The 2024 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts ran from January 12th – February 19th, 2024. This EPCOT Festival — the park’s first in the calendar year — made its debut in 2017, and celebrates three artistic disciplines: the Culinary, Visual, and Performing Arts. Stay tuned for the 2025 Festival dates and information! In the meantime, you can find our 2024 coverage here on this page to familiarize yourself with the event.
Entertainment offerings change throughout the Festival!
So be sure to pick up a Festival of the Arts Passport for details during your specific visit. You’ll find them at displays at the park’s entrance.
Let’s start with our favorite form of art here at the DFB… the Culinary Arts!
The Festival of the Arts features Food Studios located around EPCOT!
The Festival features art-inspired dishes and drinks. Unique to the Festival of the Arts is a focus on presentation of the dishes. Many food items are their own works of art!
Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine
The 2024 items were:
- Pop Eats: Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
- Pop Eats: Tomato Soup with Pimento Cheese, Bacon and Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese
- Vibrante & Vívido: Chorizo and Potato Empanada with Turmeric Aïoli and Annatto Aïoli
- Gourmet Landscapes: Verjus-Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese, Petite Lettuce, Blackberry Gastrique and Spiced Pecans
- The Deconstructed Dish: Deconstructed Key Lime Pie
- Deco Delights: Neapolitan Dessert Trio
- Figment’s Inspiration Station: Blueberry-Filled Pastry Tart with Purple Icing
Guests purchase five to seven designated items at various food booths, receiving a stamp in their Festival Passport for each item, with the stamp colors representing the colors of the rainbow.
Upon completion, you’ll receive an ADDITIONAL — and complimentary — treat for your artful efforts.
Simply visit the Deco Delights Food Booth and show your fully stamped Passport.
EPCOT is bursting with live performances and acts to celebrate the Performing Arts!
Be sure to refer to the Event Guide at EPCOT or the My Disney Experience app 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 in The American Adventure pavilion.
The performances take place at 5:30PM, 6:45PM, and 8PM on each night throughout the Festival.
Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Packages are also available, offering guests the chance to pair lunch or dinner (either a three-course meal or full buffet, based on location) at a participating EPCOT Table Service restaurant with guaranteed priority seating for an evening show on the same date.
Additionally, a same-day, walk-up Disney on Broadway Dining Package is available at an EPCOT Counter service location — Regal Eagle Smokehouse in The American Adventure Pavilion — offering guaranteed seating with a meal at a lower price point.
You can find all of the details here.
For the full list of restaurants (with prices) and Broadway Artists, visit our Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package Page!
Musical Performances in World Showcase Plaza
Live music is performed DAILY in World Showcase Plaza!
Check the My Disney Experience app for performance times for the following:
- Nicholas Marks, playing guitar
- Victor Espinola, playing harp
- Don Black, playing saxophone
- Dominic Gaudious, playing the didgeridoo
Visual Art in Performance
Visual Art in Performance gives guests the chance to enjoy viewing a high-energy artist painting Disney characters LIVE onstage “in a matter of minutes!”
Performances take place in World Showcase Plaza on Thursdays through Sundays and on select Mondays, with the 2024 schedule as follows for Featured Artists:
- January 12 to January 15
- January 18 to January 21
- January 25 to January 28
- February 1 to February 4
- February 8 to February 11
- February 15 to February 19
Check the My Disney Experience app for performance times
Chalk Art Galleries
Enjoy seeing the creative process live through Art in Performance, including Chalk Artists along the bridge to World Showcase Plaza.
Performance days and times will vary, so be sure to check the Festival Passport and My Disney Experience during your visit. However, know that — even if you miss the artists working themselves — you can ALWAYS enjoy the art along the bridge throughout the Festival!
Art Defying Gravity
Art Defying Gravity performs “thrilling acts” throughout the Festival!
In 2024, performances took place at World Showcase Plaza on Saturdays through Wednesdays.
The Visual Arts are celebrated throughout EPCOT in a myriad of Exhibits 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.
The Featured Exhibits put the spotlight on Disney Iconic Artists and Disney-Inspired Original Art.
Check out the Walking Chalk Gallery — where artists create gorgeous art pieces in chalk — seen along the walkway from World Celebration towards World Showcase.
You’ll likely even happen upon some VERY unique and impressive 3D Chalk Art. A spot will be designated showing you where you stand so you can become part of the artwork and pop out of these detailed scenes!
And families can visit the Kids’ Chalk Art area on the bridge to World Showcase Plaza, where kids can create chalk art with the whole family!
Find this experience at the bridge to World Showcase Plaza from 11 AM to 5M daily.
Artist Appearances and Signing Times
Dozens of Disney and visiting artists appear at the Festival of the Arts, and several signing times are scheduled throughout the event!
(Note that the screenshot below provides a small glimpse of scheduled signing times, and we have provided links to the full schedules by week below.)
Disney provides an artist appearance schedule by week for 2024 — Stay tuned for 2025 appearances:
Experience the magic of Disney animation at this fun and informative drawing class taught by actual Disney artists. (Paper and pencil are provided for this complimentary art session.)
These classes take place at the American Gardens Theatre. This activity is typically offered from 12:30PM and 1:30PM daily. Instructing artists included the following in 2024:
- Will Gay
- Lon Smart
- Matthew Dewater
- Brian Blackmore
- Sarah Schmidt
- David Holbrook
- Michael Montgomery
- Alex Maher
- Andy Quiles
- Hannah Loflin
- Luke Consolo
- Justin Dring
Photo Ops in Works of Art
Photo Ops include:
- Homage to Frida Kahlo in the Mexico pavilion
- Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci between the Italy and Germany pavilions
- The Scream – Edvard Munch between the Italy and Germany pavilions
- Washington Crossing the Delaware – Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze in The American Adventure pavilion
- Luncheon of the Boating Party – Pierre-Auguste Renoir at the International Gateway
- Wish Storybook on the Bridge to World Showcase
- Teatime with Penguins in the Italy pavilion
- Forest Scene from Sleeping Beauty on the Bridge to World Showcase
Disney PhotoPass photographers are present to capture you in a masterpiece moment!
Interactive Wall Mural
Leave your own artistic mark on EPCOT at the Expression Section, located in World Nature!
The Interactive Wall Mural gives guests the chance to paint their own small section…
… of what will become a HUGE piece of artwork during the Festival!
Note that the mural is available to paint from 11AM until 5PM daily.
Just enter the line and some friendly Cast Members will point (or maybe I should say “PAINT”) you on your way!
Chalk Full of Character
Keep your eyes peeled for extra little bits of art featuring beloved Disney characters in unexpected corners throughout the World Showcase pavilions!
They’re “Chalk Full of Character!” This activity is free… and FUN! All you need are your walking shoes and a keen eye for your favorite Disney pals…
Festival-inspired Nighttime Lights on Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth celebrates the Festival in its own magical way — it lights up the night in a special way throughout the Festival!
In 2022, the show was themed to the Muppets’ “Rainbow Connection” — appropriate for a Festival full of rainbows and colors! In 2023, a new Beacon of Magic celebrating Figment debuted. BOTH shows returned for 2024!
Festival Markets and Artist Galleries
Inspired to take a piece of art home with you?
Or perhaps you’d like to see an artist at work or meet one of your favorites?
Various Festival Markets and locations such as Art of Disney showcase artwork available for purchase throughout the Festival.
More Festival Fun
Additional Festival fun is in full force all over EPCOT for the Festival of the Arts!
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 with Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt!
Interested guests can visit Port of Entry, Creations Shop, or World Traveler to purchase a map (in 2024, the price was $9.99) and begin their search. Every time you find Figment…
… add the corresponding sticker to the pavilion on your map!
Upon completing the scavenger hunt, guests can head to Disney Traders or World Traveler with their completed map and receive an “artful” surprise!
Kidcot Fun Stops
Kidcot Fun Stops in the World Showcase pavilions often offer an experience specific to the Festival of the Arts.
Get ready to grab a palette and paintbrush!
Character Greeting Artful Enhancements
Plan on saying “HELLO!” to some of your favorite Disney friends in EPCOT? Almost every aspect of the park joins in on the Festival’s artistic festivities, and that includes the character meet and greets! Several characters (especially Disney Princesses) have their own piece or artwork, each with their own unique art style that suits the character perfectly.
As an example, you can see Aurora meeting guests here:
This painting shows her during the final scene where her dress kept changing from pink to blue!
Even Pluto gets in on the fun with some paint splatter on his color.
So keep those eyes peeled EVERYWHERE you go throughout EPCOT for whimsical — and, most of all, artful — touches!
Festival of the Arts PhotoPass Magic Shots
Magic Shots are special, digitally-enhanced shots available through Disney’s PhotoPass service that create a unique and memorable souvenir. Specific Magic Shots are available just for the Festival of the Arts!
PhotoPass photographers can be found all over the park, and you can simply let them know if you’re interested in a Magic Shot.
Spin Art lets guests to create their own masterpiece and maybe get a bit of a workout in during the process. Guests hop on a stationary bike and pedal away!
The pedaling motion helps create a one-of-a-kind piece of art of your very own! Just pick four colors, and you’ll be amazed at the painting you create.
Your art is dry and ready to take home with you just 15 minutes after you finish!
One experience is $19.00, two experiences are $30.00, and you can get an 8×10 frame for your spin masterpiece for $10.00 more.
Festival Merchandise and Novelty Items
Figment Popcorn Bucket Novelty Item
The LEGENDARY Figment Popcorn Bucket — which made its BIG debut at the 2022 Festival of the Arts — returned again for 2023. But in 2024, a NEW Figment Popcorn Bucket hit the scene!
Guests could find it at and Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food, and Little Sparks of Magic. There was a limit of 2 per person, and it was available only via Mobile Order for those who wished to purchase the bucket.
2024 EPCOT Festival of the Arts Merchandise
Be on the lookout for Festival of the Arts merchandise both in major shopping spots (like Creations Shop and Art of Disney) as well as pop-up event merchandise kiosks.
Plenty of commemorative Festival of the Arts merchandise is available throughout the park… and you can get a look at ALL OF IT here!
From pins to plates and MagicBands to Spirit Jerseys, there are always plenty of artful items to pick up to remember your trip to the Festival.
Festival of the Arts Wristlet Gift Cards
Worried about juggling your wallet or purse while doing a balancing act with your food and drinks from the Food Studios? You can get a wristlet/ring Disney Gift card at merchandise locations throughout the park!
These small gift cards function the same as a regular gift card, but you can strap it on your wrist to avoid having to dig through your wallet or purse while making your Festival food purchases. You can have it activated or loaded at a merchandise location with your desired amount, strap it on, and move towards your next Food Booth, ready to go!
Past and Future Festival Offerings
Select offerings that have been part of previous Festivals are currently unavailable. In past years, these included Free Seminars focused on the various artistic disciplines, Interactive Workshops, and the Paint With a Disney Artist class.
Note that, during the 2024 EPCOT Festival of the Arts, construction was taking place on a dedicated Festival area coming to EPCOT to serve as the new “home base” for EPCOT’s seasonal Festivals and live events!
CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza will be housed in EPCOT’s World Celebration, bringing EPCOT International Festivals “to the center of Walt Disney World,” according to Disney.
Feel free to click any of these links — Free Seminars focused on the various artistic disciplines, Interactive Workshops, and the Paint With a Disney Artist class — to learn more in case any of these offerings return in the future when Communicore opens!
We are happy to bring you coverage of everything at the EPCOT Festival of the Arts!