• On Aug 30, 2009
    Raymond from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Although my wife and I have been to Disney over 20 times, and going in early November, we have never been to the Food and Wine Festival. All of the sample foods are described as tapas-sized portions. Do you still need lunch or dinner reservations?


    Like you, my husband and I had been to Disney numerous times before our first trip to the Food & Wine Festival last fall, and I felt we should have done our homework a little better.  Your description of the samples is spot on: tapas-sized portions. 

    We enjoyed making a meal out of buying and sampling from all of the kiosks in the World Showcase--the lamb chops from Australia melted in our mouths!  But don't be surprised if you spend just as much on 4 to 5 tastings as you would a table-service meal.  To make the most of your time, I'd recommend getting the Festival Guide and Map at the link above or as you enter the park and taking a moment to look through the sample offerings for sale throughout the park.  AND don't forget to look and see if there are FREE samplings, like the beer-tasting Samuel Adams offered last year in the American Pavilion.  Although the booklet won't list prices, it will give you a birds-eye view of nearly 30 kiosks--plenty from which to create a lunch AND dinner experience.

    I don't think reservations at a World Showcase restaurant are absolutely necessary.  If, however, you are not an adventurous eater or don't enjoy grazing, my suggestion is to make a dinner reservation just in case your pocketbook doesn't hold up to your stomachs!   You'll be able to tell by lunch if you'll need to use it.  If price is not a concern, you may want to go for the gusto and make a reservation for Party with a Senses or one of the other culinary adventures in the guide.

    My mouth is watering as I type!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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