In Part 1 of this series, I talked about the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.  If you were thinking that seemed like it was right up your alley that’s great! But wait, there’s more.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Flower & Garden Festival Sign
Signs throughout the festival

Springtime in Disney World means The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has arrived. This is one of my personal favorites. The huge topiaries throughout the park are incredible, and it’s hard to believe they’re crafted from plants and flowers!

Peter Pan and Captain Hook topiaries
Capt. Hook is at it again!

My kids love running from garden to garden, finding all of the “character statues” as they call them, and having us take their picture with them.  They’re just as happy as if they had met the real Peter Pan, and I love looking at all of the amazing details.

I love morning strolls with my family through the World Showcase this time of year. Wandering around before most of the showcase is open is so relaxing.  The kids have some space to run and burn off their excitement. I have a few minutes to sip a coffee and push a stroller without fear of running anyone over.

Festival Activities

Don’t get me wrong, I love the peacefulness in the mornings, but the Flower & Garden Festival also has a ton of high-energy options to keep you on your toes.

The Garden Rocks Concert Series is very popular this time of year. The festival brings in a variety of performers each year. In 2019, the Garden Rocks Concert Series included names such as Air Supply, Berlin, Rick Springfield, Sister Hazel, Lonestar, and so many more. Every night you can find lots of concertgoers rocking alongside the bands while also taking in some spectacular views of World Showcase Lagoon.

Two penguins made entirely from plastic pollution
Plastic pollution turned to art

There are also a bunch of fun, educational pop-ups throughout the park that focus on plant and animal life. One of my favorites was a display of two penguins made entirely from trash washed ashore from our oceans. It was educational and the kids enjoyed trying to spot items they could identify.

Of course, I can’t talk about a festival in the middle of Epcot without mentioning the food. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival brings freshness. This it the time when the outdoor kitchens appear. In 2019, there were 17 outdoor kitchens included which aim to enhance the permanent offerings within Epcot.

Some of the 2019 outdoor kitchens had food such as grilled street corn, wildflower honey cheesecake, spicy hot dogs with pineapple chutney, potato pancakes with house-made applesauce, and frushi (fruit sushi). The food is diverse, unique, so fresh!

Is this the Epcot International Festival for You?

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival can be whatever you make it. Relaxing, high-energy, full of food. The world (showcase) is your oyster garden.

Anna and Elsa topiaries
Mystical Flower Power

Feel like you’re sold on this Festival? This is a favorite in TheDisBlog family! Not sure you’re ready to “Let it Go” and choose this one? That’s good, too! Wait until you read the part 3 of this series – The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

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