Disney Theme Park

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts
JANUARY 8 - FEBRUARY 22, 2021

Festival of the Arts Overview

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts made its debut in January 2017 and features art pieces from many Disney artists including Mary Blair, Herb Ryman, Joe Kaminski, and Costa Alavezos. Guests are surrounded by with many locations where they're able to watch the creative processes happen live before their eyes. New art is created and revealed regularly throughout the Festival so guests can look forward to a new experience every time they visit.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts in collaboration with Disney Theatrical Productions, brings an exciting showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage. Over the 45 days of the festival, park guests will enjoy different pairings of phenomenal Broadway talent in concert, performing songs from some of Disney on Broadway’s award-winning shows, including ‪The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, just to name a few.

Food Studios throughout the park showcase culinary creations so delicious and intricate, guests may not know if the menus are for admiring or eating; Disney chefs will encourage guests that it’s the latter. Be sure to bring your patience while making your food purchases as the lines tend to be longer than what you might be used to from the other special events held at Epcot. The focus here is on the presentation of your food; so it will be served to you looking gorgeous! The Cast Members take a little more time in preparing and making each serving look just right.

The 2020 event will provide fun every day for the whole family, including performance art, favorite Disney characters channeling their favorite artists, hands-on activities, special merchandise created just for the festival, and much more:

The festival is included with regular Epcot admission.

Guests visiting the Festival can pick up a handy mini Disney Gift Card at any of the merchandise locations. The mini gift cards have a wristband attached making them a convenient way to pay for items all throughout the park. The special cards can be activated with as little as $15.

2020 Special Dining Experiences

Guests who attend the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts from January 18 through February 23, 2020, can enjoy a new culinary experience from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday with brunch at Le Cellier in the Canada pavilion.

This new brunch features a prix fixe menu that begins with assorted pastries for the table. Guests can then choose from items such as Cheddar Cheese Soup or Avocado Toast and entrees like Montreal Spiced Corned Beef Hash, Le Cellier Eggs Benedict or Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bread Pudding. Finish up the meal with an indulgent dessert such as Maple Crème Brûlée or Coffee and Donuts.

Additionally, brunch includes one beverage of your choice. Guests have their choice of a Northern Mimosa, Le Cellier Bloody Caesar, Joffrey’s Le Cellier Blend Press Pot Coffee, or a non-alcoholic specialty beverage.

The cost is $67 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The Disney Dining Plan can be used for this brunch and is worth 2 table-service entitlements per-person. Discounts do not apply.

Advance Dining Reservations are required to take part in this new experience and can be made online or via the My Disney Experience app.

Some members of the DIS Unplugged experienced this limited-time brunch on opening day; watch the video below to see their review.

2020 Interactive Workshops

Interactive Workshops are hands-on, interactive experiences that allow guests the opportunity to create their own work of art to take home. Each of the sessions offers guests a unique opportunity to create original art and walk away with an enhanced skillset or new understanding of various techniques. Topics include character sketching, ink & paint, 3D paper crafting and everything in between! Workshops run from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. and are offered Saturdays and Sundays for a $45 (plus tax) fee per guest (Epcot admission is required and not included in the workshop fee). The workshops are available to book by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.

All Interactive Workshops will take place in the World Showplace Events Pavilion, located between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions.

Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can receive a 15% discount.

Take a look at the complete schedule of the interactive workshops and seminars being offered throughout the entire event below!

Ink & Paint Animation
Presented by Lynn Rippberger, Disney Animation Ink and Paint Artist

Many of Disney’s animated features were created with 2D Cel Animation. Learn about the history of 2D Cel Animation and paint your very own Ink & Paint Cel with one of Disney’s Ink & Paint artists!

Each week, you’ll paint a different Disney character:

Disney 3D Paper Crafting
Presented by Dave Avanzino, Dave Avanzino Designs, Inc.

You will create your own dimensional paper artwork. Learn techniques to cut, fold and add spacers to your work to create 3D Disney shadowbox art. You will have the opportunity to make your own framed magical masterpiece!

Gesture Drawing Basics: “Story Telling Drawings”
Presented by Todd Bright, Bright Animation

Come learn the art of quick sketching from a former Disney animator whose credits include The Hunchback of Notre DameMulanTarzanLilo & Stitch and Brother Bear.  During this workshop you will create your own sketch to take home. Gesture drawing of people is a foundational practice for animators, story board artists and directors. A single drawing can tell a story. 

Animation 101: Flip Book Fundamentals
Presented by Todd Bright, Bright Animation 

Create your own moving magic and watch your drawings come to life during this animated workshop! Learn the fundamental principles of animation with a former Disney animator whose credits include The Hunchback of Notre DameMulanTarzanLilo & Stitch and Brother Bear. Tools to complete your creation will be provided!

Doodling with Viz
Presented by Gregg “Viz” Visintainer, Owner of Viz Art Ink and WonderGround Artist

Experience doodling to the next level. Learn, watch and draw your own doodle with hidden pictures and words to create a Viz Art Ink masterpiece.

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2020 Paint with a Disney Artist Workshops

Guests can create their own masterpiece during a guided class that's perfect for all levels of artists. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from a talented Disney artist at either an outdoor or an indoor class. Whether you're a seasoned painting veteran or have never picked up a paint brush, this experience is sure to leave you wanting to explore more about this beautiful art form. Refreshments will be served. The cost of the class is $259 per guest; Epcot admission is required but not included in the class fee. There are only four classes to choose from, so book your reservations asap by calling (407) WDW-FEST.

Saturday, January 18; 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Be prepared for a morning of delight as you join instructor Todd Bright (www.toddbright.com) for an entertaining and informative morning of oil painting at a location within the World Showcase at Epcot. As a Disney animator, Todd’s credits include: Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear. Start your morning with a delightful continental breakfast at the World Showplace then travel to your destination.

Saturday, February 8; 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Join renowned artist Kevin-John (www.kevinjohn.com) as you spend the early afternoon learning and water color painting within the setting of the Living Seas at Epcot. Kevin-John’s art has been showcased at major events throughout the country including being on ESPN, ABC, at the Super Bowl and at the Walt Disney World Resort. He is currently under contract as a Disney Master Artist, and has also realized a childhood dream of creating fine art for Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise. Start your experience with refreshments, then spend an entertaining and informative afternoon learning and painting your own creation.

Saturday, February 15; 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Be prepared for a morning of delight as you join instructor Todd Bright (www.toddbright.com) for an entertaining and informative morning of oil painting at a location within the World Showcase at Epcot. As a Disney animator, Todd’s credits include: Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear. Start your morning with a delightful continental breakfast at the World Showplace then travel to your destination.

Saturday, February 22; 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Join renowned artist Kevin-John (www.kevinjohn.com) as you spend the early afternoon learning and water color painting within the setting of the Living Seas at Epcot. Kevin-John’s art has been showcased at major events throughout the country including being on ESPN, ABC, at the Super Bowl and at the Walt Disney World Resort. He is currently under contract as a Disney Master Artist, and has also realized a childhood dream of creating fine art for Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise. Start your experience with refreshments, then spend an entertaining and informative afternoon learning and painting your own creation.

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2020 Festival Activities
Animation Academy – Experience the magic of Disney animation at this fun and informative drawing class taught by actual Disney artists daily at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the America Garden Theatre.

Chalk Full of Character (NEW for 2020!) – Go on the hunt for some Festival fun! Charming chalk drawings of Disney characters — from Abu to Jiminy Cricket — are waiting to be discovered in tucked away corners throughout World Showcase. How many can you find?

Figment's Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt – The Festival of the Arts event is not just for adults. Kids (and the young at heart) will enjoy “Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt” around Epcot. Can you find Figment? Get into sleuth mode while searching for clues that lead to the elusive little dragon — leave no painting in the World Showcase unturned!


Green Landing Family Play Zone – Venture into an out-of-this-world playground with Wall-E and Eve to let your imagination run free.

Expression Section: A Paint by Number Mural – In World Showcase Plaza, guests can grab a paintbrush and add their personal touch to a gigantic mural daily between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.



Fun Family Films – Travel the world and enter cherished stories with the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival, Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along (NEW), Awesome Planet (NEW) and Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 (NEW).

Kidcot Fun Stops – Kids of all ages can have their own art-filled adventure around the world by stopping by each pavilion throughout the World Showcase. Kids can draw, color, and collect activity cards at every country for a great souvenir from their trip.

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2020 Disney on Broadway Concert Series
and Dining Package

Disney Theatrical will be including an array of favorite music and Broadway talent to showcase on the America Gardens Theatre stage.

Performances will be held each night at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.

These talented Broadway artists will perform music from some of our most favorite Disney on Broadway shows such as Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Newsies, and Aladdin.Guests will have the chance to see Kevin Massey (Tarzan), Heidi Blickenstaff (Freaky Friday) & Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) & Josh Strickland (Tarzan), Kissy Simmons & Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King), Liana Hunt (Newsies) & Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), and Syndee Winters (The Lion King) & Michael James Scott (Aladdin).

2020 Disney on Broadway Schedule:

01/17 - 01/17 - Kissy Simmons/Alton Fitzgerald White

01/18 - 01/19 - Heidi Blickenstaff/Gavin Lee

01/20 - 01/21 - Kissy Simmons/Alton Fitzgerald White

01/22 - 01/23 - Heidi Blickenstaff/Gavin Lee

01/24 - 01/24 - Kissy Simmons/Alton Fitzgerald White

01/25 - 01/25 - Kissy Simmons/Heidi Blickenstaff/Alton Fitzgerald White/Gavin Lee

01/26 - 01/26 - Kara Lindsay/Kevin Massey

01/27 - 01/27 - Liana Hunt/Adam Jacobs

01/28 - 01/29 - Kara Lindsay/Kevin Massey

01/30 - 01/31 - Liana Hunt/Adam Jacobs

02/01 - 02/02 - Kara Lindsay/Kevin Massey

02/03 - 02/04 - Liana Hunt/Adam Jacobs

02/05 - 02/06 - Kara Lindsay/Kevin Massey

02/07 - 02/08 - Lianna Hunt/Adam Jacobs

02/09 - 02/09 - Kara Lindsay/Kevin Massey/Liana Hunt/Adam Jacobs

02/10 - 02/10 - Ashley Brown/Josh Strickland

02/11 - 02/11 - Syndee Winters/Michael James Scott

02/12 - 02/13 - Ashley Brown/Josh Strickland

02/14 - 02/17 - Syndee Winters/Michael James Scott

02/18 - 02/19 - Ashley Brown/Josh Strickland

02/20 - 02/21 - Syndee Winters/Michael James Scott

02/22 - 02/23 - Ashley Brown/Josh Strickland

02/24 - 02/24 - Ashley Brown/ Josh Strickland/Syndee Winters/Michael James Scott


If you'd like priority seating for one of these performances, Dining Packages are available for booking at participating Epcot restaurants (listed below). Reservations can be made on the My Disney Experience App or on the official Walt Disney World website.

Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion 
Lunch: $57 for adults; $32 for kids 
Dinner: $57 for adults; $32 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion 
Lunch: $69 for adults; $22 for kids 
Dinner: $69 for adults; $22 for kids

The Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion 
Breakfast: $52 for adults; $31 for kids 
Lunch: $65 for adults; $39 for kids 
Dinner: $65 for adults; $39 for kids

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion 
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids 
Dinner: $57 for adults; $22 for kids

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2020 Must-See Galleries
2020 Special Merchandise



Festival Merchandise Locations

Special Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Festival merchandise will also be available!

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Special PhotoPass Opportunities



While perusing the beautiful works of art, keep an eye out for PhotoPass Photographers around the theme park and be sure to ask them about special props and Magic Shots that are available during the Festival. The above collage shows some of the examples you might see.

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