Disney is again running its “Epcot International Festival of the Arts” between January 12 and February 19, 2018 which celebrates art, performance, food and drink from around the world with live musical performances and stage productions, art displays and like all Epcot festivals these days, gourmet food.
Now in its second year, in 2018 it is on every day of the week for 39 days. In 2017 in its first year it only operated for 24 days, over six four-day weekends.
Like other Epcot festivals, a theme park admission ticket is required but there is no separate admission charge to attend the festival or view the music concerts. There are additional fees for the workshops.
Disney has not yet released full details of the 2018 event, some information relates to the 2017 event (where stated)
Highlights of the festival include:
- art exhibitions plus artist seminars and workshops from top Disney artists as well as local and nationally acclaimed artists. Topics include animation drawing, photography and making topiaries
- special food studios themed on gourmet food and drinks that are works of art in their own right
- performance artists
- the Disney on Broadway concert series featuring some of Disney’s best theatrical productions
- Disney on Broadway Dining Packages combining a three course meal at selected restaurants with priority seating for the Disney on Broadway concert series
Art Exhibitions, Seminars and Workshops
The Odyssey Festival Showplace acts at the festival centre and plays host to a range of interactive workshops and exhibitions. In 2017, there were galleries exhibiting works by Disney legends, Mary Blair and Herbert Ryman.
Throughout the park you will be able to admire beautiful works of art, watch over fifty artists working on new projects and even buy some of their work.
A big hit in 2017 was the life-sized walk-in paintings where you could get photographs of yourself and your family in famous works of art like “Scream”, the “Mona Lisa” and “Washington crossing the Delaware”. Disney’s PhotoPass members are on hand to capture the moment.
In 2017, a series of Interactive Workshops ran throughout the festival and were priced at $39 plus tax per workshop.
Subjects ranged from creating your own animated Flip Book in “Animation 101” with a Disney Animator to flower arranging, macramé, watercolour painting, learn how to blend spices, cake decoration, truffle making, hands-on cocktail mixing, making Valentines cards, calligraphy, blending tea, making jewellery and paint your own ink and paint cel.
There are several events especially for kids. There is a “painting-by-numbers” scenic wall and Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt inspired by Figment the dragon. You can buy a World Showcase map and stickers at Pin Central, Disney Traders or World Traveler.
Then you can visit each of the World Showcase pavilions and search for a piece of artwork in a Figment-themed frame with a purple dragon. Stick the appropriate location sticker on your map and when you have found them all return to Disney Traders for a souvenir gift.
Also there are eleven Kidcot Fun Stop craft stations located around the World Showcase where kids can collect stamps and create a complimentary personalised souvenir.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts Food Studios
There are around half a dozen food studios dotted around the World Showcase Promenade. Each has amazing works of culinary art that you can purchase and try sampler-sized portions for yourself. Prices are similar to other Epcot festival food.
Check the festival passport for all the food offerings.
In 2017, there were a range of dishes including modern art “Pop’t Art” cookies with chocolate hazelnut filling, a Mary Blair white chocolate art painting with a chocolate easel, a scallop dish looking like “The Lady in the Red Hat” painting by Renoir, a Mondrian inspired multi-coloured cake slice and a Roy Lichtenstein inspired drink with cranberry filled pearls that floated up and down like a lava lamp.
In Future World you will find performance artists at the Live Performance Art on the Fountain Stage creating amazing masterpieces.
In 2017, there were living statues in Future World Plaza, live performances by Central Florida high schools, universities and colleges plus American Music Machine performing on the Future World Fountain Stage.
You may also find live music at several of the World Showcase pavilions, like Canada, Germany and Morocco.
Disney On Broadway
The accompanying “Disney On Broadway” musical performances are on over each long weekend (Fridays through Mondays) in 2018 and feature some of the Disney on Broadway stars singing favourite songs from Broadway shows including songs from Disney’s Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida, Newsies, Tarzan, Frozen, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid.
There are three performances per night at the America Gardens Theatre Epcot in the World Showcase, at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis unless you have booked a Disney on Broadway Dining Package when you are guaranteed priority seating.
Each evening two artists will perform songs from around four Broadway shows.
Artists performing in 2018:
- 12 January 2018 to 15 January 2018 - Jenn Gambatese and Kevin Massey
- 19 January 2018 to 22 January 2018 - Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
- 26 January 2018 to 29 January 2018 - Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
- 2 February 2018 to 5 February 2018 - Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
- 9 February 2018 to 12 February 2018 - Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
- 16 February 2018 to 19 February 2018 - Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
Disney on Broadway Dining Packages
As part of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, you can book a special “Disney on Broadway Dining Package” that combines a three course meal or full buffet (breakfast, lunch or dinner) at one of several Epcot restaurants and guaranteed priority seating at one of the three evening Disney On Broadway musical concerts.
Your package includes either an appetiser, entrée and dessert plus a non-alcoholic drink or a full buffet.
Prices range from $43 to $70 for adults and $21 to $42 for children, depending upon the restaurant and whether you have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Reservations are recommended and prices do not include tax or gratuities.
The participating table service restaurants for 2018 are:
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway Pavilion) — breakfast, lunch or dinner
- Biergarten Restaurant (Germany Pavilion) — lunch or dinner
- Coral Reef Restaurant (The Living Seas Pavilion) — lunch or dinner
- The Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land Pavilion) — breakfast, lunch or dinner
- Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (United Kingdom Pavilion) — lunch or dinner
Remember the concerts are only on Friday through Sunday and dining reservations must be at least two and a half hours before showtime. You can pick up your concert seating badges at the restaurant.
Guests can use credits from their Magic Your Way Regular Dining Plan or Deluxe Dining Plan but it requires two table service entitlements per package.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts Information
You can get more information on the Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Disney’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts web site or by ringing 407-WDW-DINE (407–939–3463).
If you like your commemorative merchandise then you will find mugs, tee shirts, totes and much more at Art of Disney, Mouse Gear and World Traveler.