This year's Epcot Food & Wine Festival is only about four months away and for 2019 it will run for a record-breaking 87 days. We haven't received a full lineup of menus for the Global Marketplace booths that are dotted around World Showcase yet. However, we have received an update on entertainment and activities that will be offered at this year's festival. The good news is that unlike Flower & Garden this, Food & Wine will continue to offer seminars and workshops.
Fun for the little ones will continue at this year's festival. Last year, Disney debuted the Disney du Jour Dance Party. Like many dance parties currently available around Walt Disney World, this entertainment offerins let's kids dance around and blow off steam with favorite Disney characters to some fun tracks. Last year the Disney du Jour Dance Party was only offered on the weekends but for 2019, it will be extended to all 7 days of the week.
Last year, every weekend saw a different pair of characters such as Remy & Emile from Ratatouille and Lilo & Stitch. This year, Disney has announced that the mini-show will also include musical acts by celebrities on select dates. For example, on opening weekend, actress/singer Meg Donnelly from the Disney Channel original movie Zombies will appear. Other offerings for little ones returning this year will be the Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt and the popular Candy Sushi interactive experience.
For the adults, we now have more details on the Eat to the Beat Concert series. Musical performances will take place every night of the festival at the American Gardens Theatre. However, showtimes have changed this year. Three performances will continue to take place each night, but the times will be slightly different based on when you attend the festival. Concerts taking place from Sundays to Thursdays will be at 5:30pm, 6:45pm & 8pm. On the weekends, they will be shifted a little later. Concerts taking place on Fridays and Saturdays will be at 6:30pm, 7:45pm & 9pm.
Of course dining packages will be available that include reserved seating for the concerts. Most of the table service restaurants within Epcot will offer the dining package at various price points. The cheapest option being breakfast at Garden Grill inside The Land and the most expensive being dinner at La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico. As usual, the park's two signature restaurants will not offer the package; that's Monsieur Paul in France and Le Cellier in Canada. However, this year Disney has pulled off one more restaurant from the lineup. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at the Norway Pavilion will not offer dining packages for Eat to the Beat. For a full list of dining package pricing, click here. For a look at most of the musical acts performing at the 2019 Eat to the Beat Concert Series at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, click here.