Encanto Garden in EPCOT

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Fans are Not Going to Want to Miss this Encanto Garden in EPCOT for the International Flower and Garden Festival!!

Now at EPCOT, as part of the International Flower and Garden Festival! You can now wander through a wonderful garden inspired by the Marvelous Madrigal Family. This Encanto Garden in EPCOT will only be available through May 22, 2022, so contact me today to make sure you don’t miss it!

Where?

Encanto Garden in EPCOT

Admittedly, EPCOT is pretty big, so you’re probably asking yourself “WHERE IS IT? WHERE IS IT?” right about now. Well, this amazingly beautiful garden is located near La Isla Fresca Outdoor Kitchen between the Morocco and France pavilions in World Showcase.

This new ‚ÄúEncanto‚ÄĚ-inspired garden will allow you to explore a lush tropical jard√≠n. It was inspired by movie’s strong female characters, Julieta, Isabela, Luisa, and Mirabel. There is also a path inspired by the youngest Madrigal, Antonio.

Encanto Garden in EPCOT
Photo: Disney

La Isla Fresca

La Isla Fresca features three arepas dishes: arepas topped with melted queso fresco; arepa topped with shrimp, crushed avocado aj√≠ and tomato sauce; and an arepa topped with chorizo. Don’t forget the Coconut Tres Leches for dessert!! And if you’re thirsty or need something to wash it all down, check out the drinks menus! First, for a non-alcoholic treat, try the Tropical Breeze. This drink has lemonade, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup! Then, for some alcoholic delight, order this with Don Q Limon Rum! Next, the Florida Orange Groves Winery’s Tropical Perception White Sangria may be what you’re after. Lastly, Beer drinkers will want to try the Coconut Key Lime Ale.

Encanto Garden in EPCOT
Photo: Disney

Other Gardens at EPCOT

While visiting EPCOT, Guests can discover two more incredible garden destinations at Mexico pavilion in World Showcase. “Extraordinary Orchids” offers a breathtakingly beautiful area filled with¬†orqu√≠deas, while the “Tropical Rainforest Garden” lets you discover the rich biodiversity of the Mexican rainforest and its adaptive species.

More Encanto at Walt Disney World

Encanto Wall Animal Kingdom

Venture to Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Here, you will have the chance to experience the artwork and wildlife of Colombia, which is where the Familia Madrigal live. Here, you can snap a photo at the¬†mural designed by Colombian artist, Catalina Estrada.¬†Then, make a stop at the¬†cotton-top tamarins, an endangered primate species native to Colombia. You can also¬†learn how you can help protect this species.

Additionally, guests can enjoy an Encanto activity packet featuring fun activities for the whole family. It moves beyond coloring to include small projects. Inside you will find you can create a view finder as well as a family tree!

Available through the end of March, you can receive this Magic Shot with MY favorite member of the Madrigals, Luisa! She’s the strong one. She’s not nervous. But this only runs through the end of March, unless enough people contact Disney so they feel pressure to extend it (hint hint).

Encanto-Inspired Treats at All-Star Movies and Art of Animation for Women’s History Month

Photo: WDWNT

First, we have the Luisa Cake Pop. This is layers of vanilla cake and tres leches pastry cream topped with a doughnut hole “boulder.” Available for $5.29. Next up, the Encanto Cholado, available for $6.99. Here, we have crushed ice topped with sliced fruit, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut. And finally, we have the Mirabel Cinnamon Cupcake! A cinnamon cupcake filled with custard and topped with coconut buttercream, toasted coconut, and Mirabel-inspired fondant.

Personally, I think there needs to be MORE Encanto, and for much longer than 3 weeks. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

For more information about the Flower and Garden Festival, check out this, this, and of course this! Contact me today about how to book your next Walt Disney World Vacation!!

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Flower & Garden Merch!

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Flower & Garden Merch!
Photo: Grace at Love the Mouse Travel

In just one week, the 2022 International Flower and Garden Festival will get under way, and the details are just starting to drip out! We’ve seen a sneak peak of some of this year’s topiaries. We’ve seen the menus, and now? Flower & Garden Merch! That’s right, in addition to saving to eat and drink all the goodies, you also need a bank vault to pay for all the super cute stuff you’re going to bring home! (And don’t forget that empty suitcase for bringing back all the stuff!) Bees will buzz, kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz, and you’re going to SHOP!

The Orange Bird Collection

Oh. My. CUTENESS. Orange Bird is one of my FAVORITES, and he is all over this Flower & Garden Merch every year! You are not going to want to skip the shops! Look at how CUTE this stuff is!!! Of course, don’t forget to get your Orange-Lemon Smoothie in your souvenir Orange Bird Sipper! He’s just the cutest! Check out that new Dooney!!!

Mickey Mouse Home Garden Collection

Photo: Disney

If you’re gardening at home, you’ll want to garden in style. This collection will feature Mickey Mouse, and you’ll want to snatch up every single piece! Featuring Mickey Mouse, this collection includes apparel, yard tools, drinkware, and other accessories. Never forget, that it was all started by a Mouse!

Spike the Bee Collection

Spike the Bee Merch

Spike the Bee has been tormenting Donald Duck since the 1940s, and has become a part of the Flower and Garden festival over the last couple years. Bee prepared for new, cute Spike merch!

Figment’s Garden Collection

Figment's Garden Collection
Figment IS EPCOT!

As we all learned with the Festival of the Arts, Figment is not going anywhere anytime soon! This popular dragon loves all things purple, and, apparently, BEETS! But these pieces will not be available on March 2, so don’t start getting in line today! They won’t be available until later in the Festival!

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Collection

You can’t NOT have these two on merch, right?! All decked out in their Springtime finest, these two will delight in this collection!

To learn more about the Flower and Garden Festival, go here! The 2022 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Show, along with the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, is sure to make for a magical vacation. Contact me today to book YOURS!

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2022 Foodie Guide: Flower & Garden

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The 2022 International Flower and Garden Festival Foodie Guide is Here!!

Foodie Guide - 2022

It’s almost time!! The 2022 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival will kick off NEXT WEEK on March 2, 2022!! This year’s Festival will run for 125 days, ending on July 4, 2022. Disney just released the 2022 Foodie Guide for this year’s kitchens! With 20 Outdoor Kitchens, there are NEW offerings AND returning favorites!

The first thing you’ll want to do is to grab your Festival Passport. Here, you will find each menu, and you can make your Foodie Guide battle plan! You can also find out which kitchens and dishes are part of this year’s Garden Graze. Participants will have the opportunity join this food stroll, and try five delicious dishes at different outdoor kitchens. You will need to get your Passport stamped at each kitchen. After you’ve received all five stamps, head to Pineapple Promenade, where you will then receive your Festival-exclusive treat!

Flower and Garden Festival - Spike's Pollen-Nation Scavenger Hunt

Of course, food is not the ONLY thing available at the Festival! There will be, naturally, flowers! EPCOT will be transformed into a floral paradise, that you have to see to believe! There is also the Garden Rocks Concert Series! And for kids and kids-at-heart, there is the Spike’s Pollen-Nation Scavenger Hunt, where you will search for Spike, an adorable honey bee, in each country around World Showcase! But now, THE FOODIE GUIDE!

Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth (Between Imagination! and Refreshment Port) 

2022 Foodie Guide
Beverages
  • Blood Orange Agua Fresca (non-alcoholic)
  • Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (non-alcoholic)
food
  • Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with savory garlic spread¬†(Gluten/Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based) (Garden Graze
  • Seared Verlasso Salmon with farro risotto and micro herbs
  • Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate crisp pearls

EPCOT Sunshine Griddle (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet) 

food
  • Avocado Toast with marinated toybox tomatoes on toasted ciabatta¬†(Plant-based) (Garden Graze)
  • Shrimp and Grits: Blackened shrimp and cheddar cheese grits with brown gravy and sweet corn salsa
Beverages
  • Froot Loops Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Joffrey‚Äôs Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail with milk, rum and coffee liqueur, and vanilla vodka
  • Corned Beef Brisket Hash with house-made potato barrels, onions, peppers, cheese curds, and a soft-poached egg with Tabasco hollandaise¬†(Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with cream cheese frosting and candied bacon

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board 

2022 Foodie Guide - Honey Bee-stro
Honey Bee-stro
food
  • Tupelo Honey and Sweet Corn Spoon Bread with jalape√Īos, bacon, and house-made whipped honey butter (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
  • Lavender Honey Mustard-marinated Chicken Flatbread with whipped honey-ricotta cheese, marinated vegetables, and goat cheese
  • Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with orange blossom honey whipped cream, whipped honey, crystalized honey, honeycomb, dehydrated honey, and fennel pollen meringue kisses
beverages
  • Honey-Peach Freeze in a Souvenir Spike the Bee Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) (Limit 2 per guest)
  • Lemonade Mead
  • Orange Blossom Honey Wine
  • Honey-Peach Freeze with Blueberry Vodka

The Citrus Blossom (Near Port of Entry)

food
  • NEW! Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly, Avocado Cream, Corn Salsa, Salsa Verde, and Plantain Chips (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) 
  • Tuna Tataki Bowl with spicy yuzu glaze, mango, avocado, and pappadam crisp
  • NEW! Grapefruit Tart: Grapefruit curd, lychee jam, ginger mousse, and yuzu cream
beverages
  • Orange-Lemon Smoothie in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) (Limit 2 per guest)
  • Key Lime Hibiscus Ale
  • Orange Peel Ale
  • Citrus Honey Cream Ale
  • Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy
  • Beer Flight

Refreshment Port (Near Canada)

2022 Foodie Guide - POUTINE!
food
  • House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers Poutine¬†(Plant-based) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
beverage
  • Salted Cucumber Apple Hard Cider
  • Lavender Martini: Vodka with lavender and lemon

Pineapple Promenade (Near Port of Entry)

food
  • Spicy Hot Dog with pineapple chutney and plantain chips
  • DOLE Whip (Plant-based)
beverages
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic)
  • DOLE Whip with Fanta (non-alcoholic)
  • Tropical Hefe Wheat Ale
  • Fresh Pressed Mango, Pineapple, and Guava Wheat Ale
  • Hazy Pebbles Fruity Hazy Milkshake
  • Violet Lemonade Ale
  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine
  • DOLE Whip topped with mango cream liqueur
  • Pineapple Beer Flight

And that’s just the beginning! This 2022 Foodie Guide is MASSIVE! The EPCOT Festivals have really become a mainstay and a massive draw! The food is absolutely amazing, and you can definitely spend every night eating around the world! For the rest of the kitchens and food offerings, head over to the Disney Parks Blog and read more! I hope the lines for the sippers aren’t 6+ hours long!

What are YOU most looking forward to eating? I kind of think I need to have that corn spoonbread from the Honey Bee-stro! Are you ready to book your spring vacation to visit the Flower and Garden Festival? Contact me today to get your free, no obligation vacation quote!

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2022 Flower and Garden Festival

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Dates Announced for 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

2022 Flower and Garden Festival

Great news for Festival fans! Disney announced TWO Festival starting dates this week, the Festival of the Arts, which runs from January 14, 2022, through February 21, 2022, and the 2022 Flower and Garden Festival! TOPIARY FANS REJOICE! This year’s festival will begin on March 2, 2022, and run for 125 days through July 4, 2022! So many days to see and smell amazing flowers and, of course, TO EAT!!

The Festival will look to honor the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, with an all new entrance topiary, featuring Goofy and a 50th Themed birthday cake! You might find other topiaries, like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs near the Germany Pavilion or Lumiere and Cogsworth near France.

There will be a Health Full walk along the Imagination walkway, with tips for staying well, which will be sponsored by AdventHealth. And 18 outdoor kitchens!!! Garden Rocks Concert Series will also be returning to the American Gardens theater.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available! And don’t forget to contact me to book your vacation!

2022 Flower and Garden Festival

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