Before you know it fall will be here, and that means the beginning of The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! This year the festival is longer than ever, as it starts on August 31 and runs until November 13, 2017. Disney has created more than 75 items for this year’s festival, made exclusively for the event.
Artists Richard Terpstra, Susan Foy, Dave Holbrook, and Brian Blackmore were crucial in the creation of this year’s items. Their art was used as a reference when product developers were “creating apparel, pins, home décor, accessories and more.”
This year’s line heavily focuses on the history and heritage of Epcot with 1980s stylized artwork, and even references to the Kitchen Kabaret attraction! One of the unique ways the Disney Creative Group integrated this history and heritage into the festival was with the stamps that fill the festival “Passports.” The stamps match the 1982 marketing artwork for World Showcase!
Back by popular demand from last year is The Brews Around the World collection! This year the collection includes apparel, drinkware, a baseball cap, and much more!
The Eat to the Beat concert series has long been a staple of the Food & Wine Festival, and this year Disney is giving the concert series its very own T-shirt!
If you love Dooney & Bourke, then you are in luck! This year, released specifically for the festival, are Figment and World Showcase graphics. Additionally, Annual Passholders will have an exclusive Dooney & Bourke handbag design.
Annual Passholders will also have exclusive merchandise including “pins, salt and pepper shakers, and accessories.”
Guests will also be able to participate in Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt, where guests can look for Remy hidden in 15 different spots throughout World Showcase and Future World!
Credit: Disney Parks Blog
Stephen "Steve" Porter started going to the parks with his family in 1996. Since then he hasn't looked back! Steve was a cast member participating in the Disney College Program in 2013. Most recently he graduated from Penn State University!