The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will run for 62 days this year, an increase of more than a week from the 2015 edition, which was 53 days, Disney World announced Wednesday evening. The 2016 festival will begin Sept. 14 and end on Nov. 14.
The fest will be on the heels of its newly expanded sister event, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which begins March 2 and runs for 90 days, ending May 30. Last year's Flower & Garden was 75 days.
The news report stated that with these expanded dates, Epcot will be in festival mode for more than 40% of the year.
I can only conclude from this that the festivals are attracting significantly higher attendance. Otherwise, they will have certainly cut it short. After all, even when they've had a recent increase in revenues from the US theme parks, they still laid off people that they didn't think they need as "cost-cutting" measures.