Friday, July 20, 2012

Ears the News with Richard

As I am sure many of you remember, Le Cellier switched to 2 credits for dinner only back in 2011. Starting in 2013 the popular Epcot restaurant will become a full time signature restaurant requiring 2 table service credits for lunch as well as dinner.
Epcot’s 30th anniversary is right around the corner and Disney has released 30th anniversary merchandise to go along with it. Items will include t-shirts, shot glasses, caps and of course, pins. Release dates have yet to be finalized but it is safe to assume that everything should be out by October 1st with some limited edition items being available only in Epcot on October 1st.  Photos courtesty of the Disney Parks Blog.


Special events for the 2012 Food and Wine festival will be able to be booked on August 14 at 7:00AM by calling 407-WDW-FEST (407-939-3378). Disney also announced some new events for 2012.
 
The Marketplace VIP Access Chef Tour begins at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday, with tastes from selected marketplaces around World Showcase Lagoon and behind-the-scenes stories from the chefs. You get five (pre-selected) dishes and five beverages (wine, beer and cocktails) on the tour, which takes about two hours. Cost is $90 (plus tax and park admission).


An Italian Regional Food & Wine Luncheon in the recently opened Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, pairing wines with casual, authentic dishes - from noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Cost is $75 (plus tax, gratuity included, park admission required).

Tutto Italia Ristorante will be offering the White Truffle Lunch on November 4.

Party for the Senses in the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion has a new pricing structure.  A ticket for a reserved table on the main floor is $170 plus tax (gratuity included, park admission required). A reserved table in the premium Wine View Lounge is $270 plus tax (gratuity included, park admission required), and general admission is $145 plus tax (gratuity included, park admission required). Both of the reserved seating options also include a specialty cocktail and early admission at 7:15 p.m. This year’s Party for the Senses dates are October 6, 13, 20, and 27, and November 3.


The operating hours have been extended at the Magic Kingdom for most days in August 2012.  The park is closing at 11:00 PM, with performances of Main Street Electrical Parade at 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM, with Wishes at 10:00 PM on most nights.

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