Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2018

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Welcome - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

One of my favorite Disney World events is back!

The 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicked of this past Friday, and runs through February 19th. I’m hoping this post will give you a “flavor” of what you can expect should you be visiting Walt Disney World soon.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Entrance - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Decorated flower beds greet you at the entrance to Epcot, along with a reminder of the social-media hashtag Disney is hoping you’ll use for the event.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Mural - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

The large paint-by-numbers mural is back this year, where each guest who wants to participate is given a dab of paint and instructions on which squares to fill in.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Photo Opportunity - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Festival photo ops abound. This one is located just before the bridge leading from Future World to the World Showcase.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Photo Opportunity - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Here’s another one, located inside World Showcase itself. If you ever wanted be included in a work of art, here’s your chance lol.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Living Statue Lady - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Living sculptures are located near the Future World fountain.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Living Sculputure Explorer - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Decadent Delights Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Like the other Epcot festivals, this one provides a wide array of individual food, dessert, and beverage items for your consumption. These are sold at various kiosks located around World Showcase, as well as in the Odyssey Building, which is serving as the Festival’s headquarters.

Above is the menu for the Decadent Delights kiosk, located near the entrance to World Showcase.

(As usual, click on any of these pictures for a larger view.)

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Deconstructed Dish Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

The Deconstructed Dish menu.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Deconstructed Reuben - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Meet the Deconstructed Reuben. A returning offering from last year, I found this quite good, even though I’m not a huge fan of corned beef. The pickles and other garnishes provide a nice counter balance to the mellow flavor of the beef itself.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

The Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake. Yum.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Masterpiece Kitchen Kiosk - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

These kiosks have become more or less permanent fixtures now with all of the festivals Epcot sees in a year.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Masterpiece Kitchen Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Wild Mushroom Risotto - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

The Wild Mushroom Risotto at the Masterpiece Kitchen was good, but probably not worth the $9.00 price tag. Higher prices seem to be a theme of this year’s festival, unfortunately.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Triple Chocolate Mousse - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Triple Chocolate Mousse @ $9.25. Again, this was very good, but the price tag leaves a bit of sticker shock.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - L'art de la Cuisine Francaise Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

The menu for the France kiosk…

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Mosaic Canteen Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

…as well as Morocco,

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Takumi Table Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Japan,

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - The Artist's Table Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

America,

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - L'Arte di Mangiare Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

… and Italy.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Beef Short Ribs - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

I somehow missed getting a picture of the kiosk located near Germany. The Braised Short Rib is very good, with the balsamic glaze providing an acidic balance to the rest of the dish.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - The Painted Panda Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Above is the menu for the kiosk near China.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - El Artista Hambriento Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

And here’s the menu for Mexico.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Atole de Fresa and Mexican Concha Bread - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

We tried the Atole de Fresa and Mexican Concha Bread. An “okay” dessert if you’re looking for something that’s not overly sweet.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Pop Eats! Kiosk - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Pop Eats! Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Speaking of overly sweet, those Pop’t Art sugar cookies shown at the bottom of the above menu run the risk of sending you into a high blood-sugar coma.

Consider yourself warned.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - The Painter's Palate Menu - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

The Painter’s Palate is located inside the Odyssey building.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Spark! - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

A nice little art display is also located here.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Art of Disney Attraction Posters - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Attraction Posters - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

These posters based on Disney attractions are pretty cool.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - More Attraction Posters - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - ArtfulEpcot Hashtag - Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

And we’re done!

One final note: If you’re using RideMax to plan your day at Epcot during the festival, my advice would be to set your desired starting and end times in RideMax, but with no scheduled “breaks” in the plan. If you just include a few attractions, this should leave you with a large block of “free time” in the plan, which you can use to visit the kiosks and displays for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

Bon App├ętit!

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