Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival Preview Event

Spring is here which means that Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival has arrived!

Disclosure: I was invited to Disney’s Media Preview event for the 2021 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The opinions expressed here are my own.

The weather in Florida is amazing during this time of year, making it one of our favorite festivals to explore.

Beautiful flower gardens and topiaries can be found all throughout the park, as well as delightfully fresh eats at every turn!

Topiaries and Gardens

There are so many gorgeous and detailed topiaries. I’m always in awe of what they create.

Here are just a few of the ones we strolled by:

Here is the full list of the topiaries and where to find them:

  • Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Broom, Ostriches, Hippo and Mushroom – Main Entrance
  • Woody, Bo Peep and her sheep – Future World West
  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy – Between Future World & World Showcase
  • Pluto and Chip ‘n Dale – Between Future World and World Showcase
  • Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie – Showcase Plaza
  • Buzz Lightyear – Future World East near Mission: SPACE®
  • Figment – Future World West near Imagination!
  • Topiary Butterflies – Future World West
  • The Three Caballeros (Jose, Donald and Panchito) – Mexico Pavilion
  • Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion
  • Troll – Norway Pavilion
  • Dragon Topiary – Japan Pavilion near Torii Gate
  • Pandas – China Pavilion
  • China Zodiac Topiary Garden – China Pavilion in front of Nine Dragons
  • Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi) – Future World West
  • Snow White and Dopey – Germany Pavilion
  • Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion
  • Remy – France Pavilion
  • Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – Between United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
  • Peter Pan and Captain Hook – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger) – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Bambi and Friends – Future World East near Mouse Gear

The Goodness Garden Butterfly House- presented by GoGo squeeZ

We look forward to the butterfly house every year.

Not only are the butterflies and flowers in the tent stunningly colorful and so beautiful, there is also so much to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.

You may even see one emerge from its chrysalis.

The Butterfly House closes at dusk, so make sure to go earlier in the day.

Outdoor Kitchens

There are so many amazing kitchens to choose from. Here are some things we have tried out so far and where to find them, as well as a link to the whole menu!

Festival Favorites- World Showplace

Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, Feta and Balsamic Reduction (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)

Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-Made Pickle * loved the flavors and was a good portion size.
Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-Fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil
Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue *so very good

Cider House– World Showplace

House-Made Potato and Cheddar Biscuit with Salmon Tartare
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart with Whipped Cream
Cider Flight

Farmers Feast- World Showplace

Spring Onion Soup with Crispy Shallots and Micro Chive
Duck Confit with Carrot Purée, Roasted Root Vegetables, Rainbow Chard and Duck Jus (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly)
Off the “Beet”en Path: Profiteroles with Red Beet Mousse, Golden Beet Pastry Cream, Whipped Goat Cheese Cream and Candied Walnuts * this was such a fun surprise, it was sweet and delicious.
Hibiscus Lemonade Cocktail featuring Islamorada Brewery & Distillery Hibiscus Gin

Flavorful Kitchen– Future World West

Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate Crisp Pearls *my kids loved this one!
Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (nonalcoholic) *kids also enjoyed it!

The Citrus Blossom- Showcase Plaza

Orange-Lemon Smoothie in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (nonalcoholic)

Meyer Lemon-poached Lobster Salad with Grapefruit-Rosé Vinaigrette, Yuzu-marinated Hearts of Palm, and Avocado-Yuzu Panna Cotta (gluten/wheat friendly)

Epcot Sunshine Griddle– Future World East

Avocado Toast with Marinated Toybox Tomatoes and Fresh Goat Cheese on Toasted Ciabatta *we loved this and so has everyone else I’ve talked to about it!

Corned Beef Brisket Hash with House-Made Potato Barrels, Onions, Peppers, Cheese Curds and a Soft-Poached Egg with Tabasco® Hollandaise

Froot Loops® Shake (nonalcoholic)

Trowel & Trellis Hosted by Impossible Foods (Showcase Plaza)

Lavender Pot de Crème with Blueberry Cake, Pink Peppercorn, and Lime Whipped Cream (plant-based)

Boneless Impossible Korean Short Rib with Cilantro-Lime Rice, Danmuji Slaw, and Kimchee Mayonnaise (plant-based; Garden Graze).

Impossible Sausage and Kale Soup (plant-based; new)

La Isla Fresca- between Morocco and France

Tropical Mousse Cup: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple.

Hanami– Japan

Frushi: Strawberry, Pineapple and Cantaloupe wrapped in Sweet Rice and Pink Soy Wrap served with Whipped Cream, Drizzled Berry Sauce and Toasted Coconut.

Blood Orange Sour with Fresh Mint

Pineapple Promenade– Showcase Plaza

Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (nonalcoholic) *delicious every year!

You can find the full menu of all items here.

Live Entertainment

Jammin’ Gardeners (Canada Mill Stage) are always a fun stop to see them Jam out!

Pianist (World Showplace) plays relaxing songs for the season.

Voices of Liberty (America Gardens Theatre), Mariachi Cobre (America Gardens Theatre). These both have inspiring and fun performances that are not to be missed! Here are the times from the day we went.

Local bands from Orlando will also perform songs from yesterday and today. Playing at the America Gardens Theatre. We got to experience the Vintage Vinyl Band (playing vintage pop).

Performances are Sunday, Monday, Friday & Saturday only.

  • EPIC! – (Pop)
    Get ready for a true multi-generational “SuperBand” who continues their run of success—making appearances all over the world with their Concert Style high-energy show!
    • March 5 to 8
    • April 16 to 19
    • May 28 to 31
  • Motown in Motion (Motown / R&B)
    Get moving to the sounds of this power-packed, live Motown musical tribute to some of the greatest American artists of all time.  
    • March 19 to 22
    • April 30 to May 3
    • June 11 to 14
  • Vintage Vinyl Band (Vintage Pop)
    Drop in for a spin with this unconventional top 40 cover band that specializes in retrofitting today’s hits into yesterday’s sound, while weaving in classics from the American Songbook. 
    • March 12 to 15
    • April 23 to 26
    • June 4 to 7
  • The Hooligans (Pop)
    Rock the night away to classic tunes ranging from the British Invasion to ‘80s pop to ‘90s alternative.  
    • March 26 to 29
    • May 7 to 10
    • June 18 to 21
  • The Spazmatics (‘80s Pop)
    Go wild for this band that recaptures all the best of the ‘80s. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and styles make for an evening of pure energy and entertainment.  
  • Dates:
    • April 2 to 5
    • May 14 to 17
    • June 25 to 28
  • Latin Ambition (Latin/Pop)
    Discover why this bilingual Latin American Party Band has received accolades and honors industry-wide for over a decade—and earning their reputation by promising energy, showmanship and diversity.  
    • April 9 to 12   
    • May 21 to 24
    • July 2 to 5

Family Fun

Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration– For $7.99 you can purchase a map with stickers that has corresponding locations to look for Spike the Bee!

We always have such fun looking for him.

This year the prize at the end is picking out any two of these cute plates as a souvenir.

 If you’re an Annual Pass holder you can still get your 20% off!

Health Full Trail– is a beautiful sitting and play area. You’ll find lots of shaded seating with umbrellas, as well as a little maze and game area for kids to burn off that extra energy.

Garden Graze– This is a “Food Stroll”. You purchase any five of the specially noted items in the festival guide book and you receive a complimentary bonus item!

Festival Merchandise

Disney always designs the cutest merchandise for the festivals and this year’s Flower and Garden doesn’t disappoint.

There are four collections:

Minnie’s Wildflowers Collection is blooming with beautiful bows and floral patterns.The collection has tees and tanks, a vase, coffee mug and watercan, magic band and gorgeous Dooney and Burke pieces.

Figment World of Nature Collection includes a journal,a planter inspired by Spaceship Earth, fun tees, bento box and a super cute to go mug!

Spike The Bee Collection is buzzing with fun. The collection includes garden essentials, a baseball cap, a tumbler by corkcicle and more!

Orange Bird Collection has brought the sunshine with him to this colorful and fun line, which includes a spirit jersey, wind breaker, Orange Bird Floral Minnie Ears, and Orange Bird that sits on your shoulder, vase, keychain, to go mug and a snowdome cup!

The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival runs until July 5th and is included with your regular park admission. For more information visit waltdisneyworld.com.

This list is just a small part of all the fun you will find. There are more gardens, characters, dining and shopping than we can list in one post.
We hope you find this helpful in planning your trip to visit the festival.

A huge thank you to the Walt Disney World Resort for inviting Winter Garden Moms.

Have a magical week!
Brandy (Brightspotphoto)

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