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Epcot Food & Wine Festival Playground

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The “and wine” part of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is obviously not a source of entertainment for the kiddos, but – Good News! – there is a part of the Festival that’s just for them: The Family Play Zone. Located in Future World, between the back of Mouse Gear and Test Track, the Play Zone has areas for kids ages 2-12. There is also some open grass area for general running around and relaxing.

There are a few benches for adults to sit on, but not enough to accommodate all the parents of the children who might be using the Play Zone. A few umbrellas provide shade, but again, not enough to accommodate everyone. Assume that you’ll be in the sun when at the Play Zone and be sure to hydrate and use appropriate sun protection.

What do you think about in-park playgrounds: a good place to let kids burn off some energy or a waste of park touring time? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

6 thoughts on “Epcot Food & Wine Festival Playground

  • Just a note–there’s an indoor playground in the post-show area for Mission Space. It isn’t as extensive as the outdoor ones, but it’s inside and not often too crowded. Just go through the gift shop and into the post-show area. It’ll be on your right.

  • My kids are both tall enough for Test Track and Mission Space, but they will still want to spend some unstructured time running around and climbing on the playground. My preference would be to keep touring, but I think it’s important for their mental health to take the play breaks.

  • I love these playgrounds when they set them up for these festivals. Would love them year round! My son loves the one at animal kingdom. Need more of these play areas at Disney! Also miss the playground at resorts. Water spraygtound is nice but what about when you don’t want to get all wet and changed you just want a quick chance to let kids lose. Been to legoland it’s nice to have these spots kids can play and wait for their rides.

  • I agree with the previous poster! As a mom with 2 kids too young to ride Test Track or Mission Space, this is so nice! Its great to distract the littles while doing Rider Switch for the big rides

  • This will be great for my little guy while doing rider swap at Test Track! I wonder if it will still be open once everything closes on 9/8 though.

  • When my kids were young, we always spent some time on Tom Sawyer Island or Redwood Creek Trail (DL/DCA). They loved it. They would play, and I would relax and read in the shade. Shade is definitely a requirement though.


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