Living in Florida means being close enough to experience EPCOT Festivals all year long. The Festival of the Arts is no exception to the fantastic line up of this year’s festivities. Before we lived locally, we were lucky enough to attend the first ever Festival of the Arts. Back then, it was only weekends. It has now grown to taking place each day January 14 – February 21st with lots of great things to do and eat. If you are a local and a Disney art lover, or just a Disney lover in general, there are a lot of reasons to check out this year’s festival. Let’s dive into what you have to look forward to.
While you won’t find as many food booths as there are at the Food & Wine Festival, there are still a lot of fun and tasty dishes to experience at the Arts Fest. What I like about the food here is the presentation factor is upped to make the food a little more artsy than you would normally get. There are fifteen booths plus some extra regular spots to find festival snacks. You’ll also find some great drinks, beers, etc. Some of my favorites dishes are the chorizo and potato empanada from the Encanto Cocina, the beef wellington at The Artist’s Table, and the Decadent Valrhona Chocolate at Deco Delights. There are lots of dishes I still have yet to try.
There is so much great art to be had and really something for any budget. You can find prints for as little as $25 all the way to framed originals for $4,000. Some of my favorite artist are David Buckley who does whimsical Disney parks, rides, and character artwork and Larry Dotson who primarily does artwork of the resorts. We have gotten prints from both artist and love them.
There are so many neat photo opportunities to make yourself look like you are in your own piece of art. Step into Washington Crossing the Delaware or a nighttime light shot. Definitely make sure you take advantage of some of these great photos.
There are also a lot of really cool entertainment options at the festival. The Disney on Broadway concert series is where you can experience Disney Broadway music live. There are art presentations, musical talent, and more. My personal favorite is the Rainbow Connection light show on Spaceship Earth which takes place every night throughout the evening of the festival. If you’d like to see it, you can check out the video from The DIS below.
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