There is so much going on and so many things to see at the 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. My family and I had a chance to head over to Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort on opening day (March 1, 2017), and it was absolutely WONDERFUL!!! For me, the number one reason for visiting this festival is the flowers! I have shared 7 fun things to see and do at this festival with your friends and family. There is plenty of time to plan your visit, as the event will run until May 29th. The first thing you should do before adventuring out into the park is to pick up an Epcot Guidemap and the 2017 Garden Passport. These are located at the entrance and include all of the details about the festival. Have fun!
It is all about the FLOWERS!! If you are following me on Facebook, you know that I post a flower picture every day. I LOVE flowers, as they bring me so much joy. After walking around the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, what I noticed most was the beautiful smell of flowers in the air. Pictures are wonderful, but being there and experiencing it for yourself, is really so great! I did snap over 200 pictures and plan on going back a few times to take many more. If you wish to see all of the flower photos of mine, be sure to like my Facebook page. Thanks! 🙂
There are flowers everywhere you look. Little gardens of flowers, plants, flower patterned beds along the water, topiaries and lots more. If you have been to this festival in the past, you will recognize some of the topiaries from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp in Italy, Disney’s Frozen characters Anna and Elsa in Norway, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast characters in France, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Germany, Disney’s The Lion King characters at the Outpost, Disney’s Bambi characters in Canada and much more! Mickey, Minnie, Daisy and Pluto are right at the entrance to greet everyone entering the park. Sprinkled in are a few new Disney topiaries like Cruz from the upcoming Disney-Pixar movie Cars 3. So cool!
There are a lot of little outdoor shops along the way around World Showcase and Future World with fun flower and garden related items for sale. I thought this Figment shirt was pretty cute! 🙂
Do you like trying new kinds of food? Well, this flower and garden festival at Epcot has some great outdoor kitchens to sample some yummy foods! A few new additions to this year’s festival are Northern Bloom in Canada and The Berry Basket in Showcase Plaza. I didn’t have time on this trip to try the food, but I hope to next time!
4. Butterfly Garden
Truly neat is the Butterflies on the Go garden. It is great for kids of all ages. I love wandering around seeing all of the different types of butterflies and flowers in this tent located in Future World West.
The kids have a special section just for them to play and have fun! Yay for them!!! Be sure to check out the playground area near World Showcase where your little ones can jump, climb and play til their hearts content (or until mom and dad are ready to move on!).
A big hit for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is the “Garden Rocks” concert series. They are held in the evenings at the America Gardens Theatre on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and now Mondays this year. Performers include Jon Secada, The Pointer Sisters, Simple Plan, Plain White T’s, Night Ranger and more. Click here see the full lineup of performers for the “Garden Rocks” concert series at my other website.
7. Gardening Presentations
During the festival on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, guests can head to the Festival Center in Furture World East to enjoy complimentary gardening presentations and meet some horticulture specialists. What a great way to learn about gardening and get great tips from the pros!
This festival has something for everyone in your family to enjoy! I hope that you have the opportunity to see it at least one time. It’s AMAZING! Let me know in the comment section below if you are planning on going this year, or if you have visited this festival in the past. 🙂
Take a peek of the video footage that my son Clayton took at the festival: