The Walt Disney World Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot combines gardens, flowers, and amazing fresh foods in 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 that takes place every spring. 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 everything on the plan with this Flower and Garden Festival Guide.
Flower and Garden Checklist
- Topiaries and Gardens
- Fairy Gardens
- Global Gardens
- Specialty Gardens
- Outdoor Kitchens
- Garden Graze
- Spikes Pollen-Nation Exploration Game
Topiaries & Gardens
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.
One of our favorite New Things at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival is the Fairy Gardens! We love these as part of our Flower and Garden with Kids activities. You can find this outside of Germany and in the back courtyard of the United Kingdom. These little fairy houses at Walt Disney World were a beautiful new touch to the countries in World Showcase Epcot. We were also super excited to see the Flower and Garden Festival mini village in the Train display near Germany added to the miniature train village. Keep an eye out for these extra detailed sections of the festival.
While there are TONS of gardens across EPCOT during the Flower and Garden Festival some gardens are extra special and offer special plants, experiences, and outdoor havens. Global Gardens are New at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival each year, featuring a variety of themes.
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. Take time to meander through all the gardens, and you can get ideas for your own garden at home!
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 farmer’s market and it’s a great way to learn how to make new recipes that are actually good for you!
We love the Garden Graze! You can purchase five festival dishes from select locations and track your progress with Festival Passport stamps. Receive a complimentary commemorative keepsake upon completing the stroll. Here are the 2022 Locations to collect.
Check out the Entertainment
This year there is a ton of new Entertainment coming to the Flower and Garden Festival. Check out everything to see 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.
Play Spike the Bee’s Pollen 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.
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.
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.
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!