Spring is in the air and there is no better place to enjoy the beauty of the season than at the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. If you are including this festival in your Walt Disney World Resort spring plans, the planDisney panelists have some great tips and recommendations for making the most of your visit!
The one thing our panelists urge every guest to do is to take time to enjoy this amazing festival, as there truly is something unique to see throughout the theme park.
“Be sure to enjoy a stroll through the English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London at the United Kingdom Pavilion.” Bob recommends. “My family and I love learning about the art of tea blending and admiring the plants used in some of Twinings’ tea blends. Also, keep an eye out for the magical Peter Pan and Captain Hook topiaries whilst visiting the United Kingdom Pavilion!”
Missy dares guests to walk into The Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ at Future World West and not smile. “Seeing these beautiful and magical creatures fluttering all around is mesmerizing. Just be sure to visit early, as this exhibit closes at dusk!”
And while enjoying the gorgeous flowers, gardens and topiaries, don’t forget about the food!
Darcie and her family have created their own culinary challenge as they make their way around the Outdoor Kitchens. “Sometimes, we’ll choose a theme (citrus, spicy or vegetarian are all good examples) and try as many of the dishes and sips as we can that align with our theme. At the end of our day, we’ll vote on our favorites and I share our top picks on social media.”
“I am wild(flower) about Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival,” Aena exclaims! “My two favorite treats at the festival are the Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake at The Honey Bee-stro and the Mini Funnel Cake topped with lemon cheesecake ice cream, blueberries, and powdered sugar at the Funnel Cakes kiosk in the American Adventure Pavilion!
planDisney Tip: Tabitha recommends browsing the Outdoor Kitchen menus prior to your visit as this is a great way to plan ahead before you arrive. “Want to only try new-to-you dishes? Have a picky eater to cater to? Need to feed your sweet tooth? Knowing what each location offers ahead of time can help you know exactly where to head when you start snacking your way around the festival!”
Tabitha also recommends Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration as a must-do on your festival checklist. “Both of our kids stay completely engaged during our visit as they try to spot Spike around the theme park. Meanwhile, mom and dad get to taste our way around the world at the Outdoor Kitchens. It’s a win-win!”
It’s the garden decorations you can take home for Robyn that makes the festival magical.
“There are booths around the World Showcase that sell Disney-themed garden decorations like garden stakes, stones, and even DIY topiaries. Every year I regret not picking up one of these adorable souvenirs! This year I’m going to be sure to pick one up so I can have my very own Flower & Garden festival at home in my own garden.”
And speaking of souvenirs, if you’re a collector of Minnie ear headbands (or Orange Bird souvenirs) Darcie recommends picking up a festival-themed pair of ears before you start posing with the topiaries and bloom displays!
planDisney Tip: Kathy recommends picking up one of the Festival themes gift cards! “They’re so cute, and they have a wristband that makes them super easy to use when you’re sampling the delicious wares at the Outdoor Kitchens. They’re also a big help for budgeting the amount you want to spend as you sip and snack your way around the World. And since they’re actual Disney Gift Cards, you can use them all over the Walt Disney World Resort!”