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2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns January 17 – February 24, 2020

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2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort will kick-off its annual global celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts on January 17 and continue for 39 days through February 24, 2020. The event features visiting artists, an array of foodie delights and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.  

The popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series returns to America Gardens Theatre with three daily performances headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows. This year’s talent-rich lineup includes Kissy Simmons, who starred as Nala in “The Lion King,” and Kevin Massey of “Tarzan.” The show-stopping schedule currently features:  

  • Jan. 17, 20, 21, 24 and 25 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”) 
  • Jan. 18, 19, 22, 23 and 25 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee 
  • Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”) 
  • Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
  • Additional January and February performances still to be announced. 

All shows are included with theme park admission. The best way to experience a performance is by reserving a Disney on Broadway Dining Package, which guarantees seating for one show on the day of the dining experience. 

Premium festival experiences that include Paint with a Disney Artist and the World Showcase: Destinations Discovered guided tour are also available to guests for a fee. 

Dining packages and workshops are now available to book by visiting ArtfulEpcot.com or calling (407) WDW-Fest for more information.

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More to See, Do and Eat During the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

  • Indulge in new culinary fun at the Le Cellier Brunch in the Canada pavilion, a leisurely prix fixe bounty each Saturday and Sunday in the relaxing Canadian chateau. Reservations required. 
  • Explore the Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush, green environment built for exploring. 
  • Jump into photo-ops located throughout Epcot, such as the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion where guests can flap their fins in Mermaid Lagoon or get their pirate on at Skull Rock.
  • Grab a paintbrush and add color to a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza. 
  • Join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art in each World Showcase pavilion.  
  • Marvel at and purchase works by Disney’s iconic artists in displays throughout World Showcase.  
  • Watch visiting artists as they create new pieces, from Disney-inspired works to creative art across diverse mediums.
  • Create festival-inspired T-shirts and candles.

Are you heading to the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts? It’s not too late to book your trip today!

2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts to Offer 39 Days of Artful Fun

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You can kick off 2019 with the return of the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts – a 39-day celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world. Beginning January 18 and running through February 25, 2019 the festival offers artful activities for the entire family, from special entertainment and interactive workshops to immersive art experiences and world-class cuisine.

New in 2019, guests can now sing along to their favorite Disney Broadway tunes seven days a week during the popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series, with daily showings at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

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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” and “Beauty and the Beast”:

  • 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; reserved seating is available by booking a Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package, which allows guests to make a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation at a participating Epcot restaurant and later enjoy priority seating at a show. Dining package reservations open Nov. 8, and for more information, visit Disneyworld.com or call 407-939-3463.

Speaking of food … Epcot International Festival of the Arts will feature 13 Food Studios, plus other creative (and savory!) offerings around Epcot with an expanded menu of tastes and sips. Drop by The Artist’s Table for beef wellington with mushroom bordelaise, fennel cream and roasted baby vegetables, or enjoy smoked salmon and cream gâteau with egg yolk cream, paddlefish caviar and micro-herbs at The Painter’s Palate. Pop Eats! will serve up almond frangipane cake with raspberry and chocolate, while red wine-braised short rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic will be available at Cuisine Classique.

Guests will also find activities to the inspire artists of all ages. Here are a few fun highlights planned for the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts:

  • Everyone’s invited to grab a paintbrush and help create a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza.
  • At the Artful Photo Opportunities, you can step inside masterworks of art and take photos with friends.
  • 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).
  • Performing artists are scheduled throughout the festival, demonstrating gravity-defying feats of strength, acrobatics and many other skills.
  • 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.
  • 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 learn, guests will take their creations home with them. Details on workshop registration
    will be released soon.
  • Complimentary 30-minute seminars will give guests helpful instruction for producing their own artwork at home.

Now, more than ever is the time to start planning your visit to the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

19 Magical New Experiences at Disney World in 2019

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Now, more than ever it’s time to start planning your 2019 Walt Disney World Resort vacation, because there will be more to see, do, taste and experience here next year than ever before! Whatever your passion for Disney, there’s a big dose of pixie dust waiting for you at all four parks.

Love Mickey and Minnie Mouse? Want to get wild with “The Lion King”? Feel like playing with your Pixar pals? Or maybe live music is your thing? All this and more will be waiting for you next year. Here’s a glance at 19 limited-time and new experiences at Disney World in 2019 to look forward to!

Starting January 18, 2019…

1. In honor of the true originals, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebrationwill bring new music, dancing and all sorts of other fun to Magic Kingdom Park.

2. For starters, the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” at Magic Kingdom Park will invite you to dance with Mickey, Minnie and their pals in front of Cinderella Castle. Shake it along with live singers belting out new arrangements of classic “Mickey Mouse Club” songs.

3. The Dapper Dans and other entertainers on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park will sing songs in honor of Mickey and Minnie.

4. Look for special Mickey- and Minnie-themed merchandise and food at Magic Kingdom Park to make this party complete.

5. And this is a Surprise Celebration, after all, so you can expect more Limited-Time Magicentertainment and other experiences to pop up periodically around Magic Kingdom Park.

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6. The Incredibles are coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as Pixar Place will transform into a Metroville city block.

7. At the end of the block, a party will be held in honor of Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone to celebrate their Super deeds.

8. Meet the one and only Edna Mode – the greatest super suit designer! She will set up a special location on Pixar Place showcasing some of her best creations (no capes!).

9. Also on Pixar Place, look for clues to the whereabouts of the youngest Incredible, the mischievous and multi-powered Jack-Jack.

10. Elsewhere at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a door to the monster world will open inside Walt Disney Presents, where you’ll have a chance to meet Mike and Sulley from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

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11. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom along with Timon and Rafiki in the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” on Discovery Island. Let your inner animal roam free on the dance floor in this raucous party!

12. Also at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, have fun posing in front of special three-dimensional photo opportunities re-creating scenes from the animated classic.

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13. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is back! This year’s special event takes place Jan. 18 – Feb.25, allowing you to indulge in world-class culinary, visual and performing arts.

14. The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is expanding to seven days a week during the Festival of the Arts, so you’ll have even more opportunities to experience some Disney musical magic live on stage.

And later in the year…

15. Welcome spring’s arrival with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, returning March 6 – June 3 with its wide selection of delectable bites at outdoor kitchens and dozens of Disney-themed topiaries blooming around the park.

16. Even better, this year’s Garden Rocks Concert Series expands, as well, to seven days a week during the Flower & Garden Festival, which means a total of 270 concerts over the course of the 90-day event.

17. Ka-Chow! Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy rolls into Disney’s Hollywood Studios in spring 2019. In this new show experience, you’ll come face to face with Lightning and learn from his years of experience on the track.

18. Outside the Racing Academy, you’ll get to meet Lightning McQueen’s speedy pal, Cruz Ramirez.

And finally…

19. If you haven’t visited Walt Disney World Resort recently, then there’s even more for you to explore and experience. Become an honorary toy at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, travel to the bioluminescent planet of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or wish a fond farewell to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” – the nighttime spectacular at Epcot– before its conclusion scheduled for the second half of 2019.

Whew…that’s a lot! Now, more than ever you’ll want to be here for it all. Don’t wait to book your 2019 Disney World vacation! Be sure to tell us in the comments which one of these experiences at Disney World in 2019 that you are most looking forward to!

Complete Guide to the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Food

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Complete Guide to the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Food

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is now back for its second year! Come celebrate the joy of visual, performing and culinary art from around the world with special entertainment, artists and galleries, and of course, world-class cuisine. But let’s be honest, who isn’t here for the food?! Around the World Showcase you’ll find many artistic dishes that will dazzle your taste buds. The fantastic Epcot Culinary Team has created many beautiful, colorful and delicious dishes this year. And to help you find all of them, don’t miss this guide to the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts food. The festival runs now through Feb. 19, and you won’t want to miss it!

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The Deconstructed Dish (Showcase Plaza)
Food:

  • Deconstructed Reuben with shredded corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, pickled red cabbage, and a rye curl
  • Deconstructed BLT with crispy pork belly, tomato jam, and a soft poached egg
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: whipped New York style cheesecake with fresh Florida strawberries, sugar cookies and micro-basil

Beverages:

  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings® Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with cream bourbon garnished with a waffle crisp and candied bacon
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings® Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake garnished with maple syrup, a waffle crisp and candied bacon (non-alcoholic)
  • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington
  • Pop-Artsicle: red, white, and blue frozen slushy (non-alcoholic)

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The Artist’s Table (The American Adventure)
Food:

  • Roasted Pork Roulade with butternut squash purée, marble potatoes and baby carrots, with a red wine sauce
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with chorizo, roasted red pepper coulis, and parmesan crisp (gluten friendly)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate Flight: white, milk, & dark chocolate (non-alcoholic)
  • Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate: dark chocolate with Chambord
  • Perla Santa Coffee Flavored Wine, Spain
  • Barrymore Rosé, Monterey County, CA
  • Carmel Road Drew’s Blend Pinot Noir, Monterey County, CA

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Cuisine Classique (Germany)
Food:

  • Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes, and aged balsamic
  • Seared Corvina with braised ratatouille and lemon-thyme beurre blanc (gluten friendly)
  • Saint-Honoré Tart: caramel cream tart with caramel glaze topped with cream puffs
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Chico, CA
  • Bell’s Two Hearted American-style India Pale Ale, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout, Farmville, NC
  • Beer Braising Flight
  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series, Logrono, Spain
  • Domaine Savary Chablis, Burgundy

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Pop Eats (Showcase Plaza)
Food:

  • Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with apples and sage served with warm brie fondue, blueberry and beet gel and garnished with apple and beet chips (gluten friendly)
  • Shrimp Ceviche with lime mint foam (gluten friendly)
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with raspberry jam and chocolate (vegetarian)
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-designed Sugar Cookie with strawberry filling (vegetarian)

Beverages:

  • Popping Bubbles Cocktail
  • Cloudem Sparkling Wine

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Masterpiece Kitchen (Near Canada)
Food:

  • Smoked Salmon Tartare, Caviar, Crisp Focaccia and traditional accompaniments
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction (vegetarian)
  • Charcuterie Palette with artisan cured meats and cheeses featuring Nueske’s® Applewood Smoked Beef
  • Triple Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Sauce and Gold Leaf

Beverages:

  • Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut Champagne
  • Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist
  • The Meeker Vineyard Winemakers’ Handprint Merlot, Sonoma County, CA
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé
  • Silverado Vineyards Chardonnay

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Painter’s Palate (Odyssey, Festival Center)
Food:

  • Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts:
    • Whipped Boursin® Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese with fresh herbs (vegetarian)
    • Chicken Salad with shaved fennel and fresh herbs
    • Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad
  • Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres
    • Chilled Shrimp with cucumber cream cheese on a crostini
    • Traditional Deviled Egg with candied bacon
    • Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with truffled aïoli (vegetarian)
  • Pop’t Art: Abstract-designed Sugar Cookie with strawberry filling (vegetarian)
  • White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette
  • Mickey and Pluto White Chocolate Painting with chocolate easel (gluten and vegetarian friendly)
  • Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with chocolate easel (gluten and vegetarian friendly)

Beverages:

  • Pomegranate Mule featuring Van Gogh Vodka
  • North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner Style Beer, Fort Bragg, CA
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Jazz IPA, Doral, FL
  • Central 28 Beer Company Miss Mary Brown Oatmeal Brown Ale, DeBary, FL
  • Popcorn Pairing Flight

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Decadent Delights (Showcase Plaza)
Food:

  • White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Caramel, Coconut and Maple Meringue
  • S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with chocolate mousse, toasted marshmallow meringue, graham cracker dust and malted milk chocolate sauce
  • Chocolate Caramel Mousse Bar, Flavored Meringue Kisses and Passion Fruit Sauce
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • Ferreira 10 Year Old Port
  • 3 Daughters Strawberry Blonde Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, England
  • Neapolitan Beer Flight
  • Coppo Moncalvina Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont

Block and Hans (The American Adventure)
Beverages:

  • Honor Brewing Company Warrior IPA, Chantilly, VA
  • Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington, KY
  • Ciderboys Grand Mimosa Apple Orange Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
  • Kona Brewing Co. Wailua Wheat, Kailua-Kona, HI
  • M.I.A. Brewing Mega Mix Pale Ale, Doral, FL
  • Founders Brewing Co. Porter, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Bell’s Amber Ale, Kalamazoo, MI

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Refreshment Outpost (Between China and Germany)
Food:

  • Chilled Shrimp, Quinoa, Layered Vegetables, Spiced Yogurt and Red Pepper Coulis

Fife and Drum (American Adventure)
Food:

  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Refreshment Port (Showcase Plaza)
Food:

  • Croissant Doughnut filled with Pastry Cream and Colored Pearls

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L’Art de la Cuisine Française (France)
Food:

  • Rillettes du Mans, Cornichons, Carré du Boulanger: house-made pork rillettes, cornichons and house-made bread
  • Saumon en Croute Façon Paul Bocuse: salmon in a puff pastry crust Paul Bocuse-style with spinach and beurre blanc sauce
  • Le Coucher de Soleil: sunset mango and raspberry cake

Beverages:

  • Frosé: Frozen Côtes de Provence Rosé Wine with Grey Goose Vodka and Peach Purée
  • L’Or par Edmond Thery: French Sparkling Chardonnay
  • Alsace, Pinot Blanc, Reserve 2015, Gustave Lorentz
  • Bordeaux, Château Tour de Granins, Grand Poujeaux, Moulis en Medoc 2015

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Mosaic Canteen (Morocco)
Food:

  • Hummus Trifle: Layered Hummus topped with spiced beef, pine nuts and dry cherries, served with pita chips
  • Mediterranean Flat Bread with za’atar, olive oil artichoke, olives, mozzarella and feta cheese
  • Chebbakia: hand-twisted strips of fried dough coated with honey, rosewater and sesame seeds

Beverage:

  • Embrace the Arak: Massaya Arak, Orange Juice and Grenadine
  • Tarima Red, Alicante, Spain
  • Casa Beer

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El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)
Food:

  • Mixiote de Cordero: wrapped slow-braised lamb, marinated in tres chiles paste and spices
  • Tacos de Puerco: two corn tortillas with slow-roasted pork shoulder, marinated in ancho paste and served with sweet plantain purée and garnished with pea tendrils
  • Atole de Fresa and Mexican Concha Bread: warm strawberry drink served with Mexican concha bread

Beverages:

  • Frida Guava Margarita
  • Diego Passion Margarita on the rocks
  • Allende Craft Mexican Golden Ale

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Takumi Table (Japan)
Food:

  • Chirashi Sushi and Haupia Pearl: salmon, tuna and yuzu miso with coconut tapioca pudding
  • Taiyaki Dessert: Japanese stuffed pastry, sweet red bean filling, sesame cream, and raspberry sauce

Beverages:

  • Calpico Yogurt Strawberry Swirl Sake
  • Masu Sake in a Personalized Wooden Cup

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The Painted Panda (China)
Food:

  • Coconut Panda Rice Cake
  • Crispy Fried Shrimp in a Wonton Lotus Flower
  • Crystal Mooncake with fruit filling and garnished with toasted coconut

Beverages:

  • Scarlet Blossom: A cooler of Mango Wine, Strawberry Syrup and Ginger Ale
  • Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Dragon Fire, Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple
  • Strawberry Bubble Tea (non-alcoholic)

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L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)
Food:

  • Involtini di Salmone al Basilico, Piso Venere, Salsa Romesco: basil-scented salmon roulade, purple rice and romesco sauce
  • Sformato di Melanzane e Pomodori, Mozzarella Fior di Latte: tomato and eggplant terrine, fior di latte mozzarella
  • Crema Fritta, Pesche e Rucola Pesto, Ciliege di Amarasca: cream fritters, peach and arugula pesto and amarena cherries

Beverages:

  • Amaretto Bellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée and Prosecco
  • Vodka Rossini: Vodka, Strawberry Purée and Prosecco
  • Prosecco, Villa Sandi
  • Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande
  • Corbinello, Montegrande
  • Pinot Grigio, Bosco del Merlo
  • Merlot, Montegrande
  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer

Funnel Cakes (American Adventure)

  • Orange Cream Funnel Cake

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
Future World East

  • Painted Lady Latte: a shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with rich Baileys Espresso Créme Liqueur, topped with steamed milk and whipped cream

Canada

  • Night Sky Latte: a delicious shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with Creamy Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, topped with steamed milk and whipped cream

Disney Traders

  • Cinnamon Sensation: a shot of Italian Espresso mixed with RumChata and Cinnamon Whiskey, blended with steamed milk and whipped cream

The American Adventure

  • Dreamy Bourbon: a shot of Italian Espresso mixed with Bourbon Whiskey Cream Liqueur, blended with steamed milk and whipped cream

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). She would love to help you plan your next cruise at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

10 Unique Experiences at 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

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As many of you know, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is back in 2018 to celebrate all things art – performing, visual and culinary. With seminars, workshops, and more planned, we wanted to highlight ten unique experiences at 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts.

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There are many seminars and workshops from top Disney, local and nationally-renowned artists but here are a few you don’t want to miss:

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(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

Art of Topiaries – Our Disney horticulture team will be showing you how we create some of the amazing signature Walt Disney World topiaries you see here on the Disney Parks Blog. After this seminar, you’ll be inspired to create Disney sculptures at home to amaze your neighbors.

Watermelon Carving – You need to see this to believe it. A watermelon will be artfully carved while you receive great tips and tricks to use at your next party. This seminar is hosted by the National Watermelon Promotion Board and will be something to talk about!

Magic with Water – The same Disney Photo Imaging team you read about here on the Disney Parks Blog will discuss tips and tricks for taking great photos around water; including swimming pools, play fountains, waterfalls, and even in the rain. You’ll also learn about using camera settings, lenses, and locations to get the best results.

Animated Flip Books – This session is animation 101 where you’ll have the opportunity to create your own animated Flip Book while going over the fundamental principles of animation with one of our Disney animators. Drop by this seminar and watch your drawings come to life!

Food Styling 101 – If you love taking photos of amazing dishes, this is your experience. The session will look at the basics of what goes into making food photo- and video-ready. Lessons include going from ingredients to a beautiful hero shot, talking tricks and tools of the trade and sharing tips to make your own food photography shine.

Inspiring Floral – Over the years, the Disney Parks Blog has covered some of the amazing work created by Disney Floral Designers. This workshop will share floral design principles along with Disney-inspired creations to help you bring the magic of Disney home at any time of the year.

Handcrafted Calligraphy – It’ll be difficult not to have fun learning the basics of pointed pen calligraphy. This workshop will cover topics such as mastering faux calligraphy, how to hold your oblique pen, letter formation, common issues you may run into, and which paths you can take with your new skill.

Phone Cam Photography – This photography session from Disney Photo Imaging is for everyone! You will learn how to maximize the capabilities of your phone’s camera to improve your photos. Lighting adjustment, color adjustment, taking High Dynamic Range photos, time lapse, and how to edit your photos are just a few of the topics on the agenda.

Handwritten Typography – Nothing is more personal than typography created by hand and at this workshop, a Walt Disney World Resort creative service manager will teach you how to draw your own hand drawn typography to create personalized gifts and cards.

Storytelling Drawings – A single drawing can tell a story – and this workshop will show you how to do it. A Disney animator will share the art of quick sketching from life. Gesture drawing of people covered in this session is a foundational practice for animators, storyboard artists, and directors.

What sounds good to you? Let us know in the comments below.

And to book any of these experiences at 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, call 407-WDW-TOUR or 407-939-8687 or ask your travel agent for assistance.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Set for January 12- February 19, 2018

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Returning to Epcot for a second year, the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate all things art – performing, visual and culinary – from January 12 – February 19, 2018 – with festivities running seven days a week and Disney On Broadway performances happening each weekend (Fridays through Mondays) in 2018.

After a successful year one in 2017, the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts is coming back better than ever.

Guests can kick off 2018 with world-class cuisine, remarkable visual art and an extraordinary lineup of live entertainment. Introduce your inner aficionado to an exciting extravaganza brimming with phenomenal artists, gourmet fare, musical performances, stage productions and other amazing acts. We’ve rolled everything you love about the arts into one spectacular festival.

The festival features:

  • Seminars and workshops from top Disney, local and nationally-renowned artists including classes on drawing animation, photography and the art of making topiaries – just to name a few
  • More than a half a dozen specially-created food studios offering a wealth of “artistic” culinary delights
  • A host of performing artists that build on Epcot’s already stellar lineup of authentic performers
  • And, my favorite, the Disney on Broadway series featuring performers from some of the best Disney Theatrical productions

Dinner and a Show
Another returning favorite is our Disney on Broadway Dining Packages, where you can maximize your experience at the Festival with a meal at one of the participating Epcot restaurants and priority seating for our Disney on Broadway concert series.

Starting today, guests can book a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, and later be followed by a phenomenal Disney on Broadway inspired concert – select dates from January 12 – February 19, 2018. The concert series will feature pairings of Disney on Broadway stars, singing favorite songs from award-winning Broadway shows. When you reserve a Disney on Broadway Dining Package, you’ll be able to relax at your meal with friends and family and rest assured that your priority seats are waiting for you for the 5:30, 6:45 or 8 p.m. concert. *

You need to book these soon; as these events are sure to fill up quickly!

For more information on the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, click over to www.disneyworld.com/ArtfulEpcot or call 407-WDW-DINE or 407-939-3463.

* Disney on Broadway Dining Packages are available for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and include a 3-course meal or full buffet, depending on the location.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote.