If you’re looking for a winter getaway to the most magical place on Earth, read up on our Disney’s Festival of the Arts Planning Tips. 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 things to know before you go.
Disney’s Festival of the Arts Planning
When is the 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 the Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Epcot runs from January 13-February 20, 2023. 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.
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 4 pm on weekdays. Anytime after 4 pm gets pretty crowded with locals, and vacationers looking to maximize their day, or have evening drinks.
Festival of the Arts Budget
The most important part of Festival of the Arts Planning is how you’re going to 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 of 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 the 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 for between 5- 8 dollars each. These are single-serve dishes, just enough for one person. But you can definitely share these ( we do!). Check out the Festival of the Arts Menus for everything to choose from this year!
Festival of the Arts Activities
What is there to do at the Disney Festival of the Arts?
The Festival of the Arts Activities is separated into 3 different types of art; Performance, Fine Art, and Culinary Art. We’ve pulled together a Disney Festival of the Arts Beginners Guide to help you figure out the things you’re most excited about! Here is a quick list of the things you can look forward to at the Festival of the Arts!
- The Broadway Concert Series: Shows at 530, 645, and 8pm
- Acrobatic and Physical Art Performances: at the main stage on the Midway
- Artists and Galleries: throughout World Showcase
- The Figment Brush with the Master’s Scavenger Hunt Game
- 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 11 am
- Hidden Art Work: with one character painted on a building in each country
Festival of the Arts Foods
Disney’s Festival of the Arts Planning wouldn’t be complete without figuring out and budgeting for the food. Here are a few things to help you with that ahead of time.
Can I use the Disney Snack Credits at the 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. And be sure to check out the Disney Dining Plan Budget post for estimates on food costs. While we always advocate for using festival dishes to replace meals, figuring out your food plans ahead of time will make this easier.
Are the Epcot Festival of the Arts Menus available ahead of time?
Yep, you bet! You can check out the Festival of the Arts Menus which is updated every year by Walt Disney World. So you can make a list of your must-try foods.
Festival of the Arts Basics and Tips
Interested in tackling the Festival of the Arts in one day? Check out our quick tips for One Day at the Festival of the Arts. 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!!! Need more ideas? Check out our Top 5 Things to Do for the Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World!