Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival has grown to be quite the event during the fall at Disney World. We were there on opening day this year and have come up some pretty amazing hacks for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival! We can’t wait to share them all with you and hope they help maximize your time at this delicious festival.
Hacks For Epcot’s Food and Wine
If you have been around our blog for long, you know we LOVE Epcot’s festivals. The Food and Wine Festival has been around for quite some time now and it only gets bigger and better ever year! This year’s festival will run from
We have some pretty amazing hacks for Epcot’s Food and Wine festival that will help you make the MOST out of your experience!
Go EARLY in the week. Monday through Thursday is usually considerably less crowded than the weekends, when locals tend to visit more.
AVOID the weekend, if possible. I know, sometimes this may not be an option. If you have to visit on a weekend, keep reading to learn how to still make the most of your experience! You will STILL have a blast!
World Showcase OPENS AT 11 am and you need to be there! Take advantage of extra magic hours if you are staying at a Disney World resort.
Plan TWO DAYS to take in everything the festival has to offer! When Epcot is hosting a festival, we like to spend one day exploring the World Showcase and another day in Future World. On our second Epcot day, we go back to our favorites from the festival!
Get a DISCOUNT on seminars and more. Yep, if you are an annual pass-holder or DVC member, you can score a little discount for Food and Wine seminars and more!
NO extra park ticket is required. That’s right! Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is INCLUDED in your admission to Epcot. NICE, I know!
BEGIN at the Festival Port of Entry. Everyone asks where to begin this delicious journey and we think the best spot is at the official Port of Entry. I mean, you don’t want to miss anything, right?
ALLERGY FRIENDLY options are available at many of the refreshment ports. Check the signs and ask if you are not sure!
Grab BREAKFAST in Future World! Booths in the Future World open when the park opens, usually at 9 am. Grab breakfast there and be ready to hit the World Showcase at 11 am, when it opens. Make that fast pass for Soarin’ or Test Track at 10 am!
Bring PONCHOS! You KNOW this one! Don’t even chance it!
DISNEY GIFT CARDS can be a HUGE money saver during the festival! Purchase them in advance at a discount and use for your food purchases during the festival.
Stay on-site at an EPCOT RESORT! There are several resorts on Disney World property that offer direct access to Epcot’s World Showcase! This provides easy access to all of the yumminess and is very convenient! Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort all offer direct access to the World Showcase through the International Gateway. The Disney Skyliner will also allow transportation to Epcot from the following resorts: Disney’s Riviera Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort, Pop Century Resort and Art of Animation.
WATER, WATER and even more WATER. If you plan on drinking around the World Showcase, you will definitely want to drink a lot of water! This will keep you hydrated in the Orlando heat! Remember that most quick service restaurants will give you a free cup of ice water.
Do NOT make advanced dining reservations. I mean, if you really want to, go ahead, but don’t say we didn’t warn you! With all of the dining options during the Food and Wine Festival, you could literally have a 20 course meal! Even picky eaters will find a favorite!
MAXIMIZE that Disney Dining Plan! Here is where is gets good. Listen to what I am saying. GET THE DINING PLAN when you visit Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. There will be a menu at each marketplace and you will see the little emblem below. That means it’s a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan! One quick service meal will also convert to three snacks! You could sample something from each country and even have a dessert.
- The Disney Dining Plan is only available to guests staying at a Disney World Resort.
- A table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan will also convert to three snack credits, but I do not recommend this, as it is not a money saver.
- Look for this little purple and white emblem and you will know right away that it’s a snack credit!
BONUS TIP-If you are staying on site at a Disney World resort, you have the option to have any purchases sent to your resort! So, you don’t have to lug around all of the goodies that you purchase at the Food and Wine Festival! Believe me, there will be a ton of merchandise that you will not be able to resist. Well, you might can resist, I sure could NOT!!
Hacks For Epcot’s Food and Wine
If you are planning on visiting this amazing festival, be sure to check out 2019 FOOD AND WINE GUIDE for every little detail you will need to know about for this year’s festival!
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A big THANK YOU to our friend Vince for sharing some of his Food and Wine treats with us!
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