We are back with today with more great tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
We’ve been taking a look at some of the Touring Strategies featured in the DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. A while back, we shared our recommended strategy if you only have one day to enjoy the Festival. Today, we’ll take a look at enjoying the Food and Wine Festival as a family — with kiddos in tow.
Kick the Day Off Right with Rides
Think that the Food and Wine Festival is just for grown ups? Think again! Although many of the special events are geared toward an adult crowd, this is a theme park, after all! So you can plan to attend the festival with your kids and still have a great time.
If you arrive to the park early, be sure to have your FastPasses for attractions lined up ahead of time. While most of the festival doesn’t really gear up until afternoon (with the exception of Festival Center, which opens at 9:00AM), Futureworld opens when the park does.
So if you arrive bright and early — or if you can take advantage of early Extra Magic Hours — you can get a few rides in before you journey Around the World begins. That way, the kids in your group have already experienced some fun, and will be more likely to spend a few hours checking out the Festival with you.
Look For Learning with a Twist of Fun
But — if you have a child who is interested in cooking, you may want to check out the day’s culinary demonstrations. Children are permitted to attend, but are not served alcohol, obviously.
If your kids don’t want to sit with you, they can hang out at the coloring table in the back.
Speaking of fun, be sure to check out a stop that’s brand new for the whole family this year: Light Lab! While we don’t have tons of information about this new booth, we know that it will be indoors, making it the perfect place to take a break on your trip Around the World. And everything, from merch to drinks, GLOWS!
With fun options like the T=CC2: Vanilla Tonic Water and Cotton Candy, the kids are going to LOVE it!
Schedule Kid-Friendly Stops Throughout World Showcase
Once you leave Future World and venture into World Showcase, there’s plenty to do throughout the countries as you continue the festival fun. Kidcot Stops offer a chance for kids to work off some creative energy, and cast members who attend the stations are normally very friendly and engaging.
There are also lots of character interaction opportunities, so stopping for a pic and an autograph is always an option. (Don’t forget to get a FastPass for the Character Spot in Future World if your kids are into characters.)
Kids of all ages can also take part in Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt around World Showcase.
Get Them Involved with Kid-Friendly Food and Drinks
Finally, at the Food and Wine Marketplace Booths, be on the lookout for special kid-friendly dishes. In the past couple of years, the menus have really expanded to include lots of options geared toward kids.
And don’t forget to grab a Marketplace Passport for kids — adding stickers to all the pages is a fun activity for them.
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Now I wanna hear from YOU! What are your favorite strategies for making the Epcot Food and Wine Festival a kid-friendly experience? Share your best tips in comments below!updated 8/7/17