Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Festival of the Arts at Epcot
There’s only one more day before the Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicks off at Disney World and we here at MickeyBlog can barely contain our excitement! This year’s festival takes place from January 18 – February 25th and will be the third year that Epcot celebrates art, entertainment and food across the World Showcase and Future World.
To help you with your plans for a fun, artsy and delicious visit to Walt Disney Word we thought we’d we share some of the highlights of this year’s Festival of the Arts with you.
Disney artists will be in residence during the Festival of Arts to show their work and to provide guests with a look at some of the incredible curated collections. There is an eclectic array of galleries that will be open during the fest each day from 11 am. to 9 pm. These include:
- American Heritage Gallery (American Adventure Pavilion)
- Explore the artistry of American Indian communities from seven geographic regions across the United States.
- Bijutsu-kan Gallery (Japan Pavilion)
Delve into the origin and evolution of “kawaii,” Japan’s cute culture.
- Gallery of Arts and History (Morocco Pavilion)
Check out the unique designs of time-honored crafts.
- House of the Whispering Willows (China Pavilion)
Discover the wonders of the Shanghai Disney Resort.
- Mexico Folk Art Gallery (Mexico Pavilion)
Celebrate the artistry and traditions of Día de Muertos.
- Stave Church Gallery (Norway Pavilion)
Explore the “Gods of the Vikings” exhibit, celebrating legendary gods and goddesses and featuring authentic Viking artifacts.
- Chalk Gallery
See forced perspective chalk art with a three-dimensional look and watch imaginative artists re-create works by famous masters.
Guests should note that valid Epcot theme park admission is required to view the galleries.
Workshops and Seminars
Channel your inner Picasso at this year’s Festival of the Arts. During your time at Epcot, you’ll find an impressive range of complimentary seminars featuring popular Disney artists and illustrators. You’ll also get to hear from local artists who will be on hand to teach you a few tricks of the trade. Guests will even have an opportunity to perfect your skills during hands-on workshops.
Fantastic Photo Ops
Capture your amazing Festival of the Arts memories by placing your self in the middle of famous works of arts with this creative photo ops. From George Washington crossing the Delaware to the Scream, there are so many masterpieces that visitors can step in to. Also be sure to check out the brand-new Peter Pan storybook in the United Kingdom!
Culinary Works of Art
It wouldn’t be an Epcot festival without delicious treats around every corner. Throughout World Showcase and Future World you’ll find Food Studios will be open daily throughout the festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with options that are sure to satisfy every painter’s palate.
For a closer look at some of the delicious menu items on offer check out this article.
Disney on Broadway Concert Series
Guests will be able to experience Broadway-inspired performances of all your favorite Disney classics from some of Broadways leading talents including Arielle Jacobs & Adam Jacobs, Heidi Blickenstaff & Gavin Lee, and Ashley Brown & Josh Strickland.
For a complete look at the Concert Series check out this article.
Get the best seats in the house and some tasty grub with the Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package and prepare to savor mouth-watering food offerings as well as the show-stopping tunes. Click here for more info.
The Festival of the Arts is a family affair with a range of activities encouraging families to express their creativity. Stop by the Animation Academy to experience the magic of Disney animation. Join together to solve the clues in a Figment-inspired treasure hunt. You can purchase the stickers and map to participate at Odyssey Festival Showplace, Pin Central, Disney Traders, or World Traveler. Then it’s up to you to find Figment hidden within famous pieces of art scattered about the park!
For those that want to explore your artistic side, you can put brush to paper at the Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural or at the Kidcot Fun Stops, where young artists can create new masterpieces.
Before your Festival of the Arts experience comes to a close be sure to pick up a few pieces of the festival’s limited-edition merchandise. Visitors will find a fun range of festival gear with everything from totes and t-shirts to mugs and trading pins! You’ll definitely want to set aside some money in your Disney budget.
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