Though construction is well underway on Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Pandora – The World of Avatar is just about to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there really isn’t that much on the docket for Epcot, at least for right now. However, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing going on at this park. On the contrary, there are some very exciting developments happening now that fans of this park should definitely know about!
1. Festival of the Arts now confirmed to be returning in 2018
Earlier this year, Epcot kicked of the first-ever Festival of the Arts, which featured tons of interesting art displays, demonstrations, hands-on activities, specialty food kiosks and even Broadway performances. The lineup truly had something for everyone and unsurprisingly it proved to be quite a hit with park-goers, driving some serious attendance boosts in the early weeks of 2017.
With that in mind, it probably comes as little surprise that it has been confirmed that Disney is officially bringing the Festival of the Arts back for a second year in 2018.
Though no announcements have been made just yet about when this returning event might come back (and whether it will be expanded to weekdays), Disney has at least updated the official event page with confirmation of a 2018 event, which is definitely good news indeed for those that enjoyed this unique event.
Given that festival announcements are typically made around six months in advance, we'd expect an update later this summer regarding what we might expect from next year's Festival of the Arts, so stay tuned for more on this returning event later this year.
2. Epcot begins getting ready for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Though it may seem like the aforementioned Epcot Festival of the Arts just ended, we're now less than a week away from the kickoff of the 2017 edition of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! And preparations are now underway for what will be the biggest iteration yet of this longtime event yet.
Guests who take a stroll around Epcot in the next few days can now see many of the 70 total topiaries going up all over the park, and kiosks that were being used for the Festival of the Arts just last week are now being converted into 15 "Outdoor Kitchens" 13 of which are returning from previous years, with Northern Bloom and The Berry Basket making their debut in just a few days.
This year's 24th edition of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will kick off next week on March 1st, and run all the way through May 20, 2017. During the festival's 90 days, guests will be able to enjoy an expanded demonstrations lineup, special "family friendly" weekend events, and even an expanded four-day-a-week Garden Rocks concert lineup, which includes a dining package option for the first time ever.