Breaking on Disney Parks Blog: Food & Wine will return starting July 15th – the very day that Epcot reopens. This early launch date will make this the longest festival yet.
The festival will offer over 20 signature global marketplaces like Hawaii, Hops & Barley, and Islands of the Caribbean, spaced out around the park. Remnants of the shortened Flower & Garden Festival will return as well, with a Remy topiary in the France pavilion and Flower & Garden merchandise throughout. For scavenger hunt fans, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt returns as well. Food & Wine merchandise will come later on after the festival begins.
Sadly but not surprisingly, the “Eat to the Beat Concert Series” will not be able to happen this year, as they do not allow for proper social distancing. Local EPCOT entertainment such as Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors will, however, be at the park. Acts that were terminated with the park closure, such as Matsuriza, were not yet mentioned. Only time will tell if they will return.
In other sad but not shocking news, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is cancelled this year. I expected this news along with many of you, as the hallmarks of the event include stage shows, parades, character meet & greets, queuing up at barrels of shared candy, etc etc – all things that are simply not possible to execute safely right now.
Disney H2O Glow Nights, the nighttime special ticket event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, also will not take place for the remainder of 2020.
Guests who have already bought tickets to these events will be assisted with refunds over the coming weeks.
Disney is continuously reassessing the situation and will make decisions about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, including the Candlelight Processional, later in the year.