For the past 22 years, a sure sign that spring has sprung is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Starting back in 1994 as a small way to display the beauty and talents of the gardening department, this event has turned into a three-month celebration of the great outdoors.

Before jumping into the actual Flower & Garden photos we know no event would be complete without merchandise and this one is no different. Ranging from limited edition pins and a Figment MagicBand to plants you can take home yourself, there is no shortage of options to help make your wallet or purse lighter this year.

Of course, if the merch doesn't do it, again this year the outdoor kitchens return to offer guests a wide variety of fresh food and drinks as they enjoy the beautiful displays.

Now on to those beautiful displays Disney has grown this time around. Starting with the new main entrance featuring Daisy Duck, fitting I feel, and for the first time Huey, Dewey, and Louie along with Uncle Donald are featured in the Fresh Food, Fun, and Flowers display.

IMG_1083 IMG_1085Most of the topiaries and garden display throughout Future World are returning favorites including the Fantasia grouping, Butterflies On The Go presented by GoGo SqueeZ, and the Cactus Road Rally play area featuring Lightning McQueen and Mater from the Disney Pixar Cars films.IMG_0781 IMG_0779 IMG_0780 IMG_0782 IMG_1187 IMG_1117 IMG_1116 IMG_1107 IMG_1106 IMG_1105 IMG_1104 IMG_1100 IMG_1093 IMG_1088A few of my returning favorites have to be the Prehistoric Plants near Universe of Energy attraction and the smaller displays showing that plants can not just be beautiful but also helpful.IMG_1099 IMG_1199 IMG_1201On to the next page for the real star of the Flower & Garden Festival - World Showcase.