Events: EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

A Look Beyond the Flowers and Seminars

And beyond the awesome topiaries too!

Today we are discussing the Flower and Garden Festival held each year in Epcot at Walt Disney World.

My wife and I have only attended this event once, back in 2010. Karen had always wanted to see the flower displays and topiaries but I was unsure if the extra trip was necessary, being as Epcot always had such beautiful floral displays anyway.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much more beautiful the park was, and had to agree that it was indeed worth visiting during the festival. But I’m not here to highlight the flowers, topiaries, seminars, or exclusive merchandise. I always like to see what’s off the beaten path! And when we wandered off that path, here is what we found:

Butterfly Tent

Each year, just beside and slightly behind the Canada Pavilion, Disney sets up a butterfly tent where you can enjoy interacting with many different species, including the Floral Gigantes pictured above!

Disney also likes to use these special events, such as the FGF, to promote the latest movie or franchise offering. This particular year, the festival featured the new Fairy series based on Tinker Bell’s early life and adventures:

Welcome to the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden

This garden area featured many little fairy houses and sitting and play areas. There had been a contest to design a fairy house, and the winner had her entry featured for all to see at the festival. There was also a small area to promote The Princess and the Frog movie, but it wasn’t very impressive:

Simple flat cut-outs of some of the characters

The theme of the 2010 Flower and Garden Festival was Celebrate the Great Outdoors, and I thought I’d finish my post with an aerial view, taken from the Monorail, of the topiaries just inside the main entrance. These change every year to reflect that year’s theme:

So if you’re intending to visit the 2015 Flower and Garden Festival, be sure to veer off the beaten path and see what else you can discover!

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12 Responses to Events: EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

  1. roemottola
    roemottola says:

    The entrance display is always my favorite and I cannot wait to see what they come up with year after year! Thanks for sharing – great post!
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

  2. Mary at Capturing Magical Memories – Houston, TX – Hi! I'm Mary and my blog is I am also the wife of a Disney Travel Agent, a mom to 2 boys, a full-time career mom, a budding graphic designer on the side. In the little free time that is left I love to learn about photography. We currently live in Houston, TX and own Disney Vacation Club.
    Mary says:

    I could spend hours and hours in the Butterfly garden. I kept hoping to see a butterfly out of one of the cocoons but I was not that lucky.

  3. Rolling with the Magic – Melissa is a Disney enthusiast who writes about her experiences at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and on the Disney Cruise Line from the perspective of a wheelchair user. She started her blog, Rolling with the Magic, to not only share her love for all things Disney but to give tips and advice to others who visit the Disney Parks with physical limitations.
    Rolling with the Magic says:

    We love visiting the butterfly house each year. I read that they’ve made the path wider so it will be a little easier navigating the crowds inside. That will be nice!

  4. baseballmickey – Father of two. 40-something and still figuring out life and hoping to do something meaningful. Beginner Runner, with sights set on the NYC Marathon this November. Improving writer, photographer, and graphic designer. Huge baseball and Disney fan.
    baseballmickey says:

    Great post! Even the Festival Center is out of the way. So much to see and do outside of the main path around World Showcase!

  5. We have spent hours in the butterfly house! My son absolutely loves them, and we can’t wait to visit again this year!

  6. distherapy
    Didi Marie says:

    I just love reading about the themes from festivals gone by. (I bet that would make a terrific post next year!) I was so impressed with Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House last year- as you point out, in some ways it is still a hidden gem. With so many sights and smells, it definitely pays to go off the beaten path and stop and smell the roses!

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