Where Magic Blooms!
Springtime is here, and at Walt Disney World Resort, that means another family-friendly event has arrived! EPCOT Theme Park has been welcoming guests to EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival since March 2, but you are still in time to check out all the fun they have to offer until July 4, 2023. What is EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, you ask? It just so happens to be EPCOT’s annual festival that brings stunning gardens, topiary statues of beloved Disney characters, live entertainment, food booths with exotic foods, and activities for all ages. The theme park is adorned with beautiful vibrant flowers, which makes it one of the best times to visit the park.
If you are planning a trip to Orlando, Florida this spring, we recommend checking out the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Here are our main reasons why you should still check out this incredible annual event!
Top Reasons to Attend EPCOT’s Brilliant Festival
Admire the Topiaries
Discover breathtaking topiaries of familiar Disney characters and adorable animals around the park. Some of the character topiaries that you will find this year include Anna and Elsa in the Norway Pavilion, Beauty and the Beast at the France Pavilion, and Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey, and Louise by the Bridge to World Showcase.
View the Global Gardens
For the plant lovers out there, make sure to check out the vibrant gardens across the park and learn about the different ways we can live in harmony with nature! Admire more than 150 floating gardens on the ponds located by the border of the bridge to the World Showcase and the colorful flowers that form living panoramas for the 50th Anniversary Celebration. At Bambi’s Butterfly House, admire butterflies up close and digest everything about butterfly lifecycles. Last but not least, check out the Honey Bee-stro to learn everything about bees and their role in the environment.
Discover the Outdoor Kitchens
Get your appetite ready for the Outdoor Kitchens! EPCOT is known for its diverse food options, and during the International Flower & Garden Festival, you can experience the fresh flavors from around the world. Some of their mouthwatering menu items include Potato Pancakes with Caramelized Ham, Onions, and Herb Sour Cream from Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market at the Germany Pavilion, and the Southern Seafood Boil from the Magnolia Terrace at the American Adventure Pavilion. If you are a foodie, the Outdoor Kitchens is something you can’t skip!
Shop Festival Merchandise
Bring souvenirs and gifts back home from your day at EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Shop from themed festival merchandise, including the Original Florida Orange Bird, which features apparel and accessories, the Mickey Mouse Home Garden, which includes home garden-inspired items, and Figment’s Garden, which has fun apparel, accessories, and drinkware.
Participate in Scavenger Hunts
Bring the family together to explore EPCOT like never before by participating in one of their fun Scavenger Hunts. Purchase a map with stickers at select merchandise stores for $9.99 and collect nectar and pollinating gardens with Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration. Take part in the Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Hunt by purchasing your map and stickers for $9.99 on select merchandise locations and hunting for Disney-themed eggs across the theme park. Don’t forget to bring back your completed map for a fun surprise.
Enjoy Live Entertainment
Catch live artists and enjoy the beats at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion! EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival includes the Garden Rocks Concert Series that features different artists taking the stage each night. The extensive list of artists you could catch live consists of popular names such as Thelma Houston, the Simple Plan, Plain White Ts, and Daughtry!
Visit the Rides
After enjoying your day at the festival, make sure to visit the fun rides available at the park. Ride fan favorites like Mission: SPACE, a thrilling simulator that brings you on a journey through space, and Frozen Ever After, a song-filled boat ride that takes you through Arendelle, the world of Frozen. You can’t forget to ride the newest attraction at EPCOT, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, located at the France Pavilion. Shrink down and join Chef Remy in this 4D ride that brings you through the busy kitchen at Gusteau’s restaurant!
Go Around the World
Aside from the incredible food booths available for the festival and the rides we have mentioned so far, there is still so much to see at the World Showcase Center! Stroll through the different Pavilions, including the United Kingdom, Morocco, and Mexico, and experience the rich culture of each country. Shop, drink, eat and enjoy the new stunning nighttime spectacular show, Harmonious. This show takes place in the World Showcase Lagoon and features popular Disney movies like Moana, Coco, Mulan, and The Princess and the Frog.
○ How long is the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival?
EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival started on March 2, and ends on July 4, 2022.
○ Is the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival free?
Admission to the International Flower & Garden Festival is included with your Disney theme park ticket!
○ Do we need a reservation?
Park reservations are required for theme park admission. Reservations can be made with the Disney Park Pass system.
○ Are there live concerts?
Yes! If you plan on catching a live show at the Garden Rocks Concert Series, we recommend arriving early at the America Gardens Theatre as these concerts are popular and fill up fast.
○ What food is served at the Flower and Garden Festival?
The Outdoor Kitchens brings creative and exotic food offerings that will make your mouth water. Menu items include hearty dishes, breakfast food, delicious desserts, and refreshing drinks! Some popular food items include: The Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese from the Framer’s Market at Germany Pavilion, the Tuna Tataki Bowl with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado and Pappadam Crisp from the Citrus Blossom near Port of Entry, and the Enchilada de Mole Negro from Jardin de Fiestas at Mexico Pavilion.
No matter the time of the year, EPCOT at Walt Disney World is ready to welcome guests to incredible festivals, exotic food, family-friendly activities, and thrilling rides. Visit EPCOT and take advantage of the International Flower & Garden Festival until July 4, 2024. You can also check out our Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2023 guide. BestVacationDealz offers affordable vacation packages to make your dream Disney World Orlando vacation a reality. Take advantage of one of our Best Hotels Near Disney World offer.
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