With the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival just around the corner, here are some bits of by-the-number trivia to brush up on before you attend:
- The festival runs for 90 days this year (March 2 to May 30), with more than 100 detailed topiaries and 1,000 native butterflies in the colorful butterfly garden.
- It takes 30 million blooms to put the “flower” in Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, with two complete crop rotations during the festival’s run.
- You can choose from delicious food items at 13 outdoor kitchens this year, including the brand new La Isla Fresca and Cider House kitchens and gardens. Overall, there are 50 beverage choices and more than 30 food items.
- 1943 is the year of the cartoon that inspired this year’s entrance topiary scene, which includes Donald and his three nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, in their Victory Garden. It’s made up of more than 30 varieties of flowers, plants, and other garden materials.
- The new Music Garden Melodies is a themed playground for kids featuring Fab Five topiaries,. It also has innovative play systems featuring interactive musical gadgets. At almost one-third of an acre, it’s one of the largest festival gardens.
- Anna and Elsa topiaries are at the Norway pavilion in a scene using 25 varieties of flower. Colors run the gamut, with reds, pinks, oranges, blues, yellows, and purples. Each of the character topiaries stands about six and a half feet tall.
- The faces of the topiaries use 25 different plants, grasses and mosses of various colors, including pink and red begonias, dusty miller, palm fiber, palm seeds, ficus and lichen. The topiary team also uses around 200 one-pound boxes of hairpins to attach plants and flowers to the topiaries.
- More than half a million plants, trees and shrubs are planted for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, and about half of those are annual blossoms installed just for the festival.
- Festival plants include 60 different species of trees, 47 types of palms, and 48 varieties of bedding plants.
- Over the course of the event, 78 hands-on gardening demonstrations and seminars will be held for guests.
- Forty eight– to nine-foot tall “flower towers” with an orange-and-green sunburst theme are scattered across the festival landscape.
- Out on the water boarding the walkway between Future World and World Showcase, you’ll see 200 floating mini-gardens made up of colorful New Guinea impatiens.
- Keep an eye out for 700 container gardens full flowers, herbs, plants and vegetables in clay pots, barrels and urns scattered all around Epcot.
- It takes 400 Walt Disney World horticulturists to install the festival landscape, including topiaries and exhibits, while 100 Epcot horticulturists maintain them. Overall, 24,000 cast members spend more than a year to prepare for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
- The Garden Rocks Concert Series features 13 bands known for their Top 40 hits across a four decade span. They include four new-to-the-festival acts: Blood, Sweat & Tears, Georgia Satellites, Darlene Love, and Brian Howe, former lead singer of Bad Company.
If you’d like to see some of the flowers that are already in place, go here. For an early topiary preview, jump here.