Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2018.

The 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will run from February 28th – May 28th 2018.


If you enjoy flowers, gardens and a great day out then you are sure to enjoy The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival which is a fun-filled destination for Guests of every age.  Here you can stroll through a creative collection of interactive gardens and gaze upon an array of living sculptures shaped like beloved Disney characters.  You should leave full of inspiration to turn your hedges into the master creations you will witness here.  This year it is an extra special Festival as it is celebrating its 25th Anniversary so keep an eye out for those extra special touches.


Admission to Epcot is required. While most Epcot Flower & Garden Festival events are included with your theme park ticket, many experiences require a separate purchase or a separate admission fee so please do check this out before you visit.

Highlights include:

  • Outdoor kitchens offering delectable bites and libations
  • Dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries
  • Breathtaking garden spaces and wildlife habitats
  • Inspirational exhibits, seminars and how-to demonstrations


There is also an outdoor concert series featuring favorite bands.  This is called The Garden Rocks Series. ( Friday – Monday).  The Concerts during the Garden Rocks series will be performed at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the festival. The concerts are included with regular park admission.

With this year being the 25th anniversary of Flower & Garden, the Garden Rocks lineup features musical performers from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s in a variety of genres.

  • March 2nd  – 5th  Night Ranger
  • March 9th – 12th Starship Starring Mickey Thomas 
  • March 16th – 19th Simple Plan
  •  March 23rd -26th  River Band
  • March 30th -April 2nd Orchestra starring former members of ELO 
  • April 8th – 9th Survivor
  • April 13th – 14th Smash Mouth
  • April 15th to 16th Rick Springfield
  • April 20th to 21st Jo Dee Messina
  • April 22nd to 23rd Lonestar
  • April 27th to  30th Blood Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice
  • May 4th to 7th Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
  • May 11th to 12th Village People
  • May 13th to 14th Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
  • May 18th to 21st The Guess Who
  • May 25th to 28th The Spinners  


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Mardi Gras At Universal Studios, Orlando 2018.

When is it?

Mardi Gras runs Saturday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, April 7, 2018.

What are the hours of celebration?

The party goes on every night; the parade usually begins around 7:45 and lasts about 30 minutes.

What is the admission price?

Admission is included with your theme park admission, annual Disney pass, or seasonal pass.

Where is it?

At Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Why should I go? What will I see and do there?

The colour, music, dancing and pageantry of Mardi Gras represents America: a blending of French, African, and Spanish cultures with both Christian and tribal religious traditions. Mardi Gras is outrageously fun, but it’s also living history. Unlike the New Orleans version, Universal Studios’ Mardi Gras is family-friendly and children are welcome to join in the festivities.

You  will see beads, plus dancers, musicians, bands, street performers, live concerts featuring Louisiana jazz, blues and zydeco bands, and unique floats designed just for Universal Studios Mardi Gras.

Every night you will find Live music played by New Orleans brass bands in the French Quarter Courtyard in Universal Studios Florida.  The bands play authentic blues music and zydeco music, Creole  music and music indigenous to Louisiana Natives)  They do not play on a stage but live on the streets of the French Quarter Courtyard.

  • Feb 3rd – Feb 20th : Free Agent Brass Band
  • Feb. 21st  – March 6th: Naughty Professor Brass Band
  • March 7th – March 20th: New Breed Brass Band
  • March 21st – March 31st: Young Pinstripe Brass Band
  • April 1st – April 7th: Dirty Bourbon River Show

There are several big concerts at Mardi Gras. These are held on Saturdays or Sundays and take place on the Music Plaza Stage (All of the concerts start at 8:30 pm)

The Mardi Gras concert line-up includes the following performances:

  •  February 10th: The Beach Boys
  •  February 17th: Kelsea Ballerini
  • February 18th: Andy Grammer
  • February 24th: Macklemore
  • March 3rd: 311
  • March 4th: Phillip Phillips
  • March 10th: Jason Derulo
  • March 11th: Fitz and the Tantrums
  • March 17th: Foreigner
  • March 18th: Fifth Harmony
  • March 24th: Jessie J

This Year the Mardi Gras parade is getting a new celestial feel.  The nightly parade will feature dancers, colourful stilt performers and 12 handcrafted floats.  Six of these floats have new designs themed for ethereal creatures.

What can my children do there?

A special viewing area next to the Little Jesters Hat Shop is available just for kids watching the parade. Parents can enter this viewing area with their kids one hour prior to the start of the parade.

Note: When the Mardi Gras parade begins each night, all Universal Studios rides and attractions close.

Is it accessible for the disabled?

All Disney theme parks are handicapped-accessible, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Special parade and concert viewing areas are available.

What’s good to eat and drink?

In addition to the regular eateries, the French Quarter, located in the New York/Battery Park section of Universal Studios, offers Cajun and Creole cuisine, including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and andouille sausage. You’ll eat like royalty.


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Atlanta Braves Spring Training 2018

February 23rd 2018 is an important date if you are thinking of travelling to Orlando  intending to catch a few of the Atlanta Braves Spring Training matches at the Champions Stadium at the Wide World of Sports Complex.  The tickets and the schedule is announced in November but for tourists passing through they can be bought usually on the day.

The Braves pitchers and catchers are set to report on Tuesday, Feb. 13, with their first workout scheduled for Valentines Day. Position players report Feb. 18 with the first full-squad workout set for the following day.

Here is a link to their schedule: https://www.mlb.com/braves/schedule/2018-02

During the months of February and March, the State of Florida actually plays host to 15 Major League Baseball teams for their annual Spring Training. It is a tradition dating back more than 100 years and more than 1.5 million fans attend games annually throughout the state.

Florida Spring Training Information is available on the Florida Grapefruit League Website http://www.floridagrapefruitleague.com and through a Mobile Phone App for Android and IPhone. The app features team schedules, park information and the latest updates on the Florida Grapefruit League.


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