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Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2024 (menu announced for this year’s festival!)

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The Epcot International Festival of the Arts has rapidly gained popularity and is now a beloved event for many. Offering a multitude of engaging activities, it stands out among other Epcot festivals. Alongside the delectable artistic culinary delights, attendees can participate in art workshops, seize photo opportunities throughout the park, witness captivating performance art, and explore noteworthy galleries showcasing stunning artwork available for purchase.

 


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Planning a Disney World vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer this year including the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the return of the Disney Dining Plan, and more! (You can also find our 2023 guide here!)


 

What You Need to Know About All Epcot Festivals

Epcot International Festival of the Arts | Magic in the PlanningAll Epcot Festivals feature food and beverage booths throughout the park. You will find temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent booths throughout Epcot that feature exclusive menu items for each festival. Menus are released shortly before each festival and typically offer unique food and drink options that aren’t available at any other time of the year.

Typically, there is a feature show at America Gardens Theatre for each of the festivals, and each show typically has an associated dining package that guarantees admission. (But due to popularity, arriving early may still be your best bet at getting a good seat!)

Every festival offers unique entertainment, activities, and even merchandise throughout the park. Some activities are free, while others do require an additional fee. One activity to take note of is a paid scavenger hunt. Maps can be purchased (usually less than $10), and guests then search the park for items. Your completed map can be exchanged for a small treat or item.

 

Festival Tips and Tricks

Spaceship Earth in Epcot | magicintheplanning.comEpcot festivals are quite popular with the locals, which means that evenings and weekends will be busy. If you want to avoid the crowds, plan to visit Epcot during the week and make the most of your daytime hours. You may also want to avoid the first and last weekends of the event as these tend to be more crowded.

Also, keep in mind that some guests may engage in a bit more alcohol consumption, especially during the Food & Wine Festival, as many of the booths offer unique drinks and wine tastings. For some, this may not be a big deal, but for families traveling with younger children, it may be something you want to consider.

 

Basic Festival Overview

According to Disney, this festival celebrates the “creation of art and cuisine.” It also boasts some of the best activities of all the Epcot festivals. All forms of art are on display including, culinary arts, performance art, and visual art.

 

2024 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Menu

The Deconstructed Dish

Food Items:

  • Deconstructed BLT: Pork belly, onion bread pudding, watercress espuma, and tomato jam
  • Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key Lime Curd, “Key Lime” Mousse, Graham Cracker Cake, and Meringues (The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)

Beverages:

  • Deconstructed Strawberry Mint Julep (Non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Wicked Weed Brewing Blank Canvas Belgian Blonde Witbier
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Mint Julep with bourbon

Cuisine Classique

Food Items:

  • Beef Wellington: Mushroom duxelles, prosciutto, and puff pastry with red wine demi-glace
  • Cast Iron-roasted P.E.I. mussels with sautéed tomatoes, garlic, and fresh herbs

Beverages:

  • Gulf Stream Brewing Company Sum of All Colors IPA (New)
  • Tesselaarsdal Pinot Noir (New)

Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food, and Little Sparks of Magic

Food Items:

  • Blueberry-filled Pastry Tart with purple icing (The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)
  • Rainbow Cake with freeze-dried SKITTLES bite-sized candies
  • Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket with Rainbow Popcorn (Limit two per person, per transaction; available while supplies last.)

Beverages:

  • Grape Smoothie with freeze-dried SKITTLES bite-sized candies (Non-alcoholic beverage)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Black Cherry Hard Cider
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Blood Orange Hard Cider
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Passion Fruit Hard Cider
  • Rainbow Hard Cider Flight
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Green with Envy Blonde Ale
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Blue Butterfly Lager
  • Urban Artifact The Gadget Raspberry & Blackberry Midwest Fruit Tart
  • Rainbow Beer Flight

The Craftsman’s Courtyard

Food Items:

  • Grilled Pork Belly with salsa verde, broccoli rabe, pickled peppers, and raclette cheese on grilled sourdough (New)
  • Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak with caramelized onions and mushrooms, blue cheese fondue, and arugula on a grilled French roll (New)

Beverages:

  • BrewDog Jet Black Heart Nitro Oatmeal Stout
  • Coffee Old Fashioned Cocktail

Refreshment Outpost

Beverages:

  • Parish Brewing Co. Blueberry Mochi Berliner Weisse
  • The Tank Brewing Co. Street Art Amber
  • Brewery Ommegang Neon Rainbows IPA

Pastoral Palate

Food Items:

  • Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes, and balsamic glaze
  • Black Forest Cake: Chocolate mousse with morello cherries and chantilly cream

Beverages:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Rosé Blonde Ale
  • Frozen Rosé
  • A Play on Rosé Flight
  • Marietta Old Vine Rosé

The Artist’s Table

Food Items:

  • Duck and Dumplings: Smoked duck breast, ricotta dumplings, baby vegetables, and duck jus
  • Hummingbird Cake: Banana and pecan cake dipped in cream cheese icing with caramel sauce and warm pineapple compote

Beverages:

  • Wicked Weed Pineapple Daydream IPA (New)
  • Brew Hub Jazzberry Wheat Jam Ale (New)
  • Lost Coast Brewery Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout (New)
  • Migration Pinot Noir (New)
  • Beer Flight also available

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina

Food Items:

  • Grilled Kebabs with carrot-chickpea salad and garlic aïoli
  • Chermoula Chicken
  • Moroccan-spiced Lamb
  • Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with hummus, chermoula, and zhoug dips (Plant-based Item)
  • Chocolate Cake with pomegranate mousse and pomegranate whipped cream (New)

Beverages:

  • Twinings Chai Tea with Sprite and mint (Non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Grizzly Pear Hard Cider (New)
  • Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Hard Cider (New)
  • Keel Farms Blueberry Lavender Hard Cider (New)
  • Chai Tea Mint Mimosa: Twinings Chai Tea with Key lime sparkling wine and mint (New)
  • Hard Cider Flight

Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina

Food Items:

  • Chorizo and Potato Empanada with turmeric aïoli and annatto aïoli (The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)
  • Passion Fruit-filled Mango Cheesecake with coconut-pineapple cake, dragon fruit gelée, and dragon fruit-strawberry sauce (New)

Beverages:

  • Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie (Non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Frozen Piña Colada
  • Passion Fruit Daiquiri

Gourmet Landscapes

Food Items:

  • Verjus-roasted Beets with goat cheese, petite lettuce, blackberry gastrique, and spiced pecans (New) (The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)
  • Roasted Bone Marrow with onion marmalade, pickled mushrooms, and petite lettuce
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto with truffle shavings and zinfandel reduction (Plant-based Item)

Beverages:

  • Whole Hog Brewery Raspberry Chéret Double Radler
  • Schlumberger Cuvée Klimt Brut
  • The Meeker Vineyard Winemaker’s Handprint Merlot
  • Frozen Scotch Cocktail: Scotch and herbal tea garnished with a chocolate nail

Refreshment Port

Food Items:

  • Gnocchi Poutine with red wine-braised beef, cheese curds, basil, and burrata
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • Blood Orange Cosmo: Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka with blood orange, cranberry, and lime
  • Boulevard Brewing Co. Quirk Blueberry Lemon & Lavender Hard Seltzer

Deco Delights

Food Item:

  • Neapolitan Dessert Trio: Chocolate tart, vanilla bean cheesecake, and strawberry mousse (New) (The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)

Beverages:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing Strawberry Blonde Nitro
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Vanilla Porter
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Milk Stout
  • Espresso Martini featuring Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka
  • Beer Flight

Pop Eats

Food Items:

  • Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
  • Tomato Soup with pimento cheese, bacon, and fried green tomato grilled cheese
  • Rock the Dots White Chocolate and Orange Mousse with vanilla bean chiffon cake (New)

Beverages:

  • Brooklyn Brewery Pulp Art Hazy IPA
  • Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with boba pearls

Refreshment Station

  • Frozen Slushy: Coca-Cola, dragon fruit, or watermelon

Connections Eatery

Beverage:

  • Orange-Lemonade Cocktail: Three Olives Blueberry Vodka, lemonade, and orange juice with cotton candy

L’Art de la Cuisine Française

Food Items:

  • Crème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm creamy brie in a house-made bread bowl
  • Saumon Fumé Mousse et Aspic, Blini et Fromage de Chevre: Salmon mousse, smoked salmon, dill, and flaxseed biscuit, served cold (New)
  • Vol-au-Vent de Saumon et Epinards, Sauce Chardonnay: Puff pastry with salmon and spinach and a chardonnay-shallot sauce, served warm (New)
  • Duo de Saumon Hot and Cold: Enjoy both of the salmon offerings (New)
  • Moelleux aux Noisettes, Croustillant Noisettes, Coulis Framboise et Mangue: Molten Valrhona chocolate cake, hazelnut crunch, and mango-raspberry coulis (New)

Beverages:

  • Frozen French Martini: Grey Goose Vodka, Chambord liqueur, pineapple, orange, and grape juices with lemon-lime foam
  • Elderflower Liqueur Cocktail: St. Germain Liqueur, sparkling wine, and mint (New)
  • Charles Lafitte, Brut Rosé Prestige, Méthode Traditionnel Champenoise French Rosé Sparkling Wine
  • Pinot Noir J. de Villebois (New)

El Artista Hambriento

Food Items:

  • Carne Asada: Chipotle-marinated beef sirloin, grilled queso fresco, Nopales salad with queso fresco foam and chicharron dust

Beverages:

  • Mexican Craft Beer
  • Rubí Delicioso Margarita: Tromba Blanco Tequila, Lejay Blackcurrant Liqueur, citrus, mint, spicy agave, and beet juice
  • Smokey Banana Bliss Margarita: Ten to One Rum, Ilegal Mezcal Joven, banana purée, and lime juice

Goshiki

Food Items:

  • Wagyu Bun: Steamed bun filled with American wagyu beef served with green shiso sauce
  • Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring salmon, tuna, shrimp, cucumber, and sesame seed over a decorated plate of wasabi aïoli, sriracha aïoli, and eel sauce
  • Ichigo Mochi – Daifuku: Daifuku mochi filled with fresh strawberry, sweet azuki bean paste, and white chocolate served with strawberry cream

Beverages:

  • Murasaki Blueberry Drink: Sweet blueberry and cream (Non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Mikan Orange IPA
  • Masu Sake in a traditional personalized wooden cup
  • Blueberry Cocktail: Nigori sake with sweet blueberry, cream, and yuzu

The Painted Panda

Food Items:

  • General Tso’s Chicken Shumai
  • Char Siu Pork Bun
  • Sesame Balls with red bean paste

Beverages:

  • Black and White Bubble Tea with black tea, milk, chocolate, and black & white boba pearls (Non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Lucky Foo Pale Ale
  • Silk River Hard Lemonade with vodka, lavender-coconut syrup, and lemonade
  • Butterfly Blue: Butterfly pea flower-infused cocktail with vodka, light rum, lychee syrup, and magic boba pearls

L’Arte di Mangiare

Food Items:

  • Mozzarella Fritta: Flash-fried breaded fresh mozzarella with artist palette condiments
  • Conchiglie Ripiene: Baked stuffed conchiglie pasta with beef, ricotta, peas, pomodoro, and creamy sauce
  • Torta Ricotta di Cioccolata: Chocolate cheesecake and whipped cream

Beverages:

  • Peroni Pilsner
  • Langhe Nebbiolo
  • Prosecco
  • Italian Sangria (Red or White)
  • Italian Margarita with tequila and limoncello
  • Elderflower Sparkling Cocktail: Mint-infused elderflower liqueur, prosecco, and sparkling blood orange

Swirled Showcase

Food Items:

  • Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone
    • Vanilla
    • Chocolate
    • Cupcake (New)
  • Cream Soda Float with Vanilla Soft-serve
  • Strawberry Fanta Float with cupcake soft-serve (New)

Funnel Cake

  • Crazy Chocolate Funnel Cake Sandwich: Mini funnel cake sandwich with vanilla ice cream, rainbow whipped cream, strawberry sauce, powdered sugar, and sprinkles (New)

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

World Discovery (Near Mission: SPACE)

  • Pistachio Palette Cold Brew: A flavorful masterpiece featuring Joffrey’s Shakin’ JamaicanCold Brew, pistachio syrup, and milk topped with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles (Alcoholic version available with Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur)

Near Canada

  • Realism Roseberry Cold Brew: A lively swirl of flavors featuring Joffrey’s Shakin’ JamaicanCold Brew, strawberry rose syrup, and milk topped with whipped cream and colorful sprinkles (Alcoholic version available with Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur)

Showcase Plaza (Near Disney Traders)

  • Brushstroke Berry Bliss: A vibrant combination of frozen lemon, Minute Maid Lemonade, raspberry syrup, and iced tea garnished with lemon (Alcoholic version available with Grey Goose Vodka)

The American Adventure

  • Pastel Pineberry Frost: A pastel work of art featuring frozen lemon, Minute Maid Lemonade, and pineberry syrup garnished with lemon (Alcoholic version available with Grey Goose Vodka)

 

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

The Disney on Broadway concert series is a major attraction at the Festival of the Arts. It takes place at the American Garden Theatre, situated in the World Showcase’s American Adventure pavilion. Each artist pair presents a unique set list featuring songs from their Broadway shows, as well as some additional Disney musical numbers.

Not all shows are the same. Some artists play popular songs from famous shows, while others perform lesser-known numbers. If you’re at Epcot when different performers are playing (they change every few days), it’s worth catching multiple shows.

During this time of the year, the smaller crowds make it much easier to secure a seat for concerts compared to the popular Candlelight Processional during the holidays. If you don’t really mind where you sit, you can usually just walk up and get a spot right before the show starts. But if you want to be up close, it’s best to line up 30-45 minutes early or go for one of the dining packages for an even better view.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series will run daily at 5:30, 6:45, & 8:00 PM at the American Garden Theatre. Here’s a look at this year’s schedule:

January

  • Caissie Levy (Frozen) and Patti Murin (Frozen): January 12, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22 and 23
  • Gavin Lee (Beauty and the Beast) and Heidi Blickenstaff (The Little Mermaid): January 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 24 and 25
  • Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and L. Steven Taylor (The Lion King): January 26, 28 and 29
  • Josh Strickland (Tarzan) and Kissy Simmons (The Lion King): January 27, 30 and 31

February

  • Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and L. Steven Taylor (The Lion King): February 1, 3, 5 and 6
  • Josh Strickland (Tarzan) and Kissy Simmons (The Lion King): February 2, 4, 7 and 8
  • Mandy Gonzalez (Aida) and Michael James Scott (Aladdin): February 9, 11, 12, 15, 18 and 19
  • Bradley Gibson (The Lion King) and Shoba Narayan (Aladdin): February 10, 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19

 

Disney on Broadway Dining Packages

Rose & Crown Dining Room in Epcot | magicintheplanning.comIf you want a guaranteed seat without having to arrive too early, you can purchase a Dining Package. Dining Packages give you priority seating at one of the concerts, although, for most concerts, they are not necessary. The seats for these packages are located in the very first few rows of the theater. And unless you want the very front-row center, there isn’t any need to line up early.

A meal at participating restaurants includes the following: an appetizer, entrée, and dessert OR one full buffet/family-style meal (where applicable) as well as a non-alcoholic beverage. The exception to this is Spice Road Table, which includes 2 small plates, a shared tagine, a shared dessert platter, and a nonalcoholic beverage.

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway Pavilion) – Adult: $66 (B) $78 (L/D) | Child: $42 (B) $50 (L/D)
  • Biergarten Restaurant (Germany Pavilion) – Adult: $60 | Child: $34
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (The Living Seas) – Adult: $73 | Child: $29
  • Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land Pavilion) – Adult: $58 (B) $73 (L/D) | Child: $37 (B) $47 (L/D)
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse (Canada Pavilion) – Adult: $99 | Child: $39
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue (American Adventure Pavilion) – Adults: $36 (same-day packages only)
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room (United Kingdom Pavilion) – Adult: $61 | Child: $26
  • Spice Road Table (Morocco Pavilion) – Adult: $50 | Child: $21

*Prices listed above do not include tax or gratuity. Child prices are for those ages 3-9. B = Breakfast, L/D = Lunch and Dinner

**Regal Eagle Smokehouse does offer same-day dining packages, but they are subject to availability. It’s also important to note that Dining Packages are only offered Friday through Monday. Guests who participate will be able to enter America Gardens Theatre via a separate queue and will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seating is guaranteed for those who purchased a dining package. 

 

Additional Festival of the Arts Festivities

Disney has yet to announce everything returning (or being introduced) at this year’s Festival of the Arts, but we do know a few things that will be returning in 2024.

Confirmed for the 2024 festival:

Food Studios

There will be 16 “Food Studios” featuring a wide variety of artistic food and drink options. And while all of the Epcot festivals feature food booths, special attention to detail and presentation is a big part of the Festival of the Arts.

Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine

Just like the Cookie Stroll at the Festival of the Holidays, the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine gives you a foodie reward. Try 5 delicious and vibrant dishes (and collect 5 stamps in your festival passport) to win. And the best part? You don’t have to do it all in one day. As long as you finish before the festival ends, you’ll score the prize!

Visual Art in Performance

Watch as a talented artist paints beloved Disney characters and scenes right in front of you. Featured artists include Trevor Carlton (January 12-15, 18-21, 25-28) and Stephen Fishwick (February 1-4, 8-11, 15-19). This experience will take place in World Showcase Plaza, Thursday through Sunday throughout the festival, as well as on Monday, January 15, and Monday, February 19, 2024.

Art Defying Gravity

Experience awe-inspiring showcases of strength, grace, acrobatics, and agility. Performances take place in World Showcase Plaza, Saturday through Wednesday throughout the festival.

Musical Performances

Experience daily harmonious musical performances in World Showcase Plaza. Featured musicians include Nicholas Marks on guitar, Victor Espinola on harp, Don Black on saxophone, and Dominic Gaudious on digeridoo.

Animation Academy

Learn how to draw a Disney Character during this session led by an animator! This experience takes place in America Gardens Theatre at 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM daily. Classes are fast-paced and may not be ideal for small children. They are also quite popular, so be sure to arrive about 30 minutes earlier than your desired session.

Paint-By-Number Mural

Found in World Nature on the walkway from the Imagination! pavilion toward Test Track, guests are able to add to the mural from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Photo Opportunities

There are numerous photo opportunities throughout Epcot including fun life-sized paintings and PhotoPass Magic Shots. Find these step-in frames around EPCOT:

  • International Gateway: Luncheon of the Boating Party – Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • The American Adventure: Washington Crossing the Delaware – Emanuel Leutze
  • Between Italy Pavilion and Germany Pavilion: Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci
  • Between Italy Pavilion and Germany Pavilion: The Scream – Edvard Munch
  • Mexico Pavilion: An Homage to Frida Kahlo
  • Bridge to World Showcase: Wish Storybook
  • Italy Pavilion Courtyard: Teatime with Penguins
  • Bridge to World Showcase: Forest Scene from Sleeping Beauty

Kids Chalk Art

Kids will be able to leave their own chalk artwork from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM at “Kid’s Chalk Art” located at the bridge to World Showcase Plaza.

Chalk Art Galleries

Located along the bridge to World Showcase Plaza, watch chalk artists at work.

Figment’s Brush with the Masters

This Figment-themed scavenger hunt takes guests on a tour of World Showcase while teaching all about art. Every time you find the Figment-themed picture frame, you add the corresponding sticker to the pavilion on your map. Once completed, you simply return your map to Disney Traders or World Traveler for an artful surprise. (Purchase your map and stickers for $9.99 plus tax at Creations Shop, Port of Entry, or World Traveler.)

Merchandise

The 2024 Festival of the Arts will feature uniquely designed merchandise as this has become a staple of every Epcot Festival throughout the year.

 

Unconfirmed for the 2024 festival:

While Disney has confirmed a few details for the 2024 event, there are some festivities and items that were offered in 2023 that have not yet been confirmed for this upcoming festival.

  • Figment Popcorn Bucket – The insanely popular Figment popcorn bucket was back in 2023. No word yet if it will once again be available in 2024.
  • Artist Booths – In 2023, over 100 artists were featured all throughout the park. Some booths even allowed you to create your own art!
  • Drawing on Inspiration – This art display was showcased in 2023, but its return for the 2024 festival remains uncertain. It showcased artwork created by two Disney Imagineers, displayed side-by-side. Visitors could find it on the walkway connecting World Nature (near the Imagination! pavilion) and World Showcase.
  • Face Painting – Located near Refreshment Outpost in World Showcase, guests in 2023 were able to have their faces painted with art-inspired options. (Prices started at $25.)

 

 

We hope you enjoyed our guide to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts! Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to start planning your next Walt Disney World Vacation!


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