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Epcot's International Festival of the Arts 2020 Guide!

This years Epcot International Festival of the Arts is back and better than ever! This 39 day event takes place from January 17th through February 24th, 2020. Festival of the arts features artist, musicians and culinary delights for all who visit immersing you in a world of color! Festival of the Arts is a place to unleash your inner artist through a variety of experiences.

Here are some experiences you can expect at this years at Epcot's International Festival of the Arts!

  • Indulge in new culinary fun at the Le Cellier Brunch in the Canada pavilion, a leisurely prix fixe bounty each Saturday and Sunday in the relaxing Canadian chateau. Reservations required. 

  • Explore the Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush, green environment built for exploring. Jump into photo-ops located throughout Epcot, such as the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion where guests can flap their fins in Mermaid Lagoon or get their pirate on at Skull Rock.

  • Grab a paintbrush and add color to a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza. 

  • Join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art in each World Showcase pavilion. 

  • Marvel at and purchase works by Disney’s iconic artists in displays throughout World Showcase.  

  • Watch visiting artists as they create new pieces, from Disney-inspired works to creative art across diverse mediums.Create festival-inspired T-shirts and candles.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series will be returning with another killer line up of Disney Musical Stars!

Once again at America Gardens Theatre there will be daily performances headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows.

You can expect to hear songs from Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Aladdin and Tarzan to name a few.

Here is how the current line up stands, more dates are to be added:

  • Jan. 17, 20, 21, 24 and 25 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”) 

  • Jan. 18, 19, 22, 23 and 25 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)

  • Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee 

  • Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”) 

  • Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)

My Tips, Tricks & Must Do's

for Festival of The Arts

  • Get there EARLY! There is so much to see and do. Make sure to pick up a times guide so you can plan out your day, there are a lot of cool shows and demonstrations you wont want to miss, so check the times for each! If you can spend at least two days at Epcot I would do it!

  • Walk around slowly and take it all in. The majority of the fun happens around World Showcase, So make sure you look at each booth and each pavilion. Throughout the day you can meet some of your favorite Disney Artist.

  • In the Festival make sure to check out the exclusive merch! They always have the cutest merch for this festival, or maybe I'm biased, you be the judge! You can even watch designers make a shirt for you with screen printed art. Pick your design and watch it come to life.

  • ALSO AP's don't forget to pick up your exclusive passholder magnet. This Mickey Magnet is my favorite one yet!

  • I LOVE painting the mural right outside the Festival Showcase Plaza. The mural is color by numbers, you get an assigned color and number. Then you go paint up to 3 squares on the mural! It makes you feel like your a part of this big community.

  • The Broadway shows fill up pretty quickly so make sure you pick a time and show up 20- 30 minutes before the show so you can grab a good seat! For the more popular performances you should even show up earlier than that.

  • Always look down. The chalk Murals are SOOOO amazing. Most feature your favorite characters some even give you the opportunity to step inside the mural itself. They make some really great pictures.

  • Were you ever lucky enough to experience Animation Academy in DHS? Well its back for the festival! Take a class from a Disney artist and learn how to draw some of your favorite character. I Highly recommend this, I had to throw it in here.

Have fun out there explorers!

I cant wait to see all of your wonderful pictures from your time spent at the festival!

Please stay tuned for a Foodie Guide for all of this years festival Eats!


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