EPCOT announced the addition of an arts festival to its lineup, filling nearly 60 percent of its calendar with festivals.
The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will run Fridays-Mondays from January 13 through February 20. The six-week festival replaces the Pageant of the Masters art festival, which ran for one weekend at Downtown Disney, which has been renamed to Disney Springs.
The fourth festival at EPCOT will help fill its calendar with 210 days of festivals during the 365 days of the year. John Frost, the founder and author of the official Disney Blog, wrote that the move is to “expand the festival feel of EPCOT to more weekends” but “it probably won’t draw Food and Wine level crowds.”
The new art show will feature visual, performing and culinary arts. Disney legends Mary Blair and Herb Ryman will perform with current Disney artists like Joe Kaminski and Costa Alaverzo. Broadway talent from The Lion King, Newsies and Aladdin will visit The American Gardens Theatre. Disney’s Food Studios will whip up the culinary creations.
EPCOT festivals schedule:
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