The Walt Disney World Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot combines gardens, flowers, and amazing fresh foods at 15+ outdoor kitchens in the World Showcase. We think this is absolutely ones of the best festivals for families at Walt Disney World and a great way to experience all that Epcot has to offer. But what do you need to know to manage it all in a day or two? Thankfully we’ve pulled together this quick Flower and Garden Festival Guide. So what can you expect if you’re visiting the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot?
Make A Plan
The Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot runs each year between March and May. If this is your first Flower and Garden festival know that it’s actually the perfect festival to navigate for first-timers. Like other Epcot festivals it’s important to grab a map, or open your Disney My Experience App, and a passport. Every festival has a passport. This helps you identify everything you can experience. There’s information about shows, the concert lineup, and the menu’s for each outdoor kitchen available throughout the festival. And just so you can feel like a kid even at Disney’s most adult-centric park, there are even stickers to mark off each country as you visit them. Here’s what you can plan to tackle with the Flower and Garden Festival Beginners Guide!
- Outdoor Kitchens
- Garden Graze
- Kid’s Games and Gardens
- Global Gardens
- World Showcase Gardens
- Future World Gardens
- Specialty Gardens
See All The Topiaries
When you grab your map you’ll be able to see which characters are in which garden locations throughout the World Showcase and Future World. We like just walking the whole park to see everything. But if you have favorite Disney characters you’d like to make sure you see crafted in greenery, by all means plan a route based on the map! Every years these topiaries get a mini makeover, or a location change and new ones always show up, so this festival always feels new to us. Check out all the new things added happening this year!
- Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Broom, Ostriches, Hippo and Mushroom – Main Entrance
- Woody, Bo Peep and her sheep – Future World West
- Figment – Future World West near Imagination!
- Topiary Butterflies – Future World West
- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy – Between Future World & World Showcase
- Pluto and Chip ‘n Dale – Between Future World and World Showcase
- Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie – Showcase Plaza
- Buzz Lightyear – Future World East near Mission: SPACE!
- Bambi and Friends – Future World East near Mouse Gear
- The Three Caballeros (Jose, Donald and Panchito) – Mexico Pavilion
- Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion
- Troll – Norway Pavilion
- Dragon Topiary – Japan Pavilion near Torii Gate
- Pandas – China Pavilion
- China Zodiac Topiary Garden – China Pavilion in front of Nine Dragons
- Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi) – Future World West
- Snow White and Dopey – Germany Pavilion
- Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
- Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion
- Remy – France Pavilion
- Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – Between United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
- Peter Pan and Captain Hook – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger) – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses – United Kingdom Pavilion
Try All The Foods
It’s no surprise that we are avid foodies, and Disney is a foodie wonderland. We wait for the menus for any festival to be released each season just to see what delicious things we can look forward to trying next! For details and menus as they are released check out our Flower and Garden Menus for 2021 post, so you can start planning early. The best part about food at Flower and Garden that differs from the other festivals is that everything is fresh and garden derived. The dishes are crafted with ingredients you’d be able to find at your farmers market and its a great way to learn how to make new recipes that are actually good for you! Check out our favorite foods found at the festival.
Bring The Kids
Epcot may have its drinking around the world reputation but the Flower and Garden festival draws a different kind of crowd. There are so many reasons to bring the kids that you can take care in knowing that they will love it as much as you do. With rides like Mission: Space in Future World, and Frozen Ever After in Norway, you can be sure to find something more than just gardens to experience. There are also special games, and all the regular Epcot fun found at Kidcot stops. All to help keep the kids busy while you sample the fare. Be sure to read our tips if you’re bringing the kids to the Flower and Garden Festival.
Play Spike the Bee’s Pollination Nation Game
Another favorite thing Disney dreams up for each festival is a scavenger hunt game. In 2018 they introduced an awesome scavenger hunt that actually connected Spike the Bee to the plants that bees use for pollination. Every year since we get a new game and new prizes to look forward too. With the bee population nearing demise, we were thrilled they took to the opportunity to add a conservation game to the mix! If you visit the festival during Easter time they also do an Easter Egg hunt! This Egg-stravaganza runs through all the countries in the world showcase.
Visit the Special Gardens
The festival showcases tons of new garden ideas, and ideas each year. This year they highlighted beekeeping, housed a butterfly garden with butterflies, a rain garden, and a slew of hacks for using flower pots, wood and stone in your garden to make outdoor spaces. These gardens are usually tucked into the walkways between Future World and the World Showcase.
- Tropical Rainforest Garden at Mexico Pavilion – Discover the rich biodiversity of the Mexican rainforest and learn about its highly adaptive species.
- Extraordinary Orchids at Mexico Pavilion – Set eyes on these spectacular plants blooming in radiant color.
- Bamboo Garden at China Pavilion – Visit this garden to see bamboo in a variety of colors, patterns and sizes.
- Chinese Zodiac Topiary Garden at China Pavilion – Celebrate the year of the Ox in this inspired display of Zodiac animals, made entirely from dried plant material.
- Alpine Miniature Garden at Germany Pavilion – Appreciate the little things in this showcase of diminutive dwellings nestled in a forest of fine shrubs.
- Growing the Future presented by Murata Electronics at Germany Pavilion – Beginning in April, join our friends from Science from Scientists® in a fun and fascinating experience that explores how cutting-edge technology from Murata, paired with agricultural science, can transform the way we seed the future.
More World Showcase
- Garden Italiano at Italy Pavilion – From fresh spaghetti sauce to pizza toppings, this Tuscan kitchen garden features all the produce and herbs needed to create a classic Italian feast.
- Kokedama Garden at Japan Pavilion – Admire fresh expressions of an ancient Japanese art at this tranquil garden.
- Bonsai Collection at Japan Pavilion – Learn about the ancient art of bonsai, some of the finest living sculptures. Bonsai masters carefully shape and tend to these miniature works of art, creating peace and balance with the earth.
- Urban Spice Garden at Morocco Pavilion – Discover how Eastern cultures flourished, trading signature spices and herb blends, once considered more valuable than gold.
- English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London® – Unearth the history and art of tea blending at this elegant English Tea Garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion, featuring plants used in some of Twinings’ finest tea blends.
- Shakespeare Garden at United Kingdom Pavilion – Rediscover Shakespeare in this idyllic garden, featuring excerpts from some of the Bard’s most famous sonnets and the dazzling flowers that influenced them.
- Outdoor Escapes Presented by OFF!® Repellents at Future World East – Unwind in refreshing spaces that show just how easy it is to create an outdoor escape that brings family and friends together—no design expertise, huge budget or green thumb required! Note: closes at dusk.
- Floating Gardens – Peer upon more than 100 petite plots drifting on the ponds that border the walkway between Future World and the World Showcase.
- Festival Blooms – Admire thousands of flowers that form colorful, living panoramas overlooking Future World’s East and West lakes.
- The Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ® at Future World West – View a kaleidoscope of butterflies up close, in all their extraordinary color. Learn about butterflies’ lifecycles and maybe even see one emerge from its chrysalis. Note: closes at dusk.
- Prehistoric Garden at Future World West *NEW*– Imagine life on Earth 65 million years ago with astounding plant life that’s thrived since the age of the dinosaurs.
- Bold Bromeliads at Future World West by the Land
- Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth – Delight in a whimsical area made to inspire youthful energy and creativity! The whole family can learn ways to stay healthy at this Outdoor Kitchen and garden along the Imagination Walkway. Note: closes at dusk.
- The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™ at Future World – Learn about honey bees’ critical role in the environment, and enjoy sweet and savory treats made possible by their hard work. Located near Imagination! Pavilion.
Check out the Entertainment
This year there is a ton of new Entertainment coming to the Flower and Garden Festival. Check out everything to watch throughout your visit!
Jammin’ Gardeners (Canada Mill Stage)
Tap your feet to the syncopated sounds of the funkiest gardeners around.
Voices of Liberty (America Gardens Theatre)
Get swept away by inspiring vocal performances celebrating America’s spirit and beauty.
Mariachi Cobre (America Gardens Theatre)
Enjoy an exuberant performance of world-famous, traditional folk music.
Pianist (World Showplace)
Relax and enjoy a selection of songs of the season.
Note: Garden Rocks Series is Cancelled for 2021. The Garden Rocks series is a set of concerts. All with throwback bands in the evenings through the weekend at Epcot, that take place over at the America Adventure pavilion. People line up hours in advance for the more popular bands. So if you check out the lineup and find a group you like, get there early and stand in line. These really are fun concerts, but can get kinda packed. They run every week, with different bands throughout the entire festival.
Check Out The Merchandise!
Every Epcot festival comes with its own token merchandise and its awesome to see all the cool new things available each time a new festival rolls around- it’s every Disney lovers dream. In addition to the main gift shops, there are little kiosks all over the World Showcase that keep the festival merchandise on hand. We also love stopping in the Tea Shop over in the U.K. During Flower and Garden you can usually take advantage of a free tea garden walk and sample teas that are showcased during the festival! See the Flower and Garden Merchandise wrap up.
RIDE THE EPCOT RIDES
If there is any time to do the rides at Epcot, it’s during the Flower and Garden Festival. Since the festival runs from March through May you may have times when you need to escape the sun and an indoor rides. Here are some of our favorite EPCOT rides to add to your visit!
- Frozen Ever After | Norway
- Spaceship Earth | Future World
- The Land | Future World
- Soarin’ | Future World
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure | France
- Gran Fiesta Boat Tour with the Three Caballeros | Mexico
- Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-Long | France
Flower and Garden Festival Guide
No matter when you visit, hopefully this post has helped level set everything that happens at this festival. If you need more info check out All Our Posts about the Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World. Happy festival!