Since I've gotten recent questions on the subject I thought I'd pull this post out of the archives because knowing how you're going to pay for all that grub Food & Wine Festival is important business! The 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival offers a veritable plethora of sip and tastes for you to indulge in, as well as tastings, seminars, and food and wine themes merchandise. The atmosphere can sometimes be hectic and bustling as guests queue up and try to move through the marketplace booth lines as quickly as possible. The question then comes to bare, what is the best way to pay for your Food and Wine Festival experience?
Festival Marketplace Booths accept many forms of payment, including: cash, credit card, MagicBand & Key to the World Card (if you've activated the room charging privileges at check-in), Disney gift card, and Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits. Over the past couple years that I have attended Food and Wine Festival on opening weekend, I've had more than my share of payment mix ups. My being an inexperienced guest, and the cast members still learning their jobs caused some confusion that could have been avoided if I had just prepared.
The friendly cast members at the Marketplace Booth registers are there to help make your festival experience go smoothly. However you as the guest need to realize that many forms of payment not only look similar but can even be made on the same card. For instance, your MagicBand & Key to The World Card can be used to either charge the purchase to your room, or to deduct from your snack credits. It's important to let the cashier know exactly how you intend to pay for your sips and bites, don't assume they will know when you just tap your band or scan the card. Not only can good communication with the cashier avoid headaches later (unexpected room charges being most common) but if you're on the Disney Dining Plan, it can help save you money!
Small plates at the festival have varying costs of between $3 and $8. When talking to your cashier, be sure to let them know that you would like to use your snack credits get the best value by purchasing the most expensive DDP snack eligible items with your Dining Plan and then, pay out-of-pocket for less expensive items. Even though there is sure to be a line of people behind you, don't rush. Take your time to place your order and pay so that you can be sure everything happens as expected.
Perhaps the most convenient method of payment is the Epcot Food and Wine Festival wristlet gift card. This standard Disney Gift Card is a little smaller in size and has been spruced up with a snappy wristband. It's a great way to help keep your hands free for important things like plates and cocktail glasses! Simply load it up, and you're on your way with the added benefit of knowing when you've reached the limit of your budget.
Guests can pick one of these special Food & Wine Festival Gift Cards up at Epcot's Festival Center, or one of several select merchandise locations.
Thanks so much to our friends at Disney Food Blog for exclusive use of their Festival Images. How do you pay at the Food and Wine Festival Booths? Leave a comment and let us know!