The most beautiful festival at EPCOT has officially started, Flower & Garden. Here guests can enjoy delicious, fresh, healthy dishes and see gorgeous topiaries. There are many fun activities for the entire family, like the butterfly garden, Pike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration scavenger hunt, and the Garden Rocks Concert series. After experiencing the festival on opening day, I have a list of 3 things you must do when visiting the event.
Enjoy the Butterfly Garden
Here guests can see butterflies up close, in all their unique colors. You can also learn about butterfly lifecycles and maybe even see one emerge from its chrysalis. It is important to note that the Butterfly Landing closes at dusk. I love this experience. Recently, it has become a must-do for me every time I visit. I have countless photos of butterflies on my phone. I suddenly believe I am a professional photographer when I go in there. All while using my iPhone 11, it might be a bit old, but it does a decent job.
The best part is seeing all the kids having a blast and watching the butterflies zoom past them. One of my favorite memories is when a butterfly emerged from a chrysalis, and all the children were closely paying attention, trying to see what kind of wings it would have. I highly suggest this activity, whether with a group, with your partner, or alone, because it is such a fun experience that you can only do once a year at EPCOT.
See all the Topiaries
This festival is known for its beautiful topiaries scattered throughout the park. This year Disney put out some new ones for guests to enjoy. Princess Tiana and the Madrigal family from Encanto will join the festival, which is very exciting.
The new Princess Tiana topiary is outside the American Adventure and looks gorgeous. The details, from her dress and jewelry to the lily pads surrounding her, blew me away.
The Madrigal family from Encanto can be seen blooming at the park entrance. This has become my favorite display that I’ve ever seen at this festival. Everything about it is just perfect.
Of course, all the fan favorites have returned too. Guests can find Anna & Elsa in Norway, Belle & Beast in France, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Germany, and more! I love stopping to take pictures with all the different topiaries. They make for picture-perfect backdrops.
Grab Food From Outdoor Kitchens
Guests can enjoy over 20 Outdoor Kitchens for the 2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. The food at this event, for the most part, is always great. I have always loved what they offer at this festival. Most of the dishes focus on being freshly made and being healthy for the most part.
For me, the food booths at these festivals are always my favorite part because there’s always something new to try. It’s also a great way to introduce new foods to picky eaters, both kids, and adults.
BONUS: Garden Rocks Concert Series
The Garden Rocks Concert Series is popular because Disney invites amazing musical guests like the Plain White T’s, Daughtry, Simple Plan, and more. I may not always know all the artists coming to perform, but I always find a few that I love. It. is a tradition for me to see the Plain White T’s anytime they perform at EPCOT. I grew up loving their music and singing their songs in the back seat of my mom’s car. One year I even got all my friends to wear plain white t-shirts with me to see them.
It was such a great experience. The different concert series at the festivals are such a fun time, so I highly recommend participating in this activity. I have seen several artists that I love this way, and there’s nothing better than seeing a concert while in a Disney park.
What are your EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival must-dos?
Hi, I'm Erica, and I write about all things Disney. Before working for The DIS, I was a theme park performer at SeaWorld, but I also performed at Disney. I have such an immense love for theme parks to the point I studied them in college.