Visual Arts Review ~ 2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Updated: Feb 3
Stop for a photo at the main entrance and be sure to check out
the newly reimagined entrance fountain
My brief trip to Walt Disney World this week was a much needed break from the grey skies of Northeast Ohio. I went specifically to check out the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts and my only wish is that I would have planned another day or two to enjoy it! Yesterday I covered highlights of the culinary arts, so today I’m sharing many of the visual arts included as part of this year’s festival.
Once you enter the park, you’re instantly aware that something special is going on. As you walk through Future World, the first new addition you’ll see is the Expression Section. This large paint-by-number mural is complimentary for all guests. Stop by the neighboring kiosk, select a paint color and then a Cast Member will assign you to a section of the mural to add your own artistic touch. Fun fact: it takes about 2-3 days to fill up a mural and once complete, they’re promptly replaced with a new one.
Pick out your favorite color of paint and head over to the mural
to add your own artistic touch
Guests are invited to fill up to 5 squares in their assigned section of the mural
I was assigned to the section with Figment!
As you make your way to Showcase Plaza, you’ll find incredibly talented chalk artists beautifying the bridge with replicas of famous works of art (and even a few of your favorite Disney characters)! Make sure you look for the 3-D chalk art and pose for a photo!
You'll find Anna & Elsa among famous works of art, all brought to life through chalk
I highly recommend taking the time to watch these artists in action
The 3-D chalk art is even more impressive in person
Here you can jump right in to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party!
Throughout Future World you’ll also find tons of opportunities to capture fun photos. From butterfly wings to Figment ears, it’s the perfect spot to grab that one-of-a-kind selfie. You can also step into famous works of art throughout the park. From Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to the Mona Lisa and Edvard Munch’s The Scream (among many others) you can make yourself a part of these beloved works of art.
You'll find butterfly wings in all shapes, colors and sizes...perfect for grabbing a unique photo
Step into the Mona Lisa or Edvard Munch's "The Scream"
and become part of these masterpieces
Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus"
“Chalk full of Character” is another fun addition to the festival, bringing characters like Jimmy Cricket and Abu to World Showcase pavilions. Keep an eye out for these special guests in each country.
I found a bunch! I won't spoil them all, though
You'll find Abu up to no good in Morocco
If you’re looking for the perfect work of art to bring home, you’ll find plenty of options here. Visiting artists can be found sharing their creations in booths throughout the park. They’ll also happily sign their creations for you!
There are endless options to bring a unique work of art home with you
If you'd like to test your own artistic hand, make sure you work in one of the daily offerings of Animation Academy. When I was there this week they were scheduled daily at 12:30 and 1:30 PM in the America Gardens Theatre. You're given a clipboard, paper and pencil and a Disney animator expertly guides you through how to draw an iconic Disney character. It's open to all ages and gives you a special souvenir to bring home. For my session, we drew Elliott from Pete's Dragon.
Most classes last about 20-30 minutes and offer a great opportunity
to get off your feet during a busy park day
My masterpiece! Don't worry, I won't quit my day job
The Festival of the Arts takes place daily through February 22nd and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
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