In Walt Disney World, EPCOT has become the park known as Festival Central, whereas that title belongs to Disney California Adventure in Disneyland. Whether you favor East or West Coast, you have plenty to choose from when it comes to these special Disney experiences.
Let’s take a closer look at the Big Festivals that regularly taking place on a regular basis at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
EPCOT Festival of the Arts — January 12, 2024 – February 19, 2024
The EPCOT Festival of the Arts celebrated its inaugural year in 2017, and by all accounts, the event was a tremendous success.
The event focuses on three artistic disciplines: Visual, Culinary, and Performing Arts. Guests can observe Disney artists creating artwork right before their eyes in a number of different exhibits. Food Studios (aka booths) offer up dishes and drinks that are as beautiful as they are delicious. And The Disney on Broadway Concert Series showcases tremendously talented artists, straight from the Broadway stage in live performances.
For more information, be sure to visit our current Festival of the Arts Main Page.
EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival — 2024 DATES TBA
In Walt Disney World, Spring can mean only one thing — the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival!
The beloved event is one of Disney’s longest running Festivals, with its beginning way back in 1994. While it began as a celebration of gardening, to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013, the festival began offering Outdoor Kitchens. The kiosks are very similar to what you’ll find at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival; in fact, the structures are the same for both events. Look for dishes here to celebrate flavors of the “host” country, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients.
For more information, be sure to visit our current EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival Main Page.
EPCOT Food and Wine Festival – 2024 DATES TBA
Recognized as the Original Disney Food Festival, the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival began in 1996 with 25 Marketplaces situated around World Showcase.
The success of the event is undeniable. Now a destination for food lovers from all over the world, this event was previously exclusive to the fall, but now begins in the summer months. The 2023 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival dates were July 27th – November 18th.
In addition to the Marketplace Booths situated around World Showcase (and now stretching into World Celebration, World Discovery, and World Nature — the neighborhoods that make up the area previously known as Future World), the Festival also includes many special events at all different price points — some are even free! Enjoy the Eat to the Beat Concert Series nightly, featuring musical acts from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond. Culinary Demonstrations and Wine and Beverage Seminars are some of the Festival’s most popular events, and are an affordable and enjoyable way to learn in a hands-on environment. Grand tasting events such as Party for the Senses turn the Food and Wine Festival into an indulgent experience.
Owing to the popularity of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, other hotels on Disney property have also joined in the fun. Guests can partake in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Food and Wine Classic, held annually during one weekend of the Festival.
For more information, be sure to visit our current Epcot Food and Wine Festival Main Page.
Disney California Adventure Festivals
DCA Food and Wine Festival – March 1 – April 22, 2024
With the success of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort began offering its own Food and Wine Festival in the Spring 2006.
See the menus and food photos for the DCA Food and Wine Festival!
The event continued to run through 2010, experiencing growth each year. In the 2011, the Festival was put on hiatus during a period of extensive construction in the park, and resumed in 2016 for a period of four weekends. In 2017, the event stretched to a daily Festival, spanning six weeks in the Spring.
Rather than an emphasis on international flavors however, the DCA Food and Wine Festival celebrates both the bounty of California as well as its diverse culinary offerings. Festival Marketplace booths line the Performance Corridor (the parade route), and serve appetizer-sized portions of dishes as well as wine, beer, cocktails, and other drinks. Attendees can experience California crops like olives and lemons in a myriad of dishes and drinks at the Booths.
Much like the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, there are also a number of culinary demonstrations, wine and beverage seminars, and special events featuring celebrity chefs.
For more information, be sure to visit our current DCA Food and Wine Festival Main Page.