Nothing brings in spring in Orlando like the start of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. If you're looking to shake off your winter chills then warm up with this ten-week celebration of the great outdoors with colorful blooms, towering topiaries and tasty treats.
From now through May 17, 2015, Epcot is transformed into a springtime paradise with imaginative landscape designs, helpful gardening tips and fresh flavors that excite all of the scenes. See our top tips of what's new for this year including the debut of the Queen Elsa and Princess Anna topiaries.
#1. "Frozen" has debuted at the festival with Disney's first Anna and Elsa topiaries. See the royal sisters up close in a brand new garden filled with flora and colors that bring to life the final scene from the Oscar-winning film.
#2. As you enter the park, pause and pose with the larger than life topiaries. New for this year, Goofy, Daisy and Pluto welcome guests with some gardening frolicking.
#3. For some ideas on how colors can brighten up your home garden make your way to the Gardener's Palette to see the living color wheel.
#4. New for this year, guests can learn about creating a thriving Southwest desert garden with a variety of cacti in the Cactus Road Rally.
Bonus Tip: Your favorite "Cars" characters can also be found in the Cactus Road Rally along with a fun playground for the kids.
#5. Mike and Sully's Monstrous Garden returns to this year's festival with a new after-dark twist. Guests can continue their fun at night with the new illuminated topiaries and playground area.
Bonus Tip: This is the most popular place where kids can have a monstrous time on a playground straight from the campus of Monsters University.
#6. The Butterfly House returns this year and is always a breathtaking respite not to be missed. This walkthrough environment is filled with hundreds of colorful butterflies fluttering about.
#7. Urban Farm Eats has grown this year to include even more fresh ideas for urban gardening and edible plants including a contained tilapia fish farm.
Tasty Tip: A new Quinoa vegetable "naanwich" with arugula pesto and oven dried tomatoes joins their returning Ghost Pepper dusted Tailapia paired with the Crispin Blackberry Pear Cider.
#8. Welcoming guests into the France pavilion are topiaries representing the iconic Beast and Belle characters from "Beauty and the Beast."
Tasty Tip: France's Fleure de Lys food kiosk is serving a Pulled Duck confit, paired with a Large Strawberry marshmallow macaron and La Vie en Rose St-Germain Vodka Slush.
#9. The new Botanas Botánico Outdoor Kitchen between France and Morocco pavilions features a menu of exotic garden colors and food flavors from South America.
Tasty Tip: Our must eats from this brand new menu are the Seafood Ceviche with scallops, grouper, mango and avocado along with the White Corn Arepa with braised beef and Chayote slaw. Pair them with the classic Venezuelan fruit drink called the La Tizana.
#10. Returning this year at the American Adventure pavilion are the classic outdoor tastes of The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews.
Tasty Tip: Back by popular demand is the "Piggylicious." This treat made famous in last year's festival is a bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzel crunch.
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