It is impossible to look at an upcoming Walt Disney World® Resort vacation without viewing the destination's roster of festivals. Though each year presents new surprise events and opportunities, we can take a look at what is certain through announcements and previous years' history of events to get an idea of 2022's calendar.
All About the Food
Each festival features dozens of food and drink booths, which feature a variety of food and beverage items, each with a different theme. These are the primary draw for every festival, and are worth planning the majority of a day around.
Food items at every festival range from brilliantly creative to grilled cheese and tomato soup, so there are items perfect for everyone in the family. Picky eaters should find just as much a home at the festivals as the foodies of the family, giving everyone in the party a reason to attend any of the festivals. Food tours that grant an additional complimentary food item add to the fun
If food isn't the draw for your party, each festival has an array of different activities. Scavenger hunts are present at each, while the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts has art galleries and an enormous paint-by-numbers, the Flower and Garden Festival is a more slowly paced affair filled with topiaries and scenery.
When can you go?
Although the dates have not been announced for every festival, here's what we do know, along with what trends from previous years show you can expect::
Jan. 14, 2022 -Feb. 21, 2022 - Epcot International Festival of the Arts
March 2, 2022 -July 4, 2022 - Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Mid-July -Late November - Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Late November - Late December - Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
Which should you attend?
Epcot International Festival of the Arts - This is best for those who want a lot of additional activities or have less adventurous diners in their party. The International Festival of the Arts offers more complex, wildly creative food, but it also offers a handful of simpler dishes for those who aren't willing to jump out on a limb. With so many additional activities to take part in, those who would rather eat a standard meal in the park can still enjoy the festival while finding plenty to do..
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - This is best for those who prefer a slower pace. A lot of this festival is centered around the topiaries and bounty of flowers planted throughout the park, and so it is best enjoyed with a dish or drink in hand while flower-gazing and people-watching.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival - This is best for the foodies. With the highest count of food booths out of all the festivals, this is a no-brainer for those who want a lot of dining variety, with some of the best individual items from any festival being located here.
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays - This festival is a great mix between all of the others, and provides equal amounts of entertainment and dining without too heavy an emphasis on one over the other. With sweets at the forefront of its dining options, those who want to focus on savory might be more excited with the other festivals. If sugar is your forte, the cookie stroll makes a great activity for all guests.