The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, one of Walt Disney World’s most popular annual events, is kicking off on September 25. Just as exciting, to coincide with the festival, the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels are offering special fall rates as low as $69 per night.
The culinary festival, which brings a taste of global cuisine to the theme park, features more than 30 marketplaces that showcase the flavors of Brazil, Patagonia, Scotland, South Korea, and other locales. It runs through November 16, and it also includes a special concert series called "Eat to the Beat," with performances by such musical luminaries as Boyz II Men and Hanson. But, wait -- there's more! Guests will have access to demonstrations and seminars, including ones about various culinary techniques and mixology. (Entry to the festival is included with theme park admission, but food samples -- think: pierogis, Gaoli beef sliders, and fisherman’s pie -- seminars, and other activities require a separate fee.)
So what about those hotels? Keep in mind that, year-round, staying at the resort's properties near its shopping, dining, and entertainment district include complimentary shuttle service to the Disney theme parks and the chance to purchase tickets onsite. For fall, here's a look at the low rates on offer:
Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel: We found the lowest rate of $69 per night available in deluxe rooms with two queen beds throughout the festival period, except on Friday and Saturday nights when prices shoot up to $89.
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort: Stay in a standard exterior room with two double beds any night September 27-29 for $81.12. If you wait until later in the festival, prices bump up slightly to $92.82 on October 25-29 and November 1-3, and 15.
B Resort and Spa Lake Buena Vista: On weeknights, there are plenty of $89 nightly rates for a range of queen and king rooms (chic queen, captivating queen, captivating king, and captivating deluxe king).
Holiday Inn Orlando – Downtown Disney: The lowest rate of $89.99 can be snagged September 27-29, for rooms with a king bed and sofa bed.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando - Lake Buena Vista: One-bedroom suites with two queen beds and a sofa bed start from $119 September 27-29 and $129 on October 1.
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista: While the hotel's website advertises a lowest rate of $159, we found king bed guestrooms as low as $99 on September 27 and October 2, 3, and 9-12. Add $10 more for stays on September 25, October 1, and 30-31.