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of the most welcome signs of spring is Epcot's
24th annual International Flower & Garden Festival.
While the grounds at Epcot
are always beautiful, the Flower and Garden Festival
takes them to the next level.
The Garden Rocks Concerts will now take place 4 days each week instead of 3 and dining packages will be available.
Two new outdoor kitchens will be added, bringing the total to 15.
Throughout Epcot, almost 100 topiaries will be on display. A new Belle topiary with sculpted facial features and a golden ball gown made of Joseph's Coat plants will debut in the France Pavilion. A new Figment topiary will be placed in front of the Imagination pavilion; Figment will stand 6 feet tall and be atop a yellow ball of Joseph's Coat plants that is 5 feet in diameter. As always, a new topiary creation will be waiting just inside the entrance. Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, and Pluto will recreate a vintage short film with a floral maypole.
To celebrate the June 2017 release of Cars 3, the interactive play gardens will be reimagined and will include a new topiary with a character from the film. The Music Garden Melodies play area will return as well.
In front of Spaceship Earth, Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie will take their places, along with Chip and Dale posing for a "Fresh Epcot" selfie and guest photo op.
Perennial Flower and Garden favorites such as the English Tea Garden, Butterflies on the Go, special kids' activities, and Ask An Expert will be returning. Illuminated topiary and play gardens will light up at night for a whole new festival experience.
Throughout the event, Disney horticulturists and garden experts will conduct seminars, sharing tips and secrets for you to try at home.
70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes and 220 mini-gardens will be floating out on the water.
Don't forget to pick up one of the special gift cards that are created for this event too! They're tiny and are attached to a bracelet made out of what looks like an old telephone cord. Take a look at the 2017 edition below.
Purchase an acrylic, dishwasher safe wine glass as a tangible momento of your visit to Epcot's World Showcase for $5.
2017 Flower & Garden Festival Topiaries
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 as they help get ready for Fresh Epcot®!
Water Wise Garden (Presented by Rain Bird Corporation)
Purple Martins (Presented by Audubon Florida)
Cactus Road Rally - Desert plants and a special play area for kids
Butterflies on the Go (Presented by GoGo squeeZ®)
Health & Healing Garden
Backyard Habitat (Presented by National Wildlife Federation)
Music Garden Melodies - Illuminated after dark, interactive musical playground
Nature Works Everywhere (Presented by The Nature Conservancy)
Tuscan Cucina Garden
Japanese Mini Garden
English Tea Garden (Presented by Twinings of London®)
New for 2017: There is a complimentary English Tea Garden tour offered Monday-Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. where a Cast Member will explain all of the different teas in the garden. You must arrive early to sign up as this tour is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up is located in the Tea Caddy store across from Rose & Crown. You may even get a sample of tea to take with you at the end of the tour!
New for 2017:The Royal Tea Garden Tour is available for booking as part of an additional experience this year. You'll check in at 9:30 a.m. near the Rose and Crown Dining Room in the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, then head to the tea garden for a 45-minute experience that will include scones with Earl Grey butter, clotted cream and jam, and, tea. You’ll get to hear about the Twinings family (selling tea since 1706) and learn all about the diversity of tea. Part of the fun is being in World Showcase before the park opens – you can take your tea and scones to the beautiful garden and enjoy until the park opens at 11:00 a.m. The cost is $15 per person plus Epcot admission; the tour begins at 9:45 a.m.; call (407) WDW-TOUR to book.