Hankering for a taste of the finer things? The first-ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts debuts a roster of entertainment, exhibits, new food kiosks, and classes designed to bring out the artist within, and it’s all coming to Walt Disney World Resort this month.
Running from January 13 through February 20, 2017, all events take place from Friday to Monday, 11 AM – 9 PM. With many exhibits and performances included in your regular park ticket, you’re sure to find something inspiring at Epcot International Festival of the Arts. From Broadway singing to edible art, here are some of our top picks for this inaugural event.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts Highlights
At the Odyssey Festival Showplace, see collections from legendary Disney designer Herb Ryman, who together with Walt Disney designed the very first map proposal of Disneyland, and went on to create concept art for Magic Kingdom and Epcot. You’ll also see a collection from Mary Blair, whose bright colors and whimsical designs became “it’s a small world” and influenced the art of Walt Disney’s motion pictures throughout the 1950s and 60s, including Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland.
In the America Gardens Theatre, settle in for the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, with live performances by Broadway singers. On January 13-16 and 20-23, Ashley Brown and John Strickland will perform songs from Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Frozen, Mary Poppins, Tarzan and The Little Mermaid.
On January 27-30 and February 3-6, hear Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey perform songs from Disney’s Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, Newsies and Tarzan.
On February 10-13 and 17-20, enjoy Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White performing songs from Disney’s Aida, Aladdin, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.
Showtimes for Disney on Broadway Concert Series are Friday through Mondays, 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 PM. Seating is first-come first-served, or a dining package with priority seating for the 8 PM show can be made at several of Epcot’s most popular restaurants.
If you love snacking around the world during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you’ll definitely want to explore the Festival of the Arts’ food studios. At these kiosks, you’ll find art-inspired dishes as beautiful as they are delicious.
Try a modern-art inspired almond frangipane cake, or a white chocolate puzzle on an artist’s palette. There will also be exciting new flavors at some of Epcot’s World Showcase restaurants, such as a homemade falafel salad with pickled beets, tomato salad and tahini sauce at Morocco’s Tangierine Cafe.
All this artwork might just inspire you to create your own works of art! Complimentary seminars from Disney artists and professional workshops on everything from cake decorating to watercolors to photography will be on offer. Workshops are $39 per person, plus tax, and can be explored and booked by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.
Or become a work of art yourself, as Disney’s PhotoPass photographers will be able to blend your image into great works such as the Mona Lisa or Munch’s “Scream.” Find out more at Epcot’s events page.
Looking for more information on offerings from the Epcot International Festival of the Arts? Visit the official website here for details on all the food, fun, and art happening this year!
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