The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is one of my personal favorites. Thinking of spring and warmer weather just brightens my day right on up. From March 3 through July 5, guests can experience the beauty and magic of this blooming good festival.
Will kids enjoy it? Should families make it part of their vacation? I’ve got all the details in this guide to Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2021.
Ultimate Guide to Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
Epcot is becoming Walt Disney World’s premiere park for festivals. One of the most magical is the spring Flower and Garden Festival.
From scrumptious outdoor kitchens to beautifully manicured topiaries to that wonderful Disney magic we’ve all come to know and expect, this year’s festival is sure to be an incredible one.
Each section of this post is broken down into these categories:
- What is Epcot Flower and Garden Festival?
- Special Tours During the Festival
- What to Eat at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
- Epcot Flower and Garden Festival for Kids
- Who is Playing the Garden Rocks Concert Series?
My hope is that this informative, albeit lengthy, post will leave you feeling prepared and hopeful that your visit to the Flower and Garden Festival will be nothing short of spectacular!
What is Epcot Flower and Garden Festival?
First, let’s begin with an explanation. If you’ve never attended this festival before, you may be curious about what it is. Do you need to be a gardener? Do you need to have a green thumb? Not at all! An appreciation for beauty in nature, and appetite for good food, are the only things you need to have a great time.
At the festival, you will see:
- Outdoor kitchens offering delectable bites and libations
- Dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries
- Breathtaking garden spaces and wildlife habitats
- Inspirational exhibits
- Outdoor entertainment
Sarah’s Tip: Don’t forget to grab your “Garden Passport” at the entrance to the World Showcase to plan your day most effectively.
Honestly, the star(s) of the show are the plethora of displays throughout Epcot park. From delightful characters to stunning floral displays, there is no shortage of eye candy at this festival.
I’m partial to the flower beds around the water features near the bridge to the World Showcase. It’s stunning to see the bright colors and hard work that went into planning the design and actually planting those flowers!
What to Eat at the Festival
Now to my favorite part of this guide: the food!
Unlike the plethora of kiosks at the Food & Wine festival, there are just over a dozen spots to try at Flower and Garden. These are the 2021 Outdoor Kitchens:
- Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany)
- Cider House (World Showplace)
- Fleur de Lys (France; this is where you can find “La Vie en Rose” martini slush)
- Festival Favorites (World Showplace)
- Magnolia Terrace (NEW)
- Hanami (Japan; this is where the popular “Frushi” is found)
- Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico)
- La Isla Fresca (Caribbean fare, located near the front of the World Showcase)
- Lotus House (China)
- Northern Bloom (Canada)
- Pineapple Promenade (Refreshment Port; this is where the popular “Violet Lemonade” is found)
- Primavera Kitchen (Italy)
- Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco)
- The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™ (located near the front of the World Showcase)
- Trowel &Trellis Hosted by Impossible™ Foods (featuring all plant-based foods)
- Flavor Full Kitchen
- The Citrus Blossom (find the souvenir Orange Bird sipper here)
Make use of that festival passport to mark the ones you like, the ones you don’t like, and the ones you want to try next time!
Sarah’s Tip: Outdoor Kitchen portions are small. You’ll be able to snack your way around the festival, but don’t be surprised if you fill up fast! As a result, if you truly want to sample everything, find a buddy to split items with so you don’t have a stomach ache later!
Festival Activities for Kids
Next, let’s talk about the kids. What can families do at this festival? Tons! Even in a not-so-typical year, there are several activities to choose from.
Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth
Fun for the whole family, this “whimsical” area helps guests learn creative ways to stay healthy. This Outdoor Kitchen and garden are located along the Imagination Walkway.
Explore Around the World Showcase
Additionally, there are TWO scavenger hunts to choose from this year.
“Egg-stravaganza” begins on March 19 and continues while supplies last. Purchase a $7.99 plus tax map and sticker set, and prepare to go an adventure searching for Disney character-themed Easter eggs!
Furthermore, from March 3-July 5, have fun with “Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration.” Just like the egg hunt, guests can purchase a $7.99 map and sticker set and head out to look for Spike the Bee on flowers all over the World Showcase.
When you’ve found them all (the eggs and the bees), simply show your completed map to a Cast Member at the store of purchase to receive a prize!
Sarah’s Tip: If you don’t want to go back to the store, simply ask the Cast Member for the prize when you purchase the map to present to your child when the scavenger hunt is over.
Flower & Garden Festival Entertainment
Finally, the adults in the group probably want to know what else there is for them to do. I love that Epcot festivals bring music, activities, and the arts together.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has altered many plans this year, Disney Parks have been finding creative ways to provide safe and fun family entertainment.
- Mickey & Friends World Tour: While walking around the World Showcase, keep an eye out for Mickey and his friends, including Goofy, Minnie, Donald, and Pluto!
- Princess Promenade: Wave hello to some favorite Princess friends including Anna, Elsa, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, and Cinderella!
- American Gardens Theater: Depending on the time of day, check out Voices of Liberty or Mariachi Cobre give their best musical performances.
- Canada Mill Stage: Jammin’ Gardners (aka the JAMMitors) drum up some funky beats!
- World Showplace: A talented pianist performs songs of the season.
Sarah’s Tip: All of the entertainment opportunities are included in the price of your Epcot admission.
Epcot Flower and Garden is my favorite festival! I hope it will be yours too!