If you were a fan of Downtown Disney’s long-running Festival of the Masters, Disney released some great news today. Beginning January 13, 2017 Walt Disney World will host a new event dubbed Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Building on the success of the Flower & Garden and Food & Wine Festivals, Epcot will now host not only artists, but Broadway style Disney music and culinary studios. The events will run Friday through Monday each week from January 17th to February 20th. Stay tuned for more details on the artist lineups, musical performances, and food studio menus.
Per Disney PR: 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 Jan. 13 – Feb. 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 will bring an exciting new showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage.
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.
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.
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.