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March 28, 2009

Epcot’s acclaimed Flower and Garden Festival returns for 2009.

By Blake

Originally posted March 28, 2009.

Every year for 75 days, Walt Disney World’s Epcot in Florida comes alive with a beautiful display of breathtaking flowers, enchanting topiaries, and an all-around magical Disney experience when the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival blooms throughout the park.

One of Walt Disney World’s most popular special events, the Festival takes place each year at Epcot from around mid-March through May and includes exhibits, demonstrations, concerts, and plenty of eye candy. The entire park is filled with magnificent flowers, each display designed uniquely with that extra Disney touch. The shocker? The event comes free with park admission, a rarity for many activities these days, especially when Disney is involved.

This year’s Festival officially kicked off on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, with an opening ceremony following on Saturday, March 21. The ceremony featured Epcot Vice President Dan Cockerell, as well as the director of the new fall 2009 movie Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Klay Hall, producer of Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Sean Lurie, and the Disney Fairies – Tinker Bell, Silvermist, Fawn, Rosetta, and Iridessa. The group opened a new-for-2009 area of the Festival, a Pixie Hollow-themed playground called the Fairy Garden. The area features topiaries of the Disney Fairies and is located near the Mouse Gear shop and Innoventions, just behind Spaceship Earth.

The theme for 2009’s Flower and Garden Festival is “Celebrate Springtime,” to coincide with Disney Parks’ “What Will You Celebrate?” 2009 promotion. This theme is abundant at the entrance to the park, where a vast display of Disney Princess topiaries celebrate Cinderella’s coronation as princess. The display is called “Cinderellabration,” which is also the name of the stage show that performed at the Magic Kingdom during the Happiest Celebration on Earth in 2005 and 2006. The “Celebrate Springtime” theme is also apparent in a new Lion King-themed series of topiaries in Showcase Plaza. Also new for this year is the Pirates Adventure Zone, a Peter Pan-themed playground featuring topiaries of Captain Hook and Tick-Tock Crocodile. Other returning favorites include Minnie’s Magnificent Butterfly Garden and the Future World “quilt” of flowers.

This year’s Festival center is again inside the Wonders of Life pavilion, which is located in-between the Universe of Energy and Mission Space. Although the attractions inside the Wonders of Life have been closed for some time now, the pavilion is still used as the center for the Flower and Garden Festival in the spring, as well as for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival in the fall. Inside, guests can hear speeches, see demonstrations, and purchase Festival-exclusive merchandise.

The sponsor of the Flower and Garden Festival this year is Disney Nature, which is releasing its first movie, Earth, on April 22 (Earth Day). A sand sculpture themed around Disney Nature has been built near Mouse Gear.

Lastly, the Flower Power Concerts have returned this year. All throughout the Festival, music groups will be performing in the American Gardens Theater during the weekends. Performers include Davy Jones, Chubby Checker & the Wildcats, Jose Feliciano, and more.

Filled with beautiful flowers, magnificent displays, and much more, Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival is a must-see for anyone visiting Walt Disney World from now through May 31.

By Blake; posted March 28, 2009. All images belong to Blake’s family.

Coverage of the 16th Epcot Flower and Garden Festival opening ceremony can be seen at:

Pictures of the many displays at the 16th Epcot Flower and Garden Festival can be seen at: