Artful Photo Ops at The EPCOT Festival of the Arts make YOU the Subject

by | Feb 26, 2021 | EPCOT, WDW Blog

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Want to star in a masterpiece? The Artful Photo Ops at The EPCOT Festival of the Arts are all about putting YOU in the art!

There are so many reasons to love the EPCOT Festival of the Arts: the magical chalk art. the incredible artistic eats, seeing Disney animators and artists, and all the art you can not only see, but that you can become! 

Disney is sprinkling pixie dust on famous paintings and then dotting them around EPCOT.  You step inside the frame and become part of the art. It’s called Artful Photo Ops. 


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Artful Photo Ops at EPCOT

Each year the Artful Photo Ops vary. They are also very portable and, to keep things interesting, Disney tends to move them around. This way you can either have a fun surprise when you happen upon them, or you can create your scavenger hunt to try and find them all!

The Washington Crossing the Delaware Artful Op is most likely found somewhere near the American Adventure Pavilion.  

This is a great Artful Photo Op for big groups, as you can squeeze quite a few of your favorite fellow Disney fans into the boat. This was my very first Artful Photo Ops on a trip to EPCOT back in 2018. 

We had an excellent Disney PhotoPass photographer take this photo, and she was having as much fun as we were! We had so many great shots, it was tough to choose just one to show here.

Tip: Some of the Artful Photo Ops have PhotoPass photographers on hand to help take the perfect shot. Especially at night, a PhotoPass photographer can be a huge help. Most of the Ops do not have a lot of lighting. 

One of the most colorful Artful Photo Ops is the Frida Kahlo. Just look for the bright blue Artful Op, usually found near Mexico. This one is a bit smaller than the others so can be easy to miss. 

I did this Artful Photo Op on an incredibly cold day at EPCOT in February of 2020. The five shirts and black scarf I was wearing worked surprisingly well in the photo. 

Reporter Trisha Daab poses as Frida Khalo in one of the Artful Photo Ops

Photo by Trisha Daab

Do the crowds have you ready to scream? Put all the frustration to good use and go in search of the Mona Lisa and the The Scream

This is an Artful Photo Op that tends to move around a bit. It’s been spotted near Italy and also on the bridge between Future World and World Showcase. 

Our editor-in-chief Rain and her daughter stepped inside these portraits for a memorable Disney PhotoPass moment. 

 

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Rain is a big fan of the Artful Photo Ops and says “The light seems to be rather magical at these and the resulting photos really help me look like I belong in a painting!” 

She also had a lot of fun posing in The Birth of Venus by Boticelli. 

 

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Birth of Venus can typically be found hanging in Italy and is usually best done solo and with a sense of humor! 

Photo Ops are More Fun With Friends

If you’re with a friend and are looking for a familiar Disney movie, head to the United Kingdom Pavilion for the Peter Pan Artful Op. Be ready to step inside the pages of the famous book and channel your inner pirate and/or mermaid!

Reporter Trisha Daab poses as a pirate in the Peter Pan Artful Photo Op

My Disney Bestie @lilo_thelostprincess and I had a lot of fun playing mermaid and pirate! Photo by Trisha Daab

Tip: Look towards the UK Pavilion in another part of World Showcase to see the cover of the book Peter Pan on the backside of this Artful Photo Op. 

Another Artful Op for two is the Van Gogh. Since there is not a pavilion for The Netherlands and a natural home for this famous Dutch artist, this Artful Photo Op moves around a lot. 

It’s definitely worth finding and having fun with, like this couple! 

 

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Every trip to EPCOT for me involves a stop in the France Pavilion for something to eat and drink. Whether it’s the Trio of Macarons from the L’Art de la Cuisine Française Food Studio, a fromage plate from Chefs de France, or an ice cream with Mickey ear macarons from L’Artisan des Glaces, France and food go hand in hand! 

Trisha blows a kiss to a painting in an Artful Photo Op

Blowing a kiss to a Frenchman in an Artful Photo Op. Photo by Trisha Daab

This is why an Artful Op with a table full of French drinks and dishes, The Luncheon of the Boating Party, was a must do! This Artful Op is almost always in the France pavilion, oftentimes near the Food Studio. 

If you’re planning a trip to EPCOT Festival of the Arts, make sure to check out all the Festival coverage on our blog, especially our review of the artful bites and sips at each Food Studio. Planning a trip for Spring, make sure to check out our March issue for everything EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival!


Will YOU be planning a trip to EPCOT next year to snap an Artful Photo Op or two? Tell us over on our Facebook page!


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Written by Trisha Daab

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Trisha Daab is the author of five books about the magical food, characters, and stories you will find at Walt Disney World. She also writes the “With Kids” and "Character Magic" columns for WDW Magazine, though she enjoys Disney almost as much without kids. Almost! Follow Trisha on Instagram @notsoevil_disneystepmom
Trisha Daab

Written by Trisha Daab

Trisha Daab is the author of five books about the magical food, characters, and stories you will find at Walt Disney World. She also writes the “With Kids” and "Character Magic" columns for WDW Magazine, though she enjoys Disney almost as much without kids. Almost! Follow Trisha on Instagram @notsoevil_disneystepmom
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