Day 3: Festival of the Arts! / Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019

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While in Mexico we popped into the pyramid to ride the Three Caballeros and to have a look around the market in there.

I finally bought myself a painted sugar skull which I have been eyeing up for years!

Here’s is an older photo of the ceramic skulls on sale. I bought a purple one – of course!

Mexico Pavilion, Epcot World Showcase

There was also this Day of the Dead bride & groom sculpture called “Everlasting Love”. It is (was, still is?) part of the Coco Exhibition in the entrance foyer of the pyramid.

The plaque says:

Everlasting Love – The Bridal Couple –

In many areas of Mexico, Dia de Muerots concludes with a comparsa featuring lively festivities for the dead. The bridal couple, displayed here as an oversized parade float, is a popular theme seen throughout the holiday. The couple symbolizes love that will endure long after death.

Bridal Couple (2017)
Felipe Linares Mendoza (b. 1936) and Leonardo Linares Vargas (b.. 1963)
Mexico City, Mexico

This has been a bit of a disjointed write up as I’ve done things in sections rather than in the usual chronological order, and so, all of a sudden I’m going to be sharing photos from way back on the other side of World Showcase from where we ended our food journey in Mexico!

So here we are in the Canada Pavilion – I don’t think I’ve ever taken a photo of the above area before! It’s nice to see the totem poles at full height!

And then these wooden bear sculptures are along the exit from O’ Canada! and I had to wait for quite a while for the crowds to disperse to get a clear (ish) shot!

The UK Pavilion next which is always a weird one to see since we are from the UK and like to see how Americans see our country!

As I mentioned right at the top of today’s trip report, some of the topiaries for the Flower & Garden Festival were already up, including Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and Rabbit in this pavilion.

Peter Pan and Hook topiaries were also in the UK Pavilion over by Yorkshire County Fish Shop.

Winnie the Pooh Topiary
Tigger, Eeyore & Piglet Topiaries
Rabbit Topiary
UK Pavilion
Hook Topiary
Peter Pan & Hook Topiaries

Continuing around World Showcase we reach the France Pavilion – and another few shots I don’t think I’ve taken before of the Eiffel Tower (replica).

You can also see the new Skyliner (that was being built and tested during our trip).

The attention to detail around World Showcase never ceases to amaze me!

The next Pavilions are Morocco and Japan which I wrote about earlier, and then follows The American Adventure which is home to the America Gardens Theatre.

During festivals, the theatre is taken over by a variety of performers. For Festival of the Arts it is the Disney on Broadway Concert Series.

Get swept away by the songs you love. Sit back and sing along with show-stopping numbers from legendary Disney musicals. Every 2 weeks, we’ll welcome different pairs of Disney on Broadway stars to perform some of the songs they helped make famous plus other sensational tunes.

On this final evening the bill was:

Ashley Brown – originated the title role in Disney’s Mary Poppins on Broadway. She also starred as Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, as well as the National Tours of Mary Poppins and Disney’s On the Record.

Josh Strickland – originated the title role in Disney’s Tarzan on Broadway. He most recently reprised his starring role as Tarzan in Oberhausen, Germany at the Stage Metronom Theater.

Kissy Simmons – starred as Nala in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway, on National Tour, and in the Las Vegas production. Kissy is a native of Floral City, FL and a proud graduate of the University of South Florida.

Alton Fitzgerald White – is Broadway’s longest-running King Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King with over 4300 performances. Other Broadway starring roles include The Color Purple, Ragtime, Miss Saigon, Tommy, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe.

World Showcase Lagoon

Italy and Germany Pavilions follow, and then it is past the African Outpost (where we stopped for a drink) into the China Pavilion.

We spotted this Mushu (the dragon from Disney’s Mulan) mural on the wall in China, and the adorable panda topiaries.

The Norway Pavilion is next and there was a huge troll topiary here! Then it’s back to Mexico and the whole circle of Epcot World Showcase is done!