Apr 062011
 

By Carol Garcia

 

BlockFor those of us who live in a dreary, gray climate during the winter, a trip to Epcot’s Flower and Garden festival can be just what the doctor ordered. A breath of spring in a beautiful setting can go a long way toward chasing away the winter blues.

This year marks the 18th anniversary of the Flower and Garden Festival. While I’m not sure anything this year is extremely new or innovative compared to previous years, I really enjoy the event. It’s a time to wander the park, enjoy the scenery, snap a few (hundred) photos, and just take it all in. When travelers discuss taking time to smell the roses, there is no better time to do it than during this festival.

Although the festival is sponsored by HGTV this year, we only found that to be prevalent in the guests speakers. The festival center (formerly the Wonders of Life pavilion) hosed the HGTV Designers’ Stage, featuring a line up of HGTV personalities offering presentations over the weekends of the festival.

In addition to the festival center, there are special displays throughout the park. There is a butterfly garden, Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden, festival merchandise, presentations, Flower Power concerts (weekends only), and of course lots of gardens and topiaries. Rather than explain the event, let me show you some of the highlights.

Toy Story 3
The topiaries begin right at the entrance of the park. The first display features characters from Toy Story 3.


Feastival Center Festivale Center 2
Scenes from the Festival Center.

Taniya
HGTV personality Taniya Nayak gives a design presentation.

Mickey
A picnic complete with kite flying is depicted here.

Butterfly Garden
Bambi’s Butterfly House is filled with beautiful creatures…

Butterfly2
…like this one…

Bambi
…and these familiar friends.

Fairy Tink
Just two of the many fairy topiaries in the Pixie Hallow Fairy Garden. Also in this location is a meet-and-greet with the fairies (now that they’ve been relocated from Toontown), and games for the kids to play.


Just a small portion of the enormous sand sculpture promoting the African Cats movie to be released on Earth Day.

Pooh
There is a large Winnie the Pooh display near the Fountain. Pooh and friends are all available for photo opportunities.

Floating garden
The floating flower arrangements flank the entry to World Showcase.

Lightening McQueen
Lightening McQueen greets guests in the Cars display. This is an amazing example of the attention to detail in some of the displays. You can just see pictured here that the flowers create a road for the car, and there are also plant materials creating the lines on the road.

Flags
Flags depicted in plants grace the entrance to World Showcase.

Hook Pan
The Peter Pan display.

Green living
The Art of Green Living display showed the beauty of edible plants, and offered watering solutions.

Lumiere Mrs. Potts
The France pavilion has Beauty and the Beast topiaries. Around this area is also a display of different perfumes and the plant what make up those fragrances. It’s quite interesting to see the flowers and smell the combination of them at the same time.

Light Post
The roses are all ready for stopping and smelling.

Japan
Bonsai display in Japan.

America
The topiary garden next to the America pavilion features “America the Bountiful.”

MinnieMickey
Mickey and Minnie greet visitors to the America pavilion.

Flower Power Thomas
The Flower Power concert series is presented weekend evenings and features popular musical acts from the 60s and 70s. Mickey Thomas of Starship is pictured here during a Flower Power appearance.

Lady & the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp are displayed.

Tangled
While Rapunzel can’t actually be seen, she must be in her tower since her hair can be seen hanging from it.

Snow White Dwarves
Snow White and the dwarves hanging out in Germany.

Pumba Timon
The Lion King display is among my favorite. There are some wonderful colors and the characters are very realistic.

Mexico
Beautiful birds near the Mexico pavilion.

The photos here only scratch the surface of what is displayed. Oh, and of course all of the regular Epcot rides and attractions are all still here. The Festival this year will continue daily through May 15.

I find myself wondering if I would build a trip around this festival, and I realize, that I did. Spending time at Epcot in the sun viewing the amazing Flower and Garden displays was quite relaxing. The concert series and presentations added to make sure great memories.

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