Spring is my favorite time of year at Epcot in Walt Disney World because of HGTV’s Flower and Garden Festival! There is so much to do, see and eat–even for kids!
We have been having so much fun at the Flower and Garden Festival so I put together a quick guide of everything you “must-do” if you go with your family!
Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries
As soon as you enter Epcot you will start to see the Disney character topiaries everywhere. There are over 100 of them throught the park. The topiaries are so much fun for kids (and grownups!) to see and a great photo opportunity!
Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens
This year there are 11 outdoor kitchens (and just to make sure they were good we tried them all!) The outdoor kitchens are around the World Showcase and feature a new fresh menu each year. They even have a TRYit selection at each kitchen which is meant to encourage kids to try something new.
Some of our favorites this year were the spring pancakes from the Lotus House, the frozen violet lemonade from Pineapple Promenade, and the “Piggylicious” bacon cupcake with maple frosting at The Smokehouse. I’d also recommend the Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria from Florida Fresh if you like sangria!
Flower and Garden Festival Playgrounds
Each year my kids look forward to playing on the garden playgrounds! This year they have Mater’s Part, Plants, and Play Playground, Mike and Sully’s Monstrous Gardens and the Backyard Play Garden. We loved them all and it is always so much fun to get to stop and climb and play as you walk around the park.
Flower and Garden Festival Butterfly Garden
Walking through Tinkerbell’s Butterfly house is magical! There are butterflies and gorgeous flowers everywhere. You even get to see all of the different stages of the caterpillar and butterfly life cycle which captivated visitors of all ages. Tinkerbell’s Butterfly House closes at dusk so make sure to stop by during the day if you visit.
Flower and Garden Festival Kids Passport
Kids can keep track of all of their Flower and Garden Festival activities with a free garden passport. The passports are available all over the park at the Welcome Center, the DVC Information Centers, the outdoor kitchens and some of the shops. It’s a fun way to get kids engaged with the festival and a great souvenir to take home!
In 2014 the Flower and Garden Festival runs from March 5th through May 18th so another benefit of visiting Epcot during this time is the weather and crowds. You will see spring breakers, but it’s nothing like the crowds during the summer. It’s also usually warm enough to swim without having to endure the sweltering heat so kids love it.
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