(Article last updated November 1, 2018)
The newest of Epcot's festivals is Festival of the Arts which has several unique offerings from the food to the entertainment to things you can find throughout the park.
Here's a guide to when it is, what you can do, and see how it compares to Epcot's other festivals.
What is Festival of the Arts?
This is a festival that brings together the visual, culinary, and performing arts. Below, you'll see some of the details about how they do that.
How much does it cost?
Attending the festival is free with Epcot admission, but some events are an extra charge.
When is it?
In 2019, it will be held January 18 - February 25, 2019.
Though it only took place on weekends when the festival started in 2017, it now takes place 7 days a week with the entertainment (see more info below) also now taking place 7 days a week.
What exactly takes place during the festival?
Though all Epcot festivals feature food booths, there's special attention paid to the presentation of the food at Festival of the Arts. Almost too pretty to eat!
Get menus for all food booths on Disney Food Blog's Festival of the Arts coverage.
Broadway lovers are in for a treat as performers appear to sing many favorite Disney songs.
In 2019, for the first time since The Festival of the Arts began, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will run daily (at 5:30, 6:45, & 8 p.m.) at the American Garden Theater.
Disney has announced the lineup of stars, however, they have yet to release the schedule.
For 2019 performers will be:
- Kerry Butler (“Beauty and the Beast”) & Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
- Meredith Inglesby (“The Little Mermaid”) & Steve Blanchard (“Beauty and the Beast”)
- Arielle Jacobs & Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
- Heidi Blickenstaff (“Freaky Friday”) & Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
- Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) & Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
- Kissy Simmons & Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
Dining Packages that give you priority seating at one of the concerts are also available. 2019 Dining Packages will be available to book online starting November 8, 2018. Starting then you can also book one of the packages by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
Want to get a feel for what to expect? This was the lineup and prices for 2018:
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway Pavilion)
- Breakfast: $60 adults/$36 kids
- Lunch: $70 adults/$42 kids
- Dinner: $70 adults/$42 for kids
Biergarten Restaurant (Germany Pavilion)
- Lunch: $44 adults/$25 kids
- Dinner: $51 adults/$29 kids
Coral Reef Restaurant (The Living Seas Pavilion)
- Lunch: $66 adults/$22 for kids
- Dinner: $66 adults/$22 for kids
The Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land Pavilion)
- Breakfast: $43 adults/$27 for kids
- Lunch: $57 adults/$36 kids
- Dinner: $57 adults/$36 for kids
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (United Kingdom Pavilion)
- Lunch: $57 adults/$21 for kids
- Dinner: $57 adults/$21 for kids
Passholder reserved seating is also available. Get all of the details.
Art throughout the park
As you walk through Epcot during the festival, you'll see amazing photo ops, art on display, and find art exhibits to enjoy.
Workshops and seminars
There are a mix of workshops and seminars available during Festival of the Arts. Some are complimentary, and some cost extra.
Get the complete schedule, details, and pricing info on the Disney World site.
Here's a few highlights for 2019:
- Guests will have the opportunity to help out with the painting of a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza
- *Paint with a Disney Artist" program will let participants learn under the direction of a professional Disney artist
- *For the younger crowd, there's Figment's Brush with the Master's Scavenger Hunt
- *Workshops that cover a wide variety of artistic skills such as floral design, ink and paint, mixed-media art, plus more
- Seminars on creating your own works of art
- International musicians and performance artists in the World Showcase, including the return of Bodh'aktan to the Canada Pavilion and a new act called Delta Q in the Germany Pavilion
* additional fee to participate
How to plan your time
Since this festival takes place at a time of year that has fantastically mild temps, it's fairly easy (and comfortable) to fit into an afternoon and evening if you'd like to spend the morning touring or have a late arrival.
It is popular with locals so if you plan to attend on one of the weekend nights, you might consider a dining package to get the vouchers for the shows. However, if you plan to attend on Monday, the vouchers shouldn't be necessary since it's much less busy that day.
Comparing to other Epcot festivals
Epcot has become a park with practically year-round festivals. Here's how their offerings compare.
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