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Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts


The Epcot International Festival of the Arts made its original debut back in January of 2017 and features performing arts, culinary arts, visual arts, along with fun for all ages. Guests will find art pieces from many Disney artists such as Will Gay, Joe Kaminski, Dave Avanzino, Dirk Wunderlich, and so many others. There are many locations throughout the park where they're able to watch the creative processes happen live before their eyes. New art is created and revealed regularly throughout the entire Festival so guests can look forward to a new experience every time they visit.

In past years, this Festival has brought an exciting showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage, but offerings will be a bit different for 2021. As an example and new this year, Voices of Liberty will perform on the stage at America Gardens Theatre with a brand-new showcase – The Disney Songbook which includes beloved favorites such as When You Wish Upon a Star and Let It Go. En Español

Food Studios
will be located throughout the park and will showcase culinary creations so delicious and intricate, guests may not know if the menus are for admiring or eating. Be warned that patience will be required while making your food purchases as the lines tend to be longer than what you might be used to from the other special events held at EPCOT. The primary focus here is on the presentation of your food and it will be served to you looking gorgeous! The cast members take a little more time in preparing and making each dish look just right.

Be sure to snap a pic before you take a bite!

This event will provide fun every day for the whole family, including chalk art, hands-on activities, special merchandise created just for the festival, and much more.

The Festival is included with your regular EPCOT admission.

Guests visiting the Festival can pick up a handy mini Disney Gift Card at any of the merchandise locations. The mini gift cards have a wristband attached making them a convenient way to pay for items all throughout the park without having to dig for your wallet. These special cards can be activated with as little as $15.

Performing Arts
Voices of Liberty – The Disney Songbook: New for 2021, Voices of Liberty will take to the stage at America Gardens Theatre with a brand-new showcase—the Disney Songbook. From When You Wish Upon a Star to Let It Go, the Voices of Liberty will perform favorite Disney songs and celebrate the artistry of Disney composers and lyricists.

Art Defying Gravity (7-day offering): Enjoy the spectacle of thrilling strength acts defying gravity and imagination at World Showplace.

Epcot Pianist (7-day offering): Tap your toes to a variety of show tunes performed by a talented entertainer at World Showplace.

JAMMitors (7-day offering): Listen to the soothing sounds produced this fun group of musicians at the Mill Stage in the Canada Pavilion.

Visual Art in Performance (4-day offering, Thursday – Sunday):
 Behold a high-energy, on-stage performance by a guest visual artist painting favorite Disney characters within World Showplace. In just minutes, colorful Disney images magically appear before your eyes.

Chalk Art – Future World East: Discover the work of imaginative chalk artists, then help create a chalk art masterpiece!
Festival Activities
Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural – In World Showcase Plaza, guests can grab a paintbrush and add their personal touch to a gigantic mural daily between the time the park opens each day and 5 p.m.

Animation Academy – Experience the magic of Disney animation at this fun and informative drawing class taught by actual Disney artists daily at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the America Garden Theatre. To draw along with the artist, you’ll receive an artist board, paper and a pencil during this step-by-step session. Best of all, this class is complimentary!

Chalk Full of Character – Go on the hunt for some Festival fun! Charming chalk drawings of Disney characters — from Abu to Jiminy Cricket — are waiting to be discovered in tucked away corners throughout World Showcase. How many can you find?

Figment's Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt – The Festival of the Arts event is not just for adults. Kids (and the young at heart) will enjoy “Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt” around EPCOT. Can you find Figment?

To get started, purchase your map for $7.99 at select merchandise locations. Get into sleuth mode while searching for clues that lead to the elusive little dragon — leave no painting in the World Showcase unturned! Every time you find Figment, add the corresponding sticker to the pavilion on your map. Once your journey is complete, return your map to Disney Traders for an artful surprise!

Fun Family Films – Travel the world and enter cherished stories with the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival, Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, Awesome Planet, and Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360.

Kidcot Fun Stops – Kids of all ages can have their own art-filled adventure around the world by stopping by each pavilion throughout the World Showcase. Kids can draw, color, and collect activity cards at every country for a great souvenir from their trip.

Must-See Galleries
  • Art of Disney – American Adventure Pavilion
    Shop at this art gallery featuring Festival merchandise, original artwork and more!
  • Mexico Folk Art Gallery – Mexico Pavilion
    Celebrate the artistry and traditions of Día de Muertos with the gallery show, ‘Remember Me!’ La Celebración del Día de Muertos.
  • Stave Church Gallery – Norway Pavilion
    Sail back in time with the Gods of the Vikings gallery show to discover the legendary gods and myths of the Vikings.
  • House of the Whispering Willows – China Pavilion
    Discover the beauty and wonder of the Shanghai Disney Resort.
  • Bijutsu-kan Gallery – Japan
    Delve into the origin and evolution of “kawaii,” Japan’s cute culture.
  • Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art – American Adventure Pavilion
    Behold an all-new exhibition celebrating American Indian art.
  • Race Against the Sun: Ancient Technique to Modern Competition
    Discover 2 incredible modern-day competitions—Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) and Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc (Rally of the Gazelles).
  • Tale as Old as Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen – France Pavilion
    Explore 6 distinct gallery cases honoring the costumes, music and artwork that brought French literature to life through cinema, theater, ballet and opera.

  • Special Merchandise

    Festival Merchandise Locations:
    • Art of Disney – American Adventure Pavilion Visit the exquisite art gallery featuring original artwork from our featured Disney artists, along with art prints, Festival Merchandise and more!
    • Mouse Gear – Visit this one-stop shopping destination for all of your favorite Festival Merchandise. You won’t want to miss all that Mouse Gear has in store!
    • Festival Markets – throughout World Showcase and Future World Explore numerous locations throughout the Festival featuring more than 100 Disney and visiting artists. You never know what you’re going to see as new artwork unfolds around the park! Be sure to check back each weekend for art, amazing finds and the perfect piece of art to take home with you!
    • Featured Disney Art – View a wide variety of Disney-inspired art, each piece with its own twist! From classic to whimsical to edgy, there’s sure to be a style for every guest’s taste! As you peruse the art selection, meet with artists, talk to them about the art process and get your new art personalized! Visiting artists include those from Disney Parks Experiences and Products, Walt Disney Imagineering and Yellow Shoes.
    • Visiting Artists and Studios – Guests can also find many pieces of non-Disney art throughout the Festival. Each visiting art studio or vendor brings a unique perspective to the Festival!

    Special Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Festival merchandise will also be available!

    Special PhotoPass Opportunities

    While perusing the beautiful works of art, keep an eye out for PhotoPass Photographers around the theme park and be sure to ask them about special props and Magic Shots that are available during the Festival. This collage shows some of the examples you might see as you peruse the Festival.

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