The 18th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is here!

| September 27, 2013 | 2 Replies

Yippee!! It’s the time of year that many Disney fans look forward to.  The 18th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opened today, September 27, 2013 at Walt Disney World.  The event runs through November 11, 2013 so you have plenty of chances to enjoy the food and wine offerings in the park.  All you need is your Disney theme park ticket. There are no additional charges unless you decide to take part in the many great seminars with celebrity chefs.

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To get the most out of your experience, be sure to pick up the special park map for this event.  A little advanced planning will also help with your enjoyment. Don’t think that you can visit all the food booths in one visit. You can look over all the menus and decide what you would like to try. You should also decide  if you are going to tour starting in Mexico (which is the way the park map has you go) or if you want to start in Canada. We started to the right because I was excited for the offerings in Canada. To speed up your touring you might want to get one of the small gift cards that you can put on your wrist.  This makes it much easier than fumbling for your cash or credit card.  The menu will be marked if the items are considered a snack item on the Disney Dining Plan.

Take a few minutes to enjoy the cranberry bog as you walk towards the World Showcase. For the first few weekends there will be someone in the bog explaining how the cranberries are grown and harvested.

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If you are a Chase Disney Visa Credit or Debit cardholder, there is a special lounge for you in the American pavilion on the 3rd floor above the American Adventure. There will be complimentary beverages and you can use charging stations for your electronic devices.  This would be a great place to relax and chill for a bit before resuming your food quest.

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Part of the fun of the festival is the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.  Be sure to allow time to enjoy these great musical artists.

The park map also recommends some TRY it! foods and activities.  They are marked with a T on the map.

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Terra, Singapore, Poland, Scotland are examples of the booths that Disney recommends that you try. We went to the booths yesterday and had some old favorites and tried some new items.  Do you have any favorites or items you are looking forward to trying?

Don’t forget that there is a great Festival Center with all types of merchandise and wines.  There are great dining experiences that you can sign up for.

Could I make a suggestion?  Don’t drink so much that you get sick in the park.  Every time we go we see those people that have overindulged. If you are going to drink, have a designated driver or use Disney transportation.

This is a great event for the entire family. I know we will be back many times before the Festival closes.  Enjoy everyone!



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  • Eric

    Could you inform us on where we would purchase the small gift card you mentioned? It sounds like an easier and quicker way to purchase the food and drink items. Thanks!

  • CarlWstCoast

    We just returned from a couple of weeks in Orlando. The Food and Wine Festival is definitely fun, although much of the food is WAY too pricey. The booth says $4 for potstickers, which I thought meant 4 but ended up meaning 2; their marketing person correctly assumed that advertising $2 per potsticker would lead to a drop in sales. Anyway, be forewarned – it’s Disney food prices. Of course, those prices help to cover the concerts (we saw the Go-Go’s and Air Supply, both of which we really enjoyed).

    The gift cards really make it convenient – they can be obtained at any Customer Relations spot (which are all over the place)…