Epcot International Festival of the Arts Foodie Guide 2023

Festival of the Arts

Food Guide created by Noelle Schreiber

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is once again returning to Walt Disney World! This exciting festival will take place January 13 – February 22, 2023. Since 2017, this annual event has provided guests the opportunity to celebrate visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts through a variety of experiences! Explore your creative side and immerse in the arts with artsy activities that are fun for every member of the family.

The festival is a global celebration of visual, culinary, and performing arts where guests can find inspiration and discover their own creativity in fun ways across the park. There are more than 100 Disney and visiting artists showcasing their eye-catching works of art during the festival. Guests of all ages can express their creative side by learning to draw a Disney character at Animation Academy, leaving their own creative mark at Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural and helping Figment learn about art on a scavenger hunt around World Showcase. Each evening, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will feature talented entertainers performing Disney songs live at America Gardens Theatre.

For those who prefer the culinary arts, check out our foodie guide below to see the art-inspired menus at 16 delicious food stalls you can enjoy during the festival!

Click below to view our full foodie guide for the 2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

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Want to experience these delicious culinary creations for yourself? It’s not too late to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation for the 2023 Epcot Festival of the Arts. We can also help you make plans to visit Walt Disney World during one of the other exciting festivals that take place throughout the year. Contact your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner or fill out the form on our contact page to get started!

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Foodie Guide 2022

Food Guide created by Noelle Schreiber

The 2022 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has officially begun! Guests at Epcot can enjoy this exciting festival now through November 19, 2022. The Food & Wine Festival takes Guests on a culinary tour through 6 continents -and beyond- and includes plenty of fun activities and entertainment to enjoy.

Global marketplaces located around World Showcase offer the opportunity to enjoy an irresistible selection of gourmet plates and unique beverages. Discover a cornucopia of cultures, cuisines and innovative cooking techniques from chefs worldwide. As you indulge in flavors from around the world, you can also treat your senses to fresh sounds and toe-tapping tunes from the live performers around the World Showcase. Guests of all ages can embark on a Ratatouille-inspired adventure that’s très magnifique as they search for Remy on a savory scavenger hunt around the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Cheese lovers can’t miss Emile’s Fromage Montage,  where you can sample a variety of delicious cheeses served in inventive ways. Whatever you choose to enjoy, the Food & Wine Festival is sure to add some fun and flavor to your Walt Disney World vacation!

Click below to view our full foodie guide for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Want to experience these gourmet delights for yourself? It’s not too late to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in 2022. Contact your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner or fill out the form on our contact page to get started!

Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival – Food Guide

Flower and Garden Festival

Food Guide created by Noelle Schreiber 

Attend a springtime event abloom with brilliant gardens, fresh flavors, lively entertainment and more.

While Spring may be just beginning for many of us,  it’s already in full bloom at EPCOT at the International Flower & Garden Festival. This beloved festival returned to EPCOT on March 2, 2022 and will continue through July 4, 2022. From garden-fresh cuisines, creative gardens and unforgettable topiaries, this vibrant festival combines the freshest flowers and flavors from around the world.

If you’re planning a visit during this exciting festival, be sure to set aside time to explore and admire the extraordinary character topiaries. Plus, a kaleidoscope of bright blooms and floating gardens scattered throughout EPCOT will make the perfect backdrop for photos. In addition, the celebrations included live performances for the Garden Rocks Concert Series and exclusive merchandise to bring the fun home with you. Even the little ones can get in on the fun with Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration, a scavenger hunt that’s fun for the whole family!

And of course, a major highlight of this exciting festival is the arrival of nearly 20 festival-exclusive Outdoor Kitchens to the park! A smorgasbord of flavors and beverages await throughout World Showcase as you explore flavors of spring from around the world. Discover creative cuisine featuring the season’s
freshest flavors, bringing the garden to your table. Be sure to check out our Food Guide below to see all the sweet and savory bites as well as refreshing sips that await you during your visit to the Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival!

Click the image below to open our Food Guide to the Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival (PDF):

Want to taste some of these incredible flavors for yourself this Spring? It’s not too late to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation to experience this exciting festival. Contact your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner or fill out the form on our contact page to get started!

Epcot International Festival of the Arts – Food Guide

Festival of the Arts

Food Guide created by  Noelle Schreiber

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is once again returning to Walt Disney World! This exciting festival will take place January 14 – February 21, 2022. Since 2017, this annual event has provided guests the opportunity to celebrate visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts through a variety of experiences! Explore your creative side and immerse in the arts with artsy activities that are fun for every member of the family.

Visual Arts

Learn how to draw in Animation Acadamy or leave your mark on the hands on wall mural. Also keep an eye out for artful photo ops and interactive experiences. Take the opportunity to bring some art home with you as well!

Performing Arts

Catch captivating performances everywhere you turn! Enjoy live art performances! Don’t miss your favorite Disney on Broadway performers live on stage singing the songs they helped make famous.

Culinary Arts

Art critics and gourmands alike can enjoy a feast for the eyes as well as the palate! Explore a world where food imitates art as the epicurean elite converge to create mouthwatering magic that rivals the masters.

Click the image below to view a Taste of Epcot® International Festival of the Arts Culinary Guide

 

Festival of the Arts 2022 Food Guide

Food Guide created by Noelle Schreiber

Want to experience one of Epcot’s exciting festivals for yourself? It’s not too late to start planning your 2022 Walt Disney World vacation. Ask your Vacation Planner about the other amazing themed festivals that take place at Epcot throughout the year. Contact your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner or fill out the form on our contact page to start planning!

2022 Airport Transportation Options at the Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World

by Josh Mitchell, Vacation Planner at Wish Upon a Star with Us

Whether you are visiting Walt Disney World for the first time or you’ve visited 50 times before, 2022 is an exciting year to visit Walt Disney World! With the 50th anniversary celebration officially underway, many families can’t wait to return to the magic or experience the magic for the first time. While 2022 brings a lot of exciting new changes like new rides and dining venues, one classic Walt Disney World experience is coming to an end – Disney’s Magical Express. 

The beloved shuttle service was a complimentary transportation perk all Walt Disney World Resort Guests could take advantage of when flying in or out of Orlando International Airport (MCO). With the news of Disney’s end to Magical Express, many guests were left wondering what transportations options they will have going forward. While we hope this blog post is helpful in giving you a quick answer, the best resource is to talk to one of our expert Vacation Planners at Wish Upon a Star with Us Travel to decide which option is best for you and your vacation. Our Vacation Planners don’t just talk about Disney, they are constantly immersed in the “Disney Know”. When you don’t find them working behind their computers tirelessly for their clients, you can be sure to find them traveling to Disney destinations around the World! 

When will Magical Express end?

Disney’s Magical Express service will officially end December 31st, 2021. Any Guests that checks in to their Disney Resort hotel before the end of the year will still receive Magical Express complimentary transportation back to the airport, even if it’s after December 31. Magical Express will no longer be available for Guests with arrivals on or after January 31.

Why is Disney ending the Magical Express service?

Disney attributed the decision to the rise of other transportation options like ride-shares (Uber and Lyft). “Vacationers have more options to choose from than ever for transportation, including ride-share services that save time and offer more flexibility to go where they want, when they want.” 

What are my transportation options now that Magical Express is gone?

Even without Magical Express, there are a variety of transportation options to choose from to easily get from the airport to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Here are a few of the most popular options:

    • Private transfers
    • Shared shuttle
    • Uber/Lyft
    • Taxi

Our Vacation Planners can help you arrange your transportation through a trusted private transportation company, or set up transportation for you on a shared shuttle service such as Mears Connect, a new service launching in 2022. If you prefer, you can also plan to use Uber/Lyft or take a taxi when you arrive at the airport.

What is Mears Connect?

Mears Transportation (the company that currently operates Disney’s Magical Express service in partnership with Disney) is not going anywhere. The same day that Disney announced the end of Magical Express, Mears announced their new Walt Disney World Resort shuttle service – Mears Connect. Mears Connect will begin service on January 1st, 2022 and is already taking reservations. While this service is no longer complimentary, the shuttle service is expected to run very similar to how Magical Express has been operating. The other key difference is the shuttle service will no longer be run or booked through Disney.

With Mears Connect looking to be one of the new most popular options for getting to Walt Disney World, we wanted to help share what this new service will look like. Mears Connect will have 2 paid service options: Standard Service or Express Service. 

Mears Connect Standard Service: This is a shared transport service whose operation remains very similar to that of Magical Express. It serves all the hotels of the Walt Disney World Resort as well as other area hotels. It will make a limited number of stops and will have you on your way to your resort within 20 minutes of your check-in to the Mears Connect reception area. The cost for this option is $16 per adult and $13.50 per child (ages 3-9) each way.

Mears Connect Express Service: The Express Service option offers direct service to your resort and back to the airport (guaranteed first stop), with limited to no wait time. The Express Service may be provided in a bus, van or a small vehicle, and is only available for roundtrip service. Note that Express Service is not considered private service, it may be shared service. This option starts at $250 roundtrip for a party of 4, plus $55 for each additional passenger.

Which transportation option is best for me?

Deciding which transportation method to take to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel might feel stressful now, but we’re here to help you arrange the best option for your vacation. Deciding between the forms of transportation is really going to come down to your family’s preference. Talk to your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner and see what they personally recommend for your family and getting to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel!

 

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Foodie Guide

Food Guide created by Noelle Schreiber

The 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has officially begun! Guests at Epcot can enjoy this exciting festival taking place from July 15 through November 20. The Food & Wine Festival takes Guests on a culinary tour through 6 continents and also offers fun activities and entertainment.

Global marketplaces located around World Showcase offer the opportunity to enjoy an irresistible selection of gourmet plates and unique beverages. As you indulge in flavors from around the world, you can also treat your senses to fresh sounds and toe-tapping tunes from the live performers around the World Showcase. Guests of all ages can embark on a Ratatouille-inspired adventure that’s très magnifique as they search for Remy on a savory scavenger hunt around the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Cheese lovers can’t miss Emile’s Fromage Montage,  where you can sample a variety of delicious cheeses served in inventive ways. Whatever you choose to enjoy, the Food & Wine Festival is sure to add some fun and flavor to your Walt Disney World vacation!

Click the image below to view our Foodie Guide to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to taste some of these incredible gourmet delights for yourself? It’s not too late to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2021. Contact your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner or fill out the form on our contact page to get started!

Taste of Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival Foodie Guide

Taste of Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival

Food Guide created by Noelle Schreiber 

It may still be a bit chilly outside now, but a hint of spring is in the air as EPCOT prepares for the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. This beloved festival returns to EPCOT on March 3, 2021 and will continue through July 5, 2021. From garden-fresh cuisines, creative gardens and unforgettable topiaries, this vibrant festival combines the freshest flowers and flavors from around the world.

If you’re planning a visit during this exciting festival, be sure to set aside time to explore and admire the extraordinary character topiaries. Plus, a kaleidoscope of bright blooms and floating gardens scattered throughout EPCOT will make the perfect backdrop for photos.

And of course, a major highlight of this exciting festival is the arrival of 20 festival-exclusive Outdoor Kitchens to the park! A smorgasbord of flavors and beverages await throughout World Showcase as you explore flavors of Spring from around the world. Discover creative cuisine featuring the season’s
freshest flavors, bringing the garden to your table. Be sure to check out our Foodie Guide below to see all the sweet and savory bites as well as refreshing sips that await you during your visit to the Taste of Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival!

Click the image below for the Taste of Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival Foodie Guide:

 

Want to taste some of these incredible flavors for yourself this Spring? It’s not too late to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation to experience this exciting festival. Contact your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner or fill out the form on our contact page to get started!

Guide to Valentine’s Day at Walt Disney World

Guides created by Noelle Schreiber 

Valentine’s Day is the season of love, and there’s plenty to love at Walt Disney World this time of year!

Check out our foodie guide for all of the special seasonal treats that will be popping up around the Walt Disney World Resort during the next month. If you’re visiting Walt Disney World soon, then you’ll definitely want to check out some of these delightful treats!

Click the image below to see the full Valentine’s Day Foodie Guide:

Shopping more your style? Love is in the air at Disney Springs! Be sure to check out our guide below to see all of the Sweet Finds and special seasonal offerings at Disney Springs.

Click the image below to see the full Sweet Finds for Valentine’s Day Guide:

It’s not too late to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation. Contact your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner or fill out the form on our contact page to get started!

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts (with Culinary Guide)

Festival of the Arts

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts has once again returned to Walt Disney World! This exciting festival will take place January 8 – February 22, 2021. Since 2017, this annual event has provided guests the opportunity to celebrate visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts through a variety of experiences! Explore your creative side and immerse in the arts with artsy activities that are fun for every member of the family.

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts Decadent Delights Palette Cookie

Visual Arts

Learn how to draw in Animation Acadamy or leave your mark on the hands on wall mural. Also keep an eye out for artful photo ops and interactive experiences. Take the oportunity to bring some art home with you as well!

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Performing Arts

Catch captivating performances everywhere you turn! Enjoy live art
performances! Listen to the Voices of Liberty sing a new songbook and amaze at Art Defying Gravity.

Culinary Arts

Art critics and gourmands alike can enjoy a feast for the eyes as well as the palate! Explore a world where food imitates art as the epicurean elite converge to create mouthwatering magic that rivals the masters.

Click the image below to view a Taste of Epcot® International Festival of the Arts Culinary Guide

Food Guide created by Noelle Schreiber

Want to taste some of these incredible treats for yourself? It’s not too late to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation. Contact your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner or fill out the form on our contact page to get started!

Walt Disney World Holiday Food Guide

Foodie Guide to the Holidays

Food Guides created by Noelle Schreiber 

The holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resort officially started this week, and we are so excited about all the magical experiences happening around the theme parks and resorts this year!

From Nov. 6 through Dec. 30, guests can enjoy special cavalcades, seasonal décor, themed merchandise, delicious treats, characters donning their holiday best and so much more. Then, beginning on November 27, EPCOT will join in the festivities with the arrival of the Taste of Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays which will feature live entertainment, holiday kitchens, the Holiday Cookie Stroll and more.

As one of our resident ‘foodies’, Travel Specialist Noelle has created guides to the Holiday Snacks available in all four theme parks, as well as a guide to the Taste of Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays! We hope this gets you in the spirit of the season and excited to try some of these enticing holiday treats.

Here are some of the things on Noelle’s “To-Eat” list this holiday season:

❄️Sweet Potato Casserole Funnel Cake topped with Marshmallow Topping, Cinnamon-Sugar, Honey-roasted Pecans and a Caramel Drizzle

❄️Warm Brown Sugar-stuffed Pretzel with Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

❄️Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth® Cookie

Click the image below for the Holiday Snacks Guide:

Click the image below for the Taste of Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays Foodie Guide:

 

Want to taste some of these incredible treats for yourself this holiday season? It’s not too late to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation for this holiday season. Contact your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner or fill out the form on our contact page to get started!