2019 EPCOT Festival of the Arts wants you to let your inner artist shine

2019 EPCOT Festival of the Arts wants you to let your inner artist shine

The first festival of 2019 at EPCOT is the Festival of the Arts. Guests will experience a celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts beginning Jan. 18 and running 39 days through Feb. 25, 2019. This year there will be more live music than ever before, fresh tastes to savor, and new artwork to admire and bring home. There are even a couple chances for you to let your artistic ability shine.

New this year, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series expands to seven days a week during the festival, providing more opportunities than ever before to bask in live Disney magic. Each week, different pairs of Disney on Broadway stars will take the America Gardens Theatre stage to sing favorite songs from award-winning Disney on Broadway productions. The lineup will rotate regularly, featuring music from shows such as “The Lion King,” “Frozen” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Performers this year include:

  • Kerry Butler (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • Meredith Inglesby (“The Little Mermaid”) and Steve Blanchard (“Beauty and the Beast”)
  • Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
  • Heidi Blickenstaff (“Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
  • Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)

The concert series is included with park admission; showtimes are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. nightly. The Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package is available at participating Epcot restaurants and guarantees show seating; package bookings open Nov. 8, 2018.

In addition to the concert series, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will feature 13 Food Studios, plus additional creative food and beverage offerings around Epcot with an expanded selection of delicious new tastes to savor:

  • The Artist’s Table will feature beef wellington with mushroom bordelaise, fennel cream and roasted baby vegetables
  • Smoked salmon and cream gâteau with egg yolk cream, paddlefish caviar and micro-herbs is sure to be a new favorite at The Painter’s Palate
  • Pop Eats! will serve up almond frangipane cake with raspberry and chocolate
  • Red wine-braised short rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic will be available at Cuisine Classique

Guests may fan their inspirational flames by bringing a piece of the festival home with them. Art collectors and Disney enthusiasts alike will find artwork for sale throughout the entire park, from the Art of Disney store to Festival Markets. In addition, special merchandise will be available at Mouse Gear and other Epcot locations featuring the festival’s logo adorning shirts, mugs, totes and other charming items.

The 2019 event provides fun every day for the whole family, including mesmerizing performance art, complimentary seminars, hands-on activities and much more:

  • Everyone’s invited to grab a paintbrush and help create a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza.
  • Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to literally step inside works of art and take fun photos, such as the “Washington Crossing the Delaware” Artful Photo Opportunity.
  • The Paint with a Disney Artist program invites guests to learn under the tutelage of a professional (offered select Fridays and Sundays, including continental breakfast, for an additional fee).
  • A variety of workshops led by professionals will teach different artistic techniques, such as floral design, ink and paint, mixed-media art and more (offered Friday-Monday for an additional fee). As a memento of what they learned, guests will take their creations home with them.
  • Complimentary 30-minute seminars will give guests helpful instruction for producing their own artwork at home.
  • More than 50 visiting artists participating in the festival will be available to meet with guests and share insights on their work.
  • Disney artists’ work will be exhibited across Epcot.
  • Gravity-defying feats of strength, acrobatics and many performing artists are scheduled throughout the festival.
  • International musical and variety acts will share their talents with guests, including the return of Bodh’aktan to the Canada stage and Delta Q, a new group performing in Germany.
  • Guests can join in the fun of Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt by purchasing a map at select merchandise locations.

Details on workshop registration will be released soon.

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Epic Chocolate Art Sculptures at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

Guests normally visit EPCOT during the Food and Wine Festival for the amazing tastes and sips they can eat and drink, but there’s a room full of amazing food that’s just for looking art – amazing chocolate sculptures created by Disney’s pastry chefs. These brand new sculptures for 2018 represent some of Disney’s most-popular stories from the last year and historically .

The amazing artworks are kept in special temperature controlled display cases. It’s hard to get a clear view through the glass sometimes, but we did our best for those who can’t make it there to see these great chocolate sculptures in person.

Disney asks its talented pastry chef teams to come up with their best ideas for the displays. This year’s displays include:

Wakanda Forever – Michael Craig, Alicia Cherrill – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Toy Story Land – Sergia Avila Favela & Team – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Coco – Noah French, Jason Stricker, Aqueda Vasquez, Cyrstal Saunders, Philip Douglas – Epcot Production Bakery

Polynesian Tiki Totem – Kelly Smith, Maciej Kilimnik – Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Village

An African Leopard Resting in the Savanna – Kristine Farmer – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

We missed the team for the Sleepy Hollow display, deepest apologies.

But check out the cool Hidden Mickey they included.

After viewing this collection of sculptures made of chocolate at EPCOT’s Food & Wine Festival, there’s no doubt in my mind that some of the best pastry chefs in the world work at Walt Disney World.

To find these works of art, head to the Festival Center and then make a beeline for back and the Ghirardelli store. Don’t forget to pick up your free square of chocolate. They’re usually handing them out near the front of the store.

Which is your favorite?

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How-to Draw Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas

It’s been 25 years since Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” first charmed audiences everywhere with its fun spooky take on holidays gone wrong and the woman who saves the day. We mean Sally of course, one of Disney’s most popular heroines. This week Disney has shared a new video showing you how-to draw her in simple step-by-step instructions.

Big thanks to Disney artist Stephen Ketchum from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort for the fun learn to draw video. If you have some paper and a pencil laying around, we hope you’ll try your hand at drawing Sally. If you do, be sure to share your results with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Don’t miss these other How-to Draw Disney tutorials:

How-to Draw Baymax
How-to Draw Stitch
How-to Draw Jack Skellington
How-to Draw Winnie the Pooh
How-to Draw Dopey
How-to Draw baby Jack-Jack
How-to Draw Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

The 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray Combo Pack of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is now available on ShopDisney.com. Your purchase via these links helps support The Disney Blog. Thank you.

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The Many Faces of Jack Skellington on display at Disney Springs

This year at San Diego Comic-Con Disney celebrated Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas with a special art exhibit featuring the Many Faces of Jack Skellington. A small selection of the nearly 1,000 special art pieces have now made their way to the Marketplace Co-op for guests to ogle over.

It’s been 25 years since Jack Skellington stepped through the magic doorway to Christmas Town and into our hearts. For this art project, Disney invited artisans from around the world to draw inspiration from Disney and Pixar movies and add their own creative touch to a vinyl Jack head. The results are delightful as they are creative.

What’s this? Check them out here: (Click to embiggen)

Of course, they all started as a blank vinyl Jack Skellington head. So creative.

I apologize for the poor photography on some of them. But it’s hard to get the ones behind glass with few shadows and/or little glare.

Which of the Many Faces of Jack Skellington is your favorite?

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Disney Villains reimagined by The Blonds this New York Fashion Week

Slide into your best Cruella de Vil designer clothes or your other favorite villain-themed Disneybounding outfit and get ready for a unique fashion collaboration between Disney Consumer Products and The Blonds, a NY fashion house power pair known for their glamorous over the top designs with a rebellious twist, during the upcoming New York Fashion Week.

Disney Villains will take center stage at New York Fashion Week on September 7, 2018, when luxury fashion brand The Blonds present ‘Disney Villains,’ a runway show featuring their Spring ’19 collection, which was inspired by some of Disney’s most wicked characters.

“Disney Villains have long lived in the dark shadows of the beloved heroes and heroines of their stories, and yet these characters are just as celebrated,” said Ken Potrock, President, Consumer Products and Commercialization. “Through our collaboration with The Blonds, some of Disney’s most notorious villains will be reimagined in totally unexpected ways during one of fashion’s most important weeks.”

Known for creating glamorously over the top pieces with a rebellious twist, The Blonds, co- founded by designer Phillipe Blond and creative director David Blond, will feature looks inspired by villains such as Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, Evil Queen, the Queen of Hearts, Dr. Facillier, Ursula and her dark eel minions Flotsam and Jetsam during the show.

“The Disney Villains style is iconic and has inspired us since childhood and throughout our career. The opportunity to collaborate with Disney and see these designs come to life on The Blonds runway is an absolute dream come true,” said David and Phillipe Blond, Designers, The Blonds.

As part of the creative process, Phillipe and David toured the Disney Archive Research Library where they learned about each Villain’s mythology and viewed the inspiration behind the iconic animation of these characters, including original artwork and sculpts.

“What drew us to working with Disney Villains are the complex attributes of the characters themselves,” continued David Blond. “Often misunderstood, Disney Villains are flawed, imposing and mysterious, and we loved the idea of taking these characteristics and translating them in a glamorous way, making them the heroes of our story.”

The show will be livestreamed on Disney.com, www.theblondsny.com and www.nyfw.com. Judging by these sketches it will be a most glamorous take on Disney’s classic villains. Will you be watching?

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American Indian Art and Culture exhibit now open in EPCOT

Epcot American Indian art exhibit

On your next visit to the American Adventure in EPCOT be sure to stop by and explore a new exhibit that brings American Indian history and culture to Walt Disney World. “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” displays the work of contemporary Native artists alongside artifacts from centuries past, demonstrating how ancestral craftsmanship influences modern generations. It opened July 27th with a special dedication from the Florida Seminole Tribe.

The exhibition is located in the American Heritage Gallery inside The American Adventure pavilion. The 89 pieces on display represent 40 different American Indian tribes from seven geographic regions across the United States.

“At Epcot, guests are invited to celebrate the limitless possibilities of human imagination and innovation.” said Melissa Valiquette, vice president of Epcot. “By showcasing artwork from so many diverse American Indian tribes, ‘Creating Tradition’ is a wonderful way to share a vital part of the United States’ culture with all those who visit The American Adventure.”

Collection highlights include:

  • Fashion designer Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo) used the patterns on a jar made in the 1900s by an Acoma Pueblo potter as inspiration for his “Ancient Resonance” dress.
  • A Pokagon Potawatomi black ash hamper basket, made in the early 1900s, is paired with modern baskets, exemplifying how this technique is maintained over centuries. For example, on display is “Mother’s Womb,” a basket made by Cherish Nebeshanze Parrish (Potawatomi/Odawa) in 2011.
  • A Chilkat blanket from Alaska dating to the 1890s complements “Raven and the Box of Daylight,” a 2017 glass sculpture by Preston Singletary (Tlingit). This piece shows how Singletary experiments with designs from his Tlingit heritage in mediums beyond traditional Native materials.

“Creating Tradition” also offers three interactive video exhibits where contemporary American Indian artists share perspectives on their work and culture. When guests wave their hands in front of a display resembling a campfire, the “flames” transform into a video presentation. Music playing in the gallery, performed by Native musicians, supports the objects and regions represented throughout the exhibition.

The new art exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Leaders from both cultural institutions were on hand for the gallery opening.

“I am delighted to recognize this association with Disney as their leadership shares the vision and creativity of contemporary American Indian artists with international visitors,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “We hope Epcot visitors will see the American experience begins with the American Indians who have always been here.”

“We are honored to collaborate with Walt Disney Imagineering and the Smithsonian in developing this exhibition,” said Della Warrior (Otoe-Missouria), director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. “Hopefully, it will foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the various tribes located in almost every state in this nation, and people seeing these artifacts will be inspired and strive to learn more about American Indians.”

The dedication ceremony for “Creating Tradition” included a blessing from Seminole Tribe of Florida representative Bobby Henry and a stomp dance performance by Seminole tribe members.

During the next five years, the exhibition will feature new artifacts and refreshed displays, incorporating pieces from more of the 573 American Indian tribes recognized by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Upcoming Events

  1. 2018 Fall Family Festival

    October 12 @ 3:00 pm - November 14 @ 1:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  3. NOVEMBERFEST 2018

    November 14 @ 4:00 pm - November 18 @ 8:00 pm UTC+0
  4. SpaKitty Dinner

    November 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  5. The Festival of Trees

    November 15 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  6. FIU’s 32nd Festival of the Trees

    November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  7. School Day at the 2018 Florida Tiny House MUSIC Festival

    November 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
  8. 10th Annual OrlandoJobs.com Job Fair and Career Expo

    November 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm UTC+0
  9. Florida Tiny House Music Festival (3rd Annual)

    November 16 @ 12:00 pm - November 18 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  10. Orlando Balloon Glow

    November 16 @ 5:00 pm - November 18 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0

Upcoming Events

  1. 2018 Fall Family Festival

    October 12 @ 3:00 pm - November 14 @ 1:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  3. NOVEMBERFEST 2018

    November 14 @ 4:00 pm - November 18 @ 8:00 pm UTC+0
  4. SpaKitty Dinner

    November 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  5. The Festival of Trees

    November 15 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  6. FIU’s 32nd Festival of the Trees

    November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  7. School Day at the 2018 Florida Tiny House MUSIC Festival

    November 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
  8. 10th Annual OrlandoJobs.com Job Fair and Career Expo

    November 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm UTC+0
  9. Florida Tiny House Music Festival (3rd Annual)

    November 16 @ 12:00 pm - November 18 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  10. Orlando Balloon Glow

    November 16 @ 5:00 pm - November 18 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0

Join our Fun Network

  1. 2018 Fall Family Festival

    October 12 @ 3:00 pm - November 14 @ 1:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  3. NOVEMBERFEST 2018

    November 14 @ 4:00 pm - November 18 @ 8:00 pm UTC+0
  4. SpaKitty Dinner

    November 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  5. The Festival of Trees

    November 15 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
  6. FIU’s 32nd Festival of the Trees

    November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  7. School Day at the 2018 Florida Tiny House MUSIC Festival

    November 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
  8. 10th Annual OrlandoJobs.com Job Fair and Career Expo

    November 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm UTC+0
  9. Florida Tiny House Music Festival (3rd Annual)

    November 16 @ 12:00 pm - November 18 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  10. Orlando Balloon Glow

    November 16 @ 5:00 pm - November 18 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0