Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
  • On Aug 14, 2023
    Kelly from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I will be there in Oct for food & wine, staying in cabin at Wilderness lodge. Wondering if boats are going between Wilderness Lodge & The Contemporary?

    Welcome to planDisney, Kelly!  

    Oh boy, your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort is just around the riverbend and sounds like a blast! I adore Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and a spacious cabin at Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge will set the perfect tone for a fall escape together. This fall, EPCOT will be the epicenter for the Disney100 celebration, so you have much to look forward to! I love thinking through the logistics of a trip and am happy to help you get over to EPCOT for the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival from this gorgeous resort on Bay Lake.

    The water transportation previously offered directly between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Contemporary Resort has not returned. However, there are several other options for your trip to EPCOT. The most efficient route is to take a bus from the resort directly to EPCOT. The bus bay is well shaded and protected while you wait.

    If you had your heart set on the Disney monorail, you could take the boat (red flag launch) from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom Park. From there, you can walk or take the Walt Disney World monorail transportation to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you’ll continue aboard the monorail to EPCOT. 

    Both the bus and monorail will bring you to the front entrance of EPCOT, where you can enter through the main gate and head towards World Showcase. If you’d like a different route that allows you to start near this area of the theme park, you can take a bus to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Without entering this park, you may then take the Disney Skyliner to the International Gateway entrance to EPCOT. This route will certainly take longer than a bus directly to EPCOT but perhaps offers a different vantage point or connects you to a delicious table service breakfast in Disney’s BoardWalk area before heading to the festival.

    Finally, Disney’s Minnie Van Service remains the most efficient and direct way to navigate between different locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. I love this service for personalized care with a Disney Cast Member and a direct route to my destination when I need it most.  

    I hope this gives you some options for planning your “commute” to the fabulous festival! It sounds like this popular event is your priority for this trip, so I hope it’s a wonderfully fun time together in a few months. Be sure and check out the Foodie Guide to make your list of must-try treats and international flavors!

    Please come back and see us if you have any additional questions on making the most of this trip. A few of my fellow panel pals have already experienced the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, so I know they’d be thrilled to offer some more advice!

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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