Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing some of the magic you can expect at the 2017 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. This is our favorite event at Epcot. Find out what the adults can enjoy in our Grown-Ups Guide to the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.
Our first Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival didn’t have the fun Outdoor Marketplaces. The festival was still beautiful but the addition of food made it awesome. There isn’t as many options as Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival has but we consider that a plus. It means we can actually get everything we want. 🙂
There are two new Outdoor Marketplaces this year bringing the total up to 15. The Flower & Garden Festival is kind of like a mini Food & Wine Festival since there are alcoholic options at each of the marketplaces. There is a little something for everyone with mixed drinks, beer, cider, wine, etc. There are also a lot of good non-alcoholic options. The Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade is one of my favorites.
We didn’t make it to the festival last year so there are several booths that will be new to us. I think I’m most excited about Cider House. I tend to prefer cider over beer so I feel like this marketplace was put there just for me. The Florida Beer Company Caribe Blood Orange Tropical Hard Cider sounds amazing. I’ll update this post with our favorites after our trip next week. In the meantime, you can view the menus here.
The topiaries are the headliners at the Flower & Garden Festival. I’m always in awe and I can’t wait to see the Figment topiary. But there are also some cool exhibits and displays. I think kids of all ages will enjoy:
Those are just the tip of the iceberg. You can see the full list of topiaries, exhibits, and displays here.
There are two great tours that are only offered during the festival plus the Behind the Seeds Tour that is offered all year. They are all a fun and a great way to mix things up if you’ve been to the festival before.
You can find more info on the Gardens of the World, English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London®, and the Behind the Seeds tours here.
Visiting the Festival Center is always a must for us. It’s a fun place to geek out, even if gardening isn’t really your thing. Inside you will find exhibits, presentations and demonstrations on the Festival Center stages, and opportunities to meet Disney horticulturists, Master Gardeners and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Specialists. There is also a cafe and a shop with festival souvenirs.
The full schedule is available to download. During the first week of the festival, the Festival Center will open Wednesday, March 1 and each day through Sunday, March 5. After that it will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM—March 1 through May 29, 2017.
The 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 1 until May 29. Admission to Epcot is required but there is no additional charge to attend the festival which makes it a great time to visit. Don’t forget to pick up a passport! It’s a great keepsake and free souvenir.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | 2017 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Loop: