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You Don’t Want to Miss Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival

Orlando, Florida is known and loved as the theme park capital of the world with good reason. Here, it’s as easy to savor time mesmerized by the magic of film and cinema at Universal Studios as it is to see Legos come to life at Legoland! That said, it’s hard to imagine an Orlando adventure without quality time at Disney World included. This stop is one that brings magic into nearly every moment for guests whether you’re meeting with characters, exploring the parks’ many attractions, dining in Disney style, or enjoying shows along the way. In addition to the traditional Disney fun offered up at the theme parks, guests who head here just about any time of year will find they’re privy to some of the Disney festivals that are sure to inspire. If your travel plans happen to fall between March 1, 2023, and July 5, 2023, you’ll be just in time to celebrate Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival in style! This highly anticipated festival sees Epcot transformed into a blooming garden filled with flowerbeds, floral and garden-inspired fare as well as fun activities that highlight the excitement of spring at every turn. When you make your way to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, you can enjoy unique exhibits, live entertainment, stunning topiary displays and living sculptures of your favorite Disney characters as well. It’s an experience well worth enjoying for yourself when your travels bring you to Orlando this year.

Find the Place Where Fun and Flavor Collide

Every Disney festival is a treat for guests, but there’s something extra tantalizing about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. From the bold and brilliant colors to the floral aromas and easy access to themed fun, it’s one that’s sure to stand out from the rest. Make sure that your time at the festival includes the Garden Graze which is always a highlight. To participate, you’ll need to pick up your Festival Passport at the entry which will be your guide as you stroll through the park and savor 10 different and certainly delicious dishes that are crafted as a reflection of this one-of-a-kind festival. At each stop, you can get a stamp in your passport which can then be turned in at the Pineapple Promenade for a special treat and reward. As with some of the other annual Disney festivals, Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival also boasts an exciting lineup of outdoor kitchens that are always a delight. Guests can dine and sip their way through a stay making the most of festival-inspired cuisine served up by talented global chefs. This festival notoriously offers up garden-fresh fare to enjoy as well as fun snacks, and full dining experiences when you’re looking to infuse an elegant dinner into your visit as well.

Make time to Enjoy Festival Shopping

Pop-up markets are always an exciting part of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and those with a passion for retail therapy will love the options that arrive! Of course, even if you miss out on a pop-up market event, you’ll find that the festival hosts a variety of specialized festival merchandise for sale. Head over to the stores, gift stands, and merchandise booths to check out the limited-time apparel, accessories, souvenirs and more. In 2023, festival merchandise collections slated to be revealed include the Annual Passholder Collection, the Figment Collection, the Orange Bird Collection and the Snow White Collection as well.

Fun for the Entire Family

Those who are heading over to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival with the kids will find that there are a variety of family-friendly activities to include on the itinerary. Start with some time at the Family-Friendly Garden presented by OFF! This is a place where kids can explore camp-themed and floral exhibits where jumping, climbing, and imagination are all encouraged. Butterfly Landing by AdventHealth is another great stop on-site where kids can get up close to some truly colorful and incredible creatures. Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration Scavenger Hunt will be on in 2023 during festival time as well. Pick up a map and stickers at the entrance and keep your eyes peeled for Spike the Bee across Epcot. When you find him, sticker your map and enjoy turning it in for a prize when you’ve completed the hunt.

Expect Great Entertainment

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is aligned with the Garden Rocks Concert Series in 2023. A lineup of diverse and exciting performances is expected to take to the stage once again at the America Gardens Theater in the American Adventure Pavilion. Headlines will include Smash Mouth, Audio Exchange, Glass Ceiling, Blue Oyster Cult, and beyond.

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