Friday and Saturday, October
15 and 16, 2010
Join the D23 team as we celebrate Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival with a weekend of unique events and experiences just for D23 Members. Our weekend begins Friday evening as we gather for a wine and cheese reception in the foyer of The American Adventure pavilion. Sample a selection of artisan cheeses with dried fruits, berries, nuts, and house made breads along with Canadian cheddar cheese fondue and additional flavorful treats. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be served to set the tone for a fabulous event.
Guests may then choose to join us inside the VIP Lounge of The Living Seas as we honor Disney Legend Dave Smith, retiring Chief Archivist for The Walt Disney Company. October 15 is Dave’s final day of work, and he wanted to celebrate with his friends and colleagues from D23. So we’re throwing an elaborate dinner inside one of Epcot’s most beautiful private spaces, which features an enormous glass window that looks into the pavilion’s 5.7 million gallon aquarium. Dinner includes a selection of crisp salads, grilled flatbreads, pecan-roasted turkey, fresh scallops and beef medallions. Sumptuous sides include sweet potato mash, wild mushrooms and truffle mac ‘n’ cheese. You can also wash down some delicious German sausage and baked spaetzle with Radeberger beer from Germany. For dessert, there will be a selection of sweets inspired by Disney movie classics. Dinner includes wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages — all perfect to toast the man who founded the Walt Disney Archives 40 years ago. Note: there is an additional cost to attend this dinner.
Saturday morning we will convene at the Mexico pavilion in World Showcase to sample some robust Mexican coffee and pastries at the newly opened La Hacienda restaurant, hosted by Ricky Deblar, president of the San Angel Inn, who will be on hand to talk about the latest addition to Epcot eateries.
Following our breakfast treat, we head to the Odyssey for exclusive presentations and surprises. Our friends from Guerlain and Givenchy will explore their rich histories with Epcot — and Givenchy will offer a sample of their brand new fragrance. Chef Scott Hunnel and Israel Perez of Disney’s exquisite Victoria and Albert’s restaurant will share exciting details about the new Queen Victoria Room, and they will prepare a new dish that will be featured at Remy — the new restaurant on the Disney Dream!
That afternoon, guests can join D23 head Steven Clark, Dave Smith, Archives Director Becky Cline, Disney twenty-three editor in chief Carmen Capone, D23′s Disney Geek Jeffrey Epstein and others from the D23 Team as we sip and stroll our way around World Showcase. As we talk about some of our favorite Epcot spots, each guest will have a “passport” they can use to obtain exclusive Sip & Stroll surprises at various locations around the lagoon.
Also during the day, take some time to get out of the sun and relax! The VIP lounge inside The American Adventure pavilion will be open just for D23 Members as a place to enjoy some water or lemonade. If you haven’t seen the elegantly designed lounge, you will definitely want to stop in for a look and a libation.
That evening we will gather at the America Gardens Theatre for reserved seating to the Eat to the Beat concert featuring ’80s icon Howard Jones (“What is Love,” “No One is the Blame”).
We’ll then walk over to the Italy Isola for private, reserved viewing of the nighttime spectacular IllumiNations and a mouthwatering dessert party that will include strawberries with Creole Shrubb burst, milk chocolate hazelnut crunch, flambéed cinnamon doughnuts with tiramisu gelato and much more! The perfect way to end a fantastic food-filled weekend!
Included with the cost of your ticket:
Private wine and cheese reception Friday evening inside the foyer of The American Adventure pavilion
Dave Smith’s Retirement Celebration Dinner Friday evening inside the VIP lounge of The Living Seas pavilion. Note: there is an extra cost to attend this dinner.
Breakfast pastries and presentation Saturday morning at La Hacienda at the Mexico pavilion
Exclusive presentations Saturday morning from Scott Hunnel, Israel Perez, Guerlain, and Givenchy
A “sip and stroll” Saturday afternoon with members of the D23 Team including Steven Clark, Dave Smith, Becky Cline, Carmen Capone and Jeffrey Epstein
Access Saturday to the VIP lounge inside the The American Adventure pavilion
Private VIP seating at Howard Jones’s Eat to the Beat concert
Private dessert party and viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Sip & Stroll surprises (one per guest)
NOTE: Available only to D23 Members in good standing. Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest. Park admission is not included with the price of the ticket. Must be over 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. There are a limited number of tickets available to Dave Smith’s Retirement Celebration Dinner. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed Members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. If you wish to request for sign language interpreting services for this event, please submit your request to email@example.com at least two weeks prior to the event date. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancelations or refunds, tickets are not transferrable.
Updated August 25, 2010