I was invited to experience Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. All opinions are honest and belong to me.
Most people consider pumpkin spice lattes as the official start of fall but Disney lovers know that the Epcot International's Food and Wine festival is the true start. The festival runs August 29th – November 23rd which means you can also head to Magic Kingdom and enjoy “Not So Scary Mickey” or “Mickey's Very Christmas Party”.
How Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival Works?
Throughout World Showcase and Future World, food marketplaces are set up with various themes and represent a different region’s cuisine. The plates are small so that you can fully partake in each region. It's a casual experience that allows you to flow as you wish.
Do you need special tickets to attend the Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival?
Your theme park ticket to Epcot gets you into the food and wine festival however additional tickets are needed for specialty events and seminars.
Can I use my Disney Dining Plan (DDP) at Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival?
Purchasing a Disney Dining Plan prior to attending the festival is a great idea and perfect for your budget. You can redeem your snacks credits at the festival for food only. Grab a Festival Guide upon entering the parks, and check with each booth for Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit availability.
How are the crowds during Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival?
The festival last 87 days and is spread out to make the best use of space. There will be times where you have to wait longer than expected but it's worth the wait. It tends to be more crowded at night and on the weekends but the good thing is you can use the time to learn more about the culture of the booth that you are visiting.
What else is there to do at Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival?
You don't have to just eat and drink at the festival. There are also seminars, demonstrations, music and the theme park is open for exploring. Check out my favorites- Test Track and Soaring.
How does Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival deal with food allergies?
Walt Disney World and Disneyland are very good at noting the many different food allergies that exist. The Festival has on-menu notations to help you find what works for you.
Can I Bring My Kids to Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival?
There is something for all ages! Kids of all ages will love the character sightings and the chance to make candy rolled sushi presented by Disney by Adventures. The Remy's Ratatouille Hide and Squeak -themed scavenger hunt and Disney du Jour Dance Party will help kids run off some energy and get in on the fun! And don't forget about the family play zone areas throughout the park and the end of the night spectacular “Epcot Forever”. Epcot's new show is a showcase of soaring fireworks, inspiring music, lasers and colorful glowing kites flying above and around the park’s World Showcase Lagoon.
Are you ready to experience Epcot's Food and Wine Festival? Make certain to let me know about your favorites.