11 BEST Things to Do at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in 2022

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The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2022 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 11 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 2nd to July 4th of 2022! 

This is the festival’s 28th year and I’m so excited to show you how to have the best day ever!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Goofy with 50th Anniversary Cake in front of Spaceship Earth. Things to do Epcot flower and garden.

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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!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Map and Passport Lady and the Tramp Topiary Garden
Lady and the Tramp Topiary Garden in Italy Pavilion

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.

11 Things You MUST Do at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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 and is still reflective in 2022.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Topiary

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 favorite attractions, visit the World Nature, World Discovery, and World Celebration (former home to Future World) gardens and take lots of photos.

Walk around and check out the beautiful topiary displays created by the talented Disney staff.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival topiaries and gardens.
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Be sure to snap unique photos of the amazing garden creations of the Disney horticulturists.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Lion King Topiary with Spaceship Earth in the Background

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries

  • Goofy Topiary and Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration Cake – Main Entrance
  • Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Brooms, Ostriches, Hippo and Gator – Entrance to World Showcase
  • Woody, Bo Peep and Her Sheep – near The Land Pavilion
  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie – Bridge to World Showcase
  • Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – The American Adventure Pavilion
  • Buzz Lightyear – near Mission: SPACE
  • Figment – near Imagination!
  • The Three Caballeros (Jose, Donald and Panchito) – Mexico Pavilion
  • Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion
  • Troll – Norway Pavilion
  • Dragon – Japan Pavilion near Torii Gate
  • Pandas – China Pavilion
  • Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi) – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
  • Pumbaa and Timon – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany Pavilion
  • Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion
  • Lumiere and Cogsworth – France Pavilion
  • Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – Germany Pavilion
  • Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tick Tock Croc  – Between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger) – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Bambi and Friends – near Imagination!
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Toy Story Topiary with Woody and Bo Peep

2022 Epcot Gardens of the World Tour

  • Blossoms of Fragrance Presented by Scentsy – World Showcase Bridge
  • Outdoor Escapes Presented by OFF!® Repellents – World Discovery
  • Floating Gardens – World Nature
  • Festival Blooms – World Celebration
  • Bambi’s Butterfly House – World Nature near Imagination!
  • The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board® – Rosewalk near Imagination!
  • Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth – Imagination! Walkway
  • Tropical Rainforest Garden – Mexico Pavilion
  • Extraordinary Orchids – Mexico Pavilion
  • Bold Bromeliads – World Nature by The Land Pavilion
  • China Zodiac Garden – China Pavilion
  • Bamboo Garden – China Pavilion
  • Alpine Miniature Garden – Germany Pavilion
  • Garden Italiano – Italy Pavilion
  • Kokedema Garden – Japan Pavilion
  • Bonsai Collection – Japan Pavilion
  • Spice Garden – Morocco Pavilion
  • France Bouquet Garden – France Pavilion
  • English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings® – United Kingdom
  • Shakespeare Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Prehistoric Garden – World Discovery near Mission: SPACE
  • Green Landing Family Play Zone – World Discovery
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Colorful Garden display

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.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Fantasia Birds with Mickey Mouse Topiary

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.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Sunshine Griddle Avocado Toast Corned Beef Brisket
Sunshine Griddle: Avocado Toast Corned Beef Brisket

Best Food and Drinks at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2022:

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce – Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market – Germany Pavilion
  • BLT Scone with Nueske’s® Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sundried Tomato and Basil – Cider House – Located Near the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly, Avocado Cream, Corn Salsa, Salsa Verde and Plantain Chips and Grapefruit Tart – The Citrus Blossom – Near Port of Entry
  • Avocado Toast with Marinated Toybox Tomatoes on Toasted Ciabatta and Corned Beef Brisket Hash with House-made Potato Barrels, Onions, Peppers, Cheese Curds and a Soft-poached Egg with Tabasco® Hollandaise – EPCOT Sunshine Griddle – Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet®
  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice – Fleur de Lys – France Pavilion
  • Frushi: Strawberry, Pineapple and Cantaloupe wrapped in Sweet Rice and Pink Soy Wrap served with Whipped Cream, Drizzled Berry Sauce and Toasted Coconut – Hanami – Japan Pavilion
  • Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Ají and Tomato Sauce – La Isla Fresca – Between Morocco and France
  • House-made Cheesy Crab Wontons and Kung Fu Punch: Smirnoff Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango, Orange Juice and Soda Water- Lotus House – China Pavilion
  • Spicy Chicken Gumbo with Andouille Sausage and BEN’S ORIGINAL™ Long Grain & Wild Rice – Magnolia Terrace – American Adventure Pavilion
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato – Northern Bloom – Canada Pavilion
  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips – Pineapple Promenade – Near Port of Entry
  • Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta – Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina – Morocco Pavilion
  • House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers Poutine – Refreshment Port – Near Canada Pavilion

Let’s go through my top 3 dishes from the Epcot Flower and Garden 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.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, and Cilantro. Beverages: Watermelon Passion Fruit Slush and Florida Avenue Blueberry-Cold Storage Craft Brewery
Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, and Cilantro. Beverages: Watermelon Passion Fruit Slush and Florida Avenue Blueberry-Cold Storage Craft Brewery (2014)

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 😊

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapenos
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapenos (2015)

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.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Pineapple Soft Serve With Myers Dark Rum
Pineapple Soft Serve With Rum

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!

Read: The Complete Epcot Flower and Garden Festival MENU

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.

Beauty and the Beast Topiary Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
Beauty and the Beast Topiary Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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® (Postponed)

In the United Kingdom pavilion, you can do a complimentary guided tour in the tea gardens called, The English Tea Garden tour.

Garden area of UK Pavilion in Epcot. Things to do Epcot flower and garden.
Garden Area of UK Pavilion in Epcot

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 (Postponed)

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.

UK Pavilion Garden at Epcot

You can book the Royal Garden Tea Tour by calling (407) 939-8687.

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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.

Epcot Living with the Land Christmas Decorations

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 2022.

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.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Orange Bird Spirit Jersey. Things to do Epcot flower and garden.

This will ensure that you have a few nice souvenirs to take home.

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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).

Disney Easter Egg Hunt-Canada Pavilion #DisneySecrets #Epcot
Disney Easter Egg Hunt-Canada Pavilion

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 mid-March 2022 to July 4, 2022.

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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!

Test Track Epcot Silver Futuristic Car
Test Track

Read: 17 Pro Tips for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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.

UK Pavilion at Epcot with Captain Hook topiary angry at Peter Pan. Things to do Epcot flower and garden.

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.

8. Have A Sweet Finale with a View

Book your Epcot Garden Rock dining package for an evening dinner an hour before the fireworks show starts to Rose and Crown. Be sure to request a seat on the outside patio or near a window facing the World Showcase Lagoon.

Epcot Rose and Crown Outdoor Seating Area at this Disney Restaurant

This will allow you to have a guaranteed seat during an earlier show for the concert series with an amazing way to cap your night off with dinner and a show from the brand-new Harmonious fireworks display!

Here are a few things to know about the Garden Rocks Concert Series:

You are provided a 3-course meal or full buffet, depending on the location, with priority seating at one of 3 concerts held the same day.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Garden Rocks Schedule

The Garden Rocks Dining Package is available for the Friday through Monday Epcot Flower and Garden Festival concerts. Get all the details here!

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9. Do the Garden Graze Culinary Challenge!

You’ll love this new Epcot adventure as you challenge yourself to dine around the Flower & Garden Festival hitting all the top dishes in your Festival Passport.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Garden Graze Menu. Things to do Epcot flower and garden.

How does the Garden Graze work?

You first have to pick up a Festival Passport, then you collect a matching stamp for each notated menu item you purchase.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Pineapple Promenade Booth Menu Spicy Hot Dog and Dole Whip

Once you’ve collected ALL 5 stamps, you bring your Festival Passport to the Pineapple Promenade for a complimentary gift.

You can do this Epcot foodie challenge anytime between March 2 and July 4, 2022.

Garden Graze Menu Items and Locations

  • Corn on the Cob from Flavor Full Kitchen on the walkway from the Imagination Pavilion
  • Coconut Tres Leches from La Isla Fresca between Morocco and France Pavilion
  • Potato Pancakes from Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market in Germany Pavilion
  • Grilled Baby Vegetables from Trowel & Trellis near Disney Traders
  • Avocado Toast from Epcot Sunshine Griddle near Test Track

10. Go on an Adventure with the Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration Tour 

This is a fun scavenger hunt for everyone. All you have to do is pick up a map with stickers from Disney Traders or World Traders for $9.99.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Spike's Pollen Nation Exploration Map 2022. Things to do Epcot flower and garden.

You’ll then follow Spike the Bee on his pollination trail, as he collects his nectar and pollinates the gardens all over Epcot.

Once you’ve found each Spike the Bee and match the stickers to his location on the map, you’ll then return it to Disney Traders or World Traveler for a fun little surprise! 

11. 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.

Harmonious Epcot Fireworks show over World Showcase Lagoon at Walt Disney World Florida
Photo Courtesy of Disney Co.

This show is one-of-kind experience and is the perfect way to end your day at Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

Recommended: Disney for Adults – The Epcot Guide

What to Know Before You Go the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Now that you know what to expect at the Disney Flower and Garden Festival concerts, let’s go through some of your most commonly asked questions.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Concerts. Beautiful Yellow Tree in front of Journey into Your Imagination with Figment. Things to do Epcot flower and garden.

How much does Epcot cost?

A one-day REGULAR season Epcot ticket starts at $109* (prices do change depending on the season).

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How many countries does Epcot have?

There are 11 (eleven) countries in the Epcot World Showcase for you to visit.

Epcot China Pavilion Chinese Temple overlooking pond. Epcot flower and garden concerts. Garden Rocks.

What are the countries in Epcot?

  1. Mexico
  2. Norway
  3. China
  4. Germany
  5. Italy
  6. America (United States)
  7. Japan
  8. Morocco
  9. France
  10. United Kingdom
  11. Canada

Where are the best places to have a drink Epcot?

Like everywhere in the park and I mean that.

Nothing else needs to follow…

Epcot Mexico Pavilion entrance to La Cava del Tequila With Menu

I will say that Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italy Pavilion and La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion are the absolute best places to chill and enjoy a drink on your solo Disney World trip.

That’s 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.

Drinking Around the World Epcot Passport
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Get your Drinking Around the World Passport to help you keep track of your progress of the best drinks in Epcot.

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Final Thoughts on the Best Things to Do at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The annual Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is definitely a Walt Disney World must do in itself. I hope my suggestions help you have the most EPIC DAY EVER!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Tips with colorful Miss Piggy garden topiary. #disneytips #epcot Things to do Epcot flower and garden.
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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!

NikkyJ

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(Original Article Written Spring 2015/Updated March 11, 2022)

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