Throughout the year, special festivals and shows are held at Epcot. The International Flower and Garden Festival runs from early March to early June. The weather in Orlando this time of year is great. Whenever we visit this festival, it’s usually high 70’s and no humidity. Perfect for walking around the park. When you first enter the park, be sure to grab a map and festival passport. Between the two, you will have a complete list of all the flowers on display and all the food/drink offered.
Check out our vlog from our recent visit. There are two videos from this day. Lots of Epcot fun!
But first, flowers…
During the festival, there are tons of beautiful flowers throughout the park. Some spots have areas set up with potted flowers. The flowerbeds throughout the park are transformed with tons of colorful flowers. You may not even realize how many there are, as you run around the park. Take some time to stop and smell the roses (and all other flowers), literally. They are beautiful!
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Our favorite flower beds are on the grass next to the lake, in between The Land/Imagination! and Future World West, next to the butterfly house. The area is transformed and ground is blanketed in bright colored flowers. This is the feature cover picture for this post. It’s one of our favorite photo spots. And, if you look closely, you may find a hidden Mickey. 🙂
And then, Topiaries
Throughout the park, you will find tons of beautiful topiaries. It’s always amazing to me that they make these creations out of flowers.
Greeting you as you walk into the main entrance, you’ll find huge butterfly and flower topiaries. It’s a great place for a group shot with the flowers, signs, and Spaceship Earth in the background. However, during our last few visits to Epcot, there no longer is a photo pass cast member there. I’m not sure why they took that away. I’m hoping it’s temporary and when the entrance is re-imagined, they will be back.
Choosing our top five topiaries was so hard! There are a ton of them and each one is unique. So, I’ll focus on our top five and where they’re located, if you’d like to seek them out.
5. Lightning McQueen & Mater
Kachow! These are nestled behind Future World East, on the way to Test Track. The area was quiet and we were able to get a close look and take some pictures.
4. Toy Story 4 Characters (and kids play zone!)
With the release of Toy Story 4 this summer, they added Bo Peep and her sheep to this display. These are also located behind Future World East, on the path towards Mouse Gear. Also new to the festival this year, and great for the kids, is Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds. This is a fun play area for kids, located right behind the topiaries.
3. Pluto & Goofy
These are located on the path heading to the World Showcase from Future World. This is another spot that’s great for family photos. Just as with the entrance, photo pass is no longer offered at this spot. I’d still recommend taking some shots with your family there. Pluto and Goofy are on the same island, but facing opposite directions. A picture with Pluto behind you will have the World Showcase in the distance. A picture of Goofy will have Spaceship Earth in the background. Two different Epcot perspectives.
2. Beauty & the Beast, Miss. Piggy & Kermit
I’m grouping these three together because they are all located in the France pavilion. The Beauty & the Beast topiary is a staple of the festival and always has a line for photos to be taken in front of it. New this year are the Kermit and Miss. Piggy topiaries. They are adorable!
1. Mickey & Minnie
Of course we have to pick the OGs as our number one!! There are two topiaries for Mickey and Minnie. One is located at the entrance of the World Showcase from Future World. This one is themed with hearts and is cute, but our # 1 goes to the Mickey and Minnie in World Showcase. It’s nestled off the main walkway in the American Adventure and can easily be missed. No one was back there when we went and we could easily take pictures and check it out. With the big sunflowers behind them, it makes for a perfect photo spot!
Like I said, it was so hard to choose just five. So here are a few others that would’ve made a top 10 list
- The Three Caballeros-Mexico
- Daisy Duck-Future World East
- Snow White and Dopey-Germany (in 2018, they had all seven dwarfs. I’d love for them to bring that back!)
- Peter Pan and Captain Hook-United Kingdom
- Simba and Rafiki-Outpost (If you have a baby or toddler you can hold up, be sure to mimic the topiary and take a picture next to it. I’m pretty sure it’s a requirement 😉 )
Until next year, flower and garden…
Each year, this festival grows and it’s been amazing to see it firsthand. We cannot wait to see what’s in store for next year!
The Epcot Flower & Garden Festival runs from early March to early June.