We had the privilege of being able to attend the very first International Festival of the Arts at Epcot last year in January. It seems as though a lot of people had brushed this festival aside last year and had the attitude, “just another festival at Epcot”, but in all honesty, we absolutely loved it.
The crowds were low, the weather was fantastic and we are big art (and food) lovers, so it was a great low key festival experience for us.
Well the festival has come back around again this year and I am so happy that everyone seems so excited about it. The excitement around the festival this year really has seemed to elevate to another level. Which makes me happy, because last year I just didn’t feel like it got enough love.
I still haven’t decided if we will be able to make it down, but you had better believe that if I find a cheap flight and a great deal on a hotel room, we will be attending the festival.
So why should you consider attending the International Festival of the Arts? Here are just a few reasons
That’s right, I said it. LOW crowds. When we attended last year, the crowd levels were the lowest I had ever seen. Mind you, it was the first year the festival, but in general, aside from Run Disney events, January and early February are lower crowd months. Most vacationers aren’t planning their vacation right now, so you’ll likely see a lot of locals, but trust me when I tell you, empty parks are Heaven.
The weather is mild
So I hear right now, its actually a little too cold in Florida, but I think the entire country is feeling that chill this winter. Talk about climate change. But, for some people, this could be considerably better than, say 95 degree weather. I don’t mind hot weather, but can you turn down the humidity, Florida?! Anyway, if you prefer chilly over hot and humid, the weather just may be your new favorite thing right now.
So if there’s one thing you should know about us, its that we really enjoy food. The food is not only delicious, but it is so beautiful. The food options last year were fairly limited but they have upped their game this year, adding more cute foods(guys, Panda coconut rice, what?!) and more booths. So if you enjoy Epcot’s food booths, you’ll definitely want to check these out this year for all the new stuff.
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, its 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!
The Disney on Broadway concert series 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!