This week, we visit Epcot to see Anna and Elsa in our “Frozen” Disneybounds. After an evening of exploring World Showcase, we sit down to dinner at the Nine Dragons to get the taste of Beverly out of our mouths. [Read more…]
By Savannah Sanders
I recently took a weekend getaway to Walt Disney World, meaning I had little time to tackle the parks. Careful planning and strategy would be necessary to get a Disney Parks fix, but then I heard about Disney’s new Express Transportation option. [Read more…]
On March 17, the long-awaited live action retelling of Disney’s animated classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” will enchant theaters nationwide. What better way to prepare for the exciting debut than with our top 10 enchanting “Beauty and the Beast”-themed experiences at Walt Disney World? [Read more…]
In the first-ever episode of As Dreamers Do, we spend a star-studded morning at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before unleashing our creative side at Epcot’s Festival of the Arts. [Read more…]
“Frozen” fans and fragrance lovers rejoice – a new Disney signature fragrance based on the animated film will be released this Wednesday, March 1. [Read more…]
By Patrick Santos and Gavin Hatch
‘Unlocking The Magic’ is BACK! Every month we’ll be bringing you fun historical facts about each park at Walt Disney World. This month we’re at EPCOT showing you around Future World East. [Read more…]
This year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off on March 1, and with celebrating 24 years, the festival promises new food options and beautiful character topiaries to capture the imagination. [Read more…]
By Gavin Hatch
This week we take a look around Epcot’s newest festival, the International Festival of the Arts. [Read more…]
By Patrick Santos and Gavin Hatch
This week we get artistic at Epcot as we experience the inaugural International Festival of the Arts. [Read more…]
This week, Mike and Frauke start their journey to Epcot’s Festival of the Arts, but things don’t go according to plan. [Read more…]
By Gavin Hatch
This week we walk around Epcot and look at Christmas decorations that are still up, preparations for their new festival, and more. [Read more…]
It’s New Year’s Eve for the Daycation Kingdom family and they’re celebrating at Epcot again this year. Join them as they party 2016 away! [Read more…]
With “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opening in theaters on Dec. 16, a special event was held at Epcot to announce new and updated Star Wars experiences coming soon, as well as transform a Disney icon into the Death Star. [Read more…]
The 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival starts on March 1 with new character topiaries, entertainers, food offerings, and other recently announced additions for 24th annual event.
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which expanded to 90 days in 2016, will run March 1 through May 29, 2017, and will feature the following new attractions:
• Fresh, farm-market food and beverage flavors will debut at two new Outdoor Kitchens that will join 13 returning Outdoor Kitchens. Guest can sip and savor their way around Epcot, enjoying chef-inspired noshes and refreshing libations with or without a kick.
• The new generation of princess topiaries (Snow White, Anna and Elsa – the first to be designed and created with topiary facial features) will welcome a brand-new Belle topiary as fans remember her from the Oscar-winning Disney film, “Beauty and the Beast.” Located outside the France pavilion with the Beast topiary, Belle will come to life with sculpted facial features and her yellow ball gown created with golden blooming Joseph’s Coat plants.
• Another festival first will be a 6-foot-tall topiary of Figment, the feisty dragon mascot of the park’s Imagination! pavilion, perched atop a 5-foot-diameter ball fashioned from yellow Joseph’s Coat.
• The brand-new Epcot front-entrance topiary garden inspired by a vintage Walt Disney short film will spring to life with a floral-festooned maypole featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy and Pluto.
• The popular Garden Rocks concert series will expand to four days each week, with three concerts each Friday through Monday presenting pop musicians that span multiple genres over four decades.
• New Garden Rocks Dining Packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants.
• Reimagined interactive play gardens will include a new take on the “Cars”-themed garden introducing a new character topiary from the June 2017 release of the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3.” Music Garden Melodies play area will return with new garden and topiary elements.
• For the first time, the event’s Festival Center will extend operating hours from Wednesday, March 1 through Sunday, March 5. Throughout the rest of the festival, the center will be open each Friday through Sunday with an entertaining mix of gardening seminars and DIY workshops.
• One of the popular Outdoor Kitchen gardens, Urban Farm Eats, will return with savory bites, sweet treats and ideas for planting produce that can inspire growing numbers of guests who want to learn to grow their own edibles.
“A lot of people, including young children, are serious foodies now, and they have lots of questions about gardening,” says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. “We’re getting more and more people in their 20s and 30s asking, ‘How can I grow this?’ I think we’ll be creating more gardeners because people can see what’s possible.”
Returning favorites at the 2017 Flower & Garden Festival will include:
• Topiaries of Donald Duck and nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie will share Future World space in front of Spaceship Earth with Chip and Dale for a “Fresh Epcot” selfie and family photo opportunity.
• Anna and Elsa topiaries will return to the Norway pavilion festival landscape in celebration of the park’s new Frozen Ever After Nearly 100 festival topiaries in all will include up to 70 character creations such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp, Simba, Timon and Tinker Bell.
• Guests will encounter garden surprises and special appearances related to Earth Day and other spring activities.
• The Butterflies on the Go garden will return with the story of the Monarch’s epic journey across the continent and featuring butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.
• On the way to the new Soarin’ Around the World film at the Soarin’ attraction in The Land pavilion, guests can discover gardens featuring edible flowers, plants that benefit health and healing, and a pollinator paradise.
• Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms will transform the park’s landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.
The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission. For more information about the 24th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, call 407-934-7639 or visit epcotinspring.com, and watch this episode of Attractions The Show featuring the 2016 Flower & Garden Festival:
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