5 Tips For A Successful Trip to The Epcot Food And Wine Festival
We went to Epcot Food and Wine Festival with my best friend Kaitlyn and her husband Anthony (check out our review of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn where we stayed with them). We had such a great time going from country to country trying all the different foods and drinks they had. I haven’t been to Epcot since I was a kid, so it was nice visiting all the countries in Epcot in between drinking and eating. During the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Epcot adds booths with additional countries throughout the park, beyond what they normally have throughout the rest of the year. We learned some tips in the two days that we were there and wanted to share them!
5 Tips For A Successful Trip to The Epcot Food & Wine Festival
1.) Our first stop was the Wine and Food Festival Center. I highly suggest going there first! They have a welcome center where you can sign up for demonstrations and seminars. We really wanted to do the mixology one, but we couldn’t make the time work for us! There is a cute shop to get your Wine and Food festival souvenirs such as posters, clothes, dinnerware and a lot more . We also got our festival passports there. At each booth you can get a country stamp to say that you went to that booth! The passports make it so much fun to keep track of where you’ve been in your journey “around the world”
Fun with friends in Disney’s Epcot for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival
2.) You have to pay for all the food and drinks at each country (prices varied from around $2.50- $7). Each couple opted to pay a different way. Kaitlyn and her husband decided to use their magic bands and just charge it to the room. Steve and I decided to purchase the Disney gift card to pay our way around the showcases. We put $300 on the card for 2 days. We ended up using only around $250 and then we used the rest of the gift card for mini golf and drinks at our hotel the next day. What I liked about the card was that it gave you a balance on what was remaining after each purchase. It gives you a budget to stick to as opposed to just swiping your card and being shocked that you spent so much money.
3.) What day of the week to go: We went Thursday and Friday. Thursday was great! We didn’t have to wait too long for lines to get food and drinks, there was always a table somewhere to sit and the rides we went on (we didn’t need to use the Fastpass for Thursday which was great because we got to save our limited Fastpass rides for Friday) we waited no longer than 15 minutes. Friday was a different story. Friday around dinner time was a mob scene. After dinner we went to get another beer flight at Belgium and it took us forever to even get there, and the line to order was a 10 minute wait, and then the beer was poured right away, but people waiting for food waited another 15 minutes for it. Avoid the weekends if you can!
Chase Lounge was a great way to cool off, relax, play video games, and get free coffee, soda and water
4.) The festival is sponsored by Chase. If you have a chase card, there is a Chase Lounge. The lounge is located on the 3rd floor of the American Pavilion. We went there each day we were at Epcot. Each time we had to wait around ten minutes to get in. Once you get up to the Lounge there is complimentary coffee, tea, water, and a soda machine and bathrooms. We took the opportunity to caffeinate up, hydrate with water, and get out of the heat for a little bit. It was nice to not have to pay for coffee and water when you are already paying a bunch for food and drinks around the world. There were a bunch of tables to sit at, it was air conditioned, no wait bathrooms, video games for the kids, and a charging station for your phones. It’s open from 11am to Park closing. You have to present any Chase card and you can get up to 4 people in with one card.
Magic Bands (which include Fast Pass’) were a lifesaver on this trip
5.) Don’t save your FastPass for Illuminations (the awesome fireworks show). We thought it was a good idea to use our FastPass for Illuminations. Well, the Fastpass wasn’t anything great. They escort you into a pavilion with a bunch of other people and you stand and watch the fireworks. You do get a great view, but before we left to go to our viewing area we had a great spot where we could see the fireworks just as well.