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Beloved Disney World Festival to See New Additions This Year

The International Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT will see new additions of topiaries this year near the Park entrance!

Walt Disney Imagineering and the Walt Disney Company are constantly working to create and elevate the Guest experience at the Disney Resorts and the Disney Parks. Often this looks like upgrading and updating rides, or as in the case of the soon-to-close Splash Mountain, retheming them altogether. However, it can also look like updates to fan-favorite festivals like the International Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT, at the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida.

EPCOT Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth, Walt Disney World Resort/Courtesy of Disney

The Disney World website described the International Flower & Garden Festival held annually at EPCOT as a “springtime event abloom with brilliant gardens, fresh flavors, lively entertainment.” And this it is, with stunning gardens, living sculptures of Disney characters, and unique exhibits at the Disney Park.

This year, the festival will see the addition of topiaries inspired by the beloved movie and franchise Encanto, as reported by journalist Scott Gustin.

Check it out:

The festival, which will run from March 1-July 5, 2023, will feature all-new topiaries of Mirabel, Antonio, Isabela, and Luisa from Disney’s Encanto and will be located near the EPCOT main entrance. (As Disney Parks Blog reminded us, we don’t talk about Bruno!)

Disney Parks Blog also shared further details,

A new Princess Tiana topiary will grace The American Adventure. Plus, we also have returning favorites such as Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs; Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook and Tick Tock Croc; Figment; Anna and Elsa; and more.

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Anna and Elsa sculptures at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival/Courtesy of D23

The festival will also celebrate the return of the Garden Rocks Concert Series and will also allow Guests a lot of food and drink options with over 15 outdoor kitchens. Park-goers can also take in the gentle aromas and sights of spring with Blossoms of Fragrance presented by Scentsy on the bridge to World Showcase.  Last year, the festival also allowed Guests to enjoy a tour of the English Tea Garden in the United Kingdom Pavilion.

Guests should also note that to experience the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival, you must have both valid admission and a Park reservation for EPCOT on the same date!

Spaceship Earth, EPCOT

Spaceship Earth/Courtesy of Disney

More on EPCOT

EPCOT is one Theme Park of four Parks that the Walt Disney World Resort is home to. The others include fan-favorites like the Magic Kingdom. EPCOT is the Disney Park where Guests can “celebrate the stories that connect people and cultures around the world.” It’s home to lands like World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery.

EPCOT is also home to the famous World Showcase with eleven countries represented. Guests can find the France pavilion, the Germany pavilion, the Mexico pavilion, the China pavilion, the Japan pavilion, the Norway pavilion, the Italy pavilion, the United Kingdom pavilion, and more.

EPCOT also hosts many other fantastic festivals, including one on right now, the EPCOT Festival: the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, along with others like EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival.

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