Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups: Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Starting on March 4, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will showcase gorgeous flower displays and Disney character topiaries throughout the park. This is possibly the most beautiful time of year to visit Epcot and is one of Walt Disney World’s best events for adults. If you’re visiting this year, here are some tips to make the most of your time at this fun festival.

Visit the Festival Center: Between Ellen’s Energy Adventure and Mission: Space is the Festival Center, where guests can learn more about the festival, purchase merchandise, and grab a free Garden Passport to guide your tour of the festival, especially the Outdoor Kitchens.

Visit the Outdoor Kitchens: Throughout World Showcase, these Outdoor Kitchens sell tasting-size dishes and drinks from around the world. Those familiar with the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will find the format similar, but the offerings are exclusive to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. We enjoyed the candied strawberries at the Outdoor Kitchen in China. These booths aren’t quite as crowded as the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, but you’ll find shorter lines by visiting during the week.

Take in a concert: The Garden Rocks Concert Series brings a variety of artists playing 1960s and 70s favorites at the America Gardens Theater. The concerts are included in park admission, though you might want to arrive early if you really want a seat.

Get some gardening tips: Each weekend at the Festival Center, guests can check out complimentary presentations from gardening and horticulture experts. If you’re a gardening enthusiast, this is a great chance to have experts answer your questions.

Plan plenty of time to browse: Possibly the best part of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is the beautiful flower displays, and they are everywhere. Give yourself time to stroll, take in the views, and find your favorite Disney character topiary.

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Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful family. Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong – but she also realized how good planning can make such a difference for having a fun, relaxing vacation! Elizabeth became her family’s go-to resource for Disney planning. Now she is dedicating her planning skills to helping other families create vacation memories as a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations. She will plan your trip as if it were her own. Her blog, planningformagic.com, has tons of advice on how to plan your next Disney trip, including trip planning instructions, sample itineraries, dining tips, and more. Visit her on Facebook or Twitter for more planning tips and theme park news. Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@theaffordablemouse.com.

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