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5 Travel Tips to Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival

Updated: Nov 22, 2023


The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival


It's the oldest of Epcot's Festivals and it set the tone and the bar for other theme park festivals (in this travel blogger's opinion!).


Welcome to the Happiest

Flower and Garden Show on Earth!

Why should you tiptoe through the tulips at Epcot?

Here are our top 5 travel tips to tiptoe through the tulips:


Entrance to Epcot in Disney World
Spaceship Earth, Epcot, Disney World




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Background Information: Epcot has The World Showcase, pavilions representing 11 countries that include attractions, food, beverages, entertainment and shopping that represent those cultures. Enjoy your trip around the world!



Before you start your adventure, look at the My Disney Experience App and pick up a passport book when you get to Epcot. Inside, you'll find info about the kitchens and the menus so that you can plan your day. Now, on to the 5 travel tips to Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival:


Disney Epcot booklet
Passport Festival Guide


1. What are topiaries? Shrubs in the shape of Disney characters, placed all over Epcot. Grown and shaped by Disney gardeners and landscapers, they add great decor to the flower and garden festival ambience.



Shrubs shaped like Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast Topiary in the France Pavilion

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Topiary information
How Topiaries are Grown


2. Extra kiosks: In addition to the 11 permanent pavilions in the World Showcase, extra booths, kiosks (kitchens) and carts are throughout the park with added treats and flower and garden merchandise. Booths that are normally there add in festival related items to get in the spring and flower and garden spirit.


Kiosk at Epcot in Disney World
La Isla Fresca Kitchen


3. Little Gardens: Learn how, what and where to plant flowers and/or foliage to create great gardens. Usually, there is a Shakespeare Garden in the UK Pavilion; a Spice Garden in the Morocco Pavilion, etc. Use these travel tips to plan what to see at Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival.



Sign in garden in Epcot in Disney World
Shakespeare Garden, United Kingdom Pavilion

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4. The Garden Rocks: Take a break from the mile walk around the World Showcase and enjoy some entertainment in the American Gardens, in The American Adventure Pavilion. Check the passport guide book or the app for performers, dates and times.


Concert in Epcot in Disney World
Concert in The American Gardens in the American Adventure Pavilion

5. You can participate: Check out the website or passport book to see if any classes, workshops and demonstrations are being offered. Visit the Butterfly Garden. Also, kids ages 2-100 enjoy the scavenger hunts and collecting projects from the Kidcot post in each pavilion. Some amenities might cost extra.


Scavenger Hunt Game in Epcot
Scavenger Hunt

Those are your basic 5 travel tips to Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival. Going to Disney World can be overwhelming and confusing. Book a virtual consultation to plan your own trip. No obligation to book through us! Book it yourself!


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