EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Jun 12, 2013
    Anita from NJ 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.

    We will be traveling to WDW this Nov. during Epcot's Food and Wine festival. Is it something my adventuresome eaters ages 7, 5, 3, and 1 could enjoy or would it be best to focus our time elsewhere? Generally, how tipsy are the adults who attend? Thanks!

    Hi Anita,

    If you are raising adventurous eaters -- and, oh, how I love to hear that -- the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a must-do. My daughters have always been willing to try just about any food, in part because they learned to be expand their palates at Epcot during the festival.

    When they were as young as your children, I would print out the menus from the food kiosks in advance and we would circle which new taste we were going to sample from each country. (They still like to do that at 15 and 20, except now we use a mobile app.)

    The festival is where they discovered that they love lamb, chimichurri sauce, sushi, polenta, Korean short ribs, kefte and a number of exotic cheeses.

    Have I convinced you yet? I sincerely believe it is important to teach children to explore flavors other than "kid food." And what better place to do that than at Walt Disney World?

    I understand your concern about guests who might over-imbibe. Disney tries to keep a close watch on that and I've seldom seen a major problem. My recommendation would be for you to do your culinary explorations during the day and on a weekday, if possible, to avoid any potential issues. The weekends, especially Saturday nights, tend to be pretty crowded and more adult.

    Besides mapping out a general game plan for which foods we want to sample, we also decide in advance how much we want to spend on our tastes. It's easy to get carried away. We put the desired amount on one of the special Food and Wine Festival gift cards, which come on an elastic bracelet, and stop eating when we get full or we run out of money, whichever comes first.

    I hope that is useful information. I am happy to answer any other questions about the festival or Disney in general. Please let me know if I can help. I'm confident you and your children will have a memorable experience at Epcot.


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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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