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Easter Must-Dos at Walt Disney World

by on April 10, 2017

Easter Must-Dos at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World loves any excuse to celebrate a holiday, so it is no surprise that there are some special offerings only available during the Easter season.  Easter is April 16 this year, and here are some of the best that Walt Disney World has to offer for Easter.

Meet the Easter Bunny (and Mrs. Easter Bunny, too)

It isn’t a surprise to most people that you can meet Santa around the winter holidays, but at Magic Kingdom, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny are available for a springtime meet and greet. Although they don’t sign autographs, you can get a picture and a special free “autographed card” as a souvenir. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny usually meet in Town Square at the Magic Kingdom from 9 AM to 2 PM daily through Easter.

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Family-Friendly Flower and Garden Festival Favorites

by on March 17, 2017

flower and garden festival favorites

As I mentioned in my review of all of the new 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival items, the number of great options to sample has exploded in recent years as the festival has grown to include fresh and seasonal food offerings. Today, though, I want to visit a few family-friendly returning festival favorites that kids and parents alike will enjoy (with a few options snuck in just for the adults). As always, click on each photo to see a larger view of each delicious dish.

Lotus House

  • Beijing-style Candied Strawberries ($5.50)

Lotus House: Spicy chicken lettuce wrap (new item) and Beijing candied strawberries (returning favorite).While not the most out-of-the-box treat you can sample at Flower and Garden, these strawberries are sure to be a hit with kids (and kids-at-heart) who like to play with their food. A crunchy coating of sugar is fun to crack open with sweet strawberries underneath – simple, but fun and tasty.

Bauernmarkt

  • Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-Spiced Chips ($5.00)

Bauernmarkt (clockwise top L-R): Schofferhoefer Zitrone (returning favorite), currywurst with paprika chips (returning favorite), Potato pancake with house-made applesauce (new), potato pancakes with caramelized ham and onions (new), warm cheese strudel with berries (new).Currywurst is a pretty popular German snack, and a more unique take on bratwurst than what you can normally sample in the Germany pavilion, so this is always a treat during festival seasons. The curry ketchup is slightly tangy and earthy, a fun new flavor kids will enjoy trying in this small plate. While not a huge portion, this is definitely enough for a hearty snack.

  • Schofferhoefer Zitrone Weizen Mix ($4.25)

A treat for adults, this specialty beer is a cousin of the ridiculously popular “grapefruit beer” also served in the Germany pavilion. A seasonal variation, this one focuses on a bright lemon flavor, a truly refreshing drink to enjoy during an afternoon stroll around World Showcase.

The Smokehouse

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Ask It: Best Boat Ride in Epcot

by on March 15, 2017

Happy Wednesday! Time for another round of Ask It.

Last week we asked you:

What is your favorite Epcot boat ride?

All I can say is wow…. people really love boat rides in Epcot. With more than a thousand votes, there was one boat that left all others struggling in its wake.

Here’s the final results in order from least to greatest.

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Every New Dish at the 2017 Epcot Flower And Garden Festival Reviewed!

by on March 9, 2017

The iconic "flower blanket" is one of the many favorite views of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.Spring has sprung, and the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has finally arrived for the 2017 season! Originally just a great time of year to see some of the coolest topiaries around, over the last few years, Disney has steadily transformed the Flower and Garden Festival into a must-do for those looking to sample some of the freshest flavors of the season. This year, two new food booths join the festival, and more than 20 new dishes complement the growing list of must-try treats. Today, I’m reviewing every new food dish (and, as a bonus, a few of the new beverage samplings); below my reviews, I’ve ranked the new food items so you know exactly where to head on your next festival visit. As always, click on every photo for a larger view of each dish – you might spot a few returning festival favorites I’ll review in a future post!

The Dishes

Urban Eats: Urban Fairy cocktail (returning favorite) with the Crabless Crab Cake (new).Urban Farm Eats

  • Crabless cake with crispy vegetable slaw, lemon vinaigrette, and old bay remoulade ($6.25)

If you can get over the texture, this is a definite winner for me. The crabless cake itself is vegan (plant-based, no crabs involved!), so the texture is a bit firmer, more like a moist burger patty. The old bay remoulade had a nice kick to it, still savory, but helped bring a little zing to the crabless cake’s mild flavor. The veggies in my slaw weren’t super-crisp, but the bright vinaigrette really tied the whole dish together. An unexpectedly good dish.

Northern Bloom

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Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns to Epcot

by on March 6, 2017

Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Returns at Epcot

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One of the most fun things that happens around the Easter holiday is the Egg-Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Epcot. Last year, my husband and I decided we were going to tackle to scavenger hunt and we had the most fun searching for the eggs that feature designs themed after some of your favorite Disney characters.

Oh and let me tell you, this was not an easy egg hunt! We got stumped on a few eggs and much as we didn’t want to, we actually had to ask the Cast Members for clues to help! (Make sure you look EVERYWHERE because eggs may not always be where you think they will be! That’s my best tip!)

With all that being said, I am happy to announce that the Egg-stravaganza has returned to to Epcot and it’s slated to last even longer than normal! This year, the hunt is on until the end of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. (Which ends on May 29 – or while supplies last.).

Guests will be able to search for special hidden eggs and record your findings by placing the sticker that matches that character on the specially themed map to represent that location. There are 12 eggs to find in all; one in each country.

Map from 2016. ©Rikki Niblett

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99, plus tax at Pin Central in Future World, Disney Traders at the entrance to World Showcase, or World Traveler at International Gateway.

When you complete the hunt, return to Disney Traders and you’ll be able to pick up your prize.  You do not officially have to complete the hunt to get your egg, but taking part in the hunt is really a ton of fun!

The Egg-stravaganza Easter egg hunt really is perfect for the whole family and trust me, it’s a wonderful activity for all ages!

Daisy’s Best Week Ever March 2, 2017: Flower & Garden Time

by on March 2, 2017

Hello, friends! It’s that time of year again. 🙂 I’m thrilled to be able to share with you some of the Flower & Garden Festival over at Epcot. Now, I wish I could have visited during better weather. Unfortunately, you’ll notice my photos are pretty grey. I’m just glad it didn’t rain! To get things kicked off, Here’s Figment still hanging out behind Spaceship Earth. He’s a leftover from the International Festival of the Arts, but I’ll never complain about having more Figment in the parks.

You don’t want to miss the rest of the festival, do you? Click to see more!

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Ask It: Best Special Event at Epcot

by on February 22, 2017

Best Special Event at Epcot

Last week, we presented this #AskIt —

My favorite special event at Epcot is…

Without a doubt, people are passionate about special events at Epcot. For many, it was difficult to choose just one. For others, there was one that drew large amounts of vitriol. With more than 800 votes in, here’s the results (in order from least to greatest).

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Full Outdoor Kitchen Menus for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on February 10, 2017

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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We are two and a half weeks out from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! This year’s festival will take place from March 1 and lasts until May 29. (That means 90 days of gardens, character topiaries, entertainers and most importantly, food and drink offerings.)

At this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, we will see the introduction of two brand new Outdoor Kitchen marketplace kiosks that will join the 13 returning booths. They are Northern Bloom, which focuses on fantastic fare from Canada and The Berry Basket, which will serve dishes that include berries.

I have the full list of the different Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens you’ll find this year, as well as the great drinks and food you can experience at each kiosk. Who’s ready to eat? 

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Garden Rocks Dining Packages Now Available

by on February 3, 2017

Garden Rocks Dining Package

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Yesterday, I shared with you the artists who will be performing at the Garden Rocks Concert Series during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival for 2017. Today, I have news that the Garden Rocks Dining Package is now on sale. This dining package allows Guests to pair your favorite Epcot meal with your favorite classic band.

Unlike other dining package options, the ones for the Garden Rocks Concert Series are not available for all dates.

The dining package is available on the following dates:

  • March 3-6, 10-13, 24-27, 31
  • April 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24
  • May 5-8, 19-22

Guests can choose to have the meal at either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Prices for Breakfast Packages start at $39 plus tax (for adults) and $23 plus tax (for children, ages 3-9). Prices for Lunch Packages start at $39 plus tax (for adults) and $15.50 plus tax (for children, ages 3-9). Prices for Dinner Packages start at $53 plus tax (for adults) and $17.50 plus tax (for children, ages 3-9).

With the dining package purchase, Guests are guaranteed seating at one of the Garden Rocks Concert Series performances later that day. This year, Garden Rocks concert performances are held each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Festival. Show times are at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. each night.

To book the Garden Rocks Dining Package, call (407) WDW-DINE.

Garden Rocks Artists Announced for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2017

by on February 2, 2017

Garden Rocks Concert Series Artist Line Up

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While Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, meaning six more weeks of winter…it appears that there’s only four more weeks until spring at Walt Disney World.

The annual springtime event, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival kicks off on March 1 and will run for 90 days – through May 29. That’s 90 days of flowers, topiaries, food, demonstrations, seminars, and yes, the Garden Rocks Concert Series.

In the past, the Garden Rocks Concert Series (which was formerly known as the Flower Power Concert Series) was performed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings during the festival, but this year, the artists will also perform on Monday nights too! Concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion.

This year, many favorite performers will be returning, but there will also be quite a few new artists from the ’60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s ready to rock! Here is this year’s line up:

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