The 20th annual Epcot Flower and Garden Festival kicked off on March 6th, and last week I had the opportunity to visit. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is presented by HGTV and runs until Sunday, May 19th. This year, you can also taste the season at Garden Marketplaces throughout Epcot’s World Showcase, and also enjoy the enchanting glow of the topiaries and gardens as they light up the evening. Continue reading for photos of some of the new topiary displays as well as a moving video tour of the event.
Epcot’s front entrance is graced by a larger than life topiary display of the Fab Five Disney characters. Floral versions of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald (with Daisy Duck in a cameo) star in a celebratory cookout scene in living topiary color. A 14-foot-tall Goofy topiary bobbles the 20th anniversary cake while Donald and Daisy play badminton, Mickey fires up the grill, Pluto swipes a link of hot dogs and Minnie chills out on a colorful blanket of blossoms.
Behind Spaceship Earth, the Disney Channel animated stars Phineas and Ferb make an appearance in topiary form… “hey, where’s Perry?”
Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House is stationed on the Imagination Walkway and features topiary versions of the fairy residents of Pixie Hollow including: Tinker Bell, Fawn, Vidia and Terrence. Inside the Butterfly House, hundreds of colorful winged beauties flit to life.
On the walkway from Test Track there is a “Radiator Springs” interactive play zone featuring Lightning McQueen and “Mater” the tow truck from the Disney•Pixar film “Cars.”
Floral representations of Mike and Sulley from Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” and stars of the June 2013 prequel, Monsters University, are new topiary additions this year.
And while you stroll along the World Showcase promenade you’ll find more incredible garden displays.
All in all, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has more than 100 topiaries, 225 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms that add floral splendor to the park’s landscape. We intentionally chose not to reveal all of the displays so as not to spoil the surprise. I went in the daytime but may return again in the evening to see how it lights up.
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