Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center holds multiple festivals throughout the year and the most beautiful festival of them all is the International Flower and Garden Festival. This festival is held each spring and is the perfect way to get in the spring spirit! Even if you are not a big Disney fan, if you love spring flowers and plants, live music and food & beverages from around the world, this festival is for you!
Topiaries: The topiaries are definitely the star of the show at the festival. Topiary dates back to Roman times as early as the 1st century. During the Renaissance, topiaries became very popular. Since then topiary has been popular throughout the world as a form of living art and sculpture.
During Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, Disney characters are brought to life via topiary. The colorful playful topiaries are a magical sight to see!
In keeping with the theme of Epcot’s World Showcase, there are country inspired Disney character topiaries throughout the different countries of World Showcase:
From Ratatouille and Beauty and the Beast in France:
To Peter Pan and Winne the Pooh in England:
To Lady and the Tramp in Italy and Snow White in Germany:
To Frozen in Norway and my favorite The Three Caballeros in Mexico:
And they don’t just have Disney Character topiaries, there are many non-Disney related topiaries to see including ones that represent the countries around the World Showcase
Global Gardens: Throughout the park there are gardens of plants and flowers that celebrate the world and how to live in harmony with nature.
Live Music: Each year during the festival, there is live music as part of the Garden Rocks Concert Series. These concerts feature popular musical acts from the past including Rick Springfield, Starship and Lonestar to name a few. These concerts are always a lot of fun and can be quite popular so you may need to line up fairly early for a seat.
During 2021, the Garden Rocks Concert Series is not happening due to the pandemic. But there is still live music available during the festival. There are daily performances by Epcot musical artists like Voices of Liberty and Mariachi Cobre. Each weekend, local bands from Orlando will take the stage for your entertainment. These local bands are great, especially when you haven’t seen live music in over a year!
Outdoor Kitchens: Similar to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival held each fall, the Flower and Garden Festival features Outdoor Kitchens throughout the park. These kitchens feature creative dishes made with the freshest of ingredients. From food inspired by the countries of the World Showcase to local inspired foods it’s a foodie’s paradise of foods and drinks to taste.
Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is definitely a great way to enjoy the spring season! Spring in Epcot is definitely the most beautiful time of the year!
The festival normally runs from March thru May. In 2021 it runs thru July 5th.
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