So much to see, touch, hear, taste and smell – and so little time, with just five more weekends for the inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Arts. And while food is often the star of Epcot festivals, this one is a true trifecta of visual, culinary and performing arts.
This coming weekend (Friday through Monday), the don’t-miss recommendation is the “Disney on Broadway Concert Series” starring Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland performing songs from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Tarzan” and “Frozen” in three concerts nightly at America Gardens Theatre. (Ashley originated the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway, and Josh was Tarzan in the Disney Theatrical musical, so it’s the best of the best.)
And you can reserve a seat for the 8 p.m. show by booking a dining package at 407-WDW-DINE for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, The Garden Grill or Rose & Crown Dining Room.
It’s also the last weekend to see Bodh’aktan on The Mill Stage in Canada. Bodh’aktan mixes Quebecois, folk and polka to make fantastic rock and dance music. Join the party!
From big Broadway spectacles to the spectacular Living Statues by the Fountain View Stage that will leave you in awe at their ability to stand still so artfully, there’s a full day of sensory joy.
If you want to “dig” a little deeper, sign up for one of the fascinating seminars (some with a fee, others included with your Epcot admission, in Odyssey Festival Showplace). Here are some of our favorites for this weekend, reservations are recommended. Call 407-WDW-TOUR to book.
- Learn how Disney Floral & Gifts designers create their masterpieces (including Hidden Mickeys). A florist will teach basic design principles and show how to create Disney-inspired floral arrangements, 11 a.m. Friday; $39 + tax and Epcot admission.
- Just for fun, watch a Disney chef carve a watermelon into a gorgeous centerpiece, 1:30 p.m. Saturday; complimentary with Epcot admission.
- Take home some craft beer brewing tips from award-winning brewer, Mike Wallace. He’ll talk process, ingredients, creativity and style, 1:30 p.m. Sunday; complimentary with Epcot admission.
- Experience the artistry of Amorette’s Patisserie with Disney Pastry Chef Jade Bowser. Amorette’s is the exquisite sweets shop at Disney Springs, and Chef Jade will share secrets about the decorating techniques of Amorette’s signature “petite cake.” Best of all, you get to take your decorated cake home, 11 a.m. Monday; $39 + tax and Epcot admission.
See you at Epcot!