2019 Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival

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At the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival:  Beauty and the Beast(s)

Highlights for the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival include:

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The Orange Bird Sipper.
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Special foods! Special drinks!!!!
  • Outdoor Kitchens offering delectable small plates, and flavorful non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages—along with several new food and refreshment kiosks
  • More than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries—including many totally original displays
  • Vibrant gardens, flower towers, wildlife habitats and walkways
  • Inspirational exhibits, how-to demonstrations and farm-to-table dining experiences
  • Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands—with an assortment of debuting acts and dining packages
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    There’s Citrus-flavored food available at the Citrus Blossom booth…including Lobster Tail!!!
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Bring your camera!!

Kicks off today and runs through early June this year!

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Beautiful!  So many colors!

When:  March 6, 2019 – June 3, 2019 – the extended in June this year – 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot is amazing!

Where:  Epcot

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Flowers, flowers, flowers!  30 MILLION Blossoms!
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Let’s Dance!

There is a dazzling array of over 70 topiary displays – some brand new!, gardens and exhibits—each featuring seasonal designs or several popular Disney characters, including some new ones:

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Completely new is the Bo Peep figure, flanked by three wide-eyed topiary sheep. The “Toy Story” characters, alongside Buzz Lightyear and Woody, are stationed at Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds, a playground in Future World East. These characters can be seen in “Toy Story 4,” coming to theaters June 21st.
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Lady and the Tramp are still in Italy, but have moved.

In the France pavilion, Kermit pedals past with baguettes in his bike’s basket. The festival team made a few adjustments to the frog figure, which previously was seen playing the banjo. Nearby, Miss Piggy stars in a scene that screams “moi.” She’s ready for her close-up and flanked by three mirrors.

“We only could do that because he was already sitting on the crates last time so he was almost in the right pose,” Darden says. “We didn’t have to create a whole new character.”

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Kermit riding a bike!
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Miss Piggy waving.
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Daisy in front of her garden of daisies.
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Queen Elsa and Princess Anna.  Look at their hair!!!

Festival Blooms – Future World East and West Lake

Fantasia – Future World West

Ranger Mickey & Friends – Future World

Figment – Future World behind Spaceship Earth

Stitch – Fountain-side of MouseGear

Disney Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear – Near Mission Space

Disney Pixar’s Cruz Besouro from the – Near Test Track

Phineas and Ferb – Near Odyssey Bridge

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto – Showcase Plaza

Anna and Elsa – Norway

Bromeliad Dragon – China

Panda presented by Disneynature – China

The Lion King Featuring Mufasa, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Sarabi, Simba and Timon – The Outpost between the Germany and China Pavilion

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Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany

Lady and the Tramp – Italy

Disney Pixar’s Woody – The American Adventure

Beauty and the Beast – France

Belle – France

The Three Caballeros – Mexico

Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom

Peter Pan, Tinker Bell & Fairy Houses from Pixie Hollow – United Kingdom

Bambi and Friends featuring Bambi, Flower, and Thumper – Canada

Mickey & Minnie Located between Future World and World Showcase

Bambi & Friends Featuring Bambi, Flower and Thumper Located at the Canada Pavilion

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Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
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Lovely!  Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip dancing at sunset.
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Christian in front of the Lion King topiaries.
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Beauty and the Beast
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Sunflowers are my favorite flower!
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Cogsworth & Lumiere
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Christian and Caroline went to the Festival 2x last week. So much good food to try!
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As a Disney cast member, Christian has been to the Festival a lot this month and his roommate is working at it!
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30 million blossoms!

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I loaded up my Flower and Garden mini gift card with $100 for all the food and drink I wanted to try! 🙂  It came with a paper card embedded with wildflower seeds ready to plant.  Nice!

OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Yes, there are flowers, but there’s also special foods available during the festival!

The food offerings are different than the ones seen at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In many cases, the lead menu item is plant-based.

“This is all about Mother Earth. … Protein is the secondary star,” Kesting says. “It really showcases all the garden goodness that’s out there.”

Among the garden edibles: fried green tomatoes, roasted beets, fried cauliflower, potato pancakes with apple sauce, chilled cucumber soup and grilled maple pound cake with peach compote.

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Roasted corn on the cob!

Disney is going not only for sights and sounds, but for good smells as well. Outdoor grills will be used for the corn on the cob at the Trowel & Trellis kitchen in Showcase Plaza.

“It’s like you’re going to a local farmer’s market. You are immersed,” Kesting says. “That’s our goal for any of our festivals.”

On the liquid side, there’s a new beverage at the Citrus Blossom kitchen. The orange cream slushy is a nonalcoholic option that comes in a plastic cup shaped like the Orange Bird character.

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This little guy is soooo cute!
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Wrist gift cards for the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival for eating and drinking your way around the world. 😉
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Christian and Mitch walking around the World Showcase enjoying the Festival.

THE OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Set up around the World Showcase, Outdoor Kitchens offer regional and national delicacies to sample and taste, with the emphasis on fresh-from-the-garden goodness. Small plates and beverages give guests the chance to try specialty recipes from many international locations!

Most dishes are in the $3 – $8 range. Don’t forget that many of these are available for a Disney Dining Food snack credit!

Our tip:  Plan on spending about $60+ sampling all the cuisine.  Add more for the alcoholic beverages.

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Look right behind Buzz Lightyear and you can see the Purple Martin birdhouses.

Check out the Purple Martins: Presented by Audubon Florida – Stop and listen to the tranquil sounds of this special species of songbird at Future World East. The Purple Martins arrived back at WDW last month and we got to see their nesting boxes!

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March 30, 2019

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The Epcot Express Monorail heading back over to the Magic Kingdom.

THE MUSIC OF THE FESTIVAL

Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands with new acts added this year.  Always a crowd pleaser!

The Garden Rocks concert series has shifted to a three-times-a-day every day schedule for the run of the event. First up: Steve Augeri, the former lead vocalist of Journey on March 6-8, followed by Glass Tiger (March 9-10), Jon Anderson of Yes (March 11-12) and Tony Orlando (March 13-14).

MERCHANDISE

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The new 2019 merchandise released this week.

The Disney pin team has created several 2019 limited edition pins.

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The new 2019 Flower and Garden pins.
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LE 2019 Flower and Garden Magic Band
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Caroline’s new Violet Lemonade Minnie Ears.  She tried the Violet Lemonade and it was good.
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Violet Lemonade merchandise.
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Violet Chocolate Cupcake, $6
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So pretty!

The flowering trees at Epcot are just starting to bloom!

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Flowers all around the bay.
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Epcot France Pavilion in the late morning sunlight.
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Interested in Disney Bounding to the Flower and Garden Festival??? Here’s some ideas.
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March 2019:  And check out these new “dining” Mickey Ears in California!
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20% cast member discount details.  Always ask!
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Beautiful!

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When your twin passions are gardening and Disney.

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Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters at the Flower and Garden Festival.

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