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Disney Removes EPCOT Festivals for Majority of Summer 2024

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This summer, I am looking to be extra quiet at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort.

With summer just around the corner, thousands of families and Disney fans are preparing to celebrate the warm weather and vacation season at Walt Disney World Resort. With four theme parks full of attractions, entertainment, and food offerings, families are left with endless opportunities for fun while on their Disney vacation.

During the summer, Disney likes to further entertain guests with special events. Some of the resort’s most infamous events happen during this season. However, due to some changes in schedule, it looks like this summer will be slightly quieter than usual.

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A Festival-Free Summer at Disney

Each summer, fans usually celebrate two major festivals, the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, and the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. With the announcement earlier today about the dates for the latter event, we now know that the majority of the summer will be festival-free at EPCOT.

The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival is renowned for its captivating topiaries, enchanting gardens, and educational demonstrations that highlight sustainable practices and environmental awareness. On the other hand, the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival entices visitors with a culinary journey around the world, featuring an array of global cuisines, wine tastings, and culinary demonstrations by renowned chefs.

Flower and Garden Festival

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This year, the culmination of the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, a vibrant celebration of nature and horticulture at EPCOT, is set to take place on May 27, 2024.

Following this colorful event, there will be a brief interlude before the commencement of the highly anticipated 2024 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, which is scheduled to kick off on August 29. This is a stark contrast to previous years, where Flower and Garden have extended until June, and Food and Wine have started in August.

Why the Change?

This shift in schedule is quite surprising to many Disney fans, and it may come as a disappointment for those who look forward to experiencing events like this during the summer break. While no official reason was given, the reason may be due to the major influx of guests expected to arrive in June for the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. With such a major event happening, it seems like Disney will be plenty busy.

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

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While the date changes for this festival might be a bummer for some fans, others will rejoice in the fact that they are happening at all. Both the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival and the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival are cherished by fans of Walt Disney World Resort, and it is most certain that fans will rejoice in their return this springtime.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

One comment

  1. FINALLY, Disney is beginning to return to Pre-Pandemic “festival programming”!!!
    Prior to the Pandemic, there were NEVER any Epcot Festivals during the summer! Originally, the festivals were scheduled to entice people to come to WDW during the “slow periods” of Fall, after the “holiday season”, & late spring. I’m really glad to see that this seems to be the current trend.

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