Every year, Disney puts their best into the International Food and Wine Festival.

Most people have heard of this festival, but there are many special events that take place during the festival that are exclusive.  Many people haven’t even heard of these special offerings.

Party for the Senses

I received an invitation to one such event:  Party for the Senses. The party is a signature event – a true highlight of the Festival.

I’m thankful I had a chance to attend, and I’m excited to be able to share my experience with you!

This year, Party for the Senses is being held five Saturdays between September 23rd and November 11th.  Each event has different chefs, drinks, and entertainment. Your tickets to the Party also include reserved seating for either the 5:30PM or the 6:45PM Eat to the Beat Concert.

After the concert, you can head over to the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion, located between Canada and the UK.

Welcome to the Party for the Senses!

Welcome to the Party for the Senses!

Disney displayed some artwork on the development of Epcot in the waiting area.

Disney displayed some artwork on the development of Epcot in the waiting area.

I don't think I have ever seen this Epcot construction photo.

I don’t think I have ever seen this Epcot construction photo.

The party was festive and fun.

The party was festive and fun.

Inside you find dozens of tasting stations with culinary delights prepared by chefs from all around the world including California, Rhode Island, Patagonia, Norway, Ohio, and New York.  Disney also has plenty of culinary artists from Florida, including those from the Coral Reef Restaurant, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Four Seasons Orlando, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, the Italy Pavilion, and other Epcot locations.

Let’s take a look at the amazing food offerings, starting with the food:

Chef Bushman.

Chef Bushman.

Salmon and Mickey waffle.

Salmon and Mickey waffle.

Chef Lewis.

Chef Lewis.

Fancy doughnuts.

Fancy doughnuts.

Chef Curka.

Chef Curka.

Pumpkin Pierogi.

Pumpkin Pierogi.

Chef Voltaggio.

Chef Voltaggio.

Shrimp cocktail.

Shrimp cocktail.

Chef Yeo.

Chef Yeo.

Lamb chop.

Lamb chop.

Chef Lamounier.

Chef Lamounier.

Chocolates and macarons.

Chocolates and macarons.

Chef Pareja.

Chef Pareja.

Pork belly.

Pork belly.

Chef Gennuso.

Chef Gennuso.

Beef rib.

Beef rib.

Chef de Beaumont.

Chef de Beaumont.

Biscuits and gravy.

Biscuits and gravy.

Chef Hill-Booker.

Chef Hill-Booker.

Chicken pot pie.

Chicken pot pie.

Chef Roach.

Chef Roach.

Yucca cake.

Yucca cake.

Chef Vanetti.

Chef Vanetti.

Sea bass.

Sea bass.

Chef Sawyer.

Chef Sawyer.

Scallop.

Scallop.

Chef Carona.

Chef Carona.

Pork cheeks.

Pork cheeks.

Chef Schanardi.

Chef Schanardi.

Venison tenderloin.

Venison tenderloin.

Beverages are provided from wineries and distilleries from around. Chefs and Sommeliers are on hand to explain the dishes and suggest wine pairings.

Disney offers a huge array of wine selections.

Disney offers a huge array of wine selections.

Joffrey's coffee and tea.

Joffrey’s coffee and tea.

Check out the Minnie Mouse design in the foam of the coffee!

Check out the Minnie Mouse design in the foam of the coffee!

Once you’ve gotten your fill of these amazing drinks and dishes, your ears are in for a treat! Each night features different bands.  The night that I went it was the Femmes of Rock.  The show is a high-energy presentation by hard rock violinists complete with video, lights, choreography, and a bit of comedy.

The Femmes of Rock provided entertainment.

The Femmes of Rock provided entertainment.

The party lasts from 7:30 PM to 10PM, and it really is a party for all of your senses!

Pricing

If you’re going to be in Disney World before November 11th and you’d like to check out the Party of the Senses, Disney highly recommends making a reservation. There are three seating options.

  • The Wine View Lounge is the VIP ticket option. It costs $329 per person, which includes gratuity but does not include tax. With this ticket, you’ll get a reserved table, artisanal cheeses, specialty cocktails, early admission, and transportation from the main entrance to the party and back.
  • Reserved Seating is $199 per person, which includes a private table on the main floor
  • Guaranteed seating is $179 per person. You’ll have access to all of the food, wine, and entertainment on the main floor, but you’ll be seated with other guests and you may have an obstructed or distant view.

These prices are in addition to park admission, which is required to enter the park.

Here is my video of the Party for the Senses:

Changes This Year

I spoke with a Disney Cast Member who told me that the company listened to guest feedback and made some changes this year.

This year, every guests gets a seat.  In the past, that wasn’t the case and cause some dissatisfaction.  I can understand that – it really helps to have a place to sit while eating.

Also, Disney reorganized the food stations so that it was easier to identify and get to the grub.  The printed menu listed all the items available, and even had places to check off each dish as you tried it.

My Take

The Party for the Senses has been on my “Disney bucket list” for a long time, and I’m glad I had a chance to attend.

There is no getting around it – this is a pricey event, even by Disney standards.

Was it worth it?

If you are the type who really enjoys fine food, you will get your money’s worth – and perhaps more.

The pricing is in line with what you would pay at a very fine restaurant.  Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian, for example, can set you back nearly $200 per person.  There you will enjoy the most elegant of environments and the best culinary creations available.

With the Party for the Senses, you will get to sample from a wide variety of amazing food and drink – all you care to enjoy for two and a half hours.  You can try a little of everything (all of which is all amazing) while enjoying great entertainment in an upbeat environment.  The vibe is classy, but not stuffy.

I would recommend putting Party for the Senses on your Disney bucket list, too.

Disney’s Party for the Senses – ever attend?  Worth it?