FIRST LOOK: It’s Opening Day at EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts!

festival of the arts photo with figrment
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EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts has finally begun!

The annual art- and cuisine-inspired festival at EPCOT rushed in through the doors just as the last remnants of the International Festival of the Holidays were cleared from the grounds at EPCOT, and our team was on the ground as well to capture the first few hours of the bright and lively event that kicked off today and runs through February 21.

The Walt Disney World Resort invites Guests to celebrate the creation of art and cuisine, to immerse themselves in the art, and let creativity shine! And our team saw some pretty amazing art, cuisine, and creativity this morning!

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The entrance at EPCOT is bright and welcoming today as the Festival opens to Guests. We love the huge paint can that reads, “PIGMENT OF IMAGINATION, 2022 SERIES!”

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And the tubes of paints all throughout the area lend themselves to the theme of art and creativity at the International Festival of the Arts!

Guests are invited to step right up and grab a Festival Passport, full of information about the art, cuisine and offers of creativity and music at the Festival.

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RELATED: Take a look at the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Foodie Guide!

EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts began in January 2017, and since then, it has only grown in popularity. It has become a Guest favorite, and Disney fans come from all over to enjoy performing arts, culinary arts, and visual arts. It’s fun for the whole family, and there’s something for everyone, regardless of age! You don’t even have to be an artist!

A painting of Tiana dancing while holding a tambourine

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This year’s festival features a variety of offerings as vast as the artists and artwork highlighted in the event. Guests will find exciting photo ops all throughout the park, and special photo ops have been set up for Guests as well. You can find different spots with different props at these locations, and each one features a different artist or piece of art:

  • An homage to Frida Kahlo in the Mexico Pavilion
  • Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli in the Italy Pavilion Courtyard
  • CafĂ© Terrace at Night and Sunflowers – Vincent van Gogh on the Bridge to World Showcase
  • Luncheon of the Boating Party – Pierre-Auguste Renoir at the International Gateway
  • Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci at between Italy Pavilion and Germany Pavilion
  • Peter Pan Storybook at the Bridge to World Showcase
  • The Scream – Edvard Munch between Italy Pavilion and Germany Pavilion
  • Washington Crossing the Delaware – Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze at the American Adventure Pavilion
A couple smiles at each other while standing in cut outs that say a quick stop at mermaid lagoon

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Guests will also enjoy several galleries with offerings of various types of artwork and pieces for purchase:

ACME Archives
Catch a glimpse of mesmerizing artwork inspired by the entertainment industry.

Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions
Delight to magnificent artwork inspired by timeless Disney animation.

Disney Art Festival Market
Enjoy works featuring a variety of artistic styles and media created by Disney Cast Members and visiting artists.

James Coleman Studios
Step inside to see works by this former Disney animator—now bringing his magic to fine artwork you can enjoy at home.

POP Gallery
View one-of-a-kind works by groundbreaking artists—representing an exciting variety of styles and subject matter.

Thomas Kinkade Studios
Capture the timeless magic of classic Disney stories and their captivating characters. Behold enchanting works of art where each painting tells a story in one image.

WonderGround Gallery
See favorite Disney characters and themes brought to life through these artists’ inventive styles.

Wyland Galleries
Discover fine works of art––depicting Disney themes and nature themes––by world-renowned artists in a variety of distinctive styles.

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Let us know if you plan to visit EPCOT and enjoy the International Festival of the Arts this year!

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!