Spring has finally sprung and what better way to celebrate it then attending Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival in Orlando, FL! I planned my visits over two weekends: the first for a Garden Rocks concert and the second to spend the day photographing the gardens and enjoying the park with my husband. Let’s get start on this Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Recap!
Weekend 1- March 5th: I headed out to Epcot with my parents around 3pm. The weather was a warm 77 degrees and sunny as can be! The park was mobbed being the first weekend of Flower & Garden. We walked around the different countries stopping to take pictures with our favorite Disney characters in flower form. The park was blooming with color and the scent of fresh flowers made me feel one with nature.
I really took a liking to these flower bushes lining the walkway from Future World to World’s Showcase. They had pretty pink blower buds displayed against the greenest bush. I couldn’t resist the urge to take a selfie. That’s the great thing about this festival, plenty of photography opportunities because the park is dressed in gorgeous blooms!
Flower & Garden Festival offers guests the spectacular views of their favorite Disney characters as topiaries. You are greeted with Daisy and Donald Duck when you enter the park but as you walk through you spot some of the greats: Mickey, Minnie and all of the Disney Princesses and their Princes. My favorite was Tigger which is located in England.
Another favorite feature I enjoyed was the English Tea Garden presented by Twinings of London. This garden featured my favorite teas potted in giant tea-cup/saucer flower pots. Each one had what would be a tea bag with the name of the tea flavor planted. I immediately fell in love with this garden! We stopped into the Tea shop next door to the gardens to sample some delicious iced tea-because it was a bit warm that day!
We stopped by China’s outdoor kitchen Lotus House for Vegetable Spring Rolls and Peach Bubble Tea. The spring roll was served with an orange spice sauce that was just the right amount of flavor to mesh with the roll. I was too busy indulging in this delicious treat that I forgot to grab a quick picture of it!
We headed to the American Gardens Theatre and waited to be seated for the Garden Rocks concert. Every weekend during Flower and Garden Festival Epcot features a band or artist to perform 3 shows a day. We eagerly awaited to see The Orchestra with the former members of the Electric Light Orchestra. My parents enjoyed listening to their music so growing up I heard a lot of their songs. The show started promptly at 5:30p where the band opened with my favorite EOL song, “Evil Woman.” They played about 5-6 songs during their set, all of which were well-known hits. We sang along, took videos and danced. It was a great show! If you’re interested in what Garden Rocks concerts are upcoming you can view their schedule here.
Weekend 2- April 2nd: We headed out bright and early Saturday morning to spend the day at Flower & Garden festival. This would be Judd’s first trip to the festival this year but having previewed it the week before we went in with a game plan of what we wanted to see. Unfortunately the weather had other plans for us! We arrived at the park when it opened to partly cloudy skies. I felt hopeful the weather would clear up..
Look how beautiful these blooms are! My favorite part of Flower & Garden Festival is how colorful the park gets with each of the topiaries and flower beds. It’s a dream land of color!
We walked around a bit until it started to rain lightly. We put on our ponchos and hoped it would pass but it didn’t Instead the rains got heavier eventually raining me out of a photography opportunity and us out of the park. My parents met us at the park then we hoped over to The Grand Floridian for lunch.
A tip to anyone going to Flower & Garden Festival, check weather reports and pack accordingly! We were lucky enough to have brought ponchos, umbrellas and raincoats in case the weather acted up. I was hoping everything would clear up to get more photos but I had no luck! Instead we hopped over to Magic Kingdom and watch a few parades. That’s the joy of having annual passes!
Planning on going to Epcot Flower & Garden 206? Here are some tips:
- Arrive early, preferably when the park opens. Try to arrive when the park opens at 9am. World Showcase doesn’t open until 11am but it gives you time to ride rides and explore the different gardens in Future World. You may also want to arrive early to avoid the heat. Florida can get pretty hot around noon!
- Pick up a Flower & Garden Passport. Similar to Food & Wine, Flower& Garden has a Passport that you can get filled out when you visit each garden or garden eats booth. It’s also your guide to finding where each of the gardens are located.
- Bring your camera! There are so many photo opportunities during Flower & Garden. The topiaries make for colorful backdrops and gorgeous images.
- Check out the Flower & Garden Festival Vendor booths. They sell festival swag like shirts, posters, garden decor and etc. I picked up a poster from this years festival to hang in my house.
If you would like to find more information about Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival you can visit their website here.