EPCOT 2019 International Festival Of The Arts Discussion

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  1. MickleSt

    MickleSt Earning My Ears

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    This thread will be for the 2019 edition of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. Post any news, tips, previous experiences, recommendations or gripes. What's a good game plan for the event? Join in here!
    Abbreviation is IFOA!
    The Festival will run from January 18 thru February 25, 2019
    One change announced this year is that the Broadway concerts will happen daily, rather than the previous 4 or 5 days around the weekend.
    Chime in with any updates, expectations and strategies.
    Did you attend a previous IFOA? Favorite things? Food, Seminars, Exhibitions, Performances, Workshops, etc.
     
  2. MickleSt

    MickleSt Earning My Ears

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    For those with spouses immune to Theme Parks, did this event prove a good thing for them? I'm traveling with someone who is most interested in EPCOT (after Harry Potter at Universal, but that's another story).
     
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  4. DisneyandBeerLover

    DisneyandBeerLover Earning My Ears

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    Interested in hearing more about this event!
     
  5. 1lilspark

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    Hope for more variety in the Broadway acts as the only difference between 2017 and 2018 was Kerry Butler being swapped out for Kara Lindsey
     
  6. 2xcited2sleep

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    I've really enjoyed this festival in the past. There have been some delicious food items (mushroom risotto & sidecar cocktail stick out). In terms of a wish list, I'd love to see the inclusion of more artists (all mediums) that aren't necessarily Disney artists. I like the Disney art too... but I'm pretty close to the saturation point with overt Disney stuff in the house. I've noticed that several of the resorts are now offering paint nights where you get a glass of wine and paint a pre-determined image with instruction. I'd love to see them do one in World Showcase prior to open and you paint something from one of the pavilions. Or maybe a photography tour of World Showcase prior to open? World Showcase is my favorite, if you couldn't tell. :goodvibes
     
  7. MickleSt

    MickleSt Earning My Ears

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    Photo tour sounds good to me. I hope they so add more musical groups from the local community there. I know Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale have sister LGBT community bands. Might be fun to have them there.
    I do hope that the Disney artist exhibit is maybe one concentrating on Eyvind Earle, a wonderful talent who basically designed the look of Sleeping Beauty.
     
  8. rstevens333

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    I liked the 2018 version of this a lot. The paint-the-squares murals were fun. The food was good. The exhibits were cool. I skipped the music. Would definitely go back.

    It had a lot of what I like about Food and Wine, but with better weather.
     
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  9. Tinkerbellmom43

    Tinkerbellmom43 Re-earning my ears

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    My daughter and I enjoyed this Festival in January. The food was delicious, paint the squares was fun and just slowing down to watch the Artists at work was so relaxing and cool to see. We didn't take advantage of the music and tours due to time and fast passes but I definitely would on future visits.
     
  10. ilanakan

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    We are able to go only on the opening day. Just how crowded does it get?
     
  11. Chisoxcollector

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    Being Opening Day, and a Friday, it will likely be pretty crowded, especially in the evening.
     
  12. Pdollar88

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    I was/am really looking forward to seeing the Festival of the Arts for the first time this year. My mom and I had a trip on the books, but she backed out. I'm debating going solo. Although I just went in September, and I'll be going again in May. Is it worth it just to go down for a couple of days to experience Festival of the Arts? I'm a big Broadway person, and the festival just looks charming to me.
     
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    I think it's worth it. It is our favorite Epcot festival, by far.
     
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  14. FairWahine

    FairWahine Earning My Ears

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    Exactly!

    I loved the paint-by-number murals, the artists, the beautiful food and, most especially, the super cool Photo Pass opportunities to fit yourself into classic works of art. I've been both years and it's my favorite festival. So glad it's coming back.
     
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    Based on last year, does anyone have any idea when the performance schedule for 2019 will be released?
     
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    I am excited to go. Only going for a few days but will focus on this
     
  17. Ds4angels

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    Are the food booths open every day or just Fri,Sat,Sun?
     
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    Every day!
     
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    Yeah, every day! I had a particularly tasty and hilarious deconstructed Reuben last year that was almost stolen by a bird while I was photographing it.

    The pixel murals were quite cool.
     
  20. Texans_loyal

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    My favorite Epcot festival!! Super bummed we are missing it by 2 weeks, We loved the food and atmosphere.
     
  21. Nohal

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    This is a great festival. So many things to do and see. I think it is better than Food and Wine and the weather is so much better. The food booths are good and the artists are very talented. I loved the interaction photo ops, the paint by number mural, living statues, and the chalk art.
     
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