Walt Express has some exciting news to share with you! To read all about it, check out Breaking News: Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts Returns for 2018!

Breaking News: Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts Returns for 2018

Last year, Epcot debuted a brand new festival that proved to be a HUGE hit! Walt Express is HAPPY to announce that it will be returning. We don’t know all of the details yet, but will definitly keep you posted as we learn more! We do know that the festival will begin on January 12, 2018 and run through February 19, 2018. The biggest change so far is that THIS year, the festival run all week long, instead of just Monday through Friday like last year. We are sure there will be many more surprises to be announced soon!

UPDATE: 12/22/2017

New musical acts and returning favorites listed for the 2018 Festival of the Arts. From Disney Parks Blog: It’s exciting to think about all the ways you can enjoy the tastes, sights and toe-tapping sounds at the upcoming Epcot International Festival of the Arts. In addition to all the artful offerings scheduled for the festival, make sure you plan time to enjoy some vibrant live entertainment! Just in time to join the fun during the festival, three authentic acts will take the stage throughout World Showcase, bringing new offerings and returning fan favorites.

UPDATE: 12/9/2017

Broadway performances will be happening again this year during Epcot’s Festival of the Arts.

Last year, the Disney on Broadway series was a highlight of the festival for many Guests. We’re happy to share a first look at the lineup of Broadway artists set to take the America Gardens Theatre stage this year:

  • Jan. 12-15 and 19-22: New this year, Kara Lindsay will join returning performer Kevin Massey, who will perform songs from “Tarzan,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies” and “Frozen.”
  • Jan. 26-29 and February 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White, who will perform songs from “Tarzan,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Aladdin,” and “The Little Mermaid.”
  • Feb. 9-12 and 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland, who will perform songs from “Beauty and the Beast,” “Tarzan,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Frozen.”

All Disney on Broadway shows are included in theme park admission and will take place Fridays through Mondays at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

You can experience Disney on Broadway with a dining package. You will enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, and later enjoy priority seating at the show. Disney on Broadway Dining Packages are available for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and include a 3-course meal or full buffet, depending on location. Packages are now available to book on DisneyWorld.com or by calling (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463). Your travel planner can also assist you with this package!

From Disney Parks Blog (last year)

Last year, our friends from Disney Parks Blog announced that this brand new festival would make it’s debut January of this year! It turned out to be very popular, and of course, very magical! We are super excited and can’t wait to find out what to expect from the next International Festival of the Arts in January 2018.

Here are a few highlights from last year’s festival.

Breaking News: Epcot's International Festival of the Arts Returns for 2018From the art of Disney historical artist Mary Blair and Herb Ryman art of Epcot to current Disney artists Joe Kaminski and CostaBreaking News: Epcot's International Festival of the Arts Returns for 2018 Alavezos, you’ll not only be surrounded by incredible visions, you’ll watch the creative process live.

In the inaugural year (2017) of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, a collaboration with Disney Theatrical will bring an exciting new showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theater stage.

And then you’ll feast on creations that look almost too good to eat, but you won’t be able to resist our Food Studios. Your eyes and taste buds will battle over which sense is getting the better treat.

We can’t wait to see what is in store for us during this year’s festival. For more on last year’s festival, check out: 2017 FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS.

Did you experience this festival? We would love to hear about it! Join us in our Facebook group, DISNEY EXPRESS LANE, and let us know!

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