If you’re going to be enjoying a Walt Disney World vacation this spring, you’ll definitely want to schedule some time to explore Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. Everyone from expert gardeners to those of us without green thumbs can appreciate the astounding botanical displays, but beyond the flowers and plants, there are so many other reasons to check out the Festival.
With 15 food booths (called Outdoor Kitchens at Flower and Garden) and numerous demonstrations, tours, and displays, Flower and Garden is a must-do. But like the larger Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the Flower and Garden Festival can be a lot to take in. So your pals at the DFB have assembled some top tips to help you navigate this most beautiful of special events!
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Now to our TOP TIPS!
1. Know before you go!
With fifteen food booths at the Flower and Garden Festival, you’ll need a gargantuan stomach or a solid plan of attack in order to enjoy it all. And since we can’t help you with the stomach, we’ll tackle the plan instead. 😉 When Flower and Garden began on February 28, we were there to try it all — and to let you know what to eat and what to skip in our Best of the Fest! post.
2. Move to the beat!
Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival features terrific live music in its Garden Rocks Concert Series! Acts like Starship, Survivor, Smash Mouth, and Jo Dee Messina will light up the stage, and guests can enjoy the tunes in a few different ways. First, you can simply hang out near the American Gardens Theater stage and listen to the performances from afar.
Standby seating is also available for each day’s three performances, but you’ll want to line up early and be flexible about where you might score a seat. (Note that while some of the seating is under cover, most is not.)
The final option for enjoying the Garden Rocks Concert Series is to pair it with a dining package — breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Select Epcot restaurants are offering guaranteed seating with the purchase of the dining package. You’ll want to check out our full restaurant list with pricing so you know what works for you. Then all you’ll have to do is sit back and enjoy the show!
3. Check out the Special Events!
Aside from noshing on some creative eats and bopping to some energetic beats, you’ll also want to check out some of the Festival’s Special Events!
Tours are a fun way to delve into the Flower and Garden world a little more deeply and include such fun options as the Royal Tea Garden Tour (learn more about the plants and blooms that go into tea and enjoy a scone and cup of tea!), the Gardens of the World Tour (a three-hour walking tour led by a Disney horticulturist), and Behind the Seeds (a popular tour of the Land Pavilion’s projects that’s available year-round).
In addition to tours, visitors to the Flower and Garden Festival can also enjoy two family-friendly scavenger hunts!
4. Take your time!
Even with all the planning that can go into a visit to Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, our best advice is to take your time exploring the many, many floral and botanical displays. The topiaries alone could fill your day — and they’re worth a close look because they’re awesome from every angle!
And the blankets of flowers that undulate throughout the park? Please. They’re stunning. You have to stop to admire them.
So even if you forgo a tour or skip the eats (shock horror!), the Flower and Garden Festival is still a magical experience.
And if you’re already looking ahead to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, we’ve got you covered there, too!
What’s your favorite part of Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival? Tell us all about it in the comments!