International Flower & Garden Festival Celebrates 25th Year
Now through May 28, 2018
Spring Bounty to Feature Blooms, Flavor-Rich Cuisine, Interactive
|LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The 25th
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will kick off spring at
Walt Disney World Resort Feb. 28 and continue through May 28, 2018,
with seasonal fun for all. What began in 1994 as a 38-day
celebration of Disney-style gardens and topiaries has grown over the
years to a 90-day spring extravaganza with something for every
The 2018 festival, which takes place during the 35th anniversary of
Epcot, will showcase millions of brilliant blossoms, flavor-rich
cuisine from 15 Outdoor Kitchens, Disney topiary stars, interactive
play gardens and live chart-topping musical acts during the Garden
Rocks Concert Series.
The 90-day festival will open with an irresistible array of sights,
sounds, tastes, aromas and tactile discoveries:
- New and creative dishes will
debut at 15 Outdoor Kitchens encircling the World Showcase
Promenade. Guests can sip and savor their way around Epcot,
enjoying chef-inspired noshes and refreshing libations.
- A bonanza of Disney character
topiaries, including classic-character favorites Mickey Mouse,
Donald Duck and many others, will play a starring festival role.
Returning this year, Belle will be featured in France along with
Beast, Snow White in Germany with the Seven Dwarfs, and Anna and
Elsa in Norway.
- A brand-new Future World
interactive play garden and a revved-up Road to Florida 500
garden featuring new games and play challenges will set the pace
for family festival fun. The new interactive area in Future
World will feature a play maze, a sensory garden, an activity
zone and a covered seating area. The redesigned “Cars”-themed
garden based on the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3,” will add more
fun activities like highway bingo for families.
brand-new Epcot front-entrance topiary garden will set the
milestone anniversary scene with a kaleidoscope of blooming
color where topiary icons Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy
will greet festival guests.
- The popular Garden Rocks Concert
Series will feature hit makers of the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s
on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Three evening concerts
each Friday through Monday present musicians that span multiple
- Garden Rocks Dining Packages
will be available on select days at a number of Epcot
|Each Outdoor Kitchen will feature
its own raised-bed or in-ground garden of herbs and produce that can
inspire the growing numbers of guests who want to learn to grow what
“The culture of growing your own food continues to trend, and our
guests each year have quite a few questions related to edible
gardens,” says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. “They get
a big kick comparing items in our gardens with the herbs and produce
our chefs incorporate into the festival’s Outdoor Kitchen recipes.”
And there’s more:
- The back-by-demand Figment
topiary garden between Future World and World Showcase will
offer the perfect selfie backdrop and family photo opportunity.
- The Royal Tea Garden Tour will
return for a second year each festival morning at the United
Kingdom pavilion. For a small fee, guests can follow a
knowledgeable guide through the tranquil tea garden setting to
learn the history and artistry behind growing and blending tea.
A post-tour treat of tea and scones is included. The shorter,
complimentary English Tea Garden Tour also will be offered on
- Among the nearly 100 festival
topiaries will be returning favorites like the pandas and
Bromeliad dragon at the China pavilion, The Three Caballeros at
the Mexico pavilion, Disney-Pixar’s Woody at the American
Adventure pavilion and Buzz Lightyear in Future World.
|Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower
towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms will transform the park’s
landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future
World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will
be set afloat.
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