The Epcot 2018 International Food and Wine Festival begins for this year on August 30. If feels to you like there’s nearly always a festival with food and drink kiosks at Epcot, that’s because it’s true. In 2018, we have:
- Festival of the Arts – January 12 to February 19
- Flower and Garden – February 28 to May 28
- Food and Wine – August 30 to November 12
- Festival of the Holidays – November 18 to December 30
So other than June, July, and practically all of August, and the first two weeks of the year, there is always a festival at Epcot. And the lines between what makes one distinct from another are ever more blurry. There are booths for purchasing snack-sized food and wine offerings and live entertainment on the American Gardens stage at all of these.
With the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster and the Ratatouille attraction at least two years out, we’re asking:
Should Epcot just officially give up its original vision and keep the kiosks up year-round?
- No (57%, 182 Votes)
- Yes (43%, 138 Votes)
Total Voters: 320
What is your ideal number of days in the year for festivals at Epcot? What would you do to keep them unique and something to look forward to every year? Talk about it in the comments.
Last week, we asked you which acquisition has Disney put to the best use in its theme parks and on the cruise line. The biggest vote-getter was Pixar, which makes sense. Marvel is still tied up in contractual problems east of the Mississippi – this is why Marvel Super Hero Island is at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. And Star Wars, while it’s got a good presence in Hollywood Studios and merchandise shops everywhere, is more of an anticipation than a reality at this point.
We also put out a flash poll on our Twitter account earlier this week. Walt Disney World has added live actors to Pirates of the Caribbean for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party. We asked what other Magic Kingdom attraction could be plussed this way. Of our four choices, Haunted Mansion, Carousel of Progress, Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, and Swiss Family Treehouse, Haunted Mansion was the runaway hit. Our own Guy Selga reminded us that Disneyland actually did this once and it was super scary–so much so that they stopped. Even David Davies agreed, and I thought the only thing that scared him is when I make changes to WordPress on the fly. Other suggestions were it’s a small world and Jungle Cruise (with actors to interact with the skippers). I think my favorite was Tiki Room meets UP! A Great Bird Adventure. This had some great comments on Twitter, so keep the conversation going here with more ideas.