Dateline Disney: November/December 2012 at Epcot
November at Epcot is fairly quiet with just the last few days of Epcot's Food and Wine Festival.
The things still left to see and do are:
Sip the Key Lime wine by Florida Orange Groves at Florida Local marketplace and dig into the heavenly Linda Bean’s Perfect Main Lobster Roll at Hops & Barley marketplace. Then grab a seat to eat to the beat of pop icons like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performing in America Gardens Theatre during the final 12 days of the 17th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Disney guests have been flocking to the annual food fest since opening day Sept. 28 and continue to celebrate by sampling tempting bites and organic wines from TERRA, the new vegan marketplace, and more than 25 other food and beverage kiosks representing regional cuisine from six continents.
Every evening, they can rock to an Eat to the Beat concert at 5:30, 6:45 or 8 p.m. Onstage in November are:
- Nov. 1-2 38 Special — “Hold on Loosely”
- Nov. 3-4 Howard Jones LIVE — “No One Is to Blame”
- Nov. 5-6 NEW! Blues Traveler — “Run-Around”
- Nov. 7-8 NEW! Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX – “Come Sail Away”
- Nov. 9-12 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — “Go Daddy-O”
Culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars and other daily events at the Festival Center add an extra element of fun for foodies.
Weekend HGTV Home Entertaining Seminars in November feature:
- Nov. 2-4 Marianne Canada, HGTV.com Special Projects Editor.
- Seminar topic: “Handmade Goodies They Won’t Regift.”
- Nov. 9-12 Emily Henderson, Secrets from a Stylist. Seminar topic: “Create Holiday Memories: Style, Share, Preserve Those Family Photos & Cards.”
Festival Center guests are still savoring liquid-candy-bar sweetness when they taste the gourmet drinking chocolate at The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar in the Center. Other don’t-miss festival opportunities: the popular Ocean Spray “Discover the Cranberry Bog” and The Watermelon Patch presented by the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
For details on all special events, including the popular Party for the Senses – final event Nov. 3 – and other premium tasting experiences, visit www.epcotfoodfestival.com.
Some of the things that Epcot holds in store in December:
Celebrity Narrators Share Christmas Story During Candlelight Processional at Epcot Nov. 23 – Dec. 30, 2012
Hollywood sensation Geena Davis headlines a list of a dozen celebrities scheduled to host one of the most beloved holiday traditions at Walt Disney World Resort — Candlelight Processional. This joyous retelling of the Christmas story is accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir.
Candlelight Processional takes place at World Showcase in America Gardens Theatre at Epcot from Nov. 23 – Dec. 30, 2012 with three performances nightly: 5:00, 6:45 & 8:15 p.m.
Narrators scheduled to appear (subject to change):
- Nov. 23 – 25 Geena Davis
- Nov. 26 – 29 Neil Patrick Harris
- Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 Whoopi Goldberg
- Dec. 2 – 4 Andy Garcia
- Dec. 5 – 7 Blair Underwood
- Dec. 8 & 9 James Denton
- Dec. 10 – 13 Jodi Benson
- Dec. 17 – 19 TBA
- Dec. 20 – 22 Trace Adkins
- Dec. 23 – 25 Gary Sinise
- Dec. 26 – 28 Amy Grant
- Dec. 29 – 30 Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason
Candlelight Dinner packages are available at select restaurants by calling 407-WDW DINE. 407/939-3463. Packages are available on select nights and include dinner, a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. Availability is limited
Design, then test drive! The new Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
A re-engineered, design-centric Test Track Presented by Chevrolet will grand open Dec. 6, 2012 with a sleek new “Chevrolet Design Center.” Amid upbeat music, engaging media, dramatic lighting and a collection of Chevrolet concept cars and model vehicles, guests themselves will become automotive designers and create their own custom concept vehicles.
The adventure will then shift into high gear as guests buckle into their 6-person “SimCar” ride vehicle and put their design through its paces on the exhilarating hills, switchbacks and straight-aways of the Test Track circuit. Their performance testing complete, guests will move into a post-show area filled with special effects and be scored on how well their custom concept vehicle did.
The Test Track refurbishment is part of a new multi-year alliance with General Motors. As Chevrolet marks its 100th anniversary, the new alliance agreement enables General Motors to tell its story in new and exciting ways to millions of guests from around the world and continue as the official vehicle sponsor of Walt Disney World Resort.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve
It is one of the biggest fireworks evenings of the year at Walt Disney World Resort, and at Epcot, guests can dance away 2012 to the beat of the DJs stationed at select pavilions throughout the evening and watch “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” salute the new year at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m. A buffet dining experience inspired by Disney’s classic animated films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will take place at World ShowPlace facility, with reservations available from 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Priced at $68.67 for adults and $44.37 for children. Park admission is required.