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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival With Kids

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If you are lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World this spring, you’ll get treated to an immersive experience at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival!

The festival runs from the beginning of March to the end of May, so if you are visiting during these months you will want to know what to expect. 

In this post, I’ll share five tips for visiting Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with kids so you all can enjoy this fantastic time of year in Disney World. 

1) Visit the Interactive Playgrounds

girl at epcot playground

There are interactive play areas set up around the park just for Epcot Flower and Garden festival.

They are highly themed and will surpass anything you’d find at a neighborhood park.

epcot playground

TIP: Kids will love the chance to let loose and have some unstructured time during the day.

Just plan for a little downtime for everyone, and be prepared for possibly having difficulty pulling them away!

2) Flower and Garden Epcot: The Butterfly Garden is a Must-Do

monarch butterfly at flower and garden epcot

The chance to get up close and personal with butterflies is a special treat at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

butterfly garden entrance

The “Butterflies on the Go” garden is a walk-through exhibit (strollers are allowed in) that is home to hundreds of butterflies and the plants they depend on for food.

butterfly garden

Kiddos love “hunting” for butterflies, and many adults love the chance to grab some gorgeous pictures of them. I’ve even turned pictures I’ve taken here into blank greeting cards once we were back home!

TIP: I suggest visiting the butterfly garden in the morning or evening since the heat can be oppressive in the middle of the day. 

There are some interactive features at just the right height for the little ones.

Also be sure to check out this post for specialized advice for visiting Epcot with babies and toddlers.

3) Scavenger Hunt

scavenger egg hunt map

Every year there is a Scavenger Hunt as part of the Flower and Garden Festival. It is a low-cost activity that has lots of kid appeal.

You can buy a map and sticker set at many places around Epcot. You’ll be on the hunt for some items hidden throughout Word Showcase. 

Place the stickers on the map and turn it in at the World Travelers store (found at the entrance to World Showcase) and you’ll get to pick a prize.

minnie mouse egg

The map doesn’t even have to be filled in correctly, so if your kids lose interest halfway through the day you can still get your prize (which when we did it was a small Disney character Easter egg to take home).

We found that cast members in the pavilions are happy to give you a clue and point you in the right direction.

kidcot garden stop guide

TIP: If they aren’t into the egg hunt, kids ages six and up might like to complete the Kidcot Garden Stop Field Guide.

They’ll learn about an edible plant that is native to each country and get a stamp from a cast member at each Kidcot stop in World Showcase.

4. Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Kid-Friendly Food Options

girl eating violet lemonade

A few years back Flower & Garden Festival began featuring “outdoor kitchens” which sell tasting-sized portions of food and beverages (yep, these are the Food & Wine booths “re-purposed” for the spring festival).

You’ll find kid-friendly options at many of the booths. Most items are in the $4-$7 range, allowing you to try a bunch of different items without getting full or busting your budget.

violet lemonade at epcot flower and garden festival

Our favorite drink was the Frozen Violet Lemonade – it’s Insta-worthy and delicious. 

You can actually order a non-alcoholic version of any of the “slushie” drinks at the outdoor kitchens, even if they aren’t shown on the menu.

frushi at epcot flower and garden festival

I think the “Frushi” found at the Japan booth would be a hit with most kiddos.

The coconut rice and fresh fruit were really nice, though I only got to enjoy a few bites because my daughter gobbled them up.

berry salad

berry strudel

You’ll find lots of berry-inspired dishes at the festival, and we loved both items from The Berry Basket and the Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries at the Bauernmarkt in Germany.

We tried the Potato Pancakes with Applesauce at Bauernmarkt but it wasn’t to our liking.

TIP: If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, you can use snack credits to purchase many of the items at the Outdoor Kitchens. You can get very good value from snack credits if you use them on the more expensive items at the booths. We found that, unlike Food & Wine, there were no long lines at the booths  – even on a weekend during spring break.

5) The Character Topiaries

elsa topiary

There are more than 70 topiaries at this year’s festival, including lots of favorite characters from Disney and Pixar movies. Some of the princesses have topiary facial features, such as Elsa, which make them look incredibly lifelike!

This Elsa figure sometimes appear in the Norway pavillion close to Akershus Royal Banqyet Hall, my favorite princess character dining

figment topiary

Figment looked fantastic – I’m so glad he appeared at the festival in topiary form!

Here are a few more of our favorites:

buzzlight year topiary

Buzz Lightyear makes an appearance every year. 

winnie the pooh topiary

 

epcot flower and garden festival with kids - girl with tinkerbell topiary

I think Tinkerbell and Peter Pan were my favorites, probably because of Peter Pan’s location (no hints – you’ll have to find him yourself).

fairy house at epcot flower and garden festival

TIP: We both loved the adorable fairy houses that fill the garden surrounding Tinkerbell. If you have any little ones into fairies, be sure to plan on spending some time checking them out.

A Few More Tips

epcot flower and garden festival passport

Be sure to grab a Garden Passport, which serves as a guide to the festival and a free souvenir.

It containers stickers that you can use to mark which gardens and outdoor kitchens you have visited.

My daughter completed ours after we got back home, which was a fun way to reflect on everything we saw at the festival.

The Garden Rocks concert series features shows every night during the festival.

The kids likely won’t recognize the bands (which had hits in the 70’s through 90’s), but you’ll probably be able to sing along!

donald duck topiary

With all that the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has to offer families, I would argue that it alone could be a reason to visit Walt Disney World.

Check out why the weeks after Easter are some of my favorites to visit Walt Disney World in this post about the best time to go to Disney World!

We spent an entire day enjoying all the festival had to offer and felt like we could have used more time. I hope this post helps you enjoy and make the most of a springtime visit to Epcot with kids. Questions?

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