As per usual, when one Epcot festival ends, details on the next festival get released, which means that we now have the first details about the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. This will be the 23rd year for the event which will take place for an unprecedented 90 days, from March 2 through May 30.
Each year, new and returning favorites help to make up this unique event. As far as what’s new for 2016, we’ll see a brand new front entrance topiary display featuring Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, alongside their Uncle Donald and Daisy in a display inspired by the 1943 comic book, “The Victory Garden.”
Also on display for the first time ever will be the Ranger Mickey topiary which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.
Located behind Spaceship Earth will be a new Floral Sun Garden which will feature golden colors and yellow “sunbursts.” At night, twinkling lights will shine.
For the little ones, there will be an innovative new play garden featuring the Fab 5, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald, in topiary form with musical instruments built into the outdoor climbing system.
Returning this year will be the popular Outdoor Kitchens, however, I am sure we will see some new culinary creations that will pop up this year. I’ll keep you posted when we find out just what delicious treats you’ll get to enjoy. Oh and make sure to pick up a Garden Passport to mark off which dishes you’ve tried.
A popular aspect of the festival is the topiaries and this year, Anna and Elsa’s topiaries will be able to be found at the Norway Pavilion. There will be around 100 topiaries to see this year, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, and Simba. At night, topiaries will be illuminated once again, casting a unique glow on the festival.
Returning again will be the Garden Rocks Concert Series. These concerts will take place in the America Gardens Theatre and will feature pop artists spanning four decades.
There will be more than 10 mini gardens featured this year with a new edible flower garden found near the Morocco Pavilion that will showcase petals with flavor. Another popular garden area returning is the Butterflies on the Go garden, which will showcase the story of the Monarch Butterfly’s journey and will feature butterflies emerging from cocoons.
Once again, at the Festival Center, guests will be able to enjoy weekend how-to gardening seminars, purchase festival merchandise, and more.
It’s certainly hard to believe, but the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will be here before we know it and this is just the beginning of what’s going to occur during this year’s festivities. I can say though that it’s already looking like it’s shaping up to be another stellar event.