Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Disney Misses Golden Opportunity at EPCOT Festival

Once again, The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival is underway at the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida, and once again Walt Disney Imagineers missed out on a fantastic opportunity to make the experience as magical as it could be.

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

All across the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow has been experiencing what many Disney Fanatics have called an “invasion” of Disney Movie IP, as the stories and characters blend into the framework of a place originally expected to be opposite of the Magic Kingdom. But, it is that IP that would, in fact, make the Flower and Garden Festival that much better.

As I have stated over the past year, I HATE Disney’s Encanto. But I will admit that one member of the Madrigal Family is missing from the festivities that she is known for. The Flower Girl herself, Isabela, should be center stage at this celebration not just as a topiary, but as a real human for a very special character meet and greet. But, for the second year in a row, Disney has kept that from us. But why? After all, she’s the one who makes flowers bloom. It only makes sense that she visits EPCOT every year to help make the festivities happen.

Isabela Madrigal, Disney's Encanto

Credit: Disney

But Isabela Madrigal is not the only appropriate character missing from the festivities. Disney’s previous “flower,” Rapunzel, is missing from EPCOT. This is the perfect opportunity for Rapunzel to greet Guests with all of the flowers in her hair as shown below.

Regardless, though, EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival is a springtime tradition that is not to be missed when visiting Disney World and there is plenty of magical flowery work to take in all around the World Showcase Lagoon.

La Familia Madrigal

Credit: Yahoo

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EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival will be here until July 5, 2023.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s and may not reflect the sentiments of Disney Fanatic as a whole. 

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.