International Festival of the Arts was running at EPCOT during our stay and neither Fiona or myself had experienced this particular one before… It appears to be a slightly diluted version of the Food & Wine festival but with added artwork from various artists.
For those that have never experienced any of the EPCOT Festivals, these tend to be based around the World Showcase Lagoon, with each country contributing artwork, food, drinks or crafts based around their culture or tradition. In the case of the International Festival of the Arts, it was based around artwork as well as a variety of traditional dishes and alcohol.
For each festival you can obtain a Festival Passport and this one was no different, it acts as a guidebook, are free and you can pick them up at the park entrances and most of the merchandise locations.
Firstly let’s talk about the Festival Passport and some of the themed activities you can take part in;
Art Walk – Free – It’s free and takes up the back few pages of your Festival of the Arts Passport booklet (starting on page 25), as you make your way around World Showcase you’ll find unique galleries and cultural displays within each country. Located at each of these is an Art Walk Artists Pallet where you’ll find wax crayons and an engraving to take a rubbing from. Conveniently there’s space at the back of the passport for you to do this and keep track of where you’ve visited – there are also clues to where each is located – some are harder to locate than others!
You’ll find the engravings at;
- American Adventure
- United Kingdom
I’ve included photos of ours which we collected as we went, unfortunately not all of them are quite so clear as some seemed to have been used more than others and had slightly worn away.
Artful Photo Ops – Free if you have Disney’s Photo Pass – Throughout the world showcase are famous artworks which you can step inside and have your photo taken by Disney’s professional photographers. Of course, you can always take your own photos but if you have Disney’s Photo Pass / Memory Maker it’s free!
The Food – In addition to the usual food options around World Showcase there’s a number of festival-only eateries and pop up stands serving some amazing food and drinks!
Free Stickers – The Passport also contains a bunch of stickers which you’re meant to use to show you’ve been to various places and stick them into the pages as you experience them.
What We Thought
Some of the artwork on display was unique to the festival, including an amazing one of EPCOTs World Showcase with a number of hidden Mickeys and hidden EPCOT elements included. Prints of the artwork were reasonably affordable, the one I got of the artwork we both liked was under $50.
Kids and Adults will enjoy completing the brass rubbings, I can see it working well as a way to keep kids occupied while visiting the various art areas, although there were more adults doing it than kids when we visited.
Overall while there were some unique artworks and some pop-up food locations around World Showcase we both agree that we wouldn’t visit specifically for the ‘Festival’ – but then we do live a 10-hour flight away and I would say the Festivals themselves are more aimed at bringing in locals during the traditional quiet periods for the park!