Who says gardens are just for grown ups? Not us! Make the most of your family’s visit to the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival, March 4th to June 1st, with tips for getting the most bang for the bloom! And while you’re enjoying the festivities, remember to redeem your Disney Rewards Dollars toward select merchandise, food purchases and experiences.1
Prepare for a Great Start
As soon as you enter Epcot®, pick up your Flower & Garden Passport to guide you through your day. Then be sure to drop by any merchandise location to purchase your Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration Scavenger Hunt Map. As you explore the park, stamp your map and redeem it for a surprise when it’s completed. Once you’ve taken care of those preparations, you’re set for a day of horticulture beauty, relaxing fun and great culinary experiences.
Watch Butterflies Emerge and Discover Topiaries
Eric Darden, Horticulture Manager, Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival, suggests visiting the Goodness Garden Butterfly House, presented by GoGo squeeZ, located in Future World West, early to watch butterflies emerging, then follow the Passport guide to locate topiaries of beloved Disney Characters—always a Guest favorite. “This year, we’re introducing a new Remy topiary in the Ratatouille Garden near the France pavilion,” Darden reveals.
Dine Al Fresco
When hunger strikes, head for one of the 16 Outdoor Kitchens. “We’re bringing back all the favorite Outdoor Kitchens from last year,” says Chelsea Florig, Project Manager for Food & Beverage at Epcot®. Among them are Citrus Blossom, Honey Bee-stro and Trowel & Trellis, where you can munch on grilled corn dripping with plant-based butter. Yum!
Stop and Play
Take a break, enjoy a beverage and relax while the kids work off energy at the Green Landing Family Play Zone or at Health Full Trail, presented by AdventHealth, both located near the Imagination Walkway.
Treat Your Sense of Sound
All day, you’ve celebrated your sense of taste, touch, smell and sight. Now add sound with the Garden Rocks Concert Series at the America Gardens Theatre at the American Pavilion. The concert plays three times nightly, seven days a week. Thirty-three artists perform over the course of the Festival, so check the schedule frequently at FreshEpcot.com. TIP: You can enjoy guaranteed seating when you reserve a dining package at participating restaurants in Epcot®.
Watch Your Family’s Interest Grow
“We hear from our Guests that the Festival has inspired their family to start a garden at home,” Darden says. “I think the Festival has helped spark interest in gardening as a fun, healthy and satisfying activity that brings families together. It’s exciting to see how far we’ve grown together!”
New Merchandise in Bloom
This year, new festival merchandise includes collections inspired by Minnie, Mickey, Orange Bird and Spike the Bee. Keep your eyes peeled for this brand-new headband from the Orange Bird-inspired collection and other items from our Minnie’s World in Bloom collection, including a flower crown and spirit jersey. And don’t forget to use your Disney Rewards Dollars toward purchasing festival gear!1
Enjoy a Disney Character Experience
While you’re visiting Epcot®, don’t forget to stop by the Cardmember-exclusive Disney Character Experience at our private location to meet and pose with some of your favorite Characters.23 You’ll receive complimentary downloads of your photos.
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