Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival just got way cooler for kids!
With an unprecedented number of new activities, this popular festival has taken a turn from mostly foodie-friendly to genuinely family-friendly that makes us want to stand up and cheer. Check out what’s on the menu.
Under the guidance of a Disney Chef, kids (and adults) use rice cereal treats, gummy candy, licorice and more to create sweet and colorful sushi replicas. Each budding “itamae” dons a souvenir chef hat and gets to eat their sushi. SO fun! Even though all reservations are filled, waiting for standby slots pays off. On the day we visited, the entire standby line got in! Candy Sushi is a completely free activity in the Land Pavilion each day at 3:30pm and 5:30pm.
JUNIOR CHEF KITCHEN
This new experience in the Festival Center (next to Mission:SPACE) requires a bit of pre-planning since it only takes place on Sundays at 11:00am. With the help of a real Disney chef, kids get to try their hand at cooking up their own gourmet pancakes with all the fixings, in this complimentary 45 minute activity. Space is limited and families can only sign up in person on Saturdays and Sundays.
Families have come to expect playgrounds during Flower and Garden Festival, but this year Food and Wine Fest is joining in the outdoor fun! Hooray! This Wreck it Ralph themed play area has an obstacle course feel with plenty of climbing structures and interactive zones for kids of all ages. And guess what? A cast member told me it’s supposed to stay up even after the festival is over! The location behind Mousegear makes a perfect play spot for kids who don’t meet the height requirements of surrounding attractions.
DISNEY DU JOUR DANCE PARTY
Disney characters take center stage in this crowd pleasing dance party by the Future World Fountain. Move and shake to favorite Disney beats and participate in fun group games. Later, you can expect a live concert from a Radio Disney star. Disney Du Jour is serving up the tunes Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30pm-9:30pm.
REMY’S HIDE AND SQUEAK
This fun scavenger hunt activity returns to Food and Wine Festival by popular demand. Remy’s hiding spots AND the completion prize are both different though, so it’s worth the hunt even if you’ve done it before. Purchase a map at various merchandise locations for $6.99 and keep track of the location of Remy’s ratatouille ingredients using the enclosed stickers. My kids love competing to find Remy first!
In addition to these kid-friendly activities, the Food and Wine Festival Passport now includes a special icon for kid-approved dishes. Kids love to snack their way around the world just as much as adults do, and now this guide will help them find which items they will be most likely to enjoy. My little ones recommend the Phosphorescent Phreeze, a scientifically pleasing drink served in a beaker at the Light Lab. Enjoy making new Food and Wine Festival memories with your kids! We think these new activities make it the best one yet!
By Melissa Richeson