We’ll ease back into Flower and Garden coverage with a tour of the Festival Center and perhaps save you a trip over, assuming of course that you visit on a day that it’s open. Unlike the Festival Center at Food and Wine, Flower and Garden’s is just open on the weekends from 10am to 5pm. It’s potentially not a huge loss.
You’ll find it in between Ellen’s Energy Adventure and Mission: SPACE on the Future World East side of the Park.
This may help you get your bearings. The store portion is off to the right and then there is are two stages to the left, one to the right, and then another right across the way behind what’s visible. The display chronicling the topiary construction is also straight ahead on the other side.
If you like orchids you might pop in to take a look around. Also pay attention to the area to the right of the pyramid in Mexico. That’s one nice thing about the Deluxe resorts I think that may be overlooked – all of the fresh flowers.
There is a small quick service area off to the right.
I am not real sure why anyone would order anything here, but the wrap and chicken salad might not be terrible. The wine prices aren’t terrible either – half as much as Italy for that prosecco.
The store area offers the full range of branded merchandise, in addition to a few third-party things that you might not easily find elsewhere. If you visit when the Festival Center isn’t open, the best place to find Festival merchandise is right along the main walkway up into World Showcase on the left. There are a variety of other popup stores around World Showcase and then some merchandise is also available in Mouse Gear.
If you’d like to take a look at the Flower and Garden Festival Passport that you’ll be able to pick up once you arrive in the Park, you can view the full PDF here: https://wdpromedia.disney.go.com/media/wdpro-assets/parks-and-tickets/tours-and-experiences/epcot-international-flower-and-garden-festival/F&G_Passport_2016.pdf. The list of speakers is then listed in this PDF: https://wdpromedia.disney.go.com/media/wdpro-assets/parks-and-tickets/tours-and-experiences/epcot-international-flower-and-garden-festival/F&G_Schedule_2016.pdf.
This is the “Fresh Epcot Stage” in the back of the building. The benches do not look particularly comfortable.
The Greenhouse Stage is off to the left as you enter.
Tom Maccubbin – “Garden Celebrity and Author” will be appearing here next weekend. I’m not sure where that falls on the totem pole in relation to Celebrity Disney Blogger. You’d have to think I’m somewhere near the top though.
Then finally, the Spotlight Stage which we see in this archival footage with shows at 1pm and 4pm. So if you are into garden celebrities you might take a peek to see who will be here. These shows are not typically popular and there’s room in the back to stand and take in the information as well.
The National Foliage Foundation, which is apparently a thing, had some sort of display or presentation or something here. It was already roped off before 4pm.
I didn’t do a very good job of taking pictures this year as we have to rely on archival footage of this area in the back as well. This is where you’ll find what is probably the main event of the Center – an exhibit about the construction of the topiaries:
I have always been under the impression that the topiaries were “dead” and merely dusted off every year after being taken out of a bag from some warehouse somewhere.
Only a couple of new topiaries are typically added each year. This year it’s Ranger Mickey.
And the nephews I’m pretty sure.
These are from Frozen Summer Fun, I think? My memory isn’t as good as it used to be. We will otherwise take a look around town at the others in due time.
There was a Disney-employed Garden Celebrity on hand to answer questions. And some history on Morgan Bill Evans:
So that’s what’s here.
Here’s a look at merchandise: