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Ten Great Ways to Enjoy Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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Ten Great Ways to Enjoy Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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We all know that Spring is soon approaching, mainly because of the pollen, the birds, the bees, and the flowers springing to life at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. There you will find me in the midst of the colorful garden creations, the vivacious seminar events, and the consuming cocktails in true honor of the Mouse from March 1st through May 29th.

Since Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival gives us an abbreviated culinary and educational experience of the Food and Wine Festival, I thought I’d give you all some basics tips on how to enjoy your time this year.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2015

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2015

Ten Ways to enjoy Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival :
  1. Go during the weekdays

Anyone visiting Walt Disney World on a regular day knows that going at the right time is extremely important. This concept is even more important during special events and holidays. That’s why I recommend attending the Flower & Garden Festival during the weekday (Monday through Thursday) in order to optimize your international globe hopping experience at Epcot.

  1. Get there early

We’ve all heard that the early bird catches the worm, you snooze, you lose…so on and so on. It’s the classic tip for any theme park goer in Florida, especially any Disney guest. Coming early to the Flower & Garden Festival will give you a chance to pace yourself by enjoying the festival attractions and global explorations in both Future World and World Showcase.

  1. Attend the seminars

There’s no better way to enjoy the event than attending the amazing classes which are mostly free or budget friendly. A plus is that you will get to meet many of your favorite floral and topiary presenters in a much more relaxed environment compared to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

  1. Buy a Disney wristlet gift card

For the typical pro foodie or amateur taste tester, savoring the many samples is a must, but doing this without a set budget could turn a fun trip into one of financial regret…trust me, I’ve made this mistake a few times. It will also prevent any unexpected credit card swiping when intoxicated with the many worldly adult concoctions.

  1. Split the cost

Going with a friend or two or three always turns an already great journey into one of epicness!

Just ask my friends.

It also means that if you’re on a budget and down for sharing, then you can really try most of the dishes without leaving the park financially wounded.

  1. Visit the Festival Center

Starting here is a must! It opens two hours before World Showcase and it is a good way to enjoy a few seminars and chat with the Cast Members, possibly gaining some insider tips.

This year the Festival Center will only be open on the weekends from Friday through Sunday. During the Fun Fresh Weekends in the Festival Center, you will be able to enjoy complimentary gardening demonstrations, and meet a variety of horticulture specialists for tips on creating your own outdoor retreat!

  1. Map out your day

This is another classic tip for any avid Disney traveler. Visit the official Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival website for the complete guide.

This will save you the headache of missing out on cool things especially if you’re only able to visit once. This tip is very important, because it will help guide you on where to find your gardening inspiration, what time seminars/demonstrations will occur, and any additional information regarding speakers, performers, and other special Disney guests.

  1. Plan to visit multiple times

You will need a few trips!

One to try it all, another trip for seminars, and one to retry your favorites dishes all over again.

  1. Plan for a cab or have a designated driver in the group

Previewing the festival’s menu should give you an idea of what delicious treats can be expected. There are loads of beverages (mostly adult inspired) that will fuse fresh ingredients with ripened spirits; hopefully you will leave balanced and able to walk out.

So having a great plan for this kind of indulgence will make for a safe and fun experience at Epcot.

  1. Enjoy yourself!

You’re really going to have a great time, so try not to stress too much if you find yourself spending too much time at the Kitchens. There’s always something going on in the park that will bring great delight to your heart.

Until next time, have fun learning, eating well, and drinking up for all of the ThemeParkHipsters around the world!






JOIN NIKKYJ ON THIS SOLO THEME PARK JOURNEY NikkyJ is the author of The Solo Theme Park Traveler's Guide who loves ALL things amusement park related. She was born and raised in Florida which attributed to her passion for theme parks. Instead of rushing over to the thrill rides, like she used to, you may find her in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot enjoying a nice glass of Pinot Noir and a delightful book! NikkyJ enjoys traveling solo to theme parks and wants to show you how you can overcome any of your fears and TAKE THE SOLO THEME PARK CHALLENGE!

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