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Flower & Garden Festival: Magic Blooms at EPCOT

Introduction

Flower & Garden Festival: Magic Blooms at EPCOT in 2024! Held annually at EPCOT, this vibrant celebration transforms the park into a blooming paradise, captivating visitors with an explosion of colors, fragrances, and whimsical displays.

Join me as we explore the best of this enchanting festival, where Disney’s horticultural prowess meets the wonders of nature. Let’s dive in!

It’s happening now at EPCOT from February 28th through May 27th, 2024!

Topiaries: Living Artwork at Every Turn

The heart of the Flower & Garden Festival lies in its stunning topiaries. And they get more spectacular as the years go on… As you stroll through Epcot, you’ll encounter intricately crafted living sculptures of beloved Disney characters, meticulously formed from vibrant blooms. From classic characters like Mickey and Minnie to newer favorites such as Mirabel from Encanto and Asha from Wish, these topiaries are a testament to the artistry and skill of Disney’s horticultural team. Don’t miss the perfect photo opportunity with your favorite characters brought to life in a botanical wonderland. They are truly masterpieces. 

This year’s new topiaries are inspired by “Wish,” Guardians of the Galaxy, and “Coco.”

Full List of Topiaries and Locations

  • “Wish” (Asha, Valentino, and the Wishing Star): Main Entrance – NEW!
  • Butterflies: Main Entrance, Scentsy Garden, Butterfly House and World Showcase
  • Figment, Flower Topiaries, and Flower Towers: World Celebration – World Celebration Plaza
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie: World Celebration – World Celebration Plaza
  • Donald Duck: World Celebration – Community Garden Near Connections Café in World Celebration
  • Bambi and Friends: World Discovery – Near Imagination! and Refreshment Port
  • Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy: World Discovery – Near Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind – NEW!
  • Buzz Lightyear: World Discovery – Near Mission: SPACE 
  • Woody, Bo Peep, and Her Sheep: World Nature – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
  • Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi): World Nature – Near The Land Pavilion
  • Pumbaa and Timon: World Nature – Near The Land Pavilion
  • Goofy: Rosewalk
  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale and Pluto: Bridge to World Showcase
  • “Encanto” (Mirabel, Antonio, Isabela and Luisa): World Showcase
  • “Coco” (Miguel and Dante): World Showcase – Mexico Pavilion – NEW!
  • Anna and Elsa: World Showcase – Norway Pavilion
  • Troll: World Showcase – Norway Pavilion
  • Pandas: World Showcase – China Pavilion
  • “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”: World Showcase – Germany Pavilion
  • “Lady and the Tramp”: World Showcase – Italy Pavilion
  • Tiana: World Showcase – The American Adventure Pavilion
  • Dragon: World Showcase – Japan Pavilion Near Torii Gate
  • Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy: World Showcase – Between France and Morocco Pavilions
  • “Beauty and the Beast”: World Showcase – France Pavilion
  • Lumiere and Cogsworth: World Showcase – France Pavilion
  • Butterfly and Flower Towers: World Showcase – International Gateway
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger): World Showcase – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden: World Showcase – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tick Tock Croc: World Showcase – Between United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
  • Geese: World Showcase – Canada Pavilion

Outdoor Kitchens: A Culinary Garden Adventure

Indulge your taste buds in a culinary journey through the Outdoor Kitchens scattered around the World Showcase. Each booth offers delectable dishes inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients. From flavorful flower and garden-inspired salads to mouth-watering dishes featuring exotic fruits and vegetables, the Outdoor Kitchens provide a unique dining experience where gastronomy meets the beauty of nature.

My pick will forever be the amazing flavors of Japan. Try the ever-popular Frushi and Cold Ramen, you won’t be sorry you did! Pair that with sake to round out the incredible culinary experience.

For a full list of all of the Outdoor Kitchens, visit here.

Garden Rocks Concert Series: A Symphony of Sounds

Rock the night away! Immerse yourself in the Garden Rocks Concert Series, where the beauty of the festival extends beyond the visual and culinary realm. Featuring an array of musical genres and legendary artists, this concert series adds a harmonious touch to your Flower & Garden Festival experience. 

Check the schedule in advance to catch performances from iconic artists, creating an unforgettable atmosphere as you relax amid the lush surroundings.

Some are so popular fans plan their entire Disney vacation around the concert schedule. Don’t miss it!

Educational Exhibits: Cultivating Knowledge and Green Thumbs

Flower and Garden Butterfly House

Beyond the visual and culinary delights, the Flower & Garden Festival is an educational journey for both seasoned gardeners and novices. Explore exhibits that showcase innovative gardening techniques, sustainable practices, and conservation efforts. Gain insights from expert gardeners, participate in interactive workshops, and discover how you can bring a touch of Disney’s horticultural magic into your own backyard.

Be sure to visit all of the Global Gardens and Butterfly Landing in the Imagination Pavilion!

Interactive Play Areas: Family-Friendly Fun Amidst Blooms

The festival caters to visitors of all ages with interactive play areas where families can unwind and children can burn off some energy. Nestled among the blossoms, these areas feature imaginative playgrounds, water features, and activities that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings. Explore a whimsical butterfly garden and set out on a lively scavenger hunt.

Butterfly Landing Presented by AdventHealth

Observe many species of butterflies up close in a kaleidoscope of color. Located near Imagination! in World Nature.

Scavenger Hunts

Stroll around EPCOT on a fun-filled scavenger hunt. Choose from 2 adventures:

  • Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration: Follow Spike the Bee along his pollination trail, where Spike will “bee” busy collecting nectar and pollinating gardens.
  • Egg-Stravaganza Hunt: Embark on a delightful hunt for eye-catching eggs—each resembling a beloved bunny rabbit. This experience is only available for a limited time.

Here’s how to get started:

Purchase your scavenger hunt map and stickers at select merchandise locations for $9.99 plus tax (available while supplies last).

Search high and low for Spike or for colorful eggs (depending on the hunt) around EPCOT, then add a sticker to your map after each discovery.

At the end of your journey, take the map to Disney Traders, Creations Shop or World Traveler and receive a surprise.   

Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration and the Egg-Stravaganza Hunt are subject to availability. Maps and prizes are available while supplies last.

Nighttime Spectacular: Illuminated Gardens and EPCOT’s Beauty

As the sun sets, the Flower & Garden Festival transforms into a magical wonderland. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the gardens come alive with stunning light displays, creating an ethereal atmosphere throughout Epcot. Stroll through the park, marvel at the illuminated topiaries, and capture the enchantment of the festival under the stars.

Included here is the new Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana. This new attraction is spectacular and presents itself completely differently in the daylight versus the evening. Be sure to visit at both times!

Exclusive Merchandise: Floral Keepsakes and Disney Magic

Commemorate your Flower & Garden Festival experience with exclusive merchandise featuring charming floral designs and beloved Disney characters, like the Orange Bird! From limited-edition pins and apparel to garden tools and home décor, these souvenirs allow you to take a piece of the festival’s magic home with you. Consider investing in a festival-themed MagicBand to add a touch of floral elegance to your Disney accessories collection.

My Top Tips & Tricks for Visiting the Flower & Garden Festival

Plan Ahead with the Festival Passport

Grab a Festival Passport upon entering Epcot to guide you through the Flower & Garden Festival. This handy booklet provides a map of festival offerings, including topiary locations, Outdoor Kitchens, and special events. Use it to plan your day and ensure you don’t miss any must-see attractions or delicious treats.

Arrive Early for a Serene Experience

Beat the crowds by arriving early in the day. The morning hours provide a more serene atmosphere, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of the gardens, topiaries, and exhibits without the hustle and bustle of peak hours.

Prioritize Outdoor Kitchens Sampling

Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival features numerous Outdoor Kitchens offering a variety of delectable dishes. Plan to sample a few dishes from different kitchens to experience the diverse flavors inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients. Don’t forget to check for any festival-exclusive items that might pique your interest.

Hydrate and Stay Energized

With the Florida sun shining bright, it’s crucial to stay hydrated during your visit. Bring a refillable water bottle and take advantage of the water stations throughout the park. Consider packing some snacks to keep your energy up as you explore the festival.

Embrace the Interactive Play Areas

If you’re visiting with children, make time for the interactive play areas scattered throughout the festival. These zones offer a chance for little ones to expend some energy while you enjoy a moment of relaxation amidst the floral beauty. 

Capture the Magic with Photopass

Ensure you document your Flower & Garden Festival experience by utilizing Disney’s Photopass service. Let Disney’s professional photographers capture your moments amidst the stunning topiaries and vibrant gardens, leaving you with high-quality photos to cherish long after the festival concludes.

Consider a Festival Tour

Delve deeper into the festival’s magic by participating in a guided tour. Disney offers special tours during the Flower & Garden Festival that provide behind-the-scenes insights, horticultural tips, and even a chance to interact with festival experts. Behind the Seeds is a very popular tour during the festival, although offered all-year round. Check the schedule and availability in advance.

Be Mindful of Festival Merchandise

If you’re a fan of Disney souvenirs, keep an eye out for exclusive Flower & Garden Festival merchandise. From limited-edition pins to festival-themed apparel and home décor, these items make for wonderful keepsakes. Consider making your purchases early, as some items may sell out quickly.

Conclusion

The Disney Flower & Garden Festival is more than just a celebration of blooms – it’s a symphony of colors, scents, and experiences that captivate the senses and transport visitors to a world where nature and magic coexist. Whether you’re a gardening enthusiast, a foodie, or simply seeking a magical escape, this festival offers something for everyone. 

As you revel in the beauty of topiaries, savor culinary delights, and immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere, you’ll discover that the Flower & Garden Festival is a celebration of life, growth, and the everlasting magic that Disney effortlessly weaves into every corner of EPCOT. 

So, step into this floral fantasy, where dreams bloom and the wonder of nature takes center stage.

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Marnie Raimondo
Marnie Raimondo
Hi there! I'm Marnie, Disney blogger and writer. My passion is helping people plan magical Walt Disney World vacations. I love sharing Disney tips and advice based on my personal experiences from many, many magical trips over the years. I hope through my writing I can help you navigate your way through Disney news, the parks, dining, resorts and so much more! Happy planning!
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