Art enthusiasts, rejoice! It’s that time of year again, as we welcome Epcot’s annual International Festival of the Arts! This spectacular event debuted in 2017, bringing thousands of people together to celebrate good art, food and entertainment.
This year, the event kicked off January 18 and runs through February 25. In other words, that’s 39 days packed with an exciting lineup of dazzling performances, mouthwatering food, and striking displays of handcrafted art.
You’d better start planning your trip now if you haven’t already. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on one of the most anticipated seasonal Disney events of the year! Here are just some of the things you can expect to do while you’re there.
What Can You Do at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts?
This annual event is a powerhouse of breathtaking visual, culinary, and performing arts. Whether you’re looking for a kid-friendly scavenger hunt or an interactive art session with a trained Disney artist – there’s something different around every corner. Here, we’re going to give you more information about the main attractions.
Attend a Live Disney Broadway Performance
This year, Disney expanded the Broadway Concert Series to 7 days a week. So no matter which day you attend, you won’t miss out!
The live Concert Series Performances will take place nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot’s World Showcase. Conveniently, performances happen at 5:30, 6:45 or 8:00 PM. Get all the details on the full schedule of performances here
For guaranteed prime seating reservations, book a Dining Package that includes a delicious meal at one of five Epcot restaurants; Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten, Coral Reef, The Garden Grill, or the Rose & Crown Pub Dining Room. You can make reservations through Disney.com!
Visit a Themed Art Gallery
Get up close and personal with art based on cultures from all around the world. You can view these collections daily around the World Showcase. Galleries include:
- American Heritage – Celebrate our heritage with the art of American Indian communities from 7 geographic regions across the US at the American Adventure Pavilion.
- Bijutsu Kan – Explore the evolution of Japan’s Kawaii culture at the Japan Pavilion.
- Gallery of Arts and History – Examine the unique collection of Moroccan traditional crafts at the Morocco Pavilion.
- House of the Whispering Willows – See how Disney brings China alive at the Shanghai Disney Resort at the China Pavilion
- Mexico Folk Art – Learn about Mexican traditions and artistry at the Mexico Pavilion.
- Stave Church Gallery – Celebrate a salute to Norway with displays of Viking artifacts at the Norway Pavilion.
- Chalk Gallery – Take a look at three-dimensional chalk art and let them challenge your perspective around the World Showcase.
Learn New Art Techniques at a Seminar
Attend a free 30-minute seminar that teaches you new techniques and the workings behind Disney animation! Seminars occur daily in the Odyssey Festival Showplace.
If you can’t wait to start, you can also sign up for one of the interactive workshops offered Friday to Monday. To make sure you have a spot, we recommend you make a reservation as spaces fill up quickly. Classes include:
- Watercolor painting
- Floral design
- Flipbook fundamentals
- Ink and paint animation
- 3D paper crafting
- And more
Grab a Delicious Bite to Eat
Next, let’s talk about food! You’re bound to get hungry just imagining all the new snacks and small plates at this year’s festival.
Luckily, there’s a lot of unique fares to choose from including the Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie that looks like it came straight from a Bob Ross episode. Or the colorful Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate.
Enjoy the Surprise of a New Discovery
While planning ahead is awesome, the best things can happen spontaneously. If surprises are your thing, Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts offers something exciting around every corner.
You can watch classic pieces of Disney art come to life right before your very eyes. If you like what you see, you can even purchase select pieces that very day! Or add your personal contribution to a collective mural and watch it come to life throughout your visit.
Above all, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is an exciting event that only happens once a year. It brings visual, culinary, and performance arts together in one place so you and your family can enjoy the experience. Best of all, the festival is included in regular park admission and with your annual pass!
Mrs. Clean Can, the Clean Cans Kid, and I hope you get out there and enjoy your time at Epcot and Walt Disney World. If you see us at the festival, be sure to say hi! If you miss us, you can tell us all about your favorite experience from the Festival of the Arts in the comments below!