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The 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival



By Dave Shute

DISNEY WORLD’S 2018 INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL AT EPCOT

Every year from late summer into mid-November Walt Disney World presents the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

In 2018, the Festival will run from August 30 through November 12th.

There are two components to the festival, one available to all Epcot visitors, and another made up of a bunch of events which have limited capacity and require reservations.

Neither has an extra ticket admission cost–you get to participate by virtue of your theme park ticket–but there are cash costs for the food, beer and wine, and for entry to some special shows and events.

ELEMENTS OF THE 2018 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL OPEN TO ALL

The basic program takes place in Epcot’s World Showcase area.

Supplementing the already rich variety of dining and snacking options in the World Showcase, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival adds dozens of stalls highlighting the foods and drinks of various regions of the world.

The food from these stalls is typically available in a snack to half-plate size. Some, but not all, can be purchased using snack credits from the Disney Dining Plan.

The 2014 Epcot International Food and Wine FestivalNote that the cash price of items available as snack under the dining plan can vary by a factor of 3–don’t use a snack credit until you know that you don’t want to use it on something more expensive.

Wine and other alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase, by the glass or equivalent. Snack credits can’t be used for these!

2018 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL EVENTS WHICH MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE

In addition, there’s a whole list of programs for which reservations are required.

These will range from wine tastings, to food and wine pairings, to cheese seminars.

These programs are usually announced in the summer, and the more popular sell out very quickly.

See the official Walt Disney World web page for details on the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival as they emerge here.

FIRST TIME VISITORS AND THE 2018 FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

Returning adults often plan their entire trip around the Food and Wine Festival.

For first-time family visitors, with 8 year olds in tow, it is a good bit less relevant.

The booths and such of the festival add a bit to the pageantry of World Showcase, but in general do not increase World Showcase’s appeal to kids.

Because of this, my material on when to go to Walt Disney World ignores the dates of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival as either a positive or a negative influence.

That said, I rank several weeks that happen to occur during this period highly.

Highly ranked 2018 weeks during the festival include the weeks beginning 10/20, 10/27, and the first few days of the week beginning 11/10/2018.

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5 comments

1 K king { 07.12.18 at 12:25 am }

Thanks for everything, leaving 9/15 for our 4th trip. Your advice and knowledge isappreciated!

2 Dave { 07.12.18 at 2:14 pm }

Have a great trip and let me know how it went!!

3 Mama Sandra { 09.21.18 at 10:12 am }

Hello, I was grateful to find your site. I am returning from a cruise in Fort Lauderdale on 11/3 and wanted to to to Disney in Orlando for a couple of days. We are considering flying in from Fort L. to Orlando. I am open to find out more about the cost of your arranging our trip. The Wine Festival? sounds nice, but I would like to see some of the iconic themes of Disney. We must be back in Michigan by 11/9. Do you have any suggestions for us? Two women, 1 is a senior are travelling. Thanks

4 Dave { 09.21.18 at 11:46 am }

Hi Mama Sandra, first, start here to help you figure out what you want to do.

Then look for a reply shortly from Kelly, my travel agent partner.

5 Kelly B - Destinations in Florida { 09.21.18 at 12:22 pm }

Hi Mama Sandra, I would love to help you plan a WDW vacation to follow up your cruise. Could you send your email address to KellyB@DestinationsInFlorida.com? I’ve got so great suggestions to share with you. Along with some magical booking options.

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