Playing the “Hits”! What’s YOUR ‘Eat to the Beat’ Hit List?!

It’s getting to that time, folks!  The 2017 “record-breaking” Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is just over two months away!  A 75-day party!  That is a record!

Over the next few weeks, Disney will begin trickling out festival specifics.  Of course, that flow of vital details will culminate in the day we all look forward to – “Menu Release Day”!

To take a glance back at 2016’s Full Menu, click this link!

To look back at all of our pictures, rankings, and coverage of 2016’s festival, click this link!

Speaking for myself, I cannot wait to see what dishes will return in 2018.  Will Disney bring back some of my “retired” favorites – like China’s Mongolian Beef Steamed Bun?  What new creations will be unleashed?

While we wait for food, however, let’s talk about what we do know.  This year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series has been announced.

Playing daily at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM from August 31st to November 13th at the America Gardens Theatre across from the American Adventure Pavilion will be:

  • Delta Rae – August 31 to September 1 – Known for their song “Bottom of the River”
  • The Hooters – NEW! – September 2 to September 3 – Known for their song “And We Danced”
  • Baha Men – NEW! – September 4 to September 5 – Known for their song “Who Let the Dogs Out”
  • Fuel – September 6 to September 7 – Known for their song “Shimmer”
  • STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas – September 8 to September 10 – Known for their song “We Built This City”
  • Lauren Alaina – NEW! – September 11 to September 12 – Known for her song “Road Less Traveled”
  • Plain White T’s – September 13 to September 15 – Known for their song “Hey There Delilah”
  • Sister Hazel – September 16 to September 17 – Known for their song “All For You”
  • Air Supply – September 18 to September 20 – Known for their song “All Out of Love”
  • David Cook – September 21 to September 22 – Known for his song “Light On”
  • Everclear – September 23 to September 24 – Known for their song “Santa Monica”
  • Sugar Ray – September 25 to September 27 – Known for their song “Every Morning”
  • 38 Special – September 28 to September 29 – Known for their song “Hold On Loosely”
  • Mark Wills – NEW! – September 30 to October 1 – Known for his song “19 Somethin’”
  • American Authors – NEW! – October 2 to October 3 – Known for their song “Best Day of My Life”
  • Christopher Cross – October 4 to October 5 – Known for his song “Sailing”
  • Devon Allman – NEW! – October 6 to October 8 – Known for his song “Ragged & Dirty”
  • Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX – October 9 to October 11, 2017 – Known for their song “Come Sail Away”
  • Taylor Dayne – October 12 to October 13 – Known for her song “Tell It to My Heart”
  • Jeffrey Osborne – October 14 to October 15 – Known for his song “On the Wings of Love”
  • Postmodern Jukebox – NEW! – October 16 to October 17 – Known for their vintage covers of modern music
  • 10,000 Maniacs – NEW! – October 18 to October 20 – Known for their song “Because the Night”
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket – October 21 to October 22 – Known for their song “Walk on the Ocean”
  • Kenny G – NEW! – October 23 to October 24 – Known for his song “Songbird”
  • Billy Ocean – October 25 to October 26 – Known for his song “Get Outta My Dreams”
  • Tiffany – October 27 to October 29 – Known for her song “I Think We’re Alone Now”
  • Hanson – October 30 to November 1 – Known for their song “MMMBop”
  • Blue October – NEW! – November 2 to November 3 – Known for their song “Into the Ocean”
  • Living Colour – November 4 to November 5 – Known for their song “Cult of Personality”
  • Boyz II Men – November 6 to November 8 – Known for their song “End of the Road”
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – November 9 to November 11 – Known for their song “Go Daddy-O”
  • Squeeze – NEW! – November 12 to November 13 – Known for their song “Black Coffee in Bed”

Wow!  32 acts in total … 11 of them new!  So.  I guess the questions I have for you are …

1).  If you’re going to this year’s “bash”, what act(s) will be there to perform for your enjoyment?

2).  What five (5) acts would be on YOUR ‘Eat to the Beat’ hit lists?

Please answer those two questions, here, with a comment on this post or on social media (Facebook, etc.).

Before you go, however, here are my responses …

1).  Delta Rae, The Hooters

2).  Air Supply, 38 Special, Christopher Cross, Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX, and Taylor Dayne

It’s Undeniable! YOU Stand Fast with the Land!

Good Friday, my friends!  Right to business!  Earlier this week, I challenged you to …

“Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

Living with the Land.  Should we rehabilitate?  Give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it altogether?  Or, should we leave it alone?”

Wow!  What a response!  Thanks for your support, folks!  Your voices were heard en masse and loud and clear!  Plus, a number of you put a lot of time and thought into your comments.  THANKS!

Almost 94% of you declared “Leave it Alone” or Keep it and “Rehabilitate”.  Your explanations were heart-felt.  Do you hear that, Disney?  Read below.  We have spoken!

So, what did you say?  Well, you certainly were out-spoken.  I’ll let you take it from here.  It’s a bit long, everyone, but filled with passion and creativity.  Please click through and enjoy!


I wish it was longer!  I really enjoy this attraction.  It could use some plussing.  That’s for sure!

My son would be absolutely devastated if they took away Living with the Land!  We both adore it.  It is not to be missed for us!

Rehab!  It’s a great ride and full of wonderful information.  I like watching the scientists at work.

This is a “must do” … every time.  Definitely a keeper!

I love Living with the Land.  I experience it on every trip.  Yes, I thought it was better when actual people narrated the ride.

I love it.  Always motivates me to grow something.  Rehab!

I’d hate to see them change it … especially since, if they did, it’d probably be Maelstrom-style ‘rehab’.

Leave it alone.  You may screw it up like you did with Journey into Imagination.

Rehab!  I would love more greenhouse and less-dated photos at the end.

We love this ride!  I hope they don’t eliminate it, and I guess rehabilitation to update the tech wouldn’t be a bad thing – except it would be down for a certain time period and that would stink for people who will miss it during their trip.  I especially love it because I refer to it during my science lessons with my 3rd graders each year.  Any opportunity to insert Disney into real life, and I take it!

I love that ride.  Always found it interesting and peaceful.

Definitely one of my favorites.  I’d love to see them add some technology and updated info on farming.  The lab, itself, is doing real research which is very cool.  To me, this attraction defines my love of Epcot, and the idea of eliminating it makes me incredibly sad.

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Living with the Land … TRIVIA Revealed!

Good Monday, folks!  Are you enjoying your “journey” through Epcot’s living laboratory?  For instance, did you tackle our trivia blast?  No?  Then, by all means, please jump back to …

Let’s Have Some Fun “with the Land”! This Week’s Trivia BLAST!

Eight questions.  Can you conquer them all?  Do it quick, my friends.  The answers are revealed below!

Of course, we didn’t stop with trivia.  Yesterday, we all put on our re-imagineering “hats” and returned to our “positions” at Walt Disney Imagineering.  Please check out …

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Living with the Land

Living with the Land.  Should we rehabilitate?  Give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it altogether?  Or, should we leave it alone?  What’s your vote?

OK.  Last chance to jump back to trivia, everyone!  The answers are just below the next pictures.  C’mon!  You know you want to go back and take the challenge!

#1 – Living with the Land was originally opened in 1982!

#2 – In the prairie scene, how many buffalo roam free?  3!  See?  Two adults and a ‘itty bitty’ baby!

#3 – In the farm scene, what sits atop the mailbox?  A rooster!

#4 – In cooperation with the USDA, during the ride, Living with the Land presents a peek inside their Biotechnology Lab!

#5 – There are five distinct areas of Epcot’s “living laboratory”.  Laboratory Greenhouse is not one of those areas.

#6 – Living with the Land replaced a former attraction called Listen to the Land!

#7 – Each ride through Living with the Land takes 19 minutes and 55 seconds!

#8 – The attraction is currently sponsored by Chiquita!

How did you do?  Did you ace the “test”?  If so, leave us a comment and tout your feat!  Hey!  Don’t forget the ‘Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate?’ challenge, all.  It’ll run for a few more days!

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Living with the Land

Do you remember this feature, folks?  Rehabilitate?  Eliminate?  I’ll admit it.  It has been a long time since I’ve run one.

Well, if you need a reminder – or are new to the site – let me tell you how it works.  Warning, my friends.  It’s time to “make believe”!

Welcome to the The Walt Disney Company!  I hope you are enjoying your “career” in Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide, and we need your help!

Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, in today’s case, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

Living with the Land.  Should we rehabilitate?  Give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it altogether?  Or, should we leave it alone?

Your task, today, is a two-part job.  First, what’s your vote?  Second, if you want to rehabilitate, what do you suggest we do?  If you want to eliminate, what should take its place?  What’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter, my friends!  Have some fun!  What should we do with Epcot’s “living laboratory”?

Let’s Have Some Fun “with the Land”! This Week’s Trivia BLAST!

Good Wednesday, folks!  One has to wonder … with Disney pretty much refurbishing everything in sight, is Epcot’s Living with the Land on their ‘hit list’?

As attractions go, it’s not the most exciting experience in Walt Disney World.  Having said that, it’s one of our family favorites.

It sure does serve a purpose, though, doesn’t it?  Hey!  What else are you going to do while you’re waiting for your Soarin’ FP+ to come to life?

Like us, I bet you’ve enjoyed Living with the Land dozens of times.  Have you paid attention to its detail, however?

Tackle these trivia questions, folks.  Are you an expert in each of The Land’s nuances?  Yes?  Let’s see!

The answers will come in a few days, my friends, so stay tuned!  Oh!  And, by the way, I’ll unveil yet another exciting “challenge” tomorrow!  Stop back!