The 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is the event that Disney World Food Lovers — us included! — wait for all year long! And it will be here before you know it!
Summer is a busy time here at DFB, as we’re on the lookout for all of the latest festival news. And this year promises to be as massive and grand as ever, spanning 75 days, and even reaching into August. We can’t wait!
And I know you can’t either. But we gotta. 😉 So in the meantime, we’ve set out to offer you some super helpful tips as you gear up for another memorable Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
They come from the DFB Guide to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival e-book. This year’s guide is available for pre-order ahead of the festival. And when you pre-order your 2018 guide, you’ll receive the first cut of the 2018 guide as an immediate download, so you can get started with your planning right away, even as we continue to gather the final details for this year’s Festival!
Today’s handy tips come courtesy of the guide’s helpful Frequently Asked Questions section.
Should I Bring My Kids to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?
Want to know the short answer? We say: Yes!
But why? Well… lots of reasons!
There’s still morning in Future World! Don’t forget — first and foremost, Epcot is still a theme park. Listen, I know that they’ve gone a little bonkers with the whole festival thing (not that we mind at all), but at the end of the day — or rather, at the beginning — Epcot is still a park with cool rides and educational attractions.
Don’t forget to spend some time exploring and reacquainting yourself with Soarin’, Test Track, Mission Space, and more! (We, for one, are constantly amazed by how many kiddos love Living With the Land, too!)
New Kid-Centric Options. Disney promises that there will be more for the kiddos at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival than ever before. Announced kid-centric events for 2018 include a Character Dance Party, a complimentary Junior Chef Kitchen, and a Playground (similar to the Imagination Play Garden that was added for Flower and Garden this year!)! We’re expecting even more kid friendly dishes, and we can’t wait to hear more about culinary demos that promise to involve the whole family, inviting everyone to get involved in learning about flavors and fun in the kitchen.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Seek — and more. During the festival, kids (and kids at heart) can participate in a fun scavenger hunt throughout World Showcase, as they help Remy find all of the ingredients for his world famous ratatouille! Similar to the Eggstravaganza Hunt that takes place each spring, guests can return their completed sticker sheet for a prize.
Been there, done that? Spend the day collecting stamps at Kidcot locations throughout World Showcase and chatting with cultural ambassadors from countries around the world.
We think kids always benefit from exploring Epcot, learning about new countries (and chatting with people FROM those countries), flying high on Soarin’, and diving into the worlds of space, the sea, and more. And the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is just one more opportunity for them to get new experiences, find new tastes, and have fun. 😀
What are your favorite tips for making the Epcot Food and Wine Festival fun for kids of all ages? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!