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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with HGTV Stars

Get your spring on at the 18th Epcot Flower and Garden Festival from now until May 15. HGTV stars join Disney stars like Woody and Buzz Lightyear with decorative areas throughout the theme park.

Epcot Royal Waltz Topiary (c) Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks

Epcot Toy Story 3 Topiary (c) Walt Disney World Resorts and ParksThis year’s 75-day festival showcases more than 100 expertly crafted topiaries, and another show-stopper will be the brand-new “Cars 2” display at the World Showcase plaza, Darden says. Large floral topiaries of “Cars” characters Mater and Lightning McQueen will park their colorful chassis beneath a black-and-white checkered arch. To complete the scene, gardeners will create floral flags representing Japan, France, Italy and the United Kingdom – destinations of the car characters in the sequel due in theaters June 24.

I’m excited to have a chance to view all the amazing horticulture designs while attending the Disney Social Media Moms (#DisneySMMoms) event. During the festival, visitors can meet HGTV and HGTV.com celebrities on weekends and other experts seven days a week. Located next to Mission: Space in Future World, the center presents workshops and talks by a solid lineup of master gardeners, Walt Disney World horticulturists and a mix of TV and radio personalities, authors and educators.

Here are some of the fun attractions I’m looking forward to seeing. Of course, these are all in addition to enjoying adult libations at Disney around the world.

  • Bambi’s Butterfly House
  • Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden
  • Sustainable Beauty Garden by HGTV
  • Rapunzel’s Tower at the Tangles Magical Garden
  • and many scheduled events

Watch the preparation in this time lapse video of Toy Story 3 topiaries at Epcot.

More information about the 18th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is available by calling 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or by visiting disneyworld.com/flower. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission. If you’re planning a visit to Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks, be sure to check out our WDW travel planning section here on TravelingMamas.com.

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