4 Great Reasons to Visit the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

    Spring in Central Florida means that the flowers are in bloom over at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. From farm-to-table treats to classic tunes, here are 4 reasons to visit the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

    Vibrant flowers at The Epcot International Flower at Garden Center

    Epcot comes alive with the colors of spring.

    - Stephen Kubiak for VISIT FLORIDA

    Vibrant flowers in front of the Spaceship Earth geosphere (the big silver ball) at The Epcot International Flower at Garden Center

    Flowers are the stars of the show at the Flower & Garden Festival.

    - Stephen Kubiak for VISIT FLORIDA

    1. The Flowers

    Nature comes alive each spring in Florida and the Epcot Florida & Garden Festival is a great place to see it all. The stars of the festival are the flowers and you’ll find them all around Epcot. Here are some spots you’ll won't want to miss on your visit:

    The Floating Mini-Gardens, 225 planters drifting on the lakes between Future World and World Showcase, are perfect for a photo, especially if you manage to catch the monorail in the shot.

    Over 100 topiaries are created especially for the festival, with many taking the forms of popular Disney characters like Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.” These incredible living statues are located all around World Showcase and Future World, so be sure to grab a Garden Passport so you know where to find your favorite character.

    Insider Tip: Want to lean more about what it takes to put on the festival? Check out the Gardens of the World Tour, a 3-hour tour that explores what goes into landscaping for the festival.

    People in front of the Florida Fresh food stand at The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

    The Florida Fresh outdoor kitchen represents flavors from around the Sunshine State.

    - Stephen Kubiak for VISIT FLORIDA

    Signage for Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

    You'll be immersed in a beautiful spectacle of nature and flowers at the Festival.

    - Stephen Kubiak for VISIT FLORIDA

    2. The Food & Drinks

    Like the wildly popular Epcot International Food & Wine Festival held each fall, the Flower & Garden Festival brings the flavors of spring to guests with 13 outdoor kitchens. Here’s a small taste of what to expect:

    Sample some smoked swine at The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews where you can slample freshly smoked pork ribs as well as beef brisket while washing it down with Florida craft brews from Funky Buddha and Orlando Brewing Company.

    Savor the slings of the Sunshine State at the Fresh Florida kitchen which features locally sourced, farm-to-table ingredients and great eats like shrimp and stone-ground grits with andouille sausage.

    Insider Tip: It’s hard to keep track of everything you eat and drink along the way, so be sure to grab a Garden Passport when you arrive. It’s also a good idea to take a look at the food and wine offerings the day before you visit so you can pick out what you want to try in advance. Plan your day accordingly, as some of the food lines can get a little long.

    A racecar topiary at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

    There are over 100 dazzling topiaries to admire throughout Epcot.

    - Stephen Kubiak for VISIT FLORIDA

    A Mickey Mouse topiary at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

    Mickey goes green in this topiary at Epcot during the Flower & Garden Festival..

    - Stephen Kubiak for VISIT FLORIDA

    3. Special Kids Activities

    Aside from the usual attractions at Epcot, there’s plenty for kids to do during the Flower & Garden Festival.

    The Butterflies on the Go exhibit gives guests of all ages a chance to get up close to several species of butterflies. And if you’re really still, one may land on you.

    The festival has two interactive play areas, including Cactus Road Rally located near Test Track. Fans of the "Cars" films will recognize the topiaries of Lightning McQueen and Mater before entering the colorful play area.

    Insider Tip: Need to take a break and let the kids run out some energy? The festival play areas have covered spaces with chairs for the parents.

    4. The Music

    The Gardens Rocks Concert Series features the musical hits of yesteryear with classic groups like the Village People, The Guess Who and Herman’s Hermits. The live performances take place in the evenings at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 every Saturday and Sunday during the Flower & Garden Festival.

    Insider Tip: While the concerts are included with admission to Epcot, the limited seating at America Gardens Theatre can fill up fast. Be sure to arrive early so you can get a great seat.

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