2018 Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival: Celebrating 25 Years

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Welcome to Epcot’s 2018 International Flower and Garden Festival!

Highlights for the 2018 International Flower and Garden Festival include:

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Special foods! Special drinks!!!!
  • Outdoor Kitchens offering delectable small plates, and flavorful non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages—along with several new food and refreshment kiosks
  • More than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries—including many totally original displays
  • Vibrant gardens, flower towers, wildlife habitats and walkways—some being presented for the very first time
  • Inspirational exhibits, seminars, how-to demonstrations and all-new farm-to-table dining experiences
  • Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands—with an assortment of debuting acts and dining packages
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Bring your camera!!

Kicks off today and runs through the end of May!

February 28, 2018 – May 28, 2018 – the extended 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot is amazing!

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2018 International Flower and Garden Festival starts today!
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Flowers, flowers, flowers!

There is a dazzling array of over 70 topiary displays, gardens and exhibits—each featuring seasonal designs or several popular Disney characters, including:

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Queen Elsa and Princess Anna.  Look at their hair!!!

Festival Blooms – Future World East and West Lake

Fantasia – Future World West

Ranger Mickey & Friends – Future World

Figment – Future World behind Spaceship Earth

Stitch – Fountain-side of MouseGear

Disney Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear – Near Mission Space

Disney Pixar’s Cruz Besouro from the – Near Test Track

Phineas and Ferb – Near Odyssey Bridge

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto – Showcase Plaza

Anna and Elsa – Norway

Bromeliad Dragon – China

Panda presented by Disneynature – China

The Lion King Featuring Mufasa, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Sarabi, Simba and Timon – The Outpost between the Germany and China Pavilion

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Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany

Lady and the Tramp – Italy

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Woody

Disney Pixar’s Woody – The American Adventure

Beauty and the Beast – France

Belle – France

The Three Caballeros – Mexico

Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom

Peter Pan, Tinker Bell & Fairy Houses from Pixie Hollow – United Kingdom

Bambi and Friends featuring Bambi, Flower, and Thumper – Canada

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Donald Duck
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Farmer Mickey and Minnie

Farmer Mickey & Minnie Located between Future World and World Showcase

Bambi & Friends Featuring Bambi, Flower and Thumper Located at the Canada Pavilion

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Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
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Lovely!  Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip dancing at sunset.
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The Lion King
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Beauty and the Beast

Yes, there are flowers, but there’s also special foods available during the festival!

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Wrist gift cards for Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, for eating and drinking your way around the world. 😉

THE OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Set up around the World Showcase, Outdoor Kitchens offer regional and national delicacies to sample and taste, with the emphasis on fresh-from-the-garden goodness. Small plates and beverages give guests the chance to try specialty recipes from many international locations!

Most dishes are in the $3 – $8 range. Don’t forget that many of these are available for a Disney Dining Food snack credit!

Our tip:  Plan on spending about $60 sampling all the cuisine.

The F&G Festival is so beautiful!
The F&G Festival is so beautiful!  (I took this photo on my cell phone last year!)  Over 200 floating mini-gardens in the bay!

THE FESTIVAL GARDENS

And, don’t forget to stop by and see the special butterfly pavilion and all the special gardens of the festival!

From Bonsai trees to butterflies, there’s a bounty of displays ready to capture your family’s attention and imagination. Highlights include:

Bonsai Collection – Branch out to the Japan Pavilion to cultivate an appreciation for an ancient art form that produces the most amazing miniature trees.

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The Butterflies on the Go pavilion
Butterflies hatching.
Butterflies hatching daily.

Butterflies on the Go presented by GoGo squeeZ – Float over to this happening habitat in Future World to get an up-close glimpse at several species of butterflies—they may even brush by your shoulder during the exciting walkthrough tour.

English Tea Garden hosted by Twinings of London – Ripen your knowledge of the art and history of tea during this 20-minute guided tour. Afterwards, capture the cutest photos of tea-flavoring plants tucked inside giant saucers that are strewn throughout the garden.

Floating Mini-Gardens – Gaze upon 225 petite plots drifting on the ponds that border the walkway between Future World and World Showcase.

Health & Healing Garden – Glide over to The Land to discover ancient plants that have the ability to heal!

Illuminated Gardens – See Epcot with new wonder as select Disney topiaries and Festival playgrounds all across the park glow with light as the Flower & Garden fun continues into the night!

Pepper Fire Garden – Think you can take the heat? Head to The Land Pavilion to peek at the world’s hottest peppers.

Prehistoric Plants – Spot examples of greenery that existed when dinosaurs roamed the earth at Future World East.

Purple Martins Presented by Audubon Florida – Stop and listen to the tranquil sound of this special species of songbird at Future World East. The Purple Martins arrived back at WDW last night!

Shakespeare Garden – Thou shalt adore matching up famous quotes to flowers found within this vibrant garden in the United Kingdom Pavilion.

THE MUSIC OF THE FESTIVAL

Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands with new acts added this year.  Always a crowd pleaser!

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New Magic Bands for the 2018 festival.  $32.99

MERCHANDISE

The Disney pin team has created several 2018 limited edition pins featuring the F&G topiaries.

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2018 Flower and Garden Festival pins.
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New 2018 F&G pin featuring Figment.

 

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So pretty!
So pretty! And the flowering trees are just starting to bloom!
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2018 F&G Festival mug

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Epcot France Pavilion in the late morning sunlight.
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Interested in Disney Bounding to the Flower and Garden Festival??? Here’s some ideas.
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Minnie Ears at Claires…only $10!

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Flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot
One last photo….Thousands of colorful flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot –  30 million blossoms!  We were waiting for the monorail to show up!

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