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The NYC Savvy Traveler in Disney: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Updated: Mar 12


A Guide to the

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival:

Eat, Drink, Play (and Learn)

Your Way Around the World




Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival



What's Epcot anyway?




YouTube Video: Food and Wine Festival




Spaceship Earth at Night
Spaceship Earth: iconic attraction


For the Savvy Traveler: How to enjoy the Festival in 5 easy steps (make sure you download the My Disney Experience App and check out the latest information for buying tickets and visiting Disney World):


1. Check out the website for the special events that may cost extra and/or require a reservation, such as the seminars with the chefs. Disney dining is extremely popular. They say reservations are recommended, but seriously, savvy travelers know that they seem to be required.



Concert at Epcot
Eat to the Beat Concert Series at Epcot

2. The World Showcase usually opens up 2 hours after the park opens. But, some of the rides in the showcase, like Frozen Ever After or Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, open up when the park opens. You might want to keep that in mind if you purchase the express passes through Genie + or Lightning Lane, which most savvy expert travelers do.



Food at Epcot
Sample small bites at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival


3. During normal times, it gets more crowded in the evening (normal closing is at 9PM, but check the app). If you have little ones, this might not be a good time to visit (as most savvy traveling parents know). However, it might be hot earlier. So, from 3PM-6PM seems like an happy medium. Also, weekends tend to be even more crowded.




Food and drink at Epcot
Food from the France pavilion, Epcot


4. The festival is all throughout the park, not just in the World Showcase. So, read the app or pick up the Passport Guide booklet at the entrances of the park for all of the little hidden gems.


Greece kiosk at Epcot
Find extra kitchens, or kiosks during Epcot Festivals

5. There are kid things to do while the adults make their way around the world: activities at each pavilion, a scavenger hunt that comes with a prize when you redeem it, non-alcoholic fun drinks at many of the kiosks and the usual entertainment at each pavilion.



Remy Scavenger hunt at Epcot
Search for the festival mascot: Remy at Epcot

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