We completely understand that the food is a VERY important aspect of this festival and trust us we will get to ALL of the food. However, there are some other important things you will need to know about when you visit the festival.
Between the live entertainment this year and all the new food booths you will need to know how all of this is impacted by the crowds! And we are here to report back to you how crowds are on the first day of the Food & Wine Festival so you will know how to navigate.
We arrived at EPCOT’s two entrances well before the parks officially opened, and the crowds were already there. As we waited to go inside, the lines got significantly backed up. (But that’s to be expected at rope drop!)
The same was true at EPCOT’s main entrance, where guests were lined up, ready to march in and enjoy all the delicious eats.
Once we made it inside, we also found lines to get into popular locations like Mouse Gear. Looks like a lot of people want those festival items!
And some of the walkways were definitely crammed full. We know it’s the rush at the park open, but geez!
We’ve also encountered lines at many of the booths today. It turns out that we’re not the only ones who want to be the first to try the eats.
And as we got deeper into the fray and later into the afternoon, things got WORSE. We waited in this bonkers line for the China booth! Where is the booth, you may ask? Well, the line is so long that the booth isn’t even in the picture!
Things were pretty calm at Refreshment Outpost (when are they ever crazy over here?), BUT…
…the line for Italy was jam-packed! We waited here for quite a while. Keep in mind that things are going to be naturally busy on the opening day of the festival. We expect that these crowds will continue into the weekend as locals make their way to experience the first few days of the fest.
We’ll keep checking out the crowd levels throughout the day and keep you updated with what we find. Stay tuned to DFB for the latest news and updates directly from the festival!
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