It’s here! The 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is underway at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. What does that mean? It means that Epcot is overflowing with beautiful topiaries and displays of nature’s bounty for all guests to enjoy.
Find out what to see this year.
In this article
Date of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival runs from February 28 through May 28, 2018.
Check out our Crowd Calendar to see how the Flower and Garden Festival affects crowd levels during the year.
What is the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival?
Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival 2018 is a celebration of all things spring and nature at Walt Disney World. From incredible flower and topiary displays, to concerts and delicious food and drink – it is a magical time to visit Epcot!
Imagine Disney does nature. That’s pretty much what you get. A whole lot of awesome.
There multiple breathtaking garden spaces, wildlife habitats, inspirational exhibits, outdoor kitchens and wonderful tours.
Beauty and the Beast
Belle and the Beast greet guests at the France Pavilion in the World Showcase.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White can be found with her entourage in the Germany pavilion with a great view of Spaceship Earth in the background.
The Seven Dwarfs may be some of the toughest characters to find in Walt Disney World, but Doc and friends don’t hide at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival 2018.
Not all the topiaries are characters. This butterfly is a beautiful celebration of nature’s beauty. This beautiful topiary is located near Showcase Plaza. He (or she) has some friends in the display as well.
Lady and the Tramp
Lady the Tramp can be found looking fresh and green. Considering their iconic spaghetti scene, they are fittingly located in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion.
If you are a Lady and the Tramp fan, we recommend trying Tony’s Town Square – one of the restaurants in the Magic Kingdom. It one of only five that serves alcohol in that park. It is themed after the movie.
Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy
Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy frolic in the front of the park.
Anna and Elsa
Take your Frozen fans to the Norway pavilion to check out the sisters looking fresh and green..
Bambi & Friends
Find Flower, Bambi, and Thumper at Showcase Plaza – West Towers.
Find this beautiful creature in the China pavilion.
Looking for this awesome spaceman? He is, of course, near Mission: SPACE.
Daisy Duck, Chip, and Dale
These friendly characters are near Future World West near Imagination.
Donald Duck with Huey, Dewey, and Louie
The nephews and their uncle are located behind Spaceship Earth.
Find this cute little fellow between Future World and the World Showcase. He is actually pretty big. 😉
Lightning and Cruz
Located at Future World East near Test Track
You can find these adorable topiaries in the China Pavilion
Simba and Friends
Lion King fans can find Simba, Mufasa, Sarabi, Timon and Pumbaa at the Outpost Shop.
Stitch is stationary and not causing any trouble on the fountain side of MouseGear!
The Three Caballeros
Of course, Jose, Donald, and Panchito are to be found at the Mexico Pavilion. You can check them out outside, then head inside the temple and take a relaxing boat ride if you just can’t get enough of these lovable fellows.
Tink is in the United Kingdom Pavilion, considering her London roots. Terrible pun intended.
There is a troll to be found in the Norway Pavilion. We can’t say whether or not he is a love expert.
Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy
These friends are the considered to be the welcoming committee for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. They are found at the Main Entrance.
Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends
While guests can no longer meet Winnie the Pooh and friends in Christopher Robin’s room at Epcot, their topiaries can be found in the United Kingdom Pavilion.
Woody can be found in the American Adventure.
The gardens may be some of the best parts of the festival. They are intricate and beautiful, as one might expect from any Disney display.
Alpine Container Garden – The Germany Pavilion features a garden of hardy alpine plants that can survive in extreme temperatures.
Bamboo Garden – The China Pavilion has a beautiful bamboo garden for guests to peruse.
Bonsai Collection – The Japan Pavilion has a garden where guests can discover the ancient art of bonsai with sculptures created by bonsai masters.
English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London® – The history and art of blending and creating tea are at the heart of the English Tea Garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion. This one is a must for tea lovers.
Festival Blooms – Presented by FTD® – Although flowers are not in short supply at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Future World’s display features thousands of beautiful flowers overlooking Future World’s East and West lakes.
Floating Mini-Gardens – There are 100 little gardens floating on the ponds on the walkway between Future World and the World Showcase.
Florida Fresh Garden – Between Morocco and the France Pavilion, there is a garden play space where little ones can burn off energy. This is one of numerous great places to let little ones burn off energy without a line!
Garden Italiano – You can find everything you need to create an incredible Italian meal at the Italy Pavilion.
Imagination Play Garden – NEW! This incredible garden is a play are for children of all ages. It can be found near Imagination Walkway. There is a net play climber and a musical maze and use your senses. It closes at dusk. THIS PLAY AREA IS NOT TO BE MISSED! Our kids could have spent the entire day there! It can be reached from the entrance to the Honey Bee-stro as well as from the walkway between FutureWorld and the World Showcase.
Purple Martin Garden – Fancy some bird watching? Find purple martins as they fly to and from their nests in Disney’s purple martin bird houses.
Road to the Florida 500 – There is a topiary featuring Mater, Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez that greet you and surround a desert-themed mini-park at the Test Track Walkway. This play area also closes at dusk.
Shakespeare Garden – A rose by any other name, wait, no, by their actual name, is one of many matches between Shakespearean quotes and flowers in the United Kingdom Pavilion.
The Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ—Butterflies galore abound here, and guests can observe several species up-close.
The How-To Garden – Hoping to come back from your trip with a greener thumb? This display in Future World West provides guests with great garden-ready ideas. It will be hard not to be inspired after seeing what the festival has to offer.
Tropical Rainforest Garden – NEW! The Mexico Pavilion has an absolutley gorgeous rainforest garden that pays tribute to the Mexican rainforests which are rich with plants and animals.
Urban Spice – In eastern cultures in days of old, spices were used as currency. Many cultures are still strongly identified by signature spices and herbs. In the Morocco Pavilion, learn more about the impact spices had on the ancient world as well as the world today.
It wouldn’t be an Epcot festival without special culinary offerings. Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival 2018 is no different.
The World Showcase at Epcot hosts over a dozen Outdoor Kitchens, each offering a menu of creative food and drink, including adult libations.
Outdoor kitchens are open daily from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Guests must admission to Epcot to attend.
What’s on the menu?
Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market
Location: Germany Pavilion
- Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V)
- Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
- Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese
- Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries
- Hugo-Charles De Fère “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint
- Paulaner Original Munich Lager
- Ayinger Bräu Weisse Hefeweizen, Munich, Germany
- Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager, Bad Köstritz, Germany
- Beer Flight
Location: UK Pavilion
- Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Branston Dressing with Pears
- House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare
- Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (V) (GF)
- McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY
- Florida Beer Company Caribé Pineapple Tropical Hard Cider, Cape Canaveral, FL
- Ciderboys Grand Mimosa Apple Orange Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
- Cider Flight
- Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (Non-alcoholic)
Fleur de Lys
Location: France Pavilion
- Tarte à la Tomate Provençale: Provencal Tomato Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Pastry Crust (V)
- Canard Confit Aux Gnocchi à la Parisienne: Braised Duck Confit with Parisian Gnocchi
- Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop (GF)
- La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice
- Kir Pomegranate: Sparkling Wine and Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Village de France
- Kronenbourg Blanc 1664
Location: between the France and Morocco Pavilions.
- Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
- Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish
- Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue
- Florida Orange Groves Winery Key Lime Sparkling Wine, St Petersburg, FL
- Tampa Bay Brewing Company Quat Seasonal Fruit Ale
- Big Top Brewing Company Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, Sarasota, FL
- First Magnitude Brewing Co. Monarch Milk Stout, Gainesville, FL
- Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Tamiami Florida Gin
- Watermelon Cucumber Slushy (Non-alcoholic)
- Beer Flight
Location: Japan Pavilion
- Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side (V)
- Ginger Beef Yaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger
- Teriyaki Salmon with Furikake Seasoned Brown Rice (GF)
- Pineapple Momo Sake Cocktail
- Karatamba “Dry Wave” Sake
- Sapporo Draft Beer in a Kampai Cup
Jardin de Fiestas
Location: Mexico Pavilion
- Pork Taco: Slow-braised Pork Taco served with Apple Relish, Goat Cheese and Chile de Árbol Sauce
- Chilaquiles: Chilaquiles served with Ranchera Sauce, Chorizo, Mexican Cream and Cotija Cheese
- Capirotada: Bread Pudding served with Rompope
- Tiger Lily Sangria
- Rose Margarita
- Violet Cassis Punch
- Daisy Spicy Beer
La Isla Fresca
- Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
- Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce
- Caribbean Conch Salad with Mango, Papaya and Pickled Red Onions
- Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple
- Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
- Tropical Freeze with Cruzan Mango Rum
- Tropical Freeze (Non-alcoholic)
Taste of Marrakesh
Events and Tours
Epcot hosts many special events and tours during the Flower and Garden Festival that do not run in other times during the year. Some of these are paid, hard-ticket events, and all require registration.
Gardens of the World
A hard-ticket event for those 12 and older.
Cost is $85 per person.
Over the course of 3 hours, join a knowledgeable Disney Horticulturist for a fascinating walking tour throughout the World Showcase Pavilions.
Tours take place on select Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM during the Festival.
Please check in at the planter behind Spaceship Earth at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour. You’ll meet your guide and tour group at this location.
English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London®
This free tour is a 20 minute guided tour of an elegant English tea garden.
If you are a tea enthusiast, this is for you! Guests will learn some of growing and blending herbs for the art of tea making. According to Disney, “More than a dozen tea-flavoring plants are tucked inside oversized saucers strewn throughout the garden, making for delightful photo opportunities.”
Advance registration is recommended, as each tour is limited to only 20 Guests.
Tours are held Monday through Thursday at 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM, and Friday through Sunday at 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM.
Same-day registration is available in The Tea Caddy gift shop.
Royal Tea Garden Tour
The tour is a must for true tea-lovers. Guests will delve into even more in-depth into the artistry of tea-making during a 45 minute tour of an English tea garden, ending with a sampling of tea and scones at the Rose and Crown Pub in the UK Pavilion.
The Royal Garden Tea Tour begins at 9:45 AM in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot—before World Showcase opens to the general public at 11:00 AM.
The price of this tour is $18.00 per person.
Guests should check in at the Rose & Crown Dining Room.
Behind the Seeds is a one hour walking tour of the fish farm and four greenhouses that make up The Land Pavilion. This is a must for anyone who loves gardening.
Guests will see giant fruits and vegetables and crops from around the world.
We recommend riding Living with the Land before your tour as a preview.
The price is $25 for adults and $20 for children.
Per Disney’s website, “Please check in at the Tour Desk on the lower level of The Land Pavilion near Soarin’ 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour. You will forfeit the entire price of your tour if you no-show or cancel within 2 days of your reservation.”
What is YOUR favorite part of the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival? Let us know in the comments!
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