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Epcot International Festival of the Arts begins January 17, 2020

While this fall will be our first visit to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (I know, I know – we’re shocked too), we’ve heard rave reviews about the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

This year’s event starts on January 17, 2020. While rumors are that not much will change, the new Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along in the France Pavilion will also open in January 2020 as well as new content for Canada Far and Wide and Awesome Planet will begin at The Land pavilion.

2019’s Festival guests for Disney on Broadway, a concert series during the Festival, were announced in November so we anticipate guests being announced very soon. While not quite as popular as the Candlelight Processional during the Christmas season, we’ve been told that this series is amazing – including some of today’s most talented Broadway stars.

Here are a few tips if you attend this year’s festival:

Sporadic Entertainment

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts has a ton of great things to do, however many of the stage shows and artists are only present periodically. So, make sure to pay attention to the day’s schedule and the things that you want to check out so you don’t miss them. It’s almost impossible to take everything in anyway so just make sure you’re scheduling to do the things you want to participate in.

The Food is Good – But Not A Must-Do

There are a lot of really great dishes and snacks available during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts but that’s not what this festival is about. You can actually skip most of the food just to make sure you get to see the artists and participate in art as often as possible.

Participate if you can

At this event, everyone is an artist. There are opportunities for you to participate in the art itself. So, find those opportunities. If you’re staying a few days, try to come back to Epcot at some point to see the progress on the piece of art you participated in. It’s a cool experience.

there are also really cool workshops that you can participate in for an added fee. Calligraphy, floral arrangements, watercolor painting, and even mixed media classes were available in 2019 and may be again this upcoming year.

Some of the best Disney bloggers say that if you take the Flower & Garden Festival and the Food & Wine Festival – combine them with just their best parts – that’s what you get with the Festival of the Arts. Seeing we’re making our first New Year’s Eve visit to Walt Disney World this fall, I don’t think this will be in the cards for us in 2020 – however we still hope to visit this festival soon.

Also, January and February are typical a bit more quiet than the busier times during the year so this could be a great opportunity to catch one of Disney’s great festivals.