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A Complete Guide to Epcot Festival of the Arts 2020

 Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts made it’s debut in January of 2017 and has quickly become a fan favorite!

Epcot Festival of the Arts entrance

Epcot Festival of the Arts celebrates the arts in all forms!  Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Culinary Delights!

How to Best Enjoy the Epcot Festival of the Arts

  1. Make a plan of which of the Festival Kiosk and foods you can’t miss.
  2. Don’t miss the Broadway Concert series which happens 3 times nightly at the American Garden Theater.
  3. Make Broadway Concert dining reservations if you want a reserved seat at the show.
  4. Make a plan for entertaining the kids. There are so many opportunities for them at the Festival of the Arts that will keep them wanting to explore the World Showcase.
  5. Use the touring plan below to plan your day.

Included with Park Admission:

  • Complimentary Seminars
  • Animation Academy
  • Art that has Influenced Disney History
  • Workshops
  • Artful Exclusives
  • Broadway Concert Series

Expression Session

Call me silly but I love this “Paint by Numbers” guest completed mural!   A mural is competed every few days and then displayed for all to see.

Epcot Festival of the Art mural and mural postcardPainting the mural at the Epcot Festival of the Arts Up close look at the paint by numbers mural at Epcot Festival of the Arts.Finished mural at Festival of the Arts

When you check-in at the Expression Session, a Cast Member will either assign you a color or let you choose depending on what is left of the mural to be completed.  Then they’ll tell you how many squares to paint to help complete this piece of art.  Guest of all ages are welcome to participate!

Artful Photo Ops

Artful photo ops at Epcot Festival of the Arts

These awesome backdrops are located throughout Epcot with a Photopass Photographer in place to take your entire families picture.  Keep in mind that they are also happy to take your picture with your own camera or phone!  I love this about Disney!

Artful photo op at Festival of the Arts Epcot

Once in place, the backdrop will have suggested poses for you to look like you’re a part of the original piece of art.  The more you get into the pose the better your pictures will be!Artful photo ops at Epcot Festival of the Arts. Become a part of the painting.

And you know what I love about this the most?  Our kids(adults too!) are being exposed to famous paintings and artists in a fun and impactful way!  They may not remember a piece of art or artist in a museum or book but when they actually get to be a part of the art maybe it will stand out in their memories!  I heart the arts !!!

 

Chalk Art

Another part of the arts I LOVE!  The sidewalk chalk art at the Epcot Festival of the Arts is amazing!  You’ll be able to see completed pieces that literally jump of the sidewalk at you and also be able to watch artist set up and complete the art.  I love to see their process and how the “build” these amazing pieces of work.  My one question is… how do they feel when all of their hard work washes away in the rain?  And on that note, why do they choose sidewalks for art rather than a canvas that can be preserved for life?  Does anyone know?

Mickey Mouse chalk art at Epcot Festival of the Art Epcot Festival of the Art Artists Inspiration picture for chalk art Epcot Festival of the Arts sidewalk chalk drawing in progress.

Food Studios – Artful food!

When food is pretty does it actually taste better?  I kinda think so!  Here’s to fancy food and the chefs who create it for the Epcot Festival of the Arts!

There are plenty of Culinary Art Food Studios filled with artful goodness to eat at the Festival of the Arts. Plan ahead you can’t possibly eat it all!

Food Booths Available

Taste Track

Near Test Track

Taste Track Epcot Holiday Festival Touring Plan

Showcase Plaza

Decadent Delights

Showcase Plaza near Port of Entry

Decadent Delights at Epcot Festival of the Arts food kiosk

 

Artist Palate Jumbo chocolate cookie at Epcot Festival of the Arts

Refreshment Port

Near Canada

  • Lobster Chips

World Showcase

The Masterpiece Kitchen

Canada

The Masterpiece Kitchen in Canada at Epcot Festival of the Arts

L’rt de la Cuisine Francaise – The Art of French Cooking

FranceLe Art de Cuisine France at Epcot Festival of the Arts

Mosaic Canteen

Morocco

Mosaic Canteen in Morocco at Epcot Festival of the Arts

 

Goshiki – New 2020 

 JapanTakumi Table in Japan at Epcot World Showcase

 

The Artist Table

The American Adventure

The Artist Table in America at Epcot Festival of the Arts

Fife & Drum Tavern 

The American Adventure

 

Block and Hans

The American Adventure

Funnel Cake

The American Adventure

L’Arte Di Mangiare

Italy

L'Arte di Marquise Italy at Epcot Festival of the Arts

Cuisine Classique 

Germany

Refreshment Outpost 

Outpost

The Painted Panda

China

El Artista Hambriento – The Hungry Artist

Mexico

Let them Eat Art

The Deconstructed Dish

Pop Eats

Showcase Plaza near Disney Traders

Pop Eats at Disney's Festival of the Arts

Almond Frangipane Cake at Pop Eats in Epcot

Pop Art pop tart at Epcot Festival of the Arts Pop EatsChicken Roulade at Pop Eats in Epcot Festival of the ArtsPopping Bubbles Cocktail at Epcot Pop Eats

Epcot Festival of the Arts Food Extras

Joffery’s Coffee & Tea Company

  • Showcase Plaza Kiosk; near Disney Traders –
  • Canada Kiosk –
  • The American Adventure-

Epcot Festival of the Arts Gluten-Free options by Food Studio 

Disney does an amazing job of providing options that are food allergy-friendly and GOOD! Unfortunately, the festival kiosks don’t have too many choices.  You’ll need to plan ahead knowing that not all locations offer gluten-free options.

  • Cuisine Classique –  (GF)
  • The Artists Table – (GF)
  • The Painters Palate – (GF) (V)
  • The Painters Palate – (GF) (V)
  • Pop Eats – (GF)
  • Pop Eats –  (GF)

Festival of the Arts Entertainment

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

 

See some of your favorite Disney songs being performed by Broadway’s greatest stars on the American Garden Theater stage.  This is one of my favorite concert series of the year!  Pick your favorite Disney movie and head on over to see your favorite music performed lived!  Their voices are amazing!

Show Times: 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, 8:00 pm each evening

Location: American Garden Theater, World Showcase

Broadway Concert Series Performers

Schedule of Artists

What is the Epcot Festival of the Arts “Concert Series Dining Package”?

When you make a reservation with an Epcot Festival of the Arts Concert Series Dining Package each person in the dining party will be allowed a guaranteed spot at one of the nightly shows. The reserved show time is based on the dining time selected.

If you don’t have a dining package you’ll look for these standby entrance signs to line up for your showtime of choice.  You will need to get in line 30-45 minutes prior to showtime to be admitted to the show.  For the most popular artists plan to be there an hour to an hour and a half in advance.

What you need to know about the Concert Series Dining Package:

  • Dining plans are accepted and are 2 table credits per person.
  • Out of pocket expense varies by restaurant.  Price starts at $35 for breakfast, $35 for lunch and $35 for dinner.
  • Reservations should be made on your My Disney Experience account or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
  • Make sure to choose the Concert Series Dining Package at your desired restaurant NOT a regular dining reservation.
  • Breakfast: Buffet or family style meal
  • Lunch/Dinner: Appetizer, entrees, and dessert or buffet/family style in some restaurants.

Participating Restaurants:

  • Biergarten Restaurant: Germany
    • Lunch and dinner
  • Coral Reef Restaurant: The Seas
    • Lunch and dinner
  • The Garden Grill Restaurant: The Land
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room: United Kingdom
    • Lunch and dinner

Epcot Festival of the Arts Merchandise

Epcot Festival of the Arts Marketplaces are located throughout the World Showcase to help commemorate your experience or take home a piece of your favorite art!

Disney artist Rob Kaz at Epcot Festival of the Arts Rob Kaz art for sale at Epcot Festival of the Arts Trevor Carlton art at Epcot Festival of the Arts

  • Festival Marketplaces throughout the park – mini pop up shops with varying festival merchandise
  • Art of Disney – Future World East – exquisite art from festival artists
  • Mouse Gear – One of my favorite Disney stores in all of Disney World!  You can find EVERYTHING here!
  • House of Blues – near Germany

Kid-Sized Festival Fun

Kidcot Fun Stops

Epcot Kidcot Fun Stop at Epcot

Kids can stop in each country to pick up their Ziploc brand suitcase and touring cards in each country.  (Not specific to the festival)

Figments Brush with the Masters

A Brush with Figment scavenger hunt at Epcot

The festival scavenger hunts are a favorite in our house! It’s a great way to keep the kids interested and moving around the World Showcase!

A Brush with Figment at Epcot

The cost of the map with stickers is $9.99 and can be picked up at Odessey Festival Marketplace, Pin Central, Disney Traders or World Traveler.

Get the Epcot Festival of the Arts Map Here – map will be updated when its available

 

 

Epcot Festival of the Arts Passport

Enjoy checking off your list in your Epcot Festival of the Arts Passport as you make your way around Epcot and the World Showcase.  You can pick up a passport and map as you enter Epcot or all around Epcot at the festival merchandise locations or food studios.

Epcot Festival of the Arts passport photo

Touring Plan for the Epcot Festival of the Arts

Start your day at Epcot by arriving 30 minutes prior to the park opening.  Daily park hours can be found here.

The World Showcase opens daily at 11 am.

Food Studios are open from 11 pm to 9 pm each day.

You can enter the World Showcase prior to 11 am and go as far as Norway on the left side or France on the right side.

The only reason I suggest entering World Showcase prior to 11 am would be to ride Frozen Ever After in Norway or Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in France.   You could skip all of World Discovery, World Celebration, World Nature upon entry to Epcot and go straight to Norway to ride Frozen Ever After or Remy’s in France, but keep in mind this will result in a lot of extra walking and backtracking to cover all of Epcot.

In this park touring plan we’re focusing on covering the Epcot Festival of the Arts and only riding the main attractions at Epcot.  If you’re more focused on the Epcot attractions this is not the touring plan for your day.

See all Epcot touring plans here.

 

 

Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumphhttps://www.loveofthemagic.com
Hi, I'm Jamie, traveling mama, entrepreneur, and travel advisor. I'm addicted to Disney, traveling and exploring the world with my family, and have a passion for helping families experience the magic of travel. My home is filled with love and chaos, 2 crazy girls, 2 large dogs, and the most spectacular architect and Disney Cast Member I call my husband. We live in Florida and spend our weekends playing at Orlando's many theme parks and visiting the beach. In 2015, after helping numerous families plan their vacations to various Disney Destinations, I started a blog to answer all of the many travel questions I received daily. In 2016, the blog grew into a travel agency, and Love of the Magic Vacations was born. With a team of nearly 20, we spend our days creating family vacations around the world. What started as a blog is now a full service, worldwide vacation destination planning service. I create custom itineraries for each of my clients that not only meets but exceeds expectations. There is no greater gift than making memories while sharing the world and its cultures with your kids.
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