Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

When we started planning our trip to Florida we knew we wanted to spend one whole day at Disney World. We decided to do Epcot because, they were having their annual Flower and Garden Festival. I am so happy that we choose Epcot over the other parks because it was geared more towards adults. We wanted to get up early enough to get to the park when it opened, but that didn’t happen with how many times we ended up hitting the snooze button that morning. The park was an hour away from where we were staying so the drive wasn’t too bad. We purchased out tickets online ahead of time and this saved us time once we arrived. The park opens at nine in the morning and we arrived at ten and stayed the entire day. We were able to tour all the main attractions, so one day at Epcot is all you need.

Once we went through the entrance, the first thing we saw was what looked like the world’s largest golf ball, but was actually a ride called Spaceship Earth. This golf ball is the symbol of Epcot. They had a beautiful flower display at the entrance that included Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Pluto. All of the characters were made out of flowers. It was one of the most beautiful and amazing things I have ever seen in my life. The Flower and Garden Festival was like an international food fair on steroids. The park is set up in a way that you go on a tour around the world. I was happy that we didn’t eat breakfast before arriving because there was so much good food! There were a total of eleven countries represented: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. We toured the park in a clockwise fashion and that is the order of the countries if you choose that direction.

We watched the movie Coco on the plane ride to Florida, so we were really excited that they had a section of the movie at the first stop in Mexico. They had a replica of the Mayan ruins you could go inside and take a small boat ride in. Our next stop in Norway we started walking into one of the buildings and before we knew it, we were being ushered in to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen! That was the only meet and greet we did because the others had a long wait time. I loved the flower sculptures of Anna and Elsa and the cute not so small rock troll! Each stop had a food station where you could try traditional food and drink from that country. There were tons of vegetarian and gluten-free options that were easily identified on the menu. For those of you wondering they do serve alcohol as well.

Our next stop was at China and it was phenomenal. They had this amazing flower dragon and beautiful architecture. I honestly felt like I was actually in China. We caught a glimpse of the beautiful Mulan here! I loved all the red doors they just matched my outfit so well. My outfit by the way I had sitting in my closet for a long time. I had worn the top before and the skirt, but never together. I love the combination of the two. The outfit screams Minnie Mouse with the polka dots, the bow belt, and the bold red color. Our next stop was in Germany where we saw people walking around with giant pretzels and a beer in hand.  I had the most delicious potato pancakes here. It took me back to the good old days when I was living in Germany. I really enjoyed the gift shop here, they had beautiful cuckoo clocks.

Before our next stop in Italy, we snapped a quick picture with the Lion King characters. In Italy we saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The dwarfs were probably my favorite sculptures at the park they were so cute and the detail on them was amazing. The architecture at this stop was my favorite too it was so beautiful. Those Italians sure do know what they are doing! The Lady and The Tramp sculpture which was another one of my favorites was also in Italy. Next was the good old USA. I loved the acapella group here. I would only stick around for that and keep moving to save time. Our next stop was in Japan, where we saw an awesome drumming performance and I bought some Sailor Moon socks. My favorite childhood cartoon was Sailor Moon, it was very popular in Europe so when I saw a whole section in Japan for it I was ecstatic.

Next up on the tour was Morocco. This was my favorite place because the performers here were amazing. They got the crowd involved and I still have that song stuck in my head. Morocco is one of my top bucket list places, so it was great to catch a little glimpse of it at Epcot. The food and drinks were all authentic and there were people from the actual countries at each station. The architecture here was also very beautiful. We even caught a glimpse of Jasmine! Our next stop was in France! Such a romantic and vibrant section. Definitely another one of my top bucket list places to visit. They had a huge sculpture of Beauty and the Beast here! For those of you who do eat gluten,  the bakery is a must, they had so many delicious looking pastries here. Carla had the braised duck here which I had a taste of and it was delicious.

By this time our feet were starting to hurt, so if you are going to Disney wear your most comfortable shoes because it is a lot of walking. Our next stop was in the United Kingdom where we saw Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Captain Hook. There was a bright red telephone booth which I loved. I had a delicious lemon scone with a berry composite that was seriously to die for. I couldn’t believe that it was gluten-free.  We also saw Winnie the Pooh and the gang here. Anyone else excited for the Christopher Robin movie this summer!?

Our last stop was in Canada where I had another delicious dish. I had the seared scallops with potatoes, and bacon. Canada had a live band playing that we really enjoyed and it was finally an opportunity to sit down and rest our legs. It was at that time that I realized how burnt I was, despite having put on sunscreen twice during the day! What was funny was that only my left arm was burnt. I joked around with Carla and told her that my left side was my good side and that’s why I got burnt. As we were leaving the Canada section, we saw a honey bee-stro food section. I highly recommend a stop here. I had the roasted cauliflower with carrot puree. I know the name doesn’t sound too appealing, but it was one of why favorite dishes I had.

We wanted to catch a ride before they closed. We chose the Soarin’ ride, and I think we waited a good two hours for this ride. If you are going to Disney I highly recommend getting a fast pass so you can skip the long wait.  In the end, the wait was definitely worth it. It’s a flight simulator ride that takes you around the world. You can smell and feel the sites on the ride it was such a cool experience. Unfortunately, we did miss the fireworks, because the wait time for the ride took so long, but overall our first time at Disney World was nothing short of amazing. My Minnie Mouse ears were a huge hit. I received so many compliments on them and people kept asking me where I bought them. They were so surprised when I told them that I made them myself. Before we left the park, we made sure to stop and pose for one last picture with the golf ball which at night-time lights up. Thank you all so much for reading.

xoxo

~Tanja~

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