Disney on Broadway Stars Take Center Stage at the New Epcot International Festival of the Arts

It’s the newest Walt Disney World Resort event that will excite all of your artistic senses. When the Epcot International Festival of the Arts begins January 13, you’ll find performing arts celebrating all styles and genres of music – with the Disney twist – all around Epcot.

We’re particularly looking forward to collaborating with Disney Theatrical Productions, which will bring an exciting new showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage. Throughout the six weekends of the festival, different pairings of phenomenal Broadway artists will perform songs from some of Disney on Broadway’s award winning shows.

We’re excited to announce the lineup of performers for this brand new series:

Ashley Brown Josh Strickland

Jan. 13-16 and 20-23: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland performing songs from: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid

Kerry Butler Kevin Massey

Jan. 27-30 and Feb. 3-6: Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey performing songs from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Newsies and Aladdin

Kissy Simmons Alton Fitzgerald White

Feb. 10-13 and 17-20: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White performing songs from Disney’s The Lion King, Aida, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid

Performances will be 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday through Monday of each festival weekend.

Disney on Broadway Stars Take Center Stage at the New Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Future World Plaza will also be filled with a variety of other visual and live performances including Epcot Living Statues, performances by Central Florida high schools and acclaimed university and college talent appearing through a partnership with Disney Performing Arts. Plus, Epcot’s American Music Machine will perform on the Future World Fountain Stage.

The festival runs Fridays through Mondays from Jan. 13 – Feb. 20.

We’ll have more to share as the Festival approaches, so keep reading the Disney Parks Blog for details.


  • We didn’t miss any of the shows; we came back every two weeks and got to see everybody sign! We love it! Came over and had dinner and watched the show and went back home. A great way to take advantage of your annual pass holder’s benefits!

  • Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland were simply incredible! I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to hear Ashley in person. I hope they will be on the list again next year for this fun event! Grins!

  • We will be there this upcoming weekend! Will the food vendors have most of their options as a snack credit like the Food and Wine festival?

  • Either Feb 5 or 6 is it possible to set up a proposal during the show? Who would I contact about setting this up?

  • Will there be Dining Packages for these performances? It’s so nice to not have to queue up for hours to see the shows in the American Gardens Theater.

  • We really wish there would be another production of Elton John’s Aida soon, since we really enjoyed the production we saw ages ago! Along with City of Angels, these are 2 musicals we really want to see again, since we really, really enjoyed them!

  • Very happy to see Art coming back to Disney. I always looked forward to Veterans weekends for the Disney Arts Festival at the current Disney Springs and was sad to see it go. I’m sure Disney redeems itself with this festival. Really cool to be including Broadway and Culinary Art as well.

  • I cannot wait! We will be there the first weekend. Is there going to be Festival of the Arts specific merchandise available?

    • Hi Nicole, yes! Steven Miller will tell us about the merchandise for the festival in an upcoming story.

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