We can smell the roses already.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
January 30, 2019
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This March 6th, the 26th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival commences, and it's shaping up to be one of the most amazing Disney World experiences to date. Running through June 3rd, the 90-day event will spotlight incredible gardening and floral design, and even "mini-gardens" floating on the lakes in Future World.

Here's what you can expect at this year's festivities, as shared in a recent company press release:

1. Bigger and better concerts.

The beloved Garden Rocks Concert Series is amping up the volume with artists performing three shows daily throughout the three-month festival.

2. Food galore.

As always, guests can look forward to tantalizing food. This year will mark the addition of several new outdoor kitchens and the presence of AdventHealth, which "will host a kitchen along with a nearby playground where the whole family can learn fun and interactive ways to stay healthy."

3. A special Toy Story garden.

Here comes Bo Peep and her sheep in the form of ornately designed shrubs in the Toy Story topiary near the Family Play Zone in Future World East.

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4. An enhanced Spike's Pollen-Nation Exploration.

This popular group scavenger hunt will feature new locations "along the garden pollination trail." If your travels to Disney land in the window of April 5th to the 21st, you can partake in the Eggstravaganza Scavenger Hunt, where visitors seek Disney character-themed eggs around World Showcase (while supplies last).

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5. A "Penguins" extravaganza.

So neat: "In celebration of Disneynature's "Penguins," opening April 17, a 9-foot-tall art sculpture made from recycled marine debris will be on display in Future World featuring an adult and baby Adélie penguin," the press release states. The installation is made by the non-profit organization WashedAshore.org, which creates "art to save the sea" in an effort to help people improve how they treat our precious oceans and waterways.

A returning highlight not-to-be-missed is the Goodness Garden Butterfly House with 1,000 native butterflies, certain to dazzle guests of all ages. Epcot visitors should also be sure to scope out the Kokodema Garden and Bonsai Collection in Japan, the Urban Spice Garden in Morocco and the Alpine Container Garden in Germany throughout the park's pavillions.

Between the giant penguins and live music, we're definitely sold on a Disney World trip this spring. Looking for more inspiration? Check out 10 things you should do on your Disney vacation.

For more information on the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, click here