When the snow begins to melt (somewhere that it actually snows, that is), and the flowers start to bloom, that can only mean one thing: it is time for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival! The longest running festival at Walt Disney World begins Wednesday, March 6th and runs until June 3rd, making for 90 days full of blooms. This year including a seven-day-a-week Garden Rocks Concert Series that will total 270 performance by returning favorites such as the Spinners and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone along with some new to the festival like TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman, Eddie Palmieri and Colin Hay of Men at Work. But, of course, the true highlight of the festival is the actual flowers and gardens including the amazing topiaries throughout the park including the brand new Bo Peep and her sheep in preparation of the upcoming Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4.

This year, the merchandise is going to be flying off the shelves with three different stories that include Mickey, Minnie, and the breakout star of the past few years, Violet Lemonade. There is also a fourth brand and that is for the Walt Disney World Annual Passholders that star everyone’s favorite purple dragon, Figment.

Now, we all know it wouldn’t be an Epcot Festival without some amazing food. This year, the festival-themed eats and libations from the Outdoor Kitchens will have guests eating their way around the world every day.

For me, one of the must-have items for the past few years has been the Violet Lemonade, but this year a refreshing new option has been added in the form of the Little Orange Bird sipper cup with the scrumptious Orange Cream Slushy.

If you have been trying to figure a great time to visit Walt Disney World, now is the time. With the perfect weather and the thousands of flowers in bloom, you will find yourself lost in the beauty of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Make sure you visit FreshEpcot.com and start planting the seed to your best vacation yet.

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