When most people think of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, things like tasting (and yes, drinking) their way around the world, visiting with friends and taking in a concert or two come to mind. But this special event can be LOTS of fun for the kiddos, too. Here are the Frog Family’s tips for making Epcot International Food & Wine Festival an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Go early and on a weekday. Lots of guests head over to Epcot later in the afternoon and spend the last part of their day at the Food & Wine Festival making World Showcase very busy from 5 p.m. until closing. Additionally, many locals attend the festival on the weekends when they’re off of work. So for smaller crowds, start your journey around World Showcase when it opens at 11 a.m. and try to go on a weekday.
Give the kids a mission. As much as Leap and I love enjoying a tasty treat from Poland while we sit in the shade gazing across World Showcase Lagoon, Tad and Lily need a little more action to stay engaged. Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure works great for this. They love being sent out on their mission, Kimmunicators in hand, to thwart evildoers around World Showcase.
Let them entertain you. We love the entertainment in World Showcase like Mo’Rockin in Morocco, Sergio the Italian mime in Italy and Mariachi Cobre in Mexico. What makes these shows important during the festival is that they give Tad and Lily the chance to get their “boogie” on and even participate in the action.
Make pit stops at Kidcot Fun Stops. These convenient little rest areas are great year round, but during an event like Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, they are especially appreciated. With 11 locations around World Showcase, they provide kids an opportunity to get out of the crowds, decorate their very own Duffy Bear souvenir and learn about the Cast Members’ native countries. Tad and Lily also brought their World Showcase Passports with them to have stamped at each Kidcot Fun Stop.
Split up. We all wanted to sample different foods at the International Marketplace kiosks, but we all didn’t want to wait in the lines. While Leap went to purchase our food, I would take the kids to see something they were interested in nearby like the miniature train village in Germany, Victoria Gardens in Canada and the koi pond in Japan.
Meet a Disney character or eleven. Break up your tour around the “world” by stopping for a few character greetings. You’ll find Mulan in China, Snow White in Germany, Aladdin & Jasmine in Morocco, Princess Aurora, Belle, Beast and Marie in France, and Winnie The Pooh & Friends, Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins in United Kingdom. (Read Tad’s Top 10 Tips for Character Greetings here.)
Tad and Lily ended up having a ball this year at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. (Which means we parents had a great time, too!) Hopefully these tips will help your family enjoy the festival as much this family did!
And for even more advance planning, take a look at the menus from all of the International Marketplaces here.