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Spring Blooms Bright at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

Darcy Clark

by , Disney Springs Marketing Manager

When you think of spring at Walt Disney World, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is likely the first thing that comes to mind. I agree, but lately, as I’ve been walking around Downtown Disney, I can’t help but notice that we’ve got a lot of colorful blooms sprouting up here, too.

My favorite, a Mickey and Minnie topiary that makes me smile every time I see it, is located near the Marketplace Fun Fountains and Earl of Sandwich. It’s the perfect photo backdrop to mark the season.


I recently had the chance to connect with Horticulture Manager Patrick Zusack to learn more about what it takes to keep the magic growing. Patrick’s dedicated team of seven cast members starts at early at 5 a.m. each morning – which makes sense, given their task of maintaining over 21 acres of irrigated landscaping. I’ve learned that there are over 25,000 bedding plants, more than 350 containers and 75 hanging baskets currently on display daily at Downtown Disney, all adding abundant seasonal color for our guests to enjoy while visiting the property. Patrick, a 25-year cast member, shares that the most rewarding part of his job is “wowing our guests and then seeing them take pictures of one another and utilizing our colorful garden as their backdrops.”

From flower beds in front of World of Disney to potted plants lining the new pedestrian walkway that connects Pleasure Island and West Side, floral fun abounds in all three Downtown Disney districts.


Be sure to keep an eye out for pretty petals during your next visit. In the meantime, check out the gallery below for a few of my favorite buds, then let me know which floral display at Walt Disney World Resort tops your list!


  • Mickey and Minnie look so welcoming!
    I went to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival last year for the first time, and loved it!
    I started a new tradition of taking just 2 of my 7 children for this shorter trip, and I really enjoyed experiencing Walt Disney World as a small group, for a change. I couldn’t get enough of all the beautiful topiaries and gardens. I think I took pictures of every display at Epcot. However, we never made it over to Downtown Disney that trip. Well, I’m taking 2 different children in just one week, for our second annual spring trip, and we will definitely visit Downtown Disney this time. We don’t want to miss this perfect photo opportunity with Mickey and Minnie!

    • Shanna, we look forward to seeing you next week! And there are plenty of great photo opportunities here — be sure to look for Brickley the Sea Serpent at the LEGO Store and the Cinderella statue outside World of Disney, in addition to the Mickey and Minnie topiary. Have fun!

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