Hurry to Epcot before the flowers disappear! 3 Reasons Not To Miss the Disney’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Each year, we head to Walt Disney World Resort for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and each year I’m so glad we visited during this time! The weather in Florida isn’t as hot yet and if you aren’t a pass holder, there’s always a 3-day or 4-day Florida resident Discovery Disney tickets that will get you a few visits for a great price during the beginning of the year! There is so much to see and do at Epcot that for us it has become a way for us to ring in Spring! Here are 3 reasons why you should NOT miss this special Disney event! And it’s not too late as it lasts until May 29th!
- Topiaries. Of course the gorgeous gardens lined with beautiful flowers will steal the show at Epcot each year as their vibrant colors will paint the most beautiful scenery for you to enjoy, but the character topiaries will always be my favorite. The unique detail that goes into each character is amazing art. Taking weeks, if not months to perfect, each character topiary begins plant is carefully grown on a rebar frame that is modeled after a maquette of the character (a preliminary model). Horticulturists begin to place moss on the rebar and then begin to add flowers into a certain location, creating the character. A new generation of princess topiaries (Snow White, Anna and Elsa – the first to be designed and created with topiary facial features) will welcome a brand-new Belle topiary as fans remember her from the Oscar-winning Disney film, “Beauty and the Beast.” Located outside the France pavilion with the Beast topiary, Belle will come to life with sculpted facial features and her yellow ball gown created with golden blooming Joseph’s Coat plants. It’s truly magical to watch these characters blossom. A few of our favorites are Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs located towards the back of the World Showcase, Elsa and Anna located outside the Norway pavilion, and Donald Duck with his nephews, located new the Butterfly Garden. Of course, if you are as infatuated as we are with how these topiaries and flowers bloom so perfectly, you can even learn from some of the best at the Festival Center which will be open each Friday through Sunday with an entertaining mix of gardening seminars and DIY workshops. But make sure to keep your eyes (and cameras ready) as you walk through the festival as you’ll see so many fun topiaries as well as many ideas for planting produce and unique gardens! I can’t wait to start my own garden at home with all these ideas!
Insider Tip: For a small fee ($25 for adults and $20 for children) you can take a “Behind the Seeds” tour that will explore the future of agriculture and get up-close and personal with the critters of The Land Pavilion.
- Tastes. Each year, I look forward to sampling some of the finest fresh meals (and beverages) as the festival provides fresh, farm-market food and new beverage each year! Two new Outdoor Kitchens will join 13 returning Outdoor Kitchens where guests can sip and savor their way around the world, enjoying new dishes from each country as you stroll through the pavilions of the World Showcase. A few of our favorites that we recommend to try this year are the Desert Violet Lemonade (served at the Cider House Outdoor Kitchen) with a viola flower which we grow at the Land Pavilion. Try the Seared Scallops and a Maple Popcorn Shake from Northern Bloom, and for all you grown-ups, try the Founder’s Rubaeus Pure Raspberry Ale from The Berry Basket (both are new Outdoor Kitchens too!).
Insider Tip: Many of the Outdoor Kitchens are serving food for around $5 -$7 per plate. These are typically single sized portions, but if you are all up for sharing and tasting, you’ll definitely enjoy trying a few of the 15 Outdoor Kitchens at this years Festival.
- Tunes. What I enjoy most on a prefect spring day in Epcot, is grabbing a bite to eat, sipping a cold beverage and taking a seat in the America Gardens Theater while I listening to the bands that are playing at the “Garden Rocks” concert series. Music from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s will have you groovin’ with the whole family to classic tunes everyone will love. My kids love the concerts too! They have done an amazing job with curating the bands as they all play music we all love! The 2017 schedule is here and is poised to be the best line up yet. Insider Tip: Plan your day to be half way through the World Showcase at 5pm. If you really want a front row seat to the concert, grab a bite to eat and get seats for the first show which starts at 5:30 pm each Friday through Monday. Food and drinks are allowed into the theater. There are three shows each night- 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8pm.
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival happens each spring and shouldn’t be missed! And of course, while you are there, take a ride on Soarin, fuel your need for speed on Test Track, visit Anna and Elsa in the Sommerhus or try to find Nemo on The Seas With Nemo and Friends ride. It will be an amazing spring day for the whole family!
Visit EpcotInSpring.com for all the details on this special event.
Marisa Langford, GoodLiving® Healthy Kids Club Ambassador
Marisa is a Mama to 4 kids and resides in Tampa, Florida with her family. Connect with her online @TampaMama to learn more about Tampa Bay, things to do with kids, Florida family travel, lots of fun travel adventures as well as healthy parenting tips for living a full & happy life!