The Epcot International Festival of the Arts has returned for the third year in a row, running today (January 18) through February 25, and we’re so excited! Guests are once again able to experience the arts in three ways: through beautifully prepared cuisine, visual art and a lineup of Broadway-caliber live entertainment.
We had a preview of the festival a few days before it kicked off, and then had a walk around Epcot today to see it in full effect. Here are some highlights of this event that celebrates ART in its many forms.
Get IN-volved with Art
Returning this year are the special photo ops where you can actually step inside an iconic masterpiece and become part of the artwork. We love these 3D artworks — they make for such fun, whimsical photos.
Also returning is the “paint-by-number” mural — you have the chance to fill in numbered squares, and can watch the wall art progress over the course of the day.
Of course, there are other ways to get involved with art — the Festival of the Arts has daily seminars, workshops and other hands-on activities in the Odyssey Festival Showplace.
One of our favorite parts of the Festival of the Arts is the Disney on Broadway concert series, which features a bevy of talented performers direct from the Great White Way.
This year, for the first time, the shows are presented daily during the festival, with performances at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. at the America Gardens Theatre stage. The series starts this week with husband/wife duo Kerry Butler (who performed on Broadway in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Kevin Massey (Disney’s “Tarzan”). If you want to be guaranteed a seat at one of these concerts, you can try booking the special dining package. Passholders take note: Passholders can save on Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Packages.
To book the dining package visit Disneyworld.com or call 407-939-3463.
There are also other live performances throughout the festival’s run — gravity-defying acrobats, high-energy visual artists, local high schools and other musical groups and more take the Fountainview stage.
Calling on the Culinary
Whether you’re a foodie, or just simply like to eat, you’ll enjoy how the Festival of the Arts pays the fine art of cuisine its due with a variety of savory and sweet treats at its 13 Food Studios positioned throughout the park.
You may also find some surprises at other locations in Epcot, like this peanut butter treat we stumbled upon in Sunshine Seasons in the Land.
There are also some other unusual culinary experiences that combine with visual art, like sugar painting and dragon beard candy by Chinese artist Wenbo Zhang at the Painted Panda Food Studio near the China pavilion.
Merchandise and More
Figment seems to be the unofficial mascot of the Festival of the Arts and we spotted his likeness on a wide variety of merchandise, from Tervis tumblers to mugs to apparel.
Figment also is featured on the Annual Passholder magnet, while supplies last. You can pick up your complimentary magnet at Mouse Gear or Port of Entry.
Another Figment find — the returning Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt. Purchase a map for $6.99 at one of the participating shops, then search for Figment’s image hiding in paintings scattered around World Showcase. Once you find Figment everwhere, trade your completed map in for a special surprise!
Of course Figment isn’t the only character featured on festival merchandise. There’s a new plush Mickey, as well as an assortment of Limited Release character pins.
You can see some of the other merchandise and passholder specials in the preview post here.
That’s our first quick overview of the 2019 Festival of the Arts — we expect to pay several visits to check out as many of the activities as possible, because this annual event has quickly risen to the top of the list of our favorite things.
What about you? Do you like what you’ve seen so far of the Festival of the Arts? Do you have plans to visit? Let us know in the comments below.
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