 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.
Premium events including the back-by-demand “Parisian Breakfast” on Saturdays; new “Sunday Mornings with…” plated brunch starring an acclaimed pastry chef or baker crafting three favorite desserts for sampling; and new “Boot Camp Series” interactive experience with epicurean challenges to hone your “inner chef.”

Included with Epcot Admission:
Back to Basics series, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission. Festival hours extend to 10 p.m. each weekend.

Special Programming by Reservation:
The Party for the Senses grand tasting events, signature dinners and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission. When a reservation booking date is announced this summer, guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378). Information and reservations for select programs will be at epcotfoodfestival.com.


23
Apr 14

“Modern Family” Actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons Meets Snow White at Epcot

“Modern Family” Actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons Meets Snow White at EpcotSix-year-old actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who portrays “Lily” on the hit ABC series “Modern Family,” poses April 21, 2014 with Snow White in Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.


12
Apr 14

Eat and Drink in Epcot Until 11 pm with the All New ‘After Hours Wind Down’

Tuto Gusto Epcot Italy Wine Flight

Have you ever been in the middle of your World Showcase Crawl at Epcot when IllumiNations ends and then you have to leave the park at 9pm? Kind of a bummer right? Walt Disney World has rolled out a new “hard ticket event” that allows guests to continue the party until 11pm.

It’s called “After Hours Wind Down” and tickets are available right now.  For $35 guests can pay to stay in the park for two hours after closing and enjoy one of four private locations.

Beginning April 17th through September 15th, choose either La Cava del Tequila at the Mexico Pavilion; Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion; Tutto Gusto in the Italy Pavilion, or Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Each location will have small bites paired with a beverage flight (additional beverages can be purchased) from 9:20 – 11 p.m. It’s a magical time as the park quiets down.

Cost is $35, plus tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, go to www.disneyworld.com/spring, call 407-WDW-DINE, or check in with Epcot Guest Relations to see if space is available.


09
Apr 14

2014 Epcot Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Schedule and Performers

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

Chart-topping classics will fill the air at Epcot this summer when high-energy bands rock the mic during the Sounds Like Summer concert series. Performing hits from U2, Journey, Boston, and more, seven acts will take the stage in June and July at America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase.

This year’s concert line up includes:

June 8-14: Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles
June 15-21: Don’t Stop Believin’ ~ Journey Tribute Band
June 22-28: Good Vibrations ~ A Tribute to The Beach Boys
June 29-July 5: Don’t Look Back ~ Boston Tribute Band
July 6 to 12: Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees
July 13 to 19: Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
July 20 to 26: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2

Show times are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. – except on July 4 when show times are 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. Sounds Like Summer concerts are included with Epcot admission (Entertainment subject to change without notice).