Family With Medals; RunDisney 10K; Stitch Hat; Lilo and Stitch Costume
  • On Dec 13, 2011
    Heather Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We visited Epcot last year during flower festival, and there were the most unusual and fascinating play areas that I believe were built for the festival. Will similar play areas be in place for our trip 3/19/12 - 3/24/12?

    Hi there, Heather!

    Epcot is so beautiful during the Flower and Garden Festival (F&G); the weather is warm and breezy, the smells of blooms mingle with the sweetness of the funnel cakes in the air ... ahhh. And in 2012, F&G is scheduled for March 07 - May 20.

    The commercial-grade play structures (which my children greatly enjoyed!) are sponsored by a company called Landscape Structures, Incorporated. According to their Web site, they have "partnered with Epcot® and its preeminent landscape architects to create magical play environments for children of all ages at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in Lake Buena Vista, Fla." since 2001.

    While there is currently no public sponsorship agreement between LSI and Epcot, there does not seem to be much reason to doubt the continuing relationship between the two. I spoke with a Cast Member at Epcot who told me that the structures were so popular, he could not foresee an end to having them available. That's not an official answer, but it's a likely supposition.

    Your best bet is to check the Disney Parks Blog for updates as F&G draws closer -- and, of course, the official site for F&G as well.

    Have a great time as you stop and smell the roses!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.

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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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