While the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is similar to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, they are different in a lot of ways. The Flower & Garden Festival appears to be more family friendly and I love the focus on the environment. Here are my top Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Tips so you can have a wonderful time.
Celebrating 24 years when it kicks off March 1, 2017, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will jump-start spring with gardens of earthly delights plus new character topiaries, entertainers, and food and drink offerings.
The festival, which expanded to 90 days in 2016, will open with an irresistible array of fresh surprises and new treats.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Tips
Budget for Food and Souvenirs – The Flower and Garden Festival is somewhat a mini Food & Wine. Lots of tasty food options and some drinks. If you have the Disney Dining Plan many of the mini-meals are considered snacks. The Flower and Garden Festival has lots of different souvenirs you can buy such as things for your own garden, outdoor decor, and homemade soaps.
Bring Allergy Medicine – It might seem obvious, but if you are allergic to pollen and flowers then take allergy medicine. Flowers and topiaries are everywhere. They are beautiful and you don’t want to miss out on the fun.
Preview the Menu – Since there are probably more food booths than time, study the menu to see what you are most inclined to try. I hope this year they bring back the lavender lemonade, that was so good!
Schedule Playground Time – I so wish I was a little kid. These Disney Play Gardens are awesome! For 2017 it will include a new take on the “Cars”-themed garden introducing a new character topiary from the June 2017 release of the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3.” Music Garden Melodies play area will return with new garden and topiary elements. This is a great time for parents to relax and for kids to let loose.
Don’t Skip the Butterfly Garden – If you are able, visit the Flower and Garden Festival Butterfly Garden near the festival start. So many more butterflies! Since the butterflies are just kept in the tent by a lightweight chain curtain, butterflies escape over time.
Check the Concert Schedule – Just like the Food & Wine Festival the Flower & Garden Festival has a concert series. For 2017 the popular Garden Rocks concert series will expand to four days each week, with three concerts each Friday through Monday presenting pop musicians that span multiple genres over four decades. You can even get preferred seating with a dining package. More details will be available at epcotinspring.com.
What to See at the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
- The 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. (Related Post: 5 Must-Do Experiences for the Beauty & the Beast Fan)
- Another festival first will be a 6-foot-tall topiary of Figment, the feisty dragon mascot of the park’s Imagination! pavilion, perched atop a 5-foot-diameter ball fashioned from yellow Joseph’s Coat.
- The brand-new Epcot front-entrance topiary garden inspired by a vintage Walt Disney short film will spring to life with a floral-festooned maypole featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy and Pluto.
- Topiaries of Donald Duck and nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie will share Future World space in front of Spaceship Earth with Chip and Dale for a “Fresh Epcot” selfie and family photo opportunity.
- Anna and Elsa topiaries will return to the Norway pavilion festival landscape in celebration of the park’s new Frozen Ever After Nearly 100 festival topiaries in all will include up to 70 character creations such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp, Simba, Timon and Tinker Bell.
- On the way to the new Soarin’ Around the World film at the Soarin’attraction in The Land pavilion, guests can discover gardens featuring edible flowers, plants that benefit health and healing, and a pollinator paradise.
- Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms will transform the park’s landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.
What is your favorite part of the Flower & Garden Festival? Let me know in the comments!
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