Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re heading in for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! But first, the news from around the Walt Disney World.

This past weekend, “One Mans Dream” at “Disney’s Hollywood Studios” began offering a special sneak peek at Marvels “ Doctor Strange”. This 10 minute advance preview features several clips of the upcoming film, and will be available for a limited time.

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The newest Tsum Tsum collection debuted this week. These 7 adorable plush are themed to Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. They will be available in the  Disney Springs Marketplace and all four Theme Parks. The Jungle Cruise Skipper is a new favorite of ours!

Disney Springs is celebrating the Halloween season with festive photo opportunities, specialty merchandise and food offerings and even “slightly spooky” live entertainment. Watch out for “Living Statues,”  Meraux (a mentalist) and other holiday entertainment.

Before we get started, this awesome new Halloween mug is now at Trader Sam's. It retails for $30, and they are only serving 200 per day.
Before we get started, this awesome new Halloween mug is now at Trader Sam’s. It retails for $30, and they are only serving 200 per day.

 

And now, on with the show . . .

Welcome to Epcot!
Welcome to Epcot!

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These are the front of park decorations for Food and Wine.
These are the front of park decorations for Food and Wine.

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The front entrance to Innoventions East is shuttered.
The front entrance to Innoventions East is shuttered.
Annual Passholders can now get 20% off at Electric Umbrella for the next year.
Annual Passholders can now get 20% off at Electric Umbrella for the next year.
Food and Wine gifts at the center of Future World.
Food and Wine gifts at the center of Future World.

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Food and Wine salt and pepper shakers.

 

They sure love using Figment in their merchandise.
They sure love using Figment in their merchandise.
This is the middle of the park decoration for the festival.
This is the middle of the park decoration for the festival.

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Over in Innoventions East, they have Passholder specific merchandise.
Over in Innoventions East, they have Passholder specific merchandise. There’s a great Epcot history timeline on the wall.
Of course, Figment is there too.
Of course, Figment is there too.
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The Festival Center is in the Wonders of Life again.

 

On your third visit to the park as an AP holder, you get a free tumbler glass.
On your third visit to the park as an AP holder, you get a free tumbler glass.
The Festival Center is open every day through the festival.
The Festival Center is open every day through the festival.

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There are some stages...
There are some stages…
...signs...
…signs…
...shops...
…shops…
...and food to be purchased inside the Festival Center.
…and food to be purchased inside the Festival Center.

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Crowds are relatively light, even on weekends when you get there early.
Crowds are relatively light, even on weekends . . . when you get there early.

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Morocco's booth got a overhaul this year.
Morocco’s booth got a overhaul this year. It looks really nice.

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Beer!
Beer!

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The buttered chicken from the Africa booth is excellent.
The buttered chicken from the Africa booth is excellent.

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Walls are up in Mexico.
Walls are up in Mexico.
By the time 12 or 1pm roll around, World Showcase gets very busy.
By the time 12 or 1pm roll around, World Showcase gets very busy.
There is a Mickey topiary at the entrance to World Showcase.
There is a Mickey topiary at the entrance to World Showcase.
More booths along the walkway close to Journey into Imagination.
More booths along the walkway close to Journey into Imagination.
Craft Beers are served in the Odyssey building.
Craft Beers are served in the Odyssey building. It’s a great place to go when you need to cool off and sit down.

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Innoventions West is also pretty closed looking. We wonder what Disney's plan is for these buildings.
Innoventions West is also pretty closed looking. We wonder what Disney’s plan is for these buildings. It’s a huge amount of wasted space right at the heart of Future World.

 

Don’t miss the Epcot Food & Wine Festival “Eat to the Beat” concert series. Performances are scheduled for 530pm, 645pm and  800pm at the America Gardens Theater:

  • Oct 14th thru 16th will feature “Tiffany”
  • Oct 17th thru 19th showcases “Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx”
  • Oct 20th and 21st  will feature “ Christopher Cross”
Time to head out!
Time to head out!

That wraps things up for this week. Do you like what you see at the Festival this year? Will you be attending? What dishes will you be trying? Let us know what you’d like to see happen to Innoventions in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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