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 14 through February 21 in 2022!
Some of the most engaging aspects of the Festival of the Arts are the several interactive art experiences available. For 2022, we know 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 ($9.99, plus tax) 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! You’ll receive a paint-your-own Disney character, including Figment!
Expression Section: A Paint By Numbers Mural
The biggest interactive art experience is the Paint By Number Mural. 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. The paint-by-numbers mural is available in World Nature. It will be available daily from 11AM to 5PM.
Spin Art Experience
New in 2020, the Spin Art Experience is a unique way to create a nostalgic piece of art. It’s back for 2022!
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.
Chalk Art Galleries
For some artsy fun that’s kid-centric, look for some chalk art. We expect that some of these epic chalk art creations will be in World Celebration.
Kids’ Chalk Art
During this free experience, kids can channel their inner artists, grab a piece of chalk, and leave their mark on EPCOT! In 2022, the kid’s chalk art area will be in World Nature, near The Land. It will be available daily from 11AM to 4PM.
Artful Photo Ops
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 the Artful Photo Ops coming in 2022!
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
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 2022, 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 Key Lime Pie to a House-made Chorizo and Potato Empanada, you’ll return to Deco Delights with your completed palette of stamps for a complimentary reward.
Check out the full list of items that will be on the 2022 Wonderful Walk of Cuisine.
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 21st. (Disney typically 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 returns in 2022! This activity gives budding artists the chance to learn how to draw Disney-related sketches. Typically it is offered 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 Gardens Theatre 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 their 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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