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Moms Panel Monday: It’s Almost Time for the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Lisa Mendillo

by , Sr. Manager, Digital Integration

In less than two weeks the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will kick off and it is one of the panelists favorite events of the year. From delectable foods to fantastic entertainment, it’s easy to see why this is a must-do festival at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Festival takes place throughout Epcot from August 30 to November 12, 2018. The Marketplaces are open daily from 11 a.m. to park close, and it’s important to remember that Epcot admission is required.

While the Marketplaces open at 11 a.m. through park close, Emille reminds guests that they are not open during Extra Magic Hours. She suggests enjoying those delectable treats before they close and planning to take advantage of the attractions open during the Extra Magic Hours.

Moms Panel reminder: Marketplace food and beverage samples do require a separate purchase and Amy H. shares some great tips when it comes to your Dining Plan and the Marketplace kiosks.

“If you want to trade a Quick Service meal entitlement for Snack credits, you may trade the Quick Service meal for three Snack credits. You will have to use all three Snack credits at the same Global Marketplace. While a beverage is included in the Quick Service meal, once you trade it for Snack credits the beverage is no longer included. You can use one of your three Snack credits to purchase a beverage that is indicated as a Snack on the menu, typically soda or bottled water.” 

Great food is not all you will find at the International Food & Wine Festival, you can also enjoy the rocking good sounds of some of your favorite bands at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. This year’s line-up includes 98 Degrees, MercyMe, Vertical Horizon, Glass Tiger, Sheila E. and Jim Belushi & the Sacred Hearts who will all perform at the America Gardens Theater. More great fun can be found in Future World including the all-new Disney Du Jour Dance Party on Friday and Saturday evenings.

For more great tips on the best way to enjoy this year’s 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, head on over to for a personalized answer from one of our knowledgeable panelists.


  • I love that there’s a “Moms Panel”; any chance we could hear from Disney Dad’s also?

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