EXCLUSIVE CHASE CARDHOLDER LOUNGE RETURNS TO the American Adventure Pavilion for the 2014 Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
Lounge for Chase Cardholders to Comfortably Relax with Complimentary Amenities, Electronic Charging Stations and More
WILMINGTON, Del. – Sept. 18, 2014 – Chase today announced that as part of its multi-year agreement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S., it continues as the presenting sponsor of the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. Guests attending this marquee culinary event can experience cuisine from around the world, taste specialty wines and spirits and enjoy daily live entertainment.
The 19th Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase, running from September 19 through November 10, 2014, will again offer Chase debit and credit cardholders, including Disney Visa® cardholders, exclusive access to the Chase Lounge at the Festival.* The lounge, located on the third floor of the American Adventure Pavilion within the Epcot® World Showcase, offers an inviting space to relax, enjoy complimentary beverages and charge personal devices at an increased number of charging stations, among other amenities exclusively for Chase customers. The lounge will be open daily during the record-setting 53 day Festival from 11 a.m. to park close.
Celebrated for its inspired food-and-beverage marketplaces, high-energy concerts and premium dining events, the Festival will sizzle with a variety of ethnic and specialized marketplaces. Guests will be able to pair wines, beers, cocktails and “mocktails” from many countries as they stroll the World Showcase Promenade and earn stamps on their complimentary festival “passport” souvenirs.
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 from several decades will rock the festival party each evening.
“We are delighted to again offer an exclusive lounge for our cardholders attending this one-of-a-kind event,” said Steve Pamon, head of Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Chase. “Located in the center of the Festival, the lounge is a great place for customers to rest, recharge and relax while making their way around the world of Epcot.”
The sponsorship of the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival extends Chase’s long-term relationship with Disney that includes the Disney Premier Visa® Card, Disney Rewards® Visa® Card and Disney Visa® Debit Card. All Disney Visa Cards offer access to amazing perks 365 days-a-year when visiting Walt Disney World® Resort and the Disneyland® Resort, including a Character Meet ‘N’ Greet at a private Cardmember location and special savings at Disney’s U.S. Theme Parks and Disney Store locations and DisneyStore.com. Cardholders can also choose from various magical card designs featuring some of the most beloved Disney Characters.
Disney fans who are interested in Chase’s Disney card products can apply online at Chase.com/Disney or by visiting kiosks located at Epcot®, Downtown Disney® area and Magic Kingdom® Park.
*Theme Park admission to Epcot® is required.
About Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous, nearly 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation destination featuring four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom); two water adventure parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon); 36 resort hotels (26 owned and operated by Walt Disney World Resort, includes eight Disney Vacation Club resort properties); 63 holes of golf on four courses; two full-service spas; Disney’s Wedding Pavilion; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; and Downtown Disney, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex. Walt Disney World Resort is also included in vacation packages of Disney Cruise Line. Located in and around Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort opened Oct. 1, 1971. Open daily, year-round.
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It is almost time for your Epcot International Food & Wine Festival vacation! Have you planned your visit? Are you ready to take advantage of this great Disney World Event? Fortunately Only WDWorld can help you with advice and helpful hints to make this vacation one of your most enjoyable!
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival2014 marks the 19th annual celebration of one of the most popular events at the Walt Disney World Resort. This year will also be the longest Epcot Food & Wine Festival ever spanning from September 19 to November 10, 2014.
Start With The PlanningA little bit of planning goes a long way as far as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival goes. There are so many different events, foods, wines, beers, famous music acts, and celebrity chefs that visit Epcot during the Festival that it pays to do your homework and plan ahead.
We'll break down the Festival into 5 categories for planning purposes:
- Tasting Your Way Around The World
- Eat To The Beat Concert Series
- Culinary Demonstrations
- Beverage Demonstrations
- Special Tasting Meals and Events
Having plans around some or all of these categories will help you have a successful Festival for 2014.
1. Tasting Your Way Around The World
The first thing that comes to mind for most Food & Wine Festival veterans are all of the wonderful international kiosks that are set up around Epcot's World Showcase representing over 25 different regions and cuisines.
Access to all of these special food and drink marketplaces is FREE with your admission to Epcot. The food and drink is served in tasting portions and typically runs $3-$7 each.
Here is a list of the 2014 Food, Beer, and Wine choices for all 28 Marketplaces:
You can easily spend two full afternoons and/or evenings working your way around the 1.3 mile World Showcase walkway visiting the different International Marketplaces and sampling the Food & Drink.
Disney World Tip: Avoid Friday and Saturday afternoons and evening if possible as they will become VERY crowded as the locals like to join the fun.
2. Eat To The Beat Concert Series
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is home to the best FREE concert series at Disney World each year. Each night there are three separate shows at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45, & 8:00pm.
The 2014 Concerts include famous acts like:
- The Pointer Sisters
- Christopher Cross
- Air Supply
- Sugar Ray
- Richard Marx
- Billy Ocean
- Night Ranger
- Smash Mouth
- 38 Special
- Boyz II Men
Here is the entire schedule: 2014 Eat To The Beat Concert Schedule
These FREE concerts are a great way to enjoy an evening at Epcot prior to Illuminations: Reflections of Earth which occurs nightly at 9:00pm.
3. Culinary Demonstrations
Celebrity Chefs as well as Disney World's own remarkable chefs participate in a number of Culinary Demonstrations each day of the Festival. You need to go to www.EpcotFoodFestival.com to see a full list of Culinary Demonstrations throughout the Festival. Famous chefs like: Buddy Velasko, Robert Irvine, Gale Gand, Carla Hall, Cat Cora, and Kevin Dundon are participating, but you need to reserve your spot ahead of time. There are 3 different Culinary Demonstrations per day.
Each demonstration is approximately 45 minutes in length and costs only $15 per person.
4. Beverage Demonstrations
Like the Culinary Demonstrations, there are also beverage demonstrations. In what started out as only Wine based demonstrations in the earlier Festivals, you can now find Wine Tastings, Beer Tastings, Whiskey Tastings, Tequilla Tastings, and more. There are even a series of Mixology related seminars.
Here is the location to find the schedule: Beverage Seminars and Mixology Seminars
These also occur each day as cost $15 per person with reservations highly recommended.
5. Special Tasting Meals and Events
The sky and your imagination is the limit when it comes to the variety of special tasting meal, dining events, and celebrity chef tastings at the 2014 Food & Wine Festival.
There are so many different choices to choose from like:
- Parisian Breakfast (Saturdays) $39 pp
- “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery (October 3, 10 and 17) $59 or $99 pp – this also can be booked at epcotfoodfestival.com
- Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (more than 20 dinners throughout the festival; prices vary)
- Shake and Indulge Like the French Featuring Grand Marnier (Saturdays beginning September 27) $55 pp
- Cheese Seminars (Saturdays) $79 pp
- Party for the Senses (October 4, 11, 18 and November 1) $149, $189 or $299 pp – this also can be booked at epcotfoodfestival.com
- Party for the Senses Featuring Disney Chefs from Around the World (October 25) $149, $189 or $299 pp
- Food & Wine Pairings (Tuesdays and Thursdays) $55 pp
These only represent a small sampling of the choices that await you.
Here is a link to a broader list of choices: 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Special Events
F&W Festival Planning Summary
If you plan to enjoy the 2014 International Food and Wine Festival make sure that you take the time to do some planning before your visit. There is a wide variety of FREE activities and there are plenty of premium events for those that want to experience even more spectacular food and beverages during the Festival.
This is absolutely one of the favorite times for adults to visit the Walt Disney World Resort!
Disney World has officially announced that the Maelstrom attraction in the Epcot Norway Pavilion will be replaced with a 'Frozen' Themed Attraction. They also announced additional opportunities to meet & greet Anna and Elsa from Frozen in Epcot, as well as, a 'Frozen' themed lighting of Cinderella Castle starting in November to turn it into an ice palace.
Check out all of the 'Frozen' themed news reported from the Disney Parks Blog:
We’ve made “Frozen” a part of the guest experience in a number of ways already and our guests have both loved them and asked for more. So I’m pleased to say that we’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet our guests. We think these “Frozen” elements are great complements to the Norway Pavilion, which showcases the country and region that inspired the film.
“Frozen’s” popular characters will also have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. In addition to the ongoing character appearances, Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night starting in early November. And Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”
We’re extending some favorite elements of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!, too, so that guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can continue singing along to “Frozen” songs with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna. Wandering Oaken’s will set up shop closer to the show through the holiday season and will feature a larger play area with real snow (in Florida!).
From the moment we screened the film several months before its release, we were inspired by the possibility of bringing this great story to life for our guests. Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! has been extremely popular, and now we’re looking forward to doing even more to allow our guests to experience the “Frozen” phenomenon.
The World Showcase in Epcot is home to 11 different countries with each offering the opportunity to not only sample the culture, but the cuisine as well. Today we visit the China Pavilion to dine at the Nine Dragons Restaurant.
Nine Dragons RestaurantThe Nine Dragons Restaurant is located in a building that has stunning architectural features that make it look like it belongs in China. There is detail everywhere to be found and you should definitely take the time to notice.
The namesake dragons are quite evident in the detail as seen in the ceiling panels and the large glass partitions located within.
The dark woodwork with intricate carvings is also amazing to look at. Look closely and you will find dragons there also.
The restaurant itself is one of the easiest to get last minute reservations for in all of Epcot, so if you find yourself looking for a place to eat on short notice, give Nine Dragons a try.
Nine Dragons MenuThe menu had many familiar dishes for Americans that enjoy Chines Restaurants. Compared to other Epcot Table Service Restaurants the food was very reasonably priced with most entrees to be found between: $15 - $22.
- Diao Yu Tai Cucumber Appetizers
- Fragrant Chicken
- Spicy Beef
- Pot Stickers
- Walnut Shrimp Toast
- Shrimp and Taro Lollipops
- Shrimp and Chicken Egg Rolls
- General Tso's Chicken Dumplings
- Hot-and-Sour Appetizers
- Chicken Consomme with Pork Dumplings
- Nine Dragons Family Dinner Set
- Honey-Sesame Chicken
- Sweet-and-Sour Pork with Lightly Spiced Spinach Noodles
- Peppery Shrimp with Lightly Spiced Spinach Noodles
- Canton Pepper Beef
- Kung Pao Chicken
- Spit-Roasted Beijing Chicken
- Fragrant Five-Spiced Fish
- Shrimp and Steak
- Zha Jiang Noodles Sampler
- Nine Dragons Fried Rice
- Chinese Chicken Appetizers
- Vegetable and Tofu Stir-Fry
Review Of Dinner At Nine Dragons Restaurant
Our party of two scheduled our dinner early and we found ourselves in an almost empty restaurant. The servers were attentive and quick to respond to our requests.
We chose two different entrees to try during our meal.
The Kung Pao Chicken was prepared with peanuts and dried chili peppers and comes with rice for $17.98. The dish was tasty, but we would not consider it to be outstanding or special beyond anything that we would get at a neighborhood Chinese Restaurant.
The Canton Pepper Beef is stir fried with onions, green peppers and red peppers in a classic savory broth served with rice for $18.98. Again, this dish was tasty, but not special. We enjoyed it, but it was not memorable.
The Nine Dragons Restaurant served very good Chinese cuisine with dishes representing Cantonese, Mongolian, Szechuan, Hunan and Kiangche-styles.
The restaurant itself was stunningly beautiful with ornate wood carvings and dragon detailing everywhere.
The service was excellent and the pricing was very reasonable by Disney standards, but at the end of the meal we felt that we were deprived of the special Disney World uniqueness that comes with dining at most of the restaurants.
The meal was fine, but it just didn't feel like a Disney World dining experience.
If you are either looking for a relatively inexpensive Table Service meal or looking for a Disney World restaurant on short notice during the busy season, Nine Dragons is certainly worth visiting. If you are looking for a memorable Disney Dining experience keep looking and try one of the many other Disney World Table Service choices.
Nine Dragons does accept the Disney Dining Plan, Tables in Wonderland discount, and Annual Passholder Discount.
For many Disney World Fans, the dining experiences during their vacations are just as important as the attractions that they visit. This edition of the Disney World Top 6 takes a look at the best Quick Service Restaurants that can be found in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park.
Disney World Top 6:Quick Service Restaurants In The Magic KingdomThere is a wide variety of food choices that you can get in Walt Disney World Resort's most popular theme park. Dining has greatly evolved beyond the plain hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza. Our Top 6 Quick Service Restaurants combine great food choices along with entertainment and great Disney Storytelling to enjoy while you eat.
6. Sleepy Hollow RefreshmentsSleepy Hollow Refreshments, located in Liberty Square, makes this list for its creative menu of waffle based sandwiches. Whether you choose the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich or the ham, prosciutto, and Swiss waffle sandwich, you can't lose. These sandwiches are amazing.
Check out the review: Sleepy Hollow Refreshments at the Magic Kingdom Review
5. Pinocchio Village Haus RestaurantThis Fantasyland restaurant has a lot more than initially meets the eye. Beyond the good food you will discover including: flatbreads, salads, and sub sandwiches. There is a lot of great storytelling that can be found within those walls. The story of Pinocchio can be discovered in a variety of murals placed through the rooms in the restaurant, making this a place to explore even if you are not hungry. Bonus tip: Head to the upstairs balcony seating and go outside for great views of Cinderella Castle and the Princess Charming Regal Carousel.
Check out the review: Pinocchio Village Haus Restaurant Review
4. Cosmic Ray's Starlight CafeTwo words: Sonny Eclipse! This restaurant has its own audio-animatronic lounge singer named Sonny Eclipse! This is definitely a reason to visit Cosmic Ray's. There is also a wide variety of food choices, ensuring that families will be able to find something to please everyone across the three different kitchen areas. Make sure you check out all that there is to offer before you place your order.
Check out the review: Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe Review
3. Columbia Harbour HouseThis hidden gem located in Fantasyland and Liberty Square provides a seafood based menu that will certainly help you escape the burger rut. There is a lot more seating here than you may realize and often heading to the upstairs level seating results in a peaceful dining experience even on very crowded days. The theming to be found throughout the restaurant is also great and should be explored.
Check out the review: Columbia Harbour House Review
2. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and CafeCrowds always flock to Frontierland to enjoy the food at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe. Their specialty might be a burger, but their special toppings bar with freshly grilled onions and mushrooms make this a place to visit when you are at the Magic Kingdom. The inside is quite large and has multiple seating areas to enjoy.
Check out the review: Pecos Bill Tale Tale Inn and Cafe Review
1. Be Our Guest RestaurantThe newest Quick Service Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom tops our list, but the Be Our Guest Restaurant is unique for a number of reasons. First of all, it is the only restaurant at the Magic Kingdom that is a Quick Service Restaurant at lunch time, but becomes a Table Service Restaurant at Dinner. The cuisine is french inspired to follow the theme of the Beauty and the Beast movie and the theming within the restaurant itself is nothing short of amazing! It is worth it to dine here just to check out the incredible 3 different dining rooms in the restaurant. Don't worry, the food is superb here as well. This restaurant will rank higher as an attraction than many Magic Kingdom attractions, making this a definite Disney World Vacation Must Do!
Check out the review: Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom Review
The Hollywood Brown Derby could not have found a more fitting setting than within Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios Theme Park. With the original Hollywood landmark now gone (closing in 1985), this Disney recreation helps evoke the golden age of Hollywood during the fine dining experience.
The Hollywood Brown DerbyAs the only Signature restaurant located within Disney's Hollywood Studios, The Hollywood Brown Derby not only provides excellent food & drink options, it also seeks to closely imitate the feel and look of the original that was located at the corner of Hollywood and Vine and frequented by the elite of Hollywood.
The picture above depicts the original, which does look pretty similar to the Disney version.
Inside the restaurant you will find the caricatures and pictures that the Brown Derby was known for. The "Great Wall Of Hollywood" as it was referred to had an impressive collection of drawings and caricatures of the leading men and ladies of Hollywood dating back to the silent era when the original opened in 1929.
You quickly take note of the rich wood used throughout along with the multitude of pictures adorning the walls. There is certainly a lot to take in. There is certainly an air of elegance when you dine here.
Lunch at The Hollywood Brown DerbyWe chose lunch for our visit of this fine establishment with a goal of sampling a couple of the signature dishes that the Brown Derby is known for.
The Lunch MenuAppetizers:
- Brentwood Sweet Corn Bisque
- Artisanal Cheeses
- Blue Lump Crab Spring Rolls
- Andouille-Crusted Prawn
- Local Greens tossed in a Champagne Vinaigrette
- The Original Fettucine Alfredo
- The Original Fettucine Alfredo with Chicken
- The Original Fettucine Alfredo with Shrimp
- "Our Famous Cobb Salad"
- Noodle Bowl
- Grilled Wagyu Beef Burger
- Andouille-crusted Chicken Breast
Each meal is served with fresh baked rolls and an amazing butter.
We started our meal by sharing an appetizer and we chose the Blue Lump Crab Spring Rolls. They are described as: Snow Crab Claw, and an Asian Slaw with spicy Miso Aïoli for $13.
This choice was amazing. Our only regret is that we had to share. It had plenty of lump crab meat and plenty of flavor.
For our entrees we each chose the Famous Cobb Salad that the Hollywood Brown Derby is known for. This may not be the most adventurous item to try on the menu, but it makes a perfect lunch and it is hard to visit the Brown Derby without trying it. It is named after Robert Cobb who became President of the restaurant and created the dish in 1934.
The Cobb Salads were assembled and tossed table side which added to the experience. The Cobb Salad is described in the menu as: Finely Chopped Greens, Turkey Breast, Bacon, Egg, Tomatoes, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Avocado, Chives, and Cobb Dressing.
This light meal is perfect for the hot Florida days. The flavors of the chopped salad mesh well together and made for a great meal.
For dessert we had to try another Brown Derby famous dish: The Grapefruit Cake. This multi-layered creation of cake, cream cheese frosting and grapefruit was made when famous gossip columnist Louella Parsons complained to Robert Cobb that all of this desserts were too fattening and she wanted something healthier. Cobb told the Chef "to put grapefruit on something because everyone knows it's slimming."
The result is a very tasty desert that seems to be lighter, even if it is probably a long way of being healthy for you.
Review SummaryThe Hollywood Brown Derby is a great place to eat, but it is very expensive. Lunch can be had very reasonably (by Disney World standards), but Dinner entrees range at $30+ apiece.
There is an excellent wine list, beers, and signature cocktails available for those who would like to make a social experience out of the meal as is intended at the Brown Derby.
The food was excellent and the service that we enjoyed ranked among the best we have ever seen.
We would certainly recommend The Hollywood Brown Derby if you are looking for an upscale dining experience while at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The great foo and super service along with the authentic feel of Hollywood made this a wonderful meal.
The restaurant accepts the Disney Dining Plan, but as a Signature restaurant it requires 2 Tables service credits per person. It also accepts the Tables In Wonderland Discount of 20% off the entire bill including alcoholic beverages.
With the return of September you have the return of one of the best Disney World Special Events: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. For 26 "Not So Scary" Nights ranging from September 1 to October 31, the Magic Kingdom is the place for the young and old alike to enjoy the fun side of Halloween - Disney style!
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyAs the name implies, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is not about scares, horrors, and chills, but rather more so about seeing your favorite Disney Characters in costume, Trick-or-Treating for candy in the Magic Kingdom and seeing one of the best parades and fireworks displays that you will see at Disney World. This hard ticket (meaning separate admission price is required) event has become an annual favorite!
Dates for the 2014 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party:
September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, & 28
October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, & 31
In addition to having a limited number of people in attendance which shortens lines to your favorite attractions there are 5 reasons to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party:
- Disney World Characters In Costume
- Disney World Guests get to wear costumes (not required, but highly recommended)!
- Trick-or-Treating for candy at the Magic Kingdom
- Boo To You Halloween Parade
- Hallowishes Fireworks
Disney World Characters In Costume
The MNSSHP presents a wide variety of Disney Characters to see during the evening. You will see Mickey Mouse and friends in their Halloween costumes. Snow White is known to make a meet-n-greet appearance with all 7 dwarfs. You may even get to get your picture taken with "A Nightmare Before Christmas" stars Jack Skellington and Sally.
Disney Villains are also out in force and perform a stage show multiple times during the event and stick around after to pose for pictures with guests.
Disney World Guests Get To Wear Costumes
This is one of the very few times the guests are encouraged to wear costumes into the park, so don't pass up this opportunity. There are a few rules including No Full Masks and no dangerous looking weapons. Have fun and be creative or support your favorite characters.
Some of the fun during the night is seeing all of the great costumes that the other guests came up with!
Trick-or-Treating for candy at the Magic Kingdom
There are multiple dedicated trick-or-treating locations throughout the park that are handing out candy continuously throughout the party to EVERYONE.
Boo To You Halloween Parade
The Boo To You Parade is kicked off each evening with a gallop through the park by the headless horseman. Quite an impressive sight to see!
The parade itself is shown twice per night of the party, and we would recommend seeing the parade both times. It is that good! The parade combines classic Disney Characters having fun and some of the darker elements of Disney having their night to shine!
The Haunted Mansion has some great elements for the parade including grave diggers, ballroom dancers, and Hitchhiking Ghosts.
This is about as scary as it gets during this family friendly party.
Disney World certainly know how to do fireworks and the Hallowishes fireworks display is one of their best. This is an absolute must to see in person. Pictures or YouTube videos cannot do it justice.
Must Do Disney World Special Event
If you are considering what Disney World "extra' Event you should do, make sure that Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party is on your list. This is one that every Disney World fan should try to visit at least once. Focus on seeing the characters, the shows, and the parades and don't worry about riding the attractions during this all too fast five hour event.