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#DisneyKids: Little Imaginations Spring to Life at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Spring is always a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World Resort with little ones, especially with the fun of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The annual event now has more activities than ever to delight, entertain and educate even our youngest guests.

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The festival’s whimsical topiaries featuring favorite characters are a great way for children to learn about different types of flowers and plants, while marveling at the elaborate detail in each piece. Fans of “Frozen” will be transported to Arendelle with a new scene straight from the film’s finale featuring Anna and Elsa. This year, families can turn checking out the topiaries into a kid-friendly game with an interactive Pinterest Pin scavenger hunt. Parents print the Pin at home and, once at Epcot, little ones can follow the map to discover topiaries of their favorite characters throughout the park.

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One of things my kids love the most about the festival is the presence of the creatively themed play gardens with state-of-the-art climbing equipment and hands-on activities. This year, there are two play areas: Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden and Cactus Road Rally Garden with Mater and Lightning McQueen topiaries. When the sun sets, the fun doesn’t stop thanks to illuminated topiaries and play gardens that glow brightly for an after-dark festival experience.

The butterfly garden returns this year, and Butterflies on the Go! offers kids the chance to see up to 10 species of butterflies up close, and maybe even watch them emerge from their chrysalises!

In addition to the daily fun, there are special events such as an Earth Day Weekend April 17-22 with nature activities for kids and families, Disney’s Animal Kingdom specialists on select dates, and a sand-sculpture creation to showcase Disneynature’s soon-to-be released “Monkey Kingdom” film. And don’t forget to pick up your Garden Passport, a festival favorite that’s fun for the whole family!

What do your children love about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival?

Comments

  • The best part is the addition of the “mini food and wine” with the additions of the food stations. The smoke house is the die for and who does not mind day drinking in 75-80 degree weather with basically no humidity (well we live in Florida and this means anything below 60%) Epcot Garden Festival is the best and my families favorite.

  • Julie: We cannot wait to see you, hope you can make it soon!

    Angela: HGTV is out, but we have plenty of expert presentations happening!

  • We are planning to be there for the first day it opens in 2016! Everything sounds so exciting and fun, can’t wait!

  • This will be so fabulous for my preschooler! I can’t wait to finally see the Festival in person and enjoy it WITH my family! 🙂

  • I can’t wait for this, Jamie! We really enjoyed it last year and the food!!! <3

  • The last few years there have been HGTV celebrities there doing presentations, will that still be the case this year?

  • I LOVE the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. It is my favorite time of year to visit. I love admiring the topiaries with my husband and kids.

  • We loved playing with our son in the themed play garden last year! I’m really excited to see what Disney has dreamed up this year! Thanks for the sneak peek!

  • Oh that just looks so beautiful! Someday I’ll get to WDW and see this lovely event in person.

    Do the gardens smell as good pretty as they look?

  • My husband & I are very excited to attend this year! Our first year to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival was in 2012 and many things have been added since then: food stations (like in the Food & Wine Festival) as well as the night time enjoyment. We can’t wait! Will be there on March 06, 2015!!!

    Thanks,
    Andrea from Las Vegas

  • During our visit for the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, our kids’ favorite park was Epcot. We took pictures with all of the topiaries (their favorites were the Muppets and Beauty and the Beast), walked through the butterfly garden, took pictures playing soccer with Goofy, and enjoyed all of the extra activities and play areas. Coupled with Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, it was the park our kids wanted to visit most often. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year’s festival!

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