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Ready For the Next Festival? Epcot International Festival of the Arts is Right around the Corner

In true Disney fashion, we have not yet got through the current festival when they are announcing the next. No one can say that there is not something new and exciting happening at Walt Disney World Resort.

As Walt Disney once said, “Color does brighten things up, doesn’t it?” We say, “yes!” This year’s Food Studios’ menus are bursting with bright hues and flavors, and you’ll have a chance to sample the spectrum of delicious dishes with the reward of a colorful culinary prize. As you stroll the World Showcase Promenade, you’ll be tempted by the creative bites and sips created by talented Disney chefs. Collect a stamp for each menu item you taste along the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine, fill your Festival Passport “palette,” then collect your colorful culinary prize.

Starting next month, you can celebrate the best in visual, culinary and performing arts during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Jan. 17 – Feb. 24, 2020, at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Returning to the festival this year is the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, with three daily performances headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-wining shows. Along with Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee, Alton Fitzgerald White and Kissy Simmons will kick-off the concert series. 

On Jan. 17, Alton and Kissy who starred in “THE LION KING”on Broadway will perform at America Gardens Theater. Alton has broken Broadway records with more than 4,000 performances as Mufasa and Florida-native Kissy is best known to Disney fans as Nala. The Disney Parks Blog recently caught up with Kissy and Alton to chat about their upcoming performances at Epcot. Check out the video below for more! 

Here’s the full lineup of show-stopping talent for the Disney on Broadway Concert Series: 

  • Jan. 17, 20, 21 and 24 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“THE LION KING”) 
  • Jan. 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee 
  • Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5 and 6 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • Jan. 27, 30, 31, Feb. 3, 4, 7 and 8 – Liana Hunt (“Newsies”) and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
  • Feb. 9 – Special performance featuring Lindsay, Massey, Hunt and Jacobs
  • Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
  • Feb. 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20 and 21 – Syndee Winters (“The Lion King”) and Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”)
  • Feb. 24 – Special performance featuring Brown, Strickland, Winters and Scott.

And remember: age doesn’t matter – art is for everyone! There’s fun for kids of every generation at the Green Landing Family Play Zone. You can pose for some memorable family pictures at several Artful Photo Ops, then paint a piece of our Expression Section: Paint by Number Mural at World Showcase Plaza. 

When you join us for festival fun, you won’t want to miss the new films debuting at Epcot Jan. 17, 2020. You’ll see art meet science in “Awesome Planet” at The Land pavilion, which employs spectacular imagery, in-theater effects, and an original musical score. You’ll get to perform as part of the audience at the “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in the France pavilion. And you’ll be surrounded by the visual beauty of northern climes when viewing “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” in the Canada pavilion – it’s a breathtaking update to the original “O Canada!” film with new scenes, a new musical score and narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.

While visiting World Showcase, be sure to check out a brand new to Epcot performing in the Germany pavilion, Lebendig (“Alive”), Jan. 17 – Feb. 25. This four-piece pop/rock outfit will delight audiences with its contemporary interpretation of the beloved German Schlager style, including covers and originals. 

All shows are performed at America Gardens Theatre and 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. Packages at participating Epcot restaurants are now booking; visit ArtfulEpcot.com or call (407) WDW-FEST to make a reservation. If you are planning on making this part of your vacation plans, head over to our official travel partners, Fairytale Journeys Travel and have them help you not only book your stay but all of your plans to go along with it, free of charge and stress free. Visit www.fairytalejourneystravel.com. Tell them Spokesmayne sent you!

Be sure that you are subscribed on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram so that you don’t miss a single minute of Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts. Whether it be coming along ‘through the lens of this livestreamer’ on a live stream or seeing the fun and excitement through blogs and posts, we are going to have a great time this year!