Guide to the 2019 Epcot Festival of the Arts
Another year, another festival! The 2019 festival season at Epcot kicked off today with the International Festival of the Arts. This is the newest festival at Epcot, and this is the second year they’ve done it. We think it’s a great addition to the other great events at Epcot, like Food & Wine and Flower & Garden. Obviously this festival is very art themed. There are local and international artists showcasing their work, live performances, workshops, festive food and drink choices, and plenty of merchandise.
The first thing you’ll want to do when you get to Epcot is grab your passport. This free guide has everything going on fest-related throughout the park, as well as menus for all the booths. It’s a great way to plan out what you want to see and try. They also have stickers so you can keep track of all the booths you’ve checked out.
Things to do at the 2019 Epcot Festival of the Arts:
Odyssey Festival Showplace
The Odyssey pavilion is located in between Test Track and Mexico. This is where you can find food and drink offerings, merchandise (including the Passholder merch), and workshops and seminars. Some of these are complimentary and some are an extra cost.
Of course the main attraction at the Festival of the Arts is the art! There are booths set up all over Epcot with different galleries filled with all different kinds of art. There is quite a bit of great Disney art, but also lots more to see. We enjoyed walking around and checking out the art. Many of the artists are here signing prints and taking photos. We also liked that there were things offered at multiple sizes to accommodate different price ranges.
One of our favorite things at Epcot’s Festival of the Arts is the fun photo ops throughout the World Showcase. Here is where you can step inside some of the most famous paintings and do your best pose. Some of the photo ops have Photo Pass photographers.
Food & Drinks
While this festival is not focused on the food and drinks as much as the other festivals, there are still plenty of fun themed offerings. There are not many healthy options, so we only tried a couple things from the actual booths. We got our lunch at the Land Pavilion (Vegan Korma, for the win!). Here are the things we did try, which were all great!
Pop’T Art: Abstract-designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling. Available at The Painter’s Palate in the Odyssey Festival Showplace and Pop Eats! near Disney Traders. ($4.50)
A Play on Rosé Flight: Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider, Concrete Beach Brewery Rosé Ale, and Frosé. Available at Cuisine Classique in Germany. ($10)
Ciderboys Grand Mimosa Apple Orange Hard Cider: Available at Block & Hans at the American Adventure. ($11)
Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
We love the scavenger hunts! Yes, you have to pay for them, but they are so much fun and you get a prize. We also enjoy doing them because it gets you wandering around and noticing things you may not have noticed before in the World Showcase. We definitely recommend! ($6.99, annual passholder discount)
Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural
This mural is a fun to do and only takes a few minutes (unless the line is really long). At the paint by number mural they will give you some paint and a brush and a number. Then you go find three squares with that number and fill them in. The mural closes at 5:00pm so make sure you don’t miss your chance.
While the Disney on Broadway concert series at the America Gardens Theater is definitely the highlight, there are also living statues and live artistry at work. We saw an artist painting a Stitch painting live on stage as well as chalk artists.
Also, Disney Annual Passholders, don’t forget to grab your free magnet at Mouse Gears! So, overall we think the Festival of the Arts is a great addition to the lineup at Epcot. We like walking around and seeing all the art, and all the classes and seminars look really interesting. The artwork is all excellent, and getting a chance to meet and chat with the artists is really exciting. We don’t care for how pricey the food is. The portions are decent, but we would rather eat somewhere else in the park.
The International Festival of the Arts goes from January 18 – February 25.
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