Last Week I was able to experience Magic, Disney Magic!
For years my good friend and top Disney Travel Agent, Jill, has been telling me about the brilliance of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. It took a couple of years, but I finally was able to accompany Jill (kid free! yay!) to Disney.
There are so many art related interactive activities, exhibits, booths, and fabulous culinary treats. What struck me the most was how much art begets art.
When Disney creates a movie that encompasses memorable characters and interesting locations, it leads to creative paraphernalia (t-shirts, stuffed animals, beach towels) and eventually attractions! The attractions are meticulously designed and crafted with the most amazing attention to detail, bringing those beloved movies to life. The artistry of the movie begets the artistic vision, creativity, and ingenuity of the items that come after.
The most recent Disney visitor (or “guests” as Disney likes to call them) trend taps into personal creativity as guests like to create custom t-shirts or costumes (typically matching each theme park they visit). Some of the creative favorites I saw were t-shirts that said “Most Expensive Day Ever,” “I’m Done Adulting Let’s Go to Disney,” and “Princess Security” (worn by a dad of a toddler dressed as a princess).
As art begets art, The Epcot International Festival of the Arts begets art inspired by the greats. Below is just some examples of different ways the guests interacted with and created their own art.
- Become Part of a Masterpiece – each guest was invited to go pose inside a life-sized model of a classic painting. As you walk from country to country in Epcot’s World Showcase the masterpiece reflects the artist origins. For example, you could become Frida Kahlo in Mexico or become the goddess in Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” in Italy.
2. 3D Chalk Artists – watch artists at work creating gorgeous pieces of art, some Disney themed, some copies of Impressionists – all in CHALK. All that hard work was washed away when a big rain came through. YIKES.
3. Contribute to a Painting – Each day, guests were handed a color and number and asked to fill in 6 squares. By the end of the day the painting was complete (see image underneath for the days progress)!! Talk about team work!
4. Culinary Arts – Disney is excellent at taking a theme and some food ingredients and running with it. Best of all, I got to indulge.
5. Artist Watching – throughout Epcot different artists set up tents for guests to view and purchase their work. Most art was Disney affiliated, but some were independent artists that had a whimsical, fun touch.
And yes, I did stop for my beloved French Macarons in France!
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts takes place every January – February for about 6 weeks. So, if you are planning a trip to Disney during that time, you don’t want to miss it. If you are looking to plan a trip to Disney, contact my friend Jill, she is a certified Disney planner, it is her passion and Disney is her happy place (she is paid by Disney, so her services are free to you).