Disney shares more details on the upcoming 2021 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival
Why do so many kiosks not open until October 1? I mean, I know that's when the 50th starts, but I figured all kiosks would run for the duration of F&W.
This is probably a factor, it could also be a genuine effort to reduce the crowding until we are further along with defeating COVID.
It could also be they start F&W early in July to sell alcohol and merch which have higher margins and bring in the lower margin food later.
A lot of decisions for a festival need to be made months in advance: Do we bring back Eat to the Beat or Not? Do we go with a Taste of F&W or will we be able to bring back the pre-pandemic way?
So, a lot of this year's F&W seems to be a mad mishmash of strict COVID protocols and labor shortage now suddenly not going to be an issue. The plan to re-do "A Taste of..." in the Summer is now morphed into a full fledged Festival appended to the Fall.
Local bands that don't have to travel across state boundaries are hired because they thought COVID would still be a thing throughout Summer.