Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts combines visual, culinary, and performing arts for a 39 day festival starting January 12. Running seven days a week with special experiences on the weekends, the annual arts fest features inspired art exhibits, fun and educational workshops, innovative cuisine and tons of fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Featured exhibits located in the Odyssey Festival Showplace include Disney’s Iconic Artists, featuring pieces that evoke nostalgia and childhood memories, and Disney Inspired Original Art, where guests can take home original art from some of the most beloved Disney artists. The exhibits are open daily from 11 AM – 9 PM
In Future World West, there is an Art of Disney exhibit that where artwork made by popular Disney artists and festival merchandise can be purchase, and all throughout the World Showcase, guests will find exhibits that reflect the history and traditional art styles of the countries represented in the pavilions.
- American Heritage Gallery (The American Adventure): Depicts African American achievement that spans over 400 years.
- Bijutsu-kan Gallery (Japan Pavilion): Explains the origins and evolutions of Japan’s “cute” culture, Kawaii.
- Gallery of Arts and History (Morocco Pavilion): Displays morocco: “check out the unique designs of time honored crafts”
- House of the Whispering Willows (China Pavilion): Get an inside look at the brand new Shanghai Disney resort.
- Mexico Folk Art Gallery (Mexico Pavilion): Art that celebrates the traditions of Dia De Muertos.
- Stave Church Gallery (Norway Pavilion): Art that represents the culture that influenced Disney’s Frozen.
Guests can also watch artists recreate forced perspective chalk art versions of famous works at the Chalk Gallery in the World Showcase.
Seminars & Workshops
Hands-on learning experiences are led daily by visiting artists and industry experts in the Odyssey Festival Showplace. Complimentary seminars are available as well as interactive and premium workshop options.
Complimentary Seminars take place twice a day, seven days a week. Space is limited, and seats go at a first come, first serve basis. Interactive Workshops are also held all week long from 11AM – 12:25 PM, ranging in topics from floral design to animation and many more. The hands-on seminars are $39 per person plus tax, including a seat in the workshop, supplies, and a finished product for guests to take home. Premium Workshop experiences begin prior to park open, starting at 8 AM and ending at 12:30 PM on select Fridays during the festival. Guests 12 years and older can “Paint With a Disney Artist” for a cost of $259 per person. Premium workshop attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event for check-in. Reservations can be made for interactive and premium workshops by calling (407) WDW – TOUR and you can view the full schedule of seminars and workshops on Disney’s website.
In addition to appreciating the fine arts, festival guests can marvel at the culinary arts with signature dining experiences, Food Studios, and cooking seminars and workshops. Food Studios are open daily from 11 AM – 9 PM and feature a variety of edible delights.
The Deconstructed Dish offers a modern twist on classic food and beverages. Featured items include an atypical BLT with crispy pork belly, tomato jam, and a soft poached egg, an irregular reuben with shredded corned beef, thousand island dressing, pickled red cabbage and a rye curl, and deconstructed strawberry cheesecake. The deconstructed creations also come in the form of drinks like the deconstructed breakfast, which is a shake made of Twinings spiced apple chai tea, maple bourbon cream (or maple syrup for the under 21 crowd), a waffle crisp and candied bacon.
Guests will fins hearty braised bites and Old World delights at Cuisine Classique, such as red wine braised short rib with parsnip puree, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic, a gluten free seared corvina with braised ratatouille and lemon thyme beurre blanc, and other decadent items. This location also serves a variety of beers and wines to pair your bites with.
At The Artist’s Table, savory plates are prepared using oven and stove top techniques. Dishes include roasted pork roulade with butternut squash puree, marble potatoes, and baby carrots with a red wine sauce and a gluten free pan seared scallop with chorizo, roasted red pepper coulis and a parmesan crisp. A unique assortment of wines and sipping chocolate (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are also offered at The Artist’s Table.
The Painter’s Palate offers delicacies served as tasting bites, like the trio of savory croissant donuts: whipped boursin garlic and fine herbs cheese with fresh herbs (vegetarian), chicken salad with shaved fennel and fresh herbs, spicy tuna with wasabi and seaweed salad or the gallery bites which is a trio of hors d’oeuvres: chilled shrimp with cucumber cream cheese on a crostini, crispy truffled risotto ball with stone ground mustard, traditional deviled egg with candied bacon. Samplers can be paired with a variety of craft beers, desserts, or a popcorn pairing flight.
Pop Eats! Dishes include shrimp ceviche with lime mint foam, a sous vide poulet rouge chicke roulade with apples and sage served with warm brie fondue, or almond frangipane cake filled with raspberry jam and chocolate. These dishes can be paired with Cloudem sparkling wine or Popping Bubbles cocktails.
Decadent Delights serves desserts that look like works of fine art, such as white chocolate and purple sweet potato mousse with salted caramel and maple meringue with coconut or a crisp caramel chocolate mousse bar with flavored meringue kisses and passion fruit sauce. Guests can also indulge in a variety of craft beers and wines.
At The Masterpiece Kitchen, you’ll find fusion food and wines like smoked salmon tartare served with caviar and crisp lavash or vegetarian wild mushroom risotto with aged parmesan, truffle shavings and a zinfandel reduction along with an assortment of champagnes, merlot, and chardonnay.
Disney on Broadway Concert Series returns to the America Gardens Theater for shows on Friday through Monday evenings at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8:00 PM each night, when new and returning singers join together on stage to perform songs from Disney classics that have been brought to life on Broadway.
- January 12 – 15 & January 19 – 22: Kara Lindsay (new) & Kevin Massey (returning) perform the best of Tarzan, Aladdin, Newsies, and Frozen
- January 26 – 29 & February 2 – 5: Krissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White perform favorites from Tarzan, The Lion King Aida, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid
- February 9 – 12 & February 16 – 19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland perform hits from Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Mary Poppins, Newsies and Frozen
Just like most shows at the America Gardens Theater, there are Disney on Broadway Dining Packages available for breakfast, lunch and dinner at select Epcot restaurants. Each package include either a 3-course meal or a full buffet (depending on your selected location) and premium seating at the Disney on Broadway show of your choice. Prices may vary depending on time of meal and restaurant, and reservations are required.
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway Pavilion): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; starting at $60 per adult and $36 for kids
- Biergarten Restaurant (Germany Pavilion): Lunch and Dinner; starting at $44 per adult, $25 for kids
- Rose & Crown Dining Room (United Kingdom Pavilion): Lunch and Dinner; starting at $57 per adult, $21 for kids
- Coral Reef Restaurant (The Living Seas Pavilion): Lunch and Dinner; starting at $66 per adult, $22 for kids
- The Garden Grill (The Land Pavilion): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; starting at $43 per adult, 27 for kids
In addition to the exhibits and shows, there are tons of ways for guests to get in on the action with interactive experiences set up all around the park. Art comes alive on a giant wall mural painted by park-goers and actual Disney artists share their skills with the crowd at Animation Academy, a fun and informative drawing class.
Guests can also step into famous works of art at special photo ops located around the World Showcase such as Mona Lisa, The Scream, and Washington Crossing the Delaware.
Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt, participants can learn about art along with Figment on a hunt around World Showcase. After purchasing your map and stickers at Pin Central, Disney Traders, or World Traveler, start your search for Figment themed picture frame in each pavilion. When you find Figment hidden in the famous pieces, add the corresponding sticker to your map. You can return your completed mad at Disney Traders for a special prize.
The majority of these awesome experiences offered at Epcot’s International Festival of Arts are included with your park admission. Start your expedition through the arts by getting great deals on Disney World tickets on tickets2you.com!