2018 Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival
It’s back! Now is a great time to plan your 2018 Walt Disney World vacation for this spring. If you have ever been to Disney’s Epcot theme park for its breathtaking International Flower and Garden Festival you know it’s not to be missed. In this post, I will give you the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival dates and what to expect. This is an update from my 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
When planning your Disney vacation, check out Undercover Tourist for discounted park tickets. Undercover Tourist is a Disney licensed ticket sale agent, offering fantastic savings. I have also purchased discounted park tickets from Florida Ticket Station, I only recommend sites I have used and know them to be safe.
Walt Disney World Epcot‘s International Flower and Garden Festival dates are from February 28 to May 28. That is 90 beautiful days to enjoy such gorgeous surroundings. This is a festival I tell everyone not to dismiss.
In 2018 Epcot International Flower Garden Festival will mark 25 years of the blooming event.
Some Festival Highlights:
– Outdoor kitchens (some prefer it over Epcot‘s International Food and Wine Festival)
– Outdoor concert series
– Inspirational exhibits, seminars and how to do demonstrations
– Crafted Disney themed topiaries
– Kid play area and exhibits geared for children
It is truly a beautiful time to visit Epcot, I always say “we must stop and smell the roses sometimes” well, why not in Epcot?
2017 Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival
Epcot is the most beautiful, festive and delicious when the International Flower and Garden Festival is happening. This annual event takes place from March to May. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival are one of my most favorite events.
There is so much to see and do. Let’s begin with the most obvious addition to Epcot, the topiaries. There are about 100 beautiful topiaries scattered throughout Epcot. When you thought you may have seen an amazingly crafted topiary, there is another topiary that will knock your socks off. I do admit, I have always been fond of topiaries so I am a bit bias. No topiaries compare to Epcot’s, sorry it’s the truth. I love the light up topiaries when the night falls the topiaries (a selected amount) sparkle.
The gardens are quite plentiful nearing 700 both rare and traditional varieties. The Disney World’s Horticulturists, (400 men and women), prepare for over a year for this three-month event. You don’t need to be a garden aficionado to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship. It’s just plain impressive.
There are gardens and exhibits taking place at this festive event. “Butterflies on the Go” exhibit is where I spent some educational time. Butterflies are everywhere and some still in their larvae state.
The exhibit has butterfly attracting plants, such as dill and fennel, quite interesting.
There is a hands-on Harmony Garden musical playground, children can create their own music sound with drums chimes and xylophones.
Let’s not forget Meet and Greet, many of your favorite characters are waiting to take a picture with you!
On the weekends Disney Guest are able to partake in specials programs and seminars with Epcot’s expert gardeners as well as HGTV and DIY experts. Some of these specials are for an additional fee, be sure to check the schedules for pricing.
Walking around exploring the beauty of Epcot will leave you a bit hungry. No need to look far. There are 13 open kitchens (kiosks).
If you have ever been to Epcot’s Wine and Food Festival, imagine a smaller version.There are food kiosks scattered around the park. These kiosks serve snack size portions of garden/farm-fresh flavors. I must say, the prices are a bit steep, after touring and tasting, you’ll realize you could have had a table service meal for all money spent.
On weekends enjoy the Garden Rocks concert series. Famous artists rock Epcot American Gardens Theater in World Showcase every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. The concert series has three showings every weekend evening 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8 PM.
My husband and I fully enjoy Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. It has been one of our favorites for five years now. I hope you love it as much as we do.
What are your thoughts?
Have you ever been to Epcot international flower garden festival? Did you love it? Tell me your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.