Walt Disney World to Modify Epcot Food and Wine Festival for Reopening
As Disney prepares for the reopening of their theme parks next month, Walt Disney World is making changes to its popular Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. They are making the necessary adjustments in co-ordinance with government and health officials to continue offering fall events at its theme parks.
One staple of the fall season at the Walt Disney World Resort is the annual EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. Today, Disney announced that “not only have they cooked up a creative, modified festival experience, it will also be their longest festival yet” – giving guests plenty of time to enjoy “A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival”!
The event, which typically takes place in the fall, will begin on July 15 with some modifications when Epcot reopens next month. It will be dubbed “A Taste of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival“. This new take on the foodie festival will offer over 20 signature global marketplaces like Hawaii, Hops & Barley, and Islands of the Caribbean, spaced out around the park.
Guests will be able to see the newest topiary, Remy, in the France pavilion and find Flower & Garden merchandise. For scavenger hunt fans, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt returns. And new Food & Wine merchandise will be revealed once the festival begins.
In place of the concerts, live entertainment will spread out their performances throughout the day with acts such as Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors. Performances will take place at America Gardens Theatre.
Unfortunately, some of the other fall events weren’t as easy to modify. After assessing Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Disney determined that many of its hallmarks – stage shows, parades and fireworks – are unable to take place in this new, unprecedented environment. With that in mind, they made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. More on that and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party here.
Disney’s theme parks, which have been closed since mid-March due COVID-19, are set to reopen next month. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are scheduled to reopen on July 11 followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15. When the parks reopen, new health and safety measures will be in place – including mandatory face masks, reduced capacity, and social distancing protocols. Character meet-and-greets as well as parades and fireworks will be temporarily suspended.
For more information, visit the official Walt Disney World website by clicking here.
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