Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Why I Love Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

Ok, so I've been a very bad bad blogger over the past few weeks.  Unfortunately, ever since moving to Albuquerque, I find that I have less and less free time, though I swear, I don't know where it goes!  So, I am going to apologize right now for lapses I may have had in the past or may have in the future.  I don't want to become one of those bloggers who disappears so I'm trying my hardest to get material out! I just don't want you all to think I'm abandoning ship here!  I am very dedicated to you all, my loyal readers! So thank you for your understanding and patience as I try to get the balance back to my life. 

So, with the apologizes out of the way, on with the show!

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Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival is one of my favorite times of the year!  Unfortunately, I don't get down there in the Spring as much as I want, simply because of the fact that Fall has become my yearly park visit, but hands down, Spring, whether it's at home, or in Florida, is simply my favorite time of the year.  That would mean that Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival would also be included in that! 

You must keep in mind, I am certainly no Green Thumb!  I kill plants faster than any human should.  So, I'll be the first to admit that the seminars that they have included with this event, are not quite my cup of tea.  But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't visit them.  If you are interested in gardening what-so-ever, make sure you make a trip over to the old Wonders of Life Pavilion and check out some of the great seminars that take place on the weekends.  These are included with your park admission and are from some of the best experts out there....the hosts of HGTV!  Trust me, these people certainly know what they're talking about. 

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I love the Flower and Garden Festival for one very strong reason and that is because it is simply the most beautiful time in all the year to be at Walt Disney World.  Disney really puts on a show during this festival.  The plants are all bright and vibrant and of course, there is my favorite thing, the topiaries!  These plants that are designed as Disney characters are simply amazing feats!  I just marvel at how incredibly detailed these works of art are. 

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Every year, Disney welcomes guests with an amazing topiary display at the front entrance and this year is no exception.  This year, Sorcerer Mickey helps to welcome you to the party in an effort to celebrate the movie Fantasia! Plus, each country in World Showcase welcomes you with their incredible gardening feats, from plants shaped like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, to Lady and the Tramp, and you do not want to miss seeing Lightning McQueen and and Mater made almost entirely out of plants. 

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Another really fun thing to take advantage of are the Flower Power concerts.  These fun concerts take place in the American Gardens Theater and feature some of the great acts from the 60s and 70s.  Some of the perennial favorites include Chubby Checker, Herman's Hermits, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and this year, Micky Dolenz from the Monkees taking over for his late former band mate, Davy Jones. 

In addition to these events that happen yearly, there are also some smaller events that just help to make this event bigger and bigger every year.  From things like Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden to the really neat Bambi Butterfly House, it just helps to reiterate that there's something for everyone to enjoy during the Festival. 

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The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is certainly a magical time of the year.  It makes me miss the days when they would include topiaries in the parks just for the heck of it.  But, since they aren't, I really relish the Flower and Garden Festival for the beauty that it brings.  It is a sure sign to me, that Spring has finally arrived. 

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1 comment:

Samie said...

I visited during the flower and garden festival just by coincidence one year and it was really enjoyable, especially all the fun topiaries!