Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Guide

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Guide

The Walt Disney World Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot combines gardens, flowers, and amazing fresh foods in 18 outdoor kitchens in the World Showcase. As one of the best festivals for families at Walt Disney World, you can plan to see topiaries, listen to music and try new fresh foods. 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 is an annual festival and runs from March 2 to July 4, 2022.  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, the best way to start the day is to grab a map or open your Disney My Experience App, and a festival. passport. The Festival Passport includes information about shows, the concert lineup, and the menus for each outdoor kitchen. As a result, you’ll have all the info on hand and can check things off along the way. 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! 

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See All The Topiaries

When you grab your map you’ll be able to see which characters are in which garden locations throughout Epcot. We enjoy just walking the whole park to see everything.  But if you have favorite Disney characters crafted in greenery, by all means, plan a route based on the map! Every year these topiaries get a mini makeover or a location change, and new ones always show up. As a result, this festival always feels new to us. Check out what’s new at the Flower and Garden Festival. 

World Celebration, World Discovery & World Nature

  • Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Broom, Ostriches, Hippo and Mushroom
  • Woody, Bo Peep, and her sheep
  • Figment
  • Topiary Butterflies
  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy
  • Pluto and Chip ‘n Dale
  • Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Bambi and Friends

World Showcase

  • 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 the 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

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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 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 it’s a great way to learn how to make new recipes that are actually good for you! 

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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 of knowing that they will love it as much as you do. With rides like Soarin’, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and Frozen Ever After in Norway, you can be sure to find something more than just gardens to experience. Be sure to play Spike the Bee’s Pollen-Nation Scavenger Hunt Game. And of course, you can find 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.

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Play Spike the Bee’s Pollination Nation Game

Another favorite thing Disney dreams up for each festival is a scavenger hunt game. The Spike the Bee’s Pollen-Nation Exploration features all the plants that bees use for pollination. And every year we get a new game and new prizes to look forward to. With the bee population nearing its demise, we were thrilled they took to the opportunity to add a conservation game to the mix! And 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.

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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 the front of the park and the World Showcase. Therefore, be sure to add these gardens to your tour of the Flower and Garden Festival. 

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 Gardens

  • 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 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.

Global Gardens

  • 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.

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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! 

Garden Rocks Series (America Gardens Theatre)
The Garden Rocks series is a set of concerts. All with throwback bands in the evenings through the weekend at Epcot. As a result, people line up hours in advance for the more popular bands. These really are fun concerts but can get kinda packed. They run every week, with different bands throughout the entire festival. 

Jammin’ Gardeners (Canada Mill Stage)
Over at the Canada Pavilion, you can tap your feet to the syncopated sounds of the funkiest gardeners around.

Voices of Liberty (America Gardens Theatre)
Listen to this choir, and get swept away by inspiring vocal performances celebrating America’s spirit and beauty.

Mariachi Cobre (America Gardens Theatre) 
Our favorite band from the Mexico pavilion offers up an exuberant performance of world-famous, traditional folk music.

Browse The Merchandise

Every Epcot festival comes with its own token merchandise. As a result, new things are available each time a new festival rolls around- it’s every Disney lover’s 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.

Flower and Garden Festival 2020

Flower and Garden Festival 2020

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Ride the 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 July you may have times when you need to escape the sun. Luckily, you can escape to the indoor rides. Here are some of our favorite EPCOT rides to add to your visit! 

  • Frozen Ever After | Norway
  • Spaceship Earth | World Celebration
  • The Land | World Nature
  • Soarin’ | World Nature
  • 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. Meanwhile, we hope you have a happy festival!

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