The 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will be the longest ever in the park’s history running at 87 days. Starting August 29 and serving up delicious tasty bites and sips through November 23 the festival shares an opening with the announced opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. That ought to make figuring out crowd levels interesting.

You’ll find everything you love above the festival returning in 2019 including the Eat to the Beat concert series (which ends on Nov 19 to make way for the Candlelight Processional). Yep, the festival runs so long in 2019, it almost runs into Christmas season. Also returning this year is the Disney Wine and Dine half marathon weekend Nov 1-3.

It’s a little tricky this year because the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot will overlap with the crazy huge crowd levels expected with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This means crowds at Epcot will probably be even larger than ever as people avoid Disney’s Hollywood Studios if they aren’t able to get into the new Star Wars-land. With Epcot being the closest park, it’s likely to soak up most of the overflow crowds.

No one knows exactly how it will work out, not even Disney. Which will make it interesting.

Beyond the food marketplaces, our favorite parts of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival include the cooking demos, Party for the Senses, and the concert series. With the former festival center, aka Wonders of Life pavilion, closed to become the new Play Pavilion, we wonder if they’ll return to using the Odyssey as the festival HQ.

There are other locations in the park capable of acting as a festival center. May we suggest a temporary stage (with a roof to protect from weather) at World Showcase Plaza. At night it can provide reserved seating for Illuminations (dare we say with a dessert and wine package). I’d say the hallway behind Starbucks could work in a pinch, but it might close for demolition sometime this fall.

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