Hey, there Insiders! We had so much fun last week at the opening weekend of Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts! The park was absolutely packed full of fellow art lovers, but we still managed to see and do SO much in one day! The first thing you’ll want to do when enjoying any Epcot festival is stop off at the main entrance and grab a festival passport booklet, which will walk you through where every food booth is located throughout the world showcase! No worries if you miss it at the entrance, you can pick up a festival booklet at any food or merchandise booth around the park, as well! The Festival of the Arts officially opened last Friday, January 12th, and will run until February 19th; it is definitely one of the shorter festivals offered at Epcot, but also one of the best!
Our favorite thing about attending opening weekend is that not only do you get priority shopping of the artwork available, but almost every artist is there signing at some point throughout the first day! If you find an artist that you really love, ask at their booth when their signing schedule is to see if they will be in the park during your stay! You can always bring your artwork back later or another day to have signed! We also recommend looking up the artist on social media as they typically will share their booth location, signing schedule, and even sneak peeks of the art they will have available! It’s a great way to keep up with them after the festival too, so you can check out what they’re working on all year long!
Aside from the many many booths of beautiful fine art to look at around the world showcase, we can’t possibly skip the incredible outdoor kitchens that are creating delicious concoctions! While the festival booklet will help guide you to every outdoor kitchen, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few must-try options to help you narrow down your selections! We know there are just SO many yummy offerings to choose from, but these are the ones we highly recommend you don’t skip out on!
Of course, we can’t round up a festival ar Walt Disney World without talking about the merchandise! Everything you see below is exclusive to the 2024 festival & can only be purchased at Epcot!
The only way to close out your day at the festival is to enjoy the Disney on Broadway concert series featured 3 times nightly in the America Gardens Theatre! You can click HERE to see the concert lineup & who will be performing during your visit! We had the pleasure of seeing Caissee Levy & Patti Murin from the original Broadway cast of Frozen! They were absolutely incredible and it was so much fun to sing along to the songs we all know and love! Add this to the evening of your visit at whichever showtime works for you; all 3 shows are the same!
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