If you are a Disney World Annual Passholder and have plans to attend the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, you’ll definitely want to know about your Festival benefits, which include complimentary gifts (TWO!), exclusive Passholder merchandise, limited Passholder Concert Seating for Eat to the Beat, and the all-new Thank You Thursdays!
Annual Passholder Gifts
There will be not one, but TWO complimentary gifts available exclusively to Annual Passholders! First, the Annual Passholder Chef Mickey Magnet will be available to pick up by all Annual Passholders by visiting the Festival Center. (Visit the theater across from The Chocolate Experience in the Center.)
Be prepared to have your valid Annual Pass card ready, along with showing your photo I.D. (Please note, at the 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, MagicBands were also scanned for the magnets — but plan to have your Annual Pass card along, too, per Disney!)
SECOND, there will be an Annual Passholder Chef Mickey Cutting Board available to Passholders upon their FOURTH visit to the Festival!
Just be sure to pay a visit to the Festival Center once you’ve entered the park for your FOURTH visit during the Festival (which runs from August 30th through November 12th)! Since visits are tracked on your pass, you need only visit the Center to pick up your gift.
Please note: Magnets and Cutting Boards will be available while supplies last.
Passholder Exclusive Merchandise
AND we have a peek at the Passholder-exclusive merchandise for this year! Note that some of the merchandise will be coming out in phases. Also, your best bets for finding the items will be the Festival Center and Mouse Gear.
Thursday, August 30: Releases will feature a Figment t-shirt and cinch sack, a beverage pitcher and 2 matching glasses featuring Figment and Minnie Mouse
According to the Mickey Monitor (a Passholder publication) the Pins below will release on August 30th as well.
Thursday, September 20: Releases will feature a Goofy raglan tee, a ladies fashion tee and 2 glasses featuring Mickey Mouse and a fun Festival tagline
Thursday, October 18: Releases will feature a Remy hoodie and Remy Tervis® drinkware
And, yes, a Dooney & Bourke bag will be among additional Passholder offerings. The Dooney & Bourke bag did not have a release date specified, so it may be among the items available throughout the Festival (while supplies last, of course). So, be sure to check early if you’re interested!
NEW Thank You Thursdays
Thank You Thursdays will offer Annual Passholders early-access shopping on select Thursdays throughout the Festival! From 8:00 – 9:00 am on the designated dates, attendees will be among the first to be able to purchase the newest Passholder-exclusive releases at Mouse Gear and The Festival Center.
The dates match the release dates listed for the merchandise: August 30th, September 20th, and October 18th. Be sure to have your Annual Pass and photo I.D. with you! (Registration is not required.)
Oh! And heads up… attendees shopping in The Festival Center will also be able to purchase Mimosas!
Eat to the Beat Concert Seating
[EDITOR’S UPDATE: Please note, this post has been updated to reflect that the Annual Passholder seating is for Eat to the Beat concerts through the month of September.]
Finally, a limited amount of dedicated seating will be reserved for Annual Passholders at Eat to the Beat Concerts in September!
Please note that reserved seating will be available for the evening’s concert from September 1 through September 30th on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested Passholders should visit the America Gardens Theatre for a wristband. Wristbands will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be distributed up to one hour prior to the performance or until they have all been distributed for the day. As with all the other offerings listed here, you’ll want to be sure to have your valid Annual Pass card and photo I.D.
So, Passholders, you’ve got plenty to look forward to!
Visit our Food and Wine Festival page for more Festival information!
Are you a Disney World Annual Passholder with plans to attend the Food and Wine Festival? Please let us know with a comment!