Exploring the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival
My trip to EPCOT was a full day filled with lots of adventure and fun. We spent the entire day at EPCOT exploring and learning about all the new things they added for the Flower & Garden Festival. We entered the park from the backstage so I couldn’t see just how beautiful the park was until we started our guided tour through the gardens.
Thanks to Walt Disney World and Disney Studios for the all expenses paid trip to Orlando to support Disneynature Monkey Kingdom. Any opinions expressed are my own.
We started our guided tour with Allyson Atkins and Claire Martin began with a tour through the gardens. One of the first things we saw was the Inside Out Emotions Garden. This was super cool to me because I can’t wait for the movie to be released in June. It was neat seeing all the different plants they picked for that garden and how they tied it to each emotion.
The garden is set up with smaller stations with all the emotions from the film. Check out the gardens for Joy, Anger, Disgust, Sadness, and Fear. My favorite is Joy, which is yours?
After we past the Inside Out Emotion garden we headed to the section dedicated to the Backyard Habitat. I shared about Backyard Habitats in my Wilderness Explorers post yesterday. You can get your backyard certified as a backyard habitat if you meet certain criteria.
While walking to the next garden the rain started to pour down and cut our guided tour short. We didn’t get to see all of the other parts of the tour due to the rain. We ended up in the festival showroom checking out some of the animals from Animal Kingdom and vendors that were there for the festival.
After leaving the showcase hall we had time on our own to explore the park. We were asked to try some of the food goodies from the roadside shops in the World Showcase section of the park. We tried so many good foods from all over the countries. I was so excited about trying a Macaroon I made sure I saved room for one in France. I ended my evening with a Pineapple Soft Serve with Macadamia Nut Rum. Here’s a sampling of all the the food I tried.
Doesn’t that food look amazing? I enjoyed all the foods I tried while walking through the World Showcase. One of the most beautiful things from the Flower and Garden show were the different topiaries all over the park. Here’s a few of my favorites. I couldn’t wait to get to France to see Beauty and the Beast.
I had a great time visiting EPCOT as a part of the Monkey Kingdom Event. Since it’s Earth Day I encourage you to go check out the movie Monkey Kingdom now playing in theaters everywhere. Check out the trailer below.
About Monkey Kingdom:
Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.
Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015.
“Monkey Kingdom” is the sixth theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years. The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.
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