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Epcot's Butterfly Garden
Epcot' s Butterfly Garden
The annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has a number of attractions depending on your particular needs. However one that seems to appeal to visitors of all ages is the Butterfly Garden. This appears every spring and the name may change slightly each year depending on who is sponsoring it for this year. Currently it’s called Tinker Bell' s Butterfly House and is presented by HGTV. Although it is a relatively small display area compared to some other exhibits it still has a large Wow factor.
This year Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House is located near the Imagination Pavilion on the walkway towards the World Showcase. However it does move around each year but so far has always been set up on one of the green areas between the main entrance and the World Showcase.
Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House is a walk through attraction that shows you butterflies in natural surroundings. The butterfly house is always a nice calm place to stop and relax for a while. As the temperature is controlled to promote the butterflies hatching and growth it is never too hot. The butterflies are free to fly all over the place and will even land on you. I would say that spending around 15 minutes in here to watch the butterflies and take some photos would be about right for the average person. However if you’re an avid photographer then you will want to spend a lot longer. They even have cocoons on display at different stages of development. Some are always ready to hatch so if you are lucky you may see a butterfly being born. We have seen a few people setting up a tripod to take a series of time lapse shots. If you plan to do this then you should always check with one of the Cast Members as a courtesy.
Even if you are not an avid photographer you should get your camera out as it is almost impossible not to get some wonderful shots. You do not need to worry about getting too close as in the wild. If I didn’t know better I would think that Disney had given them training on how to pose for the visitors. In fact it’s quite funny to see people take their first shot from some distance. They then move a bit closer and take another until finally the butterfly is in danger of being pushed of the leaf or flower by the camera lens.
There are normally a few Cast Members around most of the time and they are very knowledgeable so it’s worth stopping if you have any questions.
You enter and leave through chain curtain so do be concerned if you let any of the butterflies out. In fact Disney actually wants them in the park to help with flower pollination.
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