Yesterday, my boyfriend and I decided to spend the afternoon at Walt Disney World. (I absolutely love the fact that we are annual pass holders because we can easily make these short day trips possible.)
Earlier in the week, I had mentioned to him that the Flower and Garden Festival was going on at Epcot and that Disney was having a #LimitedTimeMagic Easter Egg Hunt all week. So when we woke up on Saturday and decided to head over there, I was really excited.
For this year’s Flower and Garden Festival, there was a little twist of the Food and Wine Festival that is held during the autumn months. We picked up our Garden Passport so we knew what the different gardens and food locations were. The Food and Wine Festival has had a passport for a couple of years now but I think this is the first time there has been one for the Flower and Garden Festival.
The first garden we checked out was Tinker Bell’s Butterfly Garden. The garden was filled with butterflies and beautiful flowers. There were topiaries of Tinker Bell’s friends and creative little fairy homes.
As we left the butterfly garden, we came across the Land of Oz garden. The garden was inspired by Disney’s new movie, Oz: The Great and Powerful. In the spirit of the traveling circus, there were fairway games to play with yellow marigold seeds as prizes. The whimsy of Oz was showcased in a children’s playground area.
Then we spotted the Water Wise Herbs and Vegetables garden. This one made me wish that I could actually be a gardener. My black thumb and lack of time prevents me from having a garden of my own. I would love to be able to grow my own vegetables and herbs.
When I saw the Pineapple Promenade stand, I decided that we should try the Pineapple Dole Whip with Rum. As you know, we are Citrus Swirl fans and don’t usually choose Dole Whips but the idea of rum sounded interesting. I am sorry to say that the addition of rum didn’t really taste good.(Dole Whip fans: please don’t hate me!) My boyfriend said it wasn’t bad and that maybe I had too much rum in mine. I am pretty sure we are going to stick to Citrus Swirls though.
Since the Rum Dole Whip didn’t really hit the spot for me, I decided to grab a glass of Sea Dog Blue Paw Wile Blueberry beer from the Fruits by the Glass stand. I love Sea Dog Brewing Company and their blueberry beer is my absolute favorite.
As we wandered around the World Showcase, my boyfriend found the first of Easter Eggs. I had almost forgotten about them until the moment when he pointed out a large egg nestled in the rock formation in the China Pavilion. This egg had an image of Chip on it.
When we reached the Germany Pavilion, my boyfriend decided that all of the beers on the list sounded too good to pass up so we ordered a beer flight. The Krombacher Hefeweizen was my favorite. The Florida Wheat Ale was my boyfriend’s favorite.
Also, we located the next Easter Egg. Nestled in the window of one of the towers, we spotted another large egg. This one had an image of Dale on it.
After the Germany Pavilion, I spotted another Easter Egg high up and balancing precariously on a iron gate. This egg was the Goofy egg. The Italy Pavilion had a delicious assortment of food at the Primavera Kitchen stand but we weren’t really hungry yet. We made note to check this out stand at a later time.
The wonderful smell of smokey BBQ was prominent as we approached the American Pavilion. Of course, the Easter Egg was cleverly perched in a window of a building facing the main building. The smile on Mickey Mouse’s egg made me laugh. We headed to The Smokehouse food stand and ordered the Pulled Pig Slider with Cole Slaw. It was amazingly delicious! The vinegar based slaw really paired well with the smokey flavor of the pulled pork.
In the Japan Pavilion, the Easter Egg was located near the Bonsai tree garden. The Minnie Mouse egg wasn’t difficult to locate. As we wandered through the Bonsai trees, we marveled at the age of the tiny trees. I think all of them were older than both of us combined. As we glanced at the menu of the Hanami food stand, we decided to try the YakiSoba Pan but without the mayonnaise. As we ordered the dish, the skies opened up and the rain came pouring down. Thankfully, we live in Florida and the weather changes very quickly.
The Easter Egg in the Morocco Pavilion was located high top one of the gift shop buildings. Thankfully, the Donald Duck egg was blue so it stood out against the rustic colors of the building.
Since the Donald Duck egg was located in Morocco, I knew to be on the look out for the Daisy Duck egg in the France Pavilion. The egg was on top of one of the poster covered pillars. We weren’t really hungry but I wanted to try the ratatouille tart from the L’Orangerie food stand. We gave it a shot and it was delicious. I wish we weren’t so full because we didn’t really get to enjoy the wonderful flavors of the dish.
One of my favorite gardens of the festival is the English Tea Garden in United Kingdom Pavilion. Tea cups are filled with plants that comprise the different blends of tea. The Easter Egg in the United Kingdom Pavilion was really hard to find. High on top of the castle turret and tucked away in a corner was the location of the Pluto egg.
Before we move on to the next country, we decide to try the dessert trifles from The Cottage food stand. We both loved the Berry Trifle and the Chocolate Trifle. The Ginger and Tea Trifle wasn’t bad but the ginger was a little heavy for us.
The Canada Pavilion had another Easter Egg hidden in the canoe behind the totem poles. I don’t watch the Phineas and Ferb show on the Disney Channel but I knew who this character was. Agent P is apparently a very popular character.
According to the website, they were eight eggs to find on the Easter Egg hunt and we had only found seven of them. Since we didn’t really start looking until China, we decided to go back to Mexico and Norway to find the last egg. On our way back, we stopped at the Florida Fresh food stand. The watermelon salad sounded fabulous. It was very delicious!
We found the last Easter Egg in the Norway Pavilion. It was located on the rough behind the statue of Grete Waitz. The character on this egg was Figment, who just so happens to be my boyfriend’s favorite childhood character.
Once we finished the Easter Egg hunt, we went in search of the rest of the stamps in our passport.
With our passport completed, we decided to call it a day. We had such a fun afternoon at Epcot.