The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will return in 2018, running from January 12 through February 19, 2018!
This new Epcot Festival made its debut in 2017, celebrating three artistic disciplines: Culinary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
In 2017, the Festival of the Arts ran Fridays through Mondays only, but in 2018 the Festival will run 7 days a week! Once again, though, entertainment offerings will change throughout the Festival! So be sure to pick up a Festival of the Arts Passport for details during your specific visit.
The Festival of the Arts will feature Food Studios located around Epcot’s World Showcase! Much like the Marketplace Booths for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the Food Studios bring enhanced food offerings to Festival guests.
Unique to the Festival of the Arts is a focus on presentation for the dishes.
Many of the items are their own works of art!
Epcot will be bursting with live performances and acts to celebrate the Performing Arts! Be sure to refer to the Event Guide at Epcot during your specific visit, as the Festival will continually offer new experiences.
Disney on Broadway Concert Series
The Disney on Broadway Concert Series features performances by some of Broadway’s most accomplished actors and actresses singing some of Disney’s most beloved songs at the America Gardens Theatre!
The performances will take place at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm on Friday through Monday evenings throughout the Festival. You can find the full lineup of artists and represented Disney musicals here.
Once again in 2018, Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Packages will allow guests to pair breakfast, lunch or dinner (either a three-course meal or full buffet, based on location) at a participating Epcot restaurant with guaranteed priority seating for an evening show on the same date.
Breakfast starts at $43.00 for adults ($27.00 per child); lunch packages start at $43.00 for adults ($21.00 per child); and dinner packages start at $51.00 for adults ($21.00 per child).
For the full list of restaurants (with prices) and Broadway Artists, visit our Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package Page!
Community Arts Showcase
Additional entertainment will feature the tops in area talent at the Community Arts Showcase at the America Gardens Theatre, with a variety of choirs, marching bands, and more groups local to Central Florida.
Some of the acts for 2018 will include:
- Encore Cast Performing Arts
- Central Florida Community Arts
- Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra
- Orlando REP Power Chords
Performance days and times will vary, so be sure to check the Times Guide or Festival Passport (both available at the park’s entrances) during your visit.
Art in Performance
Enjoy seeing the creative process live through Art in Performance, from chalk artists to living art statues and more, all over the park! Performance days and times will vary, so be sure to check the Times Guide or Festival Passport (both available at the park’s entrances) during your visit.
The Visual Arts will be celebrated throughout Epcot in a myriad of Exhibits, Seminars, and hands-on experiences, along with a few more artistic touches along the way! Be sure to pick up and refer to the Festival of the Arts Passport at Epcot during your specific visit.
Featured Exhibits in the Odyssey Festival Showplace will put the spotlight on Disney Iconic Artists and Disney-Inspired Original Art.
Pavilions around Epcot showcase displays and galleries reflecting various themes. Pavilion exhibits include:
- Bijutsu-kan Gallery in Japan: learn about Japan’s “kawaii,” or “cute culture”
- The American Heritage Gallery in American Adventure: this gallery explores 400 years of African-American achievement
- The Gallery of Arts and History in Morocco
- The House of the Whispering Willows in China: a display covering the Shanghai Disney Resort
- The Folk Art Gallery in Mexico
- The Stave Church Gallery in Norway
Check out the Walking Chalk Gallery — where artists will create gorgeous art pieces in chalk — around World Showcase.
Workshops and Seminars
Complimentary Seminars take place twice daily in the Odyssey Festival Showplace at 1:30 and 4:30 pm. These sessions (which are included with admission to Epcot) fill up quickly, so Advance Reservations are highly recommended. Call(407) WDW-TOUR to reserve a spot. Seminar offerings change daily.
Interactive Workshops take place daily in the Odyssey Festival Showplace from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm. These sessions are $39 per guest plus tax, and Epcot admission is required but not included. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members are eligible for a 15% discount. Advance Reservations are highly recommended. Call (407) WDW-TOUR to reserve a spot. Interactive Workshop offerings change daily.
Premium Workshops take place on select Fridays at the Odyssey Events Pavilion (January 19, 26 and February 2, 9, 16) from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm. They allow guests to paint their own canvas under the guidance of a talented Disney artist! These sessions are $259 per guest plus tax, and Epcot admission is required but not included. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members are eligible for a 15% discount. Guests must be 12 years of age or older to participate. Advance Reservations are highly recommended. Call (407) WDW-TOUR to reserve a spot.
MORE FESTIVAL FUN
Additional Festival fun will be in full force all over Epcot for the Festival of the Arts in 2018!
Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
Are you bringing a little budding artist to the Festival of the Arts? Children (and adults!) can search for Figment by following clues provided through famous works of art strategically located around World Showcase.
Interested guests can visit Pin Central, Disney Traders, or World Traveler to purchase a map and begin their search. Upon completing the scavenger hunt, guests can head to Disney Traders with their completed map and receive a surprise!
Disney artists will once again lead drawing classes — check your Event Guide for more information!
Interactive Wall Mural
Leave your own artistic mark on Epcot!
The Interactive Wall Mural at World Showcase Plaza will give guests the chance to paint their own small section of what will become a HUGE piece of artwork during the Festival!
“Picture yourself” in famous works of art at special Photo Op locations throughout Epcot!
Be on the lookout for Festival of the Arts merchandise both in major shopping spots (such as Mouse Gear and Art of Disney) as well as pop-up Event merchandise kiosks. In 2017, plenty of the Inaugural Festival of the Arts merchandise featured Figment. Below is a small sampling of some of what was available.
Festival of the Arts Passport
Featured art, entertainment, workshops, seminars, and activities will change throughout the duration of the Festival! Be sure to pick up and refer to the Festival of the Arts Passport available at Epcot during your visit to learn about all the offerings.