Epcot in Bloom!
Walt Disney World is always beautiful, but Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival adds even more magic! The flowers are bursting with amazing color, the outdoor kitchens are convenient and yummy, and the topiaries bring some whimsy to Epcot!
A personal note- Living in Cincinnati- we also enjoy seeing sunshine and beautiful color when things are still grey at home!
The festival is open March 1st- May 29th 2017
Cost- included with park admission (There is a guided tour that is an additional cost, check Disney's website for details)
Garden Rocks Concerts- Bands (often flat from the past) on Fri, Sat, Sun, and Mon nights. Check the Disney website for the schedule of entertainers.
Workshops and gardens- Seminars and Q&A with gardening experts are in Festival Center- in Future World between Ellen's Energy Adventure and Mission Space. These workshops are open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday's.
Topiaries of both classic characters and newer favorites add an extra interest to World Showcase and Future World. My favorites are The Crocodile and Bambi's friend, Flower, (yes, I'm a little old school).
New for 2017 the main showcase at the entrance is Mickey and Friends with a May Pole, The 3 Caballeros, a panda in China and Figment in Future World. Sorry I don't have pics, my daughter is a high school senior and we are too busy to get there this spring.
A VERY close second to the flowers is the food.
There are outdoor kitchens in kiosks added in many of the countries in the World Showcase, and an urban kitchen near Future World. The food is fabulous, and served and priced as sample sizes, my friend and I were able to share many dishes (allowing us to sample more). Sample sized prices although less expensive than full meals do need to be budgeted- they add up fast!
My favorite were the salads in the Fresh Kitchens and the candied strawberries in the lotus house kiosk are AMAZING!
The only challenge was seating at the outdoor kitchens. Some of the areas had extra tables set up to eat at, many were standing tables, or no extra seating at all. There are many times when guests are using the tops of trashcans as tables.Finding accommodations if you needed handicapped seating, or a seat to rest and take a break is not simple. My suggestion would be to take your treat into a nearby quick service restaurant.
There are 2 playgrounds available during the festival (I wish they were permanent) to give kids a chance to run around a bit. A pre- school sized playground near the Cars topiaries (near Test Track), and a music themed playground for kids that are a little older. just near the bridge into Future World. Shade is at a premium, but the sensory outlet is fun!