Frozen Topiaries at the 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Anna and Elsa in full floral splendor appear in a topiary vignette straight from the hit Disney® film “Frozen” at the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Elsa works her magic to conjure a colorful spring garden in the World Showcase Plaza scene that’s wired to twinkle by night. Copyright Disney (Matt Stroshane, photographer).

The 2015 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival begins on Wednesday, March 4 and will continue through Sunday, May 17.

This year, Anna and Elsa topiaries from the animated movie “Frozen” will make their first appearance at the festival.  Other new topiaries this year include Disney® classic characters Chip and Dale, Goofy, Daisy and Pluto.

Last year, the popular princess pair had their character meets moved from the Norway pavilion to the Magic Kingdom® while the old Norway ‘Maelstrom’ ride is converted into a “Frozen” ride that is expected to open in 2016.

Although Disney World® recently raised its single-day / single-park admission prices, Florida residents can still purchase a 3-day ticket for $139 or a 4-day ticket for $159 which can be used now through June 5, 2015 (with the exception of a blackout week during March 30 through April 9).

What else is new this year at the 2015 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival?

Ten new gardens, including a healing-and-health garden, a pepper garden, a dinosaur-plant garden and a Shakespeare garden, among others, that are each designed with a storytelling element.  Also, a Southwest desert garden will premiere as a thriving ecosystem.

Fresh new menu items will debut at the festival’s 11 Outdoor Kitchens. The new Botanas Botánico Outdoor Kitchen between France and Morocco pavilions will showcase treats like Cachapas with Farmer’s Cheese, a sweet yellow corn pancake, and Seafood Ceviche with shrimp, scallops and grouper with mango and avocado.

For the third festival year running, guests can taste garden- and spring-inspired tapas-sized food and beverages, see how the ingredients are grown and have their complimentary Garden Passports stamped as they stroll the World Showcase promenade.

The former “Flower Power” Concert Series is now titled the “Garden Rocks” Concert Series and will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre stage.

Here is the 2015 Garden Rocks Concert Series lineup:

March 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy” (New to this festival)

March 13-15: NEW! Pablo Cruise “Love Will Find a Way”

March 20-22: En Vogue “Free Your Mind” (New to this festival)

March 27-29: Starship “We Built This City”

April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”

April 10-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”

April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day” (New to this festival)

April 24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”

May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart” (New to this festival)

May 8-10: NEW! Little River Band “Reminiscing”

May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”

March 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy” (New to this festival)

March 13-15: NEW! Pablo Cruise “Love Will Find a Way”

March 20-22: En Vogue “Free Your Mind” (New to this festival)

March 27-29: Starship “We Built This City”

April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”

April 10-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”

April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day” (New to this festival)

April 24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”

May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart” (New to this festival)

May 8-10: NEW! Little River Band “Reminiscing”

May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Returns

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Fresh flavors, lush gardens, lively entertainment and more await you as the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival returns to Walt Disney World® Resort March 4-May 17, 2015.

Delight in a dazzling array of Disney-themed topiaries, including a new Disney character topiary saluting the blockbuster animated film, “Frozen.” Plus, new Chip and Dale topiaries will star in two whimsical Epcot front-entrance “Goofy About Spring” floral vignettes.

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The Orange Bird

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The Orange Bird, Disney’s feather friend, was created in 1970 as a mascot for the Florida Citrus Commission, a former sponsor of the Sunshine Tree Terrace at Magic Kingdom® Park — a refreshment stand where you can find a delicious blend of vanilla ice cream and citrus slush. When the sponsorship ended in 1987, Orange Bird flew to retirement, much to the disappointment of his loyal fans. 28 years later, Orange Bird made his return flight home to Adventureland® Area! To prepare for his happy homecoming, the original Orange Bird statue that proudly stood over the Sunshine Tree Terrace in the 1970s was located, deep in the Disney Archives, and shipped to Walt Disney World® and restored to its original condition and location.

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