Flower and Garden Festival

Romance Blooms at Epcot April 21-June 11, 2006
For 13th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Love is in the Air for Disney Topiary Couples

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Donald and Daisy topiaries cruise through a floral tunnel of love while topiaries of Cinderella and Prince Charming "waltz" amid blossoms and greenery. Disney "sweetheart" topiaries based on decades of happily-ever-after classic stories add romance and whimsy to the 13th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival April 21-June 11 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Known by gardening aficionados for its celebrity guest speakers, hands-on seminars and planting demonstrations, the seven-week festival will take place in the park's Future World and World Showcase. Thirty million blooms, intricately designed floral beds, artfully crafted bonsai trees, lush rose gardens and more Disney character topiaries will grace the park's 300 acres. Nightly Flower Power concerts will rock the landscape with live entertainment from top acts of the 1960s and '70s.

Minnie's Magnificent Butterfly Garden, which debuted at the 12th annual festival, will return with hundreds of butterflies in a screened, walk-through enclosure and will include a live exhibit showing how caterpillars form a chrysalis and emerge as butterflies.

Themed festival events pump up the fun with the child-friendly I Dig Bugs weekend, Art in the Garden weekend and the time-honored Mother's Day weekend, among others. Other festival features include:

The Festival Center, where guests can find program guides and festival merchandise, as well as guest speakers and demonstrations.

The popular Great American Gardeners series, opening with Paul James of HGTV's "Gardening by the Yard," April 21-23.

A "see and sniff" Fragrance Garden at the France pavilion showcasing flowers in several perfumes.

Disney Gardening at Home presentations where Disney horticulturists share tips and secrets for at-home gardening.

Kids' activities, including the fun-filled Tinker Bell's Fairy Garden and Disney character meet and greets.

Themed Weekends

April 21, 22 & 23 -- Premiere - Be among the first to see the 13th annual Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival!

April 28, 29, & 30 -- Party in the Garden

May 5, 6, & 7 -- Art in the Garden - Get a unique look at nature through the eyes of "Plein Air" artists (May 6 & 7) and see one-of-a-kind works of art by Art in the Garden artists. Be sure not to miss the "Kid's Paint Out." (Future World West)

May 12, 13, & 14 -- Mother's Day

May 18 - 21 -- Teddy Bear and Doll

May 19, 20, & 21 -- Characters in Bloom - Bring the whole Family to experience a weekend full of character. More Disney Characters than ever will be springing up all over the park!

May 27, 28, & 29 -- Memorial Day (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) - Don't miss the chance to take part in an old-fashioned "field day" complete with fun games. Celebrate nature and the great outdoors and discover the joys of gardening!

June 2, 3, & 4 -- I Dig Bugs - Bugs are cool! Get a close-up look at unusual critters, beneficial bees and join in a "good bug" release. Learn about garden friends who help keep our plants healthy.

June 9, 10, & 11 -- Festival Farewell - Mark your calendars! Don't miss the last chance to enjoy the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival!

Flower Power Concert Series at the American Gardens Theatre
5:45pm, 7:00pm, and 8:15pm

Relax under the stars and enjoy great music from the '60s and '70s.
Entertainment Subject to Change without Notice

The Nelsons April 21-24
The Buckinghams April 25-27
Gary Puckett April 28-May 1
The Grass Roots starring Rob Grill May 2-4 (May 4 times To Be Announced)
Paul Revere & The Raiders May 5-8
The Association May 9-11
Davy Jones May 12-15
The Tokens May 16-18
B.J. Thomas May 19-22
Felix Cavaliere's Rascals May 23-25
The Guess Who May 26-29
Tony Orlando May 30-June 1
Arlo Guthrie June 2-5
The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie June 6-7
Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone June 8-11