Epcot is the perfect park for diverse festivals. From culinary delights to masterful works of art the Epcot International Festival of Arts will bring new life to the park this winter.
The Festival of the Arts debuts in January 13, 2017 at Epcot and will feature pieces from Disney historical artist Mary Blair and Herb Ryman art of Epcot, to current Disney artists Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos, visitors to the festival will be able to watch the creative process live. New art will be created and revealed each weekend.
In the inaugural year of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, a collaboration with Disney Theatrical Productions will bring an exciting new showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage. Performances will be at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday through Monday of each festival weekend.
Over the six weekends of the festival, Epcot visitors will enjoy phenomenal Broadway talent in concert, performing songs from some of Disney on Broadway’s award-winning shows, including The Lion King and Aladdin.
January 13-16 and 20-23, 2017: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland will perform songs from: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid.
January 27-30 and February 3-6, 2017: Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey will perform songs from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Newsies and Aladdin.
February 10-13 and 17-20, 2017: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White will perform songs from Disney’s The Lion King, Aida, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.
Future World Plaza will also be filled with a variety of other visual and live performances including Epcot Living Statues, performances by Central Florida high schools and acclaimed university and college talent appearing through a partnership with Disney Performing Arts. Plus, Epcot’s American Music Machine will perform on the Future World Fountain Stage.
New Food Studios will showcase culinary creations so delicious and intricate, guests may not know if the menus are for admiring or eating. Disney chefs will encourage guests it’s the latter. And there’s more: hands-on experiences for the whole family, favorite Disney characters channeling their favorite artists, seminars, and special merchandise created just for the festival. It’s a colorful, whimsical celebration of a new artful Epcot.
Before you leave the festival, be sure to pick up the limited edition merchandise available throughout Epcot. I love the addition of Figment to this merchandise, he is a bit of a Epcot icon.
The festival is included with regular Epcot admission. Will you attend #ArtfulEpcot this winter?