EPCOT and its many festivals are a happening place. Unlike Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom, EPCOT plays home to four festivals at various times over the year. The 2024 run of the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is once again kicking off a year-long line-up that is sure to bring many fun surprises and experiences to Disney World’s second-oldest park.
Running from January 12 to February 14 this year, there’s tons to see and do at Walt Disney World, specifically at EPCOT and the Festival of the Arts.
Delicious foods await visitors around the World Showcase, while fan interactions and limited edition merchandise are also available at the International Festival of the Arts.
Although arguably not as popular as the International Food and Wine Festival, International Festival of the Holidays, or the International Flower and Garden Festival, the Festival of the Arts boasts its own vibrant culinary and drinkable culture that guests to the park can’t get enough of.
Among the many attractions of the EPCOT Festival of the Arts, you’ll find much more than just food and drink to be had. Although fantastically concocted adult beverages and colorful cuisine are part of the fun, there’s more than meets the eye at EPCOT and around the World Showcase this time of year, including the return of one fan-favorite attraction that makes for the perfect Instagram post!
The EPCOT Festival of the Arts
The EPCOT Festival of the Arts is a vibrant and immersive event that celebrates various forms of art, including visual, culinary, and performing arts. This annual festival takes place at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and offers guests a unique opportunity to experience creativity in an enchanting setting.
From stunning art exhibits to delectable, colorful cuisine and captivating performances, the EPCOT Festival of the Arts is a must-visit attraction for art enthusiasts and Disney fans alike.
Besides its mascot, Figment, one of the festival’s highlights is the showcase of incredible artwork from renowned artists. Guests can wander all over the World Showcase through the various art galleries and admire a diverse range of styles and mediums, from traditional paintings to contemporary sculptures. Many of these pieces are available for purchase, allowing visitors to bring a touch of Disney magic into their own homes.
Some art attractions at EPCOT are even done right there in front of guests, with a few allowing visitors to paint by numbers or catch a bird’s eye view of some fabulous creations, but more on that later.
Food and Drink
In addition to visual art, the EPCOT Festival of the Arts also offers a culinary journey like no other. The festival features a wide array of outdoor kitchens, each offering delectable dishes that are as visually appealing as they are delicious.
From artistically presented desserts to innovative savory creations, there is something to delight every palate. Guests can indulge in these culinary masterpieces while enjoying live performances by talented musicians and entertainers.
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Guests have plenty of options when determining what they hope to try, as many delicious food items are available during the festival. The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine is a great place to start.
This “stroll” lets guests try different culinary masterpieces all around EPCOT, all while keeping track of their selections via a festival passport and stamps.
According to Disney’s official website, this year’s Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine items include:
- Deconstructed Dish: Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key Lime Curd, “Key Lime” Mousse, Graham Cracker Cake, and Meringues
- Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Blueberry-filled Pastry Tart with purple icing
- Vibrante & Vivido: Chorizo and Potato Empanada with Turmeric Aïoli and Annatto Aïoli
- Gourmet Landscapes: Verjus-roasted Beets with goat cheese, petite lettuce, blackberry gastrique, and spiced pecans
- Deco Delights: Neapolitan Dessert Trio: Chocolate tart, vanilla bean cheesecake, and strawberry mousse
The festival also showcases a lineup of top-notch performances that will leave guests mesmerized. From EPCOT’s Disney on Broadway Concert singers belting out show tunes to acrobats defying gravity, the stage comes alive with talent and creativity. These performances take place at various locations throughout the park, adding an extra layer of excitement and enchantment to the festival experience.
The Disney Park comes alive with artistic renditions of sound, all to be enjoyed while you eat through the International Festival of the Arts.
A Fan Favorite Attraction Returns to the Festival of the Arts
The EPCOT Festival of the Arts offers interactive workshops and seminars for those looking to hone their artistic skills. Guests can participate in hands-on art activities, learn from professionals, and even create their own Disney-inspired masterpieces. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or want to try something new, these workshops provide a fun and educational experience for all ages.
One fun and interactive way that guests can immortalize their trip to the festival is by watching and capturing photos of the amazing sidewalk chalk art you’ll find around the park.
These beautiful creations are certainly something to behold. You’ll find the fan-favorite creations alongside the World Showcase Plaza bridge, and trust us when we say that they are some of the coolest artistic creations you’ll find at EPCOT.
One piece of chalk art in particular is already turning heads this year, as one of the talented artists has brought to life a scene from Disney’s recent box office release, Wish (2023).
Wish chalk art at EPCOT. pic.twitter.com/iE5HwQ2Bs5
— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) January 29, 2024
These talented artists have been bringing chalk art to EPCOT for years, highlighting some of our favorite Disney and Walt Disney World moments, including Mickey Mouse, Figment, and more. They’ve become a highlight of the festival and are great for social media photos!
As with all events at Walt Disney World, the EPCOT Festival of the Arts embraces the spirit of imagination and storytelling. This festival seamlessly combines the magic of Disney with the beauty of art, creating a truly memorable experience for visitors.
Whether you’re strolling through the picturesque gardens, savoring culinary delights, or immersing yourself in captivating performances, the EPCOT Festival of the Arts is a celebration of creativity in all its forms.