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. ūüôā 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

©Rikki Niblett

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‚Äôll 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, ‚Äė70s, ‚Äė80s and ‚Äė90s¬†ready to rock! Here is this year’s line up:

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Julia’s Best Week Ever, January 26, 2017: Artsy Parksy

by on January 26, 2017

Over dinner on Friday night, it occurred to us… we haven’t been inside a Walt Disney World theme park all year. Between long work hours, visiting family, Girl Scout cookie sales, and other scheduling fun, our park time has been non-existent. Last weekend, while my husband was on call, I was watching with delight all the coverage of the Epcot Festival of the Arts. We cleared out our schedules and made our way over to Epcot to see what there was to see.

When the Festival of the Arts was first announced, I heard a lot of people talking about how it was some sort of money grab and would be a thrown-together event. The first weekend coverage was very positive, and so I went in with high hopes.

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Your Top-Rated Epcot Restaurants

by on January 24, 2017

Top-rated Epcot restaurants

Today we’re looking at your top-rated Epcot restaurants, based on the 122,000 Disney World dining surveys we received in 2016.

Dining is an integral part of any visit to Epcot. Epcot has around 30 quick-service and table-service¬†restaurants – the most of any Disney World theme park. Epcot also has some of the best bars in the area, specializing in everything from tequila to sake to sweet, sweet German wines. And if you’re asking whether the¬†Disney Dining Plan¬†is worth buying for your next Disney World trip,¬†this article should help you find the best places to use those dining plan credits.

Save room for dessert!
Photo courtesy of Disney (c)

We’ll also add a “Best Epcot Treats” section to include places like Germany’s Karamel Kuche sweets shop and France’s L’Artisan des Glaces ice cream parlor. Our editors point out that some people don’t consider caramel or sugar cones a proper meal. We’ll exclude (for now) small kiosks without seats or tables, like Taste Track.

The Best Quick-Service Epcot Restaurants

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SATURDAY SIX: The Six Most Artistic Snacks at Epcot’s Festival of the Arts!

by on January 21, 2017

This week‚Äôs¬†SATURDAY SIX¬†takes a look at The Six Most Artistic Snacks at Epcot’s Festival of the Arts!¬†When word came around that Epcot was adding another festival to its annual lineup, we were skeptical to say the least. Sure, we love the Flower & Garden and Food & Wine festivals, but did we need another one? Long story short: YES. Yes, we did.

The festival is filled with incredible art to see (and buy) along with an even better menu of unique food and drink options. From the Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts to the Wild Mushroom Risotto, the festival is filled with indulgent foods, but as always we here at the SATURDAY SIX were drawn to the more sugary based options.¬†Today we‚Äôre going to look at the most artistic snacks at the festival, along with a whole bunch of non-food related reasons detailing why we really love the Festival of the Arts. It’s basically TWO editions of the SATURDAY SIX in ONE. You’re Welcome!¬†Let’s start this party off right with‚Ķ

# 6 – Mary Blair White Chocolate Art Painting

This may be the coolest looking chocolate in the history of chocolates at Walt Disney World, a miniature Mary Blair “painting” on a chocolate easel. This is such a fantastic idea executed so flawlessly that you don’t mind paying $7 for a pretty small piece of chocolate. The chocolate itself tasted really good, even though it is so pretty we didn’t even want to eat it (but c’mon, it’s chocolate, it was gonna be eaten sooner or later).

Served at The Painter’s Palette, ($7)

Mary Blair White Chocolate Art Painting. An E-Ticket snack. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Reason We Love the Festival of the Arts: Figment’s Brush with the Masters

Epcot continually has the best scavenger hunts in any Florida theme park, thanks in part to the great souvenirs you get when accomplishing your hunt. The Easter Egg hunts are always a blast during the spring, and we also enjoyed Remy’s “Hide and Squeak” hunt during Food & Wine. For Figment’s Brush with the Masters, guests are given a blank map along with a set of stickers featuring well known paintings. You then have to go from country to country in World Showcase to match the correct country with the painting it features. In a fun twist, each of the famous painting features our favorite Epcot character, Figment!

Blank map. (photo by Megan Stump)

Figment inserted into Edvard Munch’s The Scream painting. (photo by Megan Stump)

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What You Need To Know Before Going to Festival of the Arts This Weekend

by on January 19, 2017

Ok, I’ll admit it. At the first announcement, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts didn’t seem like it would be that great. Even as the menu was announced my interest in the festival remained as muted as the tones of Picasso’s dark period. Alas, on opening day my Twitter feed flooded with photos and remarks about the creativity and fun found throughout the festival. Suddenly my interest sprang to life.

In its inaugural year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is offered Fridays through Mondays January 13 – February 20, 2017. Six weeks may seem like a substantial run, but when you consider the Epcot International Food and Wine festival runs for 16 weeks this year, this seems like a mini featurette. While the Festival of the Arts is not brimming with all the frills and frivolity of the Food and Wine, and the Flower and Garden festivals, there is still a lot to enjoy and if you’re not careful you might miss some of the offerings. So, before you head out the door this weekend here’s our Epcot Art Festival Tips.

Epcot Festival of the Arts tips


Epcot Art Festival Tip #1: Grab the guides

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Best Food Bets at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

by on January 16, 2017

Best Bets for Food at the Epcot Festival of the Arts

This is an article on the Epcot Festival of the Arts first weekend from guest author Todd Santanello:

I am an erstwhile chef and current Disney food aficionado. I hope that my back of the house knowledge comes through in my reviews, and helps you better plan your Disney dining experience. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter @cheftodd55, or join my Facebook group Chef Todd Eats Disney.

Opening weekend at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts was full of hits and misses from the new food studios. Most of the misses were not so much in the quality or flavor of the food, but in the overall delivery of the product. Service was very awkward and clumsy at most of the kitchens. While the concept of ‚Äúfood as art‚ÄĚ is wildly appealing, the actual delivery

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