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  • On Jan 23, 2023
    Kim from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be at Epcot during the Festival of the Arts. What time will all the vendors and pavilion shops open? Do any of them open when the park opens at 9:00? Thanks!

    Hi there Kim, and a very Royal welcome to planDisney! 

    As one of the artsy members of the Panel, I'm so thrilled that you came here to ask me about the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts! I spent a lot of time there recently taking in all of the sights, sounds and smells of all of the booths and Food Studios during the first week of the Festival; it was my goal to arrive as early as I could to make the most of my day all the way to the very end after watching Harmonious.

    You'll be happy to know that as the park opens, there are a number of shops located in each of the Pavilions that have posted opening hours that coincide with EPCOT's opening time. In my experience, as I walked around EPCOT through World Showcase to start my day with some freshly baked goods from Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, I noticed that many of the vendors were open with the art ready to admire as I made my way past. This is however subject to change, as I also noticed certain vendor stalls setting up and awaiting the arrival of their respective artists in the late morning and early afternoon. The Food Studios scattered across EPCOT currently have a posted opening time of 11:00 AM; our experience in the first week saw the Cast Members waiting for that precise moment before selling their delicious culinary delights!

    While waiting for some of the Food Studios to open, I highly recommend doing a few of the following things to make the most of your time:

    I hope I was able to bestow upon you some helpful knowledge for your upcoming artsy adventure; please come back to ask me about my festival tips and tricks and anything else that can help you plan ahead for your Walt Disney World Resort journey.

    Wishing you all the Best on your Quest for the Fest!
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