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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:35 pm

By now we all know about Epcot's Food & Wine Festival and the Flower & Garden Festival. But there is another Festival that is only celebrating its 3rd year in 2019 and that is the "Epcot International Festival of the Arts" which sneaks into the park between Christmas and Flower & Garden.

Let me tell you that this event sort of came out of nowhere and took everyone by surprise! The event focuses around the "arts" and when we say that we mean paintings, music, culinary delights, sculpture, chalk drawings and much more!

Much like the other popular festivals at Epcot, the Festival of the Art will feature food kitchens around World Showcase, a wide variety of shops and stalls featuring Disney art by many different artists much of which will be exclusive to this event.

And of course my favorite part of the event is the "Disney on Broadway" concerts which feature real, legit Broadway stars from many of Disney's theatrical productions in New York performing some of the most popular songs that their characters from the shows also sang. And many of these are the same talent as you can hear on those shows cast recordings!

The event will run January 18th through February 25th and you can find more details about it here:

Let's show you a few photos and some video from the preview we attended!
Hello! And welcome to the preview for Epcot's International Festival of the Arts!
Upon entering the preview area we were greeted by a work-in-progress chalk drawing from one of my favorite Disney films, Big Hero 6!
Just in case you forgot already where we were! :P
Let's start out with some food... but wait... that is actually a BEER FLIGHT! You have a "Neapolitan Milk Stout", and Raspberry Beer, and a Vanilla! With some chocolate delights on top! This was wonderful!
This is a Pan-Seared Scallop with red pepper, chorizo and more!
Out of all the items I tried, this right here... the "Beef Wellington" was my favorite! Even Gordon Ramsey would approve! :)
The festival is called the "arts" so of course artwork is a major focus of the event.
Trevor Carlton is one of the featured Disney artists and you can see him getting his groove on painting to the music on the fountain stage at Epcot!
He completed this painting of Figment in 11 minutes! It was impressive!
"Disney on Broadway" is my favorite part of the event! We got a preview of some of the concert series! Meredith Inglesby and Steve Blanchard from Newsies and Beauty & the Beast preformed songs from, well... Beauty & The Beast!
Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey performed a medley of songs from the new Frozen Broadway Musical!
And here's all four of them with the man of the hour in his "celebration" costume... Mickey Mouse!
Plating and presentation of food will play a very important role in the "arts" festival, as everything will have a very artistic look to it!
This Panna Cotta features pistachio cake & raspberry jam.
China will offer some very delicate edible treats!
I did "Broadway geek out" getting to meet Meredith Inglesby and Steve Blanchard! I've seen them both in Newsies multiple times and I also saw Steve in Little Mermaid. They are fantastic performers!
Kerry Butler I recently saw in Mean Girls and Kevin Massey was in the tour for Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. These are the stars I will fanboy out for! Robert Downey Jr. or Mark Hammil could have been on stage and I would have walked right past them to get a photo of these four!
Now she's plating the Beef Wellington! I may need to have some more of this!
Hello Mickey! How are you?
Always a pleasure hanging out with the mouse!
The Animation Academy returns to the festival this year!
Do you want to learn how to draw your favorite animated characters?
You can learn from a Disney artist!
The "Paint by Number" mural also returns with a new painting every week that guests can take part in!
How about some merchandise?
There will be lots of new items you can get during the festival!
Here's an overview of some of the items.
And yes, there will be lots... and I mean LOTS of new artwork that you can by from many different Disney artists, quite a bit of it will be exclusive to this event!
There are new limited edition pins...
...and some even just for Annual Passholders!
How about a new Figment headband?
What I love most about this festival exclusive Mickey plush...
It has little subtle Epcot logos as part of the pattern of the material!
And a festival Magic Band! YAY! I will be buying this!!!
The food displays they had were just fantastic let's take a look at them. Here's the Pan-Seared Scallop!
Once again the Beef Wellington!
Smoked Salmon stack with creme cheese and crepes!
Pistachio Panna Cotta.
Lemon and Blood Orange Tart
Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Pretzel Crunch
And yes, the "Pop Art" is back!
So that wraps up the preview for Epcot's International Festival of the Arts! Huge thank you to Disney for inviting us out! The event will run January 18th through February 25th
Oh, yes... remember that work-in-progress chalk art we saw on the way in? It's DONE!!!
And you should follow the artist, Leigh, on Instagram: @TheChalkTeacher
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:19 pm

this event looks amazing, and that Panna Cotta has me drooling.

Super intrigued by the delicate sugar work from China. is it flavored sugar too? or just the cool design on a stick to munch on?

I'd be star-struck around the Broadway stars. . but how cool to meet them.

I *so* want the stuffed Mickey with the EPCOT logo in the design.. gonna have to ask some friends who live local (and I'll see in Atlanta later this year) to pick me up one so they can bring for me!

great report from what looks like an event I need to make plans to attend at some point.
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby DBru » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:20 am

Disney on Broadway Concert Series?!?! Yes YES YESSS!!! Can't wait to see Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee belt it out in a couple weeks!

Also that chalk art is fantastic. But what happens when it rains? lol

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby Satans Hockey » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:45 am

Stuff like this makes me wish I lived closer to there. If it was around 8-10 hours or so by car I'd have a season pass lol

That beer flight looks absolutely amazing and great report as always!

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:04 am

We had a great time at the Festival of the Arts last year, really loved the whole concept of it. I might actually prefer it to Food and Wine.

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:32 am

I'm going to brave the crowds on Saturday. I must have the Lobster Bacon mac and cheese, and that glorious pop art tart.
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:41 pm

All hail the Beef Wellington and the Panna Cotta!

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby COASTER FREAK 11 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:20 pm

I am so excited to finally experience this event this year!

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby jray21 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:14 pm

That Beef Wellington looks amazing.

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:05 pm

DBru wrote:...Also that chalk art is fantastic. But what happens when it rains? lol

Back to the real world. ;)
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