Springtime at Disney

Exploring the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing some of the magic you can expect at the 2017 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.


Flower & Garden

Lightning McQueen stands watch over the Flower & Garden Festival (2011)

Over at Epcot at Walt Disney World, each year the creative geniuses turn out two major events that are a highlight for those that attend.  In the Fall is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and in the Spring is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.  Today marks the start of the 2017 edition of the Flower & Garden Festival, and the festival runs until May 29th.  If you are lucky or fortunate enough to be able to visit and enjoy the festival, that’s great, but the good thing is that many of the topiaries will be around Epcot even after the festival has concluded.  The picture at the top of this post was taken in June 2011, some weeks after that festival ended.

I’ve not actually been to Epcot during a Flower & Garden festival before, it’s one of those things that I’m looking forward to enjoying one year, but so far we haven’t been able to do so because of school schedules.  So at this point I’ve got pictures that were shared with me from my friend Alicia, and my imagination will take me the rest of the way.

I really love the topiaries, and look forward to seeing them one year.  What I’m most looking forward too, though, is being able to take my wife Cindy to Epcot on her birthday and experiencing it first hand.  Tomorrow is her birthday, so we would be right in line with seeing the start of the festival.  Here’s how I picture it in my mind’s eye.

It’s an absolutely incredible spring-like day.  The sky is a brilliant blue, with a few wispy clouds  dotting the landscape.  Cindy and I are staying at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, a resort that we’ve visited before but have never stayed at.  For Epcot, it’s a great resort because you can just walk to the park, enter through the International Gateway, and take in the festival. In fact, on this day, that’s just what we did.  We visited all of the pavilions that we enjoy, Canada, China, the American Adventure, Norway, Italy, Germany, France, Mexico.  In fact, we visited them all because today was a special day, a day when it was just Cindy and I, walking hand-in-hand, enjoying being at Walt Disney World, and sharing our love for each other with those we encounter.

Everyone has a smile on their face, because when you are at Disney, that’s what you do most of all — you smile.  You take everything in, and you don’t worry about anything because at Walt Disney World, everyone turns into a version of their childhood once again.  After we walk around the festival, we ride some of our favorite rides: Soarin’, Test Track, Spaceship Earth, and we remember fondly those attractions that aren’t around anymore, like Maelstrom.

The reality for me is this. Visiting Walt Disney World and Epcot during the Flower & Garden Festival would be great because it would mean that I am able to visit Disney with my wife once again, something we haven’t been able to do for a while now.  It would mean that things are much better than they were, and when we go to Walt Disney World next, it will truly feel like this is the first time we have been.  What are your thoughts about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival? Please share them with us, and make sure you check out the rest of the posts from this loop.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wordless Wednesday – Food, Wine, and Music!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival beckons you to enjoy all it has to offer!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival beckons you to enjoy all it has to offer!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday post!  My friend Deb from Focused on the Magic has really struck a great theme with me this week!  Her theme is Food, Wine, and Music, and I’ve got several images to share with you that all feature — to this date, anyway — my only experience at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, back in 2011.  One day my wife and I will get back there, maybe with Sophie, maybe not — she may be there already if the gets into the Disney College Program in a few years!

Since the theme is Food, Wine, and Music, I thought I would share my pictures in that order.  So, first up…

The Food…

From Brazil: Seared Mahi Mahi with Steamed Rice, Hearts of Palm and Coconut Rice

From Brazil: Seared Mahi Mahi with Steamed Rice, Hearts of Palm and Coconut Rice

From Mexico: Shrimp Tacos

From Mexico: Shrimp Tacos

Sophie enjoying a Jumbo Turkey Leg

Sophie enjoying a Jumbo Turkey Leg

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

From Canada: The World Famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

From France: Creme Brulee au Chocolat au Lait

From France: Creme Brulee au Chocolat au Lait

From Scandanavia: Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries

From Scandanavia: Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries

The Wine…

For this section, I’ll admit that we don’t do much drinking, so I don’t really have any good photos…in fact, the only photo I have is this one:

The Dessert and Champagne Kiosk

The Dessert and Champagne Kiosk

The Music…

What I lacked for in The Wine… category, I have definitely made up for in The Music… category, at least I hope you think so!

The JAMMitors rocking over by the Land Pavilion

The JAMMitors rocking over by the Land Pavilion

The Fife and Drum Corp marching into position to perform at the American Adventure Pavilion

The Fife and Drum Corp marching into position to perform at the American Adventure Pavilion

The Voices of Liberty are as outstanding as always!

The Voices of Liberty are as outstanding as always!

I hope you have enjoyed my look at the Food, Wine, and Music of the Food & Wine Festival!  Special thanks, as always, goes out to my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this weekly series, and thanks for stopping by to look at what I have to offer you!  Now, please click on the button below so that you can see the rest of the entries to see what they came up with!  Make it a Magical Day everyone!

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Wordless Wednesday – October Calendar Shot

Our October Calendar Shot comprised of pictures that Sophie and I chose!

Our October Calendar Shot comprised of pictures that Sophie and I chose!

It is our first attempt at a montage of photos put together for your enjoyment…I’m not sure we did a very good job arranging them, but the photos themselves we love!  Thanks for stopping by, now go check out the rest of the entries, and as always, thank you for stopping by and thank you Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this for us!

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Happy Birthday Epcot!

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Spaceship Earth, the focal point of Epcot!

Happy Birthday Epcot! Just like the Magic Kingdom, Epcot opened on October 1st!  Of course, there was 11 years between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, so last year was the 30th Birthday of Epcot, and that makes this year birthday number 31!  Epcot has so many incredible details that it’s really like going to two theme parks rolled into one!  For starters there is Epcot Future World, which features Spaceship Earth, among other great pavilions.  Then there is Epcot World Showcase, which features 11 pavilions dedicated to different countries around the world.  If you haven’t seen my reviews of them, head over to my “Epcot’s World Showcase” page to read about each of them!

For this special birthday post, I thought I would let my pictures do the talking, and share with you some of the incredible things that await you at Epcot!  Sit back, relax, and enjoy your photographic journey through Epcot — the second park at Walt Disney World!

Epcot has a monorail stop that rides through part of Future World! Look at the Tron Monorail!

Epcot has a monorail stop that rides through part of Future World! Look at the Tron Monorail from 2010!

Epcot is known for it's special events -- and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is near the top of the list!

Epcot is known for it’s special events — and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is at the top of the list!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing!  This is Lightning McQueen from 2010!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing! This is Lightning McQueen from 2010!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing!  Lightning McQueen wouldn't be complete without Mater!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is another special event worth seeing! Lightning McQueen wouldn’t be complete without Mater!

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is another incredible show that is a must see at Epcot!

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is another incredible show that is a must see at Epcot!

The Voices of Liberty perform inside the American Adventure Pavilion prior to the show!

The Voices of Liberty perform inside the American Adventure Pavilion prior to the show!

Street Performers -- like this one in the United Kingdom Pavilion -- are a lot of fun to watch!

Street Performers — like this one in the United Kingdom Pavilion — are a lot of fun to watch!

Of course, character greetings are part of every Disney park! Here Sophie is joined with her buddy Donald Duck!

Of course, character greetings are part of every Disney park! Here Sophie is joined with her buddy Donald Duck!

I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at some of the things that you can expect to enjoy at Epcot when you visit!  Happy Birthday Epcot!  Are you going to be there to celebrate? If so, tell us what your favorite part of Epcot is, and thanks for stopping by!