2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival to Introduce New Outdoor Kitchens, Topiaries and More

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If you’ll be attending the Flower & Garden Festival this year from March 1st to May 29th, then you will be in for a treat! Disney has announced that there are some new experiences that guests will be able to enjoy at this year’s festival.

The most exciting is the introduction of 2 brand new topiaries: Belle and Figment. Belle will of course be on display in the France Pavilion with The Beast, and is described as coming to life with sculpted facial features and her yellow ball gown created with golden blooming Joseph’s Coat plants.  Another festival first will be a 6-foot-tall topiary of Figment, the feisty dragon mascot of the park’s Imagination! pavilion, perched atop a 5-foot-diameter ball fashioned from yellow Joseph’s Coat.

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The Snow White, Anna, and Elsa topiaries will also return this year.

The main entrance topiary this year will be inspired by a vintage Walt Disney short film, and will spring to life with a floral-festooned maypole featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy and Pluto. Donald and Huey, Dewey, and Louie (along with Chip and Dale) will also return this year, located by Spaceship Earth.

The popular Garden Rocks concert series will expand to four days each week, with three concerts each Friday through Monday presenting pop musicians that span multiple genres over four decades. There will also be new Garden Rocks Dining Packages available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants. 

There will also be 2 new outdoor kitchens, though details on the menu items were not announced yet, so we will let you know when Disney announces that.

Reimagined interactive play gardens will include a new take on the “Cars”-themed garden introducing a new character topiary from the June 2017 release of the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3.” 

Another important change this year is that for the first time, the event’s Festival Center will extend operating hours from Wednesday, March 1 through Sunday, March 5. Throughout the rest of the festival, the center will be open each Friday through Sunday with an entertaining mix of gardening seminars and DIY workshops. 

Guests will also be able to experience special Earth Day activities and the Butterfly Garden will make its return as well!

Will you be checking out the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this year?

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