Taking place from Jan. 14-Feb. 21, 2022, the EPCOT® International Festival of the Arts is a phenomenal festival all on its own.Taken in the greater context of EPCOT food festivals, it becomes something even more impressive and an exciting five weeks of foreshadowing for what is to come.
Though the food still stands center stage at the festival, what it brings everywhere else is what makes it so special. Life-size art installations bring the festival concept to life in an intractable way, so even guests who may not be interested in some of the more complex dining options should find plenty to take their attention. Plentiful exhibits and pop-up tents feature artists and their collections, giving guests not only something to explore and look at, but something to take home as well. Add in chalk art, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series and the live Visual Art in Performance, and there is always something to watch, discover and explore while in World Showcase.
Interaction is the name of the game when it comes to this festival, as the Animation Academy brings hands-on drawing lessons to the America Gardens Theatre and puts focus on a classic Walt Disney World® Resort activity. Guests can also participate in painting enormous murals together, a recent, but beloved since its inception, addition to World Showcase.
In practice, the festival is one of the most fully featured Disney has ever offered. After several "Taste of" festivals that valiantly filled the park with food in the face of a pandemic, the newest wave of festivals have been busier and more invigorating than ever. Stepping into World Showcase feels like walking into a bountiful world of learning and interactive fun, bringing back days of old when EPCOT was easily a two-day park experience.
With such a bountiful experience kicking off the 2022 festival run, EPCOT has become even more exciting this year than it has in its recent past. If future festivals can provide even a portion of what the International Festival of the Arts is, then there will be no shortage of excitement throughout the park all year.
And that's without the star of the show: the food. Dining options at this festival are some of the most daring, complex and creative of any theme park festival anywhere. From fun takes on the simpler grilled cheese to wild boar cassoulet with duck confit, ham hock and wild boar sausage make the festival an adventurous tour around the park that foodies will find a lot to sink their teeth into.