Kids Guide to Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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If you’ve ever been to Epcot at Walt Disney World, you might write it off as a place that only grown ups would enjoy. While kids might like some of the rides scattered around the Park, will they really enjoy the global aspect of World Showcase? If you have a Disney World spring visit planned, should you consider taking kids to Epcot Flower and Garden Festival? Fortunately this event has a number of activities geared towards children. Keep reading for the kids guide to Epcot Flower and Garden! 
Figment topiary at Epcot flower and garden
 

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Taking Kids to Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

 
During our previous visits to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival we were visually treated to incredibly detailed topiaries and had our taste buds tickled with international treats. All the usual Epcot attractions are still available during this time as well.
 

Sorcerer Mickey topiary

Portions of my visit including my Park tickets and a Disney gift card to purchase food were covered during my visit. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post has been updated & was originally published May 20, 2015.

Fantasia ballerina ostriches at Epcot flower and garden
Lots of recognizable characters and new ones to introduce to kids, like the ballerina ostriches from Fantasia.

In 2020, the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 4 to June 1, 2020

Tips for Taking Kids to Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot flower and garden festival guidebook

  • Park guests receive a pocket guide to the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, including where to find topiaries, gardens, demonstrations, dining and shows. Kids can check mark off each item as they visit, eat and watch. The guide makes a wonderful souvenir too, as they can recall & reminisce about your trip.
  • All regular rides and attractions are open to guests during the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. This includes Frozen Ever After (read my friend Leslie’s post on Trips with Tykes on how to access this ride without a wait). 
  • While the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is a special event, you do not need a special ticket to attend. You can see all of the gardens and topiaries during this event for the cost of your regular Park ticket. A select few experiences require a separate purchase or a separate admission fee (like some of the cooking demonstrations).
  • I recommend purchasing Walt Disney World discount ticket packages from my partner at Get Away Today.

Boy sitting at entrance of Epcot flower and garden by Spaceship Earth

Festival Highlight – Disney Character Topiaries

Every kid is going to love seeing these amazingly detailed topiaries in the shape of their favorite Disney characters! The topiary displays are definitely a highlight of this special event. Topiaries vary each year so the images you see in my post might vary on your visit. The detail and expression of them are simply jaw-dropping. In the World Showcase area, the characters are themed to the country (Belle & Beast in France, for instance).

Beauty and the Beast topiaries at Epcot at Flower and Garden Festival

There are Disney PhotoPass photographers set up near many of these topiaries so you can capture your entire family with these amazing creations. This is one of the best reasons for taking kids to Epcot Flower and Garden, capturing those wonderful memories with a photo in a gorgeous backdrop!

New for 2020 – Remy from Ratatouille, located in the France Pavilion

 

Doc topiary at Epcot flower and gardenCollage of topiaries at Epcot flower and garden

 

Anna and Elsa Frozen topiaries at Epcot flower and garden

Try New Foods During the Festival

During the Festival, guests can purchase food at outdoor kitchen locations throughout the World Showcase area of Epcot. These are taster (appetizer) sized portions so you can try a variety of different dishes. These small portions are a great way to introduce new flavors to kids. Just a bite to see if they like it (my son discovered he liked baklava!)

Boy sitting in front of topiaries in France pavilion at Epcot flower and garden

Menus have not yet been announced for 2020

2019 Kid-Friendly Tastes to Try:

  • NEW Arbor at the Gardener’s Terrace: Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake, served with Apple Cider Sorbet
  • Germany: Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruy√®re Cheese
  • France: Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop
  • Florida Fresh: Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue
  • Japan: Frushi – Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side
  • NEW Citrus Blossom: Orange Cream Slushy in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup
  • Mexico: Tres Leches: Milk-soaked Sponge Cake topped with Cajeta Whipped Cream and Almond Powder 
  • Caribbean: Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-Lime Sauce
  • China: Vegetable Spring Rolls
  • Canada: Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic version)
  • Pineapple Promenade: Pineapple Soft-serve Ice Cream with Fanta (non-alcoholic)
  • Italy: Pizza Toscana: Rustic Italian Flatbread with Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onion, Mozzarella, Asiago and Parmesan Cheeses 
  • NEW Flavor Full Kitchen: Mickey Tart Peanut Butter Mousse with Strawberry Jam and Boba Pearls
  • Morocco: Walnut Honey Baklava
  • Smokehouse: Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw
  • Honey Bee-stro: Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze (Non-alcoholic version)
  • NEW Trowel & Trellis: Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread
Kid eating baklava at Disney World
Trying baklava for the first time

Epcot is a very large park to cover and little legs can get tired quickly! Consider bringing or renting a stroller when taking babies, toddlers or preschoolers to Disney World. I recommend my travel partner Kingdom Strollers as they offer very competitive rates and will deliver for free directly to your resort hotel!


Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration

2020 update on this event hasn’t been released

From March 6 through June 3, 2019, kids and adults alike can participate in a springtime scavenger hunt starring Spike the honey bee. Purchase a special scavenger hunt map for $6.99 plus tax then return it completed for a prize!

Floral landscape during Epcot flower and garden

Outdoor Concerts to Get Up and Dance

If you have a kid who loves to move and groove, make plans to watch one of the Garden Rocks concerts. These concerts take place three times each evening, 7 days a week at the outdoor America Gardens Theater. The cost of the concert is included in the price of admission. Older kids may roll their eyes at the more “classic rock” artists but you can be sure they’ll recognize some of the songs (like Jessie’s Girl from Rick Springfield and All Out of Love by Air Supply).

Garden Rocks concerts are free to view but there is an option that will ensure a seat. Book a Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package and you’ll be guaranteed seating to one of the three shows that day. There are 4 participating restaurant locations at varying price points.

Wondering what kids can do at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival? This kid-friendly guide to the Disney World special event explains what there is for kids to do, eat and see! From kid-friendly foods in the Marketplace, Disney character topiaries and interactive playground gardens, there's more for kids to enjoy at Epcot Flower & Garden this year. #Epcot #FlowerandGarden #Disney #WDW | Disney World Vacation | Disney with Kids | Disney Travel | Disney Tips | Travel with Kids

Give Kids the Camera

Hand over your camera and you might be surprised with what amazingly detailed photos your kids snap. My son likes experimenting with the macro to get the detail on the tiniest flowers.Collage of flowers at Epcot flower and garden

Get in the Garden and Play!

Interactive gardens haven’t been released for 2020

Several interactive play gardens encourage kids in active play. Both new in 2019 are Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds (inspired by Toy Story 4) and Play Full Garden. These interactive areas will get kids moving on the playground. If your kids need active play time on vacation, read over these Tips for Kids to Enjoy Walt Disney World Playgrounds.

My youngster loved the Road to the Florida 500 back in 2015, where Cars favorites were on display!

Mater topiary at Epcot flower and garden

What is There for Babies to Do?

Babies will enjoy the usual things at Epcot like a few rides and character meet n’ greets. During the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, there are additional delights. Little ones will like the bright colored flower gardens. Make sure to point out the topiaries throughout the Park that are designed as familiar characters (like this adorable Winnie the Pooh).

Winnie the Pooh topiary at Epcot flower and garden

Let Baby out of the stroller for a walk in the Family Play Zone. They are invited to explore and play in a garden that was planted just for them! Read more if your vacation includes a trip to Magic Kingdom with toddlers.

Bambi character topiaries at Epcot flower and garden

Exploratory Gardens for Curious Kids

Curious kids love to learn at these detailed gardens at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. There are many gardens but these in particular really strike a chord with youngsters. If you’re taking kids to Epcot Flower and Garden, be sure to stop in at one of these areas during your visit.

Little girl standing in front of flowers in Italy pavilion

  • Learn about butterflies at the The Goodness Garden Butterfly House. You may even see them emerging from their cocoons.
  • Find out what herbs and produce are grown in the Garden Italiano that come together to make many kid’s favorite food – pizza!
  • Learn about the importance of honeybees in the immersive Honey Bee-Stro garden.
  • Kids can find out more about which plants can be turned into spices inside the fragrant Urban Spice Garden. 

Little boy looking at flowers during Epcot flower and garden

Celebrate Eastertime at Epcot

2020 details for Epcot Egg-stravaganza haven’t been released.

From April 5 through April 21, 2019 the Egg-stravaganza Easter-themed egg hunt takes place in Epcot’s World Showcase. This popular scavenger hunt in World Showcase will keep everyone in search of Disney Character-themed eggs.

While you don’t have to purchase the map to search for the eggs, it is a fun (and reasonably inexpensive) activity for the kids. Guests can purchase one of these scavenger hunt map for $6.99 plus tax then return it to Disney Traders when completed for a special prize!

Monorail at Epcot Flower and Garden festival


After Dark at Epcot

Stay late during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and enjoy nighttime entertainment. Several of the Garden Rocks Concerts take place after dark, with the concert stage lit for all to see.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is retired and have been replaced by the new evening show, Epcot Forever. This spectacular of fireworks and pyrotechnics takes place on the waters of the World Showcase Lagoon. 

Sleepy topiary at night during Epcot flower and garden
Photo credit: Eric Dill

Taking kids to Epcot Flower and Garden? Share what you’d like to explore the most!

Wondering what kids can do at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival? This kid-friendly guide to the Disney World special event explains what there is for kids to do, eat and see! From kid-friendly foods in the Marketplace, Disney character topiaries and interactive playground gardens, there's more for kids to enjoy at Epcot Flower & Garden this year. #Epcot #Disney #WDW | Disney World Vacation | Disney with Kids | Disney Travel | Disney Tips | Travel with Kids


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