Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Announced for 2015

Spring will bloom in a big way with bountiful blossoms, colorful Disney topiaries, gardening seminars and flavors of the season when the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs March 4 to May 17, 2015, at Walt Disney World … Continue reading

Epcot with Toddlers–Yes it is possible!

My partner Jodie over at http://allgoodinmommyhood.blogspot.com/ always has great insight on taking the kids to Disney and how to make the most of it. This week she shares with us things to to with a toddler in Epcot. YUP, you heard me right toddlers in Epcot. Enjoy her post, I know I did!

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As a Disney semi-expert (semi because there is always more to learn) I always cringe when parents tell me they are skipping Epcot Center for a lack of things to do with their toddler.  Not only is Epcot a fabulous park for all ages, it’s a MUST DO.  Along with rides, shows and shopping, there is much for kids to learn and experience when visiting Epcot.

Before you blow off a stop at the “big golf ball” here are five tips to keep your toddlers entertained (and truckin’) in Epcot.

  •  Arrive at Epcot when the park opens.  Bring your snacks, stroller and patience.  Leaving home without any of these is sure to be a disaster in ANY park.  Epcot is no different.
  •  When entering the park, head right after you pass the giant golf ball towards the Land Pavilion.  This area of the park is great to start your day, with two attractions perfect for toddlers: The Seas with Nemo and Friends and Journey into Imagination.

Inside the Land Pavilion you will find an educational ride, Living with the Land, and great snacks to refuel if you are low on goodies in your cooler.

  • After enjoying the Land Pavilion area, walk across the park over to Test Track.  Little boys may be too small to ride Test Track, but they are sure to love the car displays outside the ride.
  •  Innovations East and Innovations West are two action packed pavilions, filled with interactive games, exhibits and activities for kids of all ages.
  •  Just when you’re ready for lunch, around 11am, the World Showcase opens.  Walking the countries is possible with kids, especially if you pace yourselves.  Inside the World Showcase, you will find plenty of characters (Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in England, Sleeping Beauty in France and more) and a few great family rides.  Don’t skip Norway’s boat ride (Maelstrom) and the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros in Mexico.

Also, little kids will love the Kidcot Fun Stops in every country where they will have a chance to rest and color their “passports.”

Epcot is a treasure for parents and kids alike, with enough to keep you going all day long.  With attractions for adults and kids, as well as delicious food options all around the park, this park is a must do for every family.

Written by Jodie Moyer from http://allgoodinmommyhood.blogspot.com/. Be sure to visit her site for more great info about navigating Walt Disney World with kids. 

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is coming soon!

 
The 20th Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV, taking place March 6 – May 19, 2013, at Walt Disney World® Resort, offers new festival additions that include food-and-beverage Garden Marketplaces, a circus-like “Land of Oz” play area and nighttime illuminated gardens.

Debuting this year:

  • Garden Marketplace culinary creations ranging from smokehouse barbecue and shrimp with grits and Zellwood corn to sweet “frushi” made with fresh fruits and coconut rice. Chefs are perfecting menus for marketplaces that will include Florida Fresh at World Showcase Promenade, Smokehouse Barbecue and Brew at American Adventure courtyard, Primavera Kitchen at Italy showcase, Hanami at Japan showcase and eight others around the World Showcase promenade.
  • Garden Marketplace refreshing libations with a kick like Hot Sun Tomato Wine from Florida Orange Groves Winery and Dole Whip with Spiced Rum, as well as non-alcoholic drinks like Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade and Wild Berry Slush.
  • A new, circus-like “Land of Oz” play area based on the Disney fantastical film adventure “Oz: The Great and Powerful” to be released March 8, 2013. The interactive children’s play zone will feature play systems adorned with giant flowers and designed to stretch kids’ imaginations and muscles. Midway-style games, red-and-white circus-themed tents and the “Oz Movie Garden” of intriguing plants will capture the spirit of the upcoming film.
  • Larger-than-life Fab Five Disney character topiary. Floral versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck (with Daisy Duck in a cameo) star in a celebratory cookout scene in living topiary color. The 14-foot-tall Goofy topiary will bobble an anniversary cake while Donald and Daisy play badminton, Mickey fires up the grill, Pluto swipes a link of hot dogs and Minnie chills out on a colorful blanket of blossoms.
  • Illuminated Gardens in the Park’s Future World and World Showcase will twinkle and glow over the festival’s world-famous Disney gardens and topiaries each festival evening.
Throughout the 75-day garden party, you will discover festival surprises around every corner including new topiary triumphs, a butterfly bounty, whimsical children’s play areas, HGTV celebrity designers, daily hands-on gardening seminars and a Festival Center packed with events that offer innovative ideas, gardening know-how and design tips. On weekends, top Flower Power rockers of the 1960s and ’70s will perform. Every Friday through Sunday, HGTV design celebrities will host Festival Center seminars.

In all, more than 100 topiaries, 240 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms will add floral splendor to the park landscape.

 
Be sure not to miss this beautiful Spring Event at Epcot! Contact me today to book your next Disney Vacation.
 
Jennifer Greene is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations to Explore, offering concierge planning services. Contact me today to book your next Disney Vacation.
jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com