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2024 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Preview

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The 2024 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is happening from January 12 to February 19. The Festival will include the typical components of every EPCOT festival: commemorative merchandise, themed entertainment, educational elements, park decor, and, of course, food booths.

Themed Entertainment – Disney on Broadway

The showcase entertainment for the Festival of the Arts is the Disney on Broadway series. Disney on Broadway features performances by singers who have starred in Disney shows on, you guessed it, Broadway. As a regular New York City theater-goer, I’ve seen many of this year’s artists on stage and can assure you that they are indeed stellar.

Shows take place at the America Gardens pavilion in the World Showcase area of EPCOT. There are three performances each night – at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. The performances are free with your EPCOT park admission ticket, with seating first-come, first-served. If you’d like to avoid waiting in line. you can book a Festival dinner package that includes preferred seating with little to no wait.

Veterans of The Lion King on Broadway, performing at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

This year’s narrators are:

  • 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

In addition to the Broadway performers, look for featured musicians daily in the World Showcase Plaza (check the My Disney Experience app for showtimes): Nicholas Marks, playing guitar Thursday through Saturday, and Victor Espinola, playing harp Monday through Friday, as well as performances by Don Black on saxophone and Dominic Gaudious on digeridoo.

The art of movement is featured in Art Defying Gravity, a dance and acrobatics performance that takes place in World Showcase Plaza, Saturday through Wednesday during the festival. Check the My Disney Experience app for showtimes.

You can also watch visual art in performance as an artist paints a Disney character in minutes. Featured artists include:

Trevor Carlton: January 12 to January 15, January 18 to January 21, and January 25 to January 28.

Stephen Fishwick: February 1 to February 4, February 8 to February 11, and February 15 to February 19.

This experience takes place in World Showcase Plaza, Thursday through Sunday during the festival—as well as on Monday, January 15 and Monday, February 19, 2024. Check the My Disney Experience app for showtimes.

Educational Elements

Guests can learn the art of animation at daily drawing classes. Lessons are held at the America Gardens Theater at 12:30 every day. Featured artists include:

  • Will Gay
  • Lon Smart
  • Ron Cohee
  • Matthew Dewater
  • Brian Blackmore
  • Sarah Schmidt
  • David Holbrook
  • Michael Montgomery
  • Alex Maher
  • Andy Quiles

You may also find instructional workshops that introduce you to the art forms of the various World Showcase countries.

Sugar art demonstration near the China pavilion.


Park Decor

Park decor elements for the Arts Festival feature, not surprisingly, art. Among the main features is a giant wall where guests can contribute to the painting of a mural – a super-sized paint-by-numbers of sorts. Anyone who wants to participate will be given a brush and a small cup of paint, along with a key of which number squares need to be painted their color. Over the course of a few days, thousands of guests collaborate to create a massive artwork. The process repeats several times over the course of the Festival.

Everyone can participate in painting a giant feature wall. Go back as often as you like.
Paint-by-numbers, but HUGE
A mural of Epcot at Epcot.

Most years, guests will receive a postcard with an image of the completed mural, as a thank-you for helping to create the artwork.

Epcot Festival of the Arts mural card.

At the Festival of the Arts you’ll also find dozens of hand-colored chalk drawings along the central hub walkway. The chalk art is created live during the day, so guests can stop to walk the process and chat with the artists. Many of the pieces are gorgeous and some have interactive elements where guests can pose to be part of the art.

This year, there will be an area where kids can create their own chalk art masterpieces. This experience is offered at the bridge to World Showcase Plaza from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily, weather permitting.

Chalk art lines the Festival walkway.
Posing inside a chalk drawing.

Guests visiting the Festival will also find several photo stations, positioned throughout the park, that allow you pose inside a replica of a famous painting. PhotoPass photographers will be on hand, or you’re welcome to use your own camera.

“Washington” crossing the Delaware.

Also keep an eye out for random art backdrops that are perfect for Instagram posing.

Construction wall or Instagram spot?

In addition to the planned Festival of the Arts decor elements, guests attending toward the end of the Arts festival will find bonus decor in the form of topiaries that will be main elements of the Flower & Garden Festival, which immediately follows the Arts festival.

Guests visiting toward the end of the Arts festival will also see elements of the Flower & Garden Festival.

Outdoor Kitchens (aka Food Booths)

No Epcot festival would be complete without specially themed food booths dotting the park. The Arts festival offerings are a bit more avant garde than those at the other festivals, with more items that have a unique look or unusual styling. This year there will be 16 outdoor kitchens (you can see full menus here), including:

  • The Artist’s Table (American Adventure) Elevated comfort foods—like meatloaf, dumplings, hummingbird cake.
  • The Craftsman’s Courtyard (Near Disney Traders) Classics like beef Wellington and roasted mussels.
  • Deco Delights (Near Port of Entry) Desserts inspired by Art Deco.
  • The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry) Favorite dishes fragmented and presented in a playful way.
  • El Artista Hambriento (Mexico) Classic Mexican fare.
  • Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food and Little Sparks of Magic New this year! Colorful treats, like fruit pizza, rainbow cake and the Pop’t Art—a sugar cookie with a fun twist.
  • Goshiki (Japan) Dishes featuring “the 5 colors” of Japanese cuisine. Highlights include sushi donuts, daifuku mochi and sake.
  • Gourmet Landscapes (Canada) Dishes artfully composed with ingredients that have been farmed and foraged from Canada.
  • L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise (France) French treats and baked goods.
  • L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy) Baroque cuisine.
  • Moderne (Near Test Track) New this year! Experimental menu items, including compressed watermelon, soft-shell crab and more.
  • The Painted Panda (China) Decorative cuisine inspired by Chinese art.
  • Pastoral Palate (Germany) Dishes inspired by rustic settings where Bavarian Folk Art was painted.
  • Pop Eats (Near Port of Entry) Dishes inspired by Pop Art of the 20th century.
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco) Moroccan dishes such as grilled kebabs, almond phyllo pockets and more.
  • Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina (Between Morocco & France) Colombian cuisine inspired by the Disney animated film Encanto.
    • Additional locations:
    • Refreshment Port (near Canada): Serving poutine, the Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie and refreshing beverages
    • Refreshment Outpost: Serving plant-based bratwurst, the Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie and assorted beers
    • Funnel Cake: Serving a specialty funnel cake
    • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company (all 4 in-park locations): Serving a unique art-inspired beverage at each location
Tomato soup served in a Pop Art “can”. The presentation is fun, but the soup is just OK.
Modrian-inspired cake at the Pop booth. My personal favorite item at the festival.
Orange mousse from Deco Delights.
Sushi “donut” from Goshiki.
Mussels from Craftsman’s Courtyard.
Deconstructed gourmet BLT.

We’ll be at the Festival as soon as it opens to test out the new offerings and revisit some of our favorites from previous years. For up-to-the-second coverage of this, follow our Instagram account where our intrepid parks reporter Chrissy will post all the details.

Meanwhile take a look at our thoughts on past Arts Festival foods: New Favorites and Best Values, Best Way to Spend $50, the Cost to Eat Everything at the Festival, Food Review One, and Food Review Two.

If you want to add some structure to your food booth experience, you can embark on a tasty stroll – The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine. Use the Festival Passport (available free at the park entrances and at many booths) as your guide to look for special menu items, then track your progress by collecting a stamp after each purchase. (Ask your food service salesperson at each booth to stamp your Passport.)

After you’ve sampled at least 5 of the 7 specified dishes, and collected the corresponding stamps, bring your Festival Passport to the Deco Delights Food Studio to receive a complimentary Artist Palette Cookie.

The Walk can be completed on your own timeline, even over several visits to Epcot on different days, just bring your stamped passport to the Deco Delights booth before February 20.

The food items involved in last year’s Walk included:

  • Gourmet Landscapes – Red Stamp. Blood Orange-Braised Beet Tartare with Mustard Vinaigrette, Pickled Clamshell Mushrooms and Golden Beets
  • Moderne – Orange Stamp. Pan-Seared Scallops with Vanilla-Butternut Squash Purée, Brown Butter Cauliflower Purée and Lime Foam
  • Vibrante & Vivido: Encanto Cocina – Yellow Stamp. Chorizo and Potato Empanada with Turmeric Aïoli and Annatto Aïoli
  • The Deconstructed Dish – Green Stamp. Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key Lime Curd, “Key Lime” Mousse, Graham Cracker Cake and Meringues
  • Deco Delights – Blue Stamp. Orange Mousse with Lemon Cake and Raspberry Meringues
  • Pop Eats – Indigo Stamp. Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Belgian Chocolate
  • Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food and Little Sparks of Magic (NEW) – Violet Stamp. Pop’t Art: Sugar Cookie with Blueberry Filling
Pop’t Art
Art cookie.


Festival of the Arts merchandise comes in three forms: Disney-created items embellished with the Festival logo, individual works created by artists (these may depict Disney entities, or they may be wholly original), as well as items that you create yourself on site.

Merchandise of all sorts will be found in pop-up shops along the World Showcase pathways.

The Disney merch is similar each year, albeit with images on the usual spirit jerseys, tee shirts, mugs, and ball caps. Figment is the mascot for the Arts Festival because he knows how to use his imagination. Below is a first look at some of the merch you’ll find at the 2023 festival.

Original artworks and prints come from people whose work has been used by Disney itself and from folks who are selling pieces entirely devoid of Disney imagery.

Works from Disney-affiliated artists.
More Disney-affiliated art for sale.
You’ll also find lots of non-Disney professional art for sale.
Some art merchandise can be created to order on site.

Keep a special eye out for stations where you can make art pieces yourself!

Spin art station where you can control the momentum of the wheel via bicycle power.

For the Kiddos

Children, and children at heart, can participate in Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where you can help Figment learn about art while touring EPCOT’s World Showcase.

To get started, purchase your map and stickers (available while supplies last) for $9.99 plus tax at one of the following stores:

Then, search for Figment hiding inside art inspired by famous works at each World Showcase Pavilion—just look for the Figment-themed picture frame. Every time you find Figment, add the corresponding sticker to the Pavilion on your map. Once your journey is complete, return your map to Disney Traders or World Traveler and receive a little keepsake!

And if your littles need some active time, look for the Festival Playground, located in the area between Creations Shop and Test Track, as well as other play areas around the park.

Let us know what you’re most looking forward to this year!

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

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