Guide to the 2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

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Guide to the 2023 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is returning to Walt Disney World in 2023! The festival will run from January 13 through February 20, 2023. Take a look at all of the entertainment, food, and experiences you can enjoy during the festival!

Related – Disney On Broadway Concert Series is Returning to Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2023

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Disney on Broadway Concert Series

Get swept away by the songs you love during DISNEY ON BROADWAY performances at EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. Sit back and sing along with show-stopping numbers from legendary Disney musicals. 

Concert Details

  • Dates – January 13 through February 20, 2023
  • Times – Starting at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM
  • Location – America Gardens Theatre at EPCOT

2023 Concert Series

Make a date to see these Broadway stars live in concert: 

Kara Lindsay (Newsies) and Kevin Massey (Tarzan)

  • January 13
  • January 15 through 16
  • January 19 through 20

Arielle Jacobs (Aladdin) and Adam Jacobs (Aladdin)

  • January 14
  • January 17 through 18
  • January 21 through 22

Patti Murin (Frozen) and Robert Creighton (Frozen)

  • January 23
  • January 25 through 26
  • January 29 through 30
  • February 2 through 3

Mandy Gonzalez (Aida) and L. Steven Taylor (The Lion King)

  • January 24
  • January 27 through 28
  • January 31 through February 1
  • February 4 through 5

Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and Michael James Scott (Aladdin)

  • February 6
  • February 8 through 9
  • February 12 through 13
  • February 16 through 17

Kissy Simmons (The Lion King) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)

  • February 7
  • February 10 through 11
  • February 14 through 15
  • February 18 through 19

Plus, on February 20, 2023, give a standing ovation for an extended finale featuring Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Kissy Simmons and Michael James Scott!

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Food Studios

Discover colorful fare that paints an exquisite picture of gastronomical perfection—only at EPCOT!

Art critics and gourmands alike can enjoy a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Explore a world where food imitates art as the epicurean elite converge to create mouthwatering magic that rivals the masters.

Choose from an array of Festival food studios:

The Artist’s Table (American Adventure)
Treat your senses to artistically elevated comfort foods—like meatloaf, dumplings, hummingbird cake and more. Pair your dish with beer or a glass of wine.

The Craftsman’s Courtyard (Near Disney Traders)
Enjoy carefully crafted classics, like beef Wellington and roasted mussels—as well as a flavorful beer or cocktail.

Deco Delights (Near Port of Entry)
Satisfy your sweet tooth with sleek desserts inspired by Art Deco, from the gilded glamour of the roaring 20’s to the bright pastels of Miami Beach.

The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry)
Rediscover your favorite dishes fragmented and presented in a playful way—like a BLT, French onion soup and key lime pie.

El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)
A fiesta of flavor awaits! Delight in classic Mexican fare—from savory carne asada to creamy coconut flan.

Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food and Little Sparks of Magic – NEW!
Sweeten your day with colorful treats, like fruit pizza, rainbow cake and the Pop’t Art—a sugar cookie with a fun twist. You’ll also find a variety of beers and hard ciders.

Goshiki (Japan)
Celebrate the Japanese culinary arts with delectable dishes featuring “the 5 colors” of Japanese cuisine. Highlights include sushi donuts, daifuku mochi and sake.

Gourmet Landscapes (Canada)
Savor stunning dishes artfully composed with the finest ingredients that have been farmed and foraged from the land. Enjoy wild mushroom risotto, beet tartare and more.

L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise (France)
Discover delicious French treats and baked goods, from savory to sweet—including a black winter truffle croissant and warm brie in a bread bowl. Pair your dish with a French wine or frozen martini.

L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)
Indulge in Baroque cuisine, prepared with rich color and dramatic flavor. This food studio serves up fried mozzarella, ravioli and more.

Moderne (Near Test Track Presented by Chevrolet®)
Embark on a culinary journey with avant-garde menu items, including compressed watermelon, soft-shell crab and more.

The Painted Panda (China)
Enjoy decorative cuisine inspired by magnificent Chinese art, like General Tso’s chicken shumai or the char siu pork bun. Plus, sip bubble tea, Chinese-inspired cocktails and other refreshing beverages.

Pastoral Palate (Germany)
Help yourself to hearty dishes inspired by the rustic settings where Bavarian Folk Art was painted. Indulge in wild boar cassoulet, a red wine-braised beef short rib and more.

Pop Eats (Near Port of Entry)
Delight in mouthwatering masterpieces inspired by the most captivating Pop Art of the 20th century. Highlights include tomato soup with grilled cheese, as well as the colorful almond frangipane cake.

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)
Take your taste buds on a Moroccan adventure as you enjoy delectable dishes like grilled kebabs, almond phyllo pockets and more. Pair your dish with hard cider or the chai tea mint mimosa.

Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina (Between Morocco & France)
Feast on authentic Colombian cuisine inspired by the Disney animated film Encanto—like spicy ajiaco soup or a house-made empanada with chorizo.

Additional Locations
Delight your appetite with mouthwatering morsels, nibbles and noshes from these year-round food stops—each offering special menu items in addition to the regular menu.

  • Refreshment Port (near Canada)Serving poutine, the Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie and refreshing beverages
  • Refreshment Outpost: Serving plant-based bratwurst, the Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie and assorted beers
  • Funnel Cake: Serving a specialty funnel cake
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company (all 4 in-park locations): Serving a unique art-inspired beverage at each location
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Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine

Set out on a tasty stroll around EPCOT featuring 7 vibrant dishes—and one technicolor treat to enjoy at the end of your journey.

Use the Festival Passport as your guide to look for specially notated menu items, then track your progress by collecting a stamp after each purchase. After you’ve enjoyed at least 5 of the 7 artistic dishes—and collected the corresponding stamps—bring your Festival Passport to the Deco Delights Food Studio to receive a complimentary Artist Palette Cookie.

The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Locations

At each location, delight in a delicious dish while collecting stamps representing all the colors of the rainbow.

  • Gourmet Landscapes – Red Stamp
  • Blood Orange-Braised Beet Tartare with Mustard Vinaigrette, Pickled Clamshell Mushrooms and Golden Beets
  • Moderne (NEW) – Orange Stamp
  • Pan-Seared Scallops with Vanilla-Butternut Squash Purée, Brown Butter Cauliflower Purée and Lime Foam
  • Vibrante & Vivido: Encanto Cocina – Yellow Stamp
  • Chorizo and Potato Empanada with Turmeric Aïoli and Annatto Aïoli
  • The Deconstructed Dish – Green Stamp
  • Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key Lime Curd, “Key Lime” Mousse, Graham Cracker Cake and Meringues
  • Deco Delights – Blue Stamp
  • Orange Mousse with Lemon Cake and Raspberry Meringues
  • Pop Eats – Indigo Stamp
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Belgian Chocolate
  • Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food and Little Sparks of Magic (NEW) – Violet Stamp
  • Pop’t Art: Sugar Cookie with Blueberry Filling

The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine can be completed at your leisure, and you can even bring back your stamped Festival Passport to EPCOT any time through February 20, 2023 to complete your stroll.

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Hear harmonious musical performances daily in World Showcase Plaza.

Featured musicians include:

  • Nicholas Marks, playing guitar Thursday through Saturday
  • Victor Espinola, playing harp Monday through Friday
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Art Defying Gravity

Witness incredible displays of strength, grace, acrobatics and agility.

Performances take place in World Showcase Plaza, Saturday through Wednesday during the Festival.

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Visual Art in Performance

Watch in awe as an artist paints a Disney character in mere minutes.

Featured artists include:

Trevor Carlton

  • January 14 to January 17
  • February 3 to February 6
  • February 10 to February 13
  • February 17 to February 21

Stephen Fishwick

  • January 27 to January 30

Trevor Carlton & Stephen Fishwick in a Dueling Artist Format

  • January 20 to January 23

This experience takes place in World Showcase Plaza, Thursday through Sunday and on select Mondays during the Festival.

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Animation Academy

Learn how to draw a Disney Character during this session led by an animation artist! 

Stop by America Gardens Theatre from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM daily for an Animation Academy session with one of these artists: 

  • Will Gay
  • Lon Smart
  • Ron Cohee
  • Matthew Dewater
  • Brian Blackmore
  • Sarah Schmidt
  • David Holbrook
  • Michael Montgomery
  • Alex Maher
  • Andy Quiles
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Expression Section: A Paint by Numbers Mural

Leave your creative mark on a larger-than-life wall mural. 

Visit the Expression Section booth to pick up paint, a brush, and your assigned number. Then, paint a few squares of our massive mural that correspond with your paint color—from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. 

Watch in awe as the wall fills with color—to eventually reveal a beautiful mural. 

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Artful Photo Ops

Step into an artistic backdrop and strike a pose for a fantastic photo. 

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: Peter Pan Storybook
  • Italy Pavilion Courtyard: Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli
  • Bridge to World Showcase: Café Terrace at Night and Sunflowers – Vincent van Gogh
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Kids Chalk Art

Kids, create your very own chalk-art masterpiece! 

This experience is offered at the bridge to World Showcase Plaza from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

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Chalk Art Galleries

Watch imaginative chalk artists at work—taking inspiration from great art and the world around them. Chalk art galleries are located along the bridge to World Showcase Plaza.

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Figment’s Brush with the Masters

Help Figment learn about art on this scavenger hunt around World Showcase. 

To get started, purchase your map and stickers (while supplies last) for $9.99 plus tax at one of the following stores: 

  • Creations Shop
  • Port of Entry
  • World Traveler

Then, search for Figment hiding inside art inspired by famous works 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 or World Traveler for an artful small keepsake!

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Drawing on Inspiration: Celebrating 50 Years of Magic

Behold dazzling depictions of Walt Disney World attractions illustrated by Disney Imagineers. 

This artful exhibit is located near Creations Shop in World Celebration.

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Chalk Full of Characters

Look for charming chalk drawings of Disney characters around World Showcase. From Abu to Jiminy Cricket, an array of familiar faces wait to be discovered. How many can you find?

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