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Weekly Focus: Springtime in the Sunshine – Festival of the Arts

A New Springtime Festival

As we are now in the month of March, our Weekly Focus articles will take on a new theme. This month we will be looking at the Springtime events that the theme parks have to offer. The Spring is a great time to visit the parks. If you avoid the national holidays, the crowds are generally lower than the rest of the year. The weather at this time of year can vary quite drastically throughout the day with cold mornings and evenings, but very warm afternoons. However, the weather at this time of year is far more manageable than the heat of the Summer. Springtime at the parks also features a wealth of special events and festivals. This month we will be taking a look at these offerings. The first of the season is a new festival that debuted this year but is confirmed for next year too. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is the ultimate food, art and entertainment experience. Similar to the other festivals run at Epcot, the Festival of the Arts celebrates culture, art, food and entertainment from around the world.

Performing Arts

As well as visual arts displayed around the park, there are opportunities to watch special performances. The festival features musical performances by Broadway stars, jazz ensembles, local choirs, marching bands and more. As well as the musical performances, performers such as living statues are present around the park.

Special Food Offerings

As with all Epcot festivals, there are special food offerings available to eat your way around the world. Food offerings celebrate both culture from around the world and famous artists. For example, the Piet Mondrian inspired cake featured in the image to the right. Items also include Pop’t Art - Abstract Designed Sugar Cookies, Painters palette cookies, Mary Blair white chocolate paintings with chocolate easel and Figment inspired offerings aplenty!

Immerse Yourself

During the festival, there are opportunities to attend masterclasses on various forms of art. There are also special exhibitions to view art by and learn about famous Disney artists such as Mary Blair and Herb Ryman. Around the park, there are special photo opportunities that allow you to put yourself into famous artworks such as the Mona Lisa and The Scream.

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