The Photo Ops You Can’t Miss at This Year’s EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

This winter is an exciting time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort with the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts happening now and running through February 20, 2023. The festival brings with it several returning favorite elements like the Disney on BROADWAY Concert Series, the ever-so-popular Figment popcorn bucket, live art demonstrations, outdoor kitchens, and so much more.

One of the most underrated aspects of the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts (along with the interactive paint-by-number mural) is the plethora of photo ops around this Disney Park. With some featuring uniquely Disney Magic Shots and others allowing Guests to step into sets inspired by famous works of art, they are simply not to be missed.

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The Disney Parks Blog shared the latest updates to the photo op lineup at this year’s festival, and even feature Magic Shots with Figment himself! Grab your camera (or consider purchasing Memory Maker), and let’s take a look at the backdrops you can’t miss this year…

First up, Figment Magic Shots! You can find three Magic Shots by Disney PhotoPass photographers at this year’s Festival of the Arts. The Figment Wings and Flying Figment Magic Shots can be done at most PhotoPass locations around this Disney Park (just ask your photographer to confirm).

Our favorite photo op with Figment though has to be the Figment Chalk Art shot. You can have this one taken near the entrance to the theme park and nearby the entrance to World Showcase by the Monorail beam.

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Before you stray too far from the main entrance of EPCOT, be sure to stop for a 360-degree shot. This photo op is available for the first time at night at this year’s event (and during the day, too) maybe for a unique shot you can only get at the Festival of the Arts.

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Artful Step-in Frames allow Guests to become a part of major works of art. They can be some of the most fun photo ops at the festival, and are “magical” without extra enhancements by Disney PhotoPass photographers (though using Disney’s camera can still be worth it for the high quality photo that gets everyone in the picture.)

Works of art featured in the Artful Step-in Frames include pieces like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Washington Crossing the Delaware, and Munch’s The Scream.

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Photo Ops- Washington Crossing the Delaware

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The next must-do Magic Shot is limited to evening hours in EPCOT, but it is well worth the wait. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., Guests can head over to the PhotoPass photographer stationed by the main entrance to the Park to pose with a prop that creates a special light painting effect:

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The last photo op that needs to go on your list for the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is the pixel stick photo op, located near Creations Shop on your way toward World Showcase. For this photo op, a second photographer uses a pixel stick by running behind you creating a lighted work of art in itself in the shot that will be totally unique every time you take it.

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Which photo ops are you most excited for? Remember to keep your phone charged to use the My Disney Experience app during your next trip to the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, and pick up a festival passport as you enter the Park for a full list of offerings. Have a magical time!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."