Last week we had the opportunity to visit the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival and try some of the amazing things they have to offer this year. It was so much fun to take my girl and enjoy a day out in the park. After spending a day laughing with her, I thought it would be fun to share 10 things to see and try at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. You will not want to miss it this year!
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival | 10 Things to See and Try
This is simply our list from our day of fun. You may find other things you will enjoy more.
Epcot Tea Tour
We had an opportunity to check out the Epcot Tea Tour and I am so glad we did. It was so much fun to listen to our amazing tour guide tell us everything we needed to know about the many different types of tea. We learned how it is grown, stored, and brewed. If you have an older child this may be just the experience for you. I don’t know if I would recommend this for a younger crowd. My daughter is ten and lost interest towards the end. It will really depend on the maturity and interest level of the child.
R tried out the Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea and fell in love! I have to agree with her. The flavor was simply amazing. If you do the tour, make sure to buy this flavor. You won’t be disappointed.
For more information about the Tea Tour visit Epcot In Spring. Please know that there are two tours. One is free and does not include a sampling. The other is a paid tour that is longer and includes a sampling.
One of our favorite things from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival were the amazing topiaries. There are so many different characters represented. They are all over the park and they are simply beautiful.
At the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival there are some incredible food options you won’t want to miss. If you are after something that won’t disappoint I highly recommend the Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with steamed rice and coconut lime sauce. It was a little bit of heave. For dessert, do yourself and your stomach a favor and have the key lime pie! I am a key lime pie snob and often opt to make my own. That said, I loved Epcot’s version. It was the perfect blend of sweet and sour and how cute is that chocolate butterfly?
Tip: If your children aren’t adventurous eaters, Italy sells Pizza.
Egg Scavenger Hunt
For only $5.99 you can pick up your egg hunt map. There are character inspired eggs hidden throughout the world showcase and you can get a small egg of your own if you find all of them. You don’t have to pay to hunt the eggs. If you aren’t after the prize at the end, you can still make this a fun challenge as you work your way through the world showcase.
Tip: Make sure to look up. Some of these eggs are hidden really high up!
Character Meet and Greets
Do you have a favorite character? Epcot is a great place to get up close and spend some time chatting with your favorites. I highly recommend having your child go in with a question in mind. It makes the experience more entertaining if they get to have their own special moment. For us, we found out Belle’s favorite book, Alice’s favorite tea, and shared an emotional moment with Joy and Sadness.
Tip: If you want to see Belle before the crowds get bad, be on the France side of the World showcase right when it opens. She will be on your left at eleven and lines will be smaller.
Many of the countries in the world showcase feature live entertainment you won’t want to miss. There are also some fabulous concerts planned as part of the Garden Rocks series that you won’t want to miss.
Tip: If you are going to one of the Garden Rocks concerts you will need to get there early or set up one of the meal and seating plans in order to guarantee a seat. If you don’t want to do this, most concerts can be seen from outside of the seating area and you can still hear them well.
In the Festival Center you can check out some great presentations and learn about different ways to take care of plants as well as tips for conservation. This is a great place to cool off while learning a lot. We met Captain Ron there on a special meet and greet. He is a smelling dog that seeks out sea turtle nests so they can be protected. We learned that one thing you can do to help protect sea turtles is to flatten your sea castles before you leave the beach. These are obstacles that can prevent them making it safely to the ocean.
Tip: Check your park map for times of any programming in the Festival Center.
Living with the Land
Living with the Land is one of our favorite rides at Epcot. Not only is it a great place to cool off, it’s an amazing place to see some fantastic gardening ideas. We love going through the greenhouse and seeing some of the innovations in gardening.
Tip: If you have a smaller child this is a great ride for you to enjoy while they grab a small nap.
There are some beautiful new merchandise offerings in the park you won’t want to miss out on. I know I am in love with all things Figment. The great thing about that is that Figment is front and center in many of the new merchandise offerings.
End your night with an amazing fireworks show. This show is absolutely amazing!
Tip: If you have a child with sensory issues, try watching near the fountains. It will give you some distance and a few great places to go if you need to leave in a hurry.
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