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  • On Aug 10, 2008
    Lori from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    39 days to go!! Quick ?....We have ADR at Akershus for the princess beakfast on 9/26. We had planned on spending that day in EPCOT, but I just noticed that is the first day of the Food and Wine Festival. Is EPCOT going to be VERY crowded that day

    Based on my experience at Epcot last year, on the second day of the Food and Wine Festival, I'd have to say that yes, you should expect it to be extremely crowded that day. 

    My family almost always travels to Walt Disney World in September, but last year was the first chance I've ever had to visit the event.  My impression of crowd levels may be skewed because typically crowd levels in September are very manageable.  That said, I, personally, would not make the mistake of visiting Epcot during the first weekend of the festival again, if I could avoid it. 

    I know that reservations to dine with the princesses are hard to come by and I'd hate to see you lose the opportunity.  Do you have park hopping privileges with the tickets you purchased, or plan to purchase?  If so, you might consider going to Epcot for breakfast and then switching to a different park for the remainder of your day.

    I don't want to dissuade you from visiting the Food and Wine Festival because it is a fun opportunity.  However, it is far less an enjoyable event when crowds are thick and lines are long.  I would advise that you avoid Epcot that day if you can. 
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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