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Epcot Festival Runs Through June 3
Surround yourself with gorgeous gardens, unique exhibits and living sculptures of beloved Disney characters.
Where? At the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, of course! Only at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The show began March 6 and runs through June 3, 2019.
Take a look at just a few of the wonderful things in store at this year’s festival:
Bonzais, Butterflies and Herbs
The most amazing miniature trees are on display in the Japan Pavilion. They’re sure to help you cultivate an appreciation for the ancient art form of bonsai which, at its most basic level, is simply growing a wild tree inside a small vessel. Some of those on display at Epcot are more than 75 years old.
The butterfly house (“Butterflies on the Go”) will captivate your kids while connecting them to nature. More than 1,000 indigenous butterflies representing 10 different species flutter about freely within the exhibit.
Occasionally, an intrepid insect will escape out the doors while guests com and go. But these mature butterflies can then enter the park and begin pollinating the beautiful Epcot gardens. So it’s all good!
You can also discover some of the ancient healing properties of plants at the Health and Healing Garden. Or take your kids to the Nature Works Everywhere exhibit, where they can learn how to create gardens that help their schoolyards filter water, provide wildlife habitats and improve the soil.
Belly up to the many outdoor kitchens, where small plates and sample-size drinks of farm-to-table foods are served. More than just your standard festival fare, these outdoor kitchens are designed to “tell the story” of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. Almost every dish includes a plant element.
Offerings include Beijing-style candied strawberries at the Lotus House (China Pavilion), seared scallops and green beans at the Canadian Pavilion, potato pancakes with house-made apple sauce (German Pavilion), and “frushi” (a fruit version of sushi) at the Japan Pavilion. And many more…15 kitchens in all!
One of the most popular outdoor kitchens is the Honey Bee-stro. A new addition at last year’s festival, this kitchen features an adjacent garden where visitors learn all about honey production. All food and beverage items served at the Honey Bee-stro are made with at least touch of the golden stuff.
Disney-themed topiaries have been a staple of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival since it all began in 1993.
Epcot’s expert team of horticulturists work year-round to create incredible life-sized replicas of the most beloved Disney characters. Here’s Epcot horticulture manager Eric Darden explaining the ins and outs of the festival at last year’s event:
Stick around for nightfall and see how these creations take on a whole new life when the gardens are illuminated at night.
Just a Taste
This is all just a taste of everything the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has to offer. Other exhibits you won’t want to miss include:
- ♣ The How-To Garden
- ♣ The Imagination Play Garden
- ♣ The English Tea Gardens
- ♣ The Water Wise Garden
- ♣ The Floating Gardens
- ♣ The Living with the Land Exhibit
- ♣ The Tropical Rain Forest Garden
- ♣ The Bamboo Garden
- ♣ The Urban Spice Garden
- ♣ The Shakespeare Garden
Not to mention the Garden Rocks music festival, featuring an amazing 270 concerts over seven days! And speaking of music, check out Epcot’s unique percussion crew, The JAMMitors:
Admission to the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is included with regular Disney World park admission.