G and I just love Epcot. I know most people say their kids don’t really enjoy it, and maybe its because I never had her there when she was super young, but we’ve always really loved Epcot. Which makes me happy because its my second favorite park. So this year I had a very specific game plan to make sure we would be able to attend every festival at Epcot. We loved the International Festival of the Arts at Epcot in the beginning of the year. It was smaller and brand new this year, so we had no expectations but we ended up enjoying it very much and really hope we can make it again next year.
Next up the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. I cannot even tell you how excited we were for this Festival. I just love Spring and here in Ohio it always takes its good old time getting here. So away to Orlando we went!
This festival was by far my favorite I’ve been to. We end up at the Food and Wine Festival every year because of this little shindig at Walt Disney World called Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, that is my favorite thing ever, but we’ve never made it to the Flower and Garden Festival.
This time around it was just G and myself at the Festival so here’s a Guide to the Flower and Garden Festival with kids!
The Main Attraction
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!
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!
Ok so you have to understand something. Now that G is a little bit older, we have committed to a system that ensures we get enough to eat while still enjoying all of the foods available at the festivals. Basically all we eat during the festivals are the snacks at the booths. We share them and if we find one we really love, we usually go back for more!
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, check out this post. We found a few we weren’t too impressed with, but for the mostpart it was all fun and delicious!
We will be headed back to the Festival again in May, so we will keep you updated on anything new we find that can’t be missed at the food booths!
For the Kids
Whether you’re traveling with kids or are just a big kid yourself( I am lucky enough to fall into both of those categories), Epcot once again has a fun scavenger hunt. Since its spring, of course its in the form of an Easter egg hunt! We don’t want to ruin the surprise but here’s one to get you started.
This works the same way as with all of the other scavenger hunts at the festivals. You have to buy the map(this one is $5.99), find the Easter eggs and when you’re done, you can claim your prize! Ok so you actually don’t have to find any of the eggs to get your prize, but what fun is that?!
The eggs are hidden both inside and outside and let me tell you, a couple of them are super difficult to find! I actually had to ask a cast member for a hint in one of the countries and she told me everyone had been having trouble finding it. Some of them are way too easy though so I guess it all evens out right!?!
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.
The Festival has a pretty fun little butterfly exhibit that you can walk through and spend a few minutes in. It does get pretty crowded at times, but there are some fun and educational little exhibits throughout the tent.
There are quite a few different types of gardens throughout the festival. I prefer being in nature when I can be so it was kind of nice to get that in small doses while at Walt Disney World. I actually really loved this part of the festival and I felt like most people kind of just walked by. But then again, I’m somewhat of a nerd so gardens are pretty fun for me…..Seriously though, take the time to smell the Disney roses!!!!
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! For the full schedule, you can click here.
There are also a few other little shows throughout the World Showcase in the countries so keep an ear out for them. They were all fantastic and we loved seeing new performances every day we were there.
In addition, at certain times of the day, you can hear the vocal stylings of other very talented artists at the gateway right before you enter the World Showcase. So much fun!
During the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival there are several tours you can take! We didn’t get to participate this time, but we figured we would try some out when we go back in May.
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. Honestly this is one tour I’ve been wanting to do for a while and I just haven’t!
There’s a 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
The Gardens of the World Tour is a little more pricey and takes you behind the scenes of creating the beautiful festivals at Epcot. You can learn more about that tour here!
And finally a free tour! If you love tea, Twinings is offering a complimentary 20 minute tour of the English Tea Garden. Same day reservations are available at the Tea Caddy and are held Mon-Thurs 3:30 and 5pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, 3:30 and 5pm.
Some of our favorite merch that we find while at Walt Disney World is during the festivals! 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 decs! So cute! And, of course, the coveted Dooney and Bourke collection that you can only purchase within Epcot. Such a beautful line!
We even brought back a little magic to share with you guys in a giveaway so be sure to be following us on Instagram for details.
Throughout the World Showcase, there are also little booths set up with fun plants like succulents, bonsai trees and bamboo. They also have a selection of garden décor as well as chimes. Now’s your chance to grab a coffee plant!
Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is one I hope we can come back to every year. We had such a great time and loved everything about it! If you have the opportunity to attend the festival this year, I highly recommend it!
Have you gone to the Flower and Garden Festival this year or any year?? What were your favorite parts? We’d love to hear in the comments below!