• On Apr 16, 2017
    Jane from NY 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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    Visiting Disney this October, besides going to MNSSHP we are thinking of doing the EPCOT food and wine festival. I'm not really sure how the festival works? Do I need a separate ticket? Do you purchase food/wine or can you sample for free? Help please!

    Hi Jane,

    How great that you are going to be able to experience both Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival during your visit this fall. The Food & Wine Festival is scattered throughout Epcot, mostly concentrated around the World Showcase. There's no additional admission charge during the festival. Each Festival Marketplace food booth, featuring cuisine from around the world, has a menu of tasting portion items, usually each priced between about $3 and $6.

    I recommend checking out the menus online in advance. Or pick up a festival passport when you arrive at Epcot that lists all the food and drink choices. I like to mark the ones I most want to sample because it's easy to fill up quickly, even with tasting portions. We usually make one circuit around the World Showcase at midday for lunch. After enjoying some rides and attractions, we make another circuit for dinner, tasting new samples and sips.

    You won't want to miss the Eat to the Beat concerts, too, which are offered nightly in the America Gardens Theatre. I'm also a big fan of the culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars, which are offered for a nominal fee. Details will be available as the festival nears.

    One tip: Weekends, especially Saturdays, tend to be pretty busy. I try to visit during the week if I can.

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Jane. Please let us know if you have any more questions about fall activities at Walt Disney World. We're always here to help. Enjoy!


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