This year, Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts will run from 18th January- 25th February. This popular event gives you the chance to celebrate visual, culinary and performing arts and the good news is, admission is free with your Disney tickets.
We’ve put together a list of the 5 things you must do if you’re planning a visit to the International Festival of the Arts…
1. Admire the artwork
Like the name suggests, this festival is all about art. As you walk through the park, you’ll come across pop-up galleries showcasing collections from Disney artists. In the World Showcase area, you’ll be able to get a close-up look at art from around the world. If you’re a fan of Disney’s Frozen, head over to the Norway Pavilion where you’ll see artwork representing the culture that influenced the hit movie.
You’ll be able to discover stunning artwork from more than 100 different artists and there will even be locations where you can buy pieces to take home with you.
2. Get creative
Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts gives you the unique opportunity to get creative and learn something new. There is a fantastic programme of hands-on workshops that guests can sign up for to learn the tricks of the trade and discover new techniques. These workshops will be led by accomplished Disney artists who will be teaching you floral design, character sketching, 3D paper crafting and much more. If you want to sign up for one of these great workshops, we’d recommend doing so in advance, so that you don’t miss out as they are extremely popular. There is an extra cost to attend, but these unforgettable workshops are well worth it.
There will also be a series of seminars that you can attend for free. You’ll be able to learn from the pros as they share with you their top tips for creating beautiful and unique works of art. This year, there are seminars on photography, watermelon carving, painting and more.
3. Try the food
Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts celebrates all things arty, including the culinary arts. We’d recommend visiting on an empty stomach because there are so many tasty treats you’ll want to try and they are only around for a limited time. That’s right, Disney have created a mouth-watering menu especially for the occasion, full of flavoursome and beautifully presented dishes.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love the ‘paintbrush’ churros and sugar cookies that are designed to look like easels covered in paint.
For something savoury, there’s sushi doughnuts, lobster chips, Mediterranean flatbread and beef wellington to name just a few.
4. See Disney On Broadway
Each year at Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts, a host of Broadway stars take to the stage to perform. These performances usually take place on the weekends, but this year, for the first time ever, you’ll be able to watch the Disney on Broadway Concert Series every single day!
Artists from popular Disney Broadway musicals will be singing the songs you know and love at the America Gardens Theatre and trust us when we say that this is something you won’t want to miss. Performances will take place nightly at 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm.
5. Strike a pose
As you explore the park, you’ll notice lots of fun photo opportunities, so you better get ready to strike a pose. You’ll be able to become a part of famous pieces of artwork as you step inside the life-size frame. You’ll find a homage to Frida Kahlo in the Mexico Pavilion, see Washington Crossing the Delaware in the American Adventure Pavilion and admire the Mona Lisa in the Italy Pavilion. Make the most of these great photo opportunities as you make your way around the park and have some fun.
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