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Cheat-Sheet to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Tackle the Epcot International Festival of the Arts with expert tips on organizing your visit.

What to Expect at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Epcot’s biggest celebration of the arts has historically run from January through February.

Festivities include ethnic cuisine, immersive art, and unique entertainment. Unlike other Epcot festivals, the Festival of the Arts highlights Disney’s appreciation for art in its many styles and forms. You can enjoy live performances from musicians and artists, like live chalk artists who recreate classic paintings on the park sidewalks.

On top of that, Broadway stars take the stage in the America Pavilion for the Disney on Broadway Concert Series.

Heading to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts? Let’s get to planning.

1. Start by Eating Art

Much like Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, this event boasts over 15 “food studios” throughout the World Showcase.

At this Disney art celebration, even the food presentation becomes an artistic display. These edible art pieces are the pièce de résistance of global cuisine. Expect to see magical presentations and incredible details expertly plated for your viewing and eating pleasure.

No matter what you eat, it’ll be a feast for the eyes and mouth.

The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine features five delectable treats that are all works of art. Collect a stamp in your festival passport as you buy each dish, then turn your passport in for a bonus snack.

2. Immerse Yourself in Art

As you dine around the park, enjoy the (inedible) art and artists on display.

At the Pavilion Galleries, you’ll find a multicultural art exhibit of over 100 Disney and visiting artists. Here you can watch artists create masterpieces in front of a live audience. If you feel inspired afterward, then try your hand at creating art at the Interactive Wall Mural. Whatever you create becomes part of a bigger piece of artwork.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Interactive Wall Mural

Take your time to enjoy the galleries or start your own collection.

Several must-see galleries exist throughout the park. We suggest making time to visit as many as possible. Looking for a unique keepsake? Shops throughout Epcot will sell distinctive gifts and original Disney-inspired artwork during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

Don’t forget to snap a selfie at one of the many photo ops that turn you into a famous piece of art.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Mermaid Lagoon Photo Op

3. Reserve the Afternoon for the Disney on Broadway Concert Series

If you’re a theatre kid, then head to the America Gardens Theater.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Top Broadway performers will sing Disney classics live every afternoon during the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. Past years’ artists included Ashley Brown from Mary Poppins, Josh Strickland from Tarzan, Syndee Winters from The Lion King, and Michael James Scott from Aladdin. Be sure to arrive early. Seats fill up quickly.

For guaranteed seating, consider buying a dining package at one of Epcot’s many restaurants.

BONUS: Where to Stay in Orlando for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

After a long day at Epcot eating delicious food and viewing art, stay close to Walt Disney World Resort for easy access to the parks.

As you plan your trip to Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts, book a room at a Rosen Inn. When you book through Orlando Hotels 4 Less, you receive the best rates at our Orlando hotels, each close to the Disney parks.

 

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