Every January Walt Disney World welcomes artists and artisans to the International Festival of the Arts at Epcot. Every year we see new foods, new artists and a daily concert series. Since January weather in Florida is usually mild, if you’re looking for an easy breezy Disney vacation, this may be it! Wondering what’s new at the Festival of the Arts at Epcot, Walt Disney World? Here’s everything you have to look forward to.
When is Walt Disney World’s Festival of the Arts?
The EPCOT Festival of the Arts takes place at Walt Disney World January 8- February 22, 2021 bringing with it new fun, foods and amazing art featured in the World Showcase.
How Many Days Do You Need for Festival of the Arts?
A smaller festival, you can tackle the Festival of the Arts in one-day But, we’d recommend spreading it over 2 days to really experience all the things offered. You can plan to visit art galleries, food studios, attend the Broadway Concert series, complimentary seminars, play the Figment Scavenger Hunt Game, and pose for fun photo ops.
You can see new chalk art on the midway between Future World and the World Showcase and performance artists at the stage. We love the gilded statues that come alive. So your job is to stand there and wait until they do. New to the festival we also found little characters painted all over the buildings throughout the world showcase. There’s a special character in every country so keep an eye out!
New Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine
While all the original 13 kitchen studios are back for Festival of the Arts, the big news is that we have a whole new foodie scavenger hunt to look forward to. The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine is New at the Festival of the Arts. This challenge involves visiting 5 locations, purchasing the designated treat at each and turning in your punched card for a free specialty food treat.
New Foods at the Festival of the Arts
While the food at this festival is not the main attraction, we still can’t help adding the menu lineup. Foods are crafted like works of art and take some time to make at the Food Studios. But this food is worth the wait! Check out the Festival of the Arts Menus for 2021! to start planning your foodie journey.
New Music and Performances
Each year the festival welcomes back new Broadway performances featuring our favorite Disney songs from Disney Broadway Shows. Check out the full lineup of performers for all the new performers this year. For an extra special night out you can also grab the Broadway Concert Series Dining package for the show.
New Classes and Seminars
If you head over to the Odyssey Festival Center near Mexico in World Showcase you can stumble in on drawing classes, seminars, talks and more. As part of the Festival of the Arts many of these are free, but do require a reservation for some. Be sure to check out the Festival of the Arts page for schedules and prices.
New Prizes for Figment Brush with the Masters
One of our favorite things about the Festival of the Arts is playing the Figment Scavenger Hunt game. And every year you get a chance to win new prizes! Whether its a little coloring book, cup, magnet, or something more magical, we love the added fun of a new prize every year.
New Merchandise at Festival of the Arts
An EPCOT Festival always includes new merchandise! From new designs on mugs, jerseys and gifts, you can always bet to have plenty of new merchandise to oogle at Festival of the Arts. If you’re a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder you also get first dibs on the Festival of the Arts Passholder Magnets. Which usually match the design theme of the festival.
New Photo Ops
There are always new photo ops at the Festival of the Arts for you to pose till your hearts content! These pop up all over the World Showcase so be on the lookout. They usually include familiar artworks from famous paintings and art you’re sure to recognize.
Walt Disney World Festival of the Arts at Epcot
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 amazing events like the International Festival of the Arts to help keep everyone entertained. It’s a perfect event for couples, families, kids, everyone! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
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