Interactive Art Experiences at EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts
The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is an annual celebration of culinary, performing, and visual arts. That means you can enjoy creative dining, view inspiring performances, and appreciate fine art of all different types during a Festival that spans several weeks in January and February.
The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts runs from January 8 through February 22 in 2021!
One of the most engaging aspects of the Festival of the Arts is several interactive art experiences. For 2021, we know some of these artful experiences will be back!
Let’s take a look at all the fun you can have — and the art you can create — at the Festival of the Arts!
Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
Each year, the Festival of the Arts offers Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt. This family-friendly experience has you finding fine art pieces throughout World Showcase. First, you’ll purchase a map ($7.99) that comes with stickers you’ll place whenever you find one of the art pieces pictured.
The Scavenger Hunt takes you all around World Showcase with eleven spots to explore!
Once you’ve completed the Scavenger Hunt, return with your completed map, and collect your prize! For 2021, the prize is a 3D puzzle featuring Figment, Donald, Mickey, or Chip ‘n’ Dale!
Expression Section: A Paint By Number Mural
The biggest interactive art experience is the Paint By Number Mural (location to be announced when the festival begins). This mural is comprised of thousands of small squares, each awaiting a designated color.
You’ll see a cast member to get your supplies, which consist of a numbered cup of paint and a brush.
Then you’ll paint your own little square on the massive mural. Paint By Number is a free experience, and it’s a wonderful depiction of how beautiful things can be when we all work together.
Spin Art Experience
New in 2020, the Spin Art Experience is a unique way to create a nostalgic piece of art — and it’s back for 2021!
The instructions are straightforward: select four paint colors, write your name on the canvas…
…and then get on a bike! That’s the spin on this Spin Art. You’ll create it by pedaling on the bike, thus spinning the canvas inside the shallow drum.
The resulting artwork is an explosion of color. And bonus: you get a little workout to justify all those bites you’re enjoying at the Food Studios. 😉
If you prefer not to bike, there is a tabletop Spin Art, too.
For some artsy fun that’s kid-centric, head to Future World West for chalk art from 10AM to 4PM daily.
During this free experience kids can channel their inner artists, grab a piece of chalk, and leave their mark on EPCOT!
Artful Photo Ops
Confirmed for 2021, if you want to get really into the art, search the Park for Artful Photo Ops. These are fine art displays with a subject or more missing — and that means you get to go into the art!
Click here for our full listing of last year’s Artful Photo Ops!
Chalk Full of Character
With Chalk Full of Character, the whole family can keep track of how many chalk drawings of iconic Disney characters they can find!
Whether you’re looking for Abu, Lumiere, or Jiminy Cricket, your art search will take you into each of the World Showcase pavilions where you’ll have to do some serious looking to spot your chalky friends!
Bonus: You’ll find 3D and 2D chalk art throughout the Park, too!
And it’s impressive! Don’t miss out on browsing these beauties.
Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine
Confirmed for 2021, if you’re looking to interact with art that’s made for your taste buds, the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine is just right for you! This experience was new for 2020, and upon its return in 2021, the Wonderful Walk requires you to try five colorful bites from the Festival’s Food Studios (aka food booths). Find the page in your Festival Passport where you’ll affix stickers each time you purchase one of the five dishes.
Once you’ve enjoyed everything from a Deconstructed BLT to a rose panna cotta, you’ll return to Decadent Delights with your completed palette of stamps for a complimentary treat!
The good news is, if you plan to make multiple trips to the Festival of the Arts, you can complete your Wonderful Walk over time. Just complete the page in your Passport by February 22. (Disney notes that this is only while supplies last, so keep that in mind when you’re planning.)
The Animation Academy was new in 2020, and it’s back for 2021! This activity gives budding artists the chance to learn how to draw Disney-related sketches twice a day. The Animation Academy is free, but seating for the experience is first come, first served.
Disney artists will provide large-group instruction in the America Garden Theater at 12:30PM and 1:30PM each day of the Festival. The first session is described as being a little easier, so if you’ve got a young artist with you, that one might be more his/her speed.
Whichever session you attend, you’ll walk away with some made-by-you art and invaluable lessons on drawing animated characters!
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