The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2021 is a foodie’s paradise and a florist’s dream.
I have done the true festival excursion on multiple occasions and now I want to share with you my top 9 things you must do at Epcot International Flower Garden Festival.
There you will find me in the midst of the colorful garden creations, wonderful seminars, and the tantalizing cocktails from March 3rd to July 5th of 2021!
This is the festival’s 27th year and I’m so excited to show you how to have the best day ever!
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What do you do at Flower and Garden Festival?
Everything! But seriously, there are so many unique things to do at this annual Epcot Festival.
We’ll go through all the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival must do’s to have an epic trip!
You will want to be at the gates before 9 a.m.
Hipster Power Tip: Start Early! Coming early to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will give you a chance to pace yourself by allowing you to enjoy the festival attractions in both Future World and World Showcase.
9 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Must Do’s You Have to Try
I’m so happy to share with you a few of my favorite things to do at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. Unfortunately, 2020 was quite a challenging year which has spilled over into 2021.
Because of that, a few of my must do recommendations on this list are temporarily suspended. However, you can add them to your list for a future visit.
1. Explore the Topiaries and Gardens at Epcot
In between your FastPass+ attractions, visit the Future World gardens and take lots of photos.
Walkaround and check out the beautiful topiary displays created by the talented Disney staff.
Be sure to snap unique photos of the amazing garden creations of the Disney horticulturists.
2021 Epcot Topiaries
- Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Broom, Ostriches, Hippo and Mushroom – Main Entrance
- Woody, Bo Peep and her sheep – Future World West
- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy – Between Future World & World Showcase
- Pluto and Chip ‘n Dale – Between Future World and World Showcase
- Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie – Showcase Plaza
- Buzz Lightyear – Future World East near Mission: SPACE®
- Figment – Future World West near Imagination!
- Topiary Butterflies – Future World West
- The Three Caballeros (Jose, Donald and Panchito) – Mexico Pavilion
- Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion
- Troll – Norway Pavilion
- Dragon Topiary – Japan Pavilion near Torii Gate
- Pandas – China Pavilion
- China Zodiac Topiary Garden – China Pavilion in front of Nine Dragons
- Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi) – Future World West
- Snow White and Dopey – Germany Pavilion
- Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
- Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion
- Remy – France Pavilion
- Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – Between United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
- Peter Pan and Captain Hook – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger) – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Bambi and Friends – Future World East near Mouse Gear
2021 Epcot Gardens of the World Tour
- Outdoor Escapes Presented by OFF!® Repellents- Near Future World East
- Floating Gardens – Walkway between Future World and the World Showcase
- Festival Blooms – Near Future World’s East and West lakes
- The Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ® – Near Future World West
- (NEW!) Prehistoric Garden – Near Future World West
- Bold Bromeliads – Near Future World West by the Land
- Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth – Near the Imagination Walkway
- The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™ – Near Imagination! Pavilion
- Tropical Rainforest Garden – In the Mexico Pavilion
- Extraordinary Orchids – In the Mexico Pavilion
- Bamboo Garden- In the China Pavilion
- Chinese Zodiac Topiary Garden – In the China Pavilion
- Alpine Miniature Garden – Located in the Germany Pavilion
- Growing the Future presented by Murata Electronics – Located in the Germany Pavilion
- Garden Italiano – Located in the Italy Pavilion
- Kokedama Garden – Located in the Japan Pavilion
- Bonsai Collection – Located in Japan Pavilion
- Urban Spice Garden – Located in Morocco Pavilion
- English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London® – Located in the United Kingdom Pavilion
- Shakespeare Garden – Located in the United Kingdom Pavilion
Hipster Power Tip: Grab a Passport! The passport is a pamphlet that allows you to personalize it with your name, country, date issued, and date of completion.
Your Passport also includes the locations of the topiaries, the outdoor kitchen offerings, merchandise options, and concert information.
2. Drink and Eat Your Way Around Epcot World Showcase
Don’t hold back! Enjoy your must have drinks and food at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
Best Food and Drinks at Epcot Flower & Garden Festival:
- House-Made Potato and Cheddar Biscuit with Salmon Tartare
- Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream and Citrus Crumble
- Hibiscus Lemonade Cocktail featuring Islamorada Brewery & Distillery Hibiscus Gin
- Avocado Toast with Marinated Toybox Tomatoes and Fresh Goat Cheese on Toasted Ciabatta
- Shrimp and Grits: Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Sweet Corn Salsa
- Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, Feta and Balsamic Reduction
- Frushi: Strawberry, Pineapple and Cantaloupe wrapped in Sweet Rice and Pink Soy Wrap served with Whipped Cream, Drizzled Berry Sauce and Toasted Coconut
- Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
- Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
- Traditional Sicilian Cannoli: Crisp Pastry Filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Orange
Let’s go through my top 3 dishes from this Epcot festival over the years.
Now that you know what food you must try this year, let’s see some of my favorites from the previous years.
Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro (Florida Fresh between Morocco and France)
Year after year, this scrumptious experience…yes, I said experience…was always a top winner for my Epcot Flower and Garden food pick.
Maybe it’s the southern gal in me, but the spiciness of the Andouille sausage along with the sweetness of the shrimp and crunchy sensation of the fresh bell peppers brought about pure foodie ecstasy.
The dish also came out really hot in temperature, a southern must if grits are involved. However, once you’re past the scolding temps, you’re able to taste the love put into this snack.
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapenos
Good ole America, the place where a jam-packed hearty meal is the norm…well at least in the south 😊
During the Flower and Garden Festival you will see the huge smoker sitting next to the American booth looking like a familiar summer day in the backyard with the family.
I was highly surprised at Disney’s take on this classic American meal.
The brisket was tender to the fork and delightfully seasoned. It was also filled with juicy smoke-filled flavors that reminded me of those summertime cookouts of childhood.
The beef was also soft and appetizing enough to make my mother proud.
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Pineapple Soft-serve Ice Cream with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum (Pineapple Promenade)
Most ThemeParkHipsters have probably thought,
“I wonder what a Dole Whip would taste like with a shot of rum?”
Well you’re in for an early Christmas gift! Disney took that wish and made it come true.
The Parrot Bay Coconut Rum shot is the cherry on top of an already enjoyable Disney treat.
Caution is needed as you finish this delicacy, because a strong rum infused melted pineapple finish is waiting for you at the bottom of the cup. Cheers!
3. Attend the Flower and Garden Festival Tours
There’s no better way to enjoy the event than attending the amazing educational garden tours, 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.
English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London®
In the United Kingdom pavilion, you can do a complimentary guided tour in the tea gardens called, The English Tea Garden tour.
According to Disney, you’ll learn more about the artistry behind the growing and blending of herbs, which is vital for the creation of uniquely flavored brews.
- The English Tea Garden tour lasts approximately 20 minutes.
- Same-day registration is available in The Tea Caddy gift shop.
- Advance registration is recommended, as each tour is limited to only 20 Guests.
- Tours are held Monday through Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Royal Tea Garden Tour
There is another tour called the Royal Garden Tea Tour.
This tour begins at 9:30 a.m. in the United Kingdom Pavilion. This is an upgraded tour with tea and scones included for $20.00. This tour lasts 45 minutes.
You can book the Royal Garden Tea Tour by calling (407) 939-8687.
Gardens of the World
This 3-hour tour is led by a Disney Horticulturist who takes you on an outdoor adventure exploring the many topiary displays and landscapes throughout this event.
The tour costs $85.00 plus tax and guests must be at least 12 years of age to participate.
If any guests are under 18 years of age who are participating in the tour, they must be accompanied by a paying guest at least 18 years of age.
This tour takes place on select weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. during the Festival.
Behind the Seeds Tour
This is one of my favorite tours at Epcot which allows you to go on a guided tour with a Disney Cast Member through the greenhouse of the Living with the Land attraction.
This tour lasts an hour and is $25 for adults and $20 for kids. You can check the official schedule here on Disney’s website.
Please Note: The Epcot tours mentioned above are temporarily suspended for 2021.
4. Get Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Merchandise
Before you grab your seat for the fireworks show, be sure to make any Epcot Flower and Garden Festival merchandise purchases.
This will ensure that you have a few nice souvenirs to take home.
5. Do the Epcot Egg Hunt!
The Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt has returned.
You can purchase the map for $7.99 at Disney Traders, Pin Central, and World Traveler shops (price subject to change).
The goal of this fun game is to find themed eggs around Epcot World Showcase. You then turn it back in for a unique Disney character egg to take home.
This special adventure goes on from March 19, 2021 to July 5, 2021.
6. Go on the Best rides at Epcot
Disney’s Epcot has some of the best theme park attractions in the world. Be sure to try my must do Epcot rides below!
7. Watch the Epcot Garden Rocks Concert Series
You’ll be able to see some of you favorite musicians during the Epcot Flower and Garden concerts.
This is the perfect way to enjoy all of the festival food, drinks, and culinary adventures with a musical treat to end the day.
Don’t feel bad if you’re not able to go to the first show.
Most bands tend to change up the song lineup throughout the evening. I’ve found the second and third shows tend to be the best.
The band is usually warmed up and there’s a much better energy from both the crowd and the artists.
Please Note: The Epcot Flower & Garden Festival concerts mentioned above are temporarily suspended for 2021.
8. Have A Sweet Finale with a Dessert Party
The Frozen Ever After Dessert Party is the best way to top off your Epcot Flower and Garden Festival day!
Here you’ll be able to indulge in the most delicious sweet treats with a top view of the Epcot fireworks show.
Plus, you’ll be treated to a magical boat ride on Frozen Ever After.
What’s included in the Frozen Dessert Party?
- Kristoff’s Kransekake Almond Cookie
- Honeymaren’s Assorted Carolines
- Sven’s Cheesecake-filled Cream Horns
- Troll Rock Coconut Bonbons
- Anna’s Sunflower Birthday Cake Cupcakes
- Wandering Oaken’s No Sugar Added Lemon Curd with Blueberry
- Troll Rock Coconut Bonbons
- Anna’s Sunflower Birthday Cake Cupcakes
- Wandering Oaken’s No Sugar Added Lemon Curd with Blueberry
- Agnarr’s Warm Chocolate Pudding with Salted Caramel Glaze
- Hand-dipped Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- Ryder’s Fresh Fruits with Berries
- Mixed Grill Focaccia Sandwich
- Cheese Puff Sliders with Pimento Cheese
- House-fried Kettle Chips with Lime Seasoning and Enchanted Forest Dip
- Grand Pabbie’s Cheese Fondue with Pretzel Bites, Grilled Flatbread and House-fried Chips
- Bruni’s Nitro Fried S’more Chocolate Mousse, Graham Cracker Crumbs and Fresh Toasted Marshmallows
Frozen Dessert Party Drink Selections:
- “Frozen Heart” and other nonalcoholic beverages
- Summertime cocktails, like margaritas and piña coladas
- Beer and wine
Plus, after the fireworks show, you’ll be escorted by Cast Members to the Norway Pavilion, where you’ll get ride Frozen Ever After in true VIP fashion!
Frozen Ever After Dessert Dates
According to Disney, the Frozen Ever After Dessert party is held select evenings.
Frozen Dessert Party Cost
The dessert part is $99 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $59 per child (ages 3 to 9), including tax and gratuity. Separate Epcot admission is also required.
*Frozen Ever After Dessert Party selections and prices subject to change at any time.
Please Note: The Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party and Fireworks show are temporarily suspended for 2021.
9. Grab Your Perfect Epcot Fireworks Spot
Because you’ve followed ThemeParkHipster’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival must do’s and one-day itinerary, you now have plenty of time to find a nice spot for the Epcot fireworks show.
This show is one-of-kind experience and is the perfect way to end your day at Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
What to Know Before You Go
How much does Epcot cost?
A one-day REGULAR season Epcot ticket starts at $109* (prices do fluctuate based on the season).
What are the Best Rides at Epcot for Adults
- Soarin Around the World
- Living with the Land
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track
- Mission Space
- Frozen Ever After
How many countries does Epcot have?
There are 11 (eleven) countries in Epcot.
What are the countries in Epcot?
- America (United States)
- United Kingdom
Where are the best places to have a drink Epcot?
Like everywhere in the park and I mean that.
Nothing else needs to follow…
If it’s not too crowded.
Have Your Drinking Around the World at Epcot Passport Handy
Don’t get overwhelmed trying to plan your perfect route around World Showcase. You already have enough to worry about for your Disney vacation.
Get your Drinking Around the World Passport to help you keep track of your progress of the best drinks in Epcot.
Grab your own copy below!
What are the best drinks at Epcot?
My top 5 must have alcoholic beverages are:
- Avocado Margarita from La Cava del Tequila in Mexico
- Mediterranean Journey for Spice Road Table in Morocco
- Leaping Leprechaun from Rose & Crown Pub in United Kingdom
- Apple Ice Wine from the Trading Post in Canada
- Tokyo Sunset from Kabuki Cafe in Japan
You can read more of the best drinks at Epcot here!
The annual Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is definitely a Walt Disney World must do in itself. I hope my suggestions help you have the most EPIC DAY EVER!
What’s your Epcot Flower and Garden Festival food or drink that you must do? Let me know in the comment section below.
Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!
(Original Article Written Spring 2015/Updated March 7, 2021)