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Are you a foodie planning a Disney trip? Today I’m sharing details of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Here are my tips for getting into the park and what you can expect. Find out if you need reservations for the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot - Walt Disney World Orlando.
What to know before you go to Epcot International Food and Wine Festival…
- This festival is held annually at Epcot theme park.
- Get tips on what you need to get in.
- Find out exactly where to find it in Disney’s Epcot International.
- Learn how to get to Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival by entering the theme park in a different location than the main entrance to enter Epcot.
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What is the Food and Wine Festival?
This festival is held annually at Epcot theme park.
A portion of Epcot is focused on an eat around the world theme.
The Food and Wine Festival plays into that by allowing guests the chance to try food and drink from around all different parts of the world.
You can purchase specialty merchandise too, which changes year to year.
It’s an easy way to taste your way around popular travel destinations all in one spot.
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When is the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot?
This annual festival can start as early as mid-July and as late as the end of August.
It usually runs through until mid-November.
Official start and end dates do change yearly, so please keep up to date via the Disney site for official information.
For example, last year's Food & Wine Festival in 2022 ran from July 14th until November 19th.
We were lucky to be there for it during our September Disney World trip.
Where is the Food & Wine Festival located at Disney World?
The festival only happens at Epcot park, so plan your trip dates accordingly if you intend to be at Epcot during the festival.
Find it in the back section of Epcot.
Where to enter the park for Food and Wine festival
If you can, I recommend that you enter the park through the International Gateway entrance.
See how to enter Epcot…
You can get there on foot or the Friendship Boat if you’re staying at one of the Disney Boardwalk Resorts…
And by Disney Skyliner if you’re staying at the Riviera Resort, Caribbean or Pop Century / Art of Animation.
If you enter the main front entrance of Epcot, just walk around until you get to the World Showcase.
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In that area, you’ll start to see different pavilions for different countries that will be a part of the festival.
Important things to remember…
You’ll want a Disney Food and Wine Map to plan out your day
When you enter the park, be sure to grab a Food & Wine map.
This will outline all of the booth areas to checkout.
Alternatively, download the Disney Experience App on your phone, then you’ll be able to pull up an update map of the booths as well.
Going digital will be easier, so definitely download the app if you haven’t already.
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Plan for crowds
The food and wine section of the park will be crowded.
Typically that area is more crowded vs other parts of the park.
Keep in mind that guests will be drinking, so just be on the lookout when you’re in those heavily trafficked areas.
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Enjoy your time!
This is your opportunity to taste all kinds of foods and beverages from around the globe.
Expand your palate horizon and try something new.
The exact dates have yet to be fully confirmed by Disney. With that said, you can expect it to start somewhere between mid-July to late August and run through mid-November.
We will update this once the 2023 dates have been confirmed.
No, you do not. Access to the festival is included in your Epcot park ticket. This does not require a speciality ticket to attend.
Typically park ticket day prices increase during the festival, so keep that in mind when booking. Additionally, you’ll be spending money on the food, beverages, and any merchandise as an extra cost if you decide to go to one of the booths.
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Remember: for any sit-down dinner or character meal, I recommend to definitely book 60 days out, or whenever your Disney dining dates open.
If you’re staying on site, you can book dining reservations earlier as a perk.
Don’t have reservations? Check regularly during your trip, on the app, or walk up to the restaurant early in the day and request a day-of reservation. Disney reservations are often dropped day-of since sometimes people “hoard them”.
I once was a walk-up and was told there would be a 90 minute wait for a table at Steakhouse 71.
Not a problem, since it’s an interesting hotel to walk around and they have an arcade.
Anyways, within 5 minutes my reservation was ready because someone canceled. So you never know.
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Enjoy your time tasting food & wine from around the world!
Hope that answers all your questions about Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival.
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