I have something to admit. My name is Katie Farmand, and I am a child of Disney. I grew up a half hour away from Walt Disney World, and for seven years of my childhood, my mom worked there full time as a publicist. I visited the parks often, was in countless promotional photo shoots (I was in a Magic Kingdom brochure for, like, 8 years) and—due to the perks of my mom’s job—I even got to meet a few celebrities (including 90s heartthrobs Joey Lawrence and Jonathan from the New Kids on the Block…be still my 9-year-old heart!)
Even though my youth was quite saturated with Disney, I still love it. Call me a nerd, I don’t care. It’s still one of my favorite places. But as I’ve grown up, so has Disney. To me, the most impressive “other” side of Disney is its food. Not only its handful of signature restaurants, which are truly on par with some of the finest restaurants anywhere, but also the annual Food & Wine Festival and its other unique and fun food experiences.
A few months ago, my mom (who still works as a consultant for the company) and I filmed a series of webisodes for Disney.com about some of these food experiences at Walt Disney World. I am a complete novice at being in front of a camera, so I know you’ll keep that in mind as you watch. But it was an enjoyable venture for us, mostly because my mom and I both believe the people in the food world at Disney are incredibly talented, and we want to help bring the spotlight to them.
So, if you have a moment, take a look…and let me know what you think. I still blush when I watch myself, but the crew we worked with made these videos look really great—I hope you’ll agree.