2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: Festival Center

During the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, the former Wonders of Life Pavilion sees some foot traffic as it becomes “Festival Center.” I’ll be honest in saying I don’t spend much time here. I do a walk through and see what’s going on, and I’ll very likely spend more time when I have space to garden again, but for now, I maximize my time around World Showcase. 😉

Now is it just me, or does Festival Center seem a bit more sparse than in previous years? Or am I just so used to see it bustling during Food & Wine that I’ve forgotten the more mellow atmosphere of this time of year?

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Inside you’ll find Intermissions Cafe selling an assortment of snacks and drinks, along with some seating.

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I had stopped by for the Caprese Push Pop, but they wouldn’t be getting them til around noon, over half an hour away. Hmm… I didn’t want it that badly. None of the drinks interested me, so I took a lap around the center and made my way back to World Showcase.

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Passholders are able to buy some F&G commemorative merchandise, including this t-shirt, commemorative coin, and pin. Other garden-themed knick-knacks are also available for purchase by all guests.

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For those looking to spend a bit more time exploring Festival Center, here’s what you can find in the building (info from the Epcot website):

Intermissions Café – For a special way to dig into the day, or perhaps turn over your evening, stop by Intermissions Café, which features a fine selection of wine, cheese, wraps and salads.

Festival Center Shop – Bring home a piece of the event with a variety of Epcot Flower & Garden Festival-themed merchandise, unique gifts and more—open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

HGTV Theater – Hear tips from the experts at HGTV and see how Disney Horticulture goes about growing the magic in “The Making of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.”

Planting Pointers – Each day at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, join the experts from Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida as they present a daily assortment of topics and ideas to help your technique grow.

Ask an Expert – From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, collect answers for your deeply rooted gardening questions, courtesy of the “Master Gardeners” from IFAS at the University of Florida.

Greenhouse Stage – Drop by daily at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM to meet with gardening specialists as they share their knowledge and help you plant their expertise in your garden back home.

Designers’ Stage Presented by HGTV – Pollinate your passions with a duo of different experiences! Monday through Thursday, hydrate your thirst for knowledge during entertaining seminars led by nationally recognized garden VIPs. Then, Friday through Sunday, seed your interests at informative events presented by HGTV personalities—taking place at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

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