Epcot is always a fun place to expand your horizons, especially during an Epcot International Festival. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts celebrates all things art – performing, visual and culinary – from Jan. 17 and continues for 39 days through Feb. 24, 2020.
Since I have a huge creative side, this festival is my favorite!
Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Guests can kick off 2020 with world-class cuisine, remarkable visual art, and an extraordinary lineup of live entertainment. Introduce your inner aficionado to an exciting extravaganza brimming with phenomenal artists, gourmet fare, musical performances, stage productions, and other amazing acts. We’ve rolled everything you love about the arts into one spectacular festival.
Things to Do at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts
There are plenty of budget-friendly things to do at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. You can have a great time at the festival without spending a whole lot of money.
Don’t forget to grab your Free Festival Passport to document your fun, it makes a great souvenir!
1. Fun Photo Opportunities
The characters around the World Showcase have portraits with them so your picture is a little more creative than normal. There are also well-known paintings that you can jump right into.
The photos come out amazing if you play with the scene a bit and don’t just smile for the camera. If you don’t have Memory Maker the Photopass Photographer will also use your camera to take a picture.
2. Hands-on Art
Be an artist! Whether you help paint the huge mural or wall (free) or paint your own masterpiece scarf (at cost) you can get artistic at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
Every 2-3 days a mural is finished and is displayed near the old Universe of Energy building. Each mural is different so if you go more than once your painting will be different.
The kids can get involved too with special Art Festival Kidcot stops!
3. Specially-Created Food Studios
Twelve festival Food Studios plus additional food and beverage locations will take culinary arts to the next level with scrumptious, imaginative dishes – artistically sculpted and ready for camera closeups. New this year is the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine featuring a culinary reward – guests who collect a stamp in their festival passports for each menu item purchased along the Wonderful Walk will fill their “palette” and receive a delicious technicolor treat.
The Food Studios are an edible wonderland of dishes and beverages, from the Deconstructed Reuben and Rainboba drink at The Deconstructed Dish Food Studio, to the Wild Mushroom Risotto and Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist at The Masterpiece Kitchen at the Canada pavilion.
The Decadent Delights Food Studio features the sweetest takes on culinary art like the Lemon Blood-Orange Tart and the White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette. Guests will discover new twists on festival favorites, as well as a broad selection of libations from craft brewers and global wineries.
If you are on the Disney Dining Plan go for the more expensive offerings as they are just a snack credit, so that is a major bargain! If you are without the dining plan there are lots of great-looking options that are in the $5-$6 price range.
4. Enjoy the Performing Artists all around Epcot
This is additional entertainment above and beyond the normal great shows. All of the shows are free. Some of the performances you may see are:
- Living Statues
- Art Defying Gravity Shows
- Musical Guests
- Sidewalk Artists
5. Disney Art Window Shopping
There are lots of booths featuring different art of Disney or of Florida. You can just window shop and admire all the art. Some of the artists are present and are available to ask questions.
The Cast Members also know a lot about the art and can provide some trivia regarding the pieces. Some of the smaller prints are priced decently if you are looking to grow your Disney art collection. I like seeing different artists and their interpretations of my favorite characters.
6. The Disney on Broadway Series
The popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series returns to America Gardens Theatre with three daily performances headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows. These concerts are part of your park admission!
This year’s talent-rich lineup includes Kissy Simmons, who starred as Nala in “The Lion King,” and Kevin Massey of “Tarzan.” The show-stopping schedule currently features:
- 17, 20, 21, 24 and 25 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
- 18, 19, 22, 23 and 25 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
- 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
- 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
- 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
- Additional January and February performances still to be announced.
7. Premium Art Experiences
Premium festival experiences that include Paint with a Disney Artist and the World Showcase: Destinations Discovered guided tour are available to guests for a fee. To book one of these experiences, guests can call (407) WDW-TOUR or sign up for openings still available the day of their festival visit. Visit ArtfulEpcot.com for details.
To book an interactive workshop featuring Ink & Paint Animation, 3D Paper Crafting, Gesture Drawing Basics, Animation 101 or Doodling (additional fee) that take place Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. in World Showplace, call 407-WDW-FEST or visit Guest Relations in the park.
8. Figments Scavenger Hunt
Join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art in each World Showcase pavilion.
9. Enjoy the Festival of Arts Playground
Explore the Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush, green environment built for exploring.
10. Special Kidcot Stops
Let the kids pick their palette and express themselves at Kidcot Fun Stops reimagined just for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
Disney on Broadway Dining Package
Another returning favorite is our Disney on Broadway Dining Packages, where you can maximize your experience at the Festival with a meal at one of the participating Epcot restaurants and priority seating for our Disney on Broadway concert series.
The concert series will feature pairings of Disney on Broadway stars, singing favorite songs from award-winning Broadway shows. When you reserve a Disney on Broadway Dining Package, you’ll be able to relax at your meal with friends and family and rest assured that your priority seats are waiting for you for the 5:30, 6:45 or 8 p.m. concert. Disney on Broadway Dining Packages are available for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and include a 3-course meal or full buffet, depending on the location.
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Post Originally Published 1-1-2018