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Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World

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From January 12 to February 19, Epcot is celebrating arts, music, and culture with special displays of Disney-themed artwork, unique food offerings, and live music!  This event is only in its second year and is a huge hit for art-lovers.  Here is all you need to know about the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World!

Disney-Themed Art Exhibits

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Scattered around the park are art displays of all sorts for purchase, and you may be lucky enough to meet one of the artists!  You will find everything from Mickey and Minnie paintings to a life-size canvas of Darth Vader himself.  It is pretty cool to see the different ways Disney characters are represented in visual media.

Food as an Art Form

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I call it “pretty food” and there’s a lot of it offered at this year’s festival.  I mean, they even have a pop-art-themed cake which is super cute and looks like it took a lot of hard work to create.  Foodies will find this the highlight of the event!

Disney on Broadway Concert Series

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The Disney on Broadway Concert Series only takes place on the weekends (Fridays through Mondays).  I caught the 8 p.m. show while I was waiting for my Frozen Ever After FastPass+ time.  The artists change every week, and that night the show featured Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White, who play Nala and Mufasa in Broadway’s production of The Lion King.

I was excited to watch this show, but sadly found it pretty boring and unimpressive.  The two actors sang songs from The Lion King, including a fun rendition of “Hakuna Matata.”  They had wonderful voices and talent, but I don’t know if it was just them specifically or because they talked a little too much in-between songs or what, but I did not enjoy the concert very much.  Maybe I will try again next week when they have different singers.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series are held only on the weekends with showtimes at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m. at the America Gardens Theatre.

Here are the 2018 show dates:

  • January 12 to 15
  • January 19 to 22
  • January 26 to 29
  • February 2 to 5
  • February 9 to 12
  • February 16 to 19

Special Photo Opportunities

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There are special Disney PhotoPass photo opportunities set up throughout the park exclusively for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts event.  These photos are fun because you are the subject of the masterpiece!  Open your mouth wide, put your hands on each side of your face, and reenact the Scream by Edvard Munch as best as you can.  Or, step into your own boat, look beyond, and become a part of George Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze.

There are many photo opportunities scattered throughout Epcot.  My personal favorite was taking a picture as the awesome Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.  How do I look with the mustache?!

Should You Go?

I would say this is not an absolute must-go event compared to the upcoming Flower and Garden Festival starting in late February, but definitely visit if you are interested in seeing some Disney-themed artwork!  The event runs until February 19, so all you artists should come out to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World!

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