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Your Guide to Epcot Festivals for 2023: Dates Announced for the 2023 Flower & Garden Festival

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Epcot festivals take place all throughout the year, and they have certainly gained a great deal of popularity over the years. But if you’re not a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World, they can feel a bit overwhelming. Should you plan your trip around a festival? What should you expect if you do decide to visit Epcot during one of the seasonal festivals? Here’s everything you need to know and more about the Epcot festivals for 2023 and beyond.

 


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What You Need to Know About All Epcot Festivals

All Epcot Festivals feature food and beverage booths throughout the park. You will find temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent booths throughout Epcot that feature exclusive menu items for each festival. Menus are released shortly before each festival and typically offer unique food and drink options that aren’t available at any other time of the year.

Typically, there is a feature show at America Gardens Theatre for each of the festivals, and each show typically has an associated dining package that guarantees admission. (But due to popularity, arriving early may still be your best bet at getting a good seat!)

Every festival offers unique entertainment, activities, and even merchandise throughout the park. Some activities are free, while others do require an additional fee. One activity to take note of is a paid scavenger hunt. Maps can be purchased (usually less than $10), and guests then search the park for items. Your completed map can be exchanged for a small treat or item.

 

Tips and Tricks

Takumi-Tei in Epcot | magicintheplanning.comEpcot festivals are quite popular with the locals, which means that evenings and weekends will be busy. If you want to avoid the crowds, plan to visit Epcot during the week and make the most of your daytime hours. You may also want to avoid the first and last weekends of the event as these tend to be more crowded.

Also, keep in mind that some guests may engage in a bit more alcohol consumption, especially during the Food & Wine Festival, as many of the booths offer unique drinks and wine tastings. For some, this may not be a big deal, but for families traveling with younger children, it may be something you want to consider.

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

  • Dates for 2022: January 14-February 21
  • Dates for 2023: January 13-February 20
  • Menu for 2023 

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According to Disney, this festival celebrates the “creation of art and cuisine.” It also boasts some of the best activities of all the Epcot festivals. In addition to all of the artistic culinary creations, you will find animation classes, a paint-by-number mural, workshops (for an additional fee), photo ops throughout the park, and must-see galleries as well as artwork available for purchase.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series – Taking place at the American Gardens Theatre, this concert series featuring Broadway performers made its return in 2022 and will be back for the 2023 festival. The shows begin at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8:00 PM on select nights.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series Schedule for 2023:

  • Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) & Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”) – January 13, 15, 16, 19, 20
  • Arielle Jacobs (“Aladdin”) & Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”) – January 14, 17, 18, 21, 22
  • Patti Murin (“Frozen”) & Robert Creighton (“Frozen”) – January 23, 25, 26, 29, 30 & February 2, 3
  • Mandy Gonzalez (“AIDA”) & L. Steven Taylor (“The Lion King”) – January 24, 27, 28, 31 & February 1, 4, 5
  • Kissy Simmons (“The Lion King”) & Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”) – February 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19
  • Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) & Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”) – February 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16, 17
  • Ashley Brown, Michael James Scott, Kissy Simmons, Josh Strickland – February 20 (Special Finale Performance)

 

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

  • Dates for 2022: March 2 – July 4
  • Dates for 2023: March 1 – July 5
  • Menu for 2022 (menu for 2023 has yet to be released)

This festival features beautifully designed interactive gardens as well as a variety of living sculptures shaped like your favorite Disney characters. You will also find plenty of unique food options, live entertainment, and family-friendly exhibits. The Garden Rocks Concert Series at the America Gardens Theatre took place in 2022 and will likely return in 2023.

Here’s a list of some of the artists who performed in 2022:

March 4-5: The Guess Who
March 6-7: Rick Springfield
March 11-12: Melina Leon – NEW to Garden Rocks
March 13-14: CeCe Winans
March 18-19: Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW
March 20-21: Kool & The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks
March 25-28: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO

April 1-2: The Spinners
April 3-4: The Pointer Sisters
April 8-9: Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks
April 15-16: Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston – NEW
April 17-18: Don Felder, Formerly of The Eagles
April 22-23: STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
April 24-25: Claudia Leitte – NEW
April 29-30: Berlin

May 1-2: TobyMac
May 6-7: Blood, Sweat & Tears
May 8-9: The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks
May 13-14: Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW
May 20-21: A Flock Of Seagulls
May 22-23: Collin Raye – NEW
May 27-28: Thelma Houston – NEW
May 29-30: Little River Band

June 3-6: Simple Plan
June 10-13: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
June 17-20: Plain White T’s

 

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

  • Dates for 2022: July 14 – November 19
  • Dates for 2023: TBD
  • Menu for 2022 (menu for 2023 has yet to be released)

Spaceship Earth in Epcot | magicintheplanning.comUndoubtedly one of the most popular festivals, this event typically features over 30 food and beverage booths (compared to under 20 for the other festivals). As we stated earlier, be prepared for local crowds as many come to “eat and drink their way around the world.”

While we don’t have details yet for 2023, here’s some of what 2022 had to offer:

  • The Eat to the Beat Concert Series will be returning to the America Gardens Theatre.
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt
  • Emile’s Fromage Montage
  • Festival merchandise

Speaking of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, here’s a glimpse at the lineup from 2022:

July 14-15: Baha Men
July 16-18: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
July 22-23: Tonic
July 24-25: Jeremy Camp
July 29-30: Taylor Dayne
July 31-August 1: Tiffany

August 5-8: Joey Fatone & Friends
August 12-13: The Devon Allman Project
August 14-15: Christopher Cross
August 19-20: Journey former Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
August 21-22: Air Supply
August 26-27: Blanco Brown
August 28-29: 98°

September 2-3: Southern Avenue
September 4-5: Kris Allen & David Cook
September 9-10: Hoobastank
September 11-12: Jimmie Allen
September 16-17: Los Amigos Invisibles
September 18-19: American Authors
September 23-24: BBMak
September 25-26: Postmodern Jukebox
September 30-October 1: Stokley

October 2-3: Sheila E.
October 7-8: Mark Wills
October 9-10: 38 Special
October 14-15: Robert Randolph Band
October 16-17: Newsboys
October 21-22: Ray Parker Jr.
October. 23-24: Billy Ocean
October 28-31: Hanson

November 4-7: Boyz II Men
November 11-12: Kenny G
November 13-14: Sugar Ray

 

Also taking place in November as part of this festival is the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. In 2022, the entire event took place November 3-6 and featured a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and the Disney Two Course Challenge (10K and Half Marathon). Virtual options were available as well!

 

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

  • Dates for 2022: November 25 – December 30
  • Dates for 2023: TBD
  • Menu for 2022 (menu for 2023 has yet to be released)

Have you ever wondered what it was like to celebrate the holidays elsewhere around the world? Featuring traditions from around the world, including some incredible cuisine and holiday treats, this festival is certainly to put you in the holiday spirit. It offers some unique holiday entertainment including a celebrity-hosted Candlelight Processional.

Showing nightly at 5:15 PM, 7:00 PM, and 8:30 PM at the America Gardens Theatre, here’s a look at this year’s celebrity narrators:

  • Simu Liu: November 25 – 26, 2022
  • Chita Rivera: November 27 – 29, 2022
  • Raul Esparza: November 30 – December 1, 2022
  • Whoopi Goldberg: December 2 – December 3, 2022
  • Isabella Rossellini: December 4 – December 6, 2022
  • Daymond John: December 7 – December 9, 2022
  • Josh Gad: December 10 – December 12, 2022
  • Gloria Estefan: December 13 – December 14, 2022
  • Neil Patrick Harris: December 15 – December 18, 2022
  • Mariska Hargitay: December 19 – December 20, 2022
  • Cal Ripken Jr: December 21 – December 23, 2022
  • Marie Osmond: December 24 – December 26, 2022
  • Courtney Vance: December 27 – December 28, 2022
  • Angela Bassett: December 29 – December 30, 2022

This year, guests are also able to book Candlelight Processional Dining Packages. There are eight different table service locations to choose from, and each package included:

  • An appetizer, entrée, and dessert OR one (1) full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
  • One guaranteed seat per person to a Candlelight Processional performance held on the same day

Here were the participating locations and pricing for 2022:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway Pavilion): $79 per adult; $51 per child
  • Biergarten Restaurant (Germany Pavilion): $65 per adult; $37 per child
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (The Living Seas): $74 per adult; $30 per child
  • Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land Pavilion): $71 per adult; $46 per child
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse (Canada Pavilion): $100 per adult; $39 per child
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue (American Adventure Pavilion): $40 (same-day dining packages only)
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room (U.K. Pavilion): $64 per adult; $28 per child
  • Spice Road Table (Morocco Pavilion): $52 per adult; $23 per child

It wouldn’t be an Epcot Festival without authentic food and beverages from around the world! Here’s a glimpse at this year’s Holiday Kitchens:

  • American Holiday Table – American Adventure Pavilion (traditional dishes reminiscent of “grandma’s cooking”)
  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen – Germany Pavilion (heartwarming holiday dishes and beverages)
  • Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen – Near Test Track Presented by Chevrolet (cinnamon-glazed nuts and holiday beverages)
  • The Donut Box – Near Test Track Presented by Chevrolet (seasonally-themed donuts)
  • Holiday Hearth Desserts – The Odyssey Pavilion (holly jolly desserts, hot cocoa, and more)
  • Holiday Sweets & Treats – Near Port of Entry (desserts and festive sips)
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen – Between Morocco and France Pavilions (classic deli noshes with a side of New York flair)
  • Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen – Mexico Pavilion (Mexican-inspired food, drinks, and dancing)
  • Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen – France Pavilion (food, wine, and specialty drinks)
  • Mele Kalikimaka – Near Port Of Entry (food and beverages from the islands of Hawa i‘i)
  • **NEW** Nochebuena Cocina – Near Port of Entry (plant-based offering)
  • Shanghai Holiday Kitchen – China Pavilion (popular plates and potables from the China Pavilion)
  • Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen – Japan Pavilion (festive dishes and drinks)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina – Morocco Pavilion (kebabs and cocktails)
  • Tuscany Holiday Kitchen – Italy Pavilion (seasonal Italian food and beverages)
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen – Canada Pavilion (food and drinks from the Great White North)
  • Additional Locations:
    • Funnel Cake – Between the American Adventure Pavilion and Japan Pavilion (mini funnel cake topped with peppermint ice cream, chocolate whipped cream and crushed peppermint)
    • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company – Throughout EPCOT (selection of coffees, plus special holiday treats)
    • Horchata Cold Brew (a blend of Joffrey’s Shakin’ Jamaican™ Cold Brew and Horchata topped with whipped cream and cinnamon)
    • Refreshment Outpost – Between the China and Germany Pavilions (snacks and beverages to go)
    • Refreshment Port – Showcase Plaza (comfort foods and festival specialties)
    • Connections Café and Connections Eatery – World Celebration (treats or beverages with a holiday spin)

Holiday Cookie Stroll – In your Festival Passport, there are 5 official Holiday Cookie Stop locations listed. When you visit each one and purchase the specialty treat, you’ll receive a stamp on your passport. Once you collect all 5 stamps, simply present your passport at Holiday Sweets & Treats (near Port of Entry) to receive a specialty cookie! (Yum!) This activity is for all ages and can be completed at your leisure between November 25 and December 30, 2022.

Here are this year’s menu items:

  • Nochebuena Cocina: Alfajores – Vanilla Shortbread Cookie with Dulce de Leche and Coconut
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen: SNICKERS-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS bar pieces
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen: Black and White Cookie (plant-based)
  • American Holiday Table: Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen: Linzer Cookie
  • Holiday Hearth Desserts: Gingerbread Cookie
  • Sunshine Seasons: Jingle Sugar Cookie made with M&M’S chocolate candies
  • Connections Café: Sugar Cookie

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind – Known for its music, this attraction will be receiving a holiday overlay including a “mash-up” of your favorite Christmas hits.

Spaceship Earth Holiday Lighting – This attraction’s beautiful new lights will take on a festive feel with winter-themed compositions.

Gingerbread Display – Inside the American Adventure Rotunda, you will find recreations of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and The American Adventure building all created out of gingerbread.

Daytime Live Performances – During the day, you’ll have opportunities for other special performances featuring  JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season, The JAMMitors, Mariachi Cobre, and Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.

Olaf’s Holiday Scavenger Hunt – All you have to do is purchase a map, which is $9.99 plus tax at Festival merchandise locations. Then, using the provided stickers, you mark each Olaf on the map that you spot around World Showcase. When your map is complete, simply take it to Disney Traders, Creations Shop, or World Traveler at International Gateway to redeem it for a gift!

Storytellers – Some of this year’s entertainers include Las Posadas (Mexico Pavilion), Canadian Holiday Voyageurs (Canada Pavilion), Chinese Lion Dance celebrating the new year (China Pavilion), Santa Claus (American Adventure), a Hanukkah storyteller along the promenade, and storytellers in France, Italy, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom. The Voices of Liberty will also be performing at this year’s festival!

Living with the Land in the Land Pavilion will also transform for the holidays with a twinkling holiday light display and other festive additions.

 

We hope you enjoyed our guide to the Epcot Festivals! Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to start planning your next Walt Disney World Vacation!


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