The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is a festival that made its Disney debut in 2017. This festival features artists, culinary delights, and live performances. This festival is centered around making you a part of the creative process.
Here is your guide to this festival. I'll discuss when the festival dates are, some of the activities you can expect, and the interactive seminars available.
When is The International Festival of the Arts and is There a Fee?
For 2020 the festival is being held January 17 through February 24. The festival doesn't cost anything to attend. It is a part of your regular Epcot park ticket admission.
When the festival began in 2017 it was only open during the weekends. Now this popular festival runs 7 days a week.
Festival of the Arts Activities
Disney on Broadway Concert Series
The festival will feature The Disney on Broadway Series. You can find Disney musicals being performed at the American Garden Theater. These performances will run daily at 5:30pm, 6:45pm, and 8pm.
The schedule for 2020 is as follows:
- Jan. 17, 20, 21, 24 and 25 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
- Jan. 18, 19, 22, 23 and 25 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
- Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
- Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
- Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
If you have your heart set on a certain performance and want to make sure you get seating, you might want to take advantage of one of the dining packages available.
You can book a dining package online through the Disney website that will give you priority seating to a performance. The participating restaurants and prices are:
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- Breakfast $63 adults and $38 kids
- Lunch and Dinner $73 adults and $44 kids
- Lunch and Dinner $55 adults and $31 kids
Coral Reef Restaurant
- Lunch and Dinner $67 adults and $22 kids
The Garden Grill Restaurant
- Breakfast $49 adults and $30 kids
- Lunch and Dinner $63 adults and $38
Rose and Crown Pub
- Lunch and Dinner $57 adults and $21 kids
Brunch at Le Cellier
This year you can enjoy a special brunch option at the festival. The extremely popular Le Cellier Restaurant at the Canada Pavilion will offer a prix fixe brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Advanced reservations are required.
One of the highlights of any festival at Epcot is the food booths. What is especially great about the food booths at this festival is how beautiful all of the food LOOKS. Presentation is key here.
Explore the Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush, green environment built for exploring.
You will also find photo-ops located throughout Epcot, such as the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion where guests can flap their fins in Mermaid Lagoon or get their pirate on at Skull Rock.
You can also join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art in each World Showcase pavilion
Workshops, Seminars, and Artwork on Display
As you walk through the park you'll find art work on display all around. Disney themed art exhibits and displays will be found. These displays are available for your enjoyment at no extra cost.
If you are looking to purchase an amazing souvenir you can check out the art galleries throughout the pavilions.
If you are looking for a more interactive experience, you can take advantage of various seminars and workshops that are being held around the park.
There is a mural along Showcase Plaza that guests are invited to help paint.
There are also multiple workshops available at an additional cost. For a complete list check out Disney's website here. Most will have additional cost to them, but you'll have unique experiences like painting your favorite Disney characters in a guided class or sitting in on a seminar with popular artists and illustrators.
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