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Special events awhirl in Disney parks

Soap stars, fine arts, music and wine make for a magical weekend. Most events are free, or included with park admission.

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 30, 2005

A mid-November weekend at Walt Disney World Resort will have dozens of soap opera stars, a food and wine extravaganza, old-time rockers and an outdoor exhibition of works by more than 200 visual artists. Admission is either included in the cost of a park ticket or free.

Scheduled to take place in two of the theme parks plus Downtown Disney the weekend of Nov. 11-13 are these annual events:

- The 30th annual Festival of the Masters arts show, Downtown Disney near the House of Blues. Artists from around the country who work in paint, photography, glass, sculpture, printmaking and digital art will attend. Special activities are scheduled for children.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. No charge for admission or parking. For more information, call (407) 824-4321 or go to

- The 10th annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival concludes this weekend. The festival features more than 20 wineries, demonstrations and brief seminars.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the tastings is included in the ticket to Epcot. There may be minimal charges for some tastings.

Tickets to the Party for the Senses grand tasting, featuring a variety of international cuisines, wines and beers on Nov. 12, are $95. Performances by Three Dog Night will be held nightly, for free.

For more information, call (407) 939-3378. - Queen of the soaps Susan Lucci leads appearances by more than 30 actors from ABC soaps at the 10th annual SuperSoap Weekend at Disney-MGM Studios. Fans can take part in question-and-answer sessions and memorabilia sales as well as two game shows:

Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery on All My Children) will host I Wanna Be a Soap Star, and Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery on All My Children) will lead the guests in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Super Soap Edition.

Actors from One Life to Live and General Hospital also will attend. There will be autograph sessions and a daily "Street Jam" featuring live musical performances by some actors.

Admission to all the events is included with Disney-MGM Studios admission.

Disney park-goers who stay through Nov. 14 can witness the first night of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at Disney-MGM Studios. This nighttime show runs through Jan. 8 and is included in park admission.

One-day park admission is $59.75 for ages 10 and older and $48 for ages 3-9.

[Last modified November 1, 2005, 19:46:15]

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