Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicks off

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Spaceship Earth will be painted in a spectrum of light each night of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, accompanied by the Muppets singing “Rainbow Connection.”
Spaceship Earth will be painted in a spectrum of light each night of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, accompanied by the Muppets singing “Rainbow Connection.” Photo Credit: David Roark, Disney

Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort's Epcot can celebrate all things art now through Feb. 21.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts has returned to the Orlando theme park this year, featuring everything from Broadway stars to interactive exhibits and beyond.

Performance art

Each evening, there will be three shows featuring Broadway stars from various stage productions with the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. Dining packages can be paired with performances by visiting www.ArtfulEPCOT.com.

Musical acts will perform regularly on the stage at Showcase Plaza. The stage will also feature a show called "Art Defying Gravity," which Disney describes as "a spectacle of thrilling strength," and "Visual Art in Performance." During the latter show, an artist will paint Disney characters in just minutes.

Visual art

Throughout the festival, more than 100 Disney and visiting artists will be at work around the park. Guests might find them working at the Disney Artist Gallery or the WonderGround Gallery.

Chalk artists will lend their talents to the festival by creating works of art on the bridge to Showcase Plaza.

Young guests can create chalk art at Kid's Chalk Art. Meanwhile, families can participate in "Expression Section: A Paint by Numbers Mural," a collaborative art project in the form of a paint-by-numbers mural.

At the Animation Academy, guests can learn to draw Disney characters.

Work from Disney's Imagineers depicting attractions from around the world will be on view at "Drawing on Inspiration: Celebrating 50 Years of Magic."

Guests can also hop into some iconic works of art with Artful Photo Ops.

Culinary art

This year's festival will feature 15 Food Studios with varied offerings around the park. New this year are Deco Delights and the Craftsman's Courtyard.

The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine is a food stroll that features five food items for sale. Guests who sample them all and collect the stamps to prove it will get an Artist Palette Cookie.

Spaceship Earth

Throughout the festival, Epcot's iconic Spaceship Earth will also be in on the festivities. Each night, the sphere will be painted in a spectrum of light accompanied by the Muppets singing "Rainbow Connection."

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