Fans of Epcot Festivals, rejoice! Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival mixes the beauty of flower gardens with Disney character inspired topiaries, specialty foods, and fun scavenger hunts. Let’s take a quick tour of the 2023 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival taking place March 1, 2023 through July 5, 2023.
Beautiful Blooms All Over Epcot
Draped in colorful flowering plants Epcot is especially gorgeous during the Flower and Garden Festival. Stunning arrays of flowers seem to adorn every available surface.
Along the shores of Showcase Plaza is an endless blanket of vibrant color which frames Spaceship Earth beautifully. This year Disney horticulturists even planted flower beds in the shape of “50” for the 50th anniversary celebration.
Find a variety of gardens ranging from Blossoms of Fragrance to an incredible Bonsai collection in Japan. Many of the gardens are also featured as part of Epcot Flower and Garden scavenger hunts.
2023 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries
This year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has an impressive 25 topiary displays. Search out your favorite characters with this list or simply surprise yourself by stumbling upon topiaries during your visit.
World Showcase countries host 16 of the 25 displays, but there are many in the front of Epcot, too. Here’s a complete list of the 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden topiaries plus pictures of some of our favorites.
Main Epcot Entrance
- Goofy with Disney World 50th Anniversary Cake
- Topiary butterflies
Bridge To World Showcase
- Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie
Near Mission: SPACE
- Buzz Lightyear
Near the Land
- Woody and Bo Peep
Between The Land and Imagination
- Simbaa and friends
- Pumba and Timon
Bambi Butterfly House
- Bambi and Friends
Bridge to World Showcase
- Sorcerer Mickey and other Fantasia characters
- The Three Caballeros
- Anna and Elsa
- Snow White and all Seven Dwarfs
- Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
- Lady and the Tramp
The American Adventure
- Pluto plus Chip and Dale
- Lumiere and Cogsworth
- Beauty and the Beast
- Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet
- Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden
- Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and the Tick Tock Croc
Bambi’s Butterfly House
Bambi’s Butterfly House is a mix of specialty garden and interactive fun perfect for both adults and kids during the 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
The Butterfly House is a large mesh tent which encloses a special garden full of butterfly friendly plants. Tons of butterflies flit around landing on plants and guests inside the tent. We were extremely excited to see a wide variety of butterfly species during the 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
The garden tent also has two wooden stations holding butterfly chrysalis. If there is a traffic jam in the butterfly house it’s safe to assume people are watching butterflies emerge from a cocoon.
The butterfly house also has signage throughout the gardens encouraging people to plant their own butterfly friendly plants at home. Seeing butterflies up close and learning about their importance in conservation efforts makes Bambi’s Butterfly House one of our favorite Flower and Garden activities.
Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration Scavenger Hunt
Hunt for Spike, a cute bumblebee, all around Epcot with Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration. This scavenger hunt is a great way to keep kids entertained during Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2022.
Buy a special map for $9.99 plus tax and use it to find Spike’s hiding spots around Epcot. Once you find him, use the corresponding sticker to mark your map. At the end of the scavenger hunt show your completed map at select locations to receive a prize.
Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration is similar to Figment’s Brush With the Masters during Epcot Festival of the Arts or Remy’s Hide and Squeak during Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
Epcot Flower And Garden Festival 2022 Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt
Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt is back at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2022 until supplies run out. Like other Epcot scavenger hunts, buy a special map to search for hidden eggs around Epcot. Once you’ve found all the eggs turn in your map to receive a special Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt prize. For 2022 the prize is a lightweight plastic Figment or Spike travel tumbler.
Tasty Outdoor Kitchen Options
Trying new foods is one of the best things about the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. When visiting the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival we often opt to eat and drink at several outdoor kitchens instead of one traditional meal.
Disney has recently released full menus for the 2022 Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Some of our previous favorites are missing, but these are some of tasty items returning in 2022.
Pro tip: Want to stay on budget while eating at Outdoor Kitchens? Grab a bracelet gift card at the gift shop and load it with the amount you want to spend. This trick has certainly saved me from overspending at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
My Favorite Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Drinks
Epcot Flower and Garden Non-Alcoholic Drinks
There are several non-alcoholic drinks for Flower and Garden, but our favorite was the Blood Orange Agua Fresca at Flavor Full Kitchen. Refreshing, tart, and a hint of sweetness made this the one we fought over.
Looking for something more substantial than the Blood Orange Agua Fresca? Try the Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt, a milkshake style drink with crumbled cookies and gummy worms at the same outdoor kitchen. My daughter didn’t love the sweetness, but on a cool day my husband and I thought it was a unique treat.
The most famous Epcot Flower and Garden non-alcoholic drink is the Frozen Dessert Violet Lemonade at Pineapple Promenade. This year we liked this frozen, slushy drink better than previous festivals.
I’m not sure if the bitterness of the violet was toned down, or we were better prepared for it. This year the Frozen Dessert Violet Lemonade was our second favorite non-alcoholic Epcot Flower and Garden drink.
Flower and Garden Alcoholic Drinks
Let’s move on to Epcot Flower and Garden alcoholic drinks. My favorite drink at last year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has returned for this year’s festival. Hibiscus Lemonade Cocktail featuring Islamorada Brewery & Distillery Hibiscus Gin is a delicious, refreshing, and pretty option. Find this hidden gem at EPCOT Farmer’s Feast near Test Track.
Just make sure you grab a knife to stir this pretty cocktail before drinking. Twice we’ve had the gin floating on top which was an intense first sip.
La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy is another popular Epcot Flower and Garden Festival drink, and in my opinion pretty darn delicious. This alcoholic slush at Fleur de Lys in the France Pavilion is made with Grey Goose Vodka, L’Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry juice.
If beer is more your speed there are plenty to choose from at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival booths. For example, at Pineapple Promenade near Port of Entry we tried Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale. The Playalinda Violet Lemonade Ale had a good flavor and I liked the subtle flavor versus the strong violet taste of the popular Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade.
My Favorite Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Foods
Several new foods have replaced some of our previous favorites. We planned to try several during our most recent trip, but found ourselves too full from our drinks and overeating at Spice Road Table to properly test foods. However, one of my all time favorites is still available during the 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Sweet Corn Salsa from EPCOT Sunshine Griddle is the absolute best thing we ate on our adult only runDisney trip. Rich gravy over grilled shrimp nestled on grits is a delicious and filling option at Flower and Garden Festival.
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2022 Garden Rocks Concert Series
After a break in 2021, Epcot’s Garden Rocks Concert Series returns for the 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The concerts showcase a variety of bands over the festival season.
Garden Rocks concerts take place at America Gardens Theater in World Showcase and feature a variety of bands. Find the full 2022 Garden Rocks Concert line up here.
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival returns Garden Graze to this year’s offerings. Purchase five tasty food options, stamp your passport, and earn a yummy reward.
This year’s Garden Graze menu is unconfirmed for the 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. However, I expect the process to be similar to the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine from Festival of the Arts.
Final Thoughts on Epcot Flower And Garden Festival 2022
Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival activities are always the perfect antidote to a seemingly endless Chicago winter. Vibrant flowers, carefully grown topiaries, a butterfly house, and outdoor kitchens make the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival a great part of our springtime and early summer visits to Disney World.
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