Get your paintbrushes ready for the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts! This festival highlights creativity in all forms — the visual, performing and culinary arts. Back for its seventh year, the festival runs from Jan. 13 to Feb. 20, 2023, and the best thing is that the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is included with regular park admission. We're here to paint the full picture of the best eats and acts to enjoy during the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, plus our top tips to make your visit a masterpiece!
Besides the almost-too-pretty to eat food (I said almost ... ), our favorite aspect of the festival is taking in all of the amazingly talented artists. There are so many booths full of beautiful paintings for sale (Leap has to remind me that we really don't have the wall space for all of them) and lots of live performances to check out. Plus the Disney on Broadway Concert Series returns — we love seeing our favorite Disney classics sung by Broadway stars!
Overall, in my not-so-humble opinion, this festival is EPCOT's best. Entertainment abounds with live performances, art being created on-site and so much more. It's not just the Disney artists showcasing their art ... you can exercise the right side of your brain too!
EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Variety Acts
Art in Action
Everywhere you turn at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, you’ll find inspiration. Not being personally graced with artistic talent myself, watching art come alive is fascinating for me. Tons of artists can be found around the park, whether creating something new on the spot, talking with guests or signing their work. The creativity is truly astounding. What’s even cooler is that you can purchase the pieces that you watched being created before your very eyes!
What's wonderful about the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is that the art spans beyond Disney. You can watch artists create both 2D and 3D chalk art inspired by famous paintings in addition to beloved Disney characters. (You can find the Chalk Art Galleries on the bridge to Showcase Plaza.) There are almost 100 Disney and visiting artists displaying their work, so it's easy to find something for every Frog Family! And keep an out for drawings of Disney characters hidden throughout World Showcase (our favorite one last year was inspired by "Luca" near the fountain in Italy)!
The whole family can get in on the action during the EPCOT Festival of the Arts' interactive activities (confirmed for 2023). Everyone can grab a paintbrush and help create a larger-than-life mural with Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural, typically open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in World Nature across from The Land pavilion. With Figment's Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt, tadpoles can search for Figment hiding inside famous works of art at each World Showcase pavilion. Maps are available for purchase at Port of Entry, Creations Shop and World Traveler.
Tadpoles and fully-grown frogs alike can create their own art pieces at a Spin Art Experience, available between Refreshment Outpost and Germany. Guests can jump on a stationary bicycle connected to a spinning drum, where you spread paint onto paper, choose from four colors and mix to your heart's desire. One experience costs $19 and two experiences cost $30 (with an optional frame for an additional $10), and your finished piece is ready for pick up after drying for 15 minutes.
Free Animation Academy classes will return in 2023! During these classes, you can learn to draw some of your favorite Disney characters. Taking place daily at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the America Gardens Theatre, guests simply pick up a clipboard with paper and a small pencil and find an available seat. A Disney animator walks guests through how to draw a Disney character, with instructions filmed on the big screens so they can easily follow along.
The whole family can get in on the art action with these creative and interactive experiences. Take a look at our favorite activities for kids during EPCOT International Festival of the Arts!
Throughout the day, a variety of performances take place at the World Showcase Plaza (at the entrance to World Showcase near Disney Traders). A favorite of ours is the "Visual Art in Performance" show, which features Trevor Carlton, a visiting visual artist painting Disney characters within minutes on stage. He always hypes up the audience as he paints along to high-energy music and we hope he returns in 2023. Last year, we watched him create a Goofy portrait right before our eyes! Showtimes are typically at 12:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., but the performances do not hoppen every day of the festival.
Last year, at the World Showplace Events Pavilion (located between Canada and the UK), we saw "Art Defying Gravity" as a duo of acrobats demonstrate a show of strength and dexterity. Showtimes are typically at 11 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., but be sure to check the My Disney Experience app, as the show may not be available during the week.
Disney on Broadway Concert Series at EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
We’re no Broadway connoisseurs, but this Frog Family has fallen in love with the Disney on Broadway Concert Series — confirmed to return in 2023! Last year, siblings Adam and Arielle Jacobs kicked off the 2022 series with a fun, energetic performance that showcased their powerful vocals! They sang hits from "High School Musical," "The Lion King" and "Aladdin." Getting to see a variety of Broadway stars perform at no additional cost really adds value to the festival for us.
If you have theater-loving tadpoles in your family, you won’t want to miss the show. All of these performers will blow you away with their talent and have you singing all night long! If you’ve heard “We Don't Talk About Bruno” one too many times in your household (we’ve all been there), have no fear — these performers dig deep into Disney classics and offer a unique style. Our favorite part is hearing songs exclusive to the Broadway shows ... not included in the original films!
Performances typically take place nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. That means you can sing and dance every day of the week! We'd suggest arriving about 30 minutes early to get good seats, but most nights you can grab a seat in the back just before showtime. If you'd like to guarantee a prime seat in front, dining packages are available for booking beginning Dec. 13, 2022. Reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-Fest or visiting ArtfulEpcot.com. Participating restaurants include Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Garden Grill Restaurant and Rose & Crown Dining Room.
Recently announced, here's a list of performers, including returning favorites and some festival newcomers!
Disney on Broadway Concert Series Schedule 2023
- Jan. 13, 15, 16, 19, 20 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) & Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
- Jan. 14, 17, 18, 21, 22 – Arielle Jacobs (“Aladdin”) & Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
- Jan. 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, Feb. 2, 3 – Patti Murin (“Frozen”) & Robert Creighton (“Frozen”)
- Jan. 24, 27, 28, 31, Feb. 1, 4, 5 – Mandy Gonzalez (“AIDA”) & L. Steven Taylor (“The Lion King”)
- Feb. 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19 – Kissy Simmons (“The Lion King”) & Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
- Feb. 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16, 17 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) & Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”)
- Special Finale Performance: Feb. 20 – Ashley Brown, Michael James Scott, Kissy Simmons, Josh Strickland
EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Eats and Treats
If you know us at all by now, you know that we toadally live for the food at EPCOT’s annual festivals. In 2023, we will have 16 festival-exclusive Food Studios, offering tons of almost-too-pretty-to-eat food and drink. New booths include Moderne, offering avant-garde menu items, and Figment's Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food and Little Sparks Magic, offering items bursting with color and flavor. While we wait for the 2023 menus to be released, you can check out last year's menus below:
Pop Eats! (Near Port of Entry)
- Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
- (New) Tomato Soup with Bacon, Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese
- Almond Frangipane Cake layered with raspberry jam and Belgian chocolate
- Pop’t Art: Modern-designed sugar cookie with chocolate-hazelnut filling
- (New) Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket with Rainbow Popcorn (limit to two per guest)
- Hazy IPA
- Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary
The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry)
- Deconstructed BLT: Crispy pork belly, soft-poached egg, brioche, watercress espuma and tomato jam
- (New) Deconstructed French Onion Soup: Beef broth ravioli, Gruyère espuma, onion bread pudding and onion textures
- (New) Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key lime curd, “Key lime” mousse, graham cracker cake and meringues
- (New) Deconstructed Apple Pie à la Mode: Apple-cinnamon gelato, cinnamon apple cider, apple pie filling and streusel (nonalcoholic)
- Brown Ale
NEW! The Craftsman's Courtyard (Near Disney Traders)
- (New) Paté de Campagne: Country Pork Paté with pistachios, truffles, toasted ciabatta, red onion marmalade, pickled mustard seed and caper berries
- (New) Cast Iron-roasted P.E.I. Mussels with Sautéed Tomatoes, Garlic and Fresh Herbs
- (New) Cast Iron-seared Steelhead Trout with parsley salad, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, capers and lemon aïoli
- Wheat Beer
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Wine Flight
NEW! Deco Delights (Near Port of Entry)
- (New) Dulce Chocolate Mousse with chocolate crémeux and dark chocolate truffle (pictured)
- (New) Decadent Valrhona Chocolate with dark chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie and cassis mousse
- (New) Orange Mousse with lemon cake and raspberry meringues (pictured)
- Strawberry Blonde Nitro
- Vanilla Porter
- Milk Stout
- Neapolitan Beer Flight
The Donut Box
- (New) Vanilla Donut with strawberry sugar, strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries and strawberry gele
- (New) Inside Out Donut: Vanilla donut with Bavarian cream
- (New) Chocolate-dipped Donut with black and gold sugar sprinkles and chocolate buttercream
- Cold Fashion Coffee Cocktail
El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)
- (New) Huarache Verde: Cilantro huarache with cochinita pibil, fresh pineapple and pickled onion
- (New) Carne Asada: Seared beef tenderloin, grilled queso fresco, refried beans, scallion and ranchera salsa
- Taco de Chocolate: Chocolate candy shell filled with Mexican chocolate mousse with a touch of chile topped with seasonal fruit (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Mexican Craft Beer: Crafted with citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean seawater
- The Lily: Blanco tequila, violet essence Infusion, rose petal liqueur, cranberry and lime juice
- Smoky Raspberry: Blanco tequila, rosemary-infused mezcal, ginger cordial, lime juice and rosemary aroma
The Painted Panda (China)
- General Tso’s Chicken Shumai
- Char Siu Pork Bun
- “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic milk tea with black and white boba (nonalcoholic)
- Jasmine Draft Beer
- Eastern Dynasty: Vodka, light rum, strawberry syrup, piña colada mix, soda water and magic boba pearls
- Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, triple sec, mango syrup, orange juice and soda water
- Sea Butterfly: Butterfly pea flower-infused cocktail with vodka, light rum, lychee syrup and magic boba pearls (pictured)
- Plant-based Bratwurst with spicy turmeric aïoli, coffee barbecue jackfruit and slaw (plant-based)
- Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Blue Raspberry Blonde Ale
- Nairobi Coffee Dark Beer
- Brown Ale
Pastoral Palate (Germany)
- Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic
- (New) Wild Boar Cassoulet with duck confit, ham hock, and wild boar sausage
- Opera Cake: Almond joconde, coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache
- Rosé Hard Cider
- Rosé Blonde Ale
- Frozen Rosé
- A Play on Rosé Flight
- Old Vine Rosé
L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)
- (New) Arancini: Fried risotto balls stuffed with braised beef and served with Pomodoro sauce
- (New) Ravioli alla Boscaiola: Sweet sausage ravioli, mushrooms, caramelized onions and creamy Parmesan sauce
- (New) Bomboloni: Chocolate-hazelnut Italian doughnut with powdered sugar
- Peroni Pilsner
- Pinot Grigio
- Red Sparkling Wine
- Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
- Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
- Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello
- Amaretto Bellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée and Prosecco
- Bergamotto: Rosolio Liqueur, Prosecco and Olive
The Artist's Table (The American Adventure)
- Beef Wellington: Mushroom duxelle, prosciutto, and puff pastry with red wine demi-glace and baby vegetables
- Pan-seared Scallops with vanilla-butternut squash purée, brown butter cauliflower purée, and lime foam
- Pistachio Cake with cherry mousse and morello cherries
- Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, milk and dark chocolate (nonalcoholic)
- White Ale
- Amber Ale
- Brown Ale
- Pinot Noir
- Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Cream liqueurs paired with Sipping Chocolates
- Beer Flight
- (New) Cherry Blossom Funnel Cake: Chocolate chip funnel cake topped with cherry ice cream, rainbow whipped cream, chocolate chips and a maraschino cherry
- (New) Chicken Kushiage: Breaded and fried chicken with yum yum sauce and vegetables
- Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped sushi featuring salmon, tuna, shrimp, cucumber and sesame seed over a decorated plate of wasabi aïoli, sriracha and eel sauce
- Winter Ale
- Sake in a traditional personalized wooden cup
- (New) Niseko Flurry: Sake, rum, white cranberry juice, blue curaçao and lime juice
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)
- (New) Grilled Kebabs with carrot chickpea salad and garlic aioli (Chose of Lamb Kofta or Harissa Chicken)
- (New) Carrots Three Ways: Berbere-spiced grilled carrots, pickled carrots and carrot ginger purée (plant-based)
- (New) House-made Crispy Almond Phyllo Pockets with white chocolate pomegranate and milk chocolate orange
- Chai Tea Mint Mimosa: Twinings of London Chai Tea with Key lime sparkling wine and mint
- Sangria Hard Cider
- Chai Hard Cider
- Berry Hard Cider
- Cider Flight
Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina (Between Morocco & France)
- (New) House-made Chorizo and Potato Empanada with turmeric aïoli and annatto aïoli
- (New) Spicy Ajiaco Soup with guajillo and árbol chili-spiced chicken, potato, avocado, corn, and crème fraîche (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Passion Fruit Mousse with Dragon Fruit Jam (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie (nonalcoholic)
- Frozen Piña Colada
- Passion Fruit Daiquiri
L’Art de la Cuisine Française (France)
- Crème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm creamy brie in a house-made bread bowl
- Croissant à la Truffe Noire d’Hiver: Black winter truffle croissant served warm
- (New) Mousseline de Bisque de Homard Froide, Brioche Feuilletée à l’Aneth: Chilled lobster bisque mousse served with dill brioche
- Moelleux aux Noisettes et Chocolats Valrhona: Molten chocolate and hazelnut cake with pure origin Valrhona chocolates
- Frozen French Martini: Vodka, black raspberry liqueur, pineapple, orange and grape juice with lemon-lime foam
- French Rosé Sparkling Wine
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sparkling Chardonnay
Refreshment Port (Near Canada)
- (New) Gnocchi Poutine with red wine-braised beef, cheese curds, basil and burrata
- Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
- (New) Blood Orange Cosmo: Vodka with blood orange, cranberry and lime
- Hard Cider
Gourmet Landscapes (Canada)
- (New) Blood Orange-braised Beet Carpaccio with mustard vinaigrette, pickled clamshell mushrooms, golden beets and crostini (plant-based)
- (New) Roasted Bone Marrow with onion marmalade, pickled mushrooms, mache lettuce and bone marrow snow
- Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction
- German Lager
- Cuvée Sparkling Wine
- Frozen Rusty Nail Cocktail
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
- World Discovery (Near Mission: SPACE) – Mocha Masterpiece Cold Brew: A sweet creamy cold brew topped with whipped cream and chocolate puffs
- Canada – Colorful Canvas Cold Brew: A sweet creamy cold brew topped with whipped cream and fruity cereal
- World Showcase (Near Disney Traders) – Cinnamon Swirl Cold Brew: A sweet creamy cold brew topped with whipped cream and cinnamon squares
- The American Adventure – Rainbow Dreams Cold Brew: A sweet creamy cold crew topped with whipped cream and colorful marshmallow crunch
The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine is back for 2022. Similar to the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays' Cookie Stroll, you receive a colorful culinary surprise if you get five menu items from the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine locations and get a stamp in the Festival Passport for each of them. You can redeem your special prize from Deco Delights. This year, participating menu items include:
- Deconstructed Key Lime Pie (The Deconstructed Dish)
- Pan-seared Scallops (The Artist's Table)
- House-made Chorizo and Potato Empanada (Vibrante & Vivido: Encanto Cocina)
- Blood Orange-braised Beet Carpaccio (Gourmet Landscapes)
- Vanilla Doughnut (The Donut Box)
Not only is the food absolutely delicious, but the platters are oh-so-Instagram-worthy. Each snack and meal is a work of art both in taste and sight. Our favorite was the new Encanto booth, the empanadas were great (fair warning: there was a bit of a spicy kick to it) and the delicious Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie that Lily loved (plus we kept the cup as a souvenir!) We always like trying out the Deconstructed Dishes; we enjoyed the Key Lime Pie a bit better than the deconstructed BLT. We all tried the Kebabs from Tangerine Cafe in Morocco (go for the chicken if worried about spice) while I sipped on the Chai Tea Mint Mimosa. The Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup from Pop Eats were also a hit with the tadpoles and Leap. The Palette Cookie from Refreshment Port is a perfect nod to this creative festival. We can't wait to try out more food and drink as we continue to visit the festival!
EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Tips and Tricks
Here are our favorite tips for this year's EPCOT International Festival of the Arts:
- Pick up a free festival passport at the park entrance before you head in. It was perfect for planning our day! Everything you need to know is packed inside, including all of the Food Studios' menus and the locations for shows and activities (some showtimes can be found in the My Disney Experience app).
- Try scheduling your visit for Tuesday through Thursday mornings for lighter crowds. Locals tend to stop by on the weekends! Don't froget — if you're park hopping, you'll need a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park you'll be visiting — so if that's EPCOT, you'll need a Disney Park Pass reservation for EPCOT!
- Find interactive photo-ops throughout World Showcase. You and your tadpoles can become part of classic masterpieces for fun family photos!
- Share your snacks! Many of the festival flavors are quite unique and rich. Some flavors may be too intense to indulge in a full serving for yourself. Sample around the world and split, sip and savor flavors among your frog squad. This is the perfect way to introduce your little ones to exciting new ingredients and teach them about different cultures.
- In general, all of the artist tents and Food Studios are located by the main path near the lagoon (rather than inside the pavilions).
- Take time to visit with the artists around World Showcase. Watch them paint and chat with them! If art interests your tadpoles, this is a truly unique opportunity to show them where their creativity can take them. We loved seeing Lily inspired to make her own giant dreamcatcher, and Tad excited to go home and paint his favorite "Star Wars" character.
- Visit the characters, who may even have some art of their own out on display or a special artistic flair to their costume. We saw Pluto with a colorful collar on when we first arrived at the park!
- Don’t froget about the other half of the Food Studios menus — the drinks! Parents can enjoy specialty adult beverages (Leap had a tough time picking among the many beer and wine options), while the tadpoles can sip on something too!
- Check out your usual food stops, such as Refreshment Outpost and Fife & Drum for more special EPCOT International Festival of the Arts food and beverages.
- We highly recommend watching the Broadway Concert Series. Sit back and relax as you listen to awesome Disney classics and original musical tunes by some of Disney Broadway's best!
- Find unique festival merchandise, special pins and more in the Festival Showplace and around the park. As always, we recommend creating a "wishlist" throughout the day and picking up all of your sought-after items at the Festival Markets on your way out.
What excites you the most about this year's festival? Have a question about the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts? Ask away in the comments, and then hop over to purchase discount Disney World tickets.
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