9 Spectacular Things You Must Do at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2020

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2020 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 4 to June 1 of 2020! 

This is the festival’s 26th year and I’m so excited to show you how to have the best day ever!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Butterfly Topiary

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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!

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.

You will want to be at the gates before 9 a.m.

9 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Must Do’s You Have to Try

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Topiary

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.

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.

2020 Epcot Topiaries

  • Anna and Elsa from Frozen: Located at the Norway Pavilion
  • Bambi & Friends Featuring Flower, Bambi and Thumper: Located at the Canada Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Beast: Located at the France Pavilion
  • Bo Peep and Her Sheep with Woody: Located at Future World East
  • Bold Bromeliads: Located near The Land at Future World East
  • Bromeliad Dragon: Located at the Japan Pavilion
  • Buzz Lightyear: Located near Mission: SPACE at Future World East
  • Captain Hook and Peter Pan: Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Construction Mickey and Minnie with Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale: Located between Future World and World Showcase
  • Donald and Daisy with Huey, Dewey and Louie: Located near Showcase Plaza
  • Fantasia – Sorcerer Mickey, Brooms, Ostriches and Hippo: Located near Imagination at Future World West
  • Lady and the Tramp: Located at the Italy Pavilion
  • Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog: Located between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions at the France Pavilions
  • Pandas: Located at the China Pavilion
  • Pluto and Goofy: Located between Future World and World Showcase
  • Remy (NEW): Located at the France Pavilion
  • Simba and Friends Featuring Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi: Located at The Outpost Shop
  • Snow White and Dopey: Located at the Germany Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses: Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • The Three Caballeros Featuring Jose, Donald and Panchito: Located at the Mexico Pavilion
  • Topiary Butterflies: Located at Future World West
  • The Topiary Flowers: Located near the Main Entrance
  • Winnie-the-Pooh & Friends: Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Map and Passport Lady and the Tramp Topiary Garden
Lady and the Tramp Topiary Garden in Italy Pavilion

2020 Epcot Gardens of the World Tour

  • Bamboo Garden – Located in the China Pavilion. Learn about the many colors, patterns and sizes of bamboo.
  • Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Ground – Located near the Test Track walkway and themed around Toy Story 4.
  • Bold Bromeliads – Located at the Mexico Pavilion
  • Bonsai Collection – Located in the Japan Pavilion. Learn the ancient art of bonsai plants.
  • Chinese Zodiac Natural Sculptures – Located at the China Pavilion
  • English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London® – Located in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Here you’ll learn about the art of tea blending and the history of tea.
  • Festival Blooms – Located overlooking the east and west lakes of Future World.
  • Floating Mini-Gardens – Located on the walkway between Future World and the World Showcase.
  • Garden Italiano – Located in Italy Pavilion. This garden is full of all the ingredients you’ll need to make the best spaghetti or pizza.
  • Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth – Located in the Imagination Walkway and is an interactive brand-new playground.
  • The Honey Bee-Stro – Located in the outdoor kitchen near the Imagination! Pavilion. Here you will learn about the importance of honeybees.
  • Kokedama Garden – Located in the Japan Pavilion that displays incredible bonsai designs.
  • Shakespeare Garden – Located in the United Kingdom. Here you can see the flowers and exotic gardens often used as symbols and metaphors in Shakespeare’s writings.
  • The Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ – Located at Future World West. Here you will learn the life cycles of butterflies up close and personal.
  • Plant a Garden Perfect for Pollinators – Located near the Butterfly House. Learn garden tips and sustainable best practices.
  • Tropical Rainforest Garden – Located in the Mexico Pavilion. Learn how Mexican plants and animals have adapted to the changes in light levels and water conditions.
  • Urban Spice – Located in the Morocco Pavilion. Here you will learn how valuable ancient spices were in the past.

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!

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Enjoy your must have drinks and food at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

Let’s go through my top 3 dishes from this Epcot festival.

Please keep in mind that the 2020 menu has not been released by Disney. Below are some of my favorites from previous years.

Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro (Florida Fresh between Morocco and France)

For another year in a row, this scrumptious experience…yes, I said experience…is still 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

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 comes 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

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 takes that wish and makes 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.


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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®

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
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

There is another tour called the Royal Garden Tea Tour.
UK Pavilion Garden at Epcot

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.

Canada Victoria Gardens Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
Canada Victoria Gardens in Epcot

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.

Living with the Land Fish Tank
Living with the Land Fish Tank

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.

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

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 International Flower and Garden Festival Merchandise
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2019 Merchandise

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 $6.99 at Disney Traders, Pin Central, and World Traveler shops (price subject to change).

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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 March 27 through April 12 of 2020.

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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!

Silver Futuristic on Test Track at Epcot
Test Track Ride at Epcot

7 – Watch the 2020 Epcot Garden Rocks Concert Series

You’ll be able to see some of you favorite musicians during the Epcot Flower and Garden concerts from March 4th through June 1st for 2020.

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

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.

You can get the full 2020 Epcot Garden Rocks Concert Series lineup here!

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!

Frozen Ever After Ana and Elsa Topiary at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
Ana and Elsa Topiary

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.

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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.

Read: Disney for Adults – The Epcot Edition

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.

Fireworks at Epcot
Fireworks at Epcot

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

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What to Know Before You Go

Epcot disney flower and garden festival with goofy and daisy topiary

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
Soarin at Epcot Entrance in the Land Pavilion

How many countries does Epcot have?

There are 11 (eleven) countries in Epcot.

What are the countries in Epcot?

  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • America (United States)
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • 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…

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Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

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.

If it’s not too crowded.

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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.

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Drinking Around the World Epcot Passport
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What are the best drinks at Epcot?

My top 5 must have alcoholic beverages are:

  1. Avocado Margarita from La Cava del Tequila in Mexico
  2. Mediterranean Journey for Spice Road Table in Morocco
  3. Leaping Leprechaun from Rose & Crown Pub in United Kingdom
  4. Apple Ice Wine from the Trading Post in Canada
  5. Tokyo Sunset from Kabuki Cafe in Japan

You can read more of the best drinks at Epcot here!

Final Thoughts

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!

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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 February 19, 2020)

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