5 Things You Can’t Miss at the 2020 Epcot Festival of the Arts
This celebration of art, entertainment and food takes center stage at Epcot through February 24 and offers fun for everyone
Epcot’s celebration of all things artful continues in 2020, as the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is underway at Walt Disney World. The festival, which runs through February 24, shines a pixie-dusted spotlight on the arts—including culinary, performing and visual. And with plenty to see, here and do, there’s something for everyone!
The Eats and Drinks!
Dining around Epcot during the Festival of the Arts is a feast for all of the senses. The park’s culinary team has delivered next-level imagination with every dish. Because this festival is a little smaller compared to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival or the Flower and Garden Festival, you’ll find more detailed, complex dishes. Our picks? So many, but you won’t go wrong with the Festival’s signature Food Studio, Pop Eats! This year, we love the Sous Vide Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Beet Chip Crumbles, along with the Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary. Or try the Wild Mushroom Risotto at The Masterpiece Kitchen.
Pro Tip: Following the success of the cookie stroll during the Festival of the Holidays, the festival added the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine. Purchase five dishes outlined in your passport (that yummy cake is one of them!) and you’ll receive a free (yep, FREE!) “tasty technicolor treat.” Just head to the Decadent Delights Food Studio with your stamped passport to collect your prize! See page 35 of the Festival Passport for all of the details.
One of the most amazing aspects of Festival of the Arts is the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. Performances take place nightly, and feature talent straight from the Broadway stage. The artists have played the title roles in many of Disney’s greatest theatrical hits. You won’t want to miss these truly spectacular performances.
Pro Tip: Don’t want to wait in line? Book Dinner and a Show to dine at one of Epcot’s table service restaurants, and be treated to guaranteed seating for the evening’s show.
The Photo Ops!
Have you always wanted to join the party in a Renoir painting? Or would you like to try your hand at striking a pose, Venus-style? It’s all waiting for you—and more—at the Festival of the Arts. In an ingenious move, Disney has scattered 3D versions of famous works of art throughout World Showcase. Think Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Boticelli and more. Guests can enter into the life-size scenes for unique mementos of your Disney visit.
Pro Tip: If you love fun, interactive photo ops, be sure to visit The Epcot Experience. Get a glimpse of the park’s planned transformation. While there, you can enter into some brand new attractions coming soon.
Interactive workshops take place each Saturday and Sunday in World ShowPlace, and attendees leave the class with their own original art work of art! Workshops are $45 per person. Visit Disney’s website to learn more about the schedule and to reserve your spot.
Other interactive festival experiences include the Paint by Numbers mural. Or spend some time in the kids’ chalk area, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Animation Academy, you can learn to draw beloved Disney characters daily from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the American Garden Theatre.
Pro Tip: For a next-level experience, attend a Paint With a Disney Artist session. Whether you’re an experienced painter, or this is the first time you’ve ever picked up a brush, you’re sure to leave with a new appreciation of the art form for the $259 pricetag.
While there is a ton of fun merch to commemorate your visit, the real draws are the artisan stands set up throughout the park. Meet the passionate artists who create the works, and shop for everything from paintings and photographs to jewelry and statuary. There are even adorable, one-of-a-kind hobby horses to take home.
Pro Tip: Shop the art stands, and then have your special works sent to the front of the park for pick up. That way there are no worries about toting awkward packages around. Enjoy your day exploring all that the festival has to offer with two free hands.