During the month of January, I will be recapping my family's best Disney Memories of 2012. In January, my son had the opportunity to participate in the Flag Retreat at the Magic Kingdom. In February, we hit Blizzard Beach on a warm and sunny day. As I scrolled through the pictures of March, I found a lot of great shots from the resorts again, but the Flower and Garden Festival was the top Disney Memory for the month. The Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot has something for every member of the family. My children would have spent hours at the playground. Being a tea fanatic, I absolutely adored the English Tea Garden. To top it off, where else can you see a butterfly garden with Bambi and Thumper?
Pixie Hollow Garden was a magical place to walk through and a great place for the little kids to play and explore. All of the fairies made their “appearance” in Pixie Hollow, even the newest member of the fairy family: Periwinkle. My daughter and I ran all over Pixie Hollow identifying all of the fairies, their homes, and the special places we knew from Pixie Hollow. In front of each fairy, is a metal picture of that fairy so guests can create crayon rubbings of their favorite fairies. The play area that is there has the soft and squishy ground and great items to play on and climb.
After we visit Pixie Hollow, we tend to run straight over to Bambi's Butterfly Garden. As soon as guests walk into the butterfly house, they are surrounded by beautiful flowers and butterflies.
A few of the many topiaries featured at the Flower and Garden Festival are located in Bambi's Butterfly House including Bambi, Thumper, and Flower. The best part of the butterfly house is seeing a butterfly emerge from it's chrysalis or experiencing all of the butterflies near the end of the festival. It is amazing!
Tea! There was actually an English Tea Garden in the UK! Guests could take a 20 minute guided tour of the garden and learn about the 12 teas located in the garden. Guests registered for the guided tour at The Tea Caddy, which is exactly where I wanted to end up after brewing over which tea was my favorite in the garden.
The sand sculptures and topiaries of the festivals at Epcot are hands down the best I have ever seen. During the Flower and Garden Festival, sand artists created an incredible work of art for movie Disney Nature: Chimpanzee.
Music. Flowers. Experts. Like I said, there is something for everyone at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival. There were over 100 topiaries at last year's festival. The Flower Power Concert Series provided live entertainment and the seminars and workshops let experts teach guests about gardening and landscaping.
Looking at this year's festival line up, I am even more excited for this year than I was for last year. It is the 20th year for Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival and this year will be HUGE! There will be an illuminated garden for evening viewing, TWO playgrounds for the kids, one for Radiator Springs and one for Oz: The Great and Powerful, food kiosks in the World Showcase, and new topiaries! There is even a rumor of the butterfly house being turned into Fawn's Butterfly Garden! This year's festival opens on March 6th and I plan on hitting the festival after work on the first day it is open. Check out what's on the schedule for this year's Flower and Garden Festival.