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PLAY Guide: Epcot’s Festival of the Arts

Step right into the vibrant canvas of creativity at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts – my absolute favorite fiesta at Disney World! As a self-proclaimed creative connoisseur, immersing myself in a day filled with interactive exhibits, scrumptious delights, and stellar performances is pure magic. Guess what? Disney waved its enchanted wand and invited us to dive into this year’s artistic extravaganza. Now, let me sprinkle some playful tips your way to ensure you extract every ounce of fun from your day at Epcot’s Festival of the Arts! 🎨✨

Things to Know

Epcot’s Festival of the Arts runs from January 12 through February 19, 2024. The festival is a park-wide celebration of the arts, with the Disney character Figment leading the parade of creativity. You can expect special Food Studios offering drinks and dishes made with artistic flair, several interactive art projects, a fine arts marketplace, artistic photo ops, and various live performances throughout the park. While the Festival of the Arts is included with general admission, a few festival-specific activities and the Food Studios require an additional fee.

Here’s my list of tips and highlights for Festival of the Arts:

PLAY Tip #1: Dress in your brightest and most colorful Disney-inspired clothes. If you really want to participant in the creativity energy of this arts festival, then dress as your most imaginative self.

PLAY Tip #2: Grab a Festival Passport & Epcot Guide Map as soon as you enter. There are kiosks located on the inside of the entrances. The Festival Passport breaks down everything you need to know for the day. The Guide Map was helpful because – if you haven’t been in a while – so much has changed at Epcot! For Example, Club Cool (where you can sample free international Coke drinks) has moved and is now located near the entrance to the World Discovery area by Test Track.

PLAY Tip #3: Stop at the Disney PhotoPass spot in front of the Spaceship Earth ball for a Tiny World Magic Shot. This unique 360 degree photo is a limited-time photo op!

Disney Parks Blog | Tiny World Magic Shot: Festival of the Arts Edition

PLAY Tip #4: Buy a Festival of the Arts gift card bracelet at the first shop you come to. The bracelet gift card allows you to stay in budget and easily buy all the yummy pop-up food and drink locations that have been added throughout the park for this special event.

Festival of the Arts Gift Card Bracelet

PLAY Tip #5: First, hit up the World Discovery area which has great rides and a Play Zone for kids. My family and I always debate which way is best to go through Epcot. For this specific event, it seemed most natural to head left first into World Discovery area, where there are a lot of fine arts booths, the Cuisine Classique Food Studio offering Beef Wellington (get it!) and some of the best rides in the park.

Beef Wellington

PLAY Tip #6: Don’t miss Figment’s Inspiration Station located at the Odyssey Events Pavillion. This is where you can get Figment’s Popcorn Bucket (mobile order through the My Disney Experience app for $30) and the Figment Smoothie (grape smoothie topped with Skittles in a Figment souvenir plastic cup for $5.75) – festival favorites and Instagram-worthy treats. You’ll also find fun Bicycle Spin Art and Sand Sculpture stations inside.

Figment’s Popcorn Bucket

PLAY Tip #7: Get creative at the Animation Academy in the American Garden Theatre (at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.) where you can learn how to draw a character from animation artists.

PLAY Tip #8: If your family loves musicals, then plan to watch Disney on Broadway Concert Series at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. or 8 p.m. See live numbers from Frozen, Freaky Friday, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Tarzan, Aladdin and more. There’s an upgraded experience for guaranteed show seating by purchasing the Regal Eagle Dining Package. For $36 your entrée includes a non-alcoholic beverage, dessert and reserved seats for Disney on Broadway.

PLAY Tip #9: The Paint-By-Number Mural is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. where you can pick up your complimentary paint and brush to participate in creating a huge mural with other park guests. There is no additional fee for this activity.

PLAY Tip #10: Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt is an activity where kids learn about art throughout the World Showcase. Once all 11 Figments have been found, you can submit your scavenger hunt sheet for a prize. The Scavenger Hunt maps are available for $10 at participating stores such as Creations Shop, World Traveler and Port of Entry.

PLAY Tip #11: In the back of the Festival Passport, you can participate in the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine activity where you purchase five specific food items and collect the stamps to put in your Festival Passport to get a free treat at Deco Delights.

Epcot’s Festival of the Arts is the first and shortest festival of the year, and in my opinion, the absolute best one for families. The weather is usually cool, there are many interactive experiences, and the whole vibe is creative and fun! 🌟

Check out our Reel from the event here:

Written by
Heather Reneau

Heather Reneau is an Oviedo mom of two and a graphic designer/art director with a natural flair for writing. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her down many business paths, including conceiving and producing PLAYGROUND Magazine back in 2007. It's her passion to celebrate local people and spread the word about quality family businesses, services and events in Orlando and beyond.

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