The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will return on January 17-February 24, and today we were invited out by Disney to preview all the food, fun and festivities that will be taking place in the next month. I am so excited that we were able to experience this together and I hope that you will be just as excited to come and visit Epcot during this colorful, musical and artistic festival.
This year, you can pick up a complimentary “Artful Mickey” Passholder magnet painted by Will Gay, who will be featured at this year’s festival. Passholders will be able to purchase exclusive merchandise which we were able to preview as well as Festival of the Arts merchandise ranging from new ears, coffee mugs, thermals, and clothing for those festival goers that want to show their love of our favorite purple dragon, Figment.
There will be a lot to enjoy all at that the festival this season, including art seminars and workshops, art performances – from acrobatics to living statues, Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt, Food Studios that offer twists on delectable bites, including the new Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine and much more! We were able to sample some of the food offerings and I have to say, they were amazing!!
I was so pleased to bring you the performances of Gavin Lee and Heidi Blickenstaff who gave us a little sneak peak of their performance in Mary Poppins on Broadway and we had the awesome privilege of being able to sit down on the couch and talk to them, even having the Mayne Mafia offer up some questions, which was so wonderful! We were also allowed to speak with other Broadway performers from the Lion King and talk with Disney Imagineers as they took us through their vision and creative processes in bringing everything to life.
And don’t forget – three new films will debut at Epcot on the starting day of the festival. Guests can enjoy the “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” at the France pavilion; “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” at the Canada pavilion and “Awesome Planet” at The Land pavilion. We were able to go into the areas and preview the shows as well as get a look at the costumes, props and memorabilia from the shows.
Then, as if this was not enough, we got to chat and have our picture taken with the Mouse Himself (and let’s not forget the reigning beauty) Mickey and Minnie as they debuted their Festival of the Arts attire, looking very inspiring! Not to mention Mickey & Minnie’s brand new creative workspace dedicated to their craft. They have a perfect view over World Showcase Lagoon, right across from Spaceship Earth and I can’t help but ask myself… what’s that rent looking like?
Important Details: (Love how they put this disclaimer in now).
Not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged magnets. One magnet per Passholder. Available while supplies last. Must visit designated pickup location and present your valid annual pass and government-issued photo ID to receive the magnet.