Photography Fun at the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Welcome to my day at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts! My wife and I had a lot of fun enjoying the interactive activities throughout the park, starting with this introductory PhotoPass opportunity.

Epcot Festival of the Arts Welcome
One of several Epcot International Festival of the Arts PhotoPass opportunities in Epcot at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Throughout the park there were Capture Works of Art with Disney PhotoPass, which we could not resist — like crossing the Delaware River with George Washington. I guess Disney did not trust us with real oars.

Crossing the Delaware in the American Adventure
My wife and I crossed the Delaware River with George Washington with a Disney PhotoPass Capture Works of Art opportunity at the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Used by permission © Disney.

Later we crashed a party from 1881 inside Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party at the France pavilion.

Luncheon of the Boating Party in France
We crashed the Luncheon of the Boating Party by Renoir with a Disney PhotoPass Capture Works of Art opportunity at the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Used by permission © Disney.

Glidden’s Paint-By-Number Mural was a great activity for all Epcot guests.  One brush and small container (aka paint can) were free per guest with one color. The container had the mural number on it.

Paint-By-Number Mural
Glidden’s Paint-By-Number Mural in Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/18, ISO 1600, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

My wife helped out other Epcot guests at Glidden’s Paint-By-Number Mural, which featured repeating Figments.

Painting a Number
Painting a number on Glidden’s Paint-By-Number Mural in Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/4000s, f/11, ISO 1250, EV 0, 110mm Focal Length.

Animators were holding free Animation Academy classes in the Odyssey Festival Showplace featuring a very nice set-up.

Animation Academy inside the Odyssey Festival Showplace
Animation Academy setup inside the Odyssey Festival Showplace in Epcot in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 2500, EV +0.3, 24mm Focal Length.

We came back later and took a class. While my drawing was rather bad, my wife did well with her Figaro character drawing.

Animation Academy Class
Participant in a Festival of the Arts Animation Academy class holds up her drawing of Figaro inside the Odyssey Festival Showplace in Epcot in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1000, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

We ended our night with a performance of Disney on Broadway in the America Gardens Theatre across from the American Adventure pavilion. We got front row center seats via our Disney on Broadway Dining Package. We had eaten at the Rose & Crown Pub for lunch.

Disney on Broadway Stage
Disney on Broadway in the America Gardens Theatre of the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 3200, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Every two days, the entertainers change for Disney on Broadway. No matter who you have, each performer is from a Disney Broadway production. Here was ours.

Disney on Broadway with Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee
Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee perform Disney on Broadway songs in the America Gardens Theatre of the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 3200, EV 0, 65mm Focal Length.

Gavin Lee was Bert in Mary Poppins for both London and Broadway productions. In fact, he was the first “Bert” to ever play the character on stage for Disney.

Disney on Broadway with Gavin Lee
Gavin Lee singing a song from Mary Poppins during a performance of Disney on Broadway in the America Gardens Theatre of the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 3200, EV 0, 82mm Focal Length.

Heidi Blickenstaff was Ursula in The Little Mermaid and brought the house down when she sang Poor Unfortunate Souls.

Disney on Broadway with Heidi Blickenstaff
Heidi Blickenstaff sang “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid during a performance of Disney on Broadway in the America Gardens Theatre of the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 2000, EV 0, 86mm Focal Length.

I got chills when she sang it right into my viewfinder!

For a couple of people who have been visiting Epcot since the early 1980s, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts gave us new experiences and fun. We highly recommend it.

 

Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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