PHOTOS - 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Mar 01, 2017 in "Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival"

2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival topiary tour
Posted: Wednesday March 1, 2017 7:30am EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

The 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is now underway, marking the 24th year of the event, and running for 90 days through to May 29 2017.

This year’s Epcot front-entrance topiary garden, “Welcome Spring Fun, Food and Flowers,” is inspired by a vintage Walt Disney short film featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy and Pluto.

Behind Spaceship earth, a new 6-foot tall Figment topiary can be found atop a 5-foot ball made from yellow Joseph's Coat.

New this year is a brand-new Belle topiary in the France Pavilion, featuring realistic facial features like the recently introduced Snow White and Frozen topiaries. Belle's yellow ball gown is created with golden blooming Joseph’s Coat and Creeping Jenny plants.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarf's return to the Germany Pavilion.

Anna and Elsa have a new home in front of Royal Sommerhus.

World Showcase plaza is home to butterfly topiaries.

Northern Bloom and The Berry Basket Outdoor Kitchens join 13 returning Outdoor Kitchens. Bites from Northern Bloom include Seared Scallops with French Green Beans and Butter Potatoes with brown-butter vinaigrette and Applewood smoked bacon. A Maple Popcorn Shake features Crown Royal Maple Whiskey. At The Berry Basket, the Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique can pair with the new Founders Raubeaus Pure Raspberry Ale. View all the 2017 Flower and Garden Festival outdoor Kitchen menus.

Garden Rocks concert series will expand to four days each week, with three concerts each Friday through Monday presenting pop musicians that span multiple genres over five decades. New acts this year: Simple Plan, Exposé and Berlin featuring Terri Nunn. View the full Garden Rocks performers line-up.

The festival this year runs through until May 29 2017 and is included with park admission. View the 2017 Flower and Garden Festival Passport guide.

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matt9112May 03, 2017

Lol the crowds that are attracted to epcot festivals are not the same ones attracted to Pandora....unless Pandora is a giant bar.

nelsonj3May 03, 2017

Thank you for your kind words! I actually prefer Flower and Garden for the simple fact that the crowds are calmer and more family friendly, even at night and on weekends. As you know, F&W can get pretty roudy on weekends at night.

21stampsMay 03, 2017

Just watched it. Wonderful video.. thanks for sharing! One of my girlfriends prefers F&G over F&W immensely.. we're going to F&W this year and she tried to convince to do Spring time instead.. it really is gorgeous! Someday I'll make it there.

nelsonj3May 02, 2017

I did a 4K UHD tour of the Flower and Garden festival over the weekend. Take a look if you're interested. :-)

RSoxNo1Mar 18, 2017

Typically, yes.

Shawn15pMar 16, 2017

Can you use dining plans at the outdoor kitchens ? Specifically snack credits ....

Tony the TiggerMar 13, 2017

We went Friday for just a few hours, no issues. The butterfly area was kind of empty, but as others have suggested, it's early in the season. Have reasonable expectations. If the food booths are generating cash, naturally they are going to focus on the food booths. It should be obvious there are going to be food booths either year-round or nearly year-round from now on. Fine by me. Speaking of which, try the corned beef at the UK! Loved it.

BlueThornessMar 13, 2017

Does anyone know if they are going to offer any kind of complimentary Passholder exclusive, this year, like the art cels from last year? I haven't seen anything about it, in the Passholder communications.

wdwmagicMar 06, 2017

I think the issue this year is more to do with the reduction in gardening exhibits, and the increase in food and drink. As you say, the topiary mix is about the same.

FigmentForver96Mar 06, 2017

They practically use the same topiaries every year. Why are people just now complaining :bored:

gmajewMar 06, 2017

I really hope not I did not go last year as we decided to try June for our summer trip and I will be honest Epcot was boring with out anything going on. The flower show and the food and wine are both big big draws and really makes the park as it is just another added level of entertainment. Now of course if they fixed the rides etc would it be necessary? I say yes as the countries are so much more then just rides.

wdwmagicMar 06, 2017

Nothing will significantly change about the festival though. The exhibits and displays are pretty much set in stone at this point.

IanDLBZFMar 06, 2017


JohnDMar 06, 2017

Are they also on the Epcot guides? (They used to do separate guides for the park itself and one for whichever festival it was. In recent years, everything got combined into one guide.)