The 19th annual Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival kicked off March 7th at the Walt Disney World® Resort with a huge splash of color. Walt Disney World’s® horticulture team showed off their green thumbs with the garden inspired from a scene of “Fantasia” in front of the park’s iconic Spaceship Earth.
Here are some fun facts on the front-entrance “Fantasia” topiary display:
- Comprised of 28 topiaries which is more than have been used in any front-entrance display! Those 28 topiaries include Sorcerer Mickey, three ostriches, two hippos, two alligators, two elephants, nine stars, a spiral and eight mushrooms.
- 22,615 plant plugs of 15 plant varieties make up the Fantasia front-entrance topiary. They include reindeer moss, red begonias, creeping fig ,Sweet Ayssum, and three shades of Lobelia, and Black Scallop Ajuga.
- 4,000 Blushing Bride air plants from Guatemala color the two hippos’ tutus and 300 Cotton Candy air plants from Peru feather the wings and tails of the three ostrich topiaries.
- 1,250 feet irrigation tubing is woven into the “Fantasia” front-entrance topiaries