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#FeelGoodFriday: New Epcot Exhibit Comes to Life with Help of Local Community Organizations

Tajiana Ancora-Brown

by , Director of External Affairs, Walt Disney World Resort

It’s no secret that the arts are important to all of us here at Walt Disney World Resort. After all, we’re a company that was started with a drawing of a small mouse!

There are so many incredible arts-focused nonprofit organizations in the Central Florida region, and we are proud to be part of a blossoming community where, together, we ignite imaginations of all ages by offering enriching experiences that spark lifelong engagement and appreciation for the arts.

When we were bringing the all-new “Tales As Old As Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen” exhibit to life at Epcot, we knew we had to celebrate some of our community friends who are making a big difference within our very own vibrant art scene right here in Central Florida.

Now open in the Palais du Cinéma in the France pavilion, the exhibit explores how iconic stories we know and love made their transformation from page to stage, and includes some amazing props from the live-action screen adaptations of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and The Three Musketeers.

But that’s not all. Guests will also find featured items from local, French-inspired productions by the Orlando Ballet, Opera Orlando and The Garden Theatre—offering a unique new way for families to learn more about the arts and providing an outlet for our incredible community organizations to reach even more people, expanding their missions to connect children and families to the arts well beyond the Central Florida region. And, to showcase the wide range of arts-centric organizations across the Sunshine State, Guests will also find beautiful costumes from stage productions from Florida State University’s College of Music.

“We’ve reached so many Central Floridians through our organization, and being included in this new exhibit at Walt Disney World is an unprecedented opportunity,” said our friend, Shane Jewell, executive director of the Orlando Ballet. “We are just so thankful for Disney’s willingness to not only support our world but to also invite us into theirs, providing us with a new way to reach even more people with our art.”

Be sure to check out the new exhibit next time you visit Epcot—we promise it will leave you Feelin’ Good!