Today we attended the media event for Epcot's new "Festival of the Arts" event which runs weekends (Fri-Mon) January 13th - February 20th.
Now before you might be all "Wait, another festival at Epcot???" please remember that between Christmas and Flower & Garden, there isn't really anything going on at Epcot, *AND* Disney used to hold an event called "Festival of the Masters" at Downtown Disney which featured Florida local and Disney artists to come display and sell their items for one weekend. This festival ran for I believe 38 years until the construction of Disney Springs caused the event to be put on hiatus.
Now, this new event at Epcot is basically the "spiritual successor" to Festival of the Masters but it is also expanded in many ways. First off, the event runs several weekends, not just one. The "arts" features more than just "artwork" it showcases paintings, photography, food, and musical theater. (yay! for the last part!)
We had a really good time at the event today and I look forward to this becoming yet another Epcot festival tradition that grows and changes over the years! Here's the photos & a video from today's event! (make sure you watch the video with the sound up!)
This morning we are checking out the brand new Festival of the Arts!
We've got our media credentials, event passport, and park guide and ready to check out this new event!
Disney artist Larry Dotson signing his amazing artwork in Norway today!
If you remember Festival of Masters that used to be at Disney Springs this event is very similar. And we think that's GREAT!
The folks from Pop Gallery at Disney Springs have a booth with artists signing their work every weekend!
We LOVE Walt Disney World events that include food booths! Here's a couple you'll see around Festival of the Arts.
WDW Merchandise guru Steve Miller talks event swag like the new Figment World Showcase scavenger hunt for kids!
Some of the food items are almost too pretty to eat! (But we are going to because they are delicious!)
The amount of amazing Disney artwork being offered is absolutely amazing! My wallet hates this event! LOL!
Carlos is one of the local Florida artists invited to display and sell his amazing photography!
If you're looking for original art, Boiled Books is another local artist featured at the event.
Was cool getting to see Disney artist Joe Kaminski painting today! I think Elissa would want the rodents!
We are attending one of the free art seminars. This one features animation and includes a free pin! YAY!!!
Disney animator Lynn Rippberger talks about working on films like Mulan, Beauty & The Beast, and Little Mermaid.
This PhotoPass photo op is hilarious & amazing! Who looks better? Me as The Scream or Craig as Mona Lisa?
On display is some work from legendary Disney artist Herbert Ryman.
Do we have any Figment fans? Here's his topiary as part of Festival of the Arts!
Disney artist Don "Ducky" Williams will be at the Festival most days signing his artwork!
Looking for Event merchandise? You can find some in the Art of Disney store!
Yay! We got a cookie shaped like an artists palate!
I love the Disney on Broadway series they're doing for the event! Over the next few weeks, we will hear songs from Disney shows including my favorite, Newsies!
Here's a couple Mickey Mouse paintings by Joe Kaminski available during Festival of the Arts.
Wow! The line to see Ashley Brown and Joshua Strickland stretches all the way back to Germany!
The Newsies logo came up while waiting for the Disney on Broadway show & King of NY is playing and it makes me so happy!
Taking the stage is Broadway's Ashley Brown (the original Mary Poppins) and Joshua Strickland! (The original Tarzan) and they are singing songs from Tarzan & Beauty & The Beast! Wonderful!!!
Since Frozen on Broadway is coming next year, they sung Let it Go! (You can also hear Ashley sing Part of Your World in the video I linked above!)
Had a REALLY great day at the new Epcot Festival of the Arts! Highly recommend! Especially if you miss Festival of the Masters!