The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival: What to Expect
I am not sure when I was bitten by the Walt Disney World bug. Perhaps it was because I had young daughters and was forced to watch Disney movies over and over. Or maybe because I moved to Florida and the parks are an hour from my house. Whatever the reason, I became a Passholder in January and I am getting my money’s worth! The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is just one of the amazing specialty events at Walt Disney World throughout the year.
About The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
During the Festival, Epcot is decorated with thousands of flowers in both flowerbeds and decorative landscaping, such as Disney character topiaries. Garden and cooking demonstrations take place in the festival center. There is even a Garden Rocks Concert Series, free with your Epcot admission.
I headed to my fourth Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with my friend Lynne in 2015. We had lunch at Germany’s Biergarten Restaurant so that we could take a break from pounding the pavement. We enjoyed the Biergarten music show. Germany’s Biergarten Restaurant was a good value for the money.
During the Festivals, Outdoor Kitchens (kiosks) are set up through the World Showcase offering special menu items from the region represented. I snacked on the Kung Pao Chicken Bun and Oolong Peach Bubble Tea from China. They were spectacular! I have noticed that prices for these special menu items have gotten much more expensive over the past few years.
Our FastPass Selections
Lynne and I started our day riding Test Track. If you do not design your car and opt for the single rider line, you can be on the ride in about ten minutes. We then headed to our first FastPass, Spaceship Earth.
It was my first time on SpaceShip Earth and I really enjoyed it. The ride, in the big white ball, takes you on a journey exploring communication technology from the beginning of time to modern times, covering the use of papyrus, invention of the alphabet, use of mathematics, creation of computers, and more. Audio-Anamatronics are used and Judi Dench narrates part of the journey. At the end, you and your ride partner answer a few questions to create a travel video. The video can be emailed to you when you get off of the ride. It is such a great idea. I have been missing out on this ride all of this time!
We also used a FastPass for the Epcot Character Spot where we got to meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy. Other characters at Epcot are Belle, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Duffy, Donald Duck, Mary Poppins, Chip and Dale, Mulan, Princess Aurora, Aladdin, and Jasmine. None of these are available for FastPass.
Our third, and final, FastPass was for Ellen’s Energy Adventure, another first for me. This zany 45-minute presentation (based on Jeopardy) teaches the audience members about dinosaurs, the Big Bang, fossil fuels, and energy conservation, all through Ellen’s comedic dreams. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle, come sit in this moving theater. It is air conditioned and you can expand your knowledge along the way. Scientist Bill Nye lends Ellen a hand in the fun.
Visiting The World Showcase
When visiting the World Showcase, I encourage you to explore every country in some way, shape, or form. Lynne and I took in O Canada, an 18-minute movie narrated by Martin Short. It is displayed on a 360-degree panoramic screen and shows all of the beautiful scenery in Canada. Note, you must stand for the movie. We also saw Impressions de France (18-minutes) shown in a lovely theater, featuring the romance, grandeur, and amazing scenery of the gorgeous country. Both movies certainly made my travel senses rise up and take note.
Lynne and I ended our day at Epcot seeing the Voices of Liberty acoustic vocal performance at The American Adventure.
Visit The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
Having attended the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival in years past, I thought the topiaries for 2015 were basically the same, but the flower gardens were more spectacular. They were bursting with vivid colors of blooms all over the park! This year’s entertainment was spot on. I enjoyed the festival so much that I plan to visit again next week and see the Pablo Cruise concert.
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