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Our Colorful Guide to EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

by Mommy Frog on September 27, 2021 18 Orlando   Video

Note from Mommy Frog: Frogtastic news! The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will run from Jan. 14 to Feb. 21, 2022, with a celebration of performing, culinary and visual arts. And even more good news — the Disney on Broadway concert series returns! We can't wait to see our favorite Disney classics sung by Broadway stars. Take a look at the 2021 guide, which ran an abbreviated version, Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. We'll be sure to update as more details are announced for 2022!

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Pinterest ImageGet your paintbrushes ready for the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts! This festival highlights creativity in all forms — the visual, performing and culinary arts. Typically held in mid-January through February, 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, the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is included with regular park admission — and with park hopping, 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!)

In 2022, the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will return for its sixth year, running from Jan. 14 to Feb. 21. At last 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 did not hoppen was the Disney on Broadway Concert Series — but it will be back for 2022!

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 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, plus our top tips to make your visit a masterpiece!

Variety Acts | Disney on Broadway Concert Series | Eats and Treats | Seminars and Workshops | Tips and Tricks

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 the park, 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!

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Rodel Gonzalez

Tons of artists can be found around the park, whether creating something new on the spot, talking with guests or signing their work. Last 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.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - William Silvers

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 was near Test Track, where you were able to  purchase special editions of his work made just for the festival.

What's wonderful about the 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 was 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.

Interactive Events

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Interactive Paint-by-Number Mural

The whole family can get in on the arts action during the 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. Everyone can grab a paintbrush and contribute to a giant paint-by-number mural. The mural is open daily from the park opening to 5 p.m.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Spin Art Experience

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 brought back free Animation Academy classes, during which you could learn to draw some of your favorite Disney characters. These classes took 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 walked guests through how to draw a Disney character, with instructions filmed on the big screens so they 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. In 2021, performances took place daily about once an hour, starting at 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Exact showtimes can usually be found in the My Disney Experience app.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Trevor Carlton's Visual Art in Performance show

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. Last year, Trevor Carlton hyped up the audience as he painted along to high-energy music. We watched him create a Mickey Mouse portrait! Showtimes were at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and only hoppened Thursday through Sunday. In between the "Visual Art in Performance" and "Art Defying Gravity" shows, a pianist played classic Disney music.

Musical acts in 2021 included Mariachi Cobre, the JAMMItors, and all-new to the festival, the Voices of Liberty. For the first time, the Voices of Liberty performed favorites from The Disney Songbook, including "How Far I'll Go" and "You'll Be in My Heart."

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Voices of Liberty

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 (Returning for 2022)

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."

Epcot Festival of the Arts - Kissy Simmons

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!

Epcot Festival of the Arts - Alton Fitzgerald White

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 seat. 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 2022

  • Jan. 14, 16, 17, 20 and 21 – Arielle Jacobs ("Aladdin") and Adam Jacobs ("Aladdin")
  • Jan. 15, 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Kerry Butler ("Beauty and the Beast") and Telly Leung ("Aladdin")
  • Jan. 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, Feb. 3 and 4 – Heidi Blickenstaff ("Freaky Friday," "The Little Mermaid") and Robert Creighton ("Frozen")
  • Jan. 25, 28, 29, Feb. 1, 2, 5 and 6 – Kara Lindsay ("Newsies") and Dan DeLuca ("Newsies")
  • Feb. 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17 and 18 – Ashley Brown ("Mary Poppins") and Josh Strickland ("Tarzan")
  • Feb. 8, 11, 12, 15, 16, 19 and 20 – Kissy Simmons ("The Lion King") and Michael James Scott ("Aladdin")
  • Special Finale Performance: Feb. 21 – Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Kissy Simmons and Michael James Scott

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. 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)
    • Food:
      • Lobster Poutine: Lobster, Lobster Bisque Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapeños and Citrus Cream (NEW)
    • Beverages:
      • Barrel of Monks Brewing Raspberry Beret, Boca Raton, FL (NEW)
      • Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA
  • Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza)
    • Beverages:
      • 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

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake

  • The Deconstructed Dish (Showcase Plaza)
    • Food:
      • 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
    • Beverages:
      • 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)
    • Food:
      • Raspberry Soft-serve Ice Cream (New)
      • Lemon Soft-serve Ice Cream (New)
      • Artist Palette Cookie
    • Beverages:
      • 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)
    • Food:
      • 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
    • Beverages:
      • #RainbowSherbetGlitterDreamAle by Playalinda Brewing Co., Titusville, FL
      • Popping Bubbles Cocktail
      • Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary
  • Refreshment Outpost
    • Food:
      • 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
    • Beverages:
      • 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)
    • Food:
      • 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
    • Beverages:
      • 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)
    • Food:
      • 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
    • Beverages:
      • 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)
    • Food:
      • 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)
    • Beverages:
      • 1906 Reserva Especial Dark Amber Lager (New)
      • Maeloc Blackberry Hard Cider (New)

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Blue Corn Pupusa

  • Vibrante & Vívido Food Studio (Between Morocco & France)
    • Food:
      • 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)
    • Beverages:
      • Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie (nonalcoholic) (New)
      • Frozen Piña Colada (New)
      • Passion Fruit Daiquiri (New)
  • Festival Favorites (World Showplace)
    • Food:
      • 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
    • Beverages:
      • 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)
    • Food:
      • 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)
    • Beverages:
      • Kalimotxo: Red Wine Cocktail with Pibb Xtra (New)
      • Frozen Rusty Nail Cocktail (New)
      • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé, Spain
  • Masterpiece Kitchen (Canada)
    • Food:
      • 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)
    • Beverages:
      • 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)
    • Food:
      • 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
    • Beverages:
      • 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)
    • Food:
      • 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)
    • Beverages:
      • 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)
    • Food:
      • 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
    • Beverages:
      • 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)
    • Food:
      • Old Shanghai Shi Zi Tou: Pork and Water Chestnut Meatballs served with Taro Root (New)
      • Sichuan Red Hot Mala Shrimp (New)
    • Beverages:
      • “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

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Arancini

  • L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)
    • Food:
      • 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)
    • Beverages:
      • Peroni Pilsner
      • Pinot Grigio
      • Chianti
      • Prosecco
      • Rosa Regale
      • Moscato
      • 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 

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine

The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine returned in 2021 (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 get a stamp in the Festival Passport for each of them. Last year, participating menu items included:

  • 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). Leap, on the other hand, was stoked to try a liquid dessert: the Neapolitan beer flight at Festival Favorites. 

Seminars and Workshops at EPCOT International Festival of the Arts (Canceled for 2021)

At past festivals, Disney artists, guest experts and cast members have presented workshop experiences at the 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. We aren't quite sure yet if the seminars will return in 2022, 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

Gregg "Viz" Visintainer of Viz Art Ink presented a doodling class. Create a master doodling piece with hidden pictures and words.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Tips and Tricks

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Friends

  • 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 reservation for EPCOT!
  • Find interactive photo-ops throughout World Showcase. You and your tadpoles can become part of classic masterpieces for fun family photos!

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Photo-Op

  • 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!
  • Visit the characters, who may even have some art of their own out on display!

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts - Mary Poppins

  • 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.
  • 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

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, 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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