The 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be making its annual appearance at the Walt Disney World Resort from March 1 - May 29, 2017. This family friendly event makes an already amazing Epcot theme park ever better!
Million of Blooms To EnjoyNo matter when you choose to visit the Flower & Garden Festival you will be greeted by an amazing array of flowers and gardens to enjoy. Some, like the ones pictured above are best enjoyed from the elevated view point that you get if you ride the monorail from the Ticket & Transportation Center to Epcot.
If you enjoy the landscaping at Epcot during the rest of the year, you will be in awe of the fantastic job that the Disney World horticultural team does for this festival. Everywhere you turn there are naturally colorful blooms and foliage to take in.
Topiaries, Topiaries, and More TopiariesOne of our favorite parts of the Festival each year is seeing all of the incredible topiaries. From fan favorites like Minnie Mouse & Mickey Mouse to Frozen royalty Queen Elsa and Princess Anna there are many to enjoy located throughout the Future World and World Showcase section of Epcot.
Each year the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival contains activities beyond just viewing all of the impressive flower, gardens, and topiaries. These include listening to the free concerts during the Garden Rocks concert series each weekend, gardening seminars that show you how to create some of the gardens and displays yourself, and food at one of the several Outdoor Kitchens set up around Epcot's World Showcase.
Music, Educational Seminars, and Food!
There are also special play areas and activities for the kids to enjoy.
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is free to enjoy with your regular admission to Epcot! This just makes it an extra special way to enjoy Epcot and a reason to book a Spring vacation to Disney World.
The Walt Disney World Half Marathon scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday January 7, 2017) has been CANCELLED!
In a move to protect Disney runner's safety they have cancelled the Disney World Half Marathon entirely due to the threat of lightning during the race which usually is host to well over 25,000 runners. This is a major disappointment for the thousands of runners that traveled to Florida from all over the world to participate in the historic 20th running of the Disney World Half Marathon.
Here are details from Disney World:
SATURDAY RACES CANCELLED
WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON WEEKEND
In an abundance of caution, the Walt Disney World Resort has cancelled all running events on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 due to weather conditions. This includes the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and the Disney Kids Races. In addition, the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo will delay opening until 11 a.m. While we share our Guests’ obvious disappointment, the safety of our Guests and Cast is most important. Weather tracking has indicated there is an elevated risk of lightning in the area of the racecourse. In addition, there are sections of the course that do not provide immediate access to shelter. Both of these factors have influenced this difficult decision.
All registered half marathon runners will receive their half marathon medal and may choose from one of the following options:
A full refund for their race registration in the form of a Disney gift card.
Two One-Day Park Hopper tickets.
Defer registration to another runDisney half marathon race in the U.S. within the next 24 months, subject to availability.
We can offer limited availability to run the full marathon on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 during the regularly scheduled race.
All registered runDisney Kids Race runners will receive their Kids Race medal and a full race registration in the form of a Disney gift card.
A new Disney World Discount Offering a FREE Quick Service Meal per day for everyone in your room with a multi-day package at a Disney World Value Resort makes planning your Summer Vacation even easier.
Enjoy a FREE meal per person (ages 3 and over), per night at a select Walt Disney World Resort quick-service dining location when you buy a non-discounted 5-night/6-day room and theme park ticket package at a Disney Value Resort hotel.