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Epcot’s Inaugural International Festival of the Arts

Epcot thrives on festivals, and this new celebration of creativity is no exception! The event runs weekends from January 13th to February 20th. Art is showcased through Visual, Culinary, and Performance Art.

I suggest you start your festival day by grabbing a free Festival Passport. The passport includes a times guide of all activities and a guide to help you locate certain art and food booths.

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Festival Passport

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Further into Epcot you may want to stop at Pin Traders because here you can buy a map for Figment’s Brush with the Master’s scavenger hunt!

On this scavenger hunt, you search for classic painting around World Showcase that have an imaginative twist featuring Figment, who serves as the mascot for the festival.

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A smile most intriguing…

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Figment Topiary

The map is $6.99 and includes a prize upon completion. Figment isn’t the only famous Disney Icon featured at the festival, Don “Ducky” Williams was signing his art when I was there!

Disney Artists, Animators, and Vendors are selling art and meeting guests at booths set up around World Showcase.

The Festival Showplace is located at the Odyssey Center in between Test Track and the Mexico Pavilion. You can catch a seminar or interactive workshop here.

Check the times guide as they constantly rotate the topics. There are also two beautiful art galleries featuring famous Imagineers.

Mary Blair is most well-known for her artwork inside It’s a Small World and the huge mosaic inside the Contemporary Resort. Her exhibit features Southern Pieces, many of which inspired Disney’s The Three Caballeros Movie.

You’ll find classic Epcot concept art by Herb Ryan. This gallery was especially inspiring to me. The Festival Showplace also has food and festival merchandise for sale.

Festival Merchandise can also be found at Mouse Gear, Art of Disney, and World Showcase tents.

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Speaking of food, Disney did a wonderful job of tying art to the dishes with presentation and artist theme. Special booths are set up around World Showcase and the Odyssey Center.

The Passport has a complete list of every festival dish and where to find them.

I found the Pop’t Art Sugar Cookie really fun. They are filled with Chocolate-Hazelnut filling and look like canvas on an easel.

Art abounds and is being created in the moment during the festival. Check out the Walking Chalk Gallery or use a brush and contribute to the Paint by Numbers Mural.

The Fountain View Stage in Future World has some musical art with an a capella group, local school groups, and living statues.

Across the park at the American Gardens Theatre is the Disney on Broadway Concert Series! Broadway duos perform classic Disney songs at 5:30pm, 6:45pm, and 8:00pm.

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The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is a wonderful addition to Walt Disney World! There was so much I didn’t even get to experience, and it’s just the first year.

I loved the variety of offerings. I hope Disney makes this event an annual tradition. Definitely check it out if you get the chance!

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Olivia, 19,is currently pursuing a Hospitality Management degree in Texas. But over the summer you may find her making magic at Walt Disney World! Some of her Disney favorites include Dinosaur, Dole Whips, UP, and the Polynesian Resort. Follow her on Instagram @oliviarosalindreed and Twitter @orreed.
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