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Luck is in the air and Spring is just
around the corner. If you've been hibernating during the last few weeks of
Winter; you're in luck, because this edition of the INTERCOT Insider is covering
all of the latest news springing up at Walt Disney World. Hang on to them hats and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on
The Epcot International Flower & Garden
Festival opened on March 4th and INTERCOT was there to bring you a first hand
account of this year's blooms. The 2015 Festival blooms with a fresh take
on lush gardens, inspired flavors and lively entertainment during the 75-day
event; March 4-May 17 New Disney character topiaries, including a nod to
the blockbuster animated film, "Frozen," will offer colorful selfie and family
photo ops. Here are the highlights from the 2015 event:
~ “Frozen” will melt hearts in the park’s
World Showcase: Disney’s first Anna and Elsa topiaries will appear in a scene
from the Oscar-winning film’s finale. Other brand-new Disney character topiaries
will be Chip and Dale taking a star turn in two whimsical front-entrance “Goofy
About Spring” floral vignettes. Topiary Goofy and friends will be in on the fun.
~Fresh new menu items will debut at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens where, for
the third festival year running, guests can taste garden- and spring-inspired
tapas-sized food and beverages and have their complimentary Garden Passports
stamped as they stroll the World Showcase promenade.
~A Southwest desert garden will premiere as a thriving ecosystem.
~Ten new mini-gardens will surprise guests around every corner. Guests will
discover a new “health garden,” a pepper garden, a dinosaur-plant garden and a
Shakespeare garden, among others, each designed with a storytelling element.
~Guests can discover the story of the Monarch butterfly’s epic journey across
the continent and see butterflies emerge from their chrysalises at Tinker Bell’s
~A weekend concert series will rock audiences every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Performers will include Gin Blossoms, Pablo Cruise, Village People and a lineup
of top bands representing four decades of pop music.
~Disney gardeners will lead weekend how-to Gardening Seminars at the Festival
Center, where guests also can pick up signature festival merchandise.
~When the sun sets, illuminated topiary and play gardens will glow brightly for
an after-dark festival experience.
Here's a quick taste of the 2015 Outdoor
Kitchens on INTERCOT's instagram:
>> Taste of
A small sample of the 2015 topiaries and
floral displays on INTERCOT's instagram:
>> Chip 'n' Dale
>> Farmer Mickey
>> Flower Beds
<<Springing Off the Presses>>
springtime approaches, news has been springing up all over Walt Disney World. Here's the headlines
you need to know to plan your next Disney trip:
The Disney Parks Collection / Pandora Spring items arrived in Disney Parks on
March 12, joining the previously released charms inspired by beloved Disney
characters and icons. The largest selection of Pandora jewelry is available at
Uptown Jewelers on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.
~ Disney officially announced that two of it's most popular Walt Disney World
attractions are expanding, with Toy Story Mania! adding additional track, and
Soarin' receiving an additional theater. Soarin' will also receive upgrades on
the screens and projection systems in the two existing theaters. These
improvements are set to be complete by late 2016.
~ With a little bit of Disney magic, the two popular tropical treat locations
within the Magic Kingdom changed places! Aloha Isle, home of the Dole Whip, and
Sunshine Tree Terrace, home of the Citrus Swirl, swapped locations and menus on
~ Disney World's annual 24 hour event has been announced for 2015, and this time
it's kicking off the summer long celebration "Coolest Summer Ever." Guests are
invited to the Magic Kingdom on May 22-23, from 6am Friday - 6am Saturday.
~ During the recent annual shareholders meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger hinted a
name change was coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM
Studios)... again. "Now we can announce that. It's not been announced right?
We'll announce that we're changing the name, but we won't announce what we're
changing it to." Iger stated. With changes in store rumored to expand on both
the Pixar and Star Wars franchises, it's not surprising, however no further
comment was made during the meeting.
Check out the INTERCOT Discussion boards
for more details and discussion on these topics:
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As Spring rolls in, this
edition is rolling out. We hope this edition has given you some great reasons to
attend this years Flower & Garden Festival and kept you up-to-date on the
happenings around 'the world'. We'll be back in a few weeks with more great tips, news, and deals. See ya real soon!
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