Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2019: What Not to Miss

By Marley Braun | Destinations

Looking for something fun to do this spring that will help chase away your winter blues?  Check out the 2019 Epcot® International Flower and Garden Festival. 

From March 5 through June 3, guests at Epcot can enjoy the Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is included with the regular park admission price. It is an annual fun-filled spring festival for nearly every member of your family to enjoy. 

I had never attended the Flower and Garden festival, and found it to be a really enjoyable day all by myself! Check out my guide below on how to create your own day of Disney magic.  

Maps & Guides

Festival Passport

  • You can get the free "Festival Passport" guide when you enter the Epoct park. 
  • This guide lists where each topiary is, and where each garden destination is. (Including the new Bo Peep’s playtime training grounds and the Playful Garden in Showcase Plaza!)
  • In addition, you’ll find the free concert line-up with performances listed nightly for the duration of the festival.
  • It outlines the official event merchandise (the flower Mickey ears seemed to be a crowd favorite).
  • It details the tea garden tours.  Tip:  The Royal Tea Garden 20-minute tour is free, but there is a 45-minute paid tour as well.  I'd suggest reserving the paid tour ahead of time. The tour includes a sampling of tea and scones. 
  • Finally, the passport helps you find the most important stops: the food!

Scavenger Hunt

This map can be purchased at the Port of Entry at Epcot for $6.99 plus tax while supplies last.  Guest of all ages can enjoy this springtime scavenger hunt led by Spike, the honey bee. You will go in search of Spike’s best blooms as he pollinates flower beds across Epcot.  Return your completed map to the Port of Entry for a special souvenir! 

An additional Egg-Stravaganza hunt will be offered from April 5-21.

Side Note:  Cast members and Annual Passholders receive a discount on the maps.  

Best Photo Ops

As you travel through the park and around the World Showcase, you will find plenty of great photo-ops along the way with many of your favorite characters all decked out as colorful topiaries.  

Some of my favorites included Lighting McQueen and Tow Mater in Future World East and Beauty and the Beast in France. For the best scenery and topiary behind you, make sure you take a selfie with Lady and the Tramp in Italy.  

 Side Note:  Don’t forget to check out the topiaries when they are lit up at night as well. They are stunning!  

For the 'gram:  Sorry flowers, but the most beautiful creation at the festival is the 5-layer cotton candy flower created at the Chinese Pavilion. 

This fluffy rainbow flower costs between $10-$15 and it is as big as my head!  I am not going to spoil it with a picture here. You need to watch it be created to truly appreciate it.

The Food

In 2019, there are four new Outdoor Kitchen spaces all open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.:  Arbor, Flavor Full Kitchen, The Citrus Blossom, and Trowell and Trellis.  

The festival passport is also helpful in finding locations that serve kid-approved, vegetarian and gluten-free meals, as well as beer and cider flights!  

Along with your reliable favorites at Epcot, during the festival you can find seasonal specialties such as tuna tataki and the chocolate pudding terrarium. I especially enjoyed the Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy and kids will love the Orange Cream Slushy and its adorable souvenir cup at the Citrus Blossom!  

 Side Note:  Head straight over to the Arbor at the Odyssey Center if you are a beer and cider lover.  Great choices there!

Concerts

For 2019, concert performances are held nightly at 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm at the American Gardens Theatre.  

Arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of time to get a seat, or you can reserve a Garden Rocks Concert Series dining package at 407-WDW-DINE.  For this package, you can choose from 15 unique eateries around Epcot. That package includes an appetizer, a non-alcoholic beverage, an entrée, and a dessert or one full buffet or family style dining meal per person. The package also entitles you one guaranteed seat to the concert held that day.

 Side Note:  If there is a band you REALLY don’t want to miss, this is a splurge-worthy package.

If you loved Pixar’s movie Coco as much as I did, you can not miss the story brought to life daily at the Mexico Pavilion. The magnificent musicians of Mariachi Cobre are joined by folkloric dancers, along with a hand-crafted puppet of Coco to tell the story of family.  You will just love it!

Closing Thoughts

If you are looking for a fun and inspiring spring-time activity, I definitely recommend checking out Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival.  

Since it was my first time attending, I would love to hear from those of you who have been before in the comment section below!

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I am a mom first, and a wandering (but not lost) soul second. After years of planning travel for friends, I became a Cruise Planners Travel Advisor. You can learn more about the services I can offer you by visiting me at Memories by Marley

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