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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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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!
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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’s 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’re 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…

# 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 “food as art” is wildly appealing, the actual delivery

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Menus and More for the Epcot Festival of the Arts

by on January 12, 2017

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The excitement is in the air! The Epcot Festival of the Arts kicks off tomorrow and I have a bit more information to share with you about this unique event.

Previously, I shared with you all some of the seminars that you would be able to experience, should you wish to attend. I was also able to share some images of some of the food and beverages that would be available for purchase. Well today, I have for you the full list of Food Studios, as well as the different menu items that will be available. These Food Studios will showcase delicious and intricate culinary creations. Take a look:

E = AT^2 – Serving delicious dishes that dazzle!

 

Menu Options:

  • BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam and Soft Poached Egg
  • Classic Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage and a Rye Curl
  • Cobb Salad with Smoked Duck Breast, Avocado Mousse, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon and Blue Cheese (GF)
  • Figment White Chocolate Art Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V)
  • White Chocolate Mickey Puzzle with Artist Palette (GF) (V)

Beverage Options:

  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Maple Bourbon Cream, a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Maple Syrup, a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon (non-alcoholic)
  • Pop-Artsicle: Red, White and Blue Frozen Slushy (non-alcoholic)

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New Tequileria Announced For Epcot

by on January 2, 2017

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We all know how popular La Cava del Tequila is at Epcot and now it looks like you’re going to have a new place to get your favorite beverage in the Mexico Pavilion. A new outdoor tequila restaurant, Choza Tequila will open outside of the pavilion and will serve up margaritas, as well as Mexican cuisine like tacos, empanadas, chips and fresh guacamole.

This appears to be a replacement for the recently closed margarita stand, but with the addition of an expanded menu, it will be even more delicious.

Looks like 2017 is looking a little better!

Stay tuned for more info about Choza Tequila on the blog!

New Details About Epcot Festival of the Arts

by on December 29, 2016

Epcot Festival of the Arts

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Are you as excited about the upcoming Epcot Festival of the Arts as I am? This brand new experience will take place for six weekends (Fridays through Mondays) from January 13 through February 20. The festival’s main goal is to combine visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world. This will be done with seminars, food booths, and Broadway-inspired performances.

First at the Epcot Festival of the Arts, Guests will be able to participate in unique workshops that allow your creative juices to flow.  The Interactive Workshops are $39+tax each. The full list of classes include:

Weekend 1 – January 13 – 16

Friday, January  13 – 11:00 a.m.
“Magical” Mixed Media Art, Rachelle Eason, BoiLedBooks
Create a magnificent mixed media piece using BoiLeD BooK paper and paint.  We’ll finish it off with a mat and some sparkle for a magical masterpiece to display!

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort

by on December 29, 2016

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It’s the most hectic time of the year! Walt Disney World is getting ready to celebrate saying goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 in a way only the resort knows how to…with an explosion of fireworks!

At Epcot, Guests will be able to enjoy two different showings of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. At 6:00 p.m., you’ll be able to catch the show with the beautiful and touching holiday tag. Then, beginning at 11:40 p.m., get ready to usher in 2017 with a show that’s unlike any other.

In addition, Epcot will feature DJs in both Future World and World Showcase. They will be found from 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. at the following locations:

  • the Future World Fountain Stage
  • China – flame effects and smoke-billowing dragon
  • United Kingdom – British Invasion
  • Italy – Euro-pop and lasers
  • Japan – “Silent Groove” party
  • America Adventure – America Gardens Theatre Stage, joined by a Latin band

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