The International Festival of the Arts returns to Walt Disney World from Jan. 18 – Feb. 25, 2019. This arts festival is the newest festival at Epcot welcoming artists, food designers and Broadway performers to the Epcot World Showcase for 39 days. With so much to do, see, eat and hear, it's important to have a plan.
Since it’s a smaller festival, you can fit The International Festival of the Arts into a one-day Epcot visit, but we'd recommend spreading it over 2 days to really experience all the things offered. There are 7 main components to the festival that should be included in your itinerary.
- Artists and Galleries
- 13 Food Studios; Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- The Broadway Concert Series
- Complimentary Seminars & Workshops
- The Figment Scavenger Hunt Game
- Special Event Merchandise
- Unique Photo Ops
See the Art
The International Festival of the Arts includes artists of all kinds! From fine art in the gallery spaces, to chalk drawings on the sidewalks, you are sure to see something that inspires you. This festival combines art from the culinary arts, the visual arts and the performing arts. Seeing a gold sculpture come to life, or dancers in the midway are part of the everyday experiences during this festival.
Try the Food
Get ready to feast your eyes on the most beautiful culinary creations. From painted pop tarts to crystal mooncakes, these pieces of edible art take a little bit longer to create than your regular Disney snacks. The festival includes 13 Food Studios in the World Showcase. Some studios are specific to each country, while others are found throughout Epcot. No matter what your tastes in both art and food, you're sure to find something delicious and beautiful.
Listen to the Music
In addition to the performers that will be out and about in the World Showcase, you can also head over to the American Gardens Theater to see the Broadway Concert Series. New for 2019, this concert series is offered daily at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sing along to songs from Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and more (you can check out the festival site for a full lineup of performers). For an extra special night out, snag the Broadway Concert Series Dining package, ensuring you'll have the best seats in the house.
Take a Class
If you're ready to get creative, you can attend a complimentary seminar or sign up for a workshop. These extra special classes run daily from 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and are worth a look. Reservations are available the day of at the Odyssey Festival Showplace. Check out the seminar lineup and schedule to learn more.
Are you ready to find Figment? Our favorite mascot of imagination, Figment the dragon, is hidden in art works of all kinds around the World Showcase. Some Figments are easy to find, and some are not. Figment's Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt includes a game board, stickers and – when you complete the game – a prize! It’s a great way to have some fun and get a budget-friendly souvenir.
Check out the Merchandise
Every year, Disney reveals themed merchandise made specifically for the festival, with many items only available in the parks. Spend some time browsing the shops and festival kiosks to see all the new items made specifically for the event. You can get themed gift cards, pins, apparel, accessories and more.
Take an Artistic Photo
Are you ready to become part of a work of art? With fun photo ops that put you inside the art, the backdrops at the festival are sure to be a hit for your next Instagram post or family photo. You can find these unique backdrops throughout the World Showcase during the festival.
If you're looking for a great way to take advantage of Florida's mild winter months, then visiting Walt Disney World in January or February should be part of your travel plans. The Walt Disney World Parks during the early part of the year have lower crowds, better weather and creative events like the International Festival of the Arts to help keep everyone entertained. It's a perfect activity for couples, families, kids – just about everyone.