When you visit Epcot you get to experience the world in amazing ways through rides, characters, food, and drinks. Disney World has expanded your ability to experience the world in different ways with their festivals. This essential guide to Epcot Festivals will share with you what the festivals are and the best parts of each festival.
Guide to Epcot Festivals
There are only a few times of the year where there is not a festival going on. During the summer peak season, there is not a festival going on. After the summer there is a festival frenzy, with just a few weeks between each festival.
For each festival, you will want to be sure to pick up the free festival souvenir booklet where you can check off which things you have experienced and tasted. During the festival, there are usually free themed magnets or another freebie for annual passholders.
Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts
Let’s gets creative at Epcot! The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is Epcot’s newest festival and it is a big hit. Art (including Food Arts), music, and drama are the stars of this festival.
The unofficial mascot of the festival is Figment. He is on a lot of the merchandise. Figment is the fun, purple dragon from the Journey to Imagination attraction. I am so happy they are starting to use him more.
The best free things to do at this Festival are the Disney on Broadway Musicals Performances, the animation classes, helping to paint the mural, watching the local and visiting artists, and the fun photo opportunities where you get to “jump into” famous pieces of art.
The festival food booths around Epcot feature fanciful dishes with tasty and beautiful foods.
If you are looking to buy a piece of Disney or Florida inspired artwork, this is the time and place to do it.
Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival
Epcot starts their Flower & Garden festival in the Spring and it usually lasts until mid-May.
The unofficial mascot of Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival is Spike the Bee. Spike (sometimes referred to as Buzz-Buzz is a bee who often tormented Donald Duck in several cartoons in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He is on some merchandise but most notable appearances are throughout the park giving out fun facts about the plants and a super cute magic shot.
The best free things to do at Epcot’s Flower & Garden festival are exploring the Butterfly Gardens, playing in the interactive playgrounds, Disney du Jour Dance Party, The Garden Rocks concert series, seeing all the gorgeous Disney topiaries, and guided garden tours.
If it comes from a garden, then you can probably find it somewhere on a plate to eat at the Flower & Garden Festival. So many tasty dishes and drinks!
This is the best time to get something Disney or just plain beautiful for your garden. There are a lot of garden experts available to answer all your gardening questions as well.
Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival starts late August and lasts through mid-November. This is the biggest and best festival at Epcot. If you are a foodie you want to go to this festival.
The best free things to do at the Food & Wine festival are the Eat to the Beat concerts, the free chocolate samples from Ghiradelli, and playing in the fun, interactive playgrounds. This festival has less free things to do since it is a food festival.
The best low-cost experiences are the Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, Candy Sushi making class, and sampling the dishes around at the festival booths.
Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays
Epcot celebrates Christmas in a big way! At Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays, you get to explore how other countries celebrate Christmas.
The best free things are the Candlelight Processional with a celebrity narrator and listening to each countries storytellers tell about how they celebrate the holiday season.
There are fewer food booths during this festival but the ones that are there offer tasty treats from around the world.
Which festival is your favorite at Epcot?
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