Epcot Festival of the Arts Seminars 2020

Have you ever wanted to know how to draw like the Disney pros? During the incredible Epcot Festival of the Arts seminars, you’ll get the opportunity to learn unique drawing tips from artists across the globe.

From January 17th through February 24th of 2020, you’ll be able to participate in workshops that will teach you not only basic character sketches, but also how to create 3D paper crafts, the techniques of ink & paint and so much more!

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Epcot Festival of the Arts Food Canada Smoked Salmon Tartare (1)
Festival of the Arts Canada Smoked Salmon Tartare

What is the Epcot International Festival of the Arts?

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is Disney’s way of combining the creativity of arts and food in only a way Disney can do!

It’s also a place where accomplished professionals show you unique tricks of the trade at hands-on workshops and seminars.

Epcot Festival of the Arts Food Canada Triple Chocolate Mousse with Gold Shavings
Festival of the Arts Canada Triple Chocolate Mousse with Gold Shavings

How does the Epcot Festival of the Arts differ from the other park festivals?

This artistic festival is different from the other Epcot Festivals in many ways. Not only is everything a bit over-the-top, there are other characteristics that you may notice below:

  • Instead of Garden Rocks Concert series at Flower & Garden Festival and the Eat to the Beat concert series at Food & Wine Festival, there’s Disney on Broadway Concert series for the Festival of the Arts
  • Prices are much higher for the Epcot Festival of the Arts food
  • The temperatures are incredible in Florida during the Festival of the Arts which makes it the perfect time to visit Walt Disney World
  • Although there are paid workshops, most of the offerings for Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts are included with theme park admission
Epcot Festival of the Arts Deconstructed Reuben
Festival of the Arts Deconstructed Reuben

Things to Know About the Epcot Festival of the Arts Seminars

Before we go through the full schedule, let’s go through a few of the most common questions I get asked about the seminars each year.

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Where will the Epcot Festival of the Arts Seminars take place?

For the 2020 year, the workshops and seminars will take place inside the World Showplace Events Pavilion which is located between the U.K. Pavilion and Canada Pavilion.

Festival of the Arts Seminars Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake
Festival of the Arts Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake

What time are the seminars for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts?

The workshops will occur on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. during the event.

Epcot Festival of the Arts Community Canvas with Disney Guests Gathering Paint Sample to Participate
Epcot Festival of the Arts Community Canvas

How much at the Epcot Festival of the Arts Seminars?

This year the workshops are not included in your theme park admission ticket and will cost $45 per guest, plus tax.

You can call (407) WDW-FEST or (407) 939-3378 book your spot for one of the festival seminars this year.

Epcot Festival of the Arts Seminars Schedule for 2020

Festival of the Arts Seminars at Epcot Gallery Bites A Trio of Hor d'Oeuvres
Festival of the Arts Gallery Bites  A Trio of Hor d’Oeuvres

Now that we have the basic details out of the way, let’s go through the full schedule for the seminars and what you can expect at this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

Ink & Paint Animation

This seminar will take place on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and will show you how to create your own Ink & Paint Cel with Lynn Rippberger, a Disney Animation Ink and Paint Artist.

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The Ink & Paint Animation Schedule:

  • January 18, 2020 – Mickey Mouse
  • Jan. 25, 2020 – Minnie Mouse
  • February 1, 2020 – Donald Duck
  • Feb. 8, 2020 – Pluto
  • February 15, 2020 – Goofy
  • February 22, 2020 – Mickey Mouse
Festival of the Arts Seminars at Epcot Pan-seared Scallop in creamy red sauce.
Festival of the Arts Pan-seared Scallop

Disney 3D Paper Crafting

This seminar will take place on Sunday January 19th at 10 a.m. and will show you how to create your own dimensional paper artwork with Dave Avanzino of Dave Avanzino Designs, Inc.

Gesture Drawing Basics: “Story Telling Drawings”

This seminar will take place on Sundays at 10 a.m. and will show you how to quick sketch with Todd Bright of Bright Animation.

Todd Bright has worked on a variety of Disney projects such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, MulanTarzanLilo & Stitch and Brother Bear

The Gesture Drawings Basics Schedule:

  • January 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
  • February 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Epcot Festival of the Arts Seminars Japan Chirasi Sushi and Haupia Pearl
Festival of the Arts Japan Chirasi Sushi and Haupia Pearl

Animation 101: Flip Book Fundamentals

This seminar will take place on Sundays at 10 a.m. and will show you how to make your animation come to life with Todd Bright of Bright Animation.

The Animation 101 Schedule:

  • February 2, 2020
  • Feb. 23, 2020

Doodling with Viz

This seminar will take place on Sunday, February 9th at 10 a.m. and will show you how to doodle like a pro with Gregg “Viz” Visintainer of Viz Art Ink.

What to Know Before You Go to Epcot Festival of the Arts

Epcot Festival of the Arts Live Art Sculpture with Woman Standing Next to Gray Dolphin
Festival of the Arts Live Art

How much does Epcot cost?

A one-day REGULAR season Epcot ticket starts at $109* (prices do fluctuate based on the season).

What are the Best Rides at Epcot for Adults

  • Soarin Around the World
  • Living with the Land
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • Mission Space
  • Frozen Ever After
UK Pavilion at Epcot with Captain Hook topiary angry at Peter Pan

How many countries does Epcot have?

There are 11 (eleven) countries in Epcot.

What are the countries in Epcot?

  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • America (United States)
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
Epcot theme park with globe

Do you need a separate ticket for Epcot Festival of the Arts?

You do not need an additional ticket to participate in the Festival of the Arts.

If you plan on doing any of the special dining experiences, then you will have to pay additional fee.

Can you use snack credits at Epcot Festival of the Arts?

You sure can!

The snack credit can be used for most food items under $5.49. Simple snacks include pastries, ice cream bars, water bottles and soda.

Learn more ways on how to maximize your Disney Dining Plan here!

Epcot Festival of the Arts Artists Painting on the World Showcase Pathway

Where are the best places to have a drink Epcot?

Like everywhere in the park and I mean that.

Nothing else needs to follow…

I will say that Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italy Pavilion and La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion are the absolute best places to chill and enjoy a drink.

If it’s not too crowded.

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Drinking Around the World Epcot Passport

What are the best drinks at Epcot?

My top 5 must have alcoholic beverages are:

  1. Avocado Margarita from La Cava del Tequila in Mexico
  2. Mediterranean Journey for Spice Road Table in Morocco
  3. Leaping Leprechaun from Rose & Crown Pub in United Kingdom
  4. Apple Ice Wine from the Trading Post in Canada
  5. Tokyo Sunset from Kabuki Cafe in Japan

You can read more of the best drinks at Epcot here!

Final Thoughts

I hope this post helped guide you towards a great experience at the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

Don’t worry if you’re not able to see and do everything. I just want you to have fun and enjoy exploring all the different countries.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the festival? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping!

NikkyJ

(Original Article Date: January 26, 2018/Updated November 22, 2019)

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