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Epcot International Festival of the Arts – 2018

last updated January 27, 2018

For the 2nd year Epcot hosts it?s newest festival, the International?Festival of the Arts!

Epcot’s newest festival, the International Festival of the Arts, has become very popular and for good reason! ?There are so many fun things to see and participate in. ?It?s a mini festival by Epcot festival standards, with less than half the food kiosks of many of the other festivals and a very short running in January and February.? But it is worth seeing!

My two favorite things to do at the Festival of the Arts is paint by numbers aka Expression Section and the new Art Walk, where you explore each country to find the Art Walk palettes and create your own memento in the back of your festival passport.

I also really love the Artful Photo Ops and of course the artwork itself. ?So many goodies to take home! ?

Please excuse me while I drool over this $34,000 Mickey and Minnie piece. ?Yep, that?s not a typo, it?s really $34k!? I?ll put it on my Christmas list and play extra nice this year. ?Wish me luck!

Now for the particulars!

The Festival of the Arts runs 7 days a week this year (it was only on weekends in 2017) from??January 12 – February 19, 2018

Follow along on my Facebook and Instagram page “Love of the Magic” for endless pictures! ??

What to Know, before you go:

  • Epcot park admission required
  • Food, wine and some events/classes require an additional fee
  • Some events require reservations
  • Disney on Broadway Concert series nightly – find your favorite below!
  • Pick up your Guide Map and Passport at the Main Gate and throughout the park
  • Don’t forget to place your stickers on your passport as you make your way around the world!
  • Don’t miss photo opportunities and magic shots

What is the Festival of the Arts All About?

“Experience thrilling performances, discover amazing art, and feast on artistic dishes at the second annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts.” – Disney

Let’s break it down into 4 easy pieces.? The Culinary Arts, Artful Exclusives, Entertainment and the extras!

1. Culinary Arts –

Where and What to Eat!

Location: Throughout Epcot

When: Daily 11 am to park closing

Features: 19 artful kiosks filled with food and beverages unique to the festival.

Need to Know: ?Food and beverages are at an additional charge. ?

Artful Food Locations

The Painters Palate

Location: Odyssey Festival Showplace

Refreshment Port

Location: ?Showcase Plaza

The Deconstructed Dish

Location: Showcase Plaza

Decadent Delights

Location: ?Showcase Plaza

Pop Eats!

Location: Showcase Plaza

El Artista Hambriento

?The Hungry Artist?

Location: Mexico

The Painted Panda – NEW!

Location: China

Refreshment Outpost

Location: Outpost

Cuisine Classique

Location: Germany

L?Arte Di Mangiare – NEW!

?The Art of Eating?

Location: Italy

Fife & Drum Tavern

Location: The American Adventure

Block & Hans

Location: The American Adventure

The Artist?s Table

Location: The American Adventure

Funnel Cake

Location: The American Adventure

Takumi Table – NEW!

Location: Japan

Mosaic Canteen – NEW!

Location: Morocco

L?Art De La Cuisine Francaise – NEW!

Location: France

The Masterpiece Kitchen

Location: Canada

Joffrey?s Coffee & Tea Company

Throughout the Park with featured drinks at each location.

Future World East – Painted Lady Latte,?Disney Traders – Cinnamon Sensation,?The American Adventure – Dreamy Bourbon,?Canada – Night Sky Latte

2. Artful Exclusives!

Location: Future World East

  • Seminars daily – complimentary – Future World East
  • Workshops – learn artistic techniques from the pros – reservations required call 407-WDW-TOUR to book. ?$39/person – Future World East
  • Animation Academy – complimentary, experience he magic of Disney Animation – Future World East
  • Chalk Art – Future World East

  • Enemy Ink – Future World West – Create your own T-shirt
  • Artists of Tomorrow – Future World West – featuring a student art gallery
  • Meet the artist and have your artwork signed

Emmy with Rob Kaz

  • Expression Section – Showcase Plaza – AKA paint by numbers

  • Artful Photo Ops – throughout the world showcase

  • Figments Brush with the Masters – throughout World Showcase. See more below.?
  • Kidcot Fun Stops – kids can create a personalized souvenir and have their names written the language of the country you’re visiting.

  • The Art Walk – throughout the World Showcase. ?My new favorite art festival activity!

3. Entertainment

  • New! Art Defying Gravity – Fountain View Plaza stage
  • Epcot Living Statues – Fountain View Plaza?
  • Visual Art in Performance – Fountain View Plaza stage?

Stephen Fishwick painting to music on stage.??

This was his the piece he made on stage

  • Community Arts Showcase – American Gardens Theater

?Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Location: The American Theater

When: 5:30; 6:45; 8:00 pm each evening

Need to Know: ?

  • January 12 -15 and 19 – 22; NEW Kara Lindsay Katherine on Newsies and Kevin Massey – Tarzan in Tarzan on Broadway
  • January 26 – 29 and February?2 – 5; Kissy Simmons – Nala in the Lion King on Broadway and Alton Fitzgerald White – King Mufasa in Lion King
  • February 9 – 12 and February 16 – 19; Ashley Brown – Mary Poppins on Broadway; Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and Josh Strickland – Tarzan in Tarzan on Broadway

4. All of the Extras!

One of my most favorite festival activities (there’s one at each festival) is the hide and seek of sorts.? I think it’s a fantastic option to keep the kids entertained while touring the world showcase!? At the art festival it is called, Figments Brush with the Masters.? It’s a must do in my opinion!

Features: Find Figment in his original works of art depicting some of the worlds greatest art pieces.

Need to Know: Pick up your map for $8.99 at Festival Center, Pin Central, Disney Traders or World Traveler. ?Then travel the World Showcase looking for hidden pieces of art. ?Match up the located art with the correct sticker and place it on the map. ?When the map is completed, return it to one of the above locations for your choice of prizes. ?This year the prize is one of four Figment pins. ?Of course, you can collect them all! ?(2016 prizes were magnets).

The Merchandise

  • Of course there?s merchandise to commemorate the event! ?You can see quite a bit of it on my Facebook page.

I’ve covered everything you need to know before visiting Epcot International Festival of the Arts! ?Questions? Email me ?I look forward to chatting with you!

Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumph
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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