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5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot’s International Food And Wine Festival

Epcot’s premier food and wine event happens once a year from September 29 – November 11 and is one of our favorite events at Walt Disney World.  It can also be a little overwhelming.

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

With 29 booths of food and beverages from all over the world, plus Epcot itself, it can be hard to know how to even start enjoying the festivities.  Here are 5 simple tips to help you get the most out of this year’s festival:

1.   Take Your Time and Enjoy – Resign yourself to the fact that you cannot see and taste everything in one day.  It’s just not possible, nor would it be very enjoyable.  We suggest that you SLOW DOWN and take it in leisurely.  Start off at the Festival Welcome Center,  the cast members there will be able to give you all the information that you need and help you get acclimated and it is a great way to start your day!

2.  Stay On Budget – With so many opportunities to try new tastes from all over the world, it is easy to forget how much you spend from marketplace to marketplace.  And believe us, the worst thing is getting home from vacation and getting a seriously high credit card bill!  One of the things Disney does to help is the Food and Wine Festival gift card that you can wear on your wrist.  It’s small and is a GREAT way to budget how much money you spend at the festival.  You can load it up at any of the stores at Epcot, and after each purchase you can see how much is left on the card and you can stay on budget.

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

3.  Drink Lots of Water – It may be cooler in many parts of the United States, but in Florida, it’s still pretty hot, and after you’ve walked around the park all day and start to eat and drink your way around World Showcase, you may find that you no longer feel well.  Drinking lots of water can help keep you hydrated and also protect you from any unnecessary visits to the First Aid station.

4.  Share – The food and beverage items at the Festival are not meant to be meals in themselves, but samples of tastes from around the world.  It’s a good idea to share the food items you get to maximize the different flavors you can try as well and stretch your dollar…both will help you have a much more enjoyable Food and Wine experience!

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

5.  Call a Cab or Use Disney Transportation – Let’s be honest, sometimes we overdo it.  And if you enjoy a few too many adult beverages during the festival, driving is the one thing you DO NOT want to do at Disney.  It’s not safe for you, for guests, and you may create the type of memories you do not want to have at Walt Disney World.

5 Simple Tips To Get The Most Out Of Epcot's International  Food And Wine Festival

Disney Transportation is always available if you are staying on property, but if you are off property, the best advice is to call a cab.  Using a cab FROM your resort also means that you don’t have to worry about your car at the end of the night.  We want you to have a great time and enjoy yourself, but we also want to keep you safe!

Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival can be a little overwhelming, but using these tips and a little common sense will help you have a great time, make some incredible memories, hopefully make you want to come back next year!

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Dates for the 2011 Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney

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2011 Disney Festival of the Masters

Nearly 150 award-winning artists who turn clay, wood, metals, oils, watercolors and more into creations that treat the eyes – such as paintings, jewelry, sculptures and photographs – will show off their works November 11-13 at Downtown Disney. One of the Southeast’s most highly regarded juried art festivals since 1975, Walt Disney World’s Festival of the Masters features live entertainment and family-friendly activities each day. Admission and parking are complimentary.

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“A Celebration of the Harry Potter Films” Event to Take Place in November at Universal Orlando Resort

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Harry Potter Event Universal orlando

Universal Orlando Resort announced that special vacation packages will go on sale Sunday, July 31st that will give guests the opportunity to attend “A Celebration of the Harry Potter Films.” This special event will be hosted by Warner Bros. and will celebrate a decade of movie history by allowing fans to share their love for the Harry Potter films. The event will take place from Friday, November 11, to Sunday, November 13, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

During this special event, guests can celebrate their favorite memories and stories of Harry Potter with filmmakers, cast members and fellow fans.  While all theme park guests will be able to enjoy The Wizarding World of Harry Potter during their visit, only a limited number of guests and those who buy special event packages will have access to exclusive benefits such as:

  • A spectacular evening gala in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Autograph signings with stars from the Harry Potter films
  • Q&A sessions with Harry Potter filmmakers and cast members, along with the creators of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Screenings of all eight Harry Potter films – including “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” – at the AMC Universal Cineplex 20 in Universal CityWalk.  Access to the screenings can be added to the vacation packages for an additional fee.

Throughout the three-day celebration, guests will also be able to explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where the wonder, excitement and adventure of the Harry Potter films come to life.  They will enjoy experiences such as soaring above Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, sipping Butterbeer in Hogsmeade and being inside Ollivanders and seeing a wand choose its wizard.

The primary way to participate in celebration events is by purchasing one of Universal Orlando’s special vacation packages.  Packages are extremely limited and go on sale at noon EDT on Sunday, July 31. Guests can choose from two vacation package options:  the Celebration Vacation Package and the Premier Vacation Package. There will be additional ways for a limited number of people to participate in celebration events. Stay tuned for more details.

Vacation Packages for A Celebration of the Harry Potter Films

Celebration Vacation Package – Starts at $369 per person

  • 4-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel
  • 3-day ticket to both of Universal Orlando’s theme parks
  • More time to enjoy The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with Early Park Admission starting at 6 a.m.
  • Reservation to one in-park Harry Potter talent Q&A session (one per person)
  • Commemorative pin (one per person)
  • Harry Potter Blu-Ray set (one per package)

Premier Vacation Package – Starts at $699 per person
All of the above, PLUS:

  • Reservation to one in-park Harry Potter cast member autograph session
  • Admission to the exclusive nighttime gala event on Sunday, November 13
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks

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