Disclosure: Thank you to Disney for hosting our family for one day at Epcot so we could explore all the yummy eats and find out what is available to families visiting the 2019 Food & Wine Festival. All opinions expressed are my own!
So, this was our first time actually checking out the Food and Wine Festival, now in its 24th year. Since we’ve lived so far away for most of our adult life, we just hadn’t made it down for one. Not to mention, I genuinely didn’t know if it was a fun thing to bring kids along for, and we have always brought them with us for our past Disney trips– since we previously had to stay a week or two at a time when visiting the area. Present day, we live just under two hours away, so it isn’t hard for us to sneak down for the day. So, when Disney invited us to attend their Family Media Day we couldn’t RSVP quickly enough.
Tip- let the kids watch Ratatouille before going, and maybe even try a new recipe together before you go! Also, learn from our mistake and register for the candy sushi class as early as you can! Sign up is available online, and this class looks so fun for the kids! It’s only 10.00 per child, so a great experience at a great price for the little ones! presented by Adventures by Disney!
Our plan was to arrive right at rope drop, ride of some our favorite rides. Beginning our dining experience at 11:000 am, when food and drinks were available. (We did eat a good breakfast before leaving home.) Typically, I’d grab a Jeoffrey’s coffee as I enter the park but I didn’t know if there would be different options inside the showcase so I waited it out this time.
For Fastpasses at Epcot, here are the ones my family would personally prioritize:
1) Test Track– this is such a fun ride! (40 inches for this ride, or you’ll need to do a rider swap!)
2) Frozen Ever After– This is one of my favorites, and a great one for the entire family as I believe there are no height restrictions.
3) Soarin’ – Probably my favorite ride in all of Walt Disney World. (40 inches)
Now, as you begin to make your way around Epcot, I want to recommend two things for the kids to engage your kids with as you make your way around the world. The first is FREE, Kidcot (sponsored by Ziploc) is really a fun way to learn more about the various countries and earn a free souvenir.
The kids will get a suitcase style Ziploc bag, and collect a card to color and a stamp at each stop. It’s neat, because there is also someone from that country sharing something fun with the kids. Once you’ve collected all 11 stickers and cards, you can redeem for a prize. We didn’t get to redeem for a prize, because we somehow missed Germany’s kidcot station. The stations are fun and a nice place to cool off.
The second thing (which costs 6.99, so we only got one but I wish I had done two so that each kid could collect a prize at the end. OOPS.) is the Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt. So, as you make your way around the showcase enjoying yummy food– the kids look for Remy! He’s hiding with an ingredient for a recipe. Once you find all of them, you can return it for a prize. This year, it was a nice cup, available in four designs to choose from. My kids picked the Remy option. (Look how proud they are!)
Characters to meet in Epcot: I love the character spot at Epcot. There you’ll currently find: Baymax, Joy & Sadness, Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy. Throughout the world showcase, you’ll see some other familiar faces like Mulan, Anna, Elsa, Aladdin, and Jasmine at various times throughout the day. We got to see Mary Poppins in the UK, we had never meet here before!
Before you start eating:
Be sure to get a passport, so you can check off what you’ve tried and give yourself stickers when you try a place!
I was pretty proud of how many places we managed to squeeze in! Alsos, I wanted to suggest you grab one of these gift cards:
I like the idea of having it right there as a bracelet, but also to help you set a budget. Plus, it’s a cute momento! (Everything we tried was between 4 and 6 dollars, by the way!)
So, what did we eat?! The boys kicked us off by trying the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle. |
(I just bought one, and asked if they could split it for me.) I’ll be honest, I didn’t get to try this one because no one would share with me. Which leads me to believe it was delicious. (and also look at these faces!)
From there, our next stop was to rest at the NEW THIS YEAR, Appleseed Orchard. The boys had written down on their food bucket list to try the frozen apple pie. (which we all sampled and loved!)
Plus, I wanted to try the hard apple cider flight, because I loveeeee hard ciders!
PS- I thought Appleseed Orchard had the best best photo spot of the day.
From there, we made our way to Flavors from Fire. A tailgate style set up sponsored by College Game Day. We love watching College Game Day on Saturday mornings, so I knew Liam would want to try something from there. He tried the slider and his only compliant was that it was too little. He wanted a full size version, HA!
Next up was parent’s choice:
We wanted to try everything at Hawai’i. So, we grabbed a Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager (which tasted just like summer!) to wash down our Grilled Tuna Tataki and Teriyak-glazed SPAM hash. That hash is a must try. It was incredible!
Japan was our collective favorite!
The draft sake paired perfectly with spicy roll! The kids stopped at their favorite kiosk in Japan to gab Mochi and their favorite drinks!
By this point, we were getting a little full.
So, I stopped into Mouse Gear while the kids played at the family play zone. I wanted to check out the cute stuff unique to the food and wine festival! I loved these Minnie stuffed characters.
A perfect break spot for the whole family. There’s plenty of seating, so we got in a good rest before we headed over to Turtle Talk with Crush.
Another fun component to Wine & Food Festival is the Eat To The Beat Concert Series. They have some amazing acts like Lauren Faigle, Sugar Ray, 98 degrees, Baha Men, just to name a few. We had the chance to see Mark Wills, which made this country music fan so happy!
Again, that’s called the Eat to the Beat Concert, and you can find the rest of this year’s schedule right here!
Aside from the food, Disney has done an incredible job of including entertainment opportunities. Like the Disney Du Jour Dance Party! The kids love it, and it’s a great way to burn off some energy.
Lastly, before we headed out, Disney treated us to a dessert party. We didn’t last long enough to see the fireworks, but I wanted to mention these VIP dessert parties, because it’s a tasty way to watch the fireworks! (I think this would be a really special experience Christmas or birthday gift!)