What to Expect when the Festival of the Arts arrives at EPCOT on January 17th

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is the first festival of the year and the media had our first chance to explore all the offerings this young, but popular, event has to offer. This unique festival features a wide variety of experiences that celebrate the visual, performing, and culinary arts.

The media preview was held in the giant World Showplace tent and I spent most of it exploring all the stations and watching the preview performances. I really enjoyed the desserts and art activities, plus the Disney on Broadway performers were amazing. Check out my preview video here:

About the Festival of the Arts

Epcot will feature twelve food booths around the World Showcase as well as additional food items at existing locations. A fan favorite dish from last year, the Deconstructed Reuben will make a return appearance with just a few adjustments. This dish includes sliced corn beef, rye-crusted sauerkraut and Jarlsberg with a Broken Thousand Island Dressing and can be found at the Deconstructed Dish.

For guests who are looking to test new tastes, there’s the Seared Corvina with ratatouille and a lemon-thyme beurre blanc sauce or the Sous-Vide Chicken Roulade with apples, sage, and a variety of naturally colored sauces. Anyone with a sweet tooth will want to try the Vanilla, Rose, and Pistachio Panna Cotta with raspberry accents that is almost too beautiful to eat. Guests of all ages will enjoy the Almond Frangipane Cake filled with layers of raspberry jam and a dark chocolate frosting.

The Popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series will return to the America Gardens Theatre this year and feature three performances a day headlined by Disney Broadway stars. This year’s lineup includes Lion King legends Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White as well as Michael James Scott from Aladdin and Heidi Blickenstaff from The Little Mermaid. Guests are able to book Dining Package for a delicious meal and guaranteed seating at these performances and can do so by visiting ArtfulEpcot.com.

Several other art-inspired activities will be featured around the park during the festival. Younger guests can join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a park-wide scavenger hunt to find Figment hidden in classic paintings from around the world. For guests who want to express their artistic side, there’s activities and workshops that span from bicycle powered spin art to learning about the cel animation techniques used in classic Disney Films. 

The Festival of the Arts is sure to keep the entire family entertained on a trip to Epcot. Whether you’re an artist or not, this festival will provide fun and unique experiences for everyone. This special event runs daily from January 17th through February 24th, 2020.

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