Epcot International Festival of the Arts Is Set For 2018

For as long as I remember, I’ve loved art. Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself an artist, but I love to be creative and get my hands dirty. So, it should really not come to surprise that I love Epcot International Festival of the Arts. The Festival will run from  – , 2018.

Some of the festivities incude…

Art of Topiaries – The Disney horticulture team will be showing off their skills. How amazing is it to see how they create some of the amazing signature topiaries?

Watermelon Carving –  How would you like to learn some great tips and tricks for your next party? You’ll get them as a watermelon is artfully carved.

Magic with Water – This is a great one, not only for the lover of arts, but also for those who just want to take great photos on their Disney World Trip. The Disney Photo Imaging team will discuss tips and tricks for taking great photos around water including swimming pools, play fountains, waterfalls, and in the rain. You will also learn about using camera settings, lenses, and locations to get the best pictures. I try to take the best picture I can, but even I could use some of these tips and tricks.

Animated Flip Books – This session is Animation 101 where you will have the opportunity to create your own animated Flip Book while going over the fundamentals of animation with a Disney animator. Coming from someone who took Cartooning as an elective in High School, this is pretty cool.

Food Styling 101 – If you love taking photos of amazing dishes (hello Instagram), this is for you. The session will look at the basics of what goes into making food photo and video-ready. Lessons include going from ingredients to a beautiful hero shot, talking tricks and tools of the trade and sharing tips to make their own food photography shine.

Inspiring Floral –  This workshop will share floral design principles along with Disney-inspired creations to help you bring the magic of Disney to your home at any time of the year. If only I had a green thumb…

Handcrafted Calligraphy – I’m not sure about anyone else, but I’m fascinated by Calligraphy. My mom’s cousin had beautiful penmanship. I wish I could write like her. So, for me, it would be difficult not to have fun learning the basics of pointed pen calligraphy. This workshop will cover mastering faux calligraphy, how to hold an oblique pen, letter formation, common issues you may run into, and which paths they can take with this new skill.

Phone Cam Photography – Who doesn’t need this workshop? This photography session from Disney Photo Imaging is for everyone! You will learn how to maximize the capabilities of your phone’s camera to improve your photos. Lighting adjustment, color adjustment, taking High Dynamic Range photos, time lapse, and how to edit photos are just a few of the topics on the agenda. I no longer have an excuse for bad pictures!

Handwritten Typography – Nothing is more personal than typography created by hand and at this workshop. A creative service manager will teach you how to draw your own hand drawn typography to create personalized gifts and cards. Make your gifts stand out…in a good way.

Storytelling Drawings – A single drawing can tell a story – and this workshop will show you how to do it. A Disney animator will share the art of quick sketching from life. Gesture drawing of people covered in this session is a foundational practice for animators, storyboard artists, and directors. Lets see if I remember any of my Cartooning skills from High School…

Disney on Broadway

Last year, the Disney on Broadway series was a big hit! The America Gardens Theatre stage will host these wonderful artists this year

  • January 12-15 and 19-22 – Kara Lindsay will join returning performer Kevin Massey, who will perform songs from “Tarzan,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies” and “Frozen.”
  • January 26-29 and February 2-5 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White will perform songs from “Tarzan,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Aladdin,” and “The Little Mermaid.”
  • February 9-12 and 16-19 –  Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland will perform songs from “Beauty and the Beast,” “Tarzan,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Frozen.”

All Disney on Broadway shows are included in theme park admission and will take place Fridays through Mondays at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m.

Dining

Epcot is pretty well known for its food. So, why not experience Disney on Broadway with a dining package. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, and later enjoy priority seating at the show. Disney on Broadway Dining Packages are available for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and include a 3-course meal or full buffet, depending on location. Packages are now available to book. Just ask how!

What do you think of Festival of the Arts? Will you be attending?

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