New Surprises Await At The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Spring has arrived, and we've been busy working in the garden. And, while we're on the topic of gardening I wanted to share my favorite festival of the season is the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The gardener's at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort have been hard at work prepare all the beautiful topiaries planted throughout the park.

In honor of the Oscar-winning Disney film, “Beauty and the Beast” one of the new surprises during the festival is that there will be a Belle will come to life with sculpted facial features and her yellow ball gown created with golden blooming Joseph’s Coat and Creeping Jenny plants as well as a Beast topiary outside the France Pavilion. Plus, they've also added a Disney favorite - 6-foot-tall topiary of Figment, the feisty dragon mascot of the park’s Imagination! Pavilion, who you'll find perched atop a 5-foot-diameter ball fashioned from yellow Joseph’s Coat.

It's amazing how much works it takes to create the fine details on these whimsical topiaries. Disney's gardener's use up to 25 different plants, moss, and grass in a rainbow of colors to make these amazing topiaries come to life. Along with the topiaries there are sweeping floral beds and exhibits decorating Epcot’s landscape.

Don’t forget to drop in at the Festival Welcome Center to pick up a Garden Passport. It makes a nice keepsake that children, and the young at heart can have stamped at stops throughout Epcot. There’s so much to experience during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Take you time to meet and greet with Disney’s characters. Relax, while the children enjoy fun outdoor activities that inspire playful, active and healthy living in gardens designed just for them.

Kids will spot some of their favorite character’s in the festive and colorful gardens like Goofy and along with Mater. They’ll have a monster of a time in one of the largest festival gardens ever created; Mike and Sulley’s Monstrous Garden that’s sure to be a fun adventure for everyone.

As for entertainment, the popular Garden Rocks concert series will expand to four days each week, with three concerts each Friday through Monday presenting pop musicians that span multiple genres over five decades. Among the new acts this year: Simple Plan, Exposé and Berlin featuring Terri Nunn.

Along with all the beautiful flowers and topiaries, there are an abundance of tasty selections to sample during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Over in The Land pavilion sample delicious menu otems like Eggplant “Scallop” with Romesco Sauce, Ghost Pepper Dusted Tilapia with Winter Melon Salad and Mango Chutney, plus red and white vegan wines and gluten-free beer.

There’s more tasty food to sample at the Outdoor Kitchens, where you can watch the chefs cook up vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. They’ll also be creating some of last year’s top menu picks that include Watermelon Salad with local baby arugula, feta cheese, pickled red onions and balsamic reduction in the Florida Fresh Outdoor Kitchen.

Plan Your Visit To The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

These are just a sampling of the fun and entertaining events to experience at the Walt Disney World Resort. To learn more about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival by visiting their website or by calling 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639). while you're there you can also view ticket information and savings options available at Walt Disney World Resorts.

Photo Credits: WDW Resort

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