Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:27 pm

Flower and Garden 2014 has opened!!!

We went yesterday to the opening of Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival which runs until May 18th this year. I've always liked Flower and Garden, but felt it lacked something that Food & Wine had, namely, the Food & Wine! It had flowers and gardens, but honestly, I'm not much of a "landscaping person" as much as I *DO* like all the gardens that are on display, the flowers, the topiaries, etc. I had always hoped that Flower & Garden that would add something that would make me want to come back more often... Well, starting in 2013, they DID!

Last year brought the first round of "food booths" to Flower & Garden, and much like Epcot's Food & Wine festival, you will see some familiar booths set up along World Showcase offering a variety of food and beverage offerings, but this time around, the focus is on "fun foods made with fresh ingredients," and they are delicious! To get a better idea of the variety, here is a list of the food offerings from the Disney Parks website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/outdoor-kitchens/

And now onto the photos!

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Yes! Epcot Flower & Garden.... or as we are now calling it "Food & Garden!" =)

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Just like as in past years, the focus IS on the gardens, the colorful displays, nature, and all things outdoorsy.

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The Butterfly Garden is BACK!

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And new food items are now also available! These "Caprese Push Pops" were the "winner" for our group! Not only were they $1 (available at the Festival Center), but they were everything you would want in a Caprese Salad... in one shot!

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The Monsters University playground...very cute!

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And this is why we are calling it "Food & Garden!"

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The food offerings are very much like Food & Wine in that they are reasonably priced, small plates, and DELICIOUS!

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Muppets Most Wanted! So happy to see Disney doing good things with this property again!

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Showing off a bit of Simba's Pride.

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Here are the Food & Garden offerings in China...

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Love seeing this booth back in action!

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The Spring Pancake and the Spring Rolls - Both fantastic!

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Yup, more gardens and things...

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We tried out the offerings in Italy, and just like during Food & Wine, Italy seems a bit lacking. I think we are spoiled with how amazing Via Napoli and Tutto Gusto are!

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I know others get annoyed that this building is only used for festivals, and while I wish it still had attractions...

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...the do a very nice job of re-using this space during events. And it's kind of nice to be back inside here again!

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Did we mention the Caprese Push Pops were awesome???


I'm pretty sure this video might be outlawed in some countries! =)

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I admit that the food offerings will get us coming back to this event (because they are GREAT), but if you're into landscaping and pretty flowers, this event is a double whammy for you!

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Oh, yeah... butterfly.

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A little bit of British food...

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Now, I'm not a seafood person, but OMG, those Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese biscuits... OMG! (Bethany ate the nasty seafood part!) =)

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STOP THE PRESSES! Japan has something AWESOME!!! (as if you're surprised!)

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That Temaki Hand Roll (on the right) just tied the Caprese Push Pop in terms of AWESOME!!! If you like "Chicken Katsu Curry", it's essentially that, in a roll. Yes. It's AMAZING!

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Oh, yeah, flower...

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The opening day of Flower & Garden kept the park pretty busy, but we're OK with that! The more people coming to check it out means the more the food and gardens will get expanded in future years to come! We will ABSOLUTELY be back a lot more this season!
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby G$ Kurt » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:37 pm

Nice! I love me some Flower and Garden and Food stuffs show. I'm really sad last year i missed out on so much of the food. Ended up one night leaving only for my mom to say she was hungry and we ended up at a Friendly's. FAIL.

Anyways, while we are talking about EPCOT, this little nugget of news dropped today. For the follow up to the last Disney Parks Marvel comic tie in (Seekers of the weird) they released this teaser today...
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby azza29 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:41 pm

Some of those food offerings look great - and topiary Miss Piggy is definitely a win! This is the first year I've really paid attention, Flower & Garden is basically Food & Wine but with more plants, right? ;)
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:43 pm

azza29 wrote:Flower & Garden is basically Food & Wine but with more plants, right? ;)

It's certainly becoming that way. The volume of food offerings is much less, BUT, what they have is proving to be "quality over quantity!"

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:54 pm

"Chicken Katsu Curry in a roll"--I'm sold!

How anyone can vote for any other park than Epcot in Amusement Today's "Best Food" category is beyond me (unless they've never been there).
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby dylan9 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:30 pm

If you want to eat good food at Epcot go to the Mexican Restaurant in Mexico right on the water. They have some great Mexican food

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:59 pm

EPCOT seems to have the best food anywhere on the Disney site, (IMhO) whether it's this event
or the Food & Wine event in the fall. And in great tapas sized portions and prices too!

Must get there some year. :mickey:
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby dylan9 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:00 pm

Magic Kingdom has great food too. The buffet they have there and the ice cream shop on the corner right in front of the castle

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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:15 pm

Oh I agree on that, with most of the DIsney World food places. Mostly all awesome.
Where is that buffet by the way? I forget and am too lazy to look at WDW Guide, lol.

But I think it's the extra booths and nationalities at EPCOT events, that makes it more
interesting, not to mention mouth watering at times.
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Re: Walt Disney World Epcot Discussion Thread

Postby dylan9 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:19 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:Oh I agree on that, with most of the DIsney World food places. Mostly all awesome.
Where is that buffet by the way? I forget and am too lazy to look at WDW Guide, lol.

But I think it's the extra booths and nationalities at EPCOT events, that makes it more
interesting, not to mention mouth watering at times.


Yes that is why I really like Epcot because of the different countries. They have awesome rides too but I like the Rockin Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror better at Hollywood Studios. The buffet is right in the center near the castle. I think it is right in front of adventure land I think or right near the ice cream parlor.

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