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2018 Epcot® International Festival of the Arts: The Visual Arts

A highly stylized painting that depicts 3 different faces of Mickey Mouse

Surround yourself with remarkable Disney art—at this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

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Portrait of the Artists

Acquire new skills, visit exhibits and witness exceptional talent that proves the power of imagination!

Our smorgasbord of visual treats is sure to please! Peruse pure Disney brilliance at stunning exhibitions you’ll never forget. Visiting galleries will spotlight artists who infuse their distinctive styles into every brushstroke, with pieces from Darren Wilson, Greg McCullough and David Doss, to name a few.

Learn the latest creative techniques and tricks of the trade during hands-on workshops and complimentary seminars with accomplished professionals—from animation drawing and calligraphy to watermelon carving and other subjects that offer attendees a brand-new way to express themselves!

Keep your eyes peeled for art-inspired photo opportunities and Festival merchandise that provides a great way to remember your visit. How’s that for fine art turned fun?

Visual Arts Highlights

  • Animation Academy
  • Artful photo ops
  • Art on demand
  • Commemorative merchandise
  • Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
  • Gallery shows
  • Hands-on wall mural
  • Workshops and seminars with visiting artists

Event Details

  • Locations throughout Epcot
  • Daily, January 12 to February 19
  • Epcot admission required
  • Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice

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Must-See Exhibits

Admire colorfully curated collections from Disney artists old and new!

Contemplate original works that exude nothing short of pure brilliance. These special shows provide an up-close look at the techniques that catapulted these creatives into superstardom!

Featured Exhibits

  • Disney’s Iconic Artists
    Study pieces that are responsible for creating so many childhood memories.
  • Disney-Inspired Original Art
    Take home original artwork created by some of Disney’s most beloved artists.

Featured Exhibit Details

  • Odyssey Festival Showplace
  • Daily, January 12 to February 19
  • Exhibits open from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Epcot admission required
  • Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice

Pavilion Exhibits

  • American Heritage Gallery – American Adventure
    Journey through 400 years of African-American achievement.
  • Art of Disney – Future World West
    Purchase work by popular Disney artists as well as Festival merchandise.
  • Bijutsu-kan Gallery – Japan
    Delve into the origin and evolution of “kawaii,” Japan’s cute culture.
  • Gallery of Arts and History – Morocco
    Check out the unique designs of time-honored crafts.
  • House of the Whispering Willows – China
    Discover the wonders of the new Shanghai Disney Resort.
  • Mexico Folk Art Gallery – Mexico
    Celebrate the artistry and traditions of Día de Muertos.
  • Stave Church Gallery – Norway
    Observe art representational of the culture that influenced Disney’s Frozen.
  • Chalk Gallery – World Showcase
    See forced perspective chalk art with a three-dimensional look and watch imaginative artists recreate works by famous masters.

Pavilion Exhibit Details

  • Various pavilions throughout World Showcase, Epcot
  • Daily, January 12 to February 19
  • Exhibits open from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Epcot admission required
  • Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice

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Stimulating Seminars

Sit in on complimentary talks featuring popular Disney artists and illustrators, and local artists.

Enlightenment is the key to everything! Join our esteemed professionals—each proficient in various disciplines—as they explain the basics behind their art. In addition, attendees will glean helpful hints and tricks of the trade that allow them to start dreaming outside the box!

Learn more about seminars with visiting artists and studios.

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Professional Workshops

Channel your inner Picasso—pick up tips, tricks and valuable creative techniques from the experts!

The teacher is in! Knowledge is power and in our classroom setting, “students” can unleash their talents by learning a variety of artistic techniques—including animation drawing, flower arranging, calligraphy and more. Take a seat and open your mind!

Learn more about workshops with visiting artists and studios.

With a lake and Spaceship Earth as the backdrop, an easel holds artwork featuring Belle reading a book

Artful Photo Ops

Strike a pose for masterpiece pics while our PhotoPass “paparazzi” work their magic!

Ready for your close-up? Cross the Delaware with George Washington, scream along with Edvard Munch and flash your best Mona Lisa smile at immersive photo stops that let you “step into” some of the most-admired artwork from around the world—located throughout World Showcase.

Rows of Festival of the Arts tumblers feature Figment the dragon holding a paintbrush

Event Merchandise and Visiting Artists

Commemorate your visit with artwork and colorful gift items—it’s the perfect way to make memories last forever!

Fan the flames of inspiration! Artists representing Disney and visiting galleries will assemble during the course of the Festival to demonstrate their skills while exhibiting original art. Each weekend provides a unique experience for collectors as well as Disney enthusiasts to meet and greet the artists, purchase original pieces and watch creativity come to life on the spot! One-of-a-kind “art on demand” as well as original paintings and reproductions will be available at the Art of Disney and throughout the park. It’s easy to find a style that speaks to you—there’s a trove of aesthetic riches to choose from!

In addition, you can stop by locations throughout World Showcase and Future World Plaza for special merchandise featuring the Festival’s logo—from mugs to tee shirts, totes and more. It’s a great way to keep cherished memories alive until next year!

Festival Merchandise Locations

  • Art of Disney (Future World West)
  • Mouse Gear (Future World East)
  • Tents throughout the World Showcase

The corner walls of an art gallery are covered with a variety of paintings from different Disney artists

More to Explore

Take time out from the festivities to discover entertaining activities with an artistic twist!

Kids of all ages can slip away from the Festival of the Arts to check out these specially selected events—from a challenging scavenger hunt to the World Showcase tour and more.

Animation Academy
Experience the magic of Disney animation at this fun and informative drawing class taught by actual Disney artists. 

Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
Help Figment learn about art on this scavenger hunt around World Showcase!

To get started, purchase your map and stickers at Pin Central, Disney Traders or World Traveler. Then, search for Figment hiding inside famous works of art at each World Showcase pavilion—just look for the Figment-themed picture frame. Every time you find Figment, add the corresponding sticker to the pavilion on your map.

Once your journey is complete, return your map to Disney Traders for an artful surprise!

Hands-On Wall Mural
Head over to the World Showcase Plaza and watch art come alive on a giant mural created by Guests—so grab a paintbrush to join the fun!

Kidcot Fun Stops
Kids of all ages can enjoy an art-filled odyssey all around World Showcase!

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One-of-a-Kind Happenings

Find professional workshops and seminars to take your creative skills to the next level with our week-by-week calendar of events.

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