Colorful paintings, Broadway performances and a murderous rainbow stupid drink: these are just some of the delights that await guests at this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
The 2020 festival may be one of the shortest in the Disney theme park, with only six weeks, but what it lacks in duration makes up for it with more style.
The festival begins on January 17 and runs until February 24, paying tribute to the visual, performing and culinary arts.
Coinciding with this year’s festival, three new films will debut at Epcot on January 17: “Awesome Planet” in the pavilion The Land, “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in the pavilion in France and “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 “in the flag of Canada.
If you are planning a trip to the festival, here are some highlights.
The food studios established throughout the World Showcase and Future World will present almost too beautiful dishes to eat.
Take a picture and then explore new creations, as well as the favorites of fans from previous years that have been reimagined by 2020.
In a recent media preview, Epcot festival chef Kevin Downing showed the Deconstructed Reuben, served in the Deconstructed Dish at the Showcase Plaza. Tender slices of smoked corned beef at home rest on a sauerkraut with rye crust and a Jarlsberg cake, accented with a broken Thousand Island dressing.
“The cake is the new component,” Downing said. “It gives it a really nice texture, a little crunchy. You can really taste that Jarlsberg cheese and sauerkraut there.”
The Masterpiece Kitchen in Canada features another ingeniously renovated old favorite. The Banna Cotta of vanilla, rose water and pistachio “looks like a rose,” said Downing. Go through the elegant pink sculpture shell to find a silky and slightly floral cream.
The Frangipane Almond Cake at Pop Eats! The kiosk in the Showcase Plaza, with its carefully crafted and colorful layers of frangipane separated by raspberry jam, is covered with a thin layer of Belgian chocolate.
“Desserts are awesome,” Downing said. “They did a great job with them this year. The cake is certainly like a work of art, and the rose we think will be super popular.”
As if this were not enough, Downing also recommends the Deconstructed BLT (once again in the Deconstructed Dish), which features crispy pork belly, tomato jam and a poached egg; and the Wild Mushroom Risotto (in The Masterpiece Kitchen), with aged Parmesan, truffle shavings and Zinfandel reduction.
“Come and try everything,” he said. “It will be great.”
When it comes to washing all that wonderful food, Rick DeCicco, owner of festivals and events at Epcot, also has some suggestions.
“You have to go with bubbles,” he said, pointing to a flute by Pinord The Lady Reserve Brut Rose Family available at The Masterpiece Kitchen. “I can not get enough”.
For those who prefer their bubbles in beer, Refreshment Outpost offers beer and popcorn pairings with Barrel of Monks Brewery Endless Enigma Golden Pale Ale and Bacon Barbecue Popcorn, Collective Arts Brewing Life in the Clouds with Jalapeno Ranch Popcorn and M.I.A. Beer Company Malt Bach Brown Ale with Popcorn Buffalo Bleu Cheese.
“You have to take a bite of the popcorn and a sip of each beer to really get the full experience,” DeCicco said.
Back by popular demand is the Rainbow Sherbert Glitter Dream Ale from Playalinda Brewing Company, Titusville.
“We worked with Playalinda last year to create this offer that is served in our Pop Eats store!” DeCicco said. “(It really) shines when you shake the cup.”
You don’t want alcohol? Don’t worry, you can also enjoy the bubbles.
“One of the ones that excites me the most is a new offer on our deconstructed dish called Rainboba,” said DeCicco. “Everyone loves a juicy pearl of a fool from time to time. This mixture is a silly rainbow in a bright sparkling lemonade, of course, and a cloud of foam on top. It’s very tasty.”
Just taking a sip makes you want to laugh.
Festival guests can enjoy shows ranging from acrobats that defy gravity and Broadway singers to painting and drawing demonstrations.
The Disney on Broadway concert series, with performances at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily, he presents stars from Disney shows like “Aladdin”, “Mary Poppins” and “The Lion King”.
The series begins with Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White and Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee.
Watch artists like Trevor Carlton paint with music, turning a blank canvas into Disney magic.
And if you prefer to do it before looking, book a place in a workshop and learn about Disney animation, 3D papermaking and the basics of drawing. It costs $ 45.
And, it wouldn’t be a Disney production without movie releases.
Tom Fitzgerald, Walt Disney Imagineering’s creative portfolio executive, described “Awesome Planet” in The Land pavilion as a call to action movie about our planet and what we should do to take care of it.
“The spectacular visual effects of ILM – Industrial Light & Magic – open the story to show us the formation of this incredible planet,” Fitzgerald said.
The film, which replaces “Circle of Life,” also features images of the nature of filmmakers from around the world and a score of the Steven Price Academy Award-winning composer. Fitzgerald said 4-D effects add flavor to the experience.
The new “Canada Far and Wide”, a love letter to Canada, is the third version of this Circle-Vision show.
“We work with many Canadian consultants to make sure it was as accurate and authentic as possible,” Fitzgerald said.
Panoramic views of Canada’s natural beauty and urban landscapes give the vertiginous illusion of cross-country flying, as actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy narrate.
For the latest in family fun, Angela Lansbury narrates “Beauty and the Beast Sing” in the pavilion of France.
Parents are even encouraged to join, as Lansbury urges children to make sure their parents are really singing, not just moving their lips. The lyrics of “Beauty and the Beast” are shown on the screen, as the film tells a twisted version of the Disney classic featuring Gaston’s partner, LeFou, as the hero of the story.
The song will be shown in rotation with “Impressions de France”.
“They are all part of the DNA of what makes Epcot so unique,” Fitzgerald said.
The Epcot International Arts Festival will be held from January 17 to February 6. 24 at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista. The festival is included with the entrance to the park, which starts at $ 109 per day.
Art workshops and Disney on Broadway Concert Series meal packages are available for an additional cost.
More information is available at artfulepcot.com.
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