Epcot- Festival of the Arts
When I heard that Disney was creating a new “Festival of the Arts” I was like, “Mmmhmm, another gimmick to fill low crowd times up.” And one of my Facebook friends (was it you, Lauren?) said something to the effect of, “It’s ok Disney, you can keep the Food and Wine festival up all year round. We don’t mind. You don’t have to think up different names for it.” I shared her sentiments. But the festival held a lot of new things. I was pleasantly surprised. There was art everywhere, so it was a true art festival, not a gimmick to keep Magic Kingdom from getting too crowded.
The Festival of the Arts started January 13th and it’s running until February 20th.
The official info from Disney is linked here.
Figment is the mascot for the Festival of the Arts, which could not make me happier. He and I have had a love affair since I was 10 and came to Disney for the first time under the tutelage of my own smart mom. I was able to choose one souvenir from that trip and Figment was it. I still have that Figment! We understand each other. Imagination is everything. It’s all fun and games when you’re a kid, but it’s problem solving, money earning and finding a way to work from home and still take care of your babies when you’re grown. Imagination is where it’s at and I’m excited for Figment to have a more prominent place in the Disney Universe.
Art for the Every Mom (and her babes)
One thing that I really loved about this Festival is that it is down to earth. I’m not all that interested in seeing $800 paintings that don’t fit in my life and that I’d be scared for my kids to knock off the wall. This festival catered to families. There were so many fun things represented that I thought more than once, “My kids would love this.”
Types of Art
I’m sure that I didn’t see everything. My touring style at this stage of the game is focused on enjoyment and not on “doing it all”. But we did see a lot and it was great! Here are some of the items that stood out to me.
Real Life Statues where a real person was covered in metallic paint and you really had to look twice to be sure that it was a real person.
Then there was a giant paint by number that Disney-goers could help complete. I did a Facebook Live on this- check it out here and follow my Facebook page here. (And join our group here, while you’re at it!)
Tents full of affordable Disney art that made me swoon AND reach for my wallet. I did talk myself down every time though, but Beth bought an amazing postcard (for only $5!)
Scene boxes that put you in the picture.
AMAZING chalk on the sidewalk
Food art- not only was there kiosks set up everywhere (similar to Food and Wine), but there were also pieces of art that were edible. Two items that stood out to me where a tiny easel made of white chocolate and the Decorate-Your-Own Figment Puzzle. So Adorable, it came on a little palette with different color frosting and various toppings to decorate with. It was a definite “wish my kids were here” moment crossed with a little “I’m so glad they aren’t because I can decorate and eat my own Figment.” AND IT WAS A SNACK CREDIT! #awesome (Yep, I just hashtagged in a blog post. I do what I want.)
Making Disney History
This was the inaugural festival and I was very glad to have been a part of it. I believe that this festival will go on to be an event that brings people to Disney in the winter months. I don’t know that there’s a better time to come than February. The weather is amazing, the crowds are low, and Figment has a festival for you that will rock your Disney World.
Shout out to the guy in the burgundy shirt that I met on the Boardwalk while writing this post! Had a great time chatting with you. Share me with your mom friends; I know I can help them!
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