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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5 Reasons to visit Walt Disney World in the Fall

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Visiting Walt Disney World in the fall is, in my opinion, one of the best times of the year to visit.  Here’s 5 reasons why we enjoy visiting Walt Disney World in the fall!

1) Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Depending on the time of the season you visit, you may be able to experience the Food & Wine Festival.  This yearly event is held each year in Epcot, and features incredible kiosks of different types of food and wine not normally found at Epcot.  In addition, it also features special presentations from all sorts of celebrity guests.  For 2016, the event runs from September 14 – November 14, almost a full 2 weeks longer than it has ever been, so if you can make it to Walt Disney World to visit, that’s a great time to go.

2) Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Over at the Magic Kingdom, this year Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be held on 29 nights, running from September 2, 2016, through October 31, 2016.  If you are interested in going and dressing up in costume, check out this post from the Disney Parks Blog, it goes into detail some of the changes this year for costumes. Prices vary depending on how close it is to Halloween, so plan accordingly; also, some dates may already be sold out due to the popularity of this event, but I’m certain that there are dates on the schedule that will not be sellouts, but look into it today to help in your planning.

3) Lower Crowds

School is back in session for most kids in September and October, so if you can go during this time, you’re going to find that the crowds are much less than during the summer months or other peak season times. Even October 1, 2016, also known as the 45th Anniversary of Walt Disney World (and Magic Kingdom) is only at a crowd level of 6 out of 10 for the whole resort, and 7 out of 10 for the Magic Kingdom, according to Touring Plans.

4) Great Weather (usually)

Although September and October is still in the heart of the Hurricane Season, generally speaking, the weather at Walt Disney World during these days is absolutely incredible.  This year, the first half of September is looking at temperatures in the high 80s, and mid 70s for the lows; of course, it isn’t Florida without the forecast being Scattered Thunderstorms, but that’s the same during the other months of the year as well, so just be prepared.

5) Fall Decor

The Mickey Pumpkin Lamp post!

The Mickey Pumpkin Lamp post!

I’ve heard of changes to some of the fall decor, but to me, regardless of what the decorations are, I think that they are going to be great!

So, in conclusion, I’d say that if you can make it to Walt Disney World during the fall season, I’d say do it!  You will enjoy it very much, and you might just find a new favorite time of the year to go to Disney!  What other reasons do you have that I don’t have for visiting Walt Disney World in the fall? Please let us know in the comments, and thanks!

Haunted Mansion

17 Days: The Haunted Mansion

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Sophie and Anna Jane after Anna Jane’s first trip on the Haunted Mansion!

Hello, everyone, I am your host — your Ghost Host!  Today we are at #Day17 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and as you might have figured out by now, we are taking a look at the Haunted Mansion, located in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom!

The Haunted Mansion is a crowd favorite, full of fun, mild thrills and chills, and, best of all, 999 Happy Haunts!  They are always looking for more guests, do you volunteer to become number 1,000 in the house?

Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is home to 999 Happy Haunts — will you become number 1,000?!

My favorite part of the ride is when we ascend up into the attic and see the bride with the hatchet!  Then, descending down into the graveyard is quite a bit of fun as well.

Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion has a very somber atmosphere about it, don’t you think?

What do you think of this attraction?  Did you know that it’s a Magic Kingdom original attraction? Does it scare your young children, or do they love it?  Do you ride it multiple times, or are you getting sick of it?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Happy Halloween at the Magic Kingdom!

Special thanks to Andre from WDW Shutterbug for sharing his art with us!

Special thanks to Andre from WDW Shutterbug for sharing his art with us!

Happy Halloween to everyone!  While I am not at the Magic Kingdom, my friend Andy from WDW Shutterbug has been spending much time there, and I thought I would share with you one of my favorite pictures of his that you can see above!  In addition, here are some photos I think of when I think of Halloween at Walt Disney World!  Enjoy everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

Two Grinning Pumpkins!

Two Grinning Pumpkins!

The Mickey Pumpkin Lamp post!

The Mickey Pumpkin Lamp post!

Watch Madam Leota's eyes...

Watch Madame Leota’s eyes…

 

The Horseless Hearse.

The Horseless Hearse.

See You Real Soon!

See Ya Real Soon!

Thanks for stopping by on this Halloween!  I hope your kids have a safe and fun time trick or treating!  What Disney characters are your kids (or you, for that matter) going as?  Why don’t you take a moment and let us know in the comments, and thanks!  Have fun!

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday – Heroes and Villains

The True Disney Heroes:  Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

The True Disney Heroes: Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Wordless Wednesday Post!  We’re getting a little jump on tomorrow, but I wanted to take a moment and thank my good friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this weekly series!  This week’s theme, in light of Halloween coming up this week, is Heroes and Villains, and I couldn’t think of a better set of heroes to focus on then Mickey & Minnie Mouse!

I’ve got some other characters to share with you, I hope you enjoy them all!  Have a look and tell me what you think in the comments below!

Peter Pan and Wendy are good heroes!

Peter Pan and Wendy are good heroes!

The Genie and Jiminy Cricket are two great heroes!

The Genie and Jiminy Cricket are two great heroes!

Boo! Hiss! Captain Hook is not a good hero -- although it is funny that he is holding balloons!

Boo! Hiss! Captain Hook is not a good hero — although it is funny that he is holding balloons!

It's not the best picture, but I can't think of a more evil villain than Chernabog!

It’s not the best picture, but I can’t think of a more evil villain than Chernabog!

Thanks for taking time to check out my photos!  I hope you enjoyed them, and I look forward to reading your comments!  Thanks for stopping by, and make it a Disney Day (or Night!)  Now, please go check out the rest of the entries by clicking on the button below!

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