Guests could be forgiven for thinking that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is one of Walt Disney World’s less family-friendly events — after all, wine is right there in the name — but this year’s festival is looking to put parents at ease by adding some additional activities and entertainment with children in mind. For the first time ever, along with special events and entertainment the Food & Wine festival will have a Festival Play Area created just for kids.
Here are a few of the ways in which children can take part in the culinary celebration that will be transforming Epcot from August 30th through November 12th:
- Festival Play Area: Located near Test Track, this area will be themed around the upcoming animated feature by Walt Disney Animation Studios, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. The film will be arriving in U.S. theaters on November 21st.
- Junior Chef Kitchen: The complimentary culinary experience at 11 am on Sundays in the Festival center will let children cook — and most importantly, eat — in a family-friendly environment. Guests can sign up at the Festival Center on Saturdays and Sundays, and there is limited availability.
- Candy Sushi: Taking place daily at 3:30 and 5:30 pm at Sunshine Seasons, Disney Chefs will instruct children in the fine art of sugary sushi rolling. Sign up at TasteEpcot.com, availability is limited.
- Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak: Returning for another year, guests can help their children spot statuettes of Remy hidden throughout the Festival. Accompanying maps and stickers can be purchased at the Festival Center, Pin Central, Disney Traders, or World Central.
- Disney Du Jour Dance Party: From 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Fountain View Stage on Saturdays and Sundays, kids can meet Disney friends as they dance, play games, and enjoy a concert from a Radio Disney special guest.
Food & Wine Festival menus will also assist parents in making sure their children are well fed and enjoying the event: A special symbol resembling a smiling strawberry can be found next menu items that were designed with children in mind.
For additional information on all of the festival details released so far — including food, beverages, signature dinner events, tastings, culinary classes, chefs, music, and Party for the Senses — visit our International Food & Wine page HERE.