If you know me at all, you know that I’m a total Disney nerd. I’ve loved the movies since before I can even remember – my parents still remind me of how I watched my Snow White sing-a-long movie on repeat for about three years. We finally visited Disney World when I was eleven, and I’ve been hooked ever since! To some people, it may sound cheesy, but it truly is one of my favorite places, especially when I’m with my family.
There’s a million different things I could talk about that have to do with Disney World, it really is the happiest place on earth, and there’s so much to do, see, explore, and especially eat (the food is my favorite part)! But, one of my newfound favorites are the events that Disney puts on to draw the crowds during their slow months. The Disney marathon is a huge one, and we actually visited on that weekend the last two years – although I definitely wasn’t a participant, just a spectator!
After marathon weekend last year, we stayed through the week, and it just so happened that we came across Epcot’s newest festival in its inaugural year – Disney’s Festival of the Arts! We had no clue what it was and so we showed up the day it opened, our last day in Orlando, and were pleasantly surprised to find an entire festival dedicated to art (my favorite) that just so happened to include a ton of incredible food (my FAVORITE)! It was so exciting to experience something new in a place that has so many traditions and famous attractions, and when planning our most recent trip, we didn’t object when it happened to fall on the same weekend!
Basically, the Festival of the Arts is a huge celebration of art, the artists who create it, and getting others involved and creating, as well. There’s tons of pop-up shops set up throughout the park that feature local and national artists selling their own art and creating right there. There’s also stations where park goers can get in on the action, like a marbling class or a giant paint-by-number mural. The entire festival is so much fun to see, especially if you’re into art in any capacity.
But the real showstopper of the festival, which runs from January 12-February 19, is the incredible food stands that seem to appear overnight with all kinds of new and exciting creations to try out! My family always uses the Disney dining plan, which allots snacks for each person daily, so this year we knew to save ours for the last day so we could fully enjoy the fare without breaking the bank. If you’re an adventurous eater, or if you just love trying new things, then the photos that follow this are going to be for you! I know it’s a crazy amount, but I just want you to get the full-effect here. Also, please don’t be alarmed by the sheer amount of food – we just grazed through the festival instead of actually eating everything, so don’t judge!
If you’re looking to take a trip to Disney in the next year or so, definitely be sure to look at what events they’re putting on in the time that you’re traveling! You just might find your new favorite time of year to visit! Also, tell me your favorite things about Disney! If you’re not a huge Disney fan (I know not everyone is!), then what’s your absolute favorite vacation to go on?