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Our Colorful Guide to EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2024

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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. This year, the festival runs from Jan. 12 to Feb. 19, 2024, and the best thing is that the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is included with regular park admission. Read on as we 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!

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts — Festival guide

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

EPCOT Int’l Festival of the Arts — Artwork

 

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. We highly suggest taking the time to chat with the awesome artists. The creativity is truly astounding! What’s even cooler is that you can purchase art pieces to take home with you.

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 more than 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 is inspired by "Luca" near the fountain in Italy)!

Interactive Events

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts — Paint-by-Color Mural

The whole family can get in on the action during the EPCOT Festival of the Arts' interactive activities. 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. on the walkway between Journey Into Imagination and World Showcase.

Map of Figment's scavenger hunt

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 select locations such as Port of Entry, Creations Shop and World Traveler. Once completed, return to Disney Traders or World Traveler for a surprise!

Spin Art at EPCOT Int’l Festival of the Arts

Tadpoles and fully-grown frogs alike can create their own art pieces at a Spin Art Experience, available in The Odyssey building. 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 typically costs $19 and two experiences cost $30 (with an optional frame for an additional $10). Your finished piece is ready for pickup after drying.

Free Animation Academy classes are back! 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.

Kid’s Chalk Art returns on the bridge to World Showcase Plaza. This interactive area is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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 the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts!

Live Performances

Trevor Carlton at Festival of the Arts

Throughout the day, various performances occur 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. This year, we watched him create a Donald portrait right before our eyes! Showtimes are typically at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., but the performances do not hoppen every day of the festival.

Alternating on the same stage is "Art Defying Gravity", a duo of acrobats that demonstrate a show of strength and dexterity. Showtimes are typically at 11 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 1:50 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., but check the My Disney Experience app, as the show may not be available each day.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series at EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

EPCOT Int’l Festival of the Arts — Disney on Broadway Concert Series

We’re no Broadway connoisseurs, but our Frog Family has fallen in love with the Disney on Broadway Concert Series! 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! 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 now available for booking. Reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-Fest or visiting ArtfulEpcot.com. Participating restaurants include Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Garden Grill Restaurant, Rose & Crown Dining Room, Le Cellier, Spice Road Table and Regal Eagle Smokehouse.

Here's a list of performers for 2024:

EPCOT Festival of the Arts - Disney on Broadway Lineup

For more details and a video of this year's performance, check out our Disney on Broadway concert guide!

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Eats and Treats

EPCOT Festival of the Arts Menus

If you know us at all by now, you know that we toadally live for the food at EPCOT’s annual festivals. The 16 festival-exclusive Food Studios offer tons of almost-too-pretty-to-eat food and drink. We're excited that the Rainbow Cake with freeze-dried Skittles returns to Figment's Inspiration Station this year — talk about a burst of color! Be sure to check out our Festival of the Arts 2024 menus for the full list of food and drink, plus enjoy our downloadable menus in walking order!

The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine is back for 2024. 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 complimentary Artist Palette Cookie from Deco Delights. This year, participating menu items include:

 

  • Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese (Pop Eats)
  • Tomato Soup with Pimento Cheese, Bacon and Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese (Pop Eats)
  • Chorizo and Potato Empanada with Turmeric Aïoli and Annatto Aïoli (Vibrante & Vívido)
  • Verjus-Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese, Petite Lettuce, Blackberry Gastrique and Spiced Pecans (Gourmet Landscapes)
  • Deconstructed Key Lime Pie (The Deconstructed Dish)
  • Neapolitan Dessert Trio (Deco Delights)
  • Blueberry-Filled Pastry Tart with Purple Icing (Figment's Inspiration Station)

Festival of the Arts — Food from Figment's Inspiration Station

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. Returning favorites include the blueberry Pop't Art cookie and Rainbow Cake topped with freeze-dried Skittles from Figment's Inspiration Station. Other not-to-miss booths include Pop Eats!, Deco Delights, France and The Deconstructed Dish. The Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup from Pop Eats are always a hit with the tadpoles and Leap.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Tips and Tricks

EPCOT Int’l Festival of the Arts — Park entrance

 

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!

Figment Popcorn Bucket from the 2024 EPCOT Festival of the Arts

  • If you want the popular Figment popcorn bucket, be sure to place your mobile order early in the day. It is currently a mobile order exclusive and can be ordered in the My Disney Experience app exactly like you would a mobile food order. Once you reach your arrival window, you can head to The Odyssey to pick yours up.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Photo-op

  • Find interactive photo-ops throughout World Showcase. You and your tadpoles can become part of classic masterpieces for fun family photos! Hop into famous artwork including "Sunflowers" by Vincent van Gogh, "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci and more. Plus, there's even a new photo-op from the new movie "Wish"!
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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!

EPCOT Int’l Festival of the Arts merchandise

  • Find unique festival merchandise, special pins and more in the Festival Showplace and around the park. The Figment-inspired collection is full of vibrant colors featuring our favorite purple dragon. 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.
  • Be sure to catch the frog favorite "Rainbow Connection" sequence on Spaceship Earth! They are available most nights once dark.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts — Spaceship Earth projections

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.

Related: Guide to Walt Disney World Events

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Dec 2, 2023 at 4:38 p.m. Sheri Says...

Do the food studios stay open until the park closes? Also, are the food studios open during extended evening hours for deluxe resort guests?

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Dec 4, 2023 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sheri!

The Food Studios do stay open until park close; however, they are not available during Extended Evening Hours.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 8, 2022 at 12:31 p.m. Veronica Says...

Hello, thank you for your post! Would you suggest a specific date to attend on 2023? Would be okay to go on the first day (13th?) or on a later one? Thank you very much in advance.

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Dec 8, 2022 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Veronica!

Usually, the first day/weekend of the festival is fairly busy. If you're looking for low crowds, we'd recommend most weekdays, except for MLK Jr. Day and Presidents Day. Also, if there's an artist that you're hoping to see, you may want to wait until the artists' schedules are released. For instance, one of our festival favorites is Trevor Carlton, who does live art performances but is only available on select days (last year, it was mainly Thursday through Sunday).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 8, 2021 at 9:06 p.m. Dan Dotzert Says...

Hi, do you think on Monday 1/31 we should be concerned about getting into Epcot at 2pm if we start the day at another park?

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Dec 8, 2021 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dan!

No, we think you should be toadally fine for park hopping that day!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 11, 2021 at 2:45 a.m. Sarah Says...

Do you know what kind of moscato was being sold in Italy? It was amazing and I would be very interested in buying a bottle myself! Great info

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Jan 12, 2021 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

We aren't 100% certain since it's not listed in the 2021 foodie guide, festival passport or the menu itself at the park, but for the past three years, it’s been the same one: Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande. Hope this helps - enjoy! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 17, 2020 at 8:35 p.m. Shane Says...

Nice info

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Jan 30, 2020 at 12:08 a.m. Priscilla Says...

Is there somewhere to find a list of the classic art photo-ops that they have? I would love to show my kids the originals and have them learn about the artists before we go.

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Jan 31, 2020 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Priscilla!

We love that idea! Here is what we found during our visit: Italy – Mona Lisa (Leonardi da Vinci) and The Scream (Edvard Munch); American Adventure Pavilion – Washington Crossing the Delaware (Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze); France – Luncheon of the Boating Party (Pierre-Auguste Renoir); U.K. – Peter Pan Storybook; Mexico – A homage to Frida Kahlo; Future World bridge – Sunflowers and Café Terrace at Night (Van Gogh). Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 4, 2019 at 1:46 a.m. Alinny Says...

Como faço para fazer o pacote de refeições Disney on Broadway Concert Series? Como ele funciona? Tem que fazer para cada um da família ou é plano família? E como sei quais os lugares que ele serve?

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Nov 5, 2019 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alinny!

Você pode fazer reservas para o pacote de refeições Disney on Broadway Concert Series aqui. A reserva garantirá um lugar no show mais tarde, mas funciona como uma reserva normal; portanto, você precisará incluir cada membro da família na sua festa. Os detalhes sobre quais restaurantes participarão ainda não foram divulgados, mas atualizaremos esta postagem assim que soubermos mais! Como alternativa, você pode voltar aqui para obter mais informações sobre o pacote. Diverta-se!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 14, 2019 at 9:29 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hi there! I was wondering if you have any advice on how early to show up if we want to do a seminar? I'm not sure how popular they have been, and I definitely dont want to miss out!

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

On weekdays a half hour should be fine. For weekends, you'd probably want to consider 45 minutes and perhaps a bit earlier if it was in the afternoon.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 12, 2019 at 2:31 p.m. annie Says...

Thanks for all of the amazing tips and info! We are going next week and cannot wait to try some of the things you recommended!

On a side note...would you guys happen to know if Hollywood Studios will be hosting After Dark events or Morning Magic Ticketed events during the summer months? As of now it is only scheduled until April 13; but was hoping they would start selling tickets for the summer. Any info would be super. Thanks again for your awesome posts!

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Feb 12, 2019 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annie!

We haven't heard anything yet, but we have our eyes and ears open! There's some Extra Magic Hours for Hollywood Studios available in the summer (as I'm sure you saw!) but nothing ticketed like Morning Magic or After Dark just yet.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 10, 2019 at 4:19 p.m. Ashley Says...

Is there a map that shows where the food studios are located?

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Jan 17, 2019 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

There will be a map of food locations available soon when the festival starts!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 19, 2018 at 5:09 a.m. Janice Says...

My fiancé and I got engaged at Epcot a week before the festival and was looking all over for a great painting of Mickey and Minnie to commemorate. We didn't find THE one until I saw this painting you posted on your blog on Disney's instagram story. I am so jealous you bought that! Any idea where I could get one?

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Jan 23, 2018 at 12:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janice!

Wow, what a magical story! That makes us so happy to hear. You might be referring to the piece by Greg McCullough, also featured in this post. How beautiful is that? We've scoured the internet to find it for you, but it looks like it might only be available in the parks. We wish we could get it for you! Let us know if we can help you with any more details.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 16, 2018 at 1 a.m. Can you use dining plan for the food Says...

Please advise - we are on the dining plan and have made dining reservations. Wondering how that work

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Jan 17, 2018 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You may be able to use dining plan snack credits for small food items throughout the festival, but not most. Depending on the type of meal plan, you should be able to use your sit-down meal credits for wherever you have a dining reservation!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 9, 2018 at 8:48 p.m. thao Says...

This all looks amazing - especially those desserts! I've got even more reasons to get down to Florida now!

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