Monday, March 18, 2019

Dose of Disney: Flower & Garden Festival 2019 Review

It is Flower & Garden season people! On my recent trip to Disney World I went to the opening weekend of Flower & Garden Festival, which was nuts. But, I have reviews and thoughts on everything that I want to share with you all. Whether you are planning a trip to the festival or thinking about going next year, this post will show you some of my highlights from the festival. 

Food 


I am always a huge fan of the food at the Flower & Garden Festival. I am not much of a drinker, so I cannot really speak to the alcoholic beverages, but I did get my all time favorite cocktail of course! I got some new items as well as my favorites while I was at the festival.... 

Frushi | Frushi is one of my FAVORITE things at the festival. It is so refreshing and tasty. I am a huge fruit fan so this dessert was made for me. Each frushi comes with 3 pieces and I devoured all three. In the past my mom and I would split one but we each got our own this year because we both love it so much. It has strawberry, cantaloupe, and pineapple surrounded by sweet coconut rice. So tasty! For sure one of my top picks at the festival if you want something sweet. 

Beef Tips | If you are looking for a savory steak option look no further then the beef tips in Canada. It comes with beef tips, mashed potatoes, veggies, covered in a sauce. Normally, I am not a sauce person, but this sauce didn't bother me! I ate around the veggies because I am 4 years old, but if you like veggies I'm sure you would enjoy those as well. Overall, this is a great option to fill you up, for sure less of a snack and more of a meal option.


La Vie En Rose | This is my favorite alcoholic beverage, I think ever. It's sweet without being too sweet, plus it's frozen! It's a win-win really. Plus can we talk about how perfectly pink it is. Overall, if you were to pick one alcoholic drink from the festival this would be my pick!


Orange Cream Slush | This drink for sure wins for the cuteness factor. I mean look at it!! The line for this little guy was crazy long, but it went by pretty fast. For sure would say that it is hardcore creamsicle flavor. So, if you don't like orange I would not recommend this. It was honestly super rich for a fruity style drink, but it had a lot of cream flavor to it as well. To be honest I mainly got it for the little Orange Bird sipper. But, I did enjoy the drink itself! 

Citrus Cake | At the same stand as the orange cream slush was a citrus cake which was super tasty! It was light and airy and super citrusy. Again, if you are an orange fan I would recommend this dessert!

Beef Tips and Pork Belly Slider |  This slider located in America was soooooo good! I am a huge bbq fan so I was loving this little sandwich. I ended up eating it with a fork because it was a little messy to eat as a true sandwich. It had some sort of cheese sauce along with pulled pork belly, and beef tips.

Violet Lemonade | Did you really go to the Flower & Garden Festival if you didn't have Violet Lemonade? This is by far the highlight of the festival. I don't know what is in the stuff but it is so damn good. It's a magical lemonade! This is a can't miss drink at the festival.


Topiaries 












This year the festival had some new and old topiaries for Flower & Garden Festival. My favorite new topiaries were for sure the Muppets topiaries in France. Kermit and Miss Piggy were killing the game! My two favorite returning topiaries were Belle & the Beast plus the Three Caballeros. If I'm being honest though, I did not like the butterflies at the front of the festival. I prefer last years display with all of the classic characters out front. Although the butterflies were pretty last year near the tent, I just didn't think they made for a grand entrance. I didn't even stop to take a picture in front of them or of them! I also wasn't a huge fan of the Mickey and Minnie heart topiary near the entrance to the countries. It was just kind of boring to me, and the hearts didn't really make sense to me. Plus there was another Mickey & Minnie topiary in the America Pavillion. I would have rather seen a different character represented rather then doubling up on characters. Per usual I still loved the rows of flowers near the little pond outside of the countries. I loved that there was a Mickey shape thrown in there too! It always makes for gorgeous photos. 


Gardens 

Based on the name you can conclude that there are flower and gardens at this festival, which are kind of underrated to be honest. I've always loved flowers and this festival has a ton to see! One of my favorite gardens is the tea garden in the U.K. pavilion. In this garden you can find facts about how tea is made and the ingredients that go into different Twinnings teas! Plus there are other garden areas that show off ingredients in foods around the world, a butterfly garden, and many others. Be sure to check out some of the garden exhibits to get the full Flower & Garden Festival experience. 






Merchandise 


The merchandise at this years festival was on fire!! From violet lemonade merchandise to classic garden inspired styles the merch was on point this year. One of my favorite pieces was the violet lemonade ears I'm wearing above. They feature lemon slices, purple flowers, and of course lots of glitter. I also picked up the violet lemonade jersey, which is perfect to wear around the house or at the festival on a cool day. For a more garden feel they have a Minnie Mouse range in light shades of pink and green, again I picked up the spirit jersey. I love a good spirit jersey! I also opted for the Tervis options which included a Minnie garden theme and a Figment passholder Tervis. 

There is a whole area where you can shop all of the festival merchandise, including the passholder exclusives! At the Garden Terrace you can see all of the merchandise in one place, which I loved. It made it so easy to make decisions on what I wanted to pick up. 

In terms of passholder exclusives there were quite a few offerings. There is more merchandise coming out I believe April 11th, so be sure to check back on that date to see even more merchandise from the festival. I particularly liked the limited edition pins from the festival! Again, you can find the passholder exclusive items at the Garden Terrace which is closest to the Mexico Pavilion on your way out of the future world area. 

What are your thoughts on the festival this year? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 



Friday, March 15, 2019

Dose of Disney: Mickey True Original Exhibition


The Mickey True Original Exhibit has officially wrapped in NYC, but I still wanted to share some of the snapshots I took while at the exhibit. I was lucky enough to be in town for work while the exhibit was still up. I went on a weekday at around 7pm and it was EMPTY! Honestly, I think I picked the perfect time to go. In photos I saw of others at the exhibit it was packed wall to wall. So, I'm glad I basically had the exhibit to myself. 


Although I went by myself, I will give hats off to the staff of the exhibit. They were so nice and took all of the photos for me! Plus, gave me multiple angles. It was for sure not their first time taking an Instagram worthy photo let me tell you. 


The exhibit itself was so cool! From contemporary art inspired by Mickey to memorabilia from Mickey Mouse Club there was a little bit of everything. Personally, I loved these neon Mickey signs and the giant Mickey printed wall. So many great photo ops! But, I also loved looking at the vintage Mickey items and of course all of the fashion pieces inspired by the big mouse himself.  



Natrually, I had to dress for the occasion, I brought two different Mickey inspired looks. The first was this fun black blazer from Nordstrom paired with a Mickey beret from the Forever 21 Mickey 90 collection. Then I threw on a Mickey sweatshirt from Primark that I picked up in the U.K. complete with a pair of Minnie ears. 


The giftshop itself had some super cool merchandise as well! I built my own t-shirt including patches and screen prints that you could pick from. Not to mention since it was close to the exhibit closing their merchandise was on sale! From pins to pens they had a ton of cool giftable items marked down. I stocked up for my family and myself. 



And of course I had to snap a selfie with the Chicago Blackhawks Mickey plush! But, overall I had such a great experience at this exhibit. If Disney ever creates another exhibit like this I highly recommend checking it out if you can! It was very well done and the staff was super friendly and fun.

Were you able to check out the Mickey 90 exhibit? Let me know in the comments if you did! 
XOXO 
Miranda