by Lindsay Diamond
The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival kicked off last month, and the Disney fan community has had gardening and images of flora on the brain ever since. This month’s interest-based Disney vacations post is dedicated to those who love to garden!
Jungle Cruise- This attraction is a tour of some of the prettiest plants that line the rivers of the world.
Enchanted Tiki Room- “the birds sing words and the flowers croon..”
Swiss Family Treehouse- The view from atop this treehouse is the best of Adventureland, which is known for its lush plant life.
Gardens around the castle- Here you can find inspiration for specific flowers and various color combinations for your own flower beds.
Crystal Palace- Dining here is like eating in a greenhouse- pure bliss for a gardener.
Living with the Land- If I ranked these attractions in terms of relevancy to the interest, this would be at the top of my list. If you enjoy gardening, you must do this attraction. You will feel right at home and completely inspired, especially if fruits and vegetables are your expertise.
Japan- This pavilion features a beautiful tea garden, complete with a Koi pond.
Canada- The gardens in this pavilion located toward the entrance to Le Cellier are gorgeous. Unfortunately because of its “off to the side” location, many people miss it. Don’t be one of those people!
Garden Grill- This restaurant is perched up above Living with the Land. It offers healthy and fresh food and slowly rotates, giving you a peak of the attraction below it.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
Star Tours- Although the destinations featured in this attraction are fictional, the visual design and lush imagery is sure to invigorate your senses and gardening mindset.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail- The plants and wildlife here are abundant, just as they are in the rest of the park.
Discovery Island trails- As you enter the theme park, don’t head straight to an attraction. Take time to soak in the immense amount of green nature that surrounds you.
Polynesian- The plants at the entrance and lobby of this resort are breathtaking.
Art of Animation- This resort utilizes various plants to aid in the storytelling. It will give you great ideas on how to make your garden look like a coral reef or an African savanna.
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival- Attending this event in the Spring is a “no-brainer” for a gardener. There are amazing topiaries and delicious food, plus plenty of opportunities to learn about how to improve your garden at home.
Behind the Seeds Tour- This tour, which is offered year-round, is an affordable and simple way to learn the behind the scenes tricks used to create the healthy crop seen in Living with the Land.
Do you enjoy attending the Flower and Garden Festival? Has WDW’s landscaping ever inspired your garden at home? Comment below or tweet me @MickeyWaffle71 to share your responses or recommend ideas for future interest-based vacations.
Lindsay is a passionate writer and hopes to one day become a Show Writer for Walt Disney Imagineering or write scripts for Disney Animation Studios / Pixar. In addition to being a WDW Radio Running Team member, she has launched with her best friends Enchanted Rose Entertainment, which provides authentic character entertainment in her community for birthday parties, public events, and charity organizations.