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Reviews & tips for traveling to Walt Disney World with young kids

Month: March 2016

Food Review: Outdoor Kitchens at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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If you are visiting Epcot during the annual International Flower and Garden Festival (now – May 30), make sure you spend a meal sampling from the Outdoor Kitchens (food booths) that are spread out around the World Showcase.

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Each of the 13 themed booths features farm- and garden-inspired food and beverages and are open every day during World Showcase hours (11 a.m. – park closing).  The food items are a tasting size portion, so you probably need to make a few stops to fill up for a meal, and they are priced from $3-7.  Each booth also offers a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, priced from $2.50-12.50, with the wines and beer flights being at the higher end.  Also, tax is included in all the prices.

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Visiting the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with Young Kids

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Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, running now through May 30, is one of our favorite times of the year to visit this Walt Disney World theme park.  In addition to the normal Epcot attractions, there are stunning Disney character topiaries throughout the park, special garden displays, yummy Outdoor Kitchens (food booths), and the Garden Rocks Concert Series on the weekends.

While many of these elements sound more catered to adults, Disney definitely didn’t forget the kids!  Here are our favorite toddler-tested and -approved parts of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

Play Areas

The Flower and Garden Festival features two play areas (recommended for ages 2 – 12) that were specially installed for this event: the Music Garden Melodies and the Cactus Road Rally.

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The Music Garden Melodies play area was the highlight of Tater’s day.  This play area is located behind Journey into Imagination on a path on the way to the World Showcase and features traditional playground equipment like slides and climbing areas, as well as larger instruments for the kids to play and some recognizable Disney friends in topiary form.  Additionally, this play area is illuminated after dark, and the ground is child-friendly synthetic turf.

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