What to Do in Epcot When There Isn’t a Festival

For the first time since August 30, 2018, minus a few days here and there, there isn’t a festival in Epcot! We’ve become accustomed to seeing the food booths out for the past nine months. What are we to do until August 29 when the booths return with the opening of the Food and Wine Festival?

Epcot Festival Booths, We Miss You!

Well, we came up with the following list of things to do in Epcot this summer when the theme park is a little less festive!

Epcot Wine Walk

If you enjoy trying wine from various countries and regions try the Epcot Wine Walk. You can purchase the Wine Walk in either the Germany, France, or Italy wine shops. Along with the Wine Walk comes two acrylic wine glasses. Take your tasting passport and Wine Walk glass to the wine shops in each shop and enjoy a taste of wines from various regions in each country.

Epcot Wine Walk

Enjoy a Cronut in a New Location

If you came to crave the Cronuts that took up permanent residence at the Taste Track food booth fear not. Disney must share in your love of Cronuts because even through the Taste Track food booth is missing for the summer, the Cronuts are not. Grab your Cronut at Electric Umbrella in Future World this summer!

Cronut

Go to a Tea Party

This is another Festival event that has transitioned to a permanent event. The UK pavilion’s Rose and Crown now hosts the Flower and Garden Festival’s “Tea Experience” year-round. Sip a cuppa tea, munch on scones and sandwiches, and learn about tea from a Twinings-trained Cast Member during the “Tea Experience” offered on select Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.

Learn more about the Rose and Crown Tea Experience here.

Rose and Crown

Take a Tour Behind the Seeds

If you have ever wondered where some of the food comes from in the parks and resorts you’ll find out on the Living with the Land ride. To learn even more, take the Behind the Seeds tour.

The Behind the Seeds tours are led by a member of the  Epcot Science Team and let you discover more than 60 crops from around the world, see some of the latest techniques used to grow and improve plants, and walk through the fish farm to see thousands of fish — and alligators. You might even get up close to some ladybugs and learn how they help keep the insect population down.

You can sign up for the tour on the day of if there is availability, or sign up in advance by calling (407) WDW-TOUR. The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for children. Be sure to ask about annual passholder, DVC, and Disney Chase Visa Cardholder discounts.

Behind the Seeds Tour

Enjoy the Entertainment

Without festivals the park is a little less congested, and this gives you space and time to enjoy the entertainment in the World Showcase pavilions. There are musical groups in the Canada, UK, Morocco, American Adventure,  and Germany pavilions, the Serveur Amusant with their amazing climbing and balancing act in France, the Matsuriza drums in Japan, Sergio and his juggling act in Italy, the Jewel Dragon Acrobats in China, and the Mariachi Cobre as well as their retelling of the tale of Coco in Mexico.

Serveur Amusant — Balancing on more than 5 chairs — and wine bottles!

Of course, there are the classic eat around the world or drink around the world activities as well. We wanted to take this time to point out a few of the lesser known or not as popular things to do in Epcot.

Are you visiting Epcot this summer? What are your plans when  you are in the park? Share your ideas with us in the comments.

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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