It's not even Halloween, but we are already looking ahead at what's coming to Walt Disney World in 2020. To kick off the new year, Epcot will once again see the return of the Festival of the Arts. This is actually my favorite event at Epcot for the entire year. It's a fantastic blend of good food, beautiful art to enjoy and one of my favorite entertainment offerings inside this park, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series.
For 2020, the festival will run from January 17th to February 24th for a grand total of 39 days. Due to the fact that this is sandwiched right in between the holidays and the start of Flower & Garden, this is one of Epcot's shorter festivals. Disney has confirmed that the Disney on Broadway Concert series will return for 2020 and run all seven nights of the week again. However we do not have a schedule yet of exact performers and dates and the dining package will soon open up for reservations. I have never felt a real need to book the dining package at other festivals, such as Food & Wine, because there is so much great food around the park at the smaller booths. But like Candlelight Processional, this is a very popular show and I highly recommend booking a dining package to guarantee yourself a great seat.
Just in time for the festival this year, Epcot will debut a few new permanent offerings both in World Showcase and Future World. New films will be a major focal point of the event this year because Disney has confirmed that Awesome Planet, a Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along and Canada Far and Wide will all debut in January as well. An exact date has not been given, but I am sure they will be up and running for the start of the festival on the 17th.. Awesome Planet will be a new film focusing on the beauty of nature found on Earth and naturally be located inside The Land Pavilion. Canada Far and Wide will be a new Circle-Vision 360 film in Canada and be the first seamless screen that wraps around the entire theater. Finally, the Beauty and the Best Sing-Along will be located inside the France Pavilion; alternating performances of the classic Impressions de France film.
For more details on Festival of the Arts, check out my guide to last year's festival along with several reviews and tips on YouTube.