There's always something new to do at Disney, even if that something is a quarter of a century old. For a fun, flower-filled adventure, celebrate the 25th annual Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot from now until May 28, 2018! If you've never experienced the creative and colorful gardens and topiaries for yourself, then you've been missing out.
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No matter what your age or plant knowledge, everyone will find something to enjoy at this breathtaking Disney tradition. Explore the world-renowned gardens and wildlife habitats, appease your curiosity with special garden-themed events and tours, sample a variety of dishes from around the world, and indulge your love of music by relaxing or rocking out at one of the Garden Rocks concerts.
Gardens and Topiaries
Over 16 unique gardens serve as the centerpiece of the Flower and Garden Festival, each crafted to capture your imagination and transport you to near and distant destinations. Take a trip to the China Pavilion to see an amazing array of bamboo in all sizes, colors, and patterns, or travel back in time to Shakespeare's day to learn about the symbols and metaphors communicated through various flowers. From the more than a hundred mini-gardens floating in ponds to an immersive tropical rainforest, there are gardens of every size and type for everyone to enjoy.
Scattered among the gardens are world-renowned topiaries. Experience your favorite Disney characters as never before through living sculpture. Elsa, Bambi, Donald the Duck, Mickey Mouse, Beauty and the Beast, Tinker Bell, and many more characters have been brought to life by talented horticulturalists all around the park.
For those who wish to learn as they wander, there are guided tours to help you gain a new appreciation for the plants and gardens. Gardens of the World is the most extensive tour and covers the entire festival grounds. During the 3-hour tour, you'll gain behind-the-scenes knowledge of what it takes to create and maintain the gardens and even get some tips on how you can apply Disney landscaping techniques at home. Other shorter tours focus on single gardens including the several tea garden tours and a tour of the Land Pavilion.
Tours and Fun
Tours aren't the only way to explore the gardens. Purchase a scavenger hunt map to participate in Spike's Nature Garden Exploration and search the grounds and gardens for flowers featuring the busiest honey bee in town. Or visit one of the three interactive gardens to play, craft, and race around the flowers.
Food From Around the World
No trip to Epcot would be complete without sampling food from around the world. During the festival, Epcot features exclusive outdoor kitchens with specialty menus designed to appease appetites big and small. From haute cuisine to comfort food, you can order delicacies from locations like Germany, Japan, Morroco, Canada, the U.S., and take them with you to enjoy on your stroll through the gardens of the world.
Garden Rock Concert Series
The fun doesn't end when the sun goes down. Every weekend, enjoy rocking out to old and new songs while taking in the beautiful waterfront views at the Garden Rocks stage. Smash Mouth, the Spinners, Lonestar, and Jo Dee Messina are a few of the artists set to take center stage this summer and entertain garden-goers from around the world. To add an extra-special touch, book a dining package that includes a meal at one of Epcot's restaurants and a guaranteed seat at one of the night's concerts.
What to Know Before You Go
To attend the Flower and Garden Festival, you must buy admission to Epcot. Most of the festival events are included with your general admission ticket, but some do require a separate admission fee or purchase. The tours and concerts fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot early. And remember to download a 2018 Garden passport or pick one up at the outdoor kitchens to guide your trip and collect stamps as you go.