The 2024 Epcot International Festival of the Arts is here! If you plan to go you’d better hurry, this is a “blink and you’ll miss it” festival. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts has something for everyone, and a new surprise around each corner. Here is a quick rundown on what to expect in 2024.
There are 18 Food Studios this year. There are new dishes, such as Passion Fruit-filled Mango Cheesecake With Coconut-Pineapple Cake, Dragon Fruit Gelée, and Dragon Fruit-Strawberry Sauce. Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie is one of many returning classics. Even though I just highlighted a couple of sweet options there are plenty of savory choices, as well as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The only problem with ordering from the Food Studios is that the food is too pretty to eat…well, almost.
The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine is back. Purchase five qualifying items, have your Festival Passport stamped, and receive a sixth treat for free! There are seven items to choose from, mix and match as you please.
If you love Figment, you’ll want to stop by the Odyssey Building. That’s the strange shaped structure on the water that’s between Test Track and Mexico. Inside you’ll pick up the Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket, but there’s plenty of other Figment fun within those doors.
There’s one more treat for Figment fans. Figment’s Brush With the Masters is a scavenger hunt. Figment is hiding in artwork around World Showcase. Purchase a map for $9.99, look for Figment, and collect a prize! The scavenger hunts aren’t just for kids, you’ll see plenty of adults searching.
Entertainment is a large part of all four festivals at Epcot, so of course the performing arts are featured. Visual Art in Performance is back; if you’ve never watched Trevor Carlton create a Disney classic in front of your eyes you need to! Art Defying Gravity has returned as well. There is extra live music throughout the day. Disney on Broadway Concert Series is must-experience, as two Broadway stars perform Disney classics. Even if you don’t know the performers, you’ll know the songs. Information and times for all the entertainment offerings is found in the My Disney Experience App.
Visual art is also an important part of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. There are two types of Chalk Art. One features creations by Chalk Art masters, you’ll be in awe of their talent! The other is Kids Chalk Art, where kids of all ages can try their hands at the colorful (and sometimes messy) creations. Chalk Full of Characters isn’t chalk art, instead, it’s pictures of favorite Disney characters in places where you don’t normally see them. The Paint by Numbers mural is back as well, if you’d like to be part of the bigger picture, literally! Speaking of being a part, there are Artful Photo Ops, where you’ll put yourself into a famous work of art. If you like to create art, you can learn from a Disney animator in Animation Academy.
There’s a good chance that while you’re at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts you’ll see something that would look perfect in your living room. You’ll find artwork for purchase that features favorite characters, scenes, movies, rides, and so much more. Ask about shipping if you don’t have a way to get the artwork home. There is also plenty of festival specific merchandise for sale.
The final day of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is February 19. Since the time is short, you’ll want to savor every moment! I’ve enjoyed watching the Epcot International Festival of the Arts grow from just weekends into a must-do experience. These are just some of the highlights, there is a lot more than what I’ve included here. You need to experience it for yourself to truly appreciate it.