• On Oct 23, 2018
    Rachel from FL 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.

    What time does the Festival Center open at Epcot? Looking to get my drinking chocolate in as soon as possible haha!

    Hi Rachel! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    You are a girl after my own heart! You've got a plan, you know what you want, and it involves Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate! That is a recipe for a great start to a day at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

    Even though the kiosks in World Showcase do not open until 11:00 a.m., the Festival Center opens at 9:00 a.m. and is located in Future World East. My fellow Disney Parks Moms Panelist, Lindsey N, tried the Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate when she explored the festival and she said it was amazing! I was excited about the complimentary chocolate squares that were being handed out at the Ghirardelli shop ... they were delicious, so make sure to pick one up when you are there!

    Inside the Festival Center you will also find Festival Merchandise Shops (it is much less crowded early in the day!), as well as a few Global Marketplaces: Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar, The Festival Center Wine Shop, and Craft Drafts. Don't forget to pick-up your Festival Passport so you can browse kiosk menus and check off the items as you try them!

    Enjoy eating and drinking your way around the world, Rachel! Please visit us again with any other questions you may have.

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Meet the Panelist: Tabitha, Tennessee

Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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