We discovered the Snow White and Dopey topiaries in the Germany Pavilion – but again, it was just a pass-on-through for today and into the next pavilion!
The Outpost was next, which is a little area between the Germany and China Pavilions. There were a couple of merchandise kiosks, as well as some Lion King topiaries – Rafiki holding up Simba as a cub, plus Mufasa and Sarabi (I’m assuming, rather than a young adult Simba and Nala).
China, Norway & Mexico Pavilions
We spend more time in China on tomorrow’s visit, so today was just a quick photo of the Temple of Heaven before heading into Norway for another quick run through for the Anna & Elsa topiaries.
In the Mexico we stopped for a snack from the Outdoor Kitchen, as well as to take a snap of the Three Caballeros topiaries – more tomorrow from this pavilion too!
We had made our way round most of Epcot World Showcase with only Canada and UK left to explore, as well as the Showcase Plaza which is the big entryway into World Showcase from Future World.
There are several Outdoor Kitchens, topiaries, merch kiosks, and floral displays to be seen here, and it looks like we spent more time here than in the previous few pavilions!
Starting with the new for 2019, Trowel & Trellis Outdoor Kitchen hosted by IMPOSSIBLE™ Foods
Trowel & Trellis » Showcase Plaza
- Grilled Street Corn on the Cob – Served with Savory Garlic Spread ($5.50)
- Chocolate Pudding Terrarium – Served with Acovado Cream, Matcha Crumb, Pomegranate, and Baby Herbs ($5.00)
The corn on the cob was SO good! And the chocolate pudding tasted better than we were expecting!
One thing we did notice is how much more care is put into the display of the food at F&G compared with F&W, and that is for sure evident with the dessert from Trowel & Trellis!
The other items on the Trowel & Trellis menu were:
- Farmhouse Meatball – Served with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, Creamy-Herb Dressing – $5.50
- suja® Organic Cold Pressed Juice Noon Greens™ – Non-Alcoholic – $5.50
- suja® Organic Cold Pressed Juice Vibrant Probiotic – Non-Alcoholic – $5.50
- Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea – featuring Twinings of London® (Non-Alcoholic) – $4.25
- Playlinda Brewing Compan Tropical Wonderland Wheat Ale – Titusville, FL – $4.50
- Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea – featuring Twinings of London® with Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar – $15.00
IMPOSSIBLE™ Foods Inc. develops plant-based meat substitutes, so all the “meat” dishes at this Outdoor Kitchen were vegetarian.
Next up for food in Showcase Plaza was The Citrus Blossom which was another new Outdoor Kitchen for 2019. It was here that they were selling the Orange Bird sipper cup, which naturally, as a sucker for souvenir mugs, I just had to get!
We joined the long line that had formed – and we waited about half an hour to get to the booth to place our order.
Sadly, resellers were taking advantage of this unique item, with some people walking away with bags of the sipper cups – because you could buy them without the drink inside.
There were then murmurs in the line of them being for sale on eBay already – for two or three times the price at the Festival. As a collector of certain pieces of Disney merchandise, resellers really do boil my blood, and I could tell it was annoying other people too. I had heard that they had completely sold out of the cups by the end of the day – whether they got more for the rest of the Festival I do not know, but I was like a kid on Christmas when I got my Orange Bird!
For those that are not in the know, Orange Bird is a Disney character first created in 1969 and debuted in 1970 as a mascot for the Florida Citrus Commission, in exchange for them sponsoring the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction and Sunshine Tree Terrace at the Magic Kingdom theme park. Orange Bird is an animated orange canary. (Thanks, Wiki!)
The Citrus Blossom » Showcase Plaza
- Lobster Tail – Served with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon ($8.00)
- Crispy Citrus Chicken – Served with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens ($5.75)
- Orange Cream Slushy – (Non-Alcoholic) Served in a souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup ($14) – we got one each
First off, the slushy drink was AMAZING! I would love to know how they made that so we could drink it again! The chicken was tasty, but the lobster tail was so disappointing. The flavor was non-existent, and for $8 I would have liked to have seen a bigger lobster tail.
The other items on The Citrus Blossom menu were:
- Tuna Tataki – Served with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado, and Pappadam Crisp – $6.25
- Citrus Shortcake – Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, and Citrus Crumble – $4.25
As well as citrus-flavored beers, ales, and wines, plus a beer flight, and Dasani bottled water.
One of the most stunning parts of the Flower & Garden Festival is all of the bright colorful flowers that are planted around the water, as well floating on the water in Showcase Plaza.
I do wish we had taken the Monorail just to see them from above, as I bet they are even more stunning from an aerial viewpoint!
Nevertheless, they do look gorgeous, and the photos I took do not really do them the justice they deserve!
Along the pathway between Showcase Plaza and Future World was a topiary of Goofy and Pluto, and at the entrance to the Plaza is the Mickey & Minnie topiary which I shared in yesterday’s report (or was it the day before?).
You’ll also find topiaries of Donald Duck, Huey, Dewie, and Louie, and Chip ‘n’ Dale in this area too.