The 19th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs up until May 20th of this year. It’s free with your regular park admission, but what’s so great about a flower and garden festival?
- 100 elaborate topiary sculptures
- 75 of those topiaries were inspired by Disney Characters
- Inspiring ideas on planting a first garden
- Ideas on how to enhance the curb appeal of your home
- Special presentations by HGTV stars and Epcot gardening experts
Here is a list of special displays that showcase the beauty of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
- Bambi’s Butterfly House
- Sustainable Beauty
- English Tea Garden
- Epcot Gardens of the World
- Haiti: Garden of Many Colors
- Other Unique Gardens
Looking for some individual attention from a knowledgable Cast Member? You can take the “Epcot Gardens Tour of the World.”
Your host will be a Disney horticulturist on this 3-hour guided tour designed especially for the garden enthusiast. The tour is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. You can register at Guest Relations or call (407) WDW-TOUR to schedule your tour. The total cost with tax is $59.00, and you will need theme park admission. This tour is available only for guests ages 16 and up.
If you are just taking a leisurely tour by yourself without a guide, then here is the location of certain popular topiary found throughout Epcot.
- Fantasia Mickey, displayed at the front entrance
- Peacock topiary, displayed behind Spaceship Earth
- The Fab Five—Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald—displayed outside the Festival Center
- Fairies, displayed at Test Track Walkway
- Peter Pan topiary, displayed at the walkway from Future World to World Showcase
- Bambi and friends in the Butterfly House, located at Imagination Walkway
- Farmer Mickey and Minnie, displayed at World Showcase Plaza
- Winnie the Pooh and friends, displayed in the United Kingdom Pavilion
- Classic Disney couples, displayed between the United Kingdom and France Pavilions
- Beauty and Beast, displayed in the France Pavilion
- Lightning McQueen and Mater from the Disney•Pixar film Cars 2, located at the Japan Pavilion
- Buzz, Woody and Lotso from the Disney•Pixar film Toy Story 3, displayed in the American Adventure Pavilion
- Lady and Tramp, displayed in the Italy Pavilion
- Snow White and the 7 dwarfs, displayed in the Germany Pavilion
- Dragon and panda topiaries, displayed in the China Pavilion
Are you a tea drinker?
You can discover the art and history of tea blending for 12 delightful teas during a 20-minute tour of the elegant English Tea Garden, featuring classic tea blends and new herbal teas for 2012. Tours are held Monday through Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and Friday through Sunday at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
You can register for your guided tour at The Tea Caddy. This tour is located at the United Kingdom Pavilion.
Looking for additional information? Here’s the official Disney World website for the festival. www.disneyworld.com/flower.
Looking for a nice meal while you are at Epcot? Here’s our review of Le Chefs de France, complete with a menu, prices, and fabulous photos.
Looking to take a snack or quick lunch break? Head over to the Yacht and Beach Club Resort’s Beaches and Cream Soda Shop. Click here for our review, with dessert photos, menu prices, and an explanation of their famous dessert, the Kitchen Sink.
A special thanks to our Mouze Kateerz staff member Denny for his photographs. Denny spends a ton of time in the Disney parks with his camera in tow, so much time, that we’re all fairly envious!
By day, Denny is the Marketing Manager for the Manatee Players in Bradenton,Florida, a nationally recognized community theater. By night, he frequently performs in musicals in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.
But…his heart, camera and annual pass are always in Orlando. He loves sharing his photos with the world and hopes that they take you away from your dull existence to the magical world of Disney!
Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you as we block everyone’s view of the topiaries with our cameras.