19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Extended to Record 53 Days in 2014 — New Dates Run Sept. 19-Nov. 10
September 19 to November 10, 2014
Disney’s fall culinary extravaganza will arrive a week early this year and debut new flavors from South America when the 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off Sept. 19 at Walt Disney World Resort. The 2014 festival runs a record 53 days – up seven days from the previous 46-day event — until Nov. 10 and introduces its first Patagonia Marketplace showcasing tastes of Argentina and Chile.
Celebrated for its creative tapas-sized dishes and inspired sips, high-energy entertainment and premium signature dinners and tastings, the festival will sizzle with a variety of ethnic and specialized marketplaces. Guests can pair wines and beers with their food as they stroll the World Showcase Promenade.
Celebrity and Disney chefs will present culinary demonstrations, and beverage experts will host daily wine tastings and mixology seminars for a nominal fee. Eat to the Beat concerts starring pop bands such as Rick Springfield and The Pointer Sisters will rock the festival party each evening. Guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) or visit epcotfoodfestival.com for information and updates about booking premium culinary programs, dinners and tasting events such as the popular Party for the Senses.
- November 1-2 — 38 Special
- November 3-5 — Boyz II Men
- November 6-7 — David Cook
- November 8-10 — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The concerts, which are included with Epcot admission, will be at the America Gardens Theatre nightly at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Runners will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort on Nov. 7-9. Participants in the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, which is sold out, will run a 13.1-mile nighttime race on Nov. 9 through Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The race weekend will also include Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and runDisney Kids races on Nov. 8. To register for the runDisney kids races and to purchase the few remaining tickets for the Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste Party at Epcot, visit www.runDisney.com.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Delights Holiday Revelers
November 7 to December 19
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will celebrate the joy of the season for 19 magical nights from November 7-December 19.
For a quarter century, Walt Disney World Resort guests have been mesmerized by this festive event immersing families in the holiday spirit. Dates for 2014: Nov. 7, 10, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 30, Dec. 2,4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19
Beginning at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor with lively stage shows featuring Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. The fun continues with a holiday “Celebrate the Magic” castle projection show and Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season nighttime fireworks spectacular. Guests can enjoy experiences and attractions, including the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.
Downtown Disney Transforms to Art Lovers Paradise With Festival of the Masters
November 7 to 9
Downtown Disney invites guests to the 39th Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels. This world-renowned fine arts festival features more than 130 artisans showcasing their unique works in painting, sculpture, photography and other categories. This open-air festival also will offer live entertainment, hands-on activities for kids and delectable food offerings. Additional information can be found at www.disneyworld.com/artfestival.
Orlando Classic Returns to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Eight of the top men’s college basketball teams in the country will compete in the Orlando Classic over Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 27, 28 & 30, at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The 2014 Orlando Classic features 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in the championship game Sunday, Nov. 30. For more information, visit www.espnevents.com/orlandoclassic, or www.disneysportsnews.com.