The Disney Festival of the Arts at Epcot, Walt Disney World and has quickly become one of our favorite reasons to hop a plane in the middle of Ohio winter. There is nothing like leaving the snow for the warm sun of Florida. Better weather, lower crowds, amazing foods, performances, and fun are all reasons we love heading to the Disney Festival of the Arts.
When is the 2024 Festival of Arts at EPCOT?
EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts runs from January 12 – February 19, 2024, and offers culinary art, fine art, and performance activities to enjoy during winter in Florida.
Festival of the Arts Crowds Are Lower
Festival of the Arts Has Lower Crowds. That’s right. LOW crowds. When we attended last year, the crowd levels were the lowest I had ever seen. Mind you, it was the first year of the festival, but in general, aside from runDisney events, January and early February are lower crowd months.
Florida Winter Weather
Florida Winter Weather is Mild. In January and February, when the Disney Festival of the Arts takes place, we usually get amazing 70-degree weather. There are breezes, you can walk around in jeans and a t-shirt. We love that the evenings are sometimes even long-sleeve weather. Of course, we’ll sometimes see an 80-degree day in February, but thankfully that’s way less than 90! The weather can sometimes make or break a vacation. So, enjoy that you don’t have to worry about that during this festival. Check out our favorite things to pack for the Florida weather during the Festival of the Arts.
Disney Festival of the Arts Food
So if there’s one thing you should know about us, it’s that we really enjoy food. The food is not only delicious, but it is so beautiful. Be sure to check out the Festival of the Arts Menus So if you’re looking for new flavors, and new ways to make your favorite dishes, be sure to grab at least a few dishes. From the Deconstructed Reuben to the Tayaki, you’re sure to find creative spins on your favorite foods.
The Art and Artists
Of course, we can’t forget about the whole reason for the festival! My favorite thing about the festival is that it is such an immersive experience. Not only can you meet the artists, but you can watch them as they create, and you can get in on the action yourself. With the community mural wall, it’s just like a paint by number, and everyone can get involved in creating something wonderful. It was probably one of my favorite things from the festival last year!
Broadway Shows and Performances
Between the street performers, artists that paint to music, and acrobats, there is a ton to see performance art-wise! Taking 15 minutes out of your day to watch these Disney performers is always worth it. You can also check out The Disney on Broadway concert series! Now offered every evening throughout the festival, this is phenomenal. So if you enjoy the performing arts, these are not to be missed. They are free and are included with admission to the Park, so be sure to check the schedule and see your favorites! Check out What’s New at the Festival of the Arts for performers and dates.
Disney Festival of the Arts 5 Reasons to Visit
So hopefully we’ve convinced you that a little vacation to Walt Disney World this winter is a good idea. With extra culture, new foods, shows, and amazing art, the Festival of the Arts is a great way to spend the day. What are your favorite parts of this festival?
Check out all our Festival of the Arts posts to get ready for your Disney Vacation
- Disney World Festival of the Arts Must Do’s
- Epcot Festival of the Arts Menus
- Epcot Festival of the Arts A Guide
- Festival of the Arts at Epcot with Kids
- Festival of the Arts in One Day
- What’s New at the Festival of the Arts?
Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .