Everyone knows that Disney World is the happiest place on this good, green earth, and this Spring, it’s about to get a whole lot greener. Through May 20th, Disney World is putting on the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which features themed weekends, special displays, designer presentations, extravagant topiaries, concerts and, as always, fun activities for kids. Almost all festival activities are free with admission to Disney World, so be sure to get your tickets early.
The festival is a colorful testament to the beauty and variety of nature, but is also a learning experience for both young and old. Designer presentations give expert advice on enhancing your home’s curb appeal, with experts from HGTV and DIY leading the discussion. Some of the informative lectures include “Lawn Problems and How to Avoid Them,” “You Too Can Grow Orchids,” and “Fantastic New Plants in 2012.” For information on maintaining your greenhouse, attend some of the lectures at the Greenhouse Stage. There will also be shows at the HGTV Theater daily, from 10:00 am to 5:00pm, and an “Ask an Expert” and “Plant Pointers” segment at the same times in the Festival Center.
Special displays are also scattered throughout Epcot. One such display is Bambi’s Butterfly House, where hundreds of native butterflies flock around the topiaries of your favorite Bambi characters. Be sure to check out Sustainable Beauty, a garden that showcases sustainable gardening ideas. At the English Tea Garden, learn about 12 teas and their history while touring the themed garden, which displays teacups of flowers and the aromatic plants that flavor one of the world’s oldest beverages. There are several unique gardens throughout the park, including orchids, a bonsai collection and a sand sculpture garden. Perhaps the most amazing of these gardens is the topiary collection, where you can see Mickey, the faries, classic Disney couples, Buzz and Woody, Lady and the Tramp, Lightning McQueen and Mater, all formed from greenery and flowers.
There are also several just—for-kids activities in the gardens this year. At Secret of the Wings, kids can play on the Weevos, a piece of equipment especially designed for 2-5 year olds, or explore the Cozy Dome, a cute hide-away that kids can crawl into or climb on top of. At the Haiti: Garden of Many Colors exhibit, kids get to create a colorful Hatian bus and cool off with some mango punch. At the Backyard Play Garden, the whole family can join in, with fun and healthy outdoor activities, a visit to the Backyard Fun Bunch Clubhouse, and ideas for adventures that you can have in your own backyard.
What better way to celebrate the springtime than with Disney’s International Flower & Garden Festival? All of the garden-related activities combined with Disney’s legendary attractions, the festival offers fun for everyone in the family. If you’re heading to Disney World, be sure to book a hotel early at a nearby location, like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Ramada Maingate West.