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flowers may be starting to creep out of the ground in your neck of the
woods, Epcot is already in full bloom. In this special edition we cover
the in's and out's of 16th Annual Epcot International Flower and Garden
festival. From where to stay, what to see, where to eat, and what's new;
this flower themed edition covers the festival from root to bloom. It's
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The Epcot Flower
and Garden Festival is for kids of all ages, but here's some actives
specifically grown for the littler gardeners:
~ Pixie Hollow
Fairy Garden (adjacent to Mouse Gear in Future World), with special
hands-on activities for children, a play structure and colorful
topiaries of Tinker Bell and her friends; daily Fairy & Princess
Processional at 2 p.m. where kids can come dressed up and show off their
costumes; they can also get their face painted with their favorite
fairy, flower or insect; plus, meet the director and producer of the
upcoming fall release “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” March 21 at
10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
~ Pirates Adventure Zone (adjacent to the Germany Pavilion in World
Showcase), an interactive play space designed for exploration and
adventure greeted by Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Croc topiaries.
~ Let’s Get Moving (adjacent to the Imagination! pavilion in Future
World), a recreational garden where children can climb and explore,
featuring Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy topiaries
demonstrating their favorite outdoor activities. Here, kids can climb
aboard EVOS and Weevos Playsystems.
~ Green Garden (adjacent to the Morocco pavilion in World Showcase), a
unique garden, which includes a playground, where guests can learn how
to create an environmentally friendly, low-input garden of their own.
~ Earth Station (Test Track Walkway, adjacent to the butterfly garden),
where kids can discover fun activities and how to positively impact
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another edition covering all the ins and outs of a Disney Vacation Club
resort, in this special edition we cover the benefits of staying at two
resorts that are at the door step of the Epcot Flower and Garden
Want to stay close to the action of
the Flower & Garden Festival in a spacious villa? Then you will want to
consider the Boardwalk Villas or the Beach Club Villas. These resorts
are both a short walk or a leisurely boat ride away from Epcot's
International Gateway Entrance. Even though World Showcase opens at
11:00 am, the International Gateway Entrance opens when the park does.
Cast Members and ropes will guide Guests using this entrance out of
World Showcase and toward the back side of Future World. In addition to
being typically less crowded than the main entrance, this entrance may
also give Guests a bit of a head start on taking in the bountiful blooms
of the festival. At the end of a long day at the festival, it's just a
short walk or a leisurely boat ride back to your room; a great advantage
over the longer bus ride that would be required if staying at any of the
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New Blooms and Perennial Favorites >>
The 16th annual Epcot International
Flower and Garden Festival has unveiled some new features and actives,
but has continued to bud with many of the favorites that keep Guests
coming back year after year. These new features and old favorites
~ Grand Entrance Display- A royal topiary court invites guests to
celebrate Cinderella’s coronation day at the Epcot entrance. The
signature topiary display, showcasing Cinderella’s royal moment, is
designed in honor of Disney Parks’ new “What Will You Celebrate?”
vacation initiative. Near by topiaries of Snow White and the seven
dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip, and Belle and Beast from
“Beauty and the Beast” done their “blooming finery” to round-out grand
front-entrance topiary display.
~ Environmentality Celebration – This
special event (April 24-26) will showcase how to keep the planet green
through solutions like reducing waste and using friendly bugs.
~ Flower Power concerts - Popular
bands will rock the open-air America Gardens Theatre every Friday,
Saturday and Sunday at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. The concert lineup is
slated to include new acts like Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, plus pop
favorites like Davy Jones, Chubby Checker & The Wildcats, Tony Orlando,
Jose Feliciano, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and other top
~ Minnie’s Magnificent Butterfly Garden -- Hundreds of butterflies will
flit inside a walk-through screened enclosure that includes a live
exhibit showing how caterpillars form a chrysalis and emerge as
~ Character Topiaries- Aladdin and
Lady and the Tramp will join other cherished characters making topiary
appearances throughout Epcot, which is veiled with 30 million blooms of
sweeping floral beds and exhibits.
~Fragrance Garden - This exhibit at
the France pavilion tells the “love story” of plants and perfume
~ Disney Gardening at Home presentations -Disney horticulturists will
share gardening tips and lead guests in a hands-on, take-home activity.
~ English Tea Garden - This exhibit
at the United Kingdom pavilion explores the art and history of blending
~ The Great American Gardeners series
- Gardening celebrities and authors from across the country will reveal
their gardening secrets.
~ The Art of Bonsai- This exhibit is
sure to “wow” guests at the Japan pavilion.
~ The Garden Town Festival Center - Guests can shop for festival
merchandise, attend speaker presentations and demonstrations and ask
gardening questions of the experts.
~ Simba’s Birthday Celebration - A lineup of topiary characters straight
from Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lion King” will greet guests at World
~ Poster Signings - Artist Heather French will sign festival posters
each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Canada Garden
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The Flower and Garden festival is a
great event for families and groups of all sizes, but here's two great
ways to spend time at the festival for larger groups:
~ Character Topiary Scavenger Hunt.
This activity great for large groups begins behind Spaceship Earth in
Future World. This family-oriented challenge tasks Guests to locate
favorite Disney character topiaries throughout Epcot.
~International Dinner & Illuminations
Dessert Reception. For groups of 8 or more, this Grand Gathering
experience is a great way to top off a long day at the festival. After
a delicious dinner at the Odyssey Restaurant, Guests view Illuminations
Reflections of Earth from a private viewing area complete with a dessert
buffet. For more information and reservations contact Disney Dining
Reservations via 1-407-WDW-DINE.
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Many times Guests like to take a
break from a day at the parks and enjoy a leisurely meal at one of
Disney's many resorts. When spending a day at the Flower & Garden
Festival, Guests have some great options right in walking distance of
Epcot itself! The restaurants conveniently located with-in a short walk
of the International Gateway Entrance include the Yachtsman Steakhouse,
Captain's Grille, Beaches & Cream, Cape May Cafe, Flying Fish Cafe,
Spoodles, ESPN Zone, Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Shula's
Steakhouse, Fresh, Todd English's bluezoo, Picabu's, Garden Grove,
Kimonos, and Il Mulino. Between this smorgasbord of cuisines Guests are
likely to find a convenient location to please any palate that may arise
during a day at the festival. A short walk (or leisurely boat ride) to
and from any of these restaurants saves Guests travel time while still
enjoying an intermittent break from the festival.
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<< Food for Thought with
A long day at the Flower &
Garden festival can dig up a ferocious appetite, Jeanne just so happens
to know of a new place that can freeze even the most mammoth of hungers:
Jim and I have talked about
checking the new T-Rex restaurant at Downtown Disney out since it
opened. We finally made it for lunch today =)
While the food Is very good and most portions are large, I felt that
this was another Rainforest Café in the way of design and price.
The restaurant is divided up into themed sections complete with
animatronic critters that move about every 20 minutes or so. Dinosaurs,
larger than life insects, Pterodactyls and meteor showers are some of
the things you can expect to see at T-Rex Café.
I thought the menu had lots to choose from and admittedly, I did have a
hard time deciding what I wanted. I finally settled on the Teriyaki
Steak Salad which was excellent! Jim ordered the Triassic Tortellini,
which was also very good, and our dining companion chose the Omnivore’s
Delight which can be ordered with chicken or shrimp at an additional
Once you're done with your meal be sure to check out the small, but
well-stocked gift shop complete with a “Build-A-Dino” section. Bring
home your own dino complete with birth certificate.
As I mentioned before, I thought the prices were a little high but I
would still recommend dining here at least once. You can make
reservations but you must call the restaurant directly. Their number is
special edition of the Insider has come to an end, the Epcot Flower and
Garden Festival is still in full bloom. The festival will continue
daily through May 31, 2009. We'll be back in a little bit with more
tips, info and news to keep-you-up-to-date and help you plan that next,
great Disney vacation. See ya real soon!
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