|Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Review |
Each year, as spring approaches, Epcot allows the very talented gardeners and horticulturists in their employ to, quite simply, go flower crazy. This year was certainly no exception.
Yes, everything and anything in the Disney universe has seemingly been turned into a topiary from the old favorites (Mickey and Minnie) to butterflies, fairies, trolls and even tigers made out of corn this can be found in China.
Future World is where you’ll find some of the more creative displays. As soon as you enter the park, Donald, Daisy and Goofy greet you with a display ‘celebrating the great outdoors’. As you wind your way past Spaceship Earth, you’ll find some of your favorite characters from the Lion King, including the iconic image of Rafiki raising Simba for display. Midway between Spaceship Earth and the entrance to World Showcase you’ll find a display of dolphins advertising Disney Nature’s upcoming film “Oceans” scheduled to be released in theaters on Earth Day (April 22nd).
Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden expanded and it was, arguably, the best of the exhibits on display. Worked into the Fairy Garden is a children’s play area (ages 2-5), which seemed pretty popular with the young ones practice of stomping on the flowerbeds. Also tucked back in this area is Princess Tiana’s Wedding Bayou.
The Butterfly Garden black plastic chains that form the entrance look more like you’re entering a medieval ‘butterfly dungeon’ and from the number of butterflies stuck to the screened enclosure, you could be forgiven for thinking that the butterflies feel the same way. Sadly, that’s where most of the butterflies were on the screen seemingly praying for release.
These creations aren’t easily conjured – they take months of careful planning and attention to detail something Disney’s ‘flower and garden’ team seem to do repeatedly, all year long, regardless of the event (or the theme park). Yes, there are many places that do great landscaping, and many of them do it creatively, but give Disney their due nowhere will you find such an epic display of creativity, color and beauty. It really is a sight to see.
2011 Flower Power Concert Series
- 3/4 - 3/6: Jose Feliciano
- 3/11 - 3/13: The Guess Who
- 3/18 - 3/20: Chubby Checker and the Wildcats
- 3/25 - 3/27: Melissa Manchester
- 4/1 - 4/3: Starship starring Mickey Thomas
- 4/08 - 4/10: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
- 4/15 - 4/17: Juice Newton
- 4/22 - 4/24: Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring The Nelsons
- 4/29 - 5/1: Paul Revere & The Raiders
- 5/6 - 5/8: Davy Jones
- 5/13 - 5/15: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Note: The concert schedule is subject to change without notice