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A Guide to the

Epcot International Festival of the Arts:

A Creative Experience

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Take the Video Tour of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Epcot opened in Disney World in 1982 by combining education and entertainment: edutainment. The park features two main sections: the area formerly called Future World and now undergoing major construction, which has rides and attractions that focus on technology, the environment and science presented in the Disney way. The second area is called the World Showcase, a World's Fair type presentation that features 11 countries in permanent pavilions showcasing culture, entertainment, food, merchandise, rides and attractions.



Look for the Chalk Art at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Epcot was initially successful when it opened but within 10 years, attendance and earnings starting declining. Along with closing and adding attractions, Disney added four international festivals: the Flower and Garden (started in 1994) March-June; Food and Wine (added in 1995), late August-mid November; Festival of the Holidays, formerly called Holidays Around the World (begun in 1996) Thanksgiving week - December 30 or so and the Festival of the Arts (recently begun in 2017), which goes from January - February. Disney fans jokingly note that the reason there are so many festivals is so that the kiosks can remain up August - June.


What is Epcot Anyway?


The youngest of the festivals is the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Given that Disney started with a mouse drawn by Walt Disney, this seems ironic that an arts festival was not started sooner. The festival is usually mid-January to mid-February.


Epcot, Disney World


In keeping with the "edutainment" concept, the festivals are more than just eating and drinking. In its full form (meaning, before the pandemic), the Festival of the Arts festival may have extra events: art presentations, animation classes, a concert series, a scavenger hunt and other added activities at Kidcot (the children's area in each of the permanent pavilions in the World Showcase. In addition to the normal 11 pavilions, there may be extra kiosks to include other countries, regions and artsy themes. Finally, you can shop for fine art.



Visit special kitchens for artistic food and beverages


Our 5 Tip for Your Trip to enjoy the Festival (make sure you download the My Disney Experience App and check out the latest information for buying tickets and visiting Disney World.



Visual Art in Performance, Epcot Festival of the Arts

1. Check out the website for the special events that may cost extra and/or require a reservation. The Disney Broadway concert series is free, but if you want to sit up front, you can buy that with a dining package at one of the restaurants.


Disney Broadway concert, featuring Disney songs

2. The World Showcase usually opens up 2 hours after the park opens. But, some of the rides in the showcase, like Frozen Ever After or Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, may open up when the park opens. Keep that in mind when you purchase Genie + or Lightning Lane.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, in the France Pavilion, Epcot

3. During normal times, it gets more crowded in the evening (normal closing is at 9PM, but check the app). If you have little ones, this might not be a good time to visit. However, it might be hot earlier. So, from 3PM-6PM seems like an happy medium. Also, weekends tend to be even more crowded. Also, sometimes it's harder to find the mascot for the scavenger hunt.


Be part of a painting with these photo ops

4. The festival is all throughout the park, not just in the World Showcase. So, read the app or pick up the Passport Guide booklet at the entrances of the park for all of the little hidden gems.


Search for Figment, "hidden" in art masterpieces throughout the park


5. There are activities for the whole family such as the scavenger hunt or the very popular animation classes, where you draw a Disney character through a guided presentation.



Show off your artistic skills in the Animation Academy

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Participate in a community mural by painting 2 numbered squares at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts


Disclaimer:

Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 if the copyright act of 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

This article is my personal opinion. I am a travel agent. I am an Amazon Associate.


The NYC Traveler Blog

MC Photo

MC Photo & Travel YouTube Channel

Specializing in Disney Travel

MC Photo & Travel Store


Contact Us: Travel and Itinerary Plans


All text and photos copyright Marcia Crayton All Rights Reserved 2023




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