Monday, May 23, 2016

The EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

Each spring EPCOT goes through a magical transformation. The entire park comes alive with flowers, butterflies, and life-size topiaries of iconic Disney and Pixar Characters. There are gardens for flowers, herbs, and vegetables. There are dozens of pop-up stands where park guests can purchase products to take home to tend their own gardens or even grow their own Mickey topiaries.

Just about everywhere you can imagine they have added brightly colored flowers. This year they had an exhibit that paid tribute to prehistoric plants. There were even little dinosaur figures in with the plants. The biologist in me was very excited over the fact that they had a bit of mass and it was producing spores. You can tell that all of the plants are very well cared for.
There are talks from experts in gardening and designing back yard spaces. Nearly all of the pop up stands and the existing snack stands have special snacks and drinks for this event. They even have dole whip! (Which previously could only be found at the Magic Kingdom or Polynesian Resort.) A lot of the drinks featured on special were alcoholic, with non-alcoholic versions available as well. Most of them are fruity and perfect for a temporary escape from the heat of the day. 
A lot of the character topiaries are placed in their native lands. In England you could even see Peter Pan on the roof of one of the castles. Though, I will admit that every time I walked by the 'tea garden'  I laughed a little. 

There are spice gardens, vegetable gardens, and even a giant enclosure with countless butterflies. overall the entire event is simply amazing. If you can spare a day to just walk around the park and enjoy all of the festivities you won't regret it. But, trying to see all of the exhibits and ride the rides, and see the attractions might be a little too much for one day and could easily cause the little ones to get burnt out by the end of the day.
If you are lucky enough to visit the parks during the extra magical time take a little extra time to enjoy it. They have some of the same characters each year, but a lot of the topiaries change each year, so it will be different the next time you go. How cool is that?
Have a magical day!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Disney Bug

I am sure it comes as no surprise that I, like many people that visit the Disney parks, have caught the Disney bug. I am already excited about planning my next Disney trip before I even leave the Walt Disney World Resort. Don't believe me? Just ask my boyfriend, he was able to experience Walt Disney World with me and family just a few weeks ago.

When I am not at the parks I like to bring a little of the Magic home with me. I have pictures on my walls. I have my ears proudly on display. I also like to make some of my favorite meals from the parks at home. I love my Disney cookbook. In fact, my goal is to eventually collect all of the cookbooks and make every recipe. Pretty lofty right? Some of the recipes don't appeal to me as much as others (mainly some of the seafood dishes), but I figure that I have never had a bad meal at Disney so they must be good. I'll give it a shot! Over the last few years I have worked on my cooking skills. And my lucky boyfriend is going to help me try all of the amazing dishes.
Anyone recognize this? Its beer cheese soup from La Callier at the Canada Pavilion.

But, this blog isn't just going to showcase food any cooking. I will also be sharing some of my favorite things about Disney. The parks, rides, attractions, shows, movies, and more!
This is one of my favorite views of Cinderella Castle. Just outside of the Crystal Palace. 

I think one of the reasons I like Disney so much is that when I am there I don't have any cares. I can focus on how much effort was put into the entire resort to make it look effortless. I feel like I am just able to enjoy myself. I love it. I can truly feel that magic. It is one of my favorite places. I really feel like it is my home away from home.

If you have ever seen any of my posts on my other website, then you will see that I have been writing about Disney for quite a while. I also tend to write about whatever pops into my head. For this blog however, I intend to keeps things strictly Disney. I'm excited! And I'm glad that you will be along for the ride.

Have a magical day!