The flowers are in bloom for the 19th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort.
This year's festival runs March 7-May 20 and features the largest-ever Disney front-entrance featuring an eight-foot-tall floral Sorcerer Mickey topiary holding court in front of the park's iconic Spaceship Earth.
It takes more than one year and 400 Walt Disney World horticulturists to plan and prepare for the 75-day festival which includes thirty million blooms, 240 floating mini-gardens on two ponds, 700 container gardens of flowers, herbs, plants and vegetables, dozens of Disney character topiaries, 30 "flower towers" of impatiens and sweeping beds of original floral designs create a new tapestry of brilliant color across the 260-acre Epcot landscape.
Halfway through the festival, Disney gardeners remove the cold-hardy blossoms that thrive in March and early April to plant a new crop of flowers that flourish in spring's warmer temperatures. And throughout the event, dozens of gardening experts meet guests daily with fresh landscape ideas for 2012. Daily workshops at the Festival Center let guests dig into projects they can take home at the end of the day.
For more information about the 19th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is available by calling 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or by visiting disneyworld.com/flower . The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.