Epcot Flower & Garden

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2013

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Epcot Flower & Garden

Epcot is always a beautiful park, but it is wonderful to see the transformation that takes place for the Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival each spring. 2013 marks the 20th year of this festival, and runs from March 6 – May 19. The park is filled with many garden areas which feature a dazzling display of color or showcase a particular theme. The area between Future World and World Showcase is one of my favorites. The entire green space is transformed into a colorful backdrop to the water below, which is filled with floating containers of flowers that drift along with the breeze.

One of the most noticeable features of the festival is the placement of over 100 topiaries throughout the park. The creativity used in combining different floral textures and colors to make the character topiaries is amazing, and it is a lot of fun to discover which characters are planted around the next corner!

Snow White & Dwarfs topiaries

In addition to finding their favorite characters in the topiaries, kids will enjoy Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House and the special play areas that are located around the park. This year’s festival features a couple of new play areas: one has a Radiator Springs theme, and the other is a tie-in with the new movie, Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Epcot butterfly topiary

The Festival Center is the place to be if you want to learn more about gardening and design. Daily hands-on seminars are presented by the Disney horticulturists on a variety of topics. On the weekends, you can enjoy tips and seminars presented by your favorite HGTV celebrities. The Festival Center is also the place to find your special Flower and Garden Festival merchandise.

New in 2013, are the Garden Marketplaces located around the World Showcase. These food and drink booths feature menus which focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. Located near the Garden Marketplaces are special garden areas known as Festival Farms, which are made up of the kinds of plants that are used in that area’s Garden Marketplace, showing the progression from the garden to the table.

The Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival also hosts the Flower Power concert series on weekend evenings, with some of the popular artists from the 50’s to the 90’s performing – and there’s no additional cost for the concert! This year’s remaining concert dates include:
3/29 – 3/31 – Nelson
4/5 – 4/7 – The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
4/12 – 4/14 – Paul Revere & The Raiders
4/19 – 4/21 – Village People
4/26 – 4/28 – The Orchestra, starring Former Members of ELO
5/3 – 5/5 – Tommy Roe
5/10 – 5/12 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
5/17 – 5/19 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas

Thank you so much for joining us today, Ann! Sure wish I could be at the Festival right now!

Today’s Takeaway:
If possible, visit Epcot during the Festival and take advantage of the seminars and showcases. If it’s not possible to get to the Parks right now, perhaps visit a local botanical garden or park in your area (or even a neighbor’s yard if he/she has a green thumb!). Have your children photograph or draw pictures in a field journal of the plants they see. Be sure to note plant names if they’re marked. When you return home, either stop by the library and pick up some gardening books or do some online research to identify the plants they journaled. Consider the following questions about each one:

  • Is it an annual or perennial? (What’s the difference?)
  • Is it (trees) evergreen or deciduous? (What’s the difference?
  • To what climate zones is the plant native?
  • Is the plant hardy? Drought tolerant? Succulent? Tropical?
  • Can it be grown indoors?
  • Does it bloom?
  • Does it produce fruit?

There are lots more things you can find out, I’m sure! If you happen across any that wild rabbits won’t eat, please let me know 😉

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  • http://twitter.com/LeesaDykstra Leesa Dykstra

    I just found your blog through Disney Cheapskate Princess and LOVE it! How fun! We were lucky enough to attend the Flower & Garden Festival last year and couldn’t believe the amazing things Disney had done with the landscaping. I’m very excited that they’ve added the food booths and can’t wait to be able to go to the F&G in 2014 for samplings!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      So glad to have you here! The Flower & Garden show is just amazing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.rodeffer Megan Massey Rodeffer

    Thanks for posting this. I get to go to the Flower & Garden Festival for the first time this year and it’s great to know what to expect!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Lucky you! Have a great trip!

  • Samantha

    It’s so amazing what they can do with flowers and shrubs!!! I have never been during this time, but they always have such amazing shrubs year round. Last time we went to WDW was during Christmas and in Downtown Disney there was a Mickey shrub next to one of the fountains wearing a santa hat. So cute and just adds to the Disney magic!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Yeah, the landscaping around the Resort is gorgeous any time of year, isn’t it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynn.g.brooks Lynn Green Brooks

    I absolutey love Flower and Garden Festivel. But my allergies do not LOL. The flowers are so pretty. Love your pics.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I feel for ya! 😉

  • barbara dunaway

    i love to go one day. it is so beautiful on the pic

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Yes, you should! :)

  • Jessica Snow

    I love going to the Flower and Garden Festival. We went the first weekend, for Micky Dolenz and we’re going to see the Turtles next weekend and then probably go one more time. Epcot is the best!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      How fun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chelisee Chelsea Pulver

    I really enjoyed all the pics and info about the Flower and Garden Fest! Thanks for posting!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lisa

    I had no idea there was a concert series during the Flower and Garden Festival. That’s when we’ll be there this year!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh! Good news for you! Have a great time!

  • http://profiles.google.com/rtrexel Robin Trexel

    I would love to take my family to this festival everything is just so beautiful and magical at the same time

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      All the flowers and topiaries make it just that much more magical!

  • http://twitter.com/LeettleBaby Leettle Baby Blog

    Beautiful! I wish that I could take my family here for a vacation!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Hopefully one day you’ll be able to!

  • Katie Anderson

    I want to see this in real life so bad.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Hope you get to sometime soon!

  • Janet goff glaze

    Can’t wait to see this… 29 day!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Jealous! I’ve still got a few months til I get back “home”! Have fun!

  • DawnJensen1205

    Have always wanted to go. Disney puts together the most amazing exhibits.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Hope you get to go someday soon!

  • DawnJensen1205

    Would love to see it

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Hope you can make a trip there sometime!

  • Shannon Kerst

    We leave tomorrow! Can’t wait to see all the beautiful flowers and try the food at some of the food booths!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh boy! My trip’s still a few months away. Have fun!

  • Claire

    Wow, how gorgeous! I wish I could go!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Maybe someday, huh? Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=593053882 Laurie Smith

    Germany – train set is decorated for the event
    The booth with shrimp at the Promenade is run by a chef out of Victoria and Albert’s.
    Chefs or sometimes the booths will have a list of all ingredients so you can know for sure that something is safe.
    MUST EAT – Watermelon salad and Shrimp; USA pork and beef; UK caprese salad (Casein free if they hold the cheese); Dole whips and Violet Lemonade: MOROCCO rocks with chicken leg that falls off the bone and the lamb kebabs: festival center has seminars.
    go left through Innoventions, from there you can see topiary and festival center then head back up to the main path. Cross the main path then down to the promenade area to see butterfly house, play area and gardens.


    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Sounds delightful! That Violet Lemonade would be interesting!

  • http://www.facebook.com/LVMom2twins LeAnn Lennon

    Just beautiful, this has to be on a to do list!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Hope you get to go sometime!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lori.wellbrockflax Lori Wellbrock Flax

    It’s been a few years since I have been at the Flower and Garden Festival. I really enjoy all of the fabulous color!!

    • http://twitter.com/MagicalMouseSch MagicalMouseSchoolhs

      It’s all so lively and festive!

  • Michelle

    Visiting during the Flower and Garden Festival is on my Disney Bucket List. It amazes me all of the designs they can come up with and everything is so beautiful :)

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Mine too! It’s just so gorgeous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vmoyer2 Vickie Moyer

    My teenage daughter and I would love to visit during the Flower and Garden festival. We really enjoy the ride in Epcot that takes you on a boat tour that shows some of the gardens where they grow some of the food they use in the park, the name of it escapes me right now.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      That’s called Living with the Land :) I love Epcot at any and all times of the year!

      • http://www.facebook.com/vmoyer2 Vickie Moyer

        Yes, that’s it, thank-you!

  • Lyndi Malarchuk

    We took our boys (9&6) to Epcot for the Flower and Garden Festival last year. It’s hard to imagine, but it is SO much more impressive in person AND this year’s offerings look like they are even more spectacular than last year’s!! Disney truly amazes me with their creativity!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I know it! I just wish they’d come do my yard 😉