I used to live right next to Broadway in New York City. Not just any part of Broadway, the Broadway, where all the musicals live, theater row. I wish I had Spencer and Jason back then so I could introduce them to the singing and dancing. Until then we’ll celebrate the arts during events like the Epcot International Festival Of The Arts.
Walt Disney World has rolled out the red carpet for their inaugural visual, performing and culinary arts festival. I was invited to attend the opening day’s festivities and it’s one of those fantastical Disney moments I’ll remember forever. Throughout the park you’ll find tents with art for sale. All different types of art as well from bird houses to paintings. You can also step inside of your favorite paintings like I did below. This was one of my favorite aspects of the day, finding the different step in paintings and providing my own version of a living painting. There are also numerous free seminars you can sign up for like animation drawing and calligraphy. I wasn’t able to do this but if you take part please let me know. Because it rained I didn’t get to see the Walking Chalk Gallery. The type where the artists make it look like you’ll fall into the ground. The best.
Culinary treats are always a big draw for any Epcot festival. The International Festival of the Arts is no different. There is an entire menu available to try throughout the park, these are just a sampling of what we tried. The spicy tuna with sriracha mayonnaise and sesame seeds was too good to be true. I ate three. You can find it in The Painter’s Palate. Elaine is offering up Flank Steak Huarache in Mexico, it was good but not my favorite thing I’ve had in Epcot. Gina enjoyed the BLT with crispy pork belly, tomato jam and soft poached egg and said it was full of flavor. For dessert try the Triple Chocolate Mousse, chocolate crunch, dark chocolate sauce and gold leaf. As you all know, I’m not a huge dessert fan and I enjoyed this. It wasn’t too rich but it was still flavorful. If you bring the kids I recommend the Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip cookie. It’s this huge cookie and different cups of colored chocolate so the kids can decorate. I was mesmerized. I knew it would be too much for me but I checked out each one walking by.
In bigger news I drank alcohol. Wait what was that? You heard me. I drank a (2) glass of wine during this event. Mainly because it was so beautiful. The wine was called Cloudem Gold and it looked like a glass full of shimmer. And not subtle shimmer either, but a heavy shimmer always in motion. And it had the sweetest taste, not a hint of alcohol or bitter. Cloudem wine has 9% alcohol and it is my new obsession. However you can’t buy it in America. You can only drink at Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
The event I was most excited about was Disney on Broadway. Disney celebrity Broadway stars take to the stage to perform songs from the biggest musical hits. I thought this was going to be different, I thought we were going to see scenes from the Disney Broadway shows. Instead two of the stars came out and sang songs from hits like Little Mermaid, Newsies and more. It was still absolutely magical in a way only Disney can produce but I want to make sure you understand. Each weekend a new set of actors will take the stage to perform. Here is who you can catch:
- January 27-30 and February 3-6
Kerry Butler & Kevin Massey perform songs from Disney’s Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies and Tarzan.
- February 10-13 and 17-20
Kissy Simmons & Alton Fitzgerald White perform songs from Disney’s Aida, Aladdin, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.
I’ve included a clip from the sensational Ashley Brown singing her smash hit Supercalafragilisticexpialidocious during Disney on Broadway at the inaugural opening of Walt Disney World’s International Festival of the Arts.
This new festival will probably be my favorite every year due to the addition of Disney on Broadway. I think it will grow and more and more will be added and expanded upon. Epcot can do no wrong in this arena and they proved it with the roll out of the International Festival of the Arts this first year.