VIDEO Tour 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World

Celebrating its 24th year, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival kicks off spring with blooms, gardens, and plenty of sweet and savory sweets. Highlights of the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival include a new Belle topiary from “Beauty and the Beast” in France, and a redesigned “Cars” play garden introducing a colorful new character topiary sure to capture children’s imaginations. Take just 3 minutes out of your day to enjoy the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. This whimsical tour highlights some of the beautiful topiaries and sunny visuals that await you.

This year’s Epcot front-entrance topiary garden, “Welcome Spring Fun, Food and Flowers,” inspired by a vintage Walt Disney short film will spring to life with a floral-festooned maypole featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy and Pluto.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck and Pluto topiaries at the Epcot front-entrance maypole garden welcome guests to the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.

The new generation of princess topiaries (Snow White, Anna and Elsa – the first to be designed and created with topiary facial features) will welcome a brand-new Belle topiary as fans remember her from the Oscar-winning Disney film, “Beauty and the Beast.” Located outside the France Pavilion with the Beast topiary, 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.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

A new Belle topiary, based on the Disney animated classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” graces the entrance of the France Pavilion at the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.

Another festival first is a 6-foot-tall topiary of Figment, the feisty dragon mascot of the park’s Imagination! Pavilion, perched atop a 5-foot-diameter ball fashioned from yellow Joseph’s Coat.

Although many of the topiaries are repeats from years past, some of them now appear refreshed and adorned in more colorful displays. If you have a “been there, done that” feeling, try going at a different time of the day. For instance, everything looks different just before sundown or even at night. And still, every time I see the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, I can’t imagine Epcot without all the color.

The 90-day Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, runs from March 1-May 29, and features an array of gardens and character topiaries, popular entertainers and tasty food and drink offerings. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagramtwitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!