I was lucky enough to re-experience this weekend extravaganza on Saturday evening, thanks to Disney's media relations team. Since I'd participated before, I bought my husband a ticket knowing we'd get value for our investment, and we did. Similar evenings will help others indulge October 8, 15, 22, 28 and 29, 2016. Consider attending.
Each time, chefs from a couple dozen restaurants -- some from Disney World, others visiting from noteworthy restaurants around the country -- have a station apiece within a grand event space that's dramatic with a violet hue.
Each restaurant serves on appetizer-size dish -- an interesting, thoughtfully crafted plate of food. You can get as many portions of each as you wish. Meanwhile, wine and beer are poured freely at adjacent stations.
I got to try a pan-roasted scallop with roasted baby fennel, almond sauce and toasted breadcrumbs from Kansas City's The Belfry, plus Asian-spiced duck breast with truffles from Cotton Row (Huntsville, Alabama), pan-seared lemongrass arctic char with duck fat-poached asparagus and mango-sambal yougrt from Asiatique (Louisville), glazed quail with ancient grains and spice yougurt from Sbraga (Philadelphia) and butter-poached lobster tail over grains of paradise with caramelized banana panna cotta and oyster root crisp from Edgardo Ruiz of Disney World's events team. For starters.
My pictures came out awful -- that sexy violet light doesn't mesh with the iPhone camera -- so I'm showing mostly Disney-provided images instead.
Party for the Senses is an indulgence. Guests need to buy Epcot tickets or passes first, then $169, $199 or $329 for the actual event, depending on the level. I'd say the $169 level is wonderful and all you'll need.