The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2013
Spring is a great time to visit Walt Disney World with fewer crowds, lower costs and, of course, the weather is wonderful. From March 6 to May 19 you can also enjoy EPCOT’s 20th anniversary of the International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is sponsored by HGTV and offers many interesting exhibits, demonstrations, and over 50 seminars on improving the landscape of your home.

The beautiful 3D character flower displays are a huge draw to this festival.    In the past, displays have included 3D forms of Tinkerbell, Winnie the Pooh and friends, princesses, and, of course, Mickey. Many Pixar characters are on display as well. There will even be illuminated gardens and displays for after dark enhancement! This years festival will highlight Monsters Inc and Oz and will include a circus themed area. Only the Disney imagineers can pull this off, and they never disappoint. Children will delight in the Land of Oz play area with play equipment featuring huge flowers.

There is plenty of exciting entertainment, family fun with interactive play areas for kids and a Flower Power concert series, featuring artists from the 60’s and 70’s.   Food kiosks will be added in the World Showcase, as well as special menus offered by Epcot’s top chefs. There will be circus themed tents filled with carnival games and many photo opportunities with characters and even a "crashed" hot air balloon from Disney's upcoming "Oz The Great and Powerful".  

There is something for all ages to enjoy, so long as you love fun, games, flowers, landscaping or whimsical topiary creations. If some in your party are not so interested, there are still many other spring time attractions for them.  Enjoy the flowers and festivities while hubby is off at spring training baseball games or playing golf. Spring is an enchanted time of year at Epcot and one you have to see for yourself. The festival is included in the price of your Epcot Admission. 

More reason to visit Disney World in the spring
2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival features topiaries and far more
Spring training vacations are a great getaway for baseball enthusiasts, but what do you do with those who have no interest in baseball? You may find yourself in the doghouse if you pack up the boys and go to Florida for a week of pure baseball delight.  But what if you could do your baseball vacation and keep your non-baseball fans happy too?

The Disney World area of Orlando is known for many things, but few think of Disney World as a mecca for spring training baseball.  Some may know by now that the Atlanta Braves spring training facilities are housed inside the Disney property at ESPN's Wide of Sports. But did you know that the Tigers and Astros facilities are nearby as well?  The Phillies and Yankees are a little further away, but only about an hour. Moreover, because of the proximity to the other facilities, the Yankees and Phillies are frequent spring training visitors to the Braves, Tigers and Astros facilities.

The first home games are February 23, 2013 and conclude March 28, 2013. If you are planning your vacation as a mix of baseball and Disney you may want to stay just south of Disney and away from the traffic on International Drive.  ESPN's Wide World of Sports is located at the southern end of the property and the other facilities are just south of Disney. A good choice for lodging is Davenport, Florida where you are closer to the Tigers and a shorter drive to Tampa and Clearwater yet just minutes from Disney World. For a large family you can find a 3200 square foot rental home in a gated community for as little as $179 a night.

Spring training is a great time to plan a family vacation. The weather in Florida is beautiful this time of year and the crowds are moderate at Disney. You can also mix in golf if you like as you will be near some truly great golf resorts. For ticket information you can check the Braves website, the Tigers and the Astros