Why Adults Love Epcot
Epcot offers four unique and flavorful festivals throughout the year. The food, beverage and unique decor offerings at these festivals appeal to the locals and vacationers from around the world. Once you arrive at Epcot, pick up your Festival Passport booklet. It is filled with the food and beverage menu of each outdoor kitchen, where to buy festival merchandise, and special events that will take place during each festival. Stickers in the center of each Passport booklet help you keep track of where you have been and what you have done. The festival center is a good starting point to get the scoop on events and happenings. Here you can pick up the tickets for all your pre-booked special events.
1. The International Festival of Arts
The year begins with the International Festival of the Arts. Starting in early January Epcot will turn into a park full of chalk art, artsy food offerings, and Disney inspired masterpieces. You can meet many of these artists for autographs and witness them creating their works of art right in front of you. There is a huge wall where you can paint along with other guests to create a beautiful photo op. In the evening at the American Pavilion you will see Broadway performers from great shows like the Lion King and Aladdin. Arrive early as the lines for these performances can become rather long. Make sure you purchase a Disney Photo Pass so you won’t miss the opportunity to see yourself immersed into some famous works of art. If you enjoy hands on workshops and seminars check your times guide for free and ticketed opportunities to let your creativity flow.
2. The International Flower and Garden Festival
For the garden enthusiast there is the International Flower and Garden Festival. This festival starts in March and rings in the beginning of Spring with refreshing beverages like the popular Frozen Lavender Lemonade and a quaint tour of the English tea gardens. You will be surrounded by beautifully landscaped flower gardens and Disney character inspired topiaries. Each outdoor kitchen offers food, wine, beer, and a little something sweet. Seminars focus on growing you own food and how to serve up refreshing meals meant to be enjoyed with family and friends. The evenings come alive with The Garden Rocks concert series. Many of these performances are favorites for the locals so ask us about booking a dinner/concert package to guarantee you have a reserved seat for the show. The children will enjoy the butterfly garden where they can learn all about the life cycle of different species of butterflies. If you hold still in the butterfly garden long enough, you may have a visitor or two rest on your shoulder. The festival runs for about 3 months.
3. The International Food and Wine Festival
As summer winds down, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins. Foodies love this event and all it has to offer. The festival center is home to wine and liquor tasting from industry professionals. Celebrity chefs offer book signings and cooking classes. Attend these and impress your family with what you learned when Thanksgiving rolls around. Many of the ticketed events for the Food and Wine Festival sell out quickly, if you are interested in these events please let your travel agent know to get your spot reserved as soon as possible
There are lots of outdoor kitchens available, but the ones devoted to wine and cheese pairings and the one devoted to chocolate are crowd favorites. If comfort food is your thing, head to the American Pavilion. Germany is a must do for authentic beer offerings.
The Eat to the Beat Concert Series has many great artists like MercyMe, Boyz to Men, and Hanson. Just like the Flower and Garden Festival concerts, it is recommended to purchase the dining/concert ticket to guarantee you have a reserved spot for the concert.
4. The International Festival of the Holidays
As the holidays kick off at Walt Disney World, Epcot will become a flurry of excitement with the International Festival of the Holidays. Here you will experience scrumptious cookies, hot chocolate, seasonal food and beverages at an array of outdoor kitchens. There is a cookie stroll complete with a free cookie and glass of milk. Each country presents their own Christmas inspired story where you learn about Christmas customs and traditions native to their home. Julenissen in Norway keeps you laughing while Helga in Germany teaches you about many of our own popular Christmas traditions.
The Candlelight Processional takes place three times each evening and includes a choir and a celebrity narrator reading the story of Jesus’ birth. Celebrity narrators have included Neil Patrick Harris, John Stamos, and Jodi Benson. I highly recommend an early arrival for this event or alternatively purchase the dinner/show package.
As evening descends upon the park, the Christmas décor puts you into the Christmas spirit. Disney photographers are available to get those perfect evening shots with the Christmas lights glowing in the background. The evening show “Illuminations, Reflections of Earth” is extended during this festival to give guests a bit more holiday flair.
There’s so much to see, do, drink, eat and learn at each of these festivals, you really can’t go wrong attending any of them. I have attended all four and each one is a truly unique experience. Furthermore, the festivals offer something new and unique from one year to the next, so you won’t get bored attending them multiple times. If you have a favorite festival or any tips you’ve learned, leave a comment below and let us know about it. Feel free to contact me with any specific questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.