Today is the final day to enter to win our $150 Disney Gift Card Contest!

We are down to our final day in our $150 Disney Gift Card Contest!  We have had a lot of fun with this contest, but there is still time to enter and win, so don’t give up on it just yet when you could be so close to winning!

Our contest started on Monday, December 10th, 2012 at Midnight, and is continuing until tonight, December 18th, 2012 at 11:59PM!  Tomorrow we will announce the winner, who will win a $150 Disney Gift Card and a customized tote bag!

Who wants to win a $150 Disney Gift Card?

There are so many possibilities available to you should you be the lucky winner of the Gift Card and Customized Tote Bag!  Here is an example picture of what the tote bag will look like:

If you win, you will get your own “The Woodard Family” Tote Bag!  Just kidding!  You can actually have it customized with your name!

From our contests, it appears that the top two ways to spend your gift card is to either save it and use it for your next Disney vacation, or to spend it on Christmas presents.  Certainly neither  option is a bad one!  However, there are two other thoughts you could consider — especially considering the season that we are in.

First of all, $150 would be almost all that you need to purchase a two day ticket for yourself — or nearly all you need to purchase a 1 day ticket for yourself and a child between age three and nine.  In the latter case, you would only have to spend an extra $22 for your park tickets!  Of course, this doesn’t take into consideration hotel cost, food, and so forth, but for some people, it might be just the thing they need!

The other option you can consider is giving the gift card to your favorite charity, such as Give Kids the World.  There are a number of charities out there that send kids stricken with cancer and other illnesses (and their families) to Walt Disney World to help them get away from the stresses of their illness.

The choice is yours — and let me stress to you that none of these choices is a bad choice.  The world has more then it’s share of problems — and the chances are great that you and your family have been impacted in some way because of the economy or some other life event.

The biggest thing you can do, though, is to enter to win the gift card and customized tote bag!  If you don’t enter, you can’t win!

So how do I enter the contest?

To enter you need to follow the requirements on the Rafflecopter code located below, and to encourage full participation and to help spread the word throughout the Internet, there are daily options for you to tweet about the contest and share the contest for more entries!  You can even leave a blog post comment for additional entries as well!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to everyone that enters our contest! We only have one winner, but all of you are winners in our eyes!  Thanks for following all of us as we bring you our little bits of Disney Magic from our corner of the Internet!

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

This rose was on the walk way leading towards World Showcase past the Imagination! Pavilion

This rose was close to his yellow buddy above

Hello friends, usually today would be about memorable meals but while looking through my Disney pictures (as I often do when I have free time and am looking for a Disney fix), I was reminded that one of the things Mickey had mentioned was that he hadn’t been to Disney World during the flower show (to save time and typing, for the rest of this post I will be referring to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival as the flower show). Plus I figure that maybe this may help people “on the fence” decide if they want to go during the flower show (in 2013, it runs from March 6 through May 19. I have shared more pictures then I usually do but these are some of my favorite Disney pictures I have taken. For more information, you can head over to the Disney World site.

As you may have guessed, this guy was over near The Seas with Nemo and Friends

I am a big fan of the landscapers of Disney and the topiary work never fails to impress but during the flower show, the work is over the top amazing. There are special presentations such as flower arranging demonstrations as well as the Flower Power concerts (featuring performances by 1960s and 1970s acts. The one I specifically remember was Davy Jones when I was there). I hadn’t specifically set out to journey to Disney World for the flower show; my daughter Kym and I were headed there to celebrate Kym’s birthday (as it’s in March, it just happened to work out nicely).

If you can’t place the location, the building in the back is the American Adventure (this topiary was placed at the entrance of World Showcase)

Disney World is never for doing things on a small scale and the flower show is no exception. In addition to the flowers and topiary sculptures, there was a section set up as Princess Tiana’s garden. There was also a pixie garden (for Tinkerbell and her friends) and lots of unexpected surprises. While I still probably wouldn’t plan a trip just for the flower show, if my Disney vacation is at the same time as the flower show I know I would enjoy myself while there.

These little guys from Fantasia looked so life like, I almost expected them to start dancing

I expected this lady to join in a dance with our mushroom buddies above

I have to say that this Lady and the Tramp was probably one of the best topiary scenes I have seen in Epcot