Walt Disney World today announced the addition of yet another festival event at the theme park. The International Festival of the Arts will run on Fridays through Mondays from Jan. 13 through Feb. 20, 2017. This event, included in park admission, will offer visual art displays, musical performances... and the food specials that have become ubiquitous at Epcot's various festivals throughout the year.
The big draw for this one will be the showcase of Broadway talent performing on the American Gardens Stage, in collaboration with Disney Theatrical.
"Over the six weekends of the festival, park guests will enjoy different pairings of phenomenal Broadway talent in concert, performing songs from some of Disney on Broadway's award-winning shows, including The Lion King, Newsies, and Aladdin, to name a few," Disney said in a press release. No word yet on specific performers or performance times, but any chance to see even snippets of Disney's Broadway talent in Orlando should bring out the crowds.
In addition, will offer displays of art by Disney Legends Mary Blair and Herb Ryman, as well as contemporary Disney artists such as Disney artists Costa Alavezos and Joe Kaminski. And Disney will be serving up tastes at the event's Food Studios, though, again, specific menus and locations are not yet available.
If you are curious, here is Epcot's complete festival line-up, starting with the recently completed International Food & Wine Festival. Disney hasn't released the dates for next year's Food & Wine event yet, so we'll start with the 2016 event.
International Food & Wine: Sept. 14 - Nov. 14, 2016
Holidays Around the World: Nov. 27 - Dec. 30, 2016
International Festival of the Arts: Jan. 13 - Feb. 20, 2017 (Fri.-Mon. only)
International Flower & Garden: Mar. 1 - May 29, 2017
That's 210 days of festivals out of the 365 days of the year, from the beginning of last September through August of next year. And there's still time to announce more festivals for 2017!
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