Even as Epcot readies for its annual Food & Wine Festival this fall, Walt Disney World is looking ahead to the spring. On Sept. 19, Disney released details about the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
The 21st annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (Flower & Garden Festival) will take place over 75 days, from March 5 – May 18, 2014. The event will help mark the spring season at Walt Disney World (WDW) by highlighting favorite elements from past festivals.
Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck will be featured at Epcot’s front entrance display, with the trio going on a butterfly hunt. Mickey Mouse and other Disney character topiaries will be on display in vignettes throughout the park.
As with 2013, Flower & Garden follows the example set by Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Approximately a dozen Marketplace Kiosks will be set up around World Showcase Lagoon for snacking and drinking while enjoying the spring sights, which will included themed gardens and illuminated gardens for nighttime touring.
Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House, the theme of the butterfly exhibit in 2013, will be home to hundreds of butterflies as well as topiaries that represent the “Peter Pan” fairy and her “Pixie Hollow” friends.
The 21st Flower & Garden Festival also offers these returning elements: gardening seminars; HGTV celebrity appearances during weekend seminars with home, garden and design ideas; the Disney-Pixar “Cars” garden and playground; children’s play areas; and the free Flower Power concert series. Special events will also take place over the course of the festival’s 75 days, such as the return of Art in the Garden Weekend.
For WDW guests new to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, the spring event includes more than100 topiaries, 220 floating mini-gardens, flower towers and blooming beds that showcase the theme park in all its colorful potential. Most of the festival – including programs, seminars and Flower Power concerts – are included with theme-park admission; Marketplace Kiosk food and drink are an out-of-pocket expense.