What is there to love at the Epcot Festival of the Arts 2023?
Epcot is full of festivals. There’s Food and Wine, Flower and Garden, and possibly my favorite of all, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2023! This is the newest festival in the Walt Disney World lineup of special events at Epcot. It premiered in January of 2017 and has quickly grown to be a fan favorite. This festival celebrates artistic expression in many different areas including culinary, performance, and visual arts. It’s one of the more laid back festivals, where you can wander from here to there, enjoying whatever art you come across.
What are the details?
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts presented runs for 39 days, from Jan. 13 – Feb. 20, 2023. This year’s Festival is still part the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary celebration, happening now through March 31, 2023.
Performing Arts Take the Stage
Did you know you can see Broadway stars perform on stage at the American pavilion? This concern series brings some of Broadway’s brightest stars together for nightly performances in the World Showcase. Shows take place three times daily throughout the festival at America Gardens Theatre.
Dining packages for lunch and dinner are available at seven EPCOT locations with guaranteed seating at the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. Visit ArtfulEPCOT.com for the lineup of concert performances and dining package availability.
Throughout Epcot, there is always music to be found. But during the Festival of the Arts, you will find even more musical acts and delightful performances. You have to see Art Defying Gravity in order to believe it! These acrobatic acts of strength are simply incredible. And you can watch artists create art incredible art right before your eyes both on stage in high energy acts, and throughout the Festival.
You’ll also find little spots of hidden artwork throughout Epcot. It’s so fun to walk through the Park and find these little gems of beauty, like this art from Luca!
Culinary Arts Delight the Senses
There are more than 15 unique Food Studios located throughout the park during the Epcot Festival of the Arts 2023. Each of these offer unique items with a creative twist. And there are dishes ranging in size and expense. Something for everyone!
Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food and Little Sparks of Magic joins the lineup this year with an array of vibrant and playful food and beverage items guaranteed to ignite guests’ imaginations. This is a wonderful addition to the Epcot Festival of the Arts 2023!
This area was one of my personal favorites. It features vintage images projected on the walls from the original Figment ride! Also, you can find pin tables from the original attraction. And you can pick up the ever popular Figment popcorn bucket. Place a mobile order and skip the lines! We tried the Figment Grape Smoothie with freeze dried Skittles on top. And it comes in an adorable souvenir cup!
In addition to providing a roadmap to navigate the bounty of culinary sensations, the Festival Passport also guides guests through The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine. This is a fun food stroll highlighting seven tantalizing sweet and savory offerings. A complimentary Artist Palette Cookie is available for those who collect five stamps from locations listed in the Festival Passport.
Visual Arts Where Everyone Can Create
Not only can you appreciate the art that has been created for you by experts, but you can create some of your own! Kids can create their own chalk art after being inspired by the incredible artistry they see on the Chalk Full of Character Walk.
You can also help paint a huge mural by taking part in the Expression Section: A Paint by Numbers Mural. This experience is included in your admission and is a quick and fun way to do just a little bit of painting that creates something beautiful!
Guests learn from an animation artist how to draw a Disney character at Animation Academy at the America pavilion. During our visit, there were two daily shows. And at one of the shows, guests learned how to draw Lilo and Stitch!
Figment’s Brush with the Masters takes guests on a scavenger hunt around World Showcase. You work together to spot the lovable purple dragon as he hides in famous works of art. Redeem your completed map of Figment sightings to receive a small artful keepsake.
And finally, you can step into a painting with life-size iconic artwork throughout the Epcot Festival of the Arts 2023. This is a great photo opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Merchandise and More
New Figment-inspired festival merchandise features an expressive and colorful collection perfect for the whole family. The new festival Spirit Jersey, Figment Chalkboard Framed Mug, Figment Munchlings and Figment CORKCICLE Tumbler embody the festival’s full array of vivid colors and creativity.
More than 100 Disney and visiting artists will participate in the festival. You can purchase a lot of this art. Or just wonder at the creative minds at work!
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