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Construction tour video of Epcot Flower and Garden Festival: Event starts March 5

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Show officially starts on March 5, but I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview a few days ago. I saw what most guests never get to see: what goes on behind the construction walls as the gardening staff busily prepares for the big day.

Join me on the tour in the video below. It was led by Horticulture Manager Eric Darden and Horticulture Area Manager Heather Will-Browne (fun fact: Will-Browne is one of the original Walt Disney World Cast Members):

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Another cool part of the tour was visiting the Soccer Goofy topiary, which doubles as a photo op. It wasn’t quite done during the tour, but you’ll get the idea:


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I also learned in more depth about the Gardener’s Palette garden:

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I hope these videos whet your appetite to head out to the festival during its March 5 to May 18.

Locals’ Secret

This one isn’t practical if you only visit Walt Disney World once a year. However, if you have the luxury of visiting more often, come at the beginning of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Show and then return toward the end. The gardeners are continually replacing plans and sprucing things up as the warm weather replaces winter’s last chill. Thus, you’ll get to see many differences between the start and finish.

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