When I planned our 2018 trip to Walt Disney World, I was SUPER excited to see that the International Festival of the Arts would be at Epcot during the same time. (I will do a blog post all about the festival soon!)
The festival offers guests a chance to spend the day walking through and experiencing the arts–visual, culinary, music and theatre. As an extra added fun bonus, Epcot hosts a ton of seminars, workshops and classes at an additional cost.
Hands-on learning at Disney?? Yes, please! Sign us up!
As Christmas gifts, I gave my children tickets to the P.S. Flavor! Artisanal Spice Artistry Workshop. My son works in the food industry and my daughters love to cook and bake. A class all about spices was a perfect fit for the 4 of us and we looked forward to doing something different while at Epcot during our vacation.
Read the description of the class below (taken directly from the Walt Disney World website):
P.S. Flavor! Artisanal Spice Artistry
Pam Smith and Nicole Ramsland, P.S. Flavor! Artisanal Spice Blends
Odyssey Festival Showplace
Workshop begins at 11:00 AM
$39 per person plus tax
Blend your own spices with a “sand art twist” and learn the creative
process of bringing a beautiful artisanal spice blend to life
Unfortunately, the class was not AT ALL what we hoped it would be. BIG BUMMER.
First of all, the first 20 minutes of the workshop was filled with awkward banter
between the mother and daughter who were running the class.
We did NOT blend our own spices. We took the spices provided and put them
in a jar. That was it. We moved the spices from small containers
into a glass jar. The spices were pre-measured, so we just poured from the small, black cups into a jar. FOR REAL.
The “Blend your own spices” was the adobo spice blend sold by the presenter’s company, P.S. Flavor! Essentially, we WAY overpaid and unknowingly packaged a bottle of the company’s spice blend, which was the only spice we were given.
Pouring the spices from one container to another took about 5 minutes. Next, and for more than half of the “workshop”, we made “paint” by adding water and painted with another set of spices. Yes. Painted a picture. Where in the description does it
state that more than half of the class focuses on painting?
Pam Smith (the woman that owns the spice company) kept
“sharing” random and incorrect information about paint history–going as
far to say that Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel with spices.
That is simply not true.
The majority of the time was filled with what can only be described as
an infomercial for the personal spice company. The class felt like a long, drawn-out infomercial, a desperate attempt to get everyone to buy the online spice and cooking subscription classes. My children and I found the workshop uncomfortable and a complete waste of time and money.
The WORST part–At the end of the class, we were left with these sopping wet paintings
and no place to put them. HELLO! We were in the middle of Epcot!
My son and one of my daughters just threw their paintings in the trash, which made my heart hurt a little bit. So disappointing!
I had to take the other 2 paintings back to our car–a long, long walk that wasted at least another hour of my Epcot park time.
We left the “class” with a small jar of spices and an informational card about the spice company–another sales pitch. We were all very upset that we wasted our Epcot park time and spent the rest of the day trying to make up for lost time.
We did NOT “Blend our own spices”. We filled a jar, listened to an
infomercial for a spice company, received false information and painted
some palm trees. This class was a complete waste of time and money and
we could not have been more disappointed in the false advertisement and
the way we were forced to sit through a sales pitch from the presenters.
I try to find the good in a bad experience and honestly, I enjoyed the painting process–because, well…I am an artist. But, I did NOT sign up and pay for a faulty art lesson (palm trees?!?) and I would NEVER commit part of our Epcot day for such, especially for my 3 children. Disney dropped the ball on this one, for sure.
Even though this experience is our 17th of 100 adventures, I did contact Guest Experience Services at the Walt Disney World company and asked for a refund for the price of the 4 tickets to the workshop. I am still waiting for a response.
***I am very pleased to report that Disney did in fact refund the $166.16 for the 4 tickets to this event. Thank you Disney for making this right. We appreciate you and LOVE you!
Good or bad, our experience adventures continue!
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