Day 13 of Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019, the latest of my Disney Trip Reports, is here! Today we spend more time at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, and venture to Hollywood Studios in the evening.
The Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019 Trip Report Index tells you a bit about the planning of this trip, as well as some info about us – me, Michelle; and my husband, Steve. It also, of course, has the full list of days for the trip.
Day 12: Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Hollywood Studios; Dinner from Dockside Diner
March 7, 2019
It was another day for us at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
I will use shortened terms like Flower & Garden, Flower & Garden Festival, or F&G to mention this springtime event in today’s trip report.
Now, this is an older trip – 2019 – the final one since the pandemonium started, but we are actually back very soon – May 2022 – so it will be interesting to see the changes.
Also, bear that all in mind when reading through, as some offerings may no longer be available.
Right, back to today… the memories of which are very thin as the trip was 3 years ago now!
I think it’ll be mostly commentary on my photos, which will hopefully jog my memories – it’ll serve me right for taking SO long to write this report up!
We were staying at Disney’s BoardWalk, which is either a Friendship Boat ride over to Epcot World Showcase or a lovely walk along the water.
We took the walking route, which takes you along the BoardWalk, to the very end near the ESPN Club (which as of March 2022, Disney has permanently closed), and then down the walkway and across the bridge. Here, you are pretty much at the same spot where you would walk from Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, and you’ll find yourself at Epcot’s International Gateway, which is like a “hidden entrance” to Epcot.
Epcot World Showcase actually opens at 11am, at least it did in 2019, and that is a little later than the rest of the theme park.
Don’t forget to pick up your Flower & Garden Festival Passport – you’ll find all of the food booth menus, as well as information about the different gardens and activities going on. You can collect stickers (or stamps) to mark off the different things you’ve tried.
We turned right into the France Pavilion but didn’t really stop as we had seen the topiaries here yesterday.
The Morocco Pavilion was next, where we stopped to look at the spice garden, before heading into the Japan Pavilion.
The sign above says:
Morocco’s food reflects the many blended cultures of this crossroads country. Combinations of spices from near and far add depth of flavor, rather than spicy heat. Many signature spices, such as saffron, mint, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, pepper, parsley and seasame seed are grownin Morocco. Ras el hanout is a commonly used mixture of spices that may contain over twenty custom blended ingredients.
We spent a little time looking for the various spices shown on the sign below:
White Pepper, Black Pepper, Bay Leaves, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cumin Seeds, Cloves, Nutmeg, Pistachio, Sesame Seeds, and Star Anise.
And we also spotted Spike the Bee, which is part of the (paid for) Scavenger Hunt which we started yesterday. You simply have to look out for the cute bee, Spike, and then stick a sticker onto the scavenger hunt sheet, and you get a prize at the end.