It's time to whip out your paintbrushes! Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts has officially returned for its fifth year, running from Jan. 8 to Feb. 22, 2021. This festival highlights creativity in all forms — the visual, performing and culinary arts. The event runs daily, which gives us plenty of time to admire the art and devour limited-time treats from the Food Studios! Even better, Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is included with regular park admission — and with park hopping returning prior to the festival's debut, you can create an inspired morning at EPCOT and hop to another park in the afternoon! (Note that currently, you'll also need a Disney Park Pass in addition to your park admission to hop to the festival!)
Despite the modifications, Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts felt the most "normal" to us, compared to the modified versions of EPCOT International Festival of Food and Wine and EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays in 2020. (We still thoroughly enjoyed the previous festivals last year, but the Eat to the Beat concerts, the holiday storytellers and the Candlelight Processional were significant absences!) At this year's Festival of the Arts, we were so hoppy to see that many of the artists, entertainment and even interactive experiences returned in a safe manner. Aside from the cancellation of extra-priced seminars and workshops, the only major aspect of the festival that do not hoppen was the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. In its place, the Voices of Liberty stepped in to perform favorite Disney songs in an all-new showcase, "The Disney Songbook."
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! We're here to paint the full picture of the best eats and acts to enjoy during the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, plus our top tips to make your visit a masterpiece!
Taste of 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. Throughout Future World and World Showcase, some of your favorite Disney artists can be found bringing their unique styles to life. 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!
Tons of artists can be found around Future World and World Showcase, whether creating something new on the spot, talking with guests or signing their work. This year, we chatted with Rodel Gonzalez while he painted and signed his own artwork at the James Coleman Studios booth next to the American Adventure Pavilion. His work can be found at multiple booths throughout the festival since he is a Disney Fine Artist, a licensed "Star Wars" artist and has non-franchise work at the James Coleman Studios booth.
We had another fun interaction with artist William Silvers. He told us about how he created over a thousand background paintings for animated feature films, such as "Mulan." So cool! Lily got super excited when he shared that his favorite Disney character to paint is Stitch (one of her favorites!). His exclusive booth can be found over in Future World East, where you can purchase special editions of his work made just for the festival.
What's wonderful about EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is that the art spans beyond Disney. We watched 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.) In 2021, there will be over 100 Disney and visiting artists displaying their work. There is something for every Frog Family!
Drawing on Inspiration Gallery and Pavilion Galleries
Catch multicultural art in the Pavilion Galleries, open daily.
- American Heritage Gallery – American Adventure
Explore the artistry of American Indian communities from seven geographic regions across the United States.
- Bijutsu-kan Gallery – Japan
Delve into the origin and evolution of “kawaii,” Japan’s cute culture.
- House of the Whispering Willows – China
Discover the wonders of the new Shanghai Disney Resort.
- Mexico Folk Art Gallery – Mexico
Celebrate the artistry and traditions of Día de Muertos.
- Stave Church Gallery – Norway
Discover the legendary gods and myths of Norway's real vikings.
- American Heritage Gallery – American Adventure
Beginning Feb. 1, explore the history of jazz at a gallery inspired by the new Pixar film, "Soul," located at the American Adventure.
The whole family can get in on the arts action during Taste of EPCOT Festival of the Arts' interactive events. With Figment's Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt, the tadpoles can purchase a map and stickers at locations around EPCOT, then search for Figment hiding inside famous works of art at each World Showcase pavilion. In Future World West (across from the Land Pavilion), everyone can grab a paintbrush and contribute to a giant paint-by-number mural. To maintain social distancing, the mural is split into sections, and cast members will direct you to alternating sections, leaving space in between parties. The mural is open daily from the park opening to 5 p.m.
Tadpoles and fully-grown frogs alike can create their own art pieces at a Spin Art Experience, located in Showcase Plaza (across from the El Artista Hambriento Food Studio). 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. There was also a stationary table-top option to create your own spin art. Either option costs $19 (if you want to include a frame, it'd cost $25), and your finished piece is ready for pickup after drying for 15 minutes. We watched cast members disinfect the bicycle after every use.
In 2021, the event is bringing back free Animation Academy classes, where you can learn to draw some of your favorite Disney characters. These classes take 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 socially distanced seat. A Disney animator will walk you through how to draw a Disney character, with instructions filmed on the big screens so you can easily follow along.
Performances at the Showcase Plaza Stage
Throughout the day, a variety of performances take place at the World Showplace Events Pavilion. Catch "Art Defying Gravity" as a duo of acrobats demonstrate a show of strength and dexterity. Performances take place daily about once an hour, starting at 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Exact showtimes can be found in the My Disney Experience app.
Another returning favorite of ours is the "Visual Art in Performance" show, which features a visiting visual artist painting Disney characters within minutes on stage. Trevor Carlton is back to hype up the audience as he paints along to high-energy music. We watched him create a Mickey Mouse portrait this year! Showtimes are at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and only hoppen Thursday through Sunday. In between the "Visual Art in Performance" and "Art Defying Gravity" shows, a pianist plays classic Disney music.
Musical acts in 2021 include Mariachi Cobre, the JAMMItors, and all-new to the festival, the Voices of Liberty. For the first time, the Voices of Liberty are performing favorites from The Disney Songbook, including "How Far I'll Go" and "You'll Be in My Heart."
In previous years, the "Disney Performing Arts Showcase" featured top high school bands that performed jazz and pop music in the mornings.
Disney on Broadway Concert Series at EPCOT International Festival of the Arts (Canceled for 2021)
We’re no Broadway connoisseurs, but this Frog Family has fallen in love with the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White kicked off the 2020 series with a fun, energetic performance that showcased their powerful vocals! They sung hits from "Hercules," "The Lion King," "Aida" and "The Little Mermaid."
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 “How Far I'll Go” 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 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. Dining packages have been available in past years if you'd like to guarantee a show seating. Reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-Fest or visiting ArtfulEpcot.com. Previously participating restaurants — Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant and Rose & Crown Dining Room — served lunch and dinner, while Garden Grill offered a breakfast option in addition to lunch and dinner.
Disney on Broadway Concert Series Schedule 2020
- Jan. 17, 20, 21 and 24 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
- Jan. 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
- Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
- Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5 and 6 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
- Jan. 27, 30, 31; Feb. 3, 4, 7 and 8 – Liana Hunt (“Newsies”) and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
- Feb. 9 – Special performance featuring Lindsay, Massey, Hunt and Jacobs
- Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland ("Tarzan")
- Feb. 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21 – Syndee Winters (“The Lion King”) and Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”)
- Feb. 24 – Special performance featuring Brown, Strickland, Winters and Scott
While the series isn't available for 2021, we're hopful that it will return in future years. In the meantime, check out the special performance featuring Lindsay, Massey, Hunt and Jacobs below!
Taste of 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. Festival-exclusive Food Studios are open daily during the festival across Future World and World Showcase. Full food menus are listed on Disney's website and include returning favorites, such as the creamy Brie bread bowl, and new dishes to try! New for 2021 is the Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio, between France and Morocco, featuring a mouthwatering (and photo-ready) chilled seafood cocktail or blue corn pupusa stuffed with cheese and topped with shredded pork, guajillo and árbol chile sauce, cabbage slaw and aji amarillo crema. Drool. Here are all of the Food Studios available at 2021's Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts:
- Refreshment Port (Showcase Plaza)
- Lobster Poutine: Lobster, Lobster Bisque Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapeños and Citrus Cream (NEW)
- Barrel of Monks Brewing Raspberry Beret, Boca Raton, FL (NEW)
- Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA
- Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza)
- Orange Cream Shake in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (nonalcoholic)
- Lost Coast Brewery Tangerine Wheat Ale, Eureka, CA
- Florida Orange Groves Winery Selections: Key Limen, Strawberry Blush, Orange Sunshine, Sparkling Key Lime, Sparkling Cranberry, Sparkling Blueberry
- The Deconstructed Dish (Showcase Plaza)
- Deconstructed Reuben: Rye Popover, Corned Beef, Gryuère Panna Cotta and Brined Brussels Sprouts with Broken Thousand Island Dressing
- Deconstructed BLT: Crispy Pork Belly, Soft-poached Egg, Brioche, Watercress Espuma and Tomato Jam
- Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped New York-style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies
- Rainboba: Fruit Bursting Boba with Sparkling Water (nonalcoholic)
- Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings of London Chai Tea Shake with Maple Syrup garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon (nonalcoholic)
- Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings of London Chai Tea Shake with Cream Bourbon garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon
- Decadent Delights (Showcase Plaza)
- Raspberry Soft-serve Ice Cream (New)
- Lemon Soft-serve Ice Cream (New)
- Artist Palette Cookie
- North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner, Fort Bragg, CA
- M.I.A. Beer Company Deco IPA, Doral, FL
- Saugatuck Brewing Co. Peanut Butter Porter, Douglas, MI
- Beer Flight also available
- Pop Eats (Showcase Plaza)
- Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese (New)
- Tomato Soup with French Onion and Bacon Grilled Cheese (New)
- Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
- Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Belgian Chocolate
- Pop’t Art: Modern-designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling
- #RainbowSherbetGlitterDreamAle by Playalinda Brewing Co., Titusville, FL
- Popping Bubbles Cocktail
- Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary
- Refreshment Outpost
- Plant-based Bratwurst with Spicy Turmeric Aïoli, Coffee Barbecue Jackfruit and Slaw
- Warm Brown Sugar-stuffed Pretzel with Banana Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
- Frozen Slushy Coca-Cola or Minute Maid Lemonade in a Souvenir Spike The Bee Sipper Cup (nonalcoholic)
- Playalinda Brewing Co. Blue Raspberry Blonde, Titusville, FL (New)
- Cuisine Classique (Germany)
- Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic
- Coq au Vin: Chicken Roulade with Violet Mustard, Candied Carrots, Pancetta Crisp, Marble Potatoes and Beurre Rouge Sauce (New)
- Opera Cake: Almond Joconde, Coffee Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache (New)
- Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie
- 3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
- 81Bay Brewing Rosé Blonde Ale, Tampa, FL
- Frozen Rosé
- Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series, Logrono, Spain
- Domaine Savary Chablis, Burgundy
- A Play on Rosé Flight
- The Artist’s Table (The American Adventure)
- Beef Wellington: Mushroom Duxelle, Prosciutto and Puff Pastry with Red Wine Demi-Glace and Fennel Cream
- Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and Parmesan Crisp (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
- Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie
- Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, Milk, and Dark Chocolate (nonalcoholic)
- Saugatuck Brewing Co. Neapolitan Milk Stout, Douglas, MI
- Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Lexington, KY
- Lindemans Framboise Lambic, Belgium
- Âme du Vin Côtes de Provence Rosé
- Writer’s Block Pinot Noir, Lake County, CA
- Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Mozart Cream Liqueurs paired with Sipping Chocolates
- Beer Flight also available
- Mosaic Canteen (Morocco)
- Mediterranean Flatbread with Zaatar Pesto, Artichokes, Roasted Peppers, Sundried Tomatoes and Fennel Cream (New)
- Harissa-roasted Rack of Lamb with Baba Ganoush, Picholine Olives, Toybox Tomatoes, Preserved Lemons and Pomegranate (New)
- Mouskoutchou: Orange Cake with Cinnamon-Chocolate Mousse (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Orange) (New)
- 1906 Reserva Especial Dark Amber Lager (New)
- Maeloc Blackberry Hard Cider (New)
- Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio (Between Morocco & France)
- Chilled Seafood Cocktail with Octopus, Scallops, Shrimp, Black Garlic Aïoli, Tomato-Coconut Sauce and Serrano-Lime Oil (New)
- Blue Corn Pupusa-stuffed with Cheese and topped with Shredded Pork, Guajillo and Árbol Chile Sauce, Cabbage Slaw and Aji Amarillo Crema (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)(Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Blue) (New)
- Passion Fruit Mousse with Dragon Fruit Jam (New)
- Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie (nonalcoholic) (New)
- Frozen Piña Colada (New)
- Passion Fruit Daiquiri (New)
- Festival Favorites (World Showplace)
- Remy’s Ratatouille with Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Tomatoes and Red Pepper Piperade (Plant-based) (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Red) (New)
- Charcuterie with Meats and Cheeses featuring Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Beef
- Lemon Blood-Orange Tart
- Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie
- Blue Sky Black Cherry Boba Freeze (nonalcoholic)
- 3 Daughters Brewing Strawberry Blonde Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL
- Breckenridge Brewery Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO
- M.I.A. Beer Company Milk Stout Nitro, Doral, FL
- Cold Fashioned Coffee Cocktail
- Neapolitan Beer Flight
- The Painter’s Palate (World Showplace)
- Prime Steak Tartare with Pickled Vegetables, Parsley Salad, Béarnaise Anglaise and Sous Vide Quail Egg (New)
- Salt-roasted Beet Tartare with Pickled Vegetables, Parsley Salad and Béarnaise Aïoli (Plant-based) (New)
- Pistachio Cake with Cherry Mousse and Morello Cherries (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Green) (New)
- Kalimotxo: Red Wine Cocktail with Pibb Xtra (New)
- Frozen Rusty Nail Cocktail (New)
- Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé, Spain
- Masterpiece Kitchen (Canada)
- Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction
- Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar and Micro-Herbs
- Vanilla, Rose Water, and Pistachio Panna Cotta (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Pink)
- Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Freising, Germany
- Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Brut Champagne
- The Meeker Vineyard Winemakers’ Handprint Merlot, Sonoma County, CA
- Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut, Spain
- Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist
- 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 Truffle Noir d’Hiver: Black Winter Truffle Croissant (New)
- Moelleux à la Framboise et aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate and Raspberry Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates (New)
- Trio de Macarons: Assortment of Three House-made Macarons in a Gift Box
- Frozen French Martini: Grey Goose, Vodka, Chambord Liqueur, Pineapple, Orange, and Grape Juice with Lemon-Lime Foam
- Charles Lafite, Brut Méthode Traditionnelle Champenoise, French Sparkling Wine
- Château La Gordonne, Vérité du Terroir, Côtes de Provence Rosé (New)
- Bordeaux Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Baron des Chartrons, 2015 (New)
- El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)
- Chile Relleno: Fried Poblano Pepper filled with Flank Steak, Black Beans and Tomatoes drizzled with a Poblano Cream Sauce (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (New)
- Pork Belly Pastor: Pastor-marinated Pork Belly atop Boniato Purée with Charred Pineapple and Crispy Cilantro (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (New)
- Taco de Chocolate: Chocolate Candy Shell filled with Mexican Chocolate Mousse with a touch of Chile topped with Tropical Fruit (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (New)
- Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater
- Diego Pomegranate Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, Pomegranate-Prickly Pear Juice, Blackcurrant Liqueur and Rose Petal Liqueur with a Hibiscus Salt Rim
- Frida Carrot Margarita: Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, Carrot Juice, Ginger Cordial, Lime Juice and Agave Nectar
- Goshiki (Japan)
- Stone Garden: Red Bean Mousse with Chocolate Rocks and Arare Rice Cracker Pebbles (New)
- Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Cucumber and Sesame Seed over a decorated plate of Wasabi Aïoli, Sriracha and Eel Sauce
- Vegetable Gyoza: Vegetable-filled Spinach Gyoza with Tofu atop Mashed Potatoes with a Kamaboko Fish Cake, Pepper Strings and Tonkatsu Teriyaki Sauce
- Haiku Draft Lager (New)
- Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup
- Pink Snow: Sake, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice and Calpico dusted with Snowflake Confetti (New)
- The Painted Panda (China)
- Old Shanghai Shi Zi Tou: Pork and Water Chestnut Meatballs served with Taro Root (New)
- Sichuan Red Hot Mala Shrimp (New)
- “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (nonalcoholic)
- Jasmine Draft Beer
- Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto and Piña Colada Mix
- Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec
- Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower infused Cocktail with Lychee Syrup, Vodka, Light Rum and Magic Boba Pearls
- L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)
- Arancini: Sweet Sausage fried Risotto Balls with Pomodoro Sauce (New)
- L’Aragosta: Lobster Ravioli with Vanilla-Saffron Cream Sauce and Shredded Chili Peppers (New)
- Bomboloni: Cream-filled Italian Doughnut with Raspberry Sauce and Powdered Sugar (New)
- Peroni Pilsner
- Pinot Grigio
- Rosa Regale
- 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: Italicus Rosolio Di Bergamotto, Prosecco and Cerignola Olive
- Funnel Cake (The American Adventure)
- Red Velvet Funnel Cake topped with Cream Cheese Icing and Pixie Dust (New)
- Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
- Showcase Plaza – Caramel Canvas Latte: Artisan Latte with Peanut Butter Syrup, Caramel and Dark Chocolate Sauce topped with SNICKERS Original Candy Pieces paired with a doughnut
- The American Adventure – Color-Me-Latte: Made for a true artiste with Espresso, Swiss Chocolate Syrup and Dark Chocolate Sauce sprinkled with M&M’s Candies paired with a doughnut
- Future World East – Starry Night Latte: Paint the sky with this Espresso beverage with Dulce de Leche, White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Sauce topped with MILKY WAY Bar Pieces paired with a doughnut
- Canada – Creative Twist Latte: Stretch your imagination with this Latte with Brown Butter Toffee Syrup and Swiss Chocolate Syrup topped with TWIX Bar Pieces paired with a doughnut
Returning in 2021 is the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine (which you may have seen listed individually above). 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 got a stamp in the Festival Passport for each of them. This year, participating menu items include:
- Mouskoutchou from Mosaic Canteen (Morocco)
- Blue Corn Pupusa from Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio (between Morocco and France)
- Remy’s Ratatouille from Festival Favorites (World Showplace)
- Pistachio Cake from the Painter's Palate (World Showplace)
- Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta from Masterpiece Kitchen (Canada)
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. This year, we tried out new dishes from Vibrante & Vívido, L’Arte di Mangiare and El Artista Hambriento — sharing the blue corn pupusa, arancini (fried risotto balls) and the taco de chocolate, respectively. While they were all yummy, we would pass on any repeats in favor of trying other dishes. We also couldn't pass up the deconstructed strawberry cheesecake from the Deconstructed Dish, a returning festival favorite.
Lily and Tad always look forward to the Artist Palette jumbo chocolate chip cookie (which can be found at multiple locations), and this year, Lily is excited to try the Sipping Chocolate Flight from the Artist's Table. Leap, on the other hand, is stoked to try a liquid dessert: the Neapolitan beer flight at Festival Favorites.
Seminars and Workshops at Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts (Canceled for 2021)
At past festivals, Disney artists, guest experts and cast members have presented workshop experiences at EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. Guests could explore their creative horizons or take their talents to the next level with different events each week! You could learn things like 3D paper crafting or ink and paint animation.
The workshops usually take place on Saturdays and Sundays at the World Showplace Events Pavilion, located between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions. Each workshop generally costs $45 per person, and you need to call 407-WDW-FEST (or 407-939-3378) to reserve a spot. Regular park admission is required to participate. The seminars and workshops won't be available this year, but if you're planning for future years, you can take a look at 2020's offerings below!
Ink & Paint Animation
Learn all about the history of 2D cel animation, which is how many of Disney's animated features were brought to life. Paint your very own ink and paint cel under the guidance of Lynn Rippberger, a Disney Animation Ink and Paint artist. Each Saturday at 10 a.m., guests drew a different Disney character:
- Jan. 18, 2020 - Mickey Mouse
- Jan. 25, 2020 - Minnie Mouse
- Feb. 1, 2020 - Donald Duck
- Feb. 8, 2020 - Pluto
- Feb. 15, 2020 - Goofy
- Feb. 22, 2020 - Mickey Mouse
Disney 3D Paper Crafting
Led by Dave Avanzino, whose work has been featured in Disneyland, Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, you could create your own dimensional paper artwork. Learn how to cut, fold and add spacers to create a 3D Disney shadowbox piece.
Gesture Drawing Basics: "Story Telling Drawings"
Master the art of quick sketching from Todd Bright, a former Disney animator who worked on Disney animated films such as "Mulan," "Tarzan" and "Lilo and Stitch." You could create your own sketch by practicing gesture drawing — a foundational practice for animators, storyboard artists and directors.
Animation 101: Flip Book Fundamentals
Todd Bright also taught the fundamental principles of animation as you made your own moving sketches and brought them to life. Tools were provided.
Doodling with Viz
Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Tips and Tricks
- 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 are 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 for EPCOT!
- Find interactive photo-ops throughout World Showcase. You and your tadpoles can become part of classic masterpieces for fun family photos!
- 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.
- 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 culture.
- In general, all of the artist tents and Food Studios are located by the main path near the lagoon (rather than inside the pavilions).
- Keep in mind that you'll need to be stationary to pull your mask down and sip and savor this year's offerings. Thankfully, standing tables and benches were plentiful during this past Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. Try to pick a table in view of the main walkway to try to catch some cavalcades while you enjoy!
- In addition to the character cavalcades, a few characters make pop-up appearances around the park, including Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins in England. Joy and Winnie the Pooh also appear in the gardens between the Imagination Pavilion and the Land Pavilion.
- 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 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts food and beverages.
- 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 comments, and then hop over to purchase discount Disney World tickets.
Related: Guide to Walt Disney World Events