Happy 2018 and WELCOME to the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts! As you may know, this Festival debuted at Epcot last year and was a HUGE hit, so it is returning for it's sophomore year. This year's event, unlike last year, will run every day, until February 19th. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite events on property. Think Flower and Garden Festival meets the old Festival of the Masters from the old Downtown Disney, with some Food and Wine Festival mixed in. In fact, Disney may have found the PERFECT recipe to make Festival of the Arts the new fan favorite. Take a gorgeous park, add in a rainbow of gorgeous art and displays, stir in some fantastic Broadway performers in concert, and then take the food and drink booths and kick 'em up to an elevated level that only true foodies could appreciate, and there you have it. Magic! Top it all off with a dollop of heavenly Florida winter weather, and you really can't mess it up.
So, what are we waiting for? Let me take you through my day in the park, including reviews of the food and drink items that I sampled. Buckle up. It's gonna be another tasty post!
Like last year, there's tons to see and to at Festival of the Arts! There are gorgeous displays, photo ops, and live music all over, not to mention artists in residence creating visual art pieces all over the park. Guests will receive a handy passport that outlines all of the events, as well as the booth menus for the amazing eats all around World Showcase.
There's extra touches of beauty all around Epcot during the Festival. Here's just some of the gorgeous sights I saw...
I also saw areas in Future World set up for Chalk Art, painting and more! Don't forget, I was there during the opening hours of the very first day, so there wasn't too much art already created to photograph.
There was some live music, up on the Fountain Stage, a jazz group called Nova Jazz.
There are even more photo ops this year, including putting yourself in various famous works of art like these...
A fan favorite is the gigantic pain by number mural that Guests are able to help with. There was already a lot filled in for it being early in the day!
It does seem like they have made more of an effort for kids to enjoy the Festival this year. Aside from the regular Kidcot Fun Stops, there's also Figment's Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt.
|Mine didn't work very well!|
If art, shopping and shopping for art are more your speed, there's plenty of that too!
|Lots of artist appearances|
|You can buy hand painted Tom's shoes!|
And that's not all! There are Broadway performances, classes and seminars and tons more to do!
Let's be real, most for us are here for the food anyway, so can cut to the chase and get to my food reviews? Much like I have with other Festival reviews, I want to remind you that I don't drink, so I don't have any alcoholic drink reviews for you, but I DO have plenty of food reviews, (some of which are from last year, but only on repeat items). At Festival of the Arts, presentation is JUST as important as taste, so you will get to enjoy some gorgeous dishes! Let's go...
World Showcase Plaza
El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist) Mexico
I didn't get to try anything here, as it wasn't open when I went by, so I'll have to go next time!
The Painted Panda
L’Arte di Mangiare (The Art of Eating)
The Artist's Table
So, are you drooling yet? Well there's plenty more where that came from! Check back here in the coming days for PART TWO of my Festival of the Arts Review!
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Until next time, have a MAGICAL week!