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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Middle of Winter? Let’s think about the Flower and Garden Festival!

Lightning McQueen at the Flower and Garden Festival!

Lightning McQueen at the Flower and Garden Festival!

Although it’s the middle of winter, and not very warm out, we thought we would talk a bit about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!  This yearly spring event brings Epcot World Showcase to life as thousands and thousands of flowers are brought to life for everyone to enjoy!  While I haven’t been fortunate to attend it — yet — I have seen some of the big display pieces, as they tend to leave them up for several weeks after the event is over.  In the case of the picture of Lightning McQueen above, that picture was taken on June 20, 2011 — well over a month after the festival ended on May 15th that year.  Since the grounds around Epcot always look so much better than my words, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite pictures from Epcot that include the use of landscaping to enhance the view for the Guests.  Enjoy!

Tow Mater shows us how to drive backwards!

Tow Mater shows us how to drive backwards!

This picture of the Tron Monorail is one of my favorites!  I love the purple flowers and the way the monorail looks!

This picture of the Tron Monorail is one of my favorites! I love the purple flowers and the way the monorail looks!

The gardens at the Canada Pavilion are always incredible!  This is meant to remind us of the world famous Victoria Gardens!

The gardens at the Canada Pavilion are always incredible! This is meant to remind us of the world famous Victoria Gardens!

This scene is actually from the Living with the Land boat ride.  I like the look of it even if it's not from the Festival!

This scene is actually from the Living with the Land boat ride. I like the look of it even if it’s not from the Festival!

While my post doesn’t do justice to the incredible special event that the Flower and Garden Festival is, I hope that it has brought you out of the post-Christmas, middle of winter blahs that January often has.  Just think, only a couple of months and we’ll be staring at Spring and dreaming of a trip to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!  Now, please click on the image below and go check out the rest of the entries for this week’s Riding the Rails segment — courtesy of your Magical Blogorail!  Have a Disney Day, everyone, and remember, here at My Dreams of Disney, we’re working to help turn My Dreams of Disney into Your Dreams of Disney!

Let’s Get to know Alicia, our new My Dreams of Disney contributor!

{Editor’s Note: Fresh off her recent post talking about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, our newest writer Alicia is back to talk about herself and her love of Disney!  Everyone, please welcome Alicia!}

Hello fellow Disney fans. My name is Alicia and I am thrilled to be joining Mike here at My Dreams of Disney as a contributor. I can’t think of anything better than sharing Disney memories and future plans, can you??

At the Italy Pavilion in Epcot

So how did I come to love Disney? Well I am not exactly sure of the exact moment. It was probably when I was a little girl. Growing up I would get a Disney movie every year for Christmas and we made a family trip here and there.  In high school, I was privileged enough to be able to perform at the Magic Kingdom with my high school marching band in a parade during the Christmas holiday. That was truly one of the coolest things I have ever done. Then for senior year there was Grad Night in 98. My classmates and I got all dressed up, rode rides, walked around and enjoyed concerts.  It was a magical night.

But it wasn’t until I became an adult that Disney really connected with me. It was then that I was able to really appreciate the parks for what they were and it was the first time I went to any of the other parks. Up until that point I had only been to the Magic Kingdom. Now I can say that Epcot has become one of my favorite parks, but Magic Kingdom will always be the bees knees! Of course, like any good Disney pass holder, we have the park hopper option. Who wouldn’t invest in that? It is the greatest option and it makes me feel like we own the park when we go from one to the other with no hassle.

One of my favorite things to do at the parks is take pictures. I know nothing changes but it seems like every time I go, things look different or I catch something that I overlooked before. The boyfriend and I do not ride many of the coasters or anything like that. We prefer the classics like Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s a Small World. We mainly like to walk around and enjoy the weather and atmosphere. We generally try to go to the parks when the weather is nice and the parks are less crowded. It’s our preference to stay away during the weekend if at all possible. We generally try and plan our 2 main trips around the Flower and Garden festival and the Food and Wine Festival, both held at Epcot.

So for a few of my fave things about Disney:

  • Fave park: Epcot, Magic Kingdom
  • Fave movie: Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Cars, the Princess Movies too
  • Love the Boardwalk area. It’s so peaceful and pretty back there. It’s like a hidden gem.
  • Love shopping at The World of Disney at Downtown Disney
  • I have a serious addiction to Disney coffee mugs
  • We love to eat at Seasons at Epcot in the Land. It offers a great variety of foods and it’s a good place to regroup for your next outing.
  • I have recently started collecting pins too.
  • Fave character is Tinkerbell

Well that’s a little bit about me and my Disney history. I look forward to meeting all of you and sharing our love of all things Disney.

 

Alicia talks about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Mater after the Flower and Garden Festival

Mater after the Flower and Garden Festival was over

{Editor’s Note:  Give a warm welcome to Alicia, who is guest posting for us today and talking about her enjoyment with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!  Alicia comes to us from the blog, On a Tangent!  Welcome, Alicia!}

Spring is one of the best times to go to the parks at Walt Disney World. The weather is wonderful and the parks aren’t too crowded.  From mid-March to early May guests of Epcot are treated to the delightful visually appealing and green thumb friendly Flower and Garden Festival.

The festival, sponsored by HGTV, focuses on all things botanical. Seminars, demonstrations and hands on presentations are offered for the duration of the festival. And to sweeten the pot, these are offered by way of familiar faces that grace the HGTV station such as Vern Yip and Genevieve Gorder.  The presentations that are offered are not solely regarding the exterior of your home. Rather they offer a glimpse on how to improve the inside features of your home as well.

A Flower Power concert series also takes place during the festival. And appropriately enough the artists that perform are those from the “Flower Power” era. In the past the artists have included Chubby Checker, Starship and Davy Jones.

One of the main draws of the festival is the wonderful way the Disney characters are captured through foliage. It’s truly a treat for park goers and photographers to see the way the characters spring into a 3 dimensional form, completely out of flowers and other greenery. The attention to detail and likeness to the characters is impressive as you will see in the pictures I have included.

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When I attended the festival in the past, I was particularly smitten with the character displays all throughout the park. It’s so impressive to me what can be done with flowers, greenery and who knows what else. It’s a different way of seeing the characters and makes them a bit more interesting.

This is a festival has something for everyone, adults and children alike. If you have any interest in getting tips from the professionals, live and in color, then it would be worth your time to check out this event. Even though, I myself do not have the greenest of thumbs, this is definitely an event I mark on my calendar as a not to be missed event, especially since we are annual pass holders and there is no additional fee for the event. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Festival and who knows what WDW has up its sleeves to commemorate the event. For more information on the event this year make sure to check out the Disney website or their Facebook page frequently for all the details.

I don’t get to Disney as often as I like,  but when I do I talk about my trips and post pictures on my blog and on my Flickr account. I hope you pop on by and stay for a while.

Alicia

  • 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Begins March 6 – May 19, 2013