Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2019: Recap

Sadly the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is over, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed it entirely! We took lots of pictures and would be happy to share with you the wonderful experience we had. Hopefully you can make it down for 2020!

The Epcot Flower & Garden Festival took place from March 6th to June 3rd of 2019. It was the second of the four big Epcot festivals of 2019; the first was the Festival of the Arts. Later this year there will be the Food & Wine Festival in the fall, followed by the International Festival of the Holidays in the winter.

Food & Drink

As always, the big appeal of these festivals is that Epcot’s World Showcase is filled with food & drink stands! There were way too many options to try them all, but here’s a couple examples of menus:

Cider Flight

Our favorite drink option was the cider flight, located at The Gardeners Terrace, between Future World and the World Showcase. For only $9.50, we were able to try three different hard ciders, which for Disney, is a steal!

Topiary Displays

The biggest appeal of going to the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is seeing all of the beautiful topiary displays designed to look like Disney characters. From Belle and the Beast to Thumper and Flower, here are some of our favorite creations:

Anna & Elsa Topiary Hedges
Belle & The Beast France Pavilion Topiary Display Hedges
Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh Topiary Display Hedge
Bambi Topiary Display
Winnie the Pooh Topiary Display
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2019
Thumper & Flower from Bambi Topiary Display
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2019

We actually got to see a Mickey Mouse topiary that was in process. It was really cool to see the “skeleton” of metal that held the shape, with seeds planted around the structure that would eventually grow into its form.

Bonsai Trees, Tea, & More

Of course, the topiary displays weren’t the only cool plants around at the Flower & Garden Festival! There were also a number of old bonsai trees in the Japan Pavilion; the one pictured is 36 years old, but we saw some twice that age. Meanwhile, at the England Pavilion, Twinings Tea had sponsored a series of tea-growing bushes with info on each one. And if you wandered near the Figment ride, you would find the Goodness Garden Butterfly House.

We have mixed feelings about butterfly houses – they’re cool, the butterflies are beautiful, and they definitely promote a love for wildlife and nature in kids. Unfortunately, having large amounts of people come through can really stress the butterflies out. It’s up to you what you feel is right, but ideally, please do your best not to bother butterflies in any scenario.

Bonsai Tree Japan Pavilion
Twinings Tea Plants Garden
Goodness Garden Butterfly House

Garden Rocks Concert Series

Finally, no day at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is complete without a show at the Garden Rocks Concert Series. The series varied in performers this year from Simple Plan to Sister Sledge to Wang Chung. Most performers would be considered popular among, let’s say, the more mature crowd. But all of them were a fun addition to the night, and who can turn down a free concert at the end of your Disney day?

We hope you enjoyed our recap of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2019, and that you’re able to make it in 2020! Epcot truly provides a day full of flowers, food, and fun.

If you’re planning a Disney trip on a budget, check out our guide to the best off-site Disney hotels. If you’re interested in more of our travels, check out some of our adventures in Alaska or Europe!

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