Disney is again running its “Epcot International Festival of the Arts” between January 18 and February 25, 2019 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 third year, in 2019 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.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts Highlights
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 remodelled Odyssey Festival Showplace acts at the festival centre and plays host to a range of interactive workshops, complimentary 30 minute seminars and exhibitions. Throughout the park you will be able to admire beautiful works of art, watch over one hundred artists working on new projects and even buy some of their work. Of course there is also a load of Disney Art Festival themed merchandise for sale including MagicBands.
A big hit with all the guests are the “Artful Photo Opportunities” life-sized walk-in paintings where you can get photographs of yourself and your family in famous works of art like “Washington crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze, “Scream” by Edvard Munch, “Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Renoir, Venus emerging from the sea and new for 2019, “Peter Pan and Neverland”. Disney’s PhotoPass members are on hand to capture the moment.
There are also a series of Interactive Workshops run throughout the festival and these are priced at $39 plus tax per workshop. The workshops are run Monday to Friday each week for 75 minutes between 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Reservations are recommended by calling 407 WDW-TOUR (407 939–8687).
Subjects include floral design, ink and paint, Calligraphy, topiary art, Flip Book in “Animation 101” with a Disney Animator, character sketching, 3D paper craft, upcycling and mixed-media art.
On select Friday and Sunday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. you can “Paint With a Disney Artist”. The workshop cost is $259 plus tax (for ages 12 and up) and includes a continental breakfast.
There are several events especially for kids. There is a “painting-by-numbers” scenic wall where anyone can grab a paintbrush and take part 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 over a dozen themed 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 but what sets them apart is the sheer artistry and presentation.
The names of some of the studios give a clue to the style of cuisine, such as Pop Eats!, Decadent Delights, The Deconstructed Dish, Masterpiece Kitchen, The Artist’s Table, The Painter’s Palate and L’Art de la Cuisine Française.
Check the festival passport for all the food offerings. The range of dishes and drinks include “Lobster Bacon Macaroni & Cheese”, “Pop’t Art” cookies with strawberry filling, “Mickey and Pluto White Chocolate Painting” with a chocolate easel, “White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse” with maple meringue, “Salted Caramel Funnel Cake” and an amazing combination “Glazed Pork Belly Bloody Mary” drink.
In Future World you will find performance artists on the Fountain Stage. Look out for the “Art Defying Gravity” acrobats, artists creating Disney character live in “Visual Art in Performance”, live performances by Central Florida high schools, universities and colleges plus the capella vocal group, American Music Machine in the “Disney Performing Arts Showcase”. American Music Machine often do a pre-show for the Disney on Broadway concerts.
Around the Future World Fountain Plaza you will find the “Epcot Living Statues” and amazing sidewalk Disney inspired “Chalk Art”.
You will also find live music at several of the World Showcase pavilions, like Bodh’aktan in Canada, Delta Q in Germany and Morocco.
Disney On Broadway
The accompanying “Disney On Broadway” musical performances used to just be on over each long weekend (Fridays through Mondays) but for 2019 there are concerts every night. The concert series feature some of the Disney on Broadway stars singing favourite songs from Broadway shows including songs from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Frozen, Freaky Friday, Mary Poppins and The Lion King.
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 in which case you are guaranteed priority seating.
Each evening two artists will perform songs from around four Broadway shows with a special grand finale on the last night of the festival.
The artists rotate weekly with a total of 117 performances. There are three new artists for 2019; Steve Blanchard, Adam Jacobs and Gavin Lee.
Artists performing in 2019:
- 18 January 2019 to 19 January 2019 - Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey
- 20 January 2019 to 21 January 2019 - Meredith Inglesby and Steve Blanchard
- 22 January 2019 to 23 January 2019 - Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey
- 24 January 2019 to 25 January 2019 - Meredith Inglesby and Steve Blanchard
- 26 January 2019 to 26 January 2019 - Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey
- 27 January 2019 to 27 January 2019 - Meredith Inglesby and Steve Blanchard
- 28 January 2019 to 29 January 2019 - Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs
- 30 January 2019 to 31 January 2019 - Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee
- 1 February 2019 to 2 February 2019 - Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs
- 3 February 2019 to 4 February 2019 - Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee
- 5 February 2019 to 6 February 2019 - Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs
- 7 February 2019 to 8 February 2019 - Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee
- 9 February 2019 to 9 February 2019 - Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs
- 10 February 2019 to 10 February 2019 - Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee
- 11 February 2019 to 12 February 2019 - Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
- 13 February 2019 to 14 February 2019 - Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
- 15 February 2019 to 16 February 2019 - Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
- 17 February 2019 to 18 February 2019 - Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
- 19 February 2019 to 20 February 2019 - Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
- 21 February 2019 to 22 February 2019 - Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
- 23 February 2019 to 23 February 2019 - Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
- 24 February 2019 to 24 February 2019 - Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
- 25 February 2019 to 25 February 2019 - Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
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 $49 to $73 for adults and $21 to $44 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 2019 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
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.