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.
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.
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 instagram, twitter and “like” our facebook page too.