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2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival – 90 Days of Fun!

February 4, 2016

The 2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival will occur at Walt Disney World® Resort March 2-May 30, 2016 – expanding from 75 to 90 days. Here’s a look at what’s new as the festival celebrates its 23rd year!

2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
At the 2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, new culinary creations at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens will introduce fresh variety and flavor to the offerings at a record 13 festival kiosks surrounding the World Showcase Promenade.  This year, La Isla Fresca takes you to the Caribbean for authentic bites, including Jamaican Braised Beef with Pigeon-Pea Rice and Jerk-Spiced Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa. And, at the new Cider House, a Field Greens salad with greens harvested at The Land pavilion, heirloom apples, Stilton cheese and dried blueberries will pair well with blueberry hard cider from Plant City, Florida.

At the park entrance, the first-ever Huey, Dewey and Louie topiaries will feature floral interpretations of Donald’s mischievous nephews inspired by the 1943 Donald Duck comic book called “The Victory Garden.”

A new hands-on Harmony Gardens musical playground will debut featuring Disney’s Fab Five topiaries of “band leader” Mickey Mouse, as well as Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck. With the playground’s interactive drums, chimes and xylophones, kids can create their own musical sounds.

And, as in previous years, each weekend at the Festival Center, you can dig in for a complimentary hands-on Gardening Seminar experience as they get tips from experts on a broad range of topics.

Plus, the Garden Rocks concert series returns with music spanning four decades. Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice, BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company, Georgia Satellites and Darlene Love make their Festival debut this year. Here’s the lineup (subject to change without notice):

  • March 4-6 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • March 11-13 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • March 18-20 – Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • March 25-27 – Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • April 1-3 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
  • April 8-10 – The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • April 15-17 – NEW! Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
  • April 22-24 – NEW! BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company “Can’t Get Enough”
  • April 29-May 1 – NEW! Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”
  • May 6-8 – Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • May 13-15 – NEW! Darlene Love “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home”
  • May 20-22 – Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • May 27-30 (Monday) – The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturdayand Sunday of the Festival.

Please note 2016 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is included in regular Epcot admission.


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2015 Candlelight Processional Narrators & Information

October 19, 2015

Chandra Wilson, Daniel Dae Kim, America Ferrera Join Narrators for 2015 Candlelight Processional at Epcot!

2015 Candlelight Processional

The rich sounds of a full orchestra and choir fill the America Gardens Theatre, and a special celebrity narrator takes the stage for a stirring retelling of the Christmas story as Candlelight Processional returns to Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort Nov 27Dec. 30, 2015.

Celebrity Narrators scheduled to make appearances this year include (subject to change without notice):

  • 11/27 – 11/29 — Gary Sinise
  • 11/30 – 12/3 — Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/4 – 12/5 — Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/6 – 12/8 — Joe Morton
  • 12/9 – 12/11 — Ana Gasteyer
  • 12/12 – 12/14 — Meredith Vieira – NEW
  • 12/15 – 12/17— America Ferrera – NEW
  • 12/18 – 12/20 — Chandra Wilson – NEW
  • 12/21 – 12/23 — Daniel Dae Kim – NEW
  • 12/24 – 12/26 — Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 – 12/28 – Blair Underwood
  • 12/29 – 12/30 — Amy Grant

Showtimes are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m and 8:15 p.m. nightly. Showtimes on Dec. 6 are 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

You can enjoy guaranteed seating for this holiday tradition, as well as a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant with Candlelight Processional Dining Packages – starting $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults (plus tax and gratuity). Packages include an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage per person (or one full buffet where applicable). Availability is limited. Please note Park admission is required and is not included in the price of the dining package. Dining packages are not available on Dec. 6, 2015.

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Garden Grill Restaurant Breakfast and Lunch Reservations Now Available at Epcot

July 29, 2015

Beginning Nov. 8, 2015, you can enjoy Character dining all day long at Garden Grill Restaurant at Walt Disney World® Resort. Served family style and all-you-care-to-enjoy, the menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner are inspired by the garden-grown theme of The Land at Epcot®. And while you dine, you can meet popular Disney pals, including Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Chip and Dale, as they revolve around vibrant views from the Living with the Land attraction. (Characters are subject to change).

For breakfast, served from 8-10:30 a.m., you can enjoy favorites like biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, Mickey waffles and the restaurant’s signature item, Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake.

And at lunch, served from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., you can feast on all-you-care-to-enjoy favorites from the dinner menu, including “Living with the Land” Harvest-inspired Farmer’s Salad, char-grilled sliced filet of beef, roasted all-natural sliced turkey breast with freshly-harvested vegetables and scrumptious side dishes.

Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast will continue to be available for dinner from 4-8 p.m. daily.

All meals require one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

Eat to the Beat Concert Series 2015

June 3, 2015

Eat To The Beat Concert Series 2015


Four new “Eat to the Beat” concert acts debut and several fan favorites return to America Gardens Theater during the 20th Annual Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015.


Scheduled to perform are:

  • David CookSept. 25-27, 2015
  • Wilson PhillipsSept. 28-29, 2015
  • Christopher CrossSept. 30-Oct. 1, 2015
  • StarshipOct. 2-4, 2015
  • Smash MouthOct. 5-7, 2015
  • The Pointer SistersOct.8-9, 2015
  • 38 SpecialOct. 10-11, 2015
  • Rick SpringfieldOct. 12-13, 2015
  • Sugar RayOct.14-16, 2015
  • The S.O.S. BandOct. 17-18, 2015
  • Air SupplyOct.19-21, 2015
  • FuelOct. 22-23, 2015
  • Tiffany (NEW!)Oct. 24-25, 2015
  • Dennis DeYoungOct. 26-28, 2015
  • Jo Dee Messina Oct. 29-30, 2015
  • Everclear (NEW!)Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2015
  • Boyz II MenNov. 2-4, 2015
  • Sister HazelNov. 5-6, 2015
  • Big Bad Voodoo DaddyNov. 7-9, 2015
  • HansonNov. 10-12, 2015
  • Maxi Priest (NEW!)Nov. 13-14, 2015
  • Chaka Khan (NEW!)Nov. 15-16, 2015

Please note: Daily show times take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Entertainment and appearances are subject to change without notice.

Disney World Spring Discounts 2015

February 18, 2015
Disney World Spring Discounts 2015

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice topiary is just one of many amazing floral creations you might find at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.


Experience the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this spring, and all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks with this great offer!


You can save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels when you book between Feb. 17-March 28, 2015 for stays most nights March 2 – June 15, 2015.


You can also receive 1 more ticket day FREE when you upgrade to a room and ticket package with a minimum 4-day Magic Your Way Ticket.

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Booking Window:

Feb. 17-March 28, 2015

Travel Window:
March 2 – June 15, 2015

Disney World Spring Discounts 2015

The Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort



*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort-The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts.

Garden Rocks Concert Series to Debut at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

January 22, 2015

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival


The Flower Power Concert Series has been replaced with the new Garden Rocks Concert Series.  Well, replaced really isn’t quite accurate.  It really seems to have been renamed.  I suppose it’s a subtle difference.


I’m really not quite sure why they renamed it.  Maybe they wanted to avoid confusion because there are fewer bands associated with the 1960’s?  Whatever it is being called, these concerts are always popular.  So popular, in fact, that you want to arrive very early if you want a spot in front.


This year, 11 pop bands are set to appear in the Garden Rocks Concert Series, which will take place March 4-May 17, 2015. The acts this year will include En Vogue, Little River Band, Jon Secada, Pablo Cruise and Taylor Dayne. Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and are included with Epcot admission.  Here is the current lineup which is, of course, subject to change without notice:

  • March 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • March 13-15: Pablo Cruise “Love Will Find a Way”
  • March 20-22: En Vogue “Free Your Mind”
  • March 27-29: Starship “We Built This City”
  • April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 10-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
  • April 24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”
  • May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • May 8-10: Little River Band “Lady”
  • May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”


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Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot

Hey! It’s the Little River Band!


Tasty Tuesday – Watermelon Delight at Spice Road Table

January 20, 2015

Spice Road Table Sign


I have a confession to make.  I love interesting new drinks that are brightly colored and come in fancy glasses.  Yet I am constantly disappointed when I go to restaurants because, almost everywhere, the drinks that look neat and have fun names all contain alcohol.  This is a problem because I don’t drink alcohol.

Yet, I never give up hope.  My eyes are always open, looking for that rare gem of a beverage with a detailed description and designated with (non-alcoholic) next to it.  They exist in spades on Disney Cruise Line ships.  (There are so many, I even wrote an article about them for the Disney Food Blog a few years ago.)  But in Walt Disney World, they are harder to come by.

Now my friends know how I am about this, so I was excited when John Saccheri mentioned there was a drink I had to try over at Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot.  He couldn’t remember the name of it, but he said, “If you like watermelon, you’re going to love it.”

I made my way to Spice Road Table at the next opportunity and headed straight for the bar to look over the drinks.  There it was — Watermelon Delight!

Spice Road Table Bar Menu

The description intrigued me:  Watermelon, Cranberry Juice, and Orange water.  Was that supposed to mean watermelon juice, or did they just blend watermelon in with the cranberry juice and orange water?  And what the heck is orange water, anyway?  While I still don’t know the answers to these questions, but I ordered the drink.

Watermelon Delight

It looks kind of plain in that plastic cup, but let me tell you — it was a really good drink.  It tasted like I was drinking a sweet, cold, flavorful watermelon.  I really loved the drink.  I could easily see this being a favorite, especially on a hot Florida afternoon.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t very impressed with the price.  While I certainly don’t mind paying $5.99 for a good drink, seeing the Watermelon Delight right there next to $9.99 alcoholic drinks made me wonder whether the price for orange water is as high as the price of  vodka or rum.

New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World

December 23, 2014

New Year's Eve at Disney World


Here are some of the celebrations going on for New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World!

Countdown at Magic Kingdom® Park

The new year kicks off with fireworks galore at Magic Kingdom Park. Along with “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” you can enjoy “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, capped off with a breathtaking musical show. This special fireworks display will be presented on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.

New Year’s Around the Globe at Epcot®

All across World Showcase at Epcot, you can explore each countries’ traditions at participating pavilions – including Morocco, Italy, China, France, the United Kingdom and the USA – as you soak up the sounds of favorite bands and DJs.

Plus, World Showcase promenade is the place to be as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth lights up the sky with a message of peace and goodwill. Two showings of this nighttime spectacular will take place on New Year’s Eve, at 6 p.m. and 11:40 p.m.

Celebrate at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Guests of all ages will enjoy the fabulous family-style fun and entertainment that New Year’s Eve unreels at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Come nightfall on Dec. 31, 2014, the “rake and roll” cover band Mulch, Sweat and Shears takes the stage for a set of iconic songs.

And, as midnight approaches, the evening ignites into an amazing shower of shimmering light. You can watch in wonder as majestic fireworks glitter, glisten and inspire awe in one and all.

Dining and Entertainment at Downtown Disney®

If you wish to enjoy New Year’s Eve at Downtown Disney, please remember that, as in previous years, there are no fireworks displays.  However, there are a variety of exciting offerings to enjoy this year at Downtown Disney, including special New Year’s Eve food and beverage tents, merchandise stands and entertainment. You can also enjoy dining experiences, movies, bowling, Cirque du Soleil, shopping and more. Or, you can explore some of the newest offerings including the Food Trucks at Exposition Park and the flagship Starbucks location at Downtown Disney West Side, as well as the Marketplace Co-Op at the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Canadian Lumberjacks Show at Epcot

October 16, 2014
You won't find them on a Disney Cruise...

You won’t find them on a Disney Cruise…


The Canadian Lumberjacks show is now officially appearing as World Showcase Entertainment in Canada.  These lumbermen, representing Canada’s great timber and logging areas, demonstrate their skills in time-honored games of the great forest — axe throwing, chopping, sawing, beaver skinning, and lots more.


And it’s a good thing the Lumberjacks are experts with axes; it’s the only thing keeping disgruntled Off Kilter fans from storming the stage and lynching them.


Tasty Tuesday – Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie

October 14, 2014

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie


The next time you’re in Epcot, head on over to the Germany Pavilion and stop by Karamell-Kuche.  One of my favorite treats is the Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie, and I almost didn’t buy it.  Actually, when I had planned that particular Disney vacation, I had an entire list of items I wanted to try at Karamell-Kuche, and that cookie was not on the list.  But as I was looking at the case, something about it appealed to me, and I ordered it.

I made an excellent choice.  These massive cookies are moist and chewy, and the homemade caramel drizzled on top accentuated the apple and combined with the oatmeal in a way that made my mouth happy.  Just one warning: The cookies are stored in a refrigerated case, and it tastes better after the caramel gets warmed up by the Florida heat and becomes nice and soft and gooey.