Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns January 18–February 25

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is returning to Walt Disney World this coming January and February with more food, music, artwork, and fun. The festival kicks off on January 18th and promises to celebrate all things artistic.

Epcot Festival of the Arts

What’s happening:

  • Walt Disney World has announced that the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will return for another annual celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts.
  • The festival will run fro a total of 39 days from January 18–February 25, 2019 and brings with more live music than ever before, fresh tastes to savor, and new artwork to admire and bring home.
  • Fans of the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will be delighted to know the series is expanding to seven days a week during the festival.
  • Along with fantastic concert series, the Festival of the Arts will also feature 13 Food Studios, and additional creative food and beverage offerings around Epcot.
  • The 2019 event provides fun every day for the whole family, including mesmerizing performance art, complimentary seminars, hands-on activities and much more
  • Art collectors and Disney enthusiasts alike will find artwork for sale throughout the entire park, from the Art of Disney store to Festival Markets.
  • Special merchandise will be available at Mouse Gear and other Epcot locations featuring the festival’s logo adorning shirts, mugs, totes, and other charming items.

Disney Broadway Concert Series:

  • Each week, different pairs of Disney on Broadway stars will take the America Gardens Theatre stage to sing favorite songs from award-winning Disney on Broadway productions.
  • The lineup will rotate regularly, featuring music from shows such as:
    • The Lion King
    • Frozen
    • Beauty and the Beast
  • Performers this year include:
    • Kerry Butler (Beauty and the Beast) and Kevin Massey (Tarzan)
    • Meredith Inglesby (The Little Mermaid) and Steve Blanchard (Beauty and the Beast)
    • Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs (Aladdin)
    • Heidi Blickenstaff (Freaky Friday) and Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins)
    • Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
    • Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King)
  • The concert series is included with park admission; showtimes are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. nightly.
  • Guests will also have the option of enjoying The Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package.
  • Available at participating Epcot restaurants, the dining package guarantees show seating.
  • Package bookings open November 8, 2018, at Disneyworld.com or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

Festival of the Arts Food Studios:

  • The Artist’s Table will feature beef wellington with mushroom bordelaise, fennel cream and roasted baby vegetables
  • Smoked salmon and cream gâteau with egg yolk cream, paddlefish caviar and micro-herbs is sure to be a new favorite at The Painter’s Palate
  • Pop Eats! will serve up almond frangipane cake with raspberry and chocolate
  • Red wine-braised short rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic will be available at Cuisine Classique

Artistic Expression:

  • Everyone’s invited to grab a paintbrush and help create a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza.
  • Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to literally step inside works of art and take fun photos, such as the “Washington Crossing the Delaware” Artful Photo Opportunity.
  • The Paint with a Disney Artist program invites guests to learn under the tutelage of a professional (offered select Fridays and Sundays, including continental breakfast, for an additional fee).
  • A variety of workshops led by professionals will teach different artistic techniques, such as floral design, ink and paint, mixed-media art and more (offered Friday-Monday for an additional fee). As a memento of what they learned, guests will take their creations home with them.
  • Complimentary 30-minute seminars will give guests helpful instruction for producing their own artwork at home.
  • More than 50 visiting artists participating in the festival will be available to meet with guests and share insights on their work.
  • Disney artists’ work will be exhibited across Epcot.
  • Gravity-defying feats of strength, acrobatics and many performing artists are scheduled throughout the festival.
  • International musical and variety acts will share their talents with guests, including the return of Bodh’aktan to the Canada stage and Delta Q, a new group performing in Germany.
  • Guests can join in the fun of Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt by purchasing a map at select merchandise locations.
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