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Parks News: More Details About Epcot Food & Wine; Disney Temporarily Removes Resort Mini-Fridges

by Leap on July 12, 2013 7

It's time for the Frog Family's weekly roundup of Disney and Orlando theme park tidbits from the interwebs.

We love comments! Drop us a line below if you have something to share.

This week’s highlights:

  • Epcot International Food & Wine FestivalMommy Frog gets very excited this time of year as more and more delicious details about the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival come out. This week did not disappoint, as she got more details about new dishes coming this fall -- plus she has a new recipe to try out at home -- Garlic Shrimp with Tomatoes, Lemon and Broccoli Rabe from Australia.
  • The Walt Disney World Resort is pulling the plug -- for at least four months -- on most of the refrigerators in guest rooms at its resorts due to a possible defect. There will be a limited number of refrigerators available by request. Having a mini-fridge in a hotel room can be very helpful, and for some families, it's a necessity, but for us personally, it's not the end of the world. When we stay on property, Mommy Frog usually packs some food for us, especially breakfast items and snacks, but they usually don't need refrigeration. We want to know what you think, is it a minor inconvenience or a bigger deal and why? Share in comments in below. 
  • Candlelight ProcessionalIt's still July, but those of you planning trips to Disney World around the holidays will be happy to know that dining packages for Epcot's Candlelight Processional have gone on sale. Booking a dining package guarantees you a seat for the processional as well as VIP seating for Illuminations, which makes it a pretty good deal in our estimation.

  • And just in time for these sweltering months, Orlando Informer has put together a list of the Top 5 Universal Orlando attraction queues for beating the heat. Revenge of the Mummy gets our vote!
  • Starting this month with Disney's All-Star Resorts, RFID refillable mugs are rolling out to the resorts. The mugs can be programmed for multiple days, ensuring you never go parched during your hotel stay.

  • A 245-pound sea turtle by the name of Big Mama is now calling SeaWorld Orlando home. The female loggerhead turtle was first rescued after the BP Oil spill and had been receiving care at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies.

  • Blizzard BeachOur friends over at the Disney Tourist Blog put together an exhaustive post on everything you could possibly need to know about Blizzard Beach -- and even managed to include a childhood story about Summit Plummet (in a word, SCARY)!

  • Over at Aquatica, two African spurred tortoises have taken up residence at one of the animal exhibits, and the waterpark is looking for some help naming the female tortoise, who likes to sleep in unless breakfast is already on the table. Sounds like someone we know around the Frog household!
  • While much has been made of Starbucks moving into the Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom, Disney Food Blog is digging into the brownies -- and providing a tantalizing review.

  • Finally, for all of you Disney fanatics, the first trailer of Tom Hanks as Walt Disney has been released. "Saving Mr. Banks" comes to theaters in December.

That’s all for this week. Until next week, happy planning!

— Leap

Keep hopping, Leap!
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Jul 15, 2013 at 11:41 p.m. monica talbot Says...

Mini refrigerators should be standard. I also think microwaves should also be standard.

Jul 15, 2013 at 11:35 p.m. joni little Says...

Having a fridge is a necessity for us. Milk and water are the two things we drink the most of! As a family of 6 we have groceries delivered to help cut down on costs. If we didn't have a fridge that would be a terrible inconvenience!!

Jul 15, 2013 at 2:27 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Yes, mini refrigerators can be convenient but you can take coolers. My husband and I always have one and just keep ice in it all the time. You can have whatever you want in it. We have bought little milks for breakfast the next morning the night before and it works just as well. Just a suggestion, it always works for us.

Jul 15, 2013 at 2:16 a.m. Bill Says...

Saw this article and did some research-I was able to obtain this information from another site

UPDATE 7/13/2013:

Guests currently in Walt Disney World are reporting back to us with more information on this process. WDWFG Forum Member MrHub tells us "They are definitely not pulling all fridges, just one model." Disney was asking to check the fridges in occupied guest rooms to be sure all was good. The Manager MrHub spoke with said that "they are just pulling the one model until they get replacements." Mr Hub is staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

Prior Information

The only resort rooms that will not be affected by this are DVC rooms, cabins at Fort Wilderness, and family suites at The Art of Animation and All-Star Music resorts.

If you are in need of a refrigerator due to medical issues, Disney will have a limited number of refrigerators available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jul 12, 2013 at 4:47 p.m. Mendy Says...

We find it a big inconvenience to not have a refrigerator. We like to have some groceries delivered and some need refrigerated. I guess I will be calling my resort to see what the scoop is and if they will have new ones by the time I arrive in October.

Jul 12, 2013 at 3:20 p.m. Janet Mulford Says...

Having no fridge in the room would be a huge problem for me; I would actually go somewhere else with proper amenities. I need my morning juice, cold water and more whenever I want it, and doing without would NOT BE ACCEPTABLE!

Jul 12, 2013 at 2:42 p.m. Laurie Says...

The iossue of removing mini-fridges is a big deal for my family. When we travel to Disney, we usually bring our own breakfast food and snacks to have throughout our stay. We usually purchase milk on site and keep it in our room. We also pack things like fresh fruit and juice to have.

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