Epcot news: Flower & Garden festival kicks off; changes at Canada's Le Cellier Steakhouse
Written by Robert Niles
The annual International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off today at Epcot. The 18th annual event features a collection of more than 100 special topiaries around the park, as well as concert series and special events featuring HGTV network personalities.Tweet
Disney-Pixar characters will be making their first appearance in floral form at the festival this year, including topiary Woody and Buzz from the Toy Story films.
Disney gardeners work on the Woody and Buzz topiaries. Photo courtesy Disney.
We'll be talking more about the Flower & Garden festival in a couple weeks, when it joins the field for the 2011 Theme Park Insider Tournament. (Yeah, I'm letting that one out of the bag early.)
I'd love to hear from some Theme Park Insider readers, in the comments, with tips for getting the most from this event. Disney's offering a variety of special events featuring show hosts from HGTV, as well as a concert series, with a collection of artists from the 80s and before, including Melissa Manchester and Juice Newton.
The Flower & Garden festival runs this year through May 15, 2011 and is included with park admission.
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Chef Al Youngman is taking over the kitchen at Le Cellier, which is debuting a new dinner menu featuring all Canadian-raised beef, deflecting one of the criticisms of the restaurant from sharp-eyed diners who'd wondered why the Canada restaurant was serving American beef. (If you were wondering, the iconic Cheddar Cheese soup is staying on the menu.)
Disney's using the new menu as the peg for upping the point requirement for Le Cellier, but frankly, Disney would have been well justified making the switch even without the upgrade in cuisine, given the restaurant's enduring popularity. Le Cellier has long been Epcot's toughest table, one those locations you'd need to call exactly 180 days in advance to be certain of getting a priority seating time during your visit.
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