Though the rest of the country is suffering through a deep freeze, spring is in the air in Orlando, and the 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom. We stopped by Epcot on the anticipated annual event’s opening day (March 4, 2015) to bring you this photo tour of the flora and food of the this fan-favorite festival.
2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Topiaries and Displays
Here’s a small sampling of the dozens of topiaries and floral displays that currently fill Epcot’s Future World and World Showcase:
And finally, the topiaries you’ve all been waiting for…Frozen’s Anna and Elsa:
We wouldn’t want to forget everyone’s favorite oversized terrarium, the butterfly garden near Future World’s Coke-sponsored Club Cool.
The Tinker Bell theming and fanciful fairy houses are gone, but the more open arrangement makes for much better looks at the butterflies themselves.
2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Food Kiosks
In recent years, the food component of the Flower and Garden Festival has gradually expanded to the point that it is virtually a mini-Food and Wine Festival — which isn’t a bad thing if you love snacking around the world. The food kiosks for Flower and Garden are far less numerous, and the menus’ flavors are lighter (as befitting the warmer springtime weather) with an improved portion size vs. price ratio.
Here’s a complete look at the festival food kiosk menus, as you’ll encounter them traveling clockwise around World Showcase Lagoon:
2105 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Seminar Schedule and Passport
Weekday visitors may be disappointed to discover that the Festival Center in the former Wonders of Life pavilion is only open Friday through Sunday.
I struggled trying to find the weekend seminar schedule on Disney’s website, so here is a printed copy that was provided to cast members:
While there are no seminars scheduled during the rest of the week, you can still pick up this Festival passport from various locations around the park.
2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Merchandise
As always, the festival offers an array of branded merchandise and other money-spending opportunities.
And now for something completely different…
Finally, presented without comment: a video of the log rolling competition that is the climax of the updated Canadian Lumberjacks show. You can debate in the comments whether or not this is a worthy successor to Off Kilter…