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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2013 Opening Day, Radiator Springs, Monsters University, Garden Marketplaces, Illuminated Gardens, Surprise Meet & Greets – Photos and Video

Hi everyone!

The Epcot International Garden and Festival kicked off it’s 20th  year yesterday! The main entrance topiary has changed since we were there the day previous, with hot dogs on the grill (below, left) and Donald and Daisy with their badminton equipment (below, right).

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The Festival blooms look gorgeous, with the quilt of flowers livening up the walkway between Future World and World Showcase along the Imagination walkway (below, left). Beautiful floral trees are on the fountain stage with Spaceship Earth in view (below, right).

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Radiator Springs is new this year, along the walkway occupied by the fairy garden the last few years (below, left). Lightning McQueen is part of the playground area (below, right).

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There are activities and information to be found here (below, left), as well as the Mater topiary display (below, right). The playground is open currently until the close of Epcot. Mater and Lightning McQueen are illuminated at night.

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Video #1 – Radiator Springs Play Zone, with Mater & Lightning McQueen, Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2013 – Lightning McQueen and Mater topiaries are part of a “Radiator Springs Interactive Play Zone” at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2013! The Festival lasts through May 19th.

Sully (below, left) and Mike Wazowski (below, right) are part of the Monsters University topiary display. Sully looms over Mike!

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Several trees get the monster treatment (below, left) on each side of the display. You can see Sully’s back (below, right), as Mike and Sully gaze upon Spaceship Earth.

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Video #2 – Monsters University Topiary Display – Mike Wazowski & Sully, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Pixar – Mike and Sully are now both in place for the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival to promote the film Monsters University!

2013 brought some changes to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, including the addition of Dole Whips with spiced rum (below, left). I enjoyed it, Denise wasn’t as big a fan of it!

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Video #3 – Dole Whip with Spiced Rum at Pineapple Promenade, Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2013 – Disney World – Epcot is offering (for $6.25) Dole Whip with Spiced Rum at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2013 – Please come try it with us!

There were plenty of surprise meet and greets over the last couple of days at World Showplace, including Rapunzel (below, left) and Tinker Bell (below, right). Rapunzel was looking for Pascal and Flynn Rider, and Tinker Bell gave us some advice on learning to fly!

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Video #4 – Rapunzel Surprise Meet & Greet at Epcot – Looking for Pascal and Flynn, Talks About New Tower – Rapunzel had a surprise meet and greet today at World Showplace in Epcot! She was looking for Pascal and Flynn. We asked her about her new Tower and Bathrooms coming soon to the Magic Kingdom!

Video #5 – Tinker Bell Surprise Meet at Epcot’s International Gateway – Tells Us What We Need to Fly – Tinker Bell had surprise meet-and-greet in the International Gateway today, and told us what it takes to fly (among other things)!

The Backyard Play Garden includes some interesting ways to use items found around the house and garden (below, left). In Morocco, the spice ball display is back (below, right).

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We stopped at the American Adventure to eat and the Smokehouse Barbecue & Brews (below, left). Woody is the topiary here, and guests can see the barbecue grill in action (below, right).

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I tried the Pulled Pig slider with Cole Slaw (below, left) with a Mama’s Little Yella Pils beer. It was delicious! Denise had the Smoked Beef Brisket with Collard Greens and Jalapeno Corn Bread. She liked the corn bread, but found the beef had too much fat. The Rocky Road Brownie Mousse is definitely a good option for chocolate lovers (below, right).

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Video #6 – Smokehouse BBQ Barbecue & Brews at Epcot Flower & Garden with Pixar Woody and Lotso Toparies – Toy Story’s Woody is at the center of the Smokehouse Barbecue & Brews at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival 2013! Beers and barbecue are found here, and the Lotso topiary is nearby as well!

At the Festival Center, Goofy and the rest of the Fab 5 are outside of the entrance (below, left). We can’t wait for a hands-on plant seminar when we have time (below, right). Most of our plants – maybe all of them – come from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

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We took one of the United Kingdom Tea Tours, which is always a must-do for us (below, left). Claire was giving her first tour of the Festival, and did a great job! We learned more about tea, and enjoyed the free samples (below, right).

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At night, some of the topiaries are lit up. Beauty and the Beast stand in twinkling lights (below, left). One of our favorite displays, the Bromeliad Dragon in China, lights up beautifully (below, right).

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And the Monsters University Topiary display (below, left) shines bright at night. Phineas and Ferb are bathed in alternating colors (below, right). It’s definitely worth staying a little later this year!

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Video #7 – Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2013 After Dark – Illuminated Gardens – Monsters, Cars, More! – Some of the gardens and topiaries are illuminated during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival this year. Here is a look! Topiaries include Lightning McQueen, Mater, Lion King display, and Mike and Sully from the upcoming Disney/Pixar release, Monsters University.

For many more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE!

All-New: Christmas at Walt Disney World: Holiday Treat 2012 DVD – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 2012 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2012)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2012 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)“, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade“, The Magic, All-New Celebrate The Magic! (Holiday Segment),Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season“, “Celebrate the Season Show“, Very Merry Party Scenes, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Available Now – The Splendor of the Holidays at the Walt Disney World Resorts!

Jeff Lange Experiences: Walt Disney World Holiday Traditions

Jeff Lange brings you this latest DVD in a series that features one-of-a-kind Disney experiences: Walt Disney World Holiday Traditions.

Experience the splendor of the holiday season at the following Walt Disney World resorts: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Bonus: Walt Disney World Dolphin and Walt Disney World Swan.

Running Time: 66 min

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All-New: Halloween at Walt Disney World (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2012) – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 9 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2012)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2012 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Not So Scary Entrance Scenes, Trick-or-Treat Trails, The Headless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Dance Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Trick or Treat vol 1 – 8 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

Halloween Time at Disneyland (Mickey’s Halloween Party)

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Trick or Treat (Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

Featuring: Spooky Halloween Party Scenes, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks, Haunted Mansion Holiday and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Halloween Titles (Including Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

All-New Release – Journey Into Imagination with Original Dreamfinder Ron Schneider: Exclusive Signed Edition

Journey Into Imagination with Original Dreamfinder Ron Schneider: Exclusive Signed Edition

Join Ron Schneider as he chronicles his journey from the early days of Disneyland to his years at EPCOT Center’s Journey Into Imagination – including a previously unreleased ride-through of the classic original attraction!

The Ron Schneider Story (2012) – Ron shares in exciting detail the creative challenges he faced in bringing EPCOT Center’s only characters to vivid life. Anyone who’s a fan of Disney theme parks – or has ever held the dream of performing for an audience of millions – will enjoy these behind-the-scenes tales, told by a talented storyteller and theme park legend.

Journey Into Imagination with Commentary by Ron Schneider (1997) Ron offers up his thoughts and remembrances while you watch this never-before-seen footage from the original Journey Into Imagination!

Journey Into Imagination (1997) Enjoy this previously unreleased 1997 ride-through of the classic Journey Into Imagination. This version features the exterior, queue and complete ride including all of your favorite original scenes with Dreamfinder and Figment!

Running Time: 70 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination Collectors Edition 2-Disc Set

Celebrate Spring – Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2012:

Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2012

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2012.

Experience these unique panoramic displays throughout Epcot’s Future World and all around World Showcase!

Running Time: 64 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2011, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010,Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2009, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

All New – The Very Best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Jeff Lange Presents: Walt Disney World Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World to experience the very best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Featuring: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams – 40th Anniversary Special Edition, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Let There Be Peace on Earth Finale, Fantasy in the Sky New Years Eve Fireworks and BONUS: The Magic, The Memories, and You! (Romance Segment).

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available

Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2011

Celebrate the summer of 2011 in style, as Jeff Lange brings you the newest offerings from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

Featuring the following 2011 summertime favorites: Entrance Scenes, Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue, Haunted Mansion Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic, The Memories, and You! plusBONUS: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available:Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010 (Featuring SpectroMagic, Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show, Main Street Electrical Parade and more!)

Recent Releases – Frontierland Classics, Adventureland Classics and Liberty Square Classics:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Frontierland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Frontierland” attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following: Splash Mountain (1992), Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (2006), Country Bear Jamboree (1992), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1997), Tom Sawyer Island (2006) and more!

Running Time: 65 min

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Also available:Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Adventureland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Adventureland” attractions. This fourth volume in the series features the following: Adventureland Tour (1992-1997), Jungle Cruise (1993), Enchanted Tiki Birds Tropical Serenade (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (original version including Barker Bird 1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (1997) and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Liberty Square Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Liberty Square” attractions. This third volume in the series features the following: The Hall of Presidents (Original Version – 1993), Mike Fink Keel Boats (opening day attraction – 1992), Haunted Mansion (original version – 1992), Haunted Mansion Bonus Ride (my final recording of the original version with some special surprises – 2006)!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Epcot Center Historical DVDs – Available Now:

For fans of classic Epcot Center, I present my Epcot Center Historical Collection!

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Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

Jeff Lange DVD Presents: Bob Welbaum’s Walt Disney World 1986 DVD

 

Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.

Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!

Running Time: 65 Min

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Also available:Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

Jeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

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