Epcot Festival of the Arts is our family’s favorite Disney World festival. There are lots of changes to the offerings in 2021, but many of the best parts of the festival remain. Newly renamed, Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021 immerses guests in the worlds of culinary arts, visual arts, and performing arts.
When is Epcot Festival of the Arts 2021?
Disney World’s Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts begins January 8, 2021 and runs through February 22, 2021.
What Are The Best Things To Do At Epcot Festival of the Arts in 2021?
I’m excited to share that many of our favorite activities from previous years are available at Epcot Festival of the Arts in 2021. Despite capacity limitations and social distancing in place at Disney World a lot of the best Festival of the Arts activities are returning.
Expression Section: Paint-By-Number Mural
Grab your paintbrush and cup of paint to become a master paint-by-number artist. Huge murals in Future World West need guests to turn them from a blank canvas into a beautiful work of art.
Each guest is given a small numbered cup of paint and a paintbrush. Cast members let you know how many squares you should paint your designated color. Find a spot on the mural and do your part to paint these giant images.
After painting, dispose of the materials in designated bins. Cast members hand out postcards of what the finished mural will look like to guests as they leave Expression Section.
We love painting the Expression Section: Paint-By-Number murals. However, the fun doesn’t end when you finish painting. We enjoy stopping by throughout the day to see how the image appears little by little with everyone’s participation.
“Artful” Photo Opportunities
Have you ever dreamed of being in a famous painting? During Epcot Festival of the Arts 2021 this dream can come true. Several famous paintings are all around World Showcase, and you get to be the star.
The photo spots are set up to look like a painting on a gallery wall complete with frames and art lamps. You enter the picture by standing between a background and foreground and then pose any way you like.
Look for inspiration from the informational sign about the original art or be as silly as you want. We love the Epcot Festival of the Arts clever photo ops so much that we’ve done them all!
Incredible Chalk Art
Chalk artists transform the sidewalks in Epcot into incredible art galleries. We are always amazed by the detailed drawings that these special artists bring to life with their imagination and some simple supplies.
Can’t Miss Performances at Epcot Festival of the Arts 2021
The 2021 Epcot Festival of the Arts performances are somewhat limited, but thankfully several will return. These are our two favorites that will be at this year’s festival.
Art Defying Gravity is a group of acrobatic performers that do feats of strength and acrobatics. Climbing one another and balancing acts make these acrobatic stunts fun and nerve-wracking at the same time. This year Art Defying Gravity will spend 7 days entertaining Epcot guests.
Visual Art in Performance is coming back to Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Entertaining artists paint Disney inspired paintings right before your eyes while sharing stories and techniques. Epcot Festival of the Arts will have Visual Art in Performance for 4 days this year.
Savor The Culinary Arts During Epcot Festival of the Arts
Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021 has 16 booths showcasing the culinary arts with special flavors from around the world. Four year-round locations also have unique offerings for Festival of the Arts.
Elizabeth has an uncommon food allergy which usually limits our ability to eat at festival booths. However, Festival of the Arts has been our best food allergy festival experience since many of the food items are prepped on site. In fact, the scallops are our family’s favorite treat at the The Artist’s Table in the America pavilion.
Figment’s Brush With The Masters Scavenger Hunt
Keep the kids interested in World Showcase while you eat and drink around the world with Figment’s Brush With The Masters scavenger hunt. Adorable Figment is hidden throughout Epcot, and if you find all of his masterful hiding spots collect a prize.
Scavenger hunt maps cost $7.99 plus tax and have kept my daughter entertained for many more hours at Epcot than I ever expected.
New To Taste Of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021
Voices Of Liberty – The Disney Songbook
Normally, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series is one the most amazing experiences at Epcot Festival of the Arts. Broadway performers grace the American Garden Theatre and sing a collection of Disney Broadway musical songs.
Taste Of Epcot International Festival of the Arts has instead substituted Voices of Liberty at the America Garden Theatre. Voices of Liberty perform classic Disney songs for guests in the open air theater in The American Adventure area of World Showcase.
Although Animation Academy is a classic offering, this drawing class has moved into the American Garden Theatre. Guests of all ages learn to draw Disney characters and bring their sketches home.
Final Thoughts On Taste Of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2021
Much has changed at Disney World after reopening, but I am very excited that many of the best parts of Epcot Festival of the Arts are returning for 2021. The Expression Section: Paint-By-Number Mural, Artful Photo Ops, and performance options keep this our favorite Epcot festival.
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