Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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You really don’t need to have an interest in gardening to enjoy Epcot’s Annual International Flower and Garden Festival. For a whole seven weeks, from the end of April to the beginning of June, Epcot is transformed into a magical explosion of colour. From an abundance of multi-coloured bedding plant displays to the topiaries in the shapes of Disney characters.

If you are travelling to Epcot by monorail, from the ticket and transportation centre at Magic Kingdom, one of the first floral attractions that you will see are the delightful floating arrangements on the water between Future World and World Showcase. To view these from above gives a whole new perspective and is definitely worth a trip on the monorail. However, if you have travelled by car your first glimpses will be as you enter the park and are met by the Disney topiaries of all your favourite characters.

Stroll around Future World and World Showcase to view the bedding plants arranged in tiers to look like giant, colourful, cascading waterfalls. Walk through Minnie’s Magnificent Butterfly Garden and see the hundreds of free-flying multi-coloured butterflies, including a live display of how a caterpillar forms a chrysalis and turns into a butterfly. Name all seven dwarfs surrounding Snow White in their own back yard. For those of you with little ones don’t miss Farmer Mickey’s Maze.

Each weekend, from Friday thru Sunday, Epcot hosts a different theme. From the Premier Weekend, Characters in Bloom and I Dig Bugs to the Festival Farewell Weekend to name but a few. Each evening performing on stage, at the American Gardens Theatre, are “blasts from the pasts” in the Flower Power Concerts. Performers have included Gary Puckett, The Lovin’ Spoonful and Davy Jones. We were lucky enough to be there to see The Turtles. Be sure to arrive early for a good seat! There are usually three shows each night.

If you are a “Hidden Mickey” fan try looking for the extra Mickey’s hidden around the park created especially for the festival. Rose gardens, a “See and Sniff” garden at the France Pavilion in World Showcase are just a few of the many, many other attractions taking place during this magnificent festival of colour.

If you are a garden enthusiast there are plenty of opportunities to watch demonstrations, ask the experts questions or even take a guided tour. These three hour tours, during which time your host will be a Disney Horticulturist, are very popular and you will need to register at Guest Relations to take part.

Admission to the festival is free, all you will need is your entrance ticket to Epcot.

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