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Hawkeye Blog May 2013 May 11, 2013

One of the largest flower extravaganzas in the world has to be the annual International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot which occurs every March, April and May. The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow or Epcot was a dream of Walt Disney, originally to be a model community of tomorrow with about 20,000 inhabitants. He wanted to show how technology and innovation could improve the quality of life for all. After his death, however, the concept was shelved but the park is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement through innovation and international culture.

It opened October 1, 1982 on 300 acres, twice the size of the Magic Kingdom. It had almost 11 million visitors in 2011 making it the third most visited theme park in the United States. During the Festival there are over 100 topiaries, figures of Disney characters throughout. The intense colors of the myriad flower beds are almost overwhelming. The combination of natural beauty combined with the seemingly endless creativity of the Disney staff make for a memorable experience.