Get your appetite ready, because the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort July 14th through Nov. 19th!
This is my favorite festival, and it's going to last a whopping 129 days this year!
In addition to the incredible food booths, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series returns this year with both internationally known artists and local bands on the America Gardens stage. The lineup of musicians will be released at a later date.
The family-friendly Remy's Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hung will return again. Emile's Fromage Montage will also return as a fun way to try delicious cheeses!
Stay tuned for more information about this popular festival as it's released!
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Disney Dining Review: Via Napoli
"In Napoli where love is king, when boy meets girl, here's what they say."
It's definitely "amore" at first sight at Via Napoli. This restaurant and pizzeria is the perfect tour of Southern Italy, right in the heart of EPCOT!
We visited Via Napoli in September for an early dinner. After just a few hours in EPCOT, we were already hot, thirsty, and had worked up a bit of an appetite. After checking in, we were seated right away.
The restaurant is actually much larger than it looks, but we were fortunate to sit inside with a perfect view of the wood burning ovens. If you haven't visited Via Napoli, it's worth a reservation just to check these out! The ovens are named after the 3 active volcanoes in Italy: Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius, and Stromboli.
Via Napoli features traditional Neapolitan pizza. The thin-crust pizzas are made with fresh mozzarella cheese, San Marzano tomatoes and real Caputo flour imported from Southern Italy. (Water for the dough is even sourced from a spring similar to Italy's Campania region!) Restaurateur Nick Valenti actually spent time in Naples studying the art of dough, crust, sauce and oven temperatures before creating the menu at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria. Talk about attention to detail!
We decided to share a Piccante pizza, and added pepperoni at the suggestion of our waitress. It. Was. Heavenly. I'm self-admittedly not a pepperoni pizza girl, but this was perfect!
(On previous trips, I've also enjoyed the prosciutto e melone and the margherita pizzas. I've also had the chance to try their heavenly sangrias and tiramisu!)
I strongly recommend Via Napoli to guests of all ages and groups of all sizes. They are easily able to accommodate large groups. (I once personally visited with a group of 19!) Via Napoli has a kid-pleasing menu, very shareable pizzas, a wide variety of drinks, and is a lovely reprieve from the parks. Find it at the back of the Italy pavilion.
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New dining experiences are coming to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration!”
Replacing The Wave at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Steakhouse 71 will be a new casual-themed dining concept that gets its name from the resort’s opening year and will be open in time for the celebration.
Upstairs at California Grill, a new dining experience will also be available later this year, featuring a limited-time menu with items inspired by the restaurant’s history.
While these experiences are not yet available for reservations, I will be sharing more information as it becomes available! You can read more about Disney's Contemporary Resort here and learn more about the new Incredible rooms here!
Printable Travel Planner
My popular printable travel planners are now available for instant download in my Etsy shop, Dani's Travel Templates! 2 different versions are available. A minimalist design and ear hat design. Each planner features over 20 printable pages!
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These printable planners have everything you need from pre-planning to post-travel. Packing, budgeting, saving, and more! 20+ different types of planning pages included.
Perfect for organizing plans for anything from a short getaway to month-long excursions. Ideal for Disney, Universal, beaches, all-inclusive resorts, cruises, international travel, and more!
Each Planner Includes 5 Sections:
Section 1: Planning
*Daily Planner (Hour-by-Hour Plans, Meals, Must-Do Attractions, Notes, Extras)
Section 2: Budget
*Travel Savings Tracker
*Travel Budget (Transportation, Accommodations, Food, Activities, Souvenirs, Extras)
Section 3: Dining
*2 Types of Planning Pages to plan meals for each day
Section 4: Packing & Prep
*House Sitter Notes
*Emergency Contact Page
*Souvenirs to Buy
*Before You Leave Home Checklist
Section 5: Notes
*General Notes Pages (lined and unlined)
*2 Types of Bucket List pages!