One of Walt Disney World’s staple events, the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, will be modified this year and will be the resort’s longest festival yet. It will also receive a new title to match the creative changes: “A Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.”
This new take on the festival will start on July 15 and continue through the fall. Over 20 global marketplaces will be included like Hawaii, Hops & Barley, and Islands of the Caribbean.
Guests will also get a little bit of Flower & Garden during this time as well, as the new Remy topiary will be on display in the France pavilion. Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt will also return. Flower & Garden merchandise will be available for purchase at first, and then Food & Wine merchandise will launch later on after the festival begins.
Due to the need to accommodate proper social distancing, the “Eat to the Beat Concert Series” will not be hosted this year. However, usual Epcot entertainment like Mariachi Cobre, the JAMMitors and more will be around the park with performances throughout the day.
In addition to these changes, the resort has also decided to cancel this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, as many of its highlights — stage shows, parades, and fireworks — cannot be offered in this new, modified theme park environment.
Disney’s H2O Glow Nights, the separately-ticketed nighttime offering at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, will not be held for the rest of 2020. Guests who have already bought tickets for this event’s future dates will be assisted with refunds over the coming weeks.
As for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, a decision has not been made just yet whether these events will be canceled or not; Walt Disney World is currently monitoring the situation at the parks and will make a decision at a later date.