Disney’s Epcot Flower & Garden Festival: Recap & Travel Tips

June 3, 2019

Can you believe that Disney World is one of the most Instagram-ed places on earth? No, really, it is. Google it! I think we partially have the Epcot festivals to thank for that – and there’s a special place in my heart for Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. I had a chance to check out the festival this past Spring with Chantell Rae Photography, and let me just tell you, if you didn’t get a chance to visit this year, you definitely need to add it to your must-do Walt Disney World travel list for next Spring!

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

What is the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival?

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is an annual event held every Spring at the Walt Disney World Resort where guests have the opportunity to experience brilliant gardens, fresh flavors, entertainment, and more! Admission to the festival is included in regular Epcot theme park admission – yay! And let me tell you, there is so much to explore.

 

Topiaries

Aside from the wining and dining that will occur during your visit to flower and garden, you should definitely take the time to appreciate some of the 100+ beautiful topiaries created exclusively for the festival located throughout the park based on favorite Disney characters and films. They are truly works of art and the dedication and time it takes to create them are inspiring.  My personal favorites to admire are Lady & The Tramp located in the Italy pavilion (#fureveradogmom) and Winnie The Pooh located in the UK pavilion.

 

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchens

uh-huh, honey. 🐝The highlight of any Epcot festival is the event-exclusive Outdoor Kitchens where you can sample a variety of delish dishes, desserts, and specialty sips. Each kitchen is perfectly themed with the food and drink it serves! Like the down-right adorable Honey Bee-Stro Hosted by National Honey Board that not only had delicious treats but also educated guests on the importance of bees and their role in nature (#savethebees) And now a word from my favorite eats from this year:

 

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches

Milk-soaked Sponge Cake topped with Cajeta Whipped Cream and Almond Powder. Located at Jardin de Fiestas in the Mexican Pavilion.

Let me just say that I did not expect this to be one of my favorites, but it definitely was everything I hoped for and then some! Fingers crossed they bring this back next year!

 

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Violet Lemonade

Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

Non alcoholic rozen desert violet lemonade located at Pineapple Promenade.

This refreshing violet beverage has a cult following (and now even has merchandise!), and for good reason! It’s a drink that you’ll walk around the world twice for. I can’t even begin to describe to you how happy your taste buds will be when they sip on this (they’ll do a happy dance for sure!) It’s simply a drink you have to experience for yourself!

 

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Cotton Candy

Chinese Cotton Candy

This festival showstopper by far this year had to be the new Instagram-famous Chinese Cotton Candy found at the Lotus House in the China Pavilion.  It’s a stunningly almost too-yummy-to-eat 5-Layered Spring Fantasy Cotton Candy made with all the colors of the rainbow.

 

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Chinese Cotton Candy

They only have one cotton candy hand-spinner on-duty at a time, so Chantell and I waited about an hour, but the magical viewing experience of its creation was well-worth the wait!

 

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Cotton Candy

Now I’m just counting down the days until the next Epcot festival…Food & Wine! Eeeek! I can’t wait to snack on all the things! Have you been to any Epcot festivals at Walt Disney World Before? What’s been your favorite?

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