If you haven’t heard us say it enough, Flower and Garden is our favorite festival at Walt Disney World. It’s fresh, it’s fun and it is the best way to pull us out of our Ohio winter slump. The sight and smell of the spring flowers, the bright, beautiful foods and the impressive topiaries created each year just keep calling us back again and again.This year we decided to brave the start of the Spring Break crowds and visit our favorite festival again. Once Disney back up and running be sure to check our top tips for how to handle the crowds at Walt Disney World.
Remy in France and Remy’s Ratatouille Recipe!
New Topiaries at the Flower and Garden Festival
Some of the new topiaries at the Flower and Garden Festival this year were just darling! Miss Piggy takes over a spot in the U.K., next to beloved Kermit. Remy takes the cheese in France in a larger than life topiary. Just another addition as Epcot France prepares for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Be aware though, this topiary gets some LONG lines, so if you’re hoping to have your photo taken with it, or if you just want a photo of the topiary itself, get there early.
Another one of our favorite new topiaries is Bo Peep and her sheep! We are so happy to see her join fellow toys Woody and Buzz and you can find them near the playground area near Test Track in Future World.
Along with the new addition of Bo, they’ve added a super fun play space for kiddos, so be sure to check out this space if you’ve got little ones.
New Garden Destinations at the Flower and Garden Festival
By now you guys may know, we are big into conservation and love all that the Disney Conservation Fund does around the world. So we loved the new sculpture from Washed Ashore representing a mother penguin and her baby, created by using trash found in the oceans. It’s informational and a really cool way to bring awareness to conservation. This was also a pretty popular exhibit while we were there, so to avoid the crowds, again we recommend you go EARLY.
New Fairy Houses
Also new in the UK is the addition of gorgeous little fairy house gardens. We found some right outside of Germany and in the back courtyard of the UK area. Be sure to check out these very detailed little houses nestled into the landscape. We were super impressed with how much effort seemed to be involved here to get these mini gardens up and ready for the festival. So pretty!
New Foods at the Flower and Garden Festival
The new kitchen on the block was the Magnolia Terrace kitchen in the American Adventure Pavilion. Home of the pecan cake we know and love, this menu item was changes this year. No longer including chocolate, the pecan cake was still pretty good, BUT the pecan praline wasn’t that great. While there were plenty of new foods to be had at the Flower and Garden Festival this year, not all of them were delicious so be sure to check out our foods to skip list. Of course, you guys know, we always try a ton of food in the name of research at these festivals, so we were bound to find the good ones! Here are our top 10 favorites.
New Merchandise at The Flower and Garden Festival
With every festival comes more opportunities to cash in your 401(k) and drop it all on new merchandise! Here are a few of our favorites from this year! Here’s a look at the Flower and Garden Festival Merchandise!