Last weekend my boyfriend, brother, sister-in-law, and I went to Epcot for the Festival of the Arts. In its fourth year, the festival continues to expand and celebrate the diversity of the arts.
I’ve visited the last three years and each time I leave with a heightened need to create and an even greater desire to be a full-time creative. This year was no different, with lots of new experiences to take part in (new food offerings that had me wishing I was as creative in the kitchen as Disney Chefs!) and many offerings returning that have become staples of the festival (getting to meet artists, the weekly mosaic, and of course, viewing the galleries!).
I may be a little biased, but I think the Festival of the Arts is the best festival that Disney presents. You might be thinking, “pssh, I don’t have an artistic bone in my body – I won’t enjoy the festival.“ But what’s so great about the Festival of the Arts is it makes the arts enjoyable for most anyone!
The arts are often viewed as being either “lofty” (i.e. you walk into the Museum of Modern Art in New York and leave not understanding what you just viewed – spoiler alert: whatever you think the piece means is what it means – there are no correct answers in art!) or not as important as other subjects (i.e. art budgets being cut in schools across the nation). The Festival of the Arts breakdowns the barriers that many face to the arts and also highlights the importance of art to every day life.
Okay, I’ll get off my soap box, but seriously, you need to check out everything the festival has to offer!
The Festival of the Arts runs from January 17 through February 24 and majority of offerings are available with your general park admission.
If you won’t be able to make it there this year and want to be an armchair traveler, check out the video of my weekend at the festival. Of course, if you are going to attending and are looking for some tips and tricks I’d also suggest taking a quick look!