EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2024

by Jan 19, 2024

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2024 sign

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Your Key to the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2024

The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is our favorite way to kick off a bright new year at Walt Disney World. From January 12 through February 19, 2024, guests can take part in this colorful event that celebrates the visual, performing, and culinary arts with a Disney twist. Check out the highlights of this inspiring festival and plan your own trip around the world of the arts.

 Culinary Arts Look As Good As They Taste

It wouldn’t be an EPCOT festival without the festival kitchens. The EPCOT Arts Festival is home to more than 15 Food Studios throughout the parks. Featuring new flavors and returning favorites, the Food Studios boast bright and beautiful dishes inspired by different styles of art, as well as artfully composed international cuisine. Use this Foodie Guide to help plan your snacking agenda before arrival. Don’t forget to pick up a Festival Passport at the park entrance or at the Food Studio registers. This handy book has menus for all the festival kitchens, plus more useful information about entertainment and things to do around the park.

To make snacking and drinking around the festival even more fun, guests can take on the challenge of the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine. This stroll through the festival highlights sweet and savory delights in all the colors of the rainbow. Your Festival Passport will show you where to find qualifying dishes, and has a page to collect stamps with each item you try. Once you’ve enjoyed at least 5 of the 7 options on the list – and collected the corresponding stamps, bring your stamped Festival Passport to the Deco Delights Food Studio to receive a complimentary Artist Palette Cookie as your completion prize.

Performing Arts Take Center Stage

DISNEY ON BROADWAY performance during the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

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An annual highlight of the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series. Guests have the opportunity to see performances from some of the brightest stars from Disney’s popular Broadway musicals. Shows take place three times a day, at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 PM at the America Gardens Theatre. Seats for the show are included in your park admission, and on a first-come/first-serve basis. To score guarenteed seats and a delicious meal, consider booking a DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series Dining Package. These prix-fixe package include an appetizer, entree, dessert, and beverage – or one full buffet/family-style meal where applicable – as well as a nonalcoholic beverage. After your meal, you will receive concert seating badges which specify the date and showtime you’ve reserved. You’ll use a separate queue to enter the theater and have access to a guaranteed seating section on a first-come/first-served basis.

Other performances around the park

Keep an eye out around the park for other special live performances throughout the day. Lively musical performances by incredible artists on guitar, harp, saxophone, and even digeridoo take place daily in World Showcase Plaza. Saturday through Wednesday, withness art defying gravity as a troupe of acrobats put on an incredible display of strength, grace, and agility.

Check the My Disney Experience app, or signs around World Showcase Plaza, for daily show times.

Interactive experiences bring art to life

Everyone’s an artist at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts!

At Animation Academy, held daily at 12:30 and 1:30 PM in America Gardens Theatre, learn drawing skills from real Disney artists and learn how to bring a favorite Disney character to life.

At Expression Section: A Paint by Numbers Mural, guests help decorate the park by helping to complete a larger than life wall mural. Take home a souvenir bookmark with a look at what the finished creation will look like at the end of the festival.

Kid’s Chalk Art takes place on the bridge to World Showcase Plaza daily from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, allowing little ones to create the very own masterpieces.

Strike a pose

No EPCOT festival is complete without plenty of special photo-ops. Become part of famous paintings with the help of larger than life tableaus – complete with posing guides – to help you recreate a masterpiece with your friends.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Disney PhotoPass photographers to get special limited time Magic Shots featuring special props and magical special effects created just for this colorful celebration.

 Visual Arts Inspire Awe

Everywhere you look, EPCOT is bursting with art. Stroll the park and visit pop-up visual art galleries – and maybe even get a chance to meet the amazing creators behind the artwork. Bring your big suitcase so you have room to bring home any artistic treasures that you may find.

On the bridge to World Showcase you’ll also find incredible, ever-changing work from world class chalk artists. Keep an eye out interpretations of masterpieces with favorite Disney Characters, “living art” pieces that change throughout the day, and original pieces that play with perspective to put you in the middle of a three dimensional scene.

 Explore art with Figment

Everyone’s favorite purple dragon is on hand to help kids of all ages engage with the art in Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt. As you journey around World Showcase, you’ll help Figment learn all about art. To get started, purchase a map and stickers at Creations Shop, Port of Entry, or World Traveler shop. Then, search for Figment hiding inside art inspired by famous works at each World Showcase pavilion—just look for the Figment-themed picture frame.

Every time you find Figment, add the corresponding sticker to the pavilion on your map. Once your journey is complete, return your map to Disney Traders or World Traveler for an artful little keepsake!

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Grab your paintbrush and get ready to unleash your artistic genius at the Festival of the Arts!

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