by Brenda Kaufman
Photos courtesy of Disney Parks Blog
The fourth annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts opened Friday, January 17th, and runs through February 24, 2020. This festival celebrates the visual, culinary, and performing arts. This year, there are new life-sized frames of Van Gogh's famous Cafe Terrace at Night or Sunflowers paintings to step into for photo ops; 12 festival food studios; talented artists at work; and the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. Exercise your own artistic talent at multiple interactive exhibits and workshops. Enjoy activities like Figments' Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt, Animation Academy at America Gardens Theatre, and the Expression Section: Paint-by-Number wall mural in Future World. Interact with the Epcot Living Statues in Future World East, and marvel at acrobatic performances of the Art defying Gravity troupe at the World Showcase Plaza stage.
One of the festival's most popular activities is the photo ops in life-sized versions of famous paintings from Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and Leonardo da Vinci, along with the Peter Pan Storybook photo op and Washington Crossing the Delaware.
There are 12 Food Studios around World Showcase offering creative bites and refreshing sips like Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta at The Masterpiece Kitchen; Sous Vide Chicken Roulade at Pop Eats!; and the Sipping Chocolate Flight of white, milk, and dark chocolate!
There are also brand new permanent films debuting around the park: "Awesome Planet" at The Land pavilion and "Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360" in the Canada Pavilion.
Don't miss the "Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along" in the France pavilion! At the theater's entrance, you can explore a new exhibit, "Tales as Old as Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen," featuring a stunning display of ornate costumes, music, and artwork dedicated to the adaptation of French literature in cinema, theater, ballet, and opera.
There are also creative workshops like Ink & Paint Animation, 3D Paper Crafting, and a premium experience - Paint with a Disney Artist.
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