Disney World: Epcot Flower And Garden Festival 2015

coverAs you can probably tell, I haven’t had as many post in the last few weeks – and that is because we’ve had some friends and family come down to visit us in Florida.

The first visit this month was my best friend Ariel! I’ve been anticipating this one for a while since I haven’t seen her since November when we went back to Chicago. She is probably the best person I know and fun fact: if it wasn’t for her, I would never have met my husband.

When the three of us get together, it’s a blast… Then add a little Disney… And woah! Seriously best trip ever!

We picked up Ariel on Friday took her for some beachside dining at a great place called Sand on the Beach in Melbourne Beach, FL.IMG_4660 There we had some amazing (oh… and strong) margaritas and delicious fish ‘n chips.

The next day we got up pretty early because it was going to be a full day of DISNEY 🙂

Our first stop was Epcot and lucky for us we came just in time for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2015. Before Tom and I moved down here we came to Disney last spring and caught the tail end of the Flower and Garden Festival (2014). We didn’t spend too much time looking into it because we were only there for a day…

But now since we live here, we had to take full advantage of the Festival this year!
FullSizeRender (40)Right when you walk into Epcot they have all these character topiary’s around. They’re really quite impressive… I seriously can’t get over how amazing they look!

They have every character you can ever think of from Anna and Elsa to the classic Minnie and Mickey and even Lady and the Tramp. They even have a whole area of Pixars: Cars over near the Test Track, which makes this experience more fun for the kids.top2They also have many gardens and exhibits throughout the entire park. There is pretty much something everywhere you turn. There is a butterfly exhibit where you can interact with the butterflies and also Mike and Sully’s Monsterous Garden where they have character topiaries (and a play zone for the kids).

Now my favorite part was the “outdoor kitchens”… AMAZING!!

If you have been to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in past years, then you’ll be familiar with this – if not, then you are in for quite a treat.

When we went we only spend the morning there, so we will definitely be going back… But we DID have a chance to try a few things.

IMG_4708Tom saw this on the menu and knew I would just love it… It’s ceviche with grouper (which I love!), shrimp, mango, avocado and cilantro. YUM! It was so light and refreshing – perfect for the 90° day we had.

IMG_4686This was the first food booth we saw when we came into the park and had to try it… As you can see, my husband is there waiting for a pineapple hot dog. It’s a spicy hot dog with pineapple chutney and sriracha mayo. It was absolutely delicious, but woah – it had quite a kick to it.

IMG_4688One thing you’ll notice is that the portions you get are mostly “tasting” size – which I think is great because there are so many food booths, and smaller portions means you can try more things. (Note – we also love “tapas” style dining, so that’s probably why!)

Below is sample of how the menus look outside of each booth with the pricing. Ariel got the Pineapple Soft-Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and man was that good!

IMG_4689These were just a few of the things we tried… But there are many other booths to choose from with all sorts of different kinds of cuisine and drinks from around the world.

Before we left Epcot we had to make one more stop at the Germany Pavillion for their delicious Grapefruit beer! You need to try this…IMG_4812For the second half of our day, we went over to Magic Kingdom which was so much fun! Of course we had to get our minnie ears…

IMG_4758It was one of the best weekends ever spent with my husband and my best friend… What more could you ask for? If you’re planning a trip to Disney this spring definitely check out the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2015. It’s a beautiful thing to see – lots of fun, plenty of things to do and amazing food and drinks.

Great for everyone!


EMILY NESS is a full-time food and lifestyle author who’s passionate about developing simple yet mouth-watering recipes that anyone can make. Since founding her website CookingUpHappiness.com in 2013, she’s went on to share her passion for cooking healthy and tasty recipes with the thousands of people around the world.
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