35 To Epcot 35: Day 5 – Epcot International Festival of the Arts


Epcot Center 35th Anniversary on October 1, 2017

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts debuted January 2017 with dates from January 12- February 20.   Running Fridays-Mondays, this event focused on the visual arts, performing arts, and culinary arts.  It also offered workshops and seminars.  Disney offered a Festival of the Arts passport for guests to know what was going on and where to find it.

Visual Arts

There were several options available to fans of the visual arts.  First up was the Odyssey Festival Showplace.  This exhibit space featured the artwork of Mary Blair and Herb Ryman.

Pavilions around Epcot featured displays and galleries.   Guests learned about “kawaii” at Japan’s Bijutsu-kan Gallery in the Japan pavilion.  There was also a Walking Chalk Gallery where artists recreated famous art pieces.

There were also various artists who rotated in and out around the park.  From imagineers, to glass blowers, to contemporary Disney artists.

Figments Brush with the Masters.  Guests could purchase a map and stickers for $6.99.  Then you would move around the World Showcase, searching for art pieces with Figment in them.  When you find one there’s a corresponding sticker to place in your book.  When the book was completed you got to pick one of four figment magnets.

Seminars.  Throughout the event there were free seminars presented by Disney artists.

Animation Academy.  During the Arts festival the Animation Academy returned to Walt Disney World inside the Vision House in Innoventions.  The Animation Academy was located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but has been replaced by the Star Wars Launch Bay.

Interactive Wall Mural.  Here guests were given a color and a numbered block.  Then they would paint in their square to create a large mural.

Photo Opportunity Stations with Fine Art.  These were great.  Guests could become part of the famous art pieces.

Culinary Arts

Like the Flower and Garden and Food and Wine Festivals, food is very important to the Arts Festival.

There were several stations from classics like Braised Beef to deconstructed Rubens.

There is a great list of all the wonderful food items they had on the Disney Food Blog HERE

Performing Arts

Disney offered several performances for guests to watch, kind of like the Eat to the Beat concert series.  There were also dinner packages (breakfast-dinner) where guests could eat and then have reserved seating for the concerts. They offered the following:

Jan. 13-16 and 20-23: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

Jan. 27-30 and Feb. 3-6: Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey

Feb. 10-13 and 17-20: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White

The good news is that Disney is bringing back the Festival of the Arts for 2018! From January 9- February 19, 2018 guests will be able to attend the event all week.  It’s moving from 4 days to 7 days!

As an art teacher I really look forward to being able to attend.

What do you think of the newest Epcot festival?  Comment and let us know what you think.

Sources: Disney Parks, Disney Food Blog,

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