The stage is set! The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is returning this year even bigger and better than ever! Running from January 14 through February 21, 2022, now is the time to start planning! Get ready to immerse yourself in the visual, culinary and performing arts at Walt Disney World!
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts instantly became a hit its inaugural year in 2016. Each year since the festival continues to grow in popularity and Disney continues to broaden our mind and our palette with amazing new and returning experiences. The festival highlights art in all different forms – ink and paint, photography, culinary, and so much more!
Think of this festival as a scaled down version of the International Flower & Garden Festival (which is a scaled down version of the International Food & Wine Festival). It’s small enough to enjoy every bit of it, but it packs a mighty punch. Tour the World Showcase promenade visiting with local artists, while sampling some of the globes finest culinary cuisine. Test your artist skills by joining one of the many workshops & seminars held throughout the duration of the festival.
2022 Highlights: What We Know So Far
Disney has shared minimal information so far. We can expect to hear more as we draw closer to January 14. They did however provide with highlights of what we can look forward to (and I couldn’t be more excited!):
- DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series RETURNS!!!
- Stay tuned for more information on entertainment and schedules
- Culinary delights from Food Studios around World Showcase
- Stay tuned for full menu details
- The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – a fun food stroll featuring five delicious sweet and savory treats
- Chalk artists turning walkways into stunning landscapes and portraits
- Photo ops where you can step into famous artwork
- A paint-by-number mural
- Figment’s Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt
- Performance and visual artists
- Special festival merchandise
Tips & Strategies for the Festival
TIP 1: DON’T FORGET TO PICK UP YOUR GUIDE MAP AND PASSPORT.
These are essential to organizing your day. Know where you are going and use your Passport to check off where you’ve been and what you’ve tried. At the start of the day, highlight the offerings that are your “must do’s”, this way you can prioritize those and you don’t miss out!
TIP 2: PLAN AHEAD!
Each year, Disney announces the food booths long before the festival starts. This provides the opportunity to get to know what is being offered, and what you might like to try. Similar to tip #1, make a list of must try items! Leave room for spontaneity and discovery, but having a list will allow you to not miss anything you want to try and stay on budget.
TIP 3: HAVE A BUDGET AND STICK WITH IT!
With all the food and drink offerings at the festival, setting a limit right from the beginning is the best way not to go overboard. My suggestion is to put a set amount of money on the mini special event wristband gift cards. This will help you stay on track, and they are great souvenirs too!
TIP 4: FIND A PLACE TO SIT AND RELAX!
Scouting out a place to sit and enjoy your tasty treats may be difficult, especially on weekends. There are a lot of high top tables around the World Showcase, but there are also many nooks and crannies where you can grab a seat and enjoy your food and drink. My recommendation, scout out a table before you purchase treats. Have a friend hold the table while you get the food – another tip, ask to share a table! It’s a great way to meet new friends! I have met some of the most interesting people by doing this!
TIP 5: DON’T FORGET ABOUT FUTURE WORLD!
Don’t forget or underestimate the offerings in World Celebration, World Discovery and World Nature (formerly Future World)! Many think that the festival just takes place in the World Showcase, and in years past, that was the case. But over the last several years, booths have erected in World Celebration, World Discovery and World Nature too! Be sure to check them out!!
TIP 6: PACE YOURSELF AND SHARE!!
With more and more food and drink options available to us every year at the Art Festival, it’s easy to get over excited and dig right in. By the time you hit the halfway point, you’ve had enough! Prioritize what to eat and drink first and go slowly. There is plenty of time to try everything! Use your Festival Guide to help you navigate and plan.
Also, I highly recommend sharing with friends and family! This is a great way to maintain your appetite, save some money, and you get to try more things!
TIP 7: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ACTIVITIES
The Art Festival offers unique activities for the young and young at heart, all centered around the visual, culinary and performing arts. Take advantage of these. Some are free, some are of minimal cost. All well worth it!
TIP 8: HAVE FUN!!!
None of any of this matters if you aren’t having fun. Let your hair down, try new things, make new friends and enjoy the atmosphere!!
This post will continue to be updated as Disney shares more details.
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