Spring 2014 is officially here, at least according to the equinox.

For those areas still dealing with cold and even snow, my apologies.

If you want to visit a place that definitely looks like spring has arrived, head over to Epcot, and take in the 2014 Flower & Garden Festival. The festival runs from March 5 – May 18. The year 2014 marks the 21st year for the event.

More Food

Last year, Disney introduced what they are now calling “outdoor kitchens” (basically recycled, in a good way, food kiosks from the Food & Wine Festival).  A new arrival for this year is the Urban Farm Eats location, which is inspired by the movement of growing your own produce.

More Music

Artists perform as part of the Flower Power Concert Series on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This year you will be able to take in groups including the Alan Parsons Project, the Guess Who, and the Village People (how about a little YMCA?).

More Celebrities

HGTV stars, including John Gidding from “Curb Appeal” and Alison Victoria from “Kitchen Crashers”, will make plenty of appearances

More Flowers

Of course flowers and topiaries are always a big part of the festival, and there are plenty to see all around Future World and World Showcase.

You can also check out some of the World Showcase topiaries, but here we will take a look at the topiaries that adorn Future World.

Donald and friends welcome you to Epcot.

Donald and friends welcome you to Epcot.

Here is a beautiful display in the shadow of Spaceship Earth.

Here is a beautiful display in the shadow of Spaceship Earth.

Mickey with a new butterfly friend.

Mickey with a new butterfly friend.

Minnie with her signature bow.

Minnie with her signature bow.

Pluto looks as excited as always.

Pluto looks as excited as always.

Tow Mater sits near a play area for kids.

Tow Mater sits near a play area for kids.

Big smiles from Lightning McQueen.

Big smiles from Lightning McQueen.

Buzz Lightyear looks right at home near Mission: Space.

Buzz Lightyear looks right at home near Mission: Space.

The topiaries are illuminated and beautiful at night.

The topiaries are illuminated and beautiful at night.

More Fun – Win a 2014 Flower & Garden Trading Pin

Win this limited edition 2014 Flower & Garden Trading Pin!

Win this limited edition 2014 Flower & Garden Trading Pin!

Would you like a limited edition, 2014 Flower & Garden Festival Trading Pin?  Just send an e-mail to me at [This sweepstakes is over.  Congratulations to the winner, Brian from Ohio!].  I’ll add you to our mailing list (if you aren’t already on it) and enter you into a drawing. I’ll then select a lucky winner on or around April 4, 2014. I’ll request your mailing address, and then send a prize to you. It’s that easy! This give-away is open to everyone, everywhere.

Please note you need to send an e-mail in if you would like to win this particular prize, even if you are on our newsletter mailing list or if you have entered other drawings in the past.

Would you like to win a Flower & Garden Disney Trading Pin?