Epcot International Festival of the Arts Launches January 13 – February 20, 2017 at Walt Disney World

On Friday, January 13, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts opens at the Walt Disney World theme park.  This inaugural event will be held on weekends in January and February and feature current artists creating their work in front of the guests, historical pieces from the Disney Archives, as well as performing arts tapped from Disney’s Broadway shows such as Newsies, and Aladdin.  The Epcot International Festival of the Arts marks the third such festival of the year joining the long-running Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March 1 – May 29, 2017) and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (August 31 – November 13, 2017).  While there’s not much turn-around time between the Festival of the Arts and the Flower & Garden Festival, extending the “festival season” into January will allow more guests to experience the food kiosks and atmosphere of a special Epcot event.  Continue reading for more details on the Epcot International Festival of the Arts from Walt Disney World’s press release.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie at the first-ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Fridays through Mondays, Jan. 13-Feb. 20, 2017. Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.

From Walt Disney World Resort’s Press Release

Combining visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world, the first-ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will create a global masterpiece for six inspired weekends. Held Fridays through Mondays starting January 13 – February 20, 2017, the Festival will feature new art each week, making each weekend original.

Here’s a sample of what’s in store:

From the pieces of Disney historical artist Mary Blair and Herb Ryman art of Epcot, to current Disney artists Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos, guests won’t only be surrounded by incredible visions, they’ll watch the creative process live.

In the inaugural year of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, a collaboration with Disney Theatrical Productions will bring an exciting new showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage. Performances will be at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday through Monday of each festival weekend.

Over the six weekends of the festival, park Guests will enjoy different pairings of phenomenal Broadway talent in concert, performing songs from some of Disney on Broadway’s award-winning shows, including ‪The Lion King‪, Newsies, and Aladdin, to name a few.

Disney's ALADDIN on Broadway

The Disney on Broadway schedule of performances includes:

January 13-16 and 20-23: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland performing songs from: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid

January 27-30 and February 3-6: Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey performing songs from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Newsies and Aladdin

February 10-13 and 17-20: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White performing songs from Disney’s The Lion King, Aida, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

In addition, new “Food Studios” will showcase culinary creations so delicious and intricate, guests may not know if the menus are for admiring or eating. Disney chefs will surely encourage guests it’s the latter. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is about creating works of art on a plate, and at many of the Food Studios, guests can watch the chefs plating and see the creative process come to life.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Pop’t Art, a modern-designed sugar cookie with chocolate-hazelnut filling at the first-ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Fridays through Mondays, Jan. 13-Feb. 20, 2017. Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.

And there’s more: hands-on experiences for the whole family, favorite Disney characters channeling their favorite artists, and seminars. It’s a colorful, whimsical celebration of a new artful Epcot. The festival is included with regular Epcot admission.

What do you think? Are you excited for this new addition to the Epcot festival calendar?  Will you be making a special trip to check out the Epcot International Festival of the Arts? Let us know in the comments below. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.