Disney D23 has announced that it will be adding a brand new twist to its annual ‘Sip’n'Stroll’ event normally held during the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Two levels are being offered for the event, ‘Super Scream’ (which is a two-day event, October 2 and October 3) for $320 and a single-day event on October 3, for $125 (note that admission is required for either package on October 3 as it takes place during regular park hours).
The ‘Super Scream’ package kicks off on October 2, at an after-hours costume party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The event includes a tour of the Creative Costuming building, where guests will have a chance to see where some of Disney’s most detailed outfits are designed and constructed and a private dinner inside ‘The Great Movie Ride.’ This progressive dinner makes you the star of the show, as we wine and dine our way through the elaborate sets of this signature park attraction, stopping for drinks in the gangster’s den, dinner in the old west, and for dessert guests will head ‘over the rainbow.’
Wednesday’s event begins at 10 am with coffee and tea provided inside World ShowPlace, where guests will be treated to presentations highlighting this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and how Disney celebrates the ghoul-iest time of the year.
Following the panels, it’s time to party! A pairing party that is, as guests will be able to sample some of the succulent new dishes being served during the festival, paired with exquisite wines to accent the flavor. Additional details on panelists and food will be provided to guests as the event date draws nearer.
At 1 pm, it’s time to take the show on the road as guests will have the opportunity to stroll World Showcase and Future World at their leisure. The hospitality suite inside The American Adventure pavilion will be open during this time, exclusively for Sip & Scream guests to relax and cool down.
At 7 p.m. it’s time to Eat to the Beat, as attendees head to the America Gardens Theater for reserved seating to see Sugar Ray (‘Fly,’ ‘Someday’) perform in concert. Following the concert, guests will enjoy a delectable dessert party and private viewing of the nighttime spectacular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in France with special ‘Mickey Vision’ glasses. No D23 event would be complete without a few surprises and commemorative gifts as well.
Tickets will be available for purchase on June 27 at 1 pm ET. For more information and to purchase tickets when available, see the event page.
Disney D23 has confirmed to us (as well as announced it on Twitter) that the dates for the 2011 Sip’n'Stroll event, held during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival have changed. The previous dates were October 14-15, but have been moved slightly to October 16-17.
In addition, we have been advised that not only will the dates for the Magic & Merriment holiday event change, but that a second event will be added to accommodate the high demand for the popular event. The new dates will be December 9-10 and December 11-12.
We will provide more information as it becomes available to us.
Last evening saw the commencement of the 2010 Sip & Stroll event from Disney D23. The bulk of the event to take place Saturday, Friday night was a relatively short (but incredibly sweet) time for most of the attending D23 members and their guests. After checking in for the event, guests were invited into the rotunda of the American Adventure pavilion for a wine and cheese reception.
A wide assortment of cheeses, fruits, vegetables and bread were available to sample along with an open bar offering wines, beers and soft drinks. Although I tried to fend off the temptation, I eventually had to cave and found a new love in the form of a combination of five English cheddars coupled with the cheese fondue.
Somewhere along the middle, D23 head Steven Clark took to the center of the room to address the group, offering a toast to retiring Walt Disney Studios Archives founder Dave Smith as well as pointing out and showing appreciation to other members of the D23 team in attendance. Clark also mentioned that Dave Smith had once noted that the panels (?) of the dome of the American Adventure building were installed backwards, crippling its intent to faithfully mimic the dome of the United States Capitol Building.
For a subset of the attendees, those who were willing to spend about $100 more and got in on the limited number of tickets available, the event continued over at the VIP lounge at The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion where a formal retirement/birthday dinner was held in Dave Smith’s honor.
After being led into the space (which is more commonly used as a rentable venue for affairs such as wedding receptions), guests claimed their spots at one of several tables. Each table setting included an autographed caricature of Smith along with a button commemorating the event (Clark would later explain that the pins that were ordered for the event are to come and the button was an immediate resolve). After finding their seats, guests were invited to explore the dining options which were served buffet style with multiple stations offering varying flavors of cuisine and desserts consumed multiple rooms within the space. As a nice surprise, Smith took to the floor after he had eaten himself, visiting each of the tables to meet with the guests and pose for photos.
After dining, Clark took to the podium to speak a few words about Smith as well as formally present Smith with a departing gift. Explaining that it was customary for the departing to make a wish list and that Smith was an autograph collector (mostly of the political and historical kind), Clark said that one of the things Smith requested was a Walt Disney autograph, which Clark found funny as Smith — as the chief archivist — would pride himself on not collecting Disneyana as a matter of preventing a ‘conflict of interest.’ Although it wasn’t available at the dinner itself, Clark announced that Smith would be gifted a copy of a Lady and the Tramp book signed by Walt. Clark then went on to explain another one of Smith’s ‘wishes’ was to be granted a lifetime membership of D23 and presented him with an oversized D23 membership certificate, which Clark further joked would have to be presented each year for renewal.
Clark then presented Smith with a Disney trading pin designed exclusively for the event, which is along the lines of the button that was presented to guests. According to Clark, the pins were meant for everyone attending but manufacturing difficulties prevented their timely delivery so they will be mailed to attendees as they become available.
Lastly, Clark noted that it was not only a retirement party for Smith but also a birthday party as well as Smith had just recently turned 70 years old and brought out a small cake in honor of the secondary event.
Smith then took to the podium and reflected on the past forty years as a member of the Disney family and as founder and chief archivist of the Walt Disney Studios Archives. He recalled some of his favorite memories over the past four decades and space and memory would preclude me from listing them all, but included: Meeting with Walt (and Roy’s) estranged brother Ray when he visited the Studios for the first time years after his brothers’ deaths; Going to a pizzeria with Walt’s sister Ruth; Going to the Studios when it was closed in response to the death of Roy O. Disney to meet someone who had found an old school textbook of Ruth’s complete with two drawings by Walt; mentoring a countless number of Disney cast members including Tony Anselmo, Steven Clark, Stacia Martin, Jason Surrell and plenty more; and many more memories, ending with meeting Walt at Disneyland as a teenager.
Egged on by Clark, Smith concluded by expanding on his first encounter with Walt Disney: In 1956 or so, he was at Disneyland and had seen Walt Disney walking through the park. Noting that even though everyone knew Walt’s name, his face really hadn’t entered the American consciousnesses until the television programs started airing, so he shyly shadowed Walt as he walked down the street to see who would notice Walt in the park. Being an autograph collector, he decided he would attempt to get Walt’s autograph so he ran ahead of Walt as Walt was heading towards Fantasyland and, not having a pen on him, ducked into the first shop that he saw which was Merlin’s Magic Shop. Unfortunately for Smith, the only writing implement the shop had was a two foot long gag jumbo pencil that wrote in multiple colors, but he bought it anyway just to have something. Getting the nerve up to ask Walt for his autograph, Walt ‘politely declined,’ explaining that once he started signing autographs, he would then get mobbed and be unable to perform his work. Instead, Walt suggested Smith write the Studios and request the autograph and he would fulfill the request that way. Smith did just that and received the autograph which he still has today.
After the dinner, Smith took to the lounge’s far room which has a large window overlooking Spaceship Earth (and some backstage elements) to formally meet & greet with attendees.
Photos below are not finalized and do not appear in final order in the interest of time. They should be corrected later as time allows. All photos © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.
On October 15 and 16, D23 members are invited to partake in the 2010 ‘Sip & Stroll’ event at Walt Disney World. In addition, a limited number of tickets will be available for a private retirement celebration dinner in honor of Walt Disney Studios Archivist Dave Smith which will be held at the VIP Lounge at the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion at Epcot.
Tickets for the just event are $85 while tickets for both the event and dinner are $185 each. D23 members in good standing may purchase a ticket for themselves and one additional guest.
The event begins on Friday evening as D23 attendees are invited to celebrate Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival with unique experiences created just for them. The group will first gather in the foyer of The American Adventure pavilion for a wine and cheese reception. A selection of artisan cheeses with dried fruits, berries, nuts, and house made breads along with Canadian cheddar cheese fondue and additional flavorful treats will be available. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served to set the tone for a fabulous event.
Guests who have purchased the Dave Smith retirement dinner package will then join the festivities inside the VIP Lounge of The Seas with Nemo and Friends Disney Legend Dave Smith, retiring Chief Archivist for The Walt Disney Company, is honored on his final day with the company.The VIP lounge is one of Epcot’s most beautiful private spaces, featuring 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.
Saturday morning the event convenes 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 the breakfast treat, the group will journey on to the Odyssey building 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 they 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, 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 the group 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”).
The event draws to a close at 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!
Tickets will become available for purchase on August 30 at 1 pm ET. Please note that park admission to Epcot is required for both days and is not included in the D23 package. For more information and to order tickets when available, see here.