Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids

Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids

Once a year at Walt Disney World the stars seem to align. The combination of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Free Disney Dining offers and the Epcot Food and Wine Festival all happen at once. But if you need more of an excuse to head to Walt Disney World look no further. Because, you can even bring the kids to this one.  If you’re visiting the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids, here are a few of our favorite tips.

Stuff to do at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids

The fact that we can get two events and a dining offer in the fall are just a few of the reasons we venture to Orlando during the rainy hurricane season. But the Food and Wine Festival would be enough of a draw on its own. And we’re not really even drinkers! While others may be stumbling around the World Showcase we’re usually off trying to find Remy and the next sweet treat to try. For all our favorite things to do at the Food and Wine Festival with Kids take a look at our list and get ready to make your day at Epcot all about fun!

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids Good Days to Visit

When traveling with the kids, it won’t matter whether they’re 3 years old or 15 years old. Certain things are just good to know ahead of time

  • The Best Days to visit the Food and Wine Festival is Monday-Thursday. If you’re adamant about going during the lowest crowds, aim for Tuesday and Wednesday. 
  • Avoid Weekends Completely. While we’re sure the weekend crowd is plenty of fun, its not the most “magical” scene your child may want to see while on their Disney vacation. Not to mention, crowds stumblin’ around the world and masses of strollers are not the greatest mix. Trust us. We’ve seen it plenty. And its not pretty.
  • Leave by 4 PM. The locals and visiting adults usually show up at Epcot around 4 pm. If you’re traveling with the littles or impressionable teens aim for an early festival day with a goal of being done by dinner time. 

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many Families Visit this Festival. Know that even if you have younger children that families and strollers are plentiful at this event! So while you may have to do some fancy maneuvering with the stroller or kid leash… you won’t be the only one.
  • Plan for One Full Day at this event. Take 9am-11am to visit Future World and your 11am- 4pm time in the World Showcase. 
  • Kid Friendly Foods are Marked KF. But check out the Food and Wine Festival Menus ahead of time to pick the foods to try. Planning this ahead of time allowed us to have a plan of attack and visit the countries and kiosks in order of location without losing a lot of time and wasting foot traffic.
  • Grabbing a Disney Gift Card can help you keep your family on budget. You can grab a special festival one at any retailer kiosk. 
  • Grab the Food and Wine Festival Passport for you and the kids. This little book comes with Stickers and is a great way for the kids to feel included in tracking foods and activities!
  • Want to get a head start on planning? Grab our Food and Wine Festival planner.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids Activities and Fun

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak

This is one of our favorite passive games. Hunting for Remy from Ratatouille can be easy, and sometimes difficult, so its a great way to get the kids engaged no matter the age! Each year the prizes change and you get a new map to sticker and track. At about 9 dollars each you are paying for your souvenir prize, more than the game. Souvenirs have been pins, patches, keychains, tumblers, cups, etc. But we love this game and that it gives us a focus on more than just eating!

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Kidcot Fun Stops

A great way to introduce kids to other cultures and languages we love the Kidcot stops. These can be found in each country and offer an opportunity for your child to interact with international cast members. When finished you will have a selection of cards to color and put in your ziplock “suitcase”.  Just another great free souvenir for the kiddies!

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Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure Soon to be Ducktales World Showcase Adventure

Soon to be Ducktales World Showcase Adventure, this interactive game happens on your phone. And it actually interacts with the spaces around you. When you follow th emission you will be able to make things come alive in each country. Want to see Agent P show up in the water in Japan at the World Showcase, just play this game! Or see the villains of Phineas and Ferb chase each other in the Germany World Showcase clock? These will soon be replaced by Ducktales character but no less magical! Its a great way for the kids to spend time while you’re sipping something, or just taking a rest on a bench. 

Food and Wine Festival Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Kids

We recently did a round up of all our favorite kid friendly drinks at Walt Disney World, and festivals mean even more choices!  Favorites this year were the Soda Floats( Desserts and Champagne Showcase Plaza), The American Dream (America- Fife and Drum) and the Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel Shake ( Ireland). All Yummy. And fancy drinks that make kids feel like they’re in on the wonders of being a grown up. 

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids in the World Showcase. 

The Epcot World Showcase doesn’t open until 11am, so your best bet is to head to Future World. You can find rides, shops and breakfast there. Or if you’re looking to be front-of-the-line for Frozen Ever After, make a reservation at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Just let your server know that you plan to get in the Frozen Ever After Ride line as soon as breakfast is done. You can also get into World Showcase early by heading to breakfast in France at Les Boullangerie Halles Pattisserie. They have sandwiches, croissant, oatmeal and everything you need for a little french breakfast while you wait. 

In addition to the Kidcot Stops, each section of the World Showcase has super fun things for families. Shops, bakeries, shows and rides can be found in each. We’ll share a round up here, so you can incorporate it into your day.

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MEXICO

  • Gran Fiesta Tour Boat Ride
  • Faux Open Air Market
  • Mirror de los Muertos Interactive Game 
  • KidCot Fun Stop in the open air market
  • World Showcase Adventure Game
  • Donald Duck from the Three Caballeros Meet and Greet 

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NORWAY

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Kringla Bakeri Og – Grab the Trolls Horn cannoli dessert
  • KidCot Fun Stop 
  • Anna and Elsa’s Meet and Greet at Royal Sommerhaus

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CHINA

  • Dragon Legend Acrobats inside the China Pavilion
  • Exhibit of the new Shanghai Disneyland
  • China 360 Film
  • KidCot Fun Stop
  • World Showcase Adventure
  • Grab the 5-Layer Cotton Candy Lotus Flower at Lotus House
  • Mulan Meet and Greet

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GERMANY

  • Visit Karamell- Kuche. The Werther’s Store
  • World Showcase Adventure
  • Snow White Meet and Greet
  • Grab a Pretzel at the Pretzel Cart
  • Visit the Christmas Shop
  • KidCot Fun Stop in the Toy Store

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ITALY

  • Grab the gelato at the Italian Gelato Kiosk
  • Mime Street Performer
  • Kid Cot Fun Stop

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AMERICA

  • Regal Eagle BBQ Smoke House
  • American Adventure Show
  • Grab the American Dream Slushy from Fife and Drum
  • KidCot Fun Stop

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JAPAN

  • Visit the Kawaii Exhibit
  • KidCot Fun Stop
  • Matsuriza Drummers
  • World Showcase Adventure

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MOROCCO

  • Aladdin and Jasmine Meet and Greet
  • KidCot Fun Stop

FRANCE

  • Grab Ice Cream at L’Artisan des Glaces
  • KidCot Fun Stop
  • Meet and Greet Belle
  • Meet and Greet Aurora
  • Serveur Amusant Acrobats
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing Along film

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The Disney BOARDWALK 

If traveling the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids, chances are you will need a break!  In the area between France and the UK, through the International Gateway, you will find the The Boardwalk. Little beaches, shops, Ample Hills Creamery(yummm), cupcakes and a ferry can all provide respite if your kids are ready to call it a day. We also love it here at night. The beach in front of The Beach club offers views of the Hollywood Studios fireworks, and you can even join Chip and Dale for an outdoor movie on the lawn at the Beach Club too. A great way to wind down the evening. 

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UNITED KINGDOM

  • Meet and Greet with Mary Poppins
  • Meet and Greet with Alice
  • Visit the Tea Shop 
  • KidCot Fun Stop
  • Winnie the Pooh section of the Gift Shop

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CANADA 

  • KidCot Fun Stop
  • Canada Far and Wide 360 Film
  • Canada gift shop

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids

With so much to do at Epcot, there will be no shortage of fun things both at the festival and in the park. Hopefully you found awesome things on our list here to add to your Disney Epcot plans. 

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