By Lindsay Mott
Many people who are planning a trip to Walt Disney World tend to overlook Epcot as a park for them to visit, especially those with little kids. And, in all honesty, there are less rides there than some of the other parks, but the nature of the park itself opens it up to a festival atmosphere for every season.
And, over the years, the number and length of the festivals there have grown. There are few days of the year – outside of the summer months – where there isn’t a type of festival going on there. The festival themes and focuses change, but the main components of all the Epcot festivals are food, music, and special workshops and events.
The festivals are fun for adults, and in true Disney fashion, they’ve built unique activities into each festival to entertain the little ones. And, Epcot is home to some of the biggest kid rides: Frozen Ever After, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, and Journey Into Imagination. It also opens children up to other cultures and activities outside of the Disney universe.
So, in our recommendation, if you want to experience everything a Walt Disney World Resort trip has to offer, you can’t skip Epcot. Rather, embrace what it has to offer.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts
The festival is Disney’s most all-inclusive celebration of the arts, making Epcot host to phenomenal artists, gourmet fare, musical performances, stage productions and other amazing acts. Events during the festival fall into the categories of performing arts, culinary arts, visual arts and include a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package as well as special seminars and workshops for guests to be able to learn from accomplished Disney artists, guest-perts and Cast Members with professional expertise. There are both complimentary and premium versions of these special events that include animation drawing and floral arranging to calligraphy, abstract painting and other interesting topics.
The festival also includes extra fun at the Kidcot Fun Stops around the World Showcase, and a tour that allows you to immerse yourself in the architecture, culture, food and history of the 11 countries of the World Showcase.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Highlights of the Flower & Garden festival include:
- Outdoor kitchens offering a wide variety of tasty dishes, desserts and specialty sips
- Dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries
- Breathtaking garden spaces and wildlife habitats
- Inspirational exhibits, seminars, how-to demonstrations and tours
- Topiary displays of your favorite Disney characters
- The Garden Rocks™ Concert Series outdoor concert series featuring fan-favorite bands on the weekends
- And much, much more
The event is fun for the whole family with play areas, gardens and exhibits geared for children. If your family enjoys horticulture and flowers, seeing Epcot in all of its splendor is a must. The array of colors around the park during the festival cannot be matched. It’s a truly breathtaking event.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is exactly like it sounds – it’s a time to celebrate cuisine from the 11 amazing countries in the World Showcase, and then some. Each country has its own both and additional booths are added throughout, giving guests so many food and drink options to choose from. This is coupled with seminars and workshops on wine and food pairings, wine tastings, beverage seminars and so on as well as the Eat to the Beat Concert series. This festival turns the World Showcase into a big party running from late August until mid-November – and possibly longer as its popularity grows each year.
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
Discover a festival featuring the joyous holiday traditions of the 11 World Showcase nations. Epcot International Festival of the Holidays surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season and how they are celebrated by cultures near and far.
The season is celebrated with stirring live musical productions, including the popular Candlelight Processional; food and beverage specialties served at the expanded Holiday Kitchens; and performances bringing time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase. Also, Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree provides a scavenger hunt collecting ornaments for younger guests as well.
This article just scratches the surface of these festivals. The best way to learn about them is to experience them. I would love to discuss your interests and help you plan to attend the best festival for your family’s needs. I can also help you determine which attractions in Epcot you want to be sure to do for your family. Contact me at Lindsay.firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Facebook.