'Frozen' characters join the 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival as it enters its 22nd year

Nov 21, 2014 in "Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival"

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival has only just wrapped up at Epcot, and we are already talking about Epcot's other big seasonal event, the Flower and Garden Festival. Taking place next year from March 4 to May 17 2015, the festival will be a 75 day long event in its 22nd year.

The 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will feature... you guessed it - Frozen! For the first time, Anna and Elsa will appear in topiary form. The “Frozen” topiary vignette at World Showcase Plaza will pop with color as Anna’s and Elsa’s icy world, illustrated with white and silver blooms of delphinium, alyssum and other floral varieties, transforms to a brilliant spring palette featuring Gerbera daisies, petunias, Sweet William and other flora.

Goofy will join new topiaries Chip and Dale at the main entrance display. A total cast of nearly 100 character topiary will be on display throughout the park.

The Outdoor Kitchens will return for the third year, giving guests a mini-food and wine festival experience around World Showcase. 

“This is one of our most ambitious festivals ever,” says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. “We’re telling stories we’ve never told before. You’ll get a fresh taste of spring — it’ll be like the first spring farmer’s market for America.”

Other experiences planned include:

  • A Southwest desert garden will premiere as a thriving ecosystem.
  • Ten new mini-gardens will surprise guests around every corner. Guests will discover a new “health garden,” a pepper garden, a dinosaur-plant garden and a Shakespeare garden, among others, each designed with a storytelling element.
  • Guests can discover the story of the Monarch butterfly’s epic journey across the continent and see butterflies emerge from their chrysalises at Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House.
  • A weekend concert series will rock audiences every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performers will include Gin Blossoms, Pablo Cruise, Village People and a lineup of top bands representing four decades of pop music.
  • Disney gardeners will lead weekend how-to Gardening Seminars at the Festival Center, where guests also can pick up signature festival merchandise.
  • When the sun sets, illuminated topiary and play gardens will glow brightly for an after-dark festival experience.
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Article Posted: Nov 21, 2014 / 9:27am EST