Disney’s Festival of the Arts Basics & FAQ

Disney’s Festival of the Arts Basics & FAQ

If you’re looking for a winter getaway to the most magical place on Earth, read up on our Festival of the Arts Basics! Because while this winter festival in Florida is easy and breezy and fun, there are several key things you should know before you go! Here’s our round up of Festival of the Arts FAQ so that you know all the details before you tackle this art festival at EPCOT!

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Epcot Festival of the Arts Basics

When is Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World?

The Walt Disney World Festival of the Arts at EPCOT happens between mid-January to late February every year. This year you can experience Festival of the Arts  from January 8- February 22, 2021. Take it from us, while this is by far the festival with the lowest crowds, the better weather in Florida during the winter months has been drawing crowds. So be sure to read the tips below to make the most of your visit. 

Festival of the Arts Budget

The most important part of the Festival of the Arts Basics you should know ahead of time is how you’re going pay for everything! While there are so many options, if you’re looking to try foods, buy art or sample all the Joffrey’s Coffee’s there are here are a couple things to know to help keep you on your Disney Budget! 

Does Festival of the Arts Cost Extra?

No. All Epcot festivals are included in the price of your Disney Park Ticket for Epcot.

What’s the Best Way to Budget Food at Festival of the Arts?

As with all festivals at Epcot you can grab a Disney gift card with a certain amount of money to keep your food purchases in check. Or purchase an entitlement card or attach your credit card to your MagicBand. We like the gift card option best and find it easiest to not go crazy with our spending.

How much do Festival of the Arts foods at the booths usually cost?

Generally you can get dishes at the booths between 5- 8 dollars each. These are single serve dishes, just enough for one person. But you can definitely share these ( we do!). 

Figment scavenger hunt game

Festival of the Arts Activities

What is there to do at Disney Festival of the Arts?

The Festival of the Arts Activities are separated into 3 different types of art; Performance, Fine Art, and Culinary Art. We’ve pulled together a Disney Festival of the Arts Basics Beginners Guide to help you figure out the things you’re most excited for! Here is a quick list of the things you can look forward to at the Festival of the Arts! 

Performance Art

  • The Broadway Concert Series: Shows at 530, 645 and 8pm
  • Acrobatic and Physical Art Performances: at the main stage on the Midway

Fine Art

  • Artists and Galleries: throughout World Showcase
  • The Figment Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt Game

Culinary Art

  • Outdoor Food Studios: Open 11am- 9pm
  • Complimentary Seminars & Workshops: in the Festival Center

Other Festival of the Arts Activities

  • Special Event Merchandise
  • Unique Photo Ops: throughout the World Showcase, always open. Photo Pass begins at 11am
  • Hidden Art Work: with one character painted on a building in each country

Festival of the Arts Food

Festival of the Arts Foods

Can I use the Disney Snack Credits at Festival of the Arts?

Yes. Absolutely! Just check for the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) logo on the signs at each outdoor kitchen to see which dishes are available as a snack.

Are the Epcot Festival of the Arts Menus available ahead of time?

Yep, you bet! You can check our the Festival of the Arts Menus which are updated every year by Walt Disney World. So you can make a list of your must-try foods. 

Festival of the Arts

When’s the BEST Time to Visit the Festival of the Arts?

The Festival of the Arts at EPCOT is busiest after the first week. So while opening weekend may be busy, the best time to visit the festival is between Monday- Thursday the first week. And if you’re looking to get even more specific we HIGHLY RECOMMEND visiting any festival at EPCOT from rope drop until about 4pm on weekdays. Anytime after 4pm gets pretty crowded with locals, and vacationers looking to maximize their day, or have evening drinks. 

Festival of the Arts 101

If you’re heading to the Festival of the Arts, consider this your checklist of things to do at the Festival. From outdoor food studios to classes and games, here’s a quick checklist to go through! And grab the Festival of the Arts fill-in planner if you’re ready to DIY your Walt Disney World vacation. 

  • Joffrey’s Coffee Carts across the park at EPCOT have Festival of the Arts specific treats!
  • Artists and Galleries can be found throughout World Showcase
  • Outdoor Food Studios in World Showccase Open 11am- 9pm
  • The Broadway Concert Series in the America Gardens Theatre Shows at 530, 645 and 8pm
  • Complimentary Seminars & Workshops in the Odyssey Center and the World Showplace.
  • The Figment Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt Game
  • Special Event Merchandise
  • Unique Photo Ops throughout the World Showcase, always open. Photo Pass begins at 11am
  • Hidden Art Work known as Pixie Paintings with one character painted on a building in each country
  • Acrobatic and Physical Art Performances: at the main stage on the Midway
  • Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine highlighting 5 dishes across the event, once collected wins you a freebie treat. 

Festival of the Arts Basics and Tips

As we get more quick facts to share we’ll be adding them here! Got a question? Let us know. Festival of the Arts is one of our favorite festivals at Walt Disney World and a great reason to head south for the winter!!!

Get to know Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World! From food studios to the Figment game, to the classes and performances, here are all the questions answered and the Basic Festival of the Arts CHECKLIST to get you through this years festival! #disneyworld #artfulepcot #polkadotpixies


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