Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is underway and is guaranteed to put you in a “Spring-y” mood. This special event began on March 7 and will continue until May 20. Here’s an overview of the highlights if you are planning to attend.
Get your cameras ready! You’ll find more than 100 topiaries throughout Epcot during the event. This total includes more than 75 Disney Character topiaries. They are amazing! Frog Family favorites from last year included Bambi, Thumper and Butterfly in Bambi’s Butterfly House (watch a walk-thru video); Mickey, Minnie and Pluto behind Spaceship Earth; Beauty and the Beast Characters in the France Pavilion; and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Germany. See more Character topiaries in our Facebook photo album…click here.
Flower Power Concert Series
Each weekend, you’ll be able to enjoy classic tunes from the 60s and 70s during the Flower Power Concert Series. Show times are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. at America Gardens Theatre.
The 2012 Flower Power Concert Line-Up:
March 9 – 11: Jose Feliciano
March 16 – 18: Starship Starring Mickey Thomas
March 23 – 25: The Guess Who
March 30 – April 1: The Spinners
April 6 – 8: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
April 13 – 15: Paul Revere & The Raiders
April 20 – 22: The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie
April 27 – 29: Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night)
May 4 – 6: The Orchestra (featuring former members of ELO & ELO Part II)
May 11 – 13: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
May 18 – 20: TBD
HGTV Designer Presentations
Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at noon and 3 p.m., you can get tips and tricks from some of HGTV’s most popular designers in the Festival Center. Last year, we got to meet Vern Yip! This year? We definitely want to learn how we can make our yard “go Disney” from Brandon Johnson.
The 2012 HGTV Designer Presentation Schedule:
March 9 – 11: John Gidding (Curb Appeal)
March 16 – 18: Sabrina Soto (The High Low Project)
March 23 – 25: Jason Cameron (Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves)
March 30 – April 1: Camille Styles (Design Happens)
April 6 – 8: Dan Faires (DanMade)
April 13 – 15: Brandon Johnson (My Yard Goes Disney)
April 20 – 22: Meg Caswell Holladay (Meg’s Great Rooms)
April 27 – 29: Monica Pedersen (HGTV Dream Home 2012)
May 4 – 6: Antonio Ballatore (The Antonio Treatment)
May 11 – 13: Carter Oosterhouse (Million Dollar Rooms)
May 18 – 20: Genevieve Gorder (Dear Genevieve and HGTV Design Star)
More Festival Highlights
There’s so much more to see and do during Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival such as…
• Educational Presentations: At scheduled times each day, guests can get gardening tips and planting pointers from industry experts.
• Special Displays: You won’t want to miss the special displays including Bambi’s Butterfly House on Imagination Walkway, the Bonsai Collection in the Japan Pavilion, the Spice and Herb Garden in the Morocco Pavilion and the Festival Blooms along the Future World East and West Lake…just to name a few.
• Themed Weekends: There are four themed weekends during the festival. March 23 – 25 is Art in the Garden Weekend, a “plein-air” art festival in World Showcase. April 13 – 15 is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Specialists weekend. You’ll be able to meet the experts and learn about indigenous insects in the Festival Center. April 27 – 29 is Florida Federation of Garden Clubs weekend in the Festival Center; you’ll see “amazing arrangements that defy description.” May 4 – 6 is Fresh From Florida Weekend when you can discover the bounty of Florida in the Festival Center.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is included with regular admission to Epcot. If you have a Park Hopper ticket, it’s a great way to begin (or end) a few days of your trip!