Gov. Brad Henry and Walt Disney World Resort officials announced today they have invited the State of Oklahoma to be the first state-dedicated marketplace experience at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival later this year.
The Epcot event, held Sept. 28 through Nov. 11, will be held for the 12th time this fall at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Oklahoma experience will contain food and beverage kiosks, an artisan area, entertainment area, a merchandise and information shop modeled after the PriceTower, children's activities, cultural/tourism representatives and cooking demonstrations.
The backdrop of the Oklahoma Experience at the festival --100 Stories of Oklahoma -- will be three Walls of Wonder depicting Oklahoma Trailblazers through photos and stories. The Walls, which are 12 feet high and 21 feet long, will provide Disney guests with interactive activities that also will allow them to discover the history of Oklahoma and the great personalities that have helped shape the image of the state.
"In the year of our state centennial celebration, it is truly exciting that Oklahoma has embarked on this unique opportunity with one of the great hallmarks of American entertainment and recreation, the Walt Disney World Resort," Henry said in a statement. "This year's Festival provides an unparalleled spotlight for Oklahoma, and will bring our state closer to festival visitors from throughout the world."