March 4 - May 17,
BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Spring 2015 will burst onto the scene at Walt Disney
World Resort with a fresh take on lush gardens, inspired flavors and lively
entertainment during the 75-day Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
March 4-May 17.
New Disney character topiaries will salute the blockbuster animated film,
“Frozen” and offer colorful selfie and family photo ops. Eleven Outdoor
Kitchens with “grow your own” gardens will tempt taste buds with sweet and
savory bites. Pop musicians with hits spanning four decades and multiple
genres will debut the Garden Rocks Concert Series each weekend. And special
weekend festival events will offer surprises for families, art lovers and
•“Frozen” will melt hearts at the park’s World Showcase Plaza: Disney’s
first Ana and Elsa topiaries will appear in a garden vignette from the
Oscar-winning film’s finale. The garden will pop with color as the icy
“Frozen” world, illustrated with white and silver blooms of delphinium,
alyssum and other flowers, transforms to a brilliant spring palette
featuring Gerbera daisies, petunias, Sweet William and other flora.
•Other brand-new Disney character topiaries will be Chip and Dale taking a
star turn in two whimsical Epcot front-entrance “Goofy About Spring” floral
vignettes. Topiary Goofy, Daisy and Pluto will be in on the fun.
•Fresh new menu items will debut at the festival’s 11 Outdoor Kitchens. The
new Botanas Botánico Outdoor Kitchen between France and Morocco pavilions
will showcase treats like Cachapas with Farmer’s Cheese, a sweet yellow corn
pancake, and Seafood Ceviche with shrimp, scallops and grouper with mango
and avocado. Guests can sip the new La Tizana, a non-alcoholic punch
finished with fresh fruit that can become an adult beverage with a splash of
Santa Teresa RHUM Orange Liqueur.
For the third festival year running, guests can taste garden- and
spring-inspired tapas-sized food and beverages, see how the ingredients are
grown and have their complimentary Garden Passports stamped as they stroll
the World Showcase promenade.
•A Southwest desert garden will premiere as a thriving ecosystem.
•Ten new gardens will surprise guests around every corner. Guests will
discover a gnew healing-and-health garden, a pepper garden, a dinosaur-plant
garden and a Shakespeare garden, among others, each designed with a
•Guests can follow the story of the Monarch butterfly’s epic journey across
the continent and see butterflies emerge from their chrysalises to flit from
plant to plant at the Butterflies On the Go exhibit in Future World.
•The Garden Rocks Concert Series will keep crowds rockin’
every Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the park’s America Gardens Theatre
stage. Little River Band, Pablo Cruise, Gin Blossoms and Village People join
the lineup of top bands representing four decades of pop music.
March 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy” (New to this festival)
March 13-15: NEW! Pablo Cruise “Love Will Find a Way”
March 20-22: En Vogue “Free Your Mind” (New to this festival)
March 27-29: Starship “We Built This City”
April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
April 10-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day” (New to this festival) April
24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”
May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart” (New to this festival)
May 8-10: NEW! Little River Band “Reminiscing”
May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
•Special weekend festivities are slated: March 13-17 Spring into Spring
Weekend with a nod to St. Patrick’s Day; March 27-29 Art in the Garden
Weekend with outdoor art displays; April 17-22 Earth Day Weekend with nature
activities for kids and families, Disney’s Animal Kingdom specialists April
17-19, and a sand-sculpture creation to showcase Disneynature’s soon-to-be
released “Monkey Kingdom” film; and April 24-26 Florida Fresh Weekend
featuring a bounty of edibles and other plants that thrive in Florida.
•Disney gardeners will lead weekend how-to Gardening Seminars and workshops
at the Festival Center, where guests also can pick up signature festival
•When the sun sets, illuminated topiary and play gardens will glow brightly
for an after-dark festival experience.
As park guests nibble on inspired Outdoor Kitchen goodies, they can wander
among multiple themed gardens and children’s play areas. Nearly 100 expertly
crafted topiary characters, including Snow White, Bambi, Mickey Mouse and
Peter Pan, will animate the landscape when Epcot transforms to a vibrant
wonderland of sweeping floral beds and exhibits. Children can clamber around
play gardens featuring state-of-the-art climbing equipment and hands-on
activities in Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden and The Living Desert Road
Rally Garden with Mater and Lightning McQueen topiaries.
A Healing & Health Garden near The Land pavilion in Future World will
display ancient medicinal plants including garlic, aloe, chamomile, fennel,
mint and others. Plants used to develop modern prescriptions will be papaya,
periwinkle, turmeric, yew, thyme and valerian. And the new Shakespeare
Garden at the United Kingdom pavilion will feature roses to represent Romeo
and Juliet. Also in the garden: rosemary from Hamlet, lavender from The
Winter’s Tale, plus representations featuring poppy, lily, honeysuckle and
Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms
will add to the floral splendor of the park’s landscape. At least 70,000
bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on
the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.
For more information about the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden
Festival, call 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639). As the festival nears, more details
will be available at epcotinspring.com. The festival, including all
gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.
Flower & Garden Festival Photos:
Bank of Flowers
Beauty & the Beast Display
Goofy, Pluto & Donald
Timon & Pumba
Lady & Tramp
Buckets of Violets
Mickey & Minnie
Future World Display
Spaceship Earth Flower & Garden Wallpaper.
Special thanks to everyone who contributed photos for
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