Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival is an annual celebration of Spring at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. It starts every year from March 1 to May 29th with fun-filled events and thousands of blooming flowers and 100+ topiaries to mesmerize any soul.
I visited Epcot this weekend and had an amazing experience! Here are some highlights of things to do at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival 2017.
1) Take a picture of 100 plus Topiaries throughout the park
This was one of my favorite part of visiting Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. You’ll see over 100 plus awe dropping topiaries of Disney Characters throughout the entire park and couldn’t stop yourself clicking their pictures.
My favorite topiaries were of Princesses Elsa, Anna at Norway Pavilion festival landscape and Snow White at Germany. Aren’t they cute?
2) Explore the magic of various gardens throughout the park
Flower and Garden Festival is the best time to see the Epcot’s glory in its full swing. You’ll see beautiful gardens throughout the park with blooming colorful flowers welcoming the Spring. Around 70,000 bedding plants surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens are set to afloat. Also, don’t forget to stop at Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House which is located in Future World!
3) Get yourself clicked with Disney’s photographers at iconic points
No trip to Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival would be complete without getting yourself clicked by Disney’s photographers at various iconic points in the park. You can even click pictures by yourselves at those places but if you want magical Disney’s shot of ‘Tinker Bell‘ sitting on your finger, then you should get yourselves clicked by photographers!
4) Attend Garden Rocks Concert
There are series of the concerts lined up on every weekend throughout the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Concerts take place at the American Gardens Theater. I attended Jon Secada’s concert and enjoyed it!
The lineup for 2017 is:
- March 3-4: Jon Secada (“Just Another Day”)
- March 5-6: Dennis DeYoung – The Music of STYX (“Grand Illusion”)
- March 10-13: The Pointer Sisters (“I’m So Excited”)
- March 17-18: Simple Plan (“Welcome to My Life”)
- March 19-20: Plain White T’s (“Hey There Delilah”)
- March 24-27: Night Ranger (“Sister Christian“)
- March 31-April 3: Little River Band (“Reminiscing”)
- April 7-10: Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice (“Spinning Wheel”)
- April 14-17: Gin Blossoms (“Hey Jealousy”)
- April 21-24: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO (“Evil Woman”)
- April 28-29: Exposé (“Point of No Return”)
- April 30-May 1: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn (“Take My Breath Away”)
- May 5-8: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas (“We Built This City”)
- May 12-15: The Guess Who (“American Woman”)
- May 19-22: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone (“I’m Henry VIII, I Am”)
- May 26-29: The Spinners (“Working My Way Back To You”)
5) Delight your taste buds with wide-variety of dishes, drinks and desserts at Outdoor Kitchen
Disney started Outdoor Kitchen due to the popularity of the Food and Wine Festival. You can experience various delicacies from food and beverage options to mouth-watering desserts throughout the World Showcase at Epcot’s Garden and Flower Festival. For more information, you can click here.
My favorite dessert was Strawberry Macaron ice cream in France!
6) Take tours if you’re fond of gardening
There’re two kinds of tours that are available only during Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival as follows:
i) Epcot Gardens of the World Tour
A 3-hour tour led by a Disney horticulturist. These are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9:00 AM to noon and cost $85.00, plus tax. You have to be 16-years-old or older to attend. You can book it by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.
ii) English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London Tea
This a free tour that lasts 20 minutes and takes place in the United Kingdom pavilion. Guests should register by signing up in The Tea Caddy in the UK pavilion.
Tips for visiting Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival 2017
- Arrive 30 minutes before the opening of the park to beat the crowd.
- The admission to International Garden and Flower festival is same if you’ve got a ticket for the park entrance. If you choose for Epcot Gardens of the World Tour, then you’ve to pay extra $85 plus tax.
- Take a rides Fast pass of Soarin, Frozen Ever After and Test Track.
- If you don’t get the fast pass of the above rides, try to finish these rides as soon as you enter the park because these rides always have a waiting time of more than 60 minutes usually. Even you should go for a singer rider for Test Track if you don’t get its fast pass to save the time.
- Don’t forget to get yourself clicked at various iconic spots by Disney photographers.
- Most important is have fun! Please understand that Disney’s parks are always crowded. You’ve to wait for rides, dining restaurants or meeting with characters. Don’t get irritated or frustrated but try to enjoy every moment because you’re at the Walt Disney World!
Do share your experience if you’ve ever visited Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival in the comments below? If not, what do you think about this annual Spring festival at Walt Disney World?
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