Last year we saw the debut of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts ? at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
This winter the festival has returned and it’s bigger and better than ever.
I was invited out to the theme park to partake in the opening day festivities and here are a few highlights from that experience.
When we talk about an Epcot festival we’ve got to talk about the food, because come on…is it really an Epcot festival without the food and beverages around World Showcase?
This year’s festival brings several different outdoor kitchen locations around the perimeter of World Showcase Lagoon.
My favorite dish can be found at “The Painted Panda” kiosk in China.
How cute is this Coconut Panda Rice Cake?! ? It’s subtly sweet and savory and completely vegan ?.
Along with the food and beverage locations you will also find Artful Photo Opps where you can actually insert yourself into iconic paintings.
Other interactive experiences include getting your hands dirty and actually creating wearable art pieces to take home.
I was educated and entertained at the same time by watching artists create scarfs through a process called water marbling.
And even created my own commemorative t-shirt with the folks from Enemy Ink who are in Future World West with screenprinting machines showing their process.
This year we see an abundance of exclusive art seminars and workshops led by published authors and artists.
Returning is the ever popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series featuring Broadway stars singing favorite songs from award winning shows.
New this year is the Art Defying Gravity troupe which you’ve got to see to believe.
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts has extended to every day of the week in 2018 and is running from now until February 19th. A majority of the activities are included with park admission.
For more on the festival visit the official Walt Disney World website as well as the hashtag #ArtfulEpcot on social media.
Special thanks to Walt Disney World for hosting me on opening day. I am an annual passholder and all opinions are of course my own.