By Steffanie Martinez |Staff Writer|
Walt Disney World’s Epcot is displaying their annual International Flower and Garden Festival.
The 2016 Garden Festival began March 2 and will continue on until May 30.
Visitors to Epcot have all access to the garden festival, which include a view of all the mini gardens, world showcase, the garden rocks concert series, outdoor kitchens, and a look at the intricately designed topiaries of favorite Disney characters.
According to Disney’s blogs, “30-million blooms, 240 floating flower planters, 700 gardens, nearly 100 Disney character topiaries, 30 flower towers, and one beautiful butterfly tapestry of flowers all culminate in an incredibly vibrant time of year for Epcot.”
All this makes for a beautiful colorful look throughout the park.
A new addition to the festival is the arrival of Huey, Dewey and Louie Donald’s nephews.
“Inspired by a short from the 40’s where Donald was gardening with his nephews we had the idea that this year we should have the topiaries help us put on the Garden festival,” stated Eric Darden, the horticulture manager at the festival.
There is a lot of work done to bring each topiary together, each takes six to seven months to make.
It’s impressive walking throughout the parks and seeing how much detail goes into each of the pieces.
For many guests, seeing the topiaries is the highlight of their visit; when they walk around Epcot’s world showcase, they have the chance to see classic characters from “The Lion King” as they course between Germany and China, “Winnie the Pooh” in the UK, “Beauty and the Beast” in France, and Buzz Lightyear near mission space.
The topiaries also include new characters like Anna and Elsa at their Norway location.
Another huge staple of the festival is the food and music.
The outdoor kitchens are kiosks with food and beverages that highlight the produce in areas growing nearby; this is part of their effort to make a connection of food from field to table.
As a guest walking throughout the park, it was mesmerizing to see the number of flowers, all the different colors, and the fascination the guests have with the presentations.
The whole park becomes part of the festival, it’s hard to imagine what it looks like without the decoration all through the rest of the year.
One of my favorite parts of the experience is going into the Wonder’s of life pavilion.
There you are able to see hand on presentations, shop, and have an up close look at exotic flowers some I was surprised to see they looked unreal.
At its 23rd year, guests from all around the world continue to come see the festival with enthusiasm, as a first time visitor it met all my expectations.