Eat to the Beat Returns to Food & Wine Festival with 11 NEW Acts!

Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival is returning this year for the longest season ever with an astounding 75 day run, which begins in August!  And with one of Walt Disney World’s most popular events comes the popular concert series Eat to the Beat.  This year, the concert series has 11 new acts joining the line up.

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Disney’s 2018 Dining Plan will offer alcoholic and specialty beverages as an option

The Disney Dining Plan is always a popular thing for its resort guests.  There are three options for the plan: the Quick Service dining plan, the Disney Dining plan (quick service and table service), and the Deluxe Dining plan (any where you want).   I, for one, have never really considered it an option for me because every meal comes with a non-alcoholic beverage and adult beverages cost extra.  So for dinner, if and when I want a beer, not only would I pay for the beer, but then I probably would not be ordering image5-1my soda and wasting the money I’d spent on it.  But that’s just me.

Now it’s all changed.  It was rumored last week or so and it’s officially been announced by Disney that the 2018 Disney Dining Plan will now offer alcoholic and even specialty beverages such as milkshakes and smoothies as an option for drinks.  Here’s the announcement below.

Guests of select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels with Magic Your Way Vacation Packages that include a Disney Dining Plan have several new beverage options available.

Beverages – Guests under 21 can choose (1) non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests over 21 can choose either one (1) single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one (1) single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot chocolates
  • Soda, Coffee, or Tea

A single serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests must be age 21 and over and present valid ID to be served one (1) alcoholic beverage. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a quick-service or table-service meal entitlement.

And of course, the DDP will be rising in price, but only slightly.  Really, it looks more like an annual increase, as opposed to one that’s because of the addition of these new offerings.

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For the quick service plan, which comes with two counter service meals (entree and drink), and two snacks a day, it will rise from $48.19 to $52.49 a day for adults and $21.75 for children age 3-9.

The Disney Dining Plan comes with one counter service, one table service (entree, drink, dessert/side OR a buffet), and two snacks a day.  This will increase from $69.35 to $75.49 a day for adults and $25.80 for children age 3-9.

Lastly, the Deluxe Dining Plan offers three meals a day, any style (table service now comes with an appetizer), plus two snacks.  This plan will increase from $106.68 to $116.24 a day for adults and $39.90 for children age 3-9

All plans come with the refillable resort mugs.  The Disney Dining Plans must be booked in at least 72 hours advanced and can not be booked when you arrive at your resort.

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Frozen Dessert Party Coming to Epcot, IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party Leaving

Elsa has gotten fireworks, her own show, an attraction overlay, and she even took over the castle lighting ceremony during Christmas at the Magic Kingdom.  Well now she’s getting a fireworks dessert party… again! Starting July 17th, Epcot will be replacing the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party, which has it’s last date actually on July 14th, and starting a brand new dessert party ever so creatively named the Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party.

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Just like the IllumiNations party, the Frozen one will be held on select evenings in the World Showcase Plaza East one hour prior to the IllumiNations fireworks.  Besides the Continue reading “Frozen Dessert Party Coming to Epcot, IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party Leaving”

Portobello officially not returning at Disney Springs, Chef Tony Mantuano restaurant replacing

The Portobello restaurant at Disney Springs closed last week for what was announced to be a half year’s refurbishment and remodel. It was announced to be coming back with a newly redesigned menu featuring family-style offerings and new Italian craft beers and wines.

Well, as I suspected, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria will not be returning to Disney Springs.  Just like Fulton’s Crab House, the restaurant will be undergoing a full make-over and be coming back with a brand new name, menu, and from the looks of it, will look a Continue reading “Portobello officially not returning at Disney Springs, Chef Tony Mantuano restaurant replacing”

Disney has released the dates for MNSSHP and MVMCP.

Dates for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party have officially been announced!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be holding 32 parties, and for the first time ever, will begin in August!  It’s fun to point out the first MNSSHP date is closer to the 4th of July than it is to Halloween. Continue reading “Disney has released the dates for MNSSHP and MVMCP.”

EXCLUSIVE: Early review of Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – World of Avatar

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On Wednesday, I had the opportunity and pleasure to be among the first to sample the offerings at the Satu’li Canteen thanks to a Cast Member preview.  As you may know, the Satu’li Canteen is located in the new land, Pandora – The World of Avatar.  The new restaurant is a fast-casual style offering and, from what we could tell, is located on the right side of the land.   So here is our brief experience and early review!  We weren’t allowed to take pictures during the preview, so all food pictures are official photos Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Early review of Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – World of Avatar”

As we get closer to opening, new details are revealed for Pandora – The World of Avatar

If you remember back to when Disney’s Animal Kingdom first opened its doors, the park was missing a few key things: signs and maps.  Lead Imagineer Joe Rohde wanted guests to explore the park as if they were exploring the land for real in life. But this frustrated guests and many could not find their way around or the attractions they were looking for.  Eventually, signs were added, but only general ones.  Not for the attractions, but just the lands.  And then, of course, maps.  So the concept didn’t quite work out as well as Joe Rohde had hoped.

Well now, it looks like Joe Rohde is getting his wish once again for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  According to reports, neither of the two attractions in Pandora – The World of Avatar will have much as far as signage goes.  This is due to a major theme and design Continue reading “As we get closer to opening, new details are revealed for Pandora – The World of Avatar”

Dwayne Johnson to film Disney’s Jungle Cruise

It worked for Pirates of the Caribbean and it could work for the Jungle Cruise! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has officially green lit Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise project, which has been in development hell with Johnson attached since 2015.

MV5BMTkyNDQ3NzAxM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODIwMTQ0NTE@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_ Since it’s initial proposal, the script has gone through multiple drafts, but according to reports, it is much stronger now and to Johnson’s liking.  Thanks to this, the project is officially moving forward and Johnson has fit it into his busy filming schedule.  Johnson just completed Fighting with My Family and will go on to shooting Rampage later this spring, followed by Skyscraper near the end of the year.  Then after a short break, Johnson is scheduled to begin production on Jungle Cruise in the spring of 2018.

Currently, there no director is attached.  But Johnson will star in the film, as well as produce it alongside Dany Garcia, the co-CEO of Johnson’s production company, Seven Bucks Productions.  Current productions of 2017 alone include Baywatch, Ballers, and the upcoming sequel Jumanji.

Johnson’s frequent collaborator, Beau Flynn, is also in negotiations to produce the film via Flynn Picture Co.

Personally, I’m stoked for this film.  If done correctly, I think this will be an easy knock out for Disney.  I hope it’s super campy, corny, and I honestly can’t see anyone else more perfect than Dwayne Johnson helming this film.  I’ve never seen him in anything I haven’t liked, and I couldn’t be more excited for his Baywatch film this summer.  He’s perfect for this humor (if they take it the comedic route).  But at the same time, I suppose they could make it a serious, action film, but I hope not!!  Either way, if the film is successful, imagine how many sequels we could get.

tok728292largeIf this film comes to fruition, it will be the seventh Disney film based on a pre-existing attraction: Mission to Mars, The Country Bears, The Haunted Mansion, Tower of Terror, Tomorrowland, and of course, the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

Dwayne Johnson has three big blockbusters being released in 2017.  Fate of the Furious opens this Friday, April 14, marking the 8th installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.  Then, Baywatch opens May 26th, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on December 20th.

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Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen – Perfect for your Southern fix

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Well, it’s been open almost a year and we’ve finally gotten the chance to dine at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. Located at Walt Disney World, this new addition truly brings Southern cooking to the melting pot of dining which has become Disney Springs.

From its Shine Bar to its outdoor seating, Homecomin’ truly feels like home in the South! And thanks to Chef Art Smith, that classic southern style cooking has been elevated to fit in perfectly with the quality of cuisine we’ve come to expect from the WDW property. Continue reading “Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen – Perfect for your Southern fix”