Well it’s everyone’s favorite time of year again, and I’m not talking about football season. It’s time for EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival!! Nothing gets me more pumped than making my way through the World Showcase on a cool fall day with a fruity pink drink in my hand. But it can seem to be a little overwhelming for those Food and Wine newcomers. So I’m here to give you my best tips on how to make the most of your trip around the world!
1. Budget. Budget. Budget. Please budget.
Theme parks are expensive. Alcohol is expensive. Fancy food is expensive. So fancy drinks in a theme park are super extra hella expensive. Drinks in the World Showcase can range anywhere from $8 for a beer, to $15 for a nice margarita. Now, on their own that might not seem like much. But combine your drink with a $5 snack and things start to add up. Not to mention that EPCOT is home to 11 permanent pavilions, and 30 special festival booth, each with a new and delicious treat that you won’t be able to resist. Your trip around the world is going to be expensive, but as long as you planned to spend those few extra dollars this weekend, it will be so worth it.
2. Pregame (with some high quality H2O).
Florida is always going to be hot, even in the middle of fall. Because of this you’ll probably have a nice Florida glow (aka a layer of sweat) on you all day. Between this and some alcohol consumption, you are bound to get a little dehydrated. And once you have put back a few beers in Germany, there’s no telling whether or not you remember to buy a bottle of water at the next pavilion. I have found that if you drink enough water the day before, and drink a bottle of water on the way into the park, you are going to feel so much better throughout your trip. (You should also really try to remember to drink some after every few drinks though, because dehydration is the wOOo0OorStt.) A cast member once told me that EPCOT stood for Every Person Comes Out Tipsy, so make sure you come out tipsy and not sick!
3. Plan your little butt off.
I am a planner, always have been, always will be. Because of this, I start planning my Food and Wine trip as soon as the official menus come out. You can find this year’s menu here. I would suggest printing it and highlighting everything you definitely want to get to during your trip. Then check out the map when you get the park of where all of this year’s booths are located so you don’t miss anything important!
Hope you take all of these tips into consideration when planning your next trip to EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival. Come back soon, because I’ll be sharing all of my favorite drinks from EPCOT trips past!