Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flower and Garden Festival

For 19 years Epcot has been in relation with HGTV to bring events throughout the park. From Epcots fabulous Wine Festival to the International Flower and Garden Festival. This year is the International Flower and Garden Festival. It’s a 75 day festival that runs through May 20. It has hundreds of experts there ready and will to explain any and every question you may have about planning, building, growing, or maintaining your home’s landscape. The park is springing to life with colorful displays, garden workshops, and over 100 HUGE character topiaries that turn Epcot into something you’ve never seen or experienced before. Your senses are sure to be buzzing with the different smells, sights, and even tastes that Epcot is offering at this year’s festival.

The festival Centerpiece is HGTV’s interactive, and hands on displays and showcases. Guests will be able to walk through displays with experts on hand ready and willing to explain why and how these displays are created, as well as give you advice and pointers for your home and garden. Whether you’re in the planning stage, or just need ideas, experts are on hand to help you. HGTV is providing numerous shows and demos throughout the park, and at various times that will be located on your park map to fit into the busy schedule and also allow time to visit the other attractions inside of Epcot.

And while this may all seem very adult oriented, don’t fret. HGTV is offering multiple rides and attractions for the kids as well. Based on the upcoming DVD and BLUERAY release “Pixie Hollow”, Test Track’s main entrance is offering a hands on display garden featuring topiaries of your kids favorite fairy and pixie characters from multiple Disney films, as well as Pixie Hollow. This is designed for kids aged from 2 to 5 years old, but provides entertainment for people of all ages. There are two different “play gardens” that fuse a playground with a garden, with themes from Toy Story, to Disneyworld. This allows kids to get in on the flower action while still enjoying the themes they’ve come to love. Bambi’s Butterfly house immerses children into a world of color and abstraction. They are thrown into a world with hundreds of different species of butterflies, with over thousands of them in an interactive environment. They also throw in a mix of everyone’s favorite Bambi characters displayed as colorful Topiaries.

If you’re native to Florida (or if you’re not) and are looking for something different, this is the place to go. The range of entertainment is vast, the displays and demos are colorful, and the knowledge is endless. This is definitely a great chance of pace from the tradition Epcot (If you’re a florida resident), or a great addition to it (If you’re not!). Make sure you don’t pass this opportunity up. If you get the chance to visit this festival, take it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Fantasyland soft opening

One thing I should say from the get-go is that I love Disney. One of my favorite theme parks is Disney's Magic Kingdom! It has my favorite ride of all time: It’s a Small World (the one with the song that everyone has a love-hate relationship).

One indelible memory I have inside of any Disney park, it was the moment when my precious sister (minus one front tooth) and very small little me hopped into "Dumbo". It was a happy moment, we were sitting together and then she was pushing the button, and the flying elephant was going up and down. Besides the shaking, and the little stomp when you pressed the button, you cannot wait to do it again and enjoy that moment where you can feel the entire world stop and you just laughing with so much joy!

Fast forward 30-years after that event and I couldn’t resist calling my sister, while I was doing some video-chatting, and I was inside Dumbo! But this one wasn’t any ordinary Dumbo, it was the new revamped one that just opened at the new Fantasyland!!!

Disney just opened one section of the new refurbished Fantasyland, which includes Dumbo and The Barnstormer. The last one has Goofy “The Great Goofini” as the title character. This whole area will have the section name of Storybook Circus. To get here, you can take the railroad and get off in the Fantasyland Station. Once you get off, you'll see in the upper board that this place is called Carolwood Park, which is another nod to Walt Disney (Carolwood Pacific was the name he used for the railroad in his backyard).

Only in Disney you'll feel like you are your younger-self again. It was surreal, I was feeling like my little me and it was a flood of memories and wanted to share them with my sister. She was like "oh my god! I can’t believe it!" and then suddenly she was teary eyes and telling me that in her next trip we'll ride Dumbo together!