The Flower and Garden Festival opened yesterday to eager guests, young and old. There are many new items to see, a few favorites that returned, and new musicians for the Flower Power Concert Series. Even on opening night, in unusually cold weather, people were running around trying to see all of the new items of the Flower and Garden Festival.
Bringing Disney Pixar characters to life is one of the best things Disney does for the Flower and Garden Festival. Mickey and Friends and Phineas and Ferb join the other characters at the festival this year. The Brave Playground has been turned into the Land of Oz and the Pixie Hollow has been redone as Radiator Springs. Don’t worry! The fairies are still there. They are guarding the butterflies now in Tinkerbell’s Butterfly Garden. There are more than a dozen places for adults and kids to snack and experience new foods around Future World and World Showcase.
Like last year, topiaries dot the landscape from the entrance with Mickey and his friends and a yummy smelling grill to the classic princesses and their dancing partners around the World Showcase. The English Tea Garden is an excellent place for guests to learn the history and art of tea with a guided tour of Twinings teas. The tour begins at the Tea Caddy and happens two to three times in an afternoon.
The Flower Power Concert Series is held at America Gardens Theatre on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings with Mickey Dolenz starting off the festival. In March, guests can see Chubby Checker & The Wildcats, The Guess Who, and Nelson. One of the best things about the Flower and Garden Festival is the fact that the concerts, playgrounds, and presentations are free and open to the public.
Pick up your Garden Passport and check out the Flora, Food, and Fun at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival. If you want to compare experiences, you will most likely find us at one of the many kid spots, like the Land of Oz playground.