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planDisney Podcast: Guide to EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Elyssa Esposito

by , Digital Integration Specialist

Spring is in the air, and EPCOT is in full bloom! On this special episode of the planDisney Podcast, panelists Greg G. and Lauren M. join host Amiyrah Martin to share top tips for experiencing fresh favors, gorgeous gardens, and lively entertainment at the 2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Three things to look forward to in this episode are:

1. Garden-Fresh Fare

If you’re a fan of the planDisney Podcast, you know the panelists’ favorite part of any EPCOT Festival is the food! The panelists recommend some of their favorite returning dishes and share tips on discovering the newest flavors of spring. There are more than 50 brand-new food and beverage offerings this year, so Lauren recommends checking out the Disney Eats Foodie Guide to browse the festival menus before you leave home or picking up a Festival Passport when you arrive.

2. The Sights and Sounds of Spring

From larger-than-life topiaries of your favorite Disney characters to exotic Global Gardens celebrating ways we can live in harmony with nature, there is so much beauty to admire around the World Showcase. If you’re looking for a fun way to discover as many flower and garden displays as possible during your visit, Greg recommends participating in Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration scavenger hunt.

For Amiyrah, the perfect festival day is not complete without live music. Don’t miss the incredible artists performing during the Garden Rocks Concert Series. Food and drinks are permitted, so grab a snack from the Outdoor Kitchens and head to the America Gardens Theatre!

3. Meet the General Manager of EPCOT Festivals  

Have you ever wondered what it takes to bring the EPCOT Festivals to life? Join us for an exclusive interview with Dan Kesting, General Manager of EPCOT Festivals, to learn about the key elements needed to cultivate the Flower & Garden Festival – including horticulture, entertainment, and food and beverage.


You can listen to new episodes of the planDisney podcast every third Wednesday of the month on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also join the panelists on location and watch it on the Disney Parks YouTube channel.

Join us two weeks from today for an all-new episode where the panelists take a deep dive into all there is to experience at Disney California Adventure park! In the meantime, if you’re looking for more Disney travel tips, follow planDisney on Instagram and Twitter, or ask your planning questions at planDisney.com.

Panelists receive compensation for their participation on planDisney.