Disney World Prioritizes Inclusivity and Diversity With New Figment Merchandise

Today, Disney Parks announced new merchandise featuring Figment the dragon will debut during EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts with a focus on diverse and inclusive artistic expression. Of course, the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts returns from January 13 through February 20, 2023.

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Walt Disney World’s International Festival of the Arts presented by AT&T is an EPCOT Park tradition celebrating all types of global artistry, from visual and performing arts to culinary expertise. Guests of the Walt Disney World Resort are able to attend with valid theme park admission and a same-day EPCOT reservation at no additional charge.

What’s more, Disney has confirmed that this year’s Festivals line-up will feature new and returning creators whose work “will immerse you in beautiful artwork filled with color, expression, and soul.” As part of their ongoing commitment to amplifying diverse voices and creating more inclusive environments for a wide variety of Guests, many of the artists use their creativity to uplift minority groups in their community.

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For example, cartoonist Larissa Marantz comits to educating students of all ages how create visually alluring pieces, while Afro-Latina children’s book illustrator, Yesenia Moises, has worked to diversify the cultural backgrounds of featured leads in the fantasy genre. Furthermore, artist-couple team Kahran and Regis Bethencourt of CreativeSoul Photography seek to “empower children of color” within the African Diaspora through “thought-provoking art” which centers “their beauty and uniqueness.”

Other featured artists include Dylan Bonner, Fenway Fan, Jerrod Maruyama, Ashley Taylor, Joe Ledbetter, and Disney Junior animator/illustrator, Ryan Riller. In the same announcement, Disney Parks also shared a sneak peek at new Figment-inspired merchandise, such as Figment Munchlings, Chalkboard Framed Mug, new EPCOT Spirit Jersey, and a CORKCICLE Tumbler, which will feature at the Festival.

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Truly, it seems like Disney will bring to life an “array of colors” through both this new line featuring that lovable fellow, Figment, as well as through the dazzling pieces created by the over 100 artists joining the 2023 Festival of the Arts. Plus, the House of Blues and Promenade Fine Arts (formerly Wyland Galleries) will also return for Guests to enjoy at EPCOT.

Which little sparks of imagination are you going to add to your Figment collection? For more information on “embracing your creative side” via the new line, click here.

About Spencer Beck

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the halls of the Walt Disney Family Museum, and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @pinknpurble everywhere.