Let's listen to the land we all love, nature's plan will shine above, listen to the land, listen to the land.
Some nice symmetry springs from those lyrics, which were part of a song from the Listen to the Listen attraction at The Land pavilion. That seed of an idea about appreciating and showcasing nature has sprouted into the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The park blossoms into a beautiful garden that celebrates the sights, sounds and smells of spring. Across the park guests are treated to exquisitely crafted topiaries of Disney characters, a variety of themed gardens and play areas, and tantalizing farm to table-style dishes at the Outdoor Kitchens. The festival lets your love of music grow with the Garden Rocks Concert Series and informational sessions at the Festival Center will plant the seeds of your own gardening ideas. The festival runs March 1 to May 29. Here's what's happening at Epcot Flower and Garden 2017.
Sights and Sounds from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2017
Sculpted Topiaries at Epcot Flower and Garden 2017
Disney’s expert team of horticulturists work year-round to create beautiful landscapes across the resort. The Flower and Garden Festival exhibits its talent with incredible life-size re-creations of beloved Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Chip and Dale, Anna and Elsa as well as pals Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
Look for the topiaries throughout the park, at the entrance and Future World areas, and all around World Showcase. Stunning in the daylight, the topiaries take on a whole new life as the gardens and sculptures are illuminated at night. This year's newest topiaries are equally exciting. Everyone's favorite bookworm, Belle from Beauty and the Beast will appear near the France Pavilion. Donald, José and Panchito—collectively known as The Three Amigos—will sprout up at the Mexico Pavilion. Imaginative brothers Phineas and Ferb will appear by the Odyssey Restaurant. Lastly, Epcot's mascot Figment will appear behind Spaceship Earth.
Themed Gardens at Epcot Flower and Garden 2017
This year’s festival features a number of themed gardens from the Bonsai collection in the Japan pavilion to floating “mini gardens” between Future World and World Showcase. Future World will feature prehistoric plants that existed when dinosaurs roamed the Earth (hopefully the dinos in The Universe of Energy won't sneak out between shows for snacks). New green displays to discover are Alpine Containers, which lets you learn about high-elevation plants. Geranium Grandeur will let you smell these sensational annual, biennial and perennial plants. Kids will get a kick out of Nature Works Everywhere, which will teach kids how to create gardens for their schools that will filter water, improve the soil and provide wildlife habitats.
A festival favorite, Butterflies on the Go, returns this year full of colorful blooms and a flurry of several species of butterfly. Explore the life of a butterfly from its emersion from chrysalis to adulthood and watch as the fully grown butterflies flutter around the garden from flower to flower. You might even find a butterfly has alighted on you, especially if you’re wearing a flowered dress or shirt. This is the only place where a female will pay attention to Leap when he's wearing his loud floral aloha shirts. I kid. Not by much.
Throughout the park, spring is in full bloom. Forty 8-to-9-foot-tall "flower towers" will be scattered throughout. More than 70,000 bedding plants will surround the east and west lakes of Future World!
Interactive Play Areas at Epcot Flower and Garden 2017
Tadpoles have flower and garden activities especially for them. The Music Gardens Melodies Playground, located on the walkway between Future World and World Showcase, will return for family fun. This music-themed play garden features Disney’s "Fab Five," directed by bandleader Mickey Mouse. Kids can hone their musical talents on a variety of different instruments such as drums, chimes and xylophones while going on an adventure through net climbers. This play area will also feature music-themed plants and hands-on amusement after dark. A popular spot to let little ones burn off some energy is the Road to the Florida 500 featuring Cars pals Lightning McQueen and Tow-Mater. This jungle gym is located along the Test Track walkway.
Outdoor Kitchens at Epcot Flower and Garden 2017
I'm an epicurean amphibian. It's fun to see the topiaries and gardens, but my favorite plants are the ones I can eat! The festival must have had me in mind when it introduced the Outdoor Kitchens. These booths serve small plates and sample-size drinks in the theme of springtime and farm-to-table tastes. Favorites from previous years are the innovative Urban Farm Eats and locally grown Florida Fresh booths, Frushi in Japan’s Hanami booth, Bauernmarkt: an organic Farmer’s Market with a German and Bavarian flare and boozy pineapple soft serve at Pineapple Promenade. New bites will be Northern Bloom, which will serve Canadian delicacies such as maple shakes and beef tenderloin tips. The Berry Basket will serve berry fun dishes such as lamb chop with quinoa salad and blackberry gastrique that pairs with berry cocktails and wines.
Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot Flower and Garden 2017
Food Rocks! Yes, that's an old Epcot attraction, but it's also the theme for evenings at the festival. Onstage at the America Pavilion Friday through Monday, evenings, guests may dance and sing along to classic songs by everyone from Night Ranger (You're motoring!) to Starship starring Mickey Thomas (Saraaaaaah) I'm so excited to see The Pointer Sisters. Ok, I'll stop now.
Here’s the list of performances at this year’s festival:
- Mar 3-4: John Secada
- Mar 5-6: Dennis DeYoung
- Mar 10-13 Pointer Sisters
- Mar 17-18 Plain White T's
- Mar 24-27 Night Ranger
- Mar 31-April 3: Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice
- Apr 14-17: Gin Blossoms
- Apr 21-24: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
- Apr 28-29: Expose
- Apr 30-May 1: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn
- May 5-8: Starship starring Mickey Thomas
- May 12-15: The Guess Who
- May 19-22: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
- May 26-27: The Spinners
The bands will perform three times each weekend evening, 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Be sure to get there at least 30 minutes early. Seats fill up quickly! I know that Berlin featuring Terri Null will... Take My Breath Away.
Festival Center at Epcot Flower and Garden 2017
The Festival Center is a gardener’s haven with special demonstrations and information sessions throughout each weekend from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The Festival Center is located between Mission Space and Ellen’s Universe of Energy. This year's highlights include Heritage of Disney's Horticulture Exhibit, which looks into how horticulture plays a role in creating Walt Disney's vision. The Greenhouse Stage will feature local gardening experts, and Disney Cast Members sharing tips and secrets from their gardens. In the Garden Theater, guests may see the "making" of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.
Merchandise Epcot Flower and Garden 2017
You may want to pack an extra duffle bag for your merch. The Disney Parks Blog released a good rundown on this year's festival merchandise. We're hoppy to see that merchandise will once again feature our purple friend Figment! There will also be new and returning artists selling their collections. As in past festivals, merchandise is featured in the Festival Center as well as around World Showcase.
Special Events at Epcot Flower and Garden 2017
Springtime celebrations have made their way into the Flower and Garden Festival this year throughout Epcot and the World Showcase. March 31-April 2 and April 28-30 will showcase Disney's Animals, Science and Environment and Conservation Specialists—a unique opportunity that brings experts from Disney's Animal Kingdom to discuss ways we can all protect the planet. On April 22-24, celebrate Earth Day. Discover the Bounty of Florida Agriculture on May 5-7 lets you dig into the Sunshine State. May 12-14 will feature the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.
The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2017 lets you discover fresh tastes, gorgeous gardens, and all the information you need to have a bounteous spring. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is included with regular park admission.
Related: Disney World Annual Events 2017