Fun Fact: According an article by the Orlando Sentinel, if you purchased every food and drink item at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, you’d spend $1,247!
There is still plenty of time to Enjoy Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World. The festival will run until November 14th, 2016 and has over 30 unique kiosks that represent food and drink items from around the world. With so many great stops to experiences tastes and treats, I highly recommend setting a budget before you start touring World Showcase. Your spending can easily get out of control as you fill your belly.
Items range from slightly under $4 for food to $30 for a glass of champagne. If you’re making a meal out of touring the festival, I would budget about $50-$75 per person. Obviously, you can add or subtract on that amount depending on alcohol consumption.
Disney offers guests several ways to pay at the festival kiosks. The lines are even divided according to the guest’s form of payment. It keeps the queue moving faster.
To help you plan the ultimate day at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, I’ve got the multiple ways that you can pay. You can decide which fits best into your budget and enjoy the festival stress free!
Guests can pick between two packages according to their needs. One package includes 8 food and beverage vouchers (at $59+tax per guest), while the other offers 16 vouchers (at $109+tax per guest). Both packages include a limited edition lanyard and pin. The package is non-transferable and must be used within this year’s festival. This is a great option for guests who want to experience a set sample of the culinary offerings at the Food & Wine Festival.
Mini Festival Gift Card
Worn as a wristlet, the mini gift card is a great option if you want to load a set amount onto the card. You can go cash free and keep your hands ready to carry food, instead of your wallet. It must be activated with at least $15, but you can reload it as often as you like. I love the wristlet design!
Limited Edition Festival Gift Card
If you’re looking to spend more, the festival gift card must be purchased with at least $200 loaded upon activation. It’s a full size gift card and another great option for budgeting before you begin tasting. $200 feel like too much? Split it with a friend or family member that you are touring with. I like this option for local residents.
Guests staying on property can use their Magic Band at any festival kiosk. It’s charged directly to the card that you keep on file with the hotel. You’ll be billed on the day you check out.
Disney Dining Plan
Each kiosk accepts the Disney Dining Plan. You can pay with snack credits as you explore. If you’d like to use a quick service meal, you can exchange 1 quick service meal for 3 snack credits. Use your snack credits wherever you see the designated purple symbol on the kiosk menu. However, you cannot use your snack credits for any alcohol purchase.
Of course, you can always use cash or credit card at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival too. Personally, I like the idea of setting a budget and using the wristlet gift card. It makes it easy to be done when you’re out of funds. Whichever way you decide to explore the festival, you’ll have a fantastic time!
Are you visiting Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival this year?