The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is my favorite of the park’s four annual events, but Festival of the Arts is a very close second. There is so much to love about this festival! It will return on January 14, 2022. Here’s the preliminary information from Disney Parks Blog.
Celebrate Your Artistic Side at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts
by Jeremy Schoolfield, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Resort Public Relations
The new year is fast approaching, and with it comes an inspiring way to celebrate the best of the visual, culinary and performing arts, all in one destination. The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts kicks off Jan. 14 and runs through Feb. 21, 2022. The festival is extra magical since it’s taking place during The World’s Most Magical Celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.
The popular DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series returns, with three shows each evening headlined by Broadway stars performing beloved songs from more than 25 years of award-winning stage productions. Beginning Dec. 14, guests can visit ArtfulEPCOT.com to find out more about DISNEY ON BROADWAY Dining Packages that pair with this memorable concert series.
Speaking of dining, guests will discover a delicious variety of art-inspired menus at 15 Food Studios throughout World Showcase. Deco Delights and The Craftman’s Courtyard will debut at the festival, featuring artfully presented cuisine and beverages as visually appealing as they are delicious. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for a complete foodie guide in early 2022!
Guests can also join the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – a fun food stroll highlighting five sweet and savory offerings listed in the Festival Passport. Once guests have purchased and received a stamp for all five items, they’ll earn a delectable Artist Palette Cookie.
Visual art comes to life in a variety of ways at the festival, too. More than 100 Disney and visiting artists will showcase their dazzling works throughout EPCOT. Guests can spot artists at work from the Disney Artist Gallery and the WonderGround Gallery, accompanied by pieces from ACME Archives, Thomas Kinkade Studios, Wyland Galleries and POP Gallery.
Figment also lends an artistic touch to this year’s festival merchandise collection which includes apparel, accessories, trading and so much more.
Guests of all ages can watch imaginative chalk artists create masterpieces at Chalk Art Galleries, or improve their own artistic skills by learning how to draw a Disney Character at Animation Academy. Children can create their own chalk masterpieces at Kid’s Chalk Art and families can leave their artistic stamp on a larger-than-life mural at Expression Section: A Paint by Numbers Mural. Around World Showcase, guests can step into renowned paintings from centuries past in stunning Artful Photo Ops.
When it’s time to recharge their creative energy, guests can sit back and watch Visual Art in Performance, as an artist paints favorite Disney Characters in a matter of minutes.
To experience EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, guests must have both valid admission and a park reservation for EPCOT on the same date. Check back with us here on the Disney Parks Blog for other festival highlights in early 2022.