Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
  • On Apr 21, 2024
    Stacy from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are there any parks that are less crowded than others during the first week of November when the Wine and Dine marathon/Jersey week takes place?

    Hi there, Stacy, and welcome to planDisney!

    Back when my weekends did not revolve around high school football games, my husband and I were frequent participants in runDisney's Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. I always loved visiting Walt Disney World Resort in early November because the temperatures had typically cooled (but not too much), the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival was in full swing, and there was even a chance of catching a hint of one of the holiday seasons in the air. 

    As a teacher who travels on breaks in the academic calendar, most of my magical vacations occur at times that are convenient for most other Guests as well. As a result, my husband and I have become pretty adept at navigating crowds and avoiding higher wait times. If you're hoping to do the same, I suggest purchasing a theme park ticket with the Park Hopper option. This will allow you to optimize your day in response to personal observations. We frequently check wait times across the four theme parks in our My Disney Experience mobile app, and if we notice another park offers drastically different wait times than what we are experiencing in our current location, then we will hop aboard one of Walt Disney World's convenient (and complimentary) methods of transportation as we make our way to our next destination. 

    Since I'm no Madame Leota, it's difficult to predict exactly how the crowds will distribute themselves during your visit, but if previous trends hold true, I foresee EPCOT being very popular with Guests that particular weekend. If you're hoping for more specific information, you'll also find that a quick internet search will populate several websites that track (and predict) crowd patterns at theme parks. Because these are unofficial resources, their accuracy is not guaranteed, but they might provide a bit of context for you as you plan your days.

    As a bonus tip: I always enjoy spending time in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park during the cooler months because I've found that the wildlife is typically more active for longer periods of the day, so I suggest making time in your schedule to enjoy Kilimanjaro Safaris, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, and Maharajah Jungle Trek

    I hope this was helpful, Stacy! If you have any additional questions as you plan, don't hesitate to stop back by! I'm always happy to help!

    Thinking Happy Thoughts,

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Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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