Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival Is the Prettiest Event at Disney World (Video)
Spring has sprung at Walt Disney World, and that means one thing: It’s time for the 27th Annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. From March 4 to June 1, Disney World guests can enjoy beautiful topiaries, seasonal foods, and daily concerts at this yearly festival, included with the price of admission to Epcot. Plus, with so much opening at Epcot this year, now is a great time to plan a trip to this theme park.
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In addition to the classic topiaries featuring favorites like Mickey and Minnie, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, and Anna and Elsa from "Frozen," there are a few new stunning displays to look out for in 2020. This year, the festival will feature a few new topiaries in the World Showcase area of the park, including a topiary featuring Remy from "Ratatouille" in the France pavilion and an 18-foot long color-changing dragon in the Japan pavilion. These floral decorations and temporary gardens bring the park to life with vibrant colors and familiar faces, making Epcot even more beautiful.
The food is half the fun at Flower and Garden. Seasonal dishes and pop-up kitchens are one of the major draws for Epcot’s spring festival, and once you see the menus, you’ll understand why. This year, there will be 16 different outdoor kitchens, including the new Magnolia Terrace, which features southern dishes like grilled oysters and a southern seafood boil. Eat around the World Showcase to enjoy foods from across the globe — at Hanami in the Japan pavilion, you can grab a plate of Frushi (fruit sushi with sweet rice and whipped cream) or a strawberry sake, and at the Mexico pavilion’s Jardin de Fiestas, try chilaquiles or the rosita margarita, made with rose petal liqueur.
Vegans and vegetarians can get in on the festive eats at a number of the seasonal kitchens, including Trowal & Trellis Hosted by Impossible Foods, which includes a number of plant-based options like grilled street corn and a chocolate pudding terrarium.
This year, Epcot is offering a Garden Graze Stroll — guests who purchase 5 dishes from specific festival locations can get a free keepsake at the end of their journey around the park. Beloved festival mascots Orange Bird and Spike the Bee are also back on limited-edition merchandise for the festival.
Once you’ve eaten your way around the park, sit back and enjoy one of 270 concerts scheduled for Flower and Garden this year, including artists like The Pointer Sisters, A Flock of Seagulls, Plain White T’s, and more.
There are a number of tours and events happening throughout Epcot during the festival available for a fee. Take a tour of the English tea garden in the United Kingdom pavilion to learn about how tea is grown and blended (and enjoy a snack of tea and scones), or join a Disney horticulturalist on the Gardens of the World tour, which takes guests around the World Showcase pavilions to learn about how the festival topiaries are created and maintained.