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Disney World’s top international Festival of the year is Epcot food and Wine. The annual event begins August 29, 2019, and runs until November 23. Epcot is a massive park that on its own is a 2-in-1 destination. When you incorporate one of the seasonal festivals, the park quickly becomes a multi-day experience. Grab a small tray to pack in your park bag and get ready for a culinary adventure full of delicious pairings and home cooking tips you’ll love. Before you head to the Epcot food and wine event, read this quick introduction.

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 Season Details

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Get Hungry

The first thing you should do before going to Epcot for the International Food and Wine Festival brings your appetite. Epcot is already known for the vast array of cuisines on offer around the World showcase. Add to that, unique event menus, and limited availability pairings, and you have barely scratched the surface. It will easily take several visits to the park to try all of the over 30 global marketplaces scattered around the park. Plan to eat all day and pace yourself accordingly.

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The Global Marketplace Layout

As soon as you walk into the park for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, pick up a free passport. These little booklets are an excellent keepsake, and they help you track the places you’ve been. Each global marketplace has a page, and there are stickers included to place on all of the ones you visit.

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The passport does not indicate where all of the global marketplaces are. To avoid confusion and keep from becoming overwhelmed, try to focus on specific zones where global marketplaces are set up. There is a small cluster of very modern kitchens arranged north of the Fountain of Nations on the way to the Imagination Pavilion. Here you will find Active Eats, Earth Eats, Coastal Eats and Flavors From Fire just outside the Light Lab.

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Another trail of global marketplaces, including the Cheese Studio and the Chocolate Studio, line the Future World West walkway toward the Canada Pavilion. On the East Near the Odyssey building is Taste Track and inside the Odyssey building is a craft beer bar with select food pairings. The national cuisine, which includes countries like India, Brazil, Spain, Scotland, and many more line the path around the World Showcase, where each pavilion brings even more flavor to their existing food locations.

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Demos, Workshops, and Seminars

As if it wasn’t enough to spend about a week eating and drinking your way around the Epcot Food and Wine Festival; there is a full schedule of events, including celebrity demos and book signings. Pairing courses lead by sommeliers, and specially selected chefs make an indulgent experience that treats your palate. You can choose from all kinds of food and beverage workshops as well. Learn tips of the trade and professional techniques that you can use at home.

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Eat to the Beat and Party For the Senses

In addition to the festival offerings mentioned above, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival entertains. The Party for the Senses is a two-tiered seated live music event full of tantalizing bites to savor and pair with your favorite beverages. The party presides near the World Showcase next to the Canada Pavilion. In the American Gardens Theater, new artists take the stage nightly for an open-air concert. You can secure reserved viewing at select Epcot table service restaurants with the Eat to the Beat Dining Package.

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When I entered Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge for the first time at Disney World thanks to Disney for hosting I didn’t know if I should smile with excitement or cry happy tears. I felt it was a long time coming but so worth the wait!

Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars Experiences You Must Not Miss

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Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge finally opened Phase 1 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While Rise of the Resistance won’t open until December 5, and the Star Wars Star Cruiseliner 2 night experience is still far off, there are some must-do Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars experiences that you should not skip. When you visit Batuu make time to do these things if you don’t do anything else while in the land.

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Datapad

The Datapad is found in the Play Disney Parks app. Download this app if you don’t have it and set up your Galaxy’s Edge profile. When you are inside the land, you can use your datapad in a few different ways to interact with the environment. You can translate galactic languages, intercept communications via satellite, scan items for jobs to earn credits, and even hack devices in the outpost to seize control for the First Order or the Resistance.

Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge has a very strategic breakdown. On one end, you have the Resistance side. The First Order is occupying the opposite end. In the middle, you have a triangle of activity called Black Spire Outpost. A marketplace contains an assortment of shops that sell local goods; a docking bay holds the Millenium Falcon and a dining area. Next, you will find more significant experiences, such as droid and lightsaber building workshops. Among these retail locations is Dok Ondar’s Den, which is full of easter eggs and a wide variety of Star Wars merchandise and collectibles. Visit the Hammerhead, Dok Ondar, himself as he works diligently on his inventory.

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Oga’s Cantina

Oga’s Cantina is a tribute to the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina from A New Hope. The bar offers several concoctions with and without alcohol. The creative cocktails are imbued with Star Wars references and even contain some unique ingredients from around the galaxy. Space is limited, but Oga’s takes reservations 180 days in advance. My favorites were the Carbon Freeze and the Mustafarian Lava Roll.

Savi’s Workshop

Savi’s Workshop is a haven for force wielders who seek knowledge from gatherers. It’s cleverly hidden behind the front company Savi and Son Salvage. This is where you go to learn about the force, choose your kyber crystal, and construct a custom lightsaber from four style categories. Each option contains an assortment of salvaged metals that you can use to build your lightsaber fully.

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Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run

The premier attraction at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the Millennium Falcon. This exciting thrill right combines simulated motion with real-time visuals that sync with whatever you do in the cockpit. This is your chance to truly feel what it’s like to pilot the Millennium Falcon. The six-seater is a unique Disney ride that has specific positions to fill and what you do in the ride matters. Do you want to be one of the co-pilots, or would you rather be a gunner or engineer? Share your comments below.

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