Posts Tagged ‘Epcot Flower and Garden Festival’

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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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‚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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A First Look at the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on November 29, 2016

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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We are just a few months away from the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, which kicks off on March 1 and lasts until May 29. (That’s 90 days of gardens, character topiaries, entertainers and food and drink offerings.) This year will feature a number of new things for Guests to enjoy.

To begin with, there will be two new Outdoor Kitchens that will join the thirteen returning dining kiosks. I am excited to learn what these new kitchens will offer, since I love the fresh food and beverages that this festival serves each year.

One of my favorite things about the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival are the topiaries. This year, there will be an all new Belle topiary from Beauty and the Beast. Belle will be a new generation of topiary that will feature facial features, much like Snow White, Anna, and Elsa currently have. She will be seen wearing her famous yellow ball gown. 

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Dates for the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on June 3, 2016

©Rikki Niblett

©Rikki Niblett

We just finished this year’s Flower and Garden Festival and according to Disney, we now have the dates for 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

For 2017, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will take place from March 1 through May 29! That’s 90 days of fun!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival features such highlights as the Outdoor Kitchens that feature fresh flavors and quenching beverages, the Garden Rocks Concert Series, instructional demonstrations and seminars, beautiful gardens, incredible topiaries, kid play areas, and much, much more!

More details for the event will be released going forward, but I at least wanted to let you know that dates to get excited about!¬† I‚Äôll be sure to let you know when more information about next year’s festival get released.

What I Wish I Knew Before My Trip to Epcot

by on April 5, 2016

Spaceship Earth!

Spaceship Earth!

If you are planning your very first visit to Walt Disney World, and you’re like me, you’ve probably done your Disney homework on the parks and resorts. I’m sure you have lists of what attractions you want to see, what characters you want to meet, and I bet you even made those dining reservations the day you booked your trip, right? Still, despite all your planning and newly accumulated park knowledge, it’s still easy to make those Disney World Rookie mistakes. My goal today is to let you in on some tips and info that I wish I had known before my park visits to help your first time trip to Walt Disney World run a little more smoothly. I‚Äôve already covered What I Wish I Knew Before My Trip to the Magic Kingdom; and so for¬†today, I‚Äôm tackling What I Wish I Knew Before My Trip to Epcot!

Epcot Map

The length of World Showcase is what I wish I knew before my trip to Epcot!

Two Parks in One

Epcot is one park, but it has two very different sections: Future World and the World Showcase. Future World was originally intended to educate visitors about the world and to be a showplace for new technology. However, Future World has suffered some criticism in recent years as many of its buildings sit empty and seems to be more representative of the past than the future. Still, Future World is home to some of the park’s most popular attractions such as Soarin‚Äô, Test Track, and the iconic Spaceship Earth. Epcot’s other section, World Showcase, sits towards the rear of the park and encircles the World Showcase Lagoon. This part of Epcot features eleven pavilions themed after different countries from around the world, as well as one for the United States.

What‚Äôs really awesome about World Showcase is that Imagineers went to great lengths to make each pavilion and its design both¬†historically and culturally accurate, so you feel as if you’re in another country and also getting a sense of its history¬†at the same time.¬†Also, I absolutely love eating at the different World Showcase restaurants and shopping for souvenirs from around the world.

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SATURDAY SIX: Six Reasons March is Going to be AWESOME!

by on March 5, 2016

This week‚Äôs¬†SATURDAY SIX¬†presents a brand new concept for us. The first Saturday of each month we are going to give a quick preview of some of the coolest things going on here in the theme park world in Florida, as well as those out there in California. We present to you¬†Six Reasons March is Going to be AWESOME. Now it is going to be hard to top February considering we finally received details on Star Wars Land, had the soft opening of the Wizarding World West, saw the start of Universal’s Mardi Gras,¬†and let’s not forget my personal debut as a YouTube sensation, but I think March just may be able to top it. So sit back, make sure you are wearing something green, and let’s start off with…

# 6 – Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Has Actual Souvenir Mugs! (Disney Springs)

Our long national nightmare is over. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, one of the coolest new additions to Disney Springs, finally has more souvenir mugs in stock. The Hangar Bar opened last September, and it debuted having a menu filled with pictures of unique souvenir mugs. There was only one catch:¬†none of the mugs were available. Late in the year, the awesome Cool-headed Monkey mug arrived but nothing else. In March 2016, the clouds lifted, and new souvenir mugs are now in stock! Added to the list of available mugs¬†are Reggie’s Revenge and the¬†Hovito Mojito.. The cool mugs, unique stirrers (including a python snake and a blowdart), and a multitude of coasters make the Hangar Bar one of the best places at WDW for collectors.

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The Hovito Mojito. (photo by Dirk Wallen of @WDWNT fame)

# 5 – Zootopia Opens

Having just made its national premier yesterday, Disney’s newest animated film Zootopia is already wowing both critics (with a shockingly high 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences alike. Since Disney bought Pixar, the two companies have seemed to go in opposite directions. The once flawless Pixar has been criticized for churning out sequels and even produced its first ever “flop” with last Fall’s The Good Dinosaur. Meanwhile Disney animation has been killing it with an incredible run that includes Wreck It Ralph, Big Hero 6 and the world wide phenomenon Frozen. Early reaction to Zootopia by the fans are overwhelmingly positive, and right now you’ll be able to catch the two main stars of the film at both the California and Florida parks. If the box office of the film matches the height of that audience score, we just may see more Zootopia in the parks sooner rather than later.

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Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde posing with a true character, the SATURDAY SIX’s own Megan Stump.

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A Preview of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Passport

by on March 1, 2016

Epcot Flower and Garden FestivalIt’s here! It’s here! The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is finally upon us! This year’s festival kicks on Wednesday, March 2 and will last for 90 whole days, until May 30!

There’s lots to see and do including trying fresh dishes at the Outdoor Kitchens; catching a Garden Rocks concert featuring your favorite performer from the last 40 decades; and hunting for the intricate topiaries that are incredibly gorgeous. Oh plus there’s the ability to explore the different gardens; letting your kids play in the awesome playgrounds or learn about butterflies in the butterfly garden; and catching a seminar about some horticultural lesson (ask me what I learned about bamboo or chickens…both seminars I sat in for and enjoyed last year.) Really, there is a plethora of things to enjoy for those with a green thumb and those like me, with a brown thumb!

So how on earth do you manage it all? Well, you can take a peek at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival Passport! This handy guide will allow you to find out where the topiaries can be found, showcases all the gardens you need to see, and best of all, get stamps of which Outdoor Kiosks you’ve tried. (It is a passport after all!) Take a look in order to create a good action plan and in addition, make sure you pick up a hard copy in the park during your visit.

What are you most excited about experiencing during this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival? I’m excited to be heading there this weekend and enjoying all the festivities myself and you can bet I’ll have my passport ready to go too! (Let’s see, first I want to see Ranger Mickey in topiary form in Future World East, then I’ll want to head to the Butterflies on the Go house in Future World West, and of course, I have to stop and try the new Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans at the Smokehouse, and then I’ll end the night catching The Orchestra with the Garden Rocks concert series. Plan made! What about you?)

2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchen Menus

by on February 23, 2016

Smokehouse at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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We’ve almost made it to spring! (Sort of….) To me, spring starts when the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival debuts and this year’s event starts on March 2 and lasts until May 30! We’ve already found out who the Garden Rocks Concert Series Artists are, as well as what some of the new activities are for this year, but now, it’s time to get to the most exciting part of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival – the food and beverages found in the Outdoor Kitchens.

I have the full list of the different Outdoor Kitchens you’ll find this year, as well as the great drinks and food you can experience at each kiosk. Let’s dive right into the deliciousness, shall we?

Urban Farm Eats (Walkway Near Imagination Pavilion)

Food

  • Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction
  • Vegetable and White Bean ‚ÄúNaanwich‚ÄĚ with Arugula Pesto and Oven-dried Tomatoes featuring Seeds of Change Quinoa,Brown & Red Rice
  • Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Rago√Ľt, Spring Vegetables and Marble Potatoes

Beverages

  • Aviv√© Natural Peach Sparkling Wine
  • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir
  • Sierra Nevada Otra Vez
  • Urban Mary

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