Hello and welcome to the happiest place on the internet! As you may have guessed my name is LC Hill, and I am so happy to bring my perspective on one of my favorite things to Behind The Thrills. Today we’re going to be taking a look at the recent “Festival of the Masters” that took place at Downtown Disney.
I will be 100% honest, I had no idea what this was going into it, and I had no intentions of checking out the Festival of the Masters at all. I just happened to stumble upon it and what I found was simply fun. The Festival of the Masters is an annual open-air art show that features chalk artists, LEGO sculptors, music food, and this year a little Epic Mickey action. Being that I’m a huge gamer, let’s kick off with that.
Epic Mickey is a long awaited game that takes us in to the world of our favorite mouse, Mickey. Only this time it’s not so jolly golly as we visit “Wasteland” the land of forgotten Disney creations. I’ve been waiting to get a glimpse of the game, and while walking around the festival I got it as they had a demo station set up. The game has a look and feel like Kingdom Hearts, but it plays a lot different. It looks to have some darker tones, but nothing that parents should be too worried about.
The game is expected to be huge as they were filming a piece about it for Disney 365. I was able to snap some pics of one of the stars of “Sonny with a Chance”, Doug Brochu. If you look real close in the episode you may get a glimpse of yours truly gaming it up.
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While Epic Mickey was fun, it wasn’t the focus of the event. The focus was on art of all kinds, from Folk Art to sculpting and painting, to yes even LEGOs.
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The things these people can’t do with the little plastic bricks. Sure I’ve seen statues and mini buildings, but actual portraits? Killer stuff indeed.
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The entire area was also roped off into sections for Chalk Artists who were giving live demos and allowing people to watch and ask questions as they created.
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Of course the other art, while some of it not conventional, was also very good. One of my favorite was the guy using a spray gun to make huge portraits of Mickey. He was doing it super fast, in a matter of minutes, and creating really amazing pics.
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While I didn’t get a chance to go inside the new restaurant in Downtown Disney, Pollo Campero was having Cast Member previews and are expected to have soft openings this week. Keep checking back, maybe we’ll get a sneak peek.
For more information about the Festival of the Masters, visit the official site.
Til next time, I’ll LC..ya real soon!