This year, I finally made it out to Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts! I wasn’t able to go in 2017, but I think I made up for it with three visits this year. This festival truly has something for everyone, and I’m so happy I was able to go a few times and experience so much of it. I also made sure to take plenty of photos during my visits so I could share them here! I’m already counting down until next year’s International Festival of the Arts, so without further ado, let’s get this photo diary started:
The International Festival of the Arts display at Epcot’s entrance is my favorite of any festival! I love the colorful rainbows and the fact that Figment is front and center. Honestly, can we just keep this up year round? If not, I’d be willing to pay a small fortune just to take one of the rainbows home with me. This year’s festival passport is as colorful and fun as the entrance display, and it’s filled with stickers and activities that bring the International Festival of the Arts to life! More on the passport and its activities later.
I also love the festive PhotoPass opportunity you can find on the way to the World Showcase. It’s so bright and colorful, and again, I wish we could leave it up all year!
It’s so neat to explore the various art kiosks throughout Epcot’s World Showcase! Some of them feature artists demonstrating their work to the crowds or answering questions, and there’s plenty of art for sale as well. That means you can directly support your favorite artists throughout the park! The sidewalk art near what’s left of the Universe of Energy (RIP) is also impressive.
There’s also several art displays that correspond to different character meet and greets throughout the World Showcase. My favorite was a portrait of Aurora in France, and I also loved the painting of the White Rabbit in the United Kingdom! The International Festival of the Arts does a fantastic job of seamlessly incorporating festival activities throughout the park in a way that only adds to the park’s theming.
Now onto my favorite part of any Epcot festival: the food! The kiosks for the International Festival of the Arts really impressed me, especially the few that I chose the highlight in this post. I’ve broken it down by location for clarity:
The Deconstructed Dish (Showcase Plaza)
I’m already mourning the loss of Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake in my life – I’m going to miss it SO much. This treat was probably the highlight of my foodie experience at the International Festival of the Arts! If I weren’t a terrible cook, I’d attempt making it at home. Unfortunately, I usually burn my toast, so it’s probably not worth the time.
The Painted Panda (China)
The Crispy Fried Shrimp from China’s Painted Panda kiosk was delicious, and I love the fact that it’s served in a wonton lotus flower! I also thought the Coconut Panda Rice Cake was adorable, although totally overpriced given its size. Still, it was so cute I had to include it in this post anyway!
Masterpiece Kitchen (Canada)
Canada’s Triple Chocolate Mousse was SO delicious, although it still came up second for me to the Deconstructed Cheesecake. Nonetheless, I can appreciate any dessert that features gold leaf as a garnish.
Epcot did an amazing job of sprinkling special themed experiences throughout the park for the International Festival of the Arts! I love the PhotoPass opportunities that let you step into various famous paintings throughout the World Showcase – especially the Renoir piece from France. I was also able to contribute to a giant paint-by-numbers mural at the World Showcase Plaza, which made me feel a lot more artistically accomplished than I really am
The highlight of the International Festival of the Arts activities for 2018 was, by far, the Animation Academy. It was so neat to learn from a real Disney animator, and I actually impressed myself when I saw my finished sketch of Stitch. Best of all, it was totally free! I wish I had gone more than once, but there’s always next year!
The last activity that I’ll mention is the Art Walk featured in the International Festival of the Arts passport. Throughout World Showcase, you can find palettes with crayons that you can use to reveal a piece of art right on your passport page! I’m a big fan of how many free activities this festival features, especially given the price of admission for a day at Epcot. I hope next year they keep all of these activities around!
That about wraps up my 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts photo diary! I hope you guys enjoyed this post – I’m going to do one for every Epcot festival from now on! If you want to follow along with my Disney adventures in real time, definitely check out my Instagram and Twitter. Until the next post!