Although I’ve been to Disney World more times than I can count (I’ve visited the Disney Parks, including Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, TEN times in the last 12 months alone so you catch my drift), this year was my first time experiencing the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! Since becoming a Disney Premier Passport holder (aka someone who has an annual pass to both Disneyland AND Disney World, I’m also an annual passholder to Disneyland Paris) last May (my pass sadly expires next week but don’t worry, I’m DEFINITELY renewing it), I’ve really tried to focus on crossing off as many things on my Disney bucket list as possible.
Since attending the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival has been something I’ve been itching to do for YEARS now, I thought this year would be the perfect time to finally go see it (since I’m a passholder!). I ended up spending three days (well, one full day and two half days) exploring the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and all I can say is photos DO NOT do it justice! It was absolutely breathtaking and I think it’s something ALL Disney lovers should experience in person (honestly, you don’t even have to be a huge Disney fan to appreciate all the beauty the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival has to offer!).
Fun fact: I collect Disney Parks guide maps! I especially love collecting special event maps (like the ones during Halloween, Christmas, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, etc). How adorable are the 2016 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival maps (I’m a sucker for anything floral!).
As soon as you enter the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, you’re greeted by an adorable Daisy topiary!
As you head toward Epcot Center, you pass adorable topiaries of Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
If you’re a long time Simply Sinova reader than you already know that Chip ‘n Dale are my FAVORITE Disney characters (they’re just so cute), so I was super excited to see their topiaries! I love how Chip is trying to be all sneaky and swipe someone’s sandwich.
Directly behind Chip ‘n Dale is the head honcho himself, Mickey Mouse!
I really love how the topiaries are scattered all throughout Epcot (instead of all in one place), so you really have to take the time to explore the whole park. The Lightening McQueen and Mater topiaries are located right next to Test Track, the Buzz Lightyear topiary is located directly in front of Mission Space and the Phineas and Ferb topiaries are located along the pathway to the World Showcase.
Right before you enter the World Showcase, you’re greeted my Minnie Mouse and Pluto (how cute is his little floral coral?!).
Speaking of the World Showcase, during the International Flower and Garden Festival there are a ton of little stations where you can try lots of yummy foods and drinks (similar to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival). Since each of the little food portions are so small, they’re all very reasonably priced (they range from $3-6). So I tried to sample at least one thing from each of the booths. By far my FAVORITES were the violet lemonade (available at Pineapple Promenade), the Mezze Lune Primavera (available at Primavera Kitchen in Italy) and the Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragout, Spring Vegetables and Marble Potatoes (available at Urban Farm Eats).
While most of the food and drinks were super yummy, I WAS NOT a fan of the watermelon juice (but to be fair, I HATE watermelons so that was to be expected!).
Every time you visited one of the booths (regardless if you actually purchased something or not), you got a little stamp under that particular booth. It was so much fun filling my little Garden Passport (they’re similar to the free passports you can get during the holidays)!
The Winnie the Pooh topiaries were so cute! My favorite was definitely Tigger (how can you not smile when you see Tigger?).
I still can’t get over how incredibly detailed the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs topiaries were!
Although the topiaries are beautiful during the day, I HIGHLY suggest visiting them at night as well! Some of the topiaries (like the seven dwarfs) start to glow at night and it is just so beautiful.
Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite movie so of course, the Beauty and the Beast topiaries were my absolute favorite! I just LOVED how cheery the Cogsworth topiary was.
It doesn’t get more romantic than Lady and the Tramp and Cinderella and Prince Charming topiaries. Fun fact: Cinderella’s prince was NEVER actually referred to as Prince Charming in the film.
Speaking of famous duos, while I was admiring the Frozen topiaries I overheard not one, not two but a dozen kids asking their parents “Where is Olaf? I only want to see Olaf.” Awkward.
Seriously, photos do NOT do the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival justice! Everything was just so colorful and vibrant!
I absolutely LOVED the Lion King topiaries! I really liked that they decided to make Simba a different color. It really added that extra flair to the topiary.
There was a really cool exhibit at the Flower and Garden Festival called Butterflies on the Go where you could see butterflies emerging from their chrysalises! It was so amazing. There were so many beautiful plants and butterflies flying all around (one even landed on my hand!).
Another thing I loved about the Flower and Garden Festival was all the awesome merchandise! I am in LOVE with my Flower and Garden Dooney and Bourke bag (you can check out my entire Flower and Garden Haul HERE). Before heading to Disney World last week, I was a little bummed to learn that the bags had already sold out (since there were only a limited number made for this years festival) but the week I arrived, Epcot got a FINAL shipment of about 400 more bags. Lucky for me I got the LAST bag (so sadly, if you are planing on heading to the festival before it closes on May 30th, there aren’t anymore of these bags left. The manager at Mouse Gear said they doubt they will get another shipment in).
Of course the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival wouldn’t be complete without topiaries of the Fab Five!
Which Disney topiary is your favorite?
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