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19 Magical New Experiences at Disney World in 2019

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Now, more than ever it’s time to start planning your 2019 Walt Disney World Resort vacation, because there will be more to see, do, taste and experience here next year than ever before! Whatever your passion for Disney, there’s a big dose of pixie dust waiting for you at all four parks.

Love Mickey and Minnie Mouse? Want to get wild with “The Lion King”? Feel like playing with your Pixar pals? Or maybe live music is your thing? All this and more will be waiting for you next year. Here’s a glance at 19 limited-time and new experiences at Disney World in 2019 to look forward to!

Starting January 18, 2019…

1. In honor of the true originals, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebrationwill bring new music, dancing and all sorts of other fun to Magic Kingdom Park.

2. For starters, the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” at Magic Kingdom Park will invite you to dance with Mickey, Minnie and their pals in front of Cinderella Castle. Shake it along with live singers belting out new arrangements of classic “Mickey Mouse Club” songs.

3. The Dapper Dans and other entertainers on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park will sing songs in honor of Mickey and Minnie.

4. Look for special Mickey- and Minnie-themed merchandise and food at Magic Kingdom Park to make this party complete.

5. And this is a Surprise Celebration, after all, so you can expect more Limited-Time Magicentertainment and other experiences to pop up periodically around Magic Kingdom Park.

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6. The Incredibles are coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as Pixar Place will transform into a Metroville city block.

7. At the end of the block, a party will be held in honor of Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone to celebrate their Super deeds.

8. Meet the one and only Edna Mode – the greatest super suit designer! She will set up a special location on Pixar Place showcasing some of her best creations (no capes!).

9. Also on Pixar Place, look for clues to the whereabouts of the youngest Incredible, the mischievous and multi-powered Jack-Jack.

10. Elsewhere at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a door to the monster world will open inside Walt Disney Presents, where you’ll have a chance to meet Mike and Sulley from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

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11. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom along with Timon and Rafiki in the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” on Discovery Island. Let your inner animal roam free on the dance floor in this raucous party!

12. Also at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, have fun posing in front of special three-dimensional photo opportunities re-creating scenes from the animated classic.

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13. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is back! This year’s special event takes place Jan. 18 – Feb.25, allowing you to indulge in world-class culinary, visual and performing arts.

14. The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is expanding to seven days a week during the Festival of the Arts, so you’ll have even more opportunities to experience some Disney musical magic live on stage.

And later in the year…

15. Welcome spring’s arrival with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, returning March 6 – June 3 with its wide selection of delectable bites at outdoor kitchens and dozens of Disney-themed topiaries blooming around the park.

16. Even better, this year’s Garden Rocks Concert Series expands, as well, to seven days a week during the Flower & Garden Festival, which means a total of 270 concerts over the course of the 90-day event.

17. Ka-Chow! Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy rolls into Disney’s Hollywood Studios in spring 2019. In this new show experience, you’ll come face to face with Lightning and learn from his years of experience on the track.

18. Outside the Racing Academy, you’ll get to meet Lightning McQueen’s speedy pal, Cruz Ramirez.

And finally…

19. If you haven’t visited Walt Disney World Resort recently, then there’s even more for you to explore and experience. Become an honorary toy at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, travel to the bioluminescent planet of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or wish a fond farewell to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” – the nighttime spectacular at Epcot– before its conclusion scheduled for the second half of 2019.

Whew…that’s a lot! Now, more than ever you’ll want to be here for it all. Don’t wait to book your 2019 Disney World vacation! Be sure to tell us in the comments which one of these experiences at Disney World in 2019 that you are most looking forward to!

Complete Guide to the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Food

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Complete Guide to the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Food

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing and my stomach is rumbling for this year’s International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot! From February 28 to May 28, 2018, welcome the arrival of spring with brilliant topiaries, interactive play gardens, rocking entertainment, and of course, fresh flavors. This year’s Outdoor Kitchens feature creative cuisine and highlight fresh and vibrant ingredients. Here is your official foodie guide to all of the sips, dishes and desserts that you can find around the World Showcase!

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PINEAPPLE PROMENADE (Showcase Plaza):
Food:

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
  • Pineapple Soft-serve

Beverage:

  • Coastal Empire Beer Co. Coco Piña Gose, Savannah, GA
  • Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI
  • SweetWater Brewing Company Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple, Atlanta, GA
  • Pineapple Beer Flight
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Pineapple Soft-serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic)
  • Pineapple Soft-serve with Fanta (non-alcoholic)

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BAUERNMARKT: FARMER’S MARKET (Germany)
Food:

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries

Beverage:

  • Hugo- Charles De Fère “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager, Munich, Germany
  • Ayinger Bräu Weisse Hefeweizen, Munich, Germany
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager, Bad Köstritz, Germany
  • Beer Flight

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

THE SMOKEHOUSE: BARBECUE AND BREWS (The American Adventure):
Food:

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans

Beverage:

  • Zen of Zin Old Vine Zinfandel, California
  • Central 28 Brewing Company Sunshine Greetings Orange Hibiscus Wheat Ale, DeBary, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Phantasmas Spicy Double IPA, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL
  • Beer Flight
  • Simply Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine
  • Simply Frozen Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

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FLORIDA FRESH (Between France and Morocco):
Food:

  • Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro-lime Sour Cream
  • Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish
  • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue

Beverage:

  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Key Lime Sparkling Wine, St Petersburg, FL
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company Quat Seasonal Fruit Ale, Tampa, FL
  • Big Top Brewing Company Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, Sarasota, FL
  • First Magnitude Brewing Co. Monarch Milk Stout, Gainesville, FL
  • Beer Flight
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Tamiami Florida Gin
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy (non-alcoholic)

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The Honey Bee-stro Hosted By National Honey BoardTM (Showcase Plaza):
Food:

  • Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Purée, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes and Sunflower Brittle
  • Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, Charred Vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Watercress
  • Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses

Beverage:

  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Co. Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL
  • Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze with Blueberry Vodka
  • Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze (non-alcoholic)

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CIDER HOUSE (United Kingdom):
Food:

  • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage, Pears and Branston Dressing
  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare
  • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries

Beverage:

  • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY
  • Florida Beer Company Caribé Blood Orange Tropical Hard Cider, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Ciderboys Grand Mimosa Apple Orange Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
  • Cider Flight
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (non-alcoholic)

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

LA ISLA FRESCA (Showcase Plaza):
Food:

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-lime Sauce
  • Caribbean Conch Salad with Mango, Papaya and Pickled Red Onions
  • Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple

Beverage:

  • Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tropical Freeze with Cruzan Mango Rum
  • Tropical Freeze (non-alcoholic)

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

THE BERRY BASKET (Showcase Plaza):
Food:

  • Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique
  • Field Greens with Fresh Strawberries, Crisp Quinoa, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spiced Pecans
  • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepper Berry Gelato

Beverage:

  • JDub’s Brewing Company Blueberry IPA, Sarasota, FL
  • Island Grove Blueberry Moscato, Hawthorne, FL
  • Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep
  • Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep (non-alcoholic)

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NORTHERN BLOOM (Canada):
Food:

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato

Beverage:

  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whisky
  • Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Unibroue Maudite Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue Éphémère White Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Beer Flight

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

FLEUR DE LYS (France):
Food:

  • Tarte à la Tomate Provençale: Provencal Tomato Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Pastry Crust
  • Canard Confit Aux Gnocchi à la Parisienne: Braised Duck Confit with Parisian Gnocchi
  • Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop

Beverage:

  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice
  • Kir Pomegranate: Sparkling Wine and Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Village de France
  • Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc

JARDIN DE FIESTAS (Mexico):
Food:

  • Pork Taco: Slow-braised Pork Taco served with Apple Relish, Goat Cheese, and Chile de Árbol Sauce
  • Chilaquiles: Chilaquiles served with Ranchera Sauce, Chorizo, Mexican Cream, and Cotija Cheese
  • Capirotada: Bread Pudding served with Rompope

Beverage:

  • Tiger Lily Sangria
  • Rose Margarita
  • Violet Cassis Punch
  • Daisy Spicy Beer

LOTUS HOUSE (China):
Food:

  • Spicy Meatballs with Crispy Tofu
  • Fried Chicken Dumplings with Peanut Sauce
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls

Beverage:

  • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea (non-alcoholic)
  • BaiJoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice
  • Plum Wine Cooler
  • Tsingtao Lager

PRIMAVERA KITCHEN (Italy):
Food:

  • Frittata di Asparagi: Asparagus Frittata, Mixed Greens and Citrus Dressing
  • Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimps, Zucchini and Spicy Sauces
  • Ravioli all’ Aragosta, Germogli di Piselli: Maine Lobster Ravioli, Veloute Sauce, Pea Sprouts, Pear Drop Tomatoes and Salmon Roe
  • Panna Cotta al Melone: Cantaloupe Panna Cotta

Beverage:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato
  • Bellini: Sparkling Wine and Peach Purée
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
  • Moretti Lager L’Autentica
  • Moretti La Rossa

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

TASTE OF MARRAKESH (Morocco):
Food:

  • Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad
  • Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili Ranch Sauce
  • Walnut Honey Baklava

Beverage:

  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
  • White Sangria
  • Casa Beer

HANAMI (Japan):
Food:

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, Sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side
  • Ginger Beef Yaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions, and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger

Teriyaki Salmon with Furikake Seasoned Brown Rice

Beverage:

  • Pineapple Momo Sake Cocktail
  • Karatamba “Dry Wave” Sake
  • Sapporo Draft Beer in a Kampai Cup

JOFFREY’S COFFEE & TEA COMPANY®:

  • Future World East – The Final Lap: Iced Tea topped with Frozen Passion Fruit with Vodka
  • Canada – Orange Blossom Twist: Frozen Orange Pineapple topped with Vodka
  • Showcase Plaza – Garden of Guava: Frozen Pink Guava topped with Rum or Vodka
  • The American Adventure – Strawberry Piña Colada: Frozen Piña Colada and Strawberry with Rum

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

2018 Egg-stravaganza and New Honey Bee Scavenger Hunt at Epcot This Spring

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Egg-citing news to share today! The 2018 Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt is coming back to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this year and we have some new details on this springtime egg-sperience as well as an ALL-NEW Spike the Honey Bee scavenger hunt.

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From March 16 through April 1, guests visiting the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival can participate in the 2018 Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt – hunting high and low in World Showcase for “eggs” that portray favorite Disney characters.

As you find the hidden Disney Character-themed “eggs” in the park, you record your discoveries by placing a corresponding sticker on a specially themed Egg-stravaganza map. Maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99, plus tax at the following parks and locations:

  • Disney Trader
  • Pin Central
  • World Traveler

When you find all of the “eggs” and complete your scavenger hunt map, you then return it to Disney Traders for a sp-egg-tacular surprise.

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

Also, along with this egg-cellent adventure, there will be a new springtime scavenger hunt called Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. In this hunt, Disney’s favorite honey bee, Spike, has been pollinating his way around the festival, giving gardeners of any age the chance to follow his pollination trail around World Showcase at Epcot.

It’s easy to start this new scavenger hunt. Just pick up a garden map and stickers at Port of Entry. Then, it’s time to look for Spike!

As you explore the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, be on the lookout for Spike as he pollinates Epcot’s gardens. In each garden, you’ll have to search for the plant Spike has pollinated, identifiable by Spike himself and a Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration plant stake. Once you find him, add the corresponding sticker to your map.

After your journey is complete, return your map for a springtime surprise.

Maps and stickers for Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration can be purchased for $5.99, plus tax at Port of Entry.

For more information on the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, visit epcotinspring.com.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

2018 Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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The 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will feature 17 favorite artists whose hits span more than five decades during the 2018 Garden Rocks concert series.

2018 will be the 25th event year and the Garden Rocks series features singers and groups from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s with hit-makers in a variety of genres including rock, pop, country, R&B and dance.

There will be brand new acts such as country favorites Lonestar, British rock legends Foghat; and Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles – along with returning treasures disco pioneers Village People and ‘80s supergroups like Night Ranger.

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There will also be a couple of artists that have played other Epcot festivals like Survivor, Smash Mouth and Rick Springfield, who will be new to Garden Rocks this year.

Here is this year’s lineup for the 2018 Garden Rocks concert series (subject to change without notice):

  • March 2-5: Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • March 9-12: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • March 16-19: Simple Plan “Welcome to My Life”
  • March 23-26: Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • March 30-April 2: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 6-7: Foghat (NEW!) “Slow Ride”
  • April 8-9: Survivor (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Eye of the Tiger”
  • April 13-14: Smash Mouth (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “All Star”
  • April 15-16: Rick Springfield (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Jessie’s Girl”
  • April 20-21: Jo Dee Messina (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Stand by Me”
  • April 22-23: Lonestar (NEW!) “Amazed”
  • April 27-30: Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
  • May 4-7: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”
  • May 11-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • May 13-14: Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles (NEW!) “Hotel California”
  • May 18-21: The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • May 25-28: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

2018 Garden Rocks performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and are included with Epcot admission.

For more information on the Festival, check out EpcotInSpring.com. Keep checking back here for more information on the Garden Rocks Dining Packages which will be coming soon, too!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Don’t Miss the 2016 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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2016 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

The 2016 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival has expanded to cover 90 days from March 2 through May 30, 2016. From topiaries scattered throughout the park to outdoor kitchens and concerts, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this annual festival.

The 2016 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is welcoming two new Outdoor Kitchens, La Isla Fresca and Cider House.

La Isla Fresca will take guests to the Caribbean for authentic bites such as Jamaican braised beef with pigeon peas and rice; spicy jerk chicken or grouper with mango salsa and a Tres Leches cake with guava puree (the traditional meringue is replaced with whipped cream in this version). You can pair either of the savories with a Red Stripe Jamaican-style lager, or frozen Simply Tropical juice drink (with or without rum).

The Cider House offers a spin on tastes from the United Kingdom, including a field greens salad with greens harvested from The Land Pavilion, heirloom apples, Stilton cheese and dried blueberries; and a pear cider-brined shredded corned beef, braised cabbage and pears with Branston (a British food brand) dressing. The Cider House will offer four hard ciders, including a blueberry ciders made in Plant City, Fla., plus Cigar City Tampa-Style Lager.

The 11 other Outdoor Kitchens include Urban Farm Eats (new seared pork tenderloin), Pineapple Promenade , Fleur de Lys, Florida Fresh, Taste of Marrakesh, Hanami, THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews (the pulled pig slider gets crispy onions on top), Primavera Kitchen, Lotus House, Bauernmarkt (German currywurst sausage is new this year) and Jardin de Fiestas.

You’ll be wowed (as always) by the colorful extravaganza put on by the Disney horticulture team – whimsical topiaries, 220 “floating gardens” in the lagoon and a new edible flower garden next to The Land Pavilion. It’s all beautiful at night, with twinkling lights shining across the gardens.

April 29-May 1 will be Florida Fresh Weekend, featuring the state’s edible bounty from Apalachicola to Zellwood.

As part of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, you can enjoy free concerts in the park every weekend with the Garden Rocks concert series. Here’s the lineup for the 2016 Garden Rocks concert series at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (subject to change without notice):

  • March 4-6 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • March 11-13 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • March 18-20 – Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • March 25-27 – Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • April 1-3 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
  • April 8-10 – The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • April 15-17 – NEW! Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
  • April 22-24 – NEW! Bad Company, former lead singer BRIAN HOWE “Can’t Get Enough”
  • April 29-May 1 – NEW! Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”
  • May 6-8 – Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • May 13-15 – NEW! Darlene Love “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home”
  • May 20-22 – Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • May 27-30 (Monday) – The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

Performances for the 2016 Garden Rocks concert series are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival and included with park admission.

Are you going to the 2016 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival? It’s not too late to plan your visit! As a reminder, the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is included with your park admission.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Garden Rocks Concert Series Line Up Announced for 2015

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One of my favorite annual events at the Disney World Resort is The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The Flower and Garden Festival is held every spring and will run from March 4 through May 17, 2015. The festival is included with regular theme park admission and features thousands of flowers and topiaries, seminars, food kiosks, concerts, and more! The Garden Rocks Concert Series line-up has recently been announced and there will be eleven different bands performing in 2015.

Performances for the Garden Rocks Concert Series can be seen at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The concerts, along with the festival, are included with Epcot admission. Check out this year’s shcedule:

 

  • March 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • March 13-15: Pablo Cruise “Love Will Find a Way”
  • March 20-22: En Vogue “Free Your Mind”
  • March 27-29: Starship “We Built This City”
  • April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 10-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
  • April 24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”
  • May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • May 8-10: Little River Band “Lady”
  • May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”

Who would you like to see at the Garden Rocks Concert Series at this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival?

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Special Activities for Kids at the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is a beautiful annual event that is continually growing and expanding to add new experiences and opportunities each year. This year, there are lots of exciting and fun activities for kids at the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

Here is a little more information of just some of the special activities planned with little ones in mind this year:

  • Garden Passports: Your kids will love carrying a Garden Passport throughout the festival and collecting stamps throughout the day! You can get a Garden Passport at the Festival Welcome Center, any Disney Vacation Club Information Center inside the park, at any of the Outdoor Kitchens, or at select merchandise locations.
  • Mater’s Parts, Plants & Play Garden: Cars fans will love this play area, which can be found at the Test Track Walkway. They can also see a few of their favorite Cars characters here, including Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater.
  • Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden: Your little ones can scare up some fun at this vibrant play area on Imagination Walkway where you just might find Monsters University alumni, like Mike and Sulley, saluting their alma monster.
  • Backyard Play Garden – Presented by GoGo squeeZ™: There will be lots of outdoor activities here where kids (both young and young at heart) can participate in stimulating activities that encourage playful, active and healthy living!
  • Spring-Fresh Food and Beverages: The whole family will love the delicious selection of food and beverages available at the Outdoor Kitchens around the World Showcase Promenade!
  • Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House – Presented by HGTV: You won’t want to miss the chance to watch Tinker Bell’s butterfly friends as they flutter about. Please note that this location will close at dusk.
  • Gardener’s Palette – Presented by Transitions® Adaptive Lenses™: The whole family can explore this unique location, located at Future World East near Universe of Energy.
  • Muppet Kids Activities: These fun activities will be found at multiple locations throughout the World Showcase!

The 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will run March 5- May 18, 2014. There are other exciting things planned for the event including spectacular topiary displays, the Flower Power concert series, and more! Remember, admission to the festival is included with your regular Epcot theme park admission.

Are you planning to visit the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival? It’s not too late to plan your visit and take advantage of some great discounts for your vacation!

Siera is a Disney travel specialist. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you as well as share her experience and knowledge with you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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The 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will run March 5- May 18, 2014. This annual event is held in Epcot and has lots of unique and exciting activities available! Plus, admission to the festival is included with your regular Epcot theme park admission.

The main feature of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is the beautiful, larger than life topiary displays throughout the park:

  • Mickey, Minnie and Pluto- Located behind Spaceship Earth
  • Disney•Pixar Buzz Lightyear- Located near Mission Space
  • Mater’s Parts, Plants & Play Garden- Located at Test Track Walkway
  • Phineas and Ferb- Located at Odyssey Bridge
  • Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden- Located at Imagination Walkway
  • Fantasia- Located at World Showcase Plaza
  • Bambi and Friends- Located at the Canada Pavilion
  • Peter Pan and Captain Hook – Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Winnie the Pooh & Friends- Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Classic Disney Couples – Located at International Gateway and the bridge to the France Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Beast- Located at the France Pavilion
  • Disney•Pixar Toy Story Characters – Woody & Lotso- Located at The American Adventure Pavilion
  • Lady and the Tramp- Located at the Italy Pavilion
  • Kermit the Frog & Miss Piggy – NEW!- Located between the Italy Pavilion and the Germany Pavilion
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs- Located at the Germany Pavilion
  • The Lion King- Located at the Outpost between the Germany Pavilion and the China Pavilion
  • Soccer Goofy- Located at the bridge between Future World and World Showcase

Other exciting events and attractions planned for this year include:

  • Outdoor Kitchens with delicious and unique food and beverage offerings
  • Presentations by HGTV Designers and Personalities to share their knowledge and tips with you
  • Flower Power concert series starring bands from the 1960’s to 1980’s
  • Shops, gardens, exhibits, events, and so much more!

Are you planning to visit the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival? It’s not too late to plan your visit and take advantage of some great discounts for your vacation!

Siera is a Disney travel specialist. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you as well as share her experience and knowledge with you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

Kermit and Miss Piggy to Star in the 21st Annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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Kermit the Frog will find it is easy being green when his artfully-crafted character topiary debuts during the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 5 to May 18, 2014 at Walt Disney World Resort.  With flamboyance to spare, a floral Miss Piggy will join Kermit and his blooming banjo in the World Showcase topiary display.

Nearly 100 topiaries will animate the landscape during the 75 days when Epcot transforms to a rainbow-hued wonderland of sweeping gardens and exhibits. Back for a second year: outdoor food-and-beverage marketplaces exclusive to this festival that feature sweet and savory bites worthy of indulgence.  After debuting at the 2013 festival, the marketplaces will return with new menu items such as Piggylicious Bacon Cupcakes and Smoked Turkey Ribs at The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews marketplace.  Floral-flavored lemonades will feature rose and violet notes, and specialty cocktails, wines and beers will offer menu-pairing possibilities.  Last year’s top menu picks such as the Watermelon Salad with local baby arugula, feta cheese, pickled red onions and balsamic reduction will be back for an encore at the Florida Fresh marketplace.

More Festival News . . .

  • Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck topiaries will appear in a new Epcot front entrance garden vignette celebrating spring with a butterfly hunt adventure.  The topiaries will have a new computer-generated look while telling an entertaining story.  Goofy’s butterfly net will prove useless as topiary butterflies light on the back of his floral garb.  A topiary bee buzzes on an exasperated Donald’s head.  The garden will feature a real waterfall and pond with water lilies.
  • A new Timon topiary will join Pumbaa near the park’s Outpost location between China and Germany.  Meanwhile, Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Croc return for a second year to the United Kingdom showcase.  Dozens of additional character topiaries, including Mickey Mouse, will surprise guests beyond the park’s iconic Spaceship Earth.
  • The Flower Power Concert Series welcomes two new acts in 2014:  Gary Lewis and the Playboys (“This Diamond Ring”) March 14-16, and The Alan Parsons Live Project (“Eye in the Sky”) May 16-18.  During opening weekend, the series kicks off at America Gardens Theatre with fan-favorite band The Guess Who (“American Woman”) March 7-9.  Other pop acts set to perform include Chubby Checker & the Wildcats, The Village People and Paul Revere & The Raiders. (Entertainment is subject to change).
  • Florida agriculture will be in the spotlight at a large World Showcase garden exhibiting fresh Florida crops to include citrus, sugar cane, berries and vegetables.
  • For the second year, illuminated gardens will cast a festive glow across the park when the sun sets each evening.
  • Back by demand, the Disney-Pixar “Cars” garden and playground will bring favorite movie characters to life.  Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House will be aflutter with hundreds of the winged beauties and a fairy topiary of Tinker Bell.
  • At the Festival Center in the park’s Future World, twice-daily interactive gardening workshops will set the stage for outdoor do-it-yourself inspiration, and gardening guest speakers will appear daily.  Fridays through Sundays, HGTV design celebrities will host home, garden and design seminars.

As they sample from marketplace menus, guests can wander among multiple themed gardens and children’s play areas.  Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers,” herb gardens and beds of multi-colored blooms will add to the floral splendor of the park’s landscape.  Disney’s garden gurus estimate 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.  Several special weekend happenings, including the popular Art in the Garden Weekend, will be scheduled.

While Disney guests celebrate spring, they also can explore the reimagined, design-centric Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, the hang-gliding sensation of Soarin’ and other high-tech Future World marvels.  In World Showcase, the spotlight will shine on topiaries of Disney princesses, storybook characters and even pandas and trolls, guests can discover the attractions, shops and restaurants that represent cultures and cuisine of 11 countries.

The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

You can also take advantage of room discounts and a fifth day free at the theme parks when you plan to visit this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Contact us today to get the best deal possible on your next trip!

Siera is a Disney travel specialist who would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Debuts Illuminated Blooms and Garden Marketplace Dining

The 20th Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV, taking place March 6 – May 19, 2013, at Walt Disney World® Resort, offers new festival additions that include food-and-beverage Garden Marketplaces, a circus-like “Land of Oz” play area and nighttime illuminated gardens.

 

Debuting this year:

  • Garden Marketplace culinary creations ranging from smokehouse barbecue and shrimp with grits and Zellwood corn to sweet “frushi” made with fresh fruits and coconut rice. Chefs are perfecting menus for marketplaces that will include Florida Fresh at World Showcase Promenade, Smokehouse Barbecue and Brew at American Adventure courtyard, Primavera Kitchen at Italy showcase, Hanami at Japan showcase and eight others around the World Showcase promenade.
  • Garden Marketplace refreshing libations with a kick like Hot Sun Tomato Wine from Florida Orange Groves Winery and Dole Whip with Spiced Rum, as well as non-alcoholic drinks like Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade and Wild Berry Slush.
  • A new, circus-like “Land of Oz” play area based on the Disney fantastical film adventure “Oz: The Great and Powerful” to be released March 8, 2013. The interactive children’s play zone will feature play systems adorned with giant flowers and designed to stretch kids’ imaginations and muscles. Midway-style games, red-and-white circus-themed tents and the “Oz Movie Garden” of intriguing plants will capture the spirit of the upcoming film.
  • Larger-than-life Fab Five Disney character topiary. Floral versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck (with Daisy Duck in a cameo) star in a celebratory cookout scene in living topiary color. The 14-foot-tall Goofy topiary will bobble an anniversary cake while Donald and Daisy play badminton, Mickey fires up the grill, Pluto swipes a link of hot dogs and Minnie chills out on a colorful blanket of blossoms.
  • Illuminated Gardens in the Park’s Future World and World Showcase will twinkle and glow over the festival’s world-famous Disney gardens and topiaries each festival evening.

 

Throughout the 75-day garden party, you will discover festival surprises around every corner including new topiary triumphs, a butterfly bounty, whimsical children’s play areas, HGTV celebrity designers, daily hands-on gardening seminars and a Festival Center packed with events that offer innovative ideas, gardening know-how and design tips. On weekends, top Flower Power rockers of the 1960s and ’70s will perform. Every Friday through Sunday, HGTV design celebrities will host Festival Center seminars.

In all, more than 100 topiaries, 240 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms will add floral splendor to the park landscape.

 

Email spreadingmagic@gmail.com today to book your visit to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!