Epcot is always a fun place to expand your horizons. For a second year, you can expand your creative palette at the 2nd Epcot International Festival of the Arts. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate all things art – performing, visual and culinary – from January 12 – February 19 – with festivities running seven days a week and Disney On Broadway performances happening each weekend (Fridays through Mondays) in 2018.
After a successful year one in 2017, the festival is coming back better than ever. This year the festival will remain open seven days a week.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Guests can kick off 2018 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.
Budget-Friendly 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!
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.
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 finshed 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!
Specially-Created Food Studios
Lots of food booth around the World Showcase are offering a wealth of “artistic” culinary delights. 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 $4-$5 price range.
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Performing Artists all around Epcot
This is additional entertainment above and beyond the normal great shows. All of the shows are free. There are sidewalk chalk artists and living statues!
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, interpretations of my favorite characters.
The Disney on Broadway Series
The Disney on Broadway featuring performers from some of the best Disney Theatrical Productions is a free offering though you can get the dining package described later in this post.
- January 12-15 and 19-22: Kara Lindsay (NEW!) and Kevin Massey, who will perform songs from “Tarzan,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies” and “Frozen.”
- January 26-29 and February 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White, who will perform songs from “Tarzan,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Aladdin,” and “The Little Mermaid.”
- February 9-12 and 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland, who will perform songs from “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Tarzan,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Frozen.”
Seminars and Workshops
Seminars and Workshops from top Disney, local, and nationally-renowned artists including classes on drawing animation, photography and the art of making topiaries – just to name a few. The workshops are $39 per person plus tax. Call 407-WDW-TOUR to book.
The seminars are free and include things like the basics of art and an animation class taught by a real Disney artist.
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.