Mardi Gras

Very little is done in the parks for Mardi Gras. BUT if you happen to be staying at Disney’s Port Orleans you will get to experience some what of a parade!

Some of the cast members of the resorts build floats out of golf carts. They parade around the resort throwing trinkets (beads, candy and doubloons) to the guests that line up to watch.

If you will be staying at Disney’s Port Orleans on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), be sure to ask the front desk when and where this event will be taking place!

EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Every year, sometime in March through May,Walt Disney World puts on EPCOT’s International Flower & Garden Festival. EPCOT is always beautifully landscaped but the amazing Disney Magic truly shines during this festival. Exquisite plantings, topiary’s of your favorite Disney characters and specially themed gardens as well as gardening tips and weekend concerts are some of the many amazing things that you can experience while attending the Flower & Garden Festival.

Go on over to the Walt Disney World Website to get the official dates and schedule for the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.

Besides all of the beautifully designed topiaries that are placed throughout Future World and World Showcase, you can also enjoy the Outdoor Kitchen Booths. Similar to the pop up stands for the Food & Wine Festival, these booths are all around World Showcase and feature small serving plates of goods as well as interesting drinks from all of the different countries. (Hints International Festival). 

Each weekend during the Flower & Garden Festival you can attend “hands-on presentations” and “demonstrations” for select gardening tips. Also, each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night during the Flower & Garden Festival you can catch some amazing singers and bands at the America Gardens Theater. You can find a complete schedule of the Garden Rocks Concert Series on the Walt Disney World Website.

Just like any special event that goes on at Walt Disney World, crowds impact how much you enjoy yourself. The Flower & Garden and Food & Wine Festivals bring in fairly large local crowds to these invents, especially on the weekends. If you are interested in seeing the Garden Rocks Concerts plan to get there early to get your spot and enjoy some of the foods. But if you are just going to see the displays and enjoy some food, go during the week!

 

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO 90 DAYS IN 2016

Celebrating its 23rd year, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort March 2-May 30, 2016, expanding from 75 days to 90 days.

From fresh farm market flavors at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens and new Disney character topiaries to interactive play gardens and live rockin’ music, this annual event will shower your family with spring surprises.

Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, will make their topiary debut with Donald and Daisy at the park’s front entrance garden. Plus, in celebration of the National Parks Service Centennial, Ranger Mickey Mouse, in topiary form, will make his first appearance.

Savory bites and sweet treats will be abundant at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens, returning for a fourth year with Guest favorites and new food and beverage offerings. And, when they’re not noshing along the World Showcase promenade, you can dig in for a hands-on experience during Disney-led gardening seminars or grab a seat for pop musical performances during the Garden Rocks concert series at the outdoor America Gardens Theatre.

Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for more details about this exciting event!

 

GET A SPLASH OF COLOR AT THE NEW COLORTOPIA EXHIBIT AT INNOVENTIONS AT EPCOT

Now at Walt Disney World Resort, you and your family can experience the wonderful world of color at Colortopia, Presented by Glidden – a brand new exhibit in Innoventions at Epcot.

At Colortopia, you can explore 3 interactive zones – the Color Lab, color Our World Studio and Power of Color Theater – for a fun, informative take on the numerous ways color affects our lives. From creating custom hues and digital painting to understanding how different shades can impact moods, Guests will learn how every color tells a story.

Plus, the Colortopia mobile app allows you and your family to take their masterpiece home, colorize photos and play with a range of vivid palettes.

 

A Disney Christmas: They’re Here! Our MagicBands are Here!

I got our MagicBands in the mail yesterday!!! I am beyond excited! This will be our first trip since Disney introduced the MagicBands! In case you don’t know what they are, the MagicBands have replaced your hard tickets! Meaning, that you no longer have to have a hard plastic ticket to get into your hotel room or inside the parks. You just put the Mickey head up to the device reader and wait until it turns green and you’re good to go! I will be posting videos on how all of this works once I get back from our trip! In case you were wondering my MagicBand is the pink one! I wanted to get a red one but I didn’t want my mom and I to get ours mixed up, even though they do have our names on the inside! Ha!

Also, I am going to be adding some fun vinyl images to our MagicBands! I haven’t decided what exactly I’m going to put on them but maybe our names and I know I want to do something with Minnie or Christmas but I haven’t decided yet! There are just so many options! But I will post my designs when I do decide what to put on my MagicBand! I may even put some Alabama stuff on there, Roll Tide!

I wish I would have known how to get one of these MagicBands! They also have a store inside the Magic Kingdom in Tomorrowland or at Disney Springs where you can customized your MagicBand. I just might be stopping inside one of those stores!

There are so many Christmas items that I have been looking at online at the Disney Store that I would LOVE to get while I’m down there! I wish we still had our Disney Store in the mall here in Mobile. The closest store that I can go to is in Gulfport, Mississippi and that is an hour away! But Black Friday is coming up and I think that my mom and I are planing to do some clothes shopping for our trip over at the Gulfport Outlets so we’ll just have to see if we can make a quick stop inside the Disney Store! (We ALWAYS do when we go over there!) If we do go to the Gulfport Outlets I will post a Disney Store HAUL post to show you what all we picked up!

24 Days to go!

 

Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon

Anytime that there is a race weekend at Disney World, be advised that weekend will be very busy and crowded. The most popular races is the Annual Disney World Marathon Weekend. It is typically held the first full weekend after the New Year. Disney’s Annual Marathon Weekend has become the largest combined running event in the country. So if you are a Disney Fanatic and love to run you might want to check into this event one year!

The even starts with a Family 5k Fun Run on Friday, the Half Marathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday and the Full Marathon (26.2 miles) on Sunday. Be advised you do not have to be a World Class runner to compete in these races. Disney has set a 16:00 min/mile pace time to compete in the race. So run, walk, speed-walk whatever it is that you do and come and compete! Each participant receives a medal for completing the run.

While you are running your marathons you will be running through the theme parks themselves! You will be able to stop and take a quick photo with your favorite character or a rare character or two. There will also be bands, high school cheering squads, DJs, dancers and lots of entertainment along the course of the race.

Be advised that registration spots for the races fill up quickly! Register as soon as possible!