One of my favorite events at Disney is Dapper Day. If you are asking what is Dapper Day? Dapper Day celebrates the tradition of "stepping out in style" and is held twice a year, Spring and Fall, at Disneyland, Disney World and Disneyland Paris. It is the opportunity to dress your best and head to the parks. Whether it vintage inspired or just dressing your modern day best. I love seeing everyone dressed up and all the creative outfits to see. It is people watching at it's sophisticated finest. Now Dapper Day is not an official event put on by the Walt Disney Company but I love that Disney has started to embrace Dapper Day. This year at Magic Kingdom they offered special picnic lunches and a picnic area as well as Main Street Bakery offered special Dapper Day cupcakes. This year Disney World had their first 2-day event. The first day was at Magic Kingdom and the following day was at Epcot.
The first day of this years Dapper Days was held at Magic Kingdom. Joining in on the fun Disney offered a special picnic lunch to purchase. It included your choice of Fried Chicken, Chicken Caesar Salad, Greek Salad Wrap, or BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich; all lunches come with house-made chips, a fruit cup, a Dapper Rose cupcake, and a fountain beverage. They also had a kids meal with choices of Chicken Strips, or Uncrustables Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich; those include house-made chips, a Go-Go SqueeZ, a mini Dapper Rose cupcake, and a kids’ fountain beverage. I loved Disney added this for Dapper Day. It was very fun and delicious! The one draw back is it seemed to take a very long time to get our food. I am not sure if it was because they had to assemble all of the boxes, too many people eating or what but hopefully next year they do this again and have a faster way of getting the food out other than that this was perfect.
Spring Dapper Day was wonderful. If you want to learn more about Dapper day or upcoming events you can go to the Dapper Day webpage
Ah, Spring is in the air and it is once again time for one of our favorite Disney Events: Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival. Happening March 1 through May 29, 2017, the festival is full of fun experiences for all ages. There is so much to see and do including stunning, vibrant garden and flower displays, Disney themed topiaries, in the festival center there are exhibits and seminars, outdoor concerts series, butterfly exhibit called Butterflies on the Go, Epcot's annual Easter Egg Hunt and of course outdoor kitchen kiosks offering a wide variety of foods and drinks it is easy to see why we like this festival so much.
First up I want to highlight the topiaries and flowers after all as the name suggests this is a flower and garden festival and Disney goes all out on their garden displays with their vibrant, beautiful gardens and their fun Disney topiaries. This year there are 23 unique topiaries around Epcot!
Disney also has a few wildlife habitats. My favorite is Butterflies on the Go. This unique exhibit lets you see butterflies emerge from their cocoons . I love being able to see so many different types of butterflies fluttering around.
Next up lets talk about a subject near and dear to my stomach, the festival's outdoor food kiosks. There are 15 unique outdoor kitchens with delicious food and drink options.
Last but certainly not least I want to talk about my favorite scavenger hunt that Epcot does: the Egg-Stravaganza. This is an Easter egg hunt done Disney style. You can purchase a map at various locations around Epcot and then hunt for Eggs around the World Showcase, placing the sticker of the egg you found in that country. After all of your eggs are found, return your map to the Disney Trader store located at the beginning of the World Showcase to select your reward for completing the hunt!
***Spoiler alert the slideshow below shows some of the eggs we found. They could be hints on where to find these so skip if you don't want to ruin your surprise if participating in the egg hunt this year!
As Epcot's Festival of the Arts Festival comes to a close I wanted to share a workshop I attended the final weekend of the festival. The festival had a wide variety of interactive workshops to choose from including drawing classes, macrame, watercolor, calligraphy, even a class to blend your own spices. I chose a workshop on floral design. The workshop was held in the Odyssey building.
When we arrived all of our supplies were set up in our work area for us.
There was an instructor at the front of the class giving us step by step instructions as well as additional instructors walking around the class offering assistance and getting additional supplies if needed. Everyone was very nice, helpful and made it a fun, relaxing environment.
This workshop was a great way for me to end Epcot's Festival of the Arts. I really enjoyed this festival and I really hope we can look forward to many more Festivals of the Arts to come.
This last weekend we attended Epcot’s Festival of the Arts. This is the inaugural year for this festival and we hope there will be many more years to come. We enjoyed the offerings the festival had but didn’t feel overwhelmed trying to do everything in one day. The festival which currently runs Friday-Monday Jan 13th through Feb 20th celebrates all forms of art: Colors (there are many paintings you can view and purchase often with the artists making appearances), performing arts, hands on seminars, workshops and even delicious works of art. They even have a “be the painting” where you can become part of a classic work of art with Photopass photographers on hand to capture your poses. Next month we plan on attending one of the Disney on Broadway performances and attending one of the workshops so we will cover those on a different post.
Paint by number is something the whole family will enjoy. You are given a paint color of a specific number and a sponge brush. There is a giant mural hanging you find the corresponding number on the mural and paint 5 squares your matching color. We had a lot of fun doing this. Be sure to pick up a postcard after you are finished painting. It shows what the finish work of art will look like. We painted the colors we used on the back of our postcard to remember what colors we contributed to the project.
It wouldn’t be an Epcot festival without food booths and the Arts Festival is no exception, however the foods you will find here are as pleasing to the eyes as they are to the taste buds! They take the time with each plate to make it a creative, edible work of art.
Figments Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
If you are familiar with past Epcot scavenger hunts, Remy’s Hide and Go Squeak or the annual Easter egg hunt, Figments Brush with the Masters is very similar. It is a paid ($6.99 plus tax) scavenger hunt. You receive a map, stickers and a goal to find Figment hiding in art around the World Showcase countries. As you find him place the corresponding sticker in the frame of that country. After you have completed the map return it to the Disney Traders shop located at the front of the World Showcase for a prize. We enjoy the scavenger hunts Epcot offers and this one was no exception. We may need to return and get 3 more maps to complete our prize collection!
Warning: Spoiler of the Figment Scavenger Hunt and prizes below!