The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival might not immediately sound like an event for families with young children, but it is actually very kid-friendly. Epcot provides a great setting for families to explore new experiences and tastes together in a casual environment. I love taking my kids during the annual culinary festival because it gives me the chance to expose them to new foods in a low-pressure way – we don’t need to make reservations or commit to one cuisine, instead we nibble on smaller portions as we wander around the park. This way, they are much more receptive to trying a more exotic dish, and my husband and I are thrilled to be able to sample a variety of food and beverages from around the world.
This year at the festival there are some fun new additions to keep kids of all ages engaged, such as Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, a scavenger hunt with maps, stickers and prizes as kids search for little Remy statuettes hidden around World Showcase. We’ve also introduced new “taste buds” characters that represent different flavors and have names like “Sweet,” “Zesty,” and “Meaty” that can help kids select dishes they want to try. I plan to make turn it into a challenge to see how many of the taste buds my kids can conquer!
Outside of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the park is a lot of fun for families. Here’s a look at some of the other kid-friendly activities that are perfect for little ones: