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New features coming to the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

New features coming to the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival will offer additional Outdoor Kitchens, new Disney topiaries and a new musical play garden for 2016 which runs from March 2 through May 30, which is an increase of 15 days.

New Outdoor Kitchens

  • La Isla Fresca will expose guests to Caribbean flavors like Jamaican Braised Beef with Pigeon-Pea Rice and Jerk-Spiced Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa.
  •  Cider House will feature a Field Greens salad with greens harvested from The Land pavilion, heirloom apples, Stilton cheese, and dried blueberries
  • 11 other Outdoor Kitchens will include: Bauernmarkt, Fleur de Lys, Florida Fresh, Hanami, Jardin de Fiestas, Lotus House, Pineapple Promenade, Primavera Kitchen, Taste of Marrakesh, THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews, and Urban Farm Eats.

New topiaries

  • Huey, Dewey and Louie will join Donald and Daisy at the front entrance for a presentation that will be called the “Victory Garden,” which is inspired by a 1943 comic book of the same name.
  • Minnie Mouse and Pluto will be featured on the back side of Spaceship Earth with a Floral Sun garden with yellow sunbursts.
  • Ranger Mickey topiary garden in Future World celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service
  • Many other classic topiaries will return including Anna and Elsa moving to the Norway pavilion.

Harmony Gardens

  • The new hands-on Harmony Gardens musical playground will offer new Fab Five topiaries of “band leader” Mickey Mouse plus Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck.  The playground will offer interactive drums, chimes and xylophones where children can create their own music.  Safe net structures will allow for interactive play time and the popular Lightning and Mater topiaries will return with the Cactus Road Rally.

New Musical Acts

Bad Company is said to be coming to join the Garden Rocks concert series presented on weekends, but no date has been announced at this time.  Four weekends still haven’t been confirmed for the official concert lineup.

Edible Flower Garden

  • A new edible flower garden presented by The Land pavilion will offer petals with flavor.

Flower towers

  • Many flower towers reaching 8 to 9 feet in the air will add color will more than 70,000 bedding plans in Future World alone.  One the Future World lakes more than 200 floating gardens will spruce up the area.

Butterfly Garden

  • The always popular walk-through Butterfly Garden will return with hundreds of wonderful butterflies among many plants and flowers.  Children love this feature.
The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.  I’ll be on hand to provide many great photos of the beauty that is the Flower and Garden Festival, so follow along when it begins!

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Kim

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Suspicious that Ranger Mickey and friends may be stolen from Wilderness Lodge, which has been missing the Mickey Mouse who held the DVC sign, the buffalo out front and the geese at the entrance for some time now.

kennythepirate

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Sounds like you solved the mystery :)

Mandy Spall

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

Where is the location of the butterfly garden? We definitely want to add that to our plan for the day!

kennythepirate

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

Last year it was near Club Cool. I'll post when I see it's up

Aimee

Sunday 31st of January 2016

I've only been to F&W. April will be our first F&G . I'm so excited for your review!

kennythepirate

Sunday 31st of January 2016

thanks! I love all the pretty flowers and topiaries

Valerie Henrichs

Sunday 31st of January 2016

Do you know how much they have up ahead of time? Do they place everything over night the night prior? We'll be at Epcot on the 1st. I'm wondering how much of a preview we'll get.

kennythepirate

Sunday 31st of January 2016

Flowers and topiaries should be in place by then

Michele

Sunday 31st of January 2016

Can not wait to see it all May.

Sandy

Monday 1st of February 2016

I have been there a few times for F and G. It is awesome, but I never took the time to see the butterfly garden. I am going to take the time to see it and my kids will love the musical flower garden! I will have plenty of time since my favorite ride in all of Disney...Soarin is being refurbed!

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