Epcot - 2017 International Flower & Garden Festival Sneak Peak

The 2017 International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off on March 1 at Epcot. Whilst the 2017 International Art Festival wrapped up a few days prior to our visit and there was some overlap of one festival ending and another one beginning. Some of the 100+ topiaries were already out and whilst it may not sound the most exciting display to see, it's only because you haven't seen the Disney version yet! 

Disney characters will make up about 70 of the 100 toparies throughout the park. There will also be 200 floating mini gardens, dozens of flower towers, and of course, the colorful flower beds sweeping around the ponds. 

Fresh, farm-market food and beverage flavors will debut at two new Outdoor Kitchens that will join 13 returning Outdoor Kitchens. Two new kiosks to check out are Northen
Bloom which will be showcasing food from Canada, and The Berry Basket which will serve.....you guessed it....dishes with berries! Many of these menu items will be available for snack credits if you are using the Disney dining plan!

The new generation of princess topiaries will welcome a brand-new Belle topiary from “Beauty and the Beast.” she will be located outside the France pavilion with the Beast topiary. 

The following character topiaries can found throughout Epcot:
  • Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion
  • Bambi & Friends – Canada Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion
  • Belle – France Pavilion (NEW!)
  • Bromeliad Dragon  – China Pavilion
  • Buzz Lightyear – Mission: SPACE
  • Cruz Besouro (Cars 3) – Test Track (NEW!)
  • Donald, Daisy, Heuy, Dewey and Louie – Main Entrance
  • Fantasia – Future World West
  • Figment – Behind Spaceship Earth (NEW!)
  • Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
  • Mickey, Minnie and Pluto – Showcase Plaza
  • Panda – China Pavilion
  • Peter Pan, Tinker Bell & Pixie Hollow Fairy Houses – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Phineas and Ferb – Odyssey Bridge
  • Ranger Mickey & Friends – Future World
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany Pavilion
  • Stitch – MouseGear (Fountain Side)
  • The Lion King (Mufasa, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Sarabi, Simba and Timon) – The Outpost
  • The Three Caballeros – Mexico Pavilion (NEW!)
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom
  • Woody – American Adventure

I can't wait to come back in a few weeks to really see the festival in full swing! There will also be exhibits, seminars and how to demonstrations. I really want to take the English Tea Garden tour. It's a free, 20 minute tour of the tea gardens of the United Kingdom Pavillion. (Tours are typically held Monday through Thursday at 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, and Friday through Sunday at 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 6:15 pm, I am told the tours fill up quickly so it is best to sign up early at The Tea Caddy). 

So there is a quick sneak peak of this years International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Let me know if you are planning to go!

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