J and I not only live close to Disneyworld (about 20 minutes away) but we are annual passholders. We typically go to one park or the other monthly and never miss out on the special events hosted at Epcot. It being the start of spring (even though we barely have seasons here in Central Florida), it is time for the Epcot International Flower And Garden Festival.
Every year I love to see what topiaries are on display.
My favorite exhibit is the butterfly garden.
The wraparound flowers that they do every year are so colorful. Imagining how much work goes into the festival each year is mindboggling.
We saw a special passholder exhibit while we were there.
It was a display of innovations throughout the years and memorabilia. Very cool stuff like the tickets they first used at Disneyland in the 1960’s.
There was another reason for this special exhibit.
MagicBands! MagicBands are an RFID technology that will be used instead of the paper passes. The devices that read the RFID chips look like this.
The MagicBands are connected to your credit card to pay for items in the park and will be used instead of fast passes. As someone who lives in constant fear of losing my flimsy, paper annual pass, having a wrist band will be so much better. It will be interesting to see all the ways MagicBands are used in Disneyworld in the near future.
What we did receive is a hard, plastic card that replaces our paper annual passes until the MagicBands are ready for consumer use.
The highlight of our trip for J? Ducklings!
J was even able to pick a few up because they had a difficult time getting over a curb. So freaking cute!
My highlight of the day minus the amazing flowers.
I finally found a Hidden Mickey!
I even have a book that points out all the Hidden Mickey’s in the park and I still never see them.
Overall, it was a wonderful day at the Epcot International Flower And Garden Festival.