Well better late than never I guess. The Epcot Flower and Garden festival for 2019 started back on March 6th and ends June 3rd. I’ve mentioned this in the past, but this is my favorite festival. The flowers are beautiful and smell fantastic, the food booths are pretty good (not as good as food and wine) but the biggest perk I find is that the crowds aren’t as crazy.
I do like Food and Wine in the fall but holy cow those crowds are out of control. So I always prefer the Flower and Garden. Since the festival started in March we have been over to enjoy it a few times. I was hoping for either a new pressed penny booklet like last year or even some new pennies but nothing had been released. With nothing new to write about I was a bit sad that I wouldn’t be able to post about the festival this year. But then on my last visit, I found not one but two new things and couldn’t wait to share them.
Before I get into the new things I found let’s take a bit of a stroll through the festival. Don’t worry our first stop is pretty close by. Behind Spaceship earth was a new topiary this year of Daisy Duck.
Okay, that was long enough let’s go into Mouse Gear and check out the first new item.
I’m not sure if this is just a coincidence or not, but I found a new pressed penny booklet in this gift shop. In the above picture, it is the one on the right. The entire booklet is pink and covered with all your favorite Disney Princesses. Yes, that is the correct price $12.99 but it holds about 48 pennies so that’s not too bad.
Back to the festival and some more topiaries and flowers. Here was Goofy as we leave Spaceship Earth behind and head towards the World Showcase.
The beautiful flowers all laid out around the lagoon and surrounding areas are really amazing. The bright colors are just screaming to have their picture taken.
Right at the entrance to World Showcase, we find our favorite mice Mickey and Minnie surrounded by plenty of heart topiaries.
Near the Canadian pavilion was the next set of new topiaries this year depicting Bambi, Flower, and Thumper. Flower was always my favorite little skunk.
In the United Kingdom area, we found Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and Rabbit.
Continuing around the showcase we headed into France and found the above fantastic topiaries of Kermit and Miss Piggy. These were definitely fan favorites this year and there was quite a line of people trying to take their perfect pictures of the muppets.
Some of the other pavilions had similar topiaries from last year but just located in different locations. Above were Snow White and Dopey dwarf just outside the Germany pavilion.
Of course, we couldn’t pass by Norway without seeing Anna and Elsa from Frozen.
Finishing up our tour around the World Showcase we saw the Three Caballeros near the Mexico Pavilion.
Here is my attempt at a postcard shot. A nice reflection of Spaceship Earth and the flower beds along the water. All I’m missing was the Monorail driving through.
Do you remember seeing this building on your trips to Epcot? It’s called the Odyssey building and in years past used to have more going on inside. Usually, in my past visits, this was where we would make a quick bathroom break as we cut over to Test Track or back into the World Showcase. However, this has now become the new festival center.
During the Flower and Garden Festival, it’s being called the Gardeners Terrace. Inside is one of the food booth locations but I heard rumor it will soon be a Starbucks when Epcot’s future world starts going through some changes and that Starbucks is relocated.
Also in this area is some Festival merchandise including shirts, Minnie ears, pictures, and paintings and a whole lot more.
While we were in here looking at some of the items for sale I turned around and caught a glimpse of this new machine.
Obviously, this is not a pressed penny (or quarter machine) like we probably would have preferred. But instead, it had those souvenir medallions that are slowing popping up like the ones I found in Disney Springs last year. Plus they were themed specifically for the Flower and Garden Festival.
There were four different medallions in total. They have a section in the middle of the machine where you can see what they will actually look like. This is a bit of a strange setup as these coins are not what is dispensed to you when you buy them. They are just there for display.
So you may be asking how about the cost. It’s the same as the one at Disney Springs, $5 for one, or 3 for $10. The machine does not give out change so you either need to have exactly $15 if you want all 4 medallions. However, something that has been changed a bit from the first machine like this I used. If you are using a credit card when you swipe your card there is a count down on the display that gives you 10 or 15 seconds to make your selections. This is how the machine calculates how much to charge your card. So during the time if you only select 1 design, when the countdown is done it will confirm you are being billed $5. But you cannot select all 4 in one transaction. I used my credit card and when I selected the first 3 designs it immediately completed the transaction and told me my card was billed $10. So I had to swipe a second time and select just the 1 remaining medallions to complete the set. Then I had to stand there and wait until the timer completed making sure someone else didn’t come up and charge more coins to my card. Just be mindful of this if you are using the machine so you are only billed for what you want.
Two of the coins are a nice shiny gold color and the other two have more of a darker tarnished look. Two of them have Figment the dragon on them, one has Minnie Mouse with a flower and the last has the 2019 Flower and Garden logo on it.
The back of all the coins has the same design pictured above with Spaceship Earth, World Showcase, the Monorail, and the Epcot logo.
This is really a great set of coins. Yes, I absolutely wish these were pressed pennies instead, but as soon as I saw them I couldn’t get my money out fast enough. I love having souvenirs with the different events on them and especially the year which helps document when we were there. These were very popular when I visited and can’t imagine them not continuing this moving forward. Starting August 29th is the Food and Wine festival so crossing our fingers we get some new coins for that, and maybe then the Festival of the Holidays.
I mentioned at the very top that the Flower and Garden Festival ends June 3rd, 2019 so if you get a chance make sure you pick up these medallions as I’m sure they won’t be around very much longer.