This year the Walt Disney World Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot runs March 4-June 1, 2020. And we cannot wait! And if you’re thinking you can’t take the kids, think again. There is so much for both kids and grown ups to do at Epcot and the Flower and Garden Festival. Games, classes, food and flowers. Here’s all the things we love for Kids at Epcot during Flower and Garden.
Topiaries at Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival
The main attraction at this Festival is of course, the flowers! Hence the name right?! I personally think the main attraction for every Epcot festival is the food, but what do I know. (It really is always about the food). Throughout all of Epcot, you can see beautiful topiaries of your favorite characters as well as bright and beautiful flowers everywhere! Such a gorgeous sight to see and really pictures don’t do it justice. But I took like two million too many, so here is a small sampling of some of our favorites!
Favorite Foods at Flower and Garden
The food here is set up just like the Food and Wine Festival as there are booths throughout the World Showcase with various menu items. This is a great use of snack credits if you’re using the Disney Dining Plan as some of these are a little higher priced. Just look for the little DDP notation on the menus! Better yet, many of the dishes are shareable with kids. So you save a little money and still get to try a variety of foods! Check out our Favorite Foods at the Festival!
Disney portion sizes are a little too large for us anyway(if there is such a thing!) so this really is a perfect way for us to get to try all of the delicious foods without having to worry about spoiling our appetites. We tried right around 30 snacks this time around and let me tell you, there is so much more good than bad at this festival. To see what we loved ( and hated), check out this post. We found a few we weren’t too impressed with, but for the most part it was all fun and delicious!
Kid Stuff at Flower and Garden
Springtime at Disney brings the Egg-Stravaganza Egg hunt, which if you head to Disney near Easter you’ll get a chance at this fun game. The eggs are hidden both inside and outside and let me tell you, a couple of them are super difficult to find!
Another fun thing Epcot has for the kids at this festival is a special Kidcot Garden Stop Field Guide to take around the World Showcase and get your autographs! Each page has fun info about flowers and a place for the respective country to sign off on. We love Kidcot Stops anyway because its such a fun interaction and we thought this was a fun addition to the Festival. And best of all, its free! Can’t get mad about a free souvenir. Just pick one up at any Kidcot Stop.
Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration Scavenger Hunt Game at Flower and Garden
And if you aren’t at Disney earlier in the season to take advantage of the Egg scavenger hunt game, you get to find spike the Bee instead! This cute game is set up the same and offers prize options at the end too. Check out our whole post on Spike’s Pollen Nation Scavenger Hunt Game!
Goodness Garden Butterfly House
There is nothing quite so magical as butterflies. The Goodness Garden Butterfly House presented by GoGo SqueeZ is located near FutureWorld, so be sure to stroll through. Walking through the greenhouse with butterflies flying all around is perfect for kids. To learn, to be inspired and a great way to get fun science-y conversations happening. You can even check out fun educational posters, information and more.
With no shortage of things to learn there are quite a few different types of gardens throughout the festival that showcase different cultures, methods and fun DIY. We prefer being in nature when we can be so it was kind of nice to become immersed in that while at Walt Disney World. You can even take a stroll down the Health Full Trail presented by AdventHealth . This family trail weaves through Epcot and highlights fun ways to stay active, while leading you to the most healthy food booths along the way!
Per the norm for Epcot Festivals, the Garden Rocks Concert Series is held Friday-Monday in America Gardens Theater. Admission is included in the price of your ticket, so see as many or as little as you want! You’ll probably recognize at least a few tunes from the old days and be able to introducec the kids to something new!
Park Areas and Playgrounds
Perfect for the little ones, there are pockets of run-around spaces, with playground equipment and loads of grass for lounging. If you need a break or somewhere to let the kids get out the extra energy head to Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds topiary garden and playground. You can locate the Bo Peep and her sheep topiary on the park map to find this park area.
Special Tours during Flower and Garden Festival
During the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival there are several tours you can take! The Behind the Seeds Tour is a regular tour that is always offered at Epcot and takes you behind the scenes at The Land Pavilion. During flower and Garden they even point out the different plants that helped contribute to the foods and topiaries. So cool!
And if the kids are up for sipping some tea, you can head to the Royal Tea Garden Tour that is offered before the World Showcase opens at 9:30 and ends with tea and scones. Its $15 and advance reservations are recommended. More info here. Or you can grab the free tea tour. Twinings offers a complimentary 20 minute tour of the English Tea Garden. Same day reservations are available at the Tea Caddy.
The Gardens of the World Tour is a little pricier and takes you behind the scenes of creating the beautiful festivals at Epcot. You can learn more about that tour here!
Some of our favorite merch that we find while at Walt Disney World is during the festivals! Check out the 2020 Flower and Garden Merchandise wrap up. They have so many fun designs and products that you can get only at the Festival. This year we noticed lots of mugs, tees and even Sorcerer Mickey Garden decorations! So cute! And, of course, the coveted Dooney and Bourke collection that you can only purchase within Epcot. Such a beautiful line!
Bringing Kids to the Flower and Garden Festival
Hopefully we’ve shared enough reasons for you to pick up the kids and head to Epcot! Check out the topiaries, play the games, listen to the music and try the foods! With Disney characters around every corner there is no shortage of fun, or magic to be had! Be sure to let us know your favorite kid-friendly things during the festival! Happy festival!