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Photos from Walt Disney World, November 13-14, 2010

The chalk artworks on the walkways of the Downtown Disney Marketplace are only part of the story at the Festival of the Masters. And it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the theme parks.

Werner Weiss, Curator of Yesterland, November 16, 2010



Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney, November 12 through 14, 2010

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2010 Festival of the Masters sign

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Amazing sidewalk art in progress

More than 200 chalk artists transform the sidewalks around the World of Disney store.

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A skillful interpretation of “Rest at Harvest” (1865) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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A few of the 150 art booths on the West Side

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Creating art for Yellow Shoes Project

Through the Yellow Shoes Project, creative artists at Disney raise funds for charities.

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A food festival too

Downtown Disney restaurants have food booths, making the Festival of the Masters a bit like another Food & Wine Festival.


The Christmas Season starts at the theme parks at Walt Disney World

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Town Square at Magic Kingdom

We were at Walt Disney World for almost two weeks, primarily enjoying culinary demos and beverage seminars at Epcot. During this time, holiday decorations started appearing at the parks.

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Main Street, U.S.A at Magic Kingdom

There was no Christmas Tree yet at Town Square on Sunday, November 15, but plenty of other decorations were already in place.

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Hollywood Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This year, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights began on November 8 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Crowds at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Every ten minutes the lights “dance.” That doesn’t mean simple blinking light bulbs. It means a huge choreographed show, immersing you in a sea of millions of lights synchronized to holiday music.

I turned to my wife and enthusiastically asked, “Isn’t this great?”

“It’s not even Thanksgiving,” she replied.

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Millions of lights

I remember when the lights were on Residential Street, giving the illusion of an insanely decorated residential neighborhood. It was the only time you could walk down Residential Street, which was normally just part of the tram tour.

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The Streets of America, transformed

I would end this article by wishing you a Merry Christmas—but it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.


 

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