There’s an Epcot festival for every season. The year starts off with fine arts fun. The 2024 EPCOT Festival of the Arts dates are out and it’s time to start planning. Colors come alive around the park in different art installations, some of which guests can participate in. The stages in Epcot have extra special guests from Broadway talent serenading to artists giving demonstrations. We can’t forget the festival exclusive food offerings with beautiful bites that are works of art. There’s a little something for everyone during this all day event.
A Complete Guide to the 2024 EPCOT International Festival of The Arts
What is EPCOT Festival of the Arts about?
In short, it’s a celebration of creative expression paired with Disney characters, movies and music in a theme park. The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is an event held inside the popular park annually around January and February. This festival is similar to the others at Epcot offering special limited time food, merchandise and entertainment offerings. The event is inspired by all kinds of art like instrumental music, singing, acrobatics, painting and more.
What is there to do at EPCOT Festival of the Arts?
Epcot fully operates during festivals so rides, attractions and shows are open in addition to special offerings there just for the event. A full Epcot arts festival experience will probably include some delicious food and drinks, shopping and observing or participating in art.
Buy special art pieces in all price ranges
Each year, new Disney art pieces made for the event debut. You will see temporary tents around the park that serve as small gift shops showcasing art made just for the festival as well as other special pieces. Many artists make appearances to sign their work that is for sale at the festival. All art isn’t wildly expensive. While there are one of a kind pieces there are also very affordable 5 by 7 inch post card style pieces for less than $10.
The popular Figment popcorn bucket also debuted at this event. You can expect the beloved purple dragon to be included in the festival art and offerings different ways.
Paint for fun or learn a new craft with a pro
Aside from viewing and shopping art, you can also participate in art projects including a paint by numbers mural. It’s also possible to take a drawing class, see a seminar or attend a workshop at Epcot during these festivals. Animation Academy classes are held every day at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the America Gardens Theatre. Other classes may have a fee and need advanced reservations. You do not need to bring art supplies.
Eat small plates around the park
EPCOT festivals are always about the food. Walk around World Showcase and experience different sweet and savory tastes in the $5 to $10 dollar range. The complimentary booklet handed out at the front of the park, and at kiosks throughout, will tell you what is available at each location.
Watch shows and all kinds of art being made
You may witness an artist painting Mickey Mouse live, acrobats testing human limits or hear a vocalist singing a memorable show tune. The EPCOT Festival of the Arts guide provided in the park has specific information to help you plan your day. Times and performance locations can be found in the My Disney Experience app too.
How much is it to go to the EPCOT Festival of the Arts event?
Festival of the Arts is included with the purchase of an Epcot park ticket. Disney uses dynamic pricing, meaning tickets cost a different amount depending on the day you choose to visit. EPCOT single day, single park tickets range from around $144 to $179 plus tax during the 2024 EPCOT Festival of the Arts.
EPCOT Festival Of The Arts Dates: When is EPCOT Festival Of The Arts 2024?
The Epcot Festival of the Arts 2024 dates are January 12th, 2024 to February 19th, 2024. Offerings may vary on different days of the week but the event does run seven days a week.
What to eat at Epcot Festival of the Arts
Every Epcot festival features special food offerings. The arts festival takes the theme seriously with creatively crafted bites. One of the most notable food offerings is a chocolate chip cookie decorated to look like an artist’s palette. Other food items are expertly designed to display the artistry of cuisine. At this festival, food booths are referred to as Food Studios. You can expect small plates and tasty drinks at each one. Aside from the Food Studios, all of EPCOT’s restaurants are open during the festival as well. Some past highlights of what to eat at EPCOT Festival of the Arts include:
- The colorful Orange Mousse with lemon cake and raspberry meringues at Deco Delights
- Crème de Brie en Petit Pain, warm brie in a house made bread bowl, at L’art de la Cuisine Francaise
- Wild Mushroom Risotto with aged parmesan, truffle shavings and zinfandel reduction at Gourmet Landscapes
The EPCOT Festival of the Arts may have the most expensive food with many items coming in close to $10. You can use the Disney Dining Plan, which returns in 2024, for some food both items at this and other festivals.
Check back for 2024 Epcot Festival of the Arts food details when it’s available.
What is the Disney on Broadway concert series? Festival of the Arts 2024 Entertainment Schedule
Disney on Broadway at Epcot is a concert series featuring performers from Disney Broadway shows. There are multiple shows in the outdoor America Gardens Theatre. Artists usually perform for multiple days, giving you a better chance at seeing your favorites. The 2024 Disney on Broadway Concert Series dates and artists include the following.
- Caissie Levy and Patti Murin (“Frozen”): Jan. 12, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23
- Heidi Blickenstaff (“Freaky Friday” and “The Little Mermaid”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins” and “Beauty and the Beast”): Jan. 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 24
- Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins” and “Beauty and the Beast”) and L. Steven Taylor (“The Lion King”): Jan. 26, 28 and 29; Feb. 1, 3, 5 and 6
- Kissy Simmons (“The Lion King”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”): Jan. 27, 30, 31; Feb. 2, 4, 7 and 8
- Mandy Gonzalez (“Aida”) and Michael James Scott (“Aladdin” and “Tarzan”): Feb. 9, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19
- Bradley Gibson (“Hercules” and “The Lion King”) and Shoba Narayan (“Aladdin”): Feb. 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19
Festival of the Arts Dining Packages
There are Disney on Broadway Concert Series dining packages. These give you guaranteed seats and come with a prix fixe menu to order from at different restaurants around the park. It’s recommended to plan for these meals in advance online or by calling (407) 939-5277 when packages become available on December 19. Dining packages for Festival of the Arts are available at these EPCOT restaurants:
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- Biergarten Restaurant
- Coral Reef Restaurant
- Garden Grill Restaurant
- Rose & Crown Dining Room
- Le Cellier
- Spice Road Table
- Regal Eagle Smokehouse (same-day, in-person walk-up packages only)
What firework show is at Epcot Festival of the Arts in 2024?
A brand new nighttime spectacular is debuting at Epcot on December 5th, 2023. This new Epcot firework show is called Luminous The Symphony of Us. Fireworks are part of every day visits to Epcot. Unlike Disneyland, Disney World parks show nighttime spectaculars every night of the week. Check the My Disney Experience app during your visit but EPCOT fireworks usually happen at 9:00 p.m. each night.
Is EPCOT Festival of the Arts worth it?
This event has really developed since it debuted in 2017. There’s a festival for every season and the arts is a great way to start off the year. If you enjoy Broadway, performance art or artwork featuring Disney characters, there is something for you. Because the festival is included with a regular day ticket to Epcot, you don’t have much to lose by visiting the park during its run.
Which is the best EPCOT Festival?
If you’re considering if you should visit during this festival or a different one, that depends on what you like or what fits into your schedule. Every EPCOT festival is worth visiting. The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays serves a delightful helping of holiday cheer at the end of each year. For gardeners and landscape lovers, the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival has a lot to offer. The Disney character topiaries are always a highlight each spring.
The one to remember, though, is the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. This kicks off in the late summer and goes through November. The food is unmatched with so many options and raved about favorites. The entertainment at Food and Wine is top tier with classic acts appearing each year like Boyz II Men, Taylor Dayne, Hanson and more.
Which DVC resorts are close to EPCOT?
How about visiting the Epcot Festival of the Arts every year and staying at a hotel that’s close by? There are a few Disney Vacation Club resorts very close to Epcot.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Villas is the closest hotel to Epcot. It boarders the back of World Showcase and is just steps away from the back entrance of the park. It’s possible to watch the Epcot fireworks from the boat dock.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas is located on the same body of water as Disney’s Beach Club Villas and so very close to Epcot. Both resorts’ guests can also enjoy boat transportation to the entrance at the back of the park in World Showcase.
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s Riviera Resort has its own Disney Skyliner station that’s just one stop away from Epcot. You can cruise into the area on a gondola in the sky. This also leaves you at the station at the entrance of the back of the park called the EPCOT International Gateway.
Disney Skyliner Maintenance in January
It’s important to note that the resorts on the Disney Skyliner experience downtime for this transportation type annually. The Disney Skyliner closes in January every year for routine maintenance. In 2024 the Skyliner route from Disney’s Riviera Resort to Epcot is closed from January 16th through the 27th. Plan around these dates if Skyliner transportation is a must on your Epcot Festival of the Arts visit.
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