Planning Tips For The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

We're just a week away to the kick off of the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. As the summer season begins to wind down and kids have gone back to school grown-up Disney fans can feel the change coming in the air. Fall brings one of the most celebrated seasonal special events of them all, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Disney Chefs come out to play in the Park as Guests set on for culinary adventure.

Planning Tips For The Epcot International Food and Wine FestivalPlanning Tips For The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

We've collected some of our best tips to share with you for creating your Food & Wine plan of attack.

Plan Your Gustatory Attack

Festival Marketplace Booths stretch around the 1.2 mile World Showcase Lagoon.
Best practice here is to create plan of attack to be sure you get to try the things that sound most interesting to you. Take a look at the list of Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Menus, then break it down into manageable chunks. Star by choosing 5-10 Marketplace Booths you want to try for each day you are at the festival. Use a map and create your route around the lagoon so you know where to find your booths.

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Avoid The Heaviest Crowds

Crowds in the evenings and on the weekends at Food & Wine Festival can be intense due to increased local attendance. For the shortest food lines and smallest festival crowds attend during the week, earlier in the day. Fall is a great time of year to have Park Hopper tickets. Best practice is to hit the Marketplace Booths from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM and then switch to another Park with lighter crowds for the evening. If you must attend on the weekend, Sunday is usually less crowded.

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Separate Your Marketplace Booth Budget

While entrance into the Food & Wine Festival is complimentary with your Epcot admission, the tastes and sips all come at a price. If you don't go in with a festival food budget, things can quickly get out of hand. While there is no right or wrong answer as to how much to budget at the Food and Wine Festival, you do want to be sure that you keep track of the money you spend. Most food items will cost between $4-$8, with alcohol ranging as much as $11. Best practice is to keep festival funds in a separate form, such as on a single gift card. This helps you avoid blowing your budget because you lost track of how often you tapped that MagicBand.

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Bring A Few Friends Along

Touring the Food & Wine Festival Marketplace booths is a great activity for groups. When you hit the festival with friends it gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy each others company while waiting in the lines. There will be a lot of lines. If your group is into sharing bites of the yum, it can also help to defray the costs for any one person so that you all can of try even more tasty dishes and cocktails. This is especially good for cocktails, when you don't want to get too tipsy. Check out our previous article about Drinking Around The World Responsibly.

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Take Care In The Sun and Heat

September and early October can be a pretty hot time of the year in the Orlando area. Avoid heat sickness by drink plenty of water along the way, and take breaks out of the heat. Air conditioning can be found by ducking into the movies and rides throughout World Showcase, as well as by taking advantage of specialty member lounges.

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Check out these previous articles full of more great planning tips and information about the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

As always for all the latest and greatest information concerning every culinary thing at Walt Disney World, visit our friends over at the Disney Food Blog and browse through their 2018 Food & Wine Festival Pages.

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