The great thing about Walt Disney World is that there is something for everyone. That means that the adults get to have a little fun too! Find out what the big kids can enjoy at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
Our first Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival didn’t have the fun Outdoor Kitchens. The festival was still beautiful but the addition of food made it awesome. There are 15 Outdoor Kitchen so there is a lot to enjoy without it feeling overwhelming.
Each kitchen also has drinks for adults to enjoy. There is a little something for everyone with mixed drinks, beer, cider, wine, etc. But if alcohol isn’t your thing there are also a lot of good non-alcoholic options. The Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade is one of my favorites.
You can check out what we loved at the Outdoor Kitchens last year in this post and see the full menus here.
More Than Just Topiaries
The topiaries are the headliners at the Flower & Garden Festival. I’m always in awe and I can’t wait to see the entrance this year. But there are also some cool exhibits and displays.
I think kids of all ages will enjoy:
- Alpine Container Garden – Visit the Germany Pavilion to learn about hearty alpine plants that have adapted to survive in extreme temperatures and are the perfect match for windy balconies, cold-weather climates and sloped or parched landscapes.
- Bonsai Collection – This one is always one of our favorites. Take a trip to the Japan Pavilion and discover the ancient art of bonsai with some of the finest living sculptures created by bonsai masters, who carefully shape and tend these miniature works of art—creating peace and balance with the earth.
- Shakespeare Garden – Thou shalt adore matching up famous quotes to flowers found within this vibrant garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion. William Shakespeare often used flowers and exotic gardens to help set the scenes for his plays and employed them as symbols and metaphors.
- Tropical Rainforest Garden – Visit the Mexico Pavilion and learn how Mexico rainforests are rich with plants and animals that have adapted to a wide variety of light levels and water conditions.
- Urban Spice – At the Morocco Pavilion, learn how in many eastern cultures, ancient spices were considered more valuable than gold. Even today, many cultures are defined by their signature spices and herb blends, created from plant leaves, stems, roots, seeds and flowers.
- The How-To Garden – Stop by this display in Future World West and take the Disney Flower and Garden Festival home with garden-ready ideas, including how to create your own butterfly house, garden crafts and sustainable ideas.
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.
- Gardens of the World – “Over the course of 3 hours, join a knowledgeable Disney Horticulturist—and a small group of fellow enthusiasts too—for a fascinating walking tour throughout the World Showcase Pavilions.” The tour is $85 plus tax per person and guests need to be at least 12 to participate. Tours take place on select Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM during the Festival. Call (407) WDW-TOUR to make a reservation or visit guest relations when you arrive.
- English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London® – On the tour “you’ll learn you’ll learn more about the artistry behind the growing and blending of herbs, which is vital for the creation of uniquely flavored brews.” There are three different ways to take this tour.
- Self Guided – You can tour the gardens whenever you want and at your own pace. Information can be picked up at the Tea Caddy shop.
- English Tea Garden Tour – This is a complementary guided tour of the garden. Same day sign up is in The Tea Caddy shop in the UK Pavilion. Tours are limited to 20 guests so make sure to sign up early in the day. This tour is offered at 3:30 and 5:00 pm on Monday thru Thursday and 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- Royal Tea Garden Tour – This guided tour is $18 and lasts 45 minutes. It begins at 9:45 am in the UK Pavilion before it opens to everyone at 11:00 am. You’ll also get to try some tea and scones at the end of the tour. Advance reservations are recommended. Call 407-WDW-TOUR for availability.
You can find more info on these tours and their requirements here. Remember that a valid theme park admission is required for any tour.
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 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from February 28 until May 28. Admission to Epcot is required however there is no additional charge to attend the festival. This makes it a great time to visit! Don’t forget to pick up a passport! It’s a great keepsake and free souvenir.