One of our highlights from our recent trip to Disney World was to visit the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. I have seen blogs, pictures and videos from others visiting in previous years and I was looking forward to seeing all the topiaries and trying out some of the foods from the garden kitchens dotted around Epcot.
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival is on during the spring time, this year the dates are 2nd March – 30th May 2016. The festival hosts over 70 topiaries featuring all the favourite Disney characters. We had great fun spotting them, especially Peter Pan who was on the roof in the England Pavilion.
A new section this year was Tinkerbell’s butterfly house that was hosting live butterflies, cocoons and great information to learn about different species of butterflies.
Walking around the world showcase, we spotted lots of topiaries and fun things to do for children and adults. For Miss A, the musical playground was something different with some shady places to rest for the grown ups which was welcome. For myself I was looking forward to trying the burnt ends from The Smokehouse in the America Pavilion.
Slow roasted brisket ends with jalapeños and cheese sauce. A small portion that cost me one snack credit on the Disney dining plan, so yummy and a great snack as we walked around. I was tempted by some of the different drinks on offer, but in the heat I decided it would be a good idea to stick to water.
Beauty and The Beast is my favourite Disney film, so I was very excited to visit the France Pavilion and see Beauty, the Beast, Cogsworth and Lumiere. The detailing that goes into the design of the topiaries was amazing, and I am so glad we got the chance to visit whilst the Flower Festival was happening.
The next stop I really enjoyed stopping in was Germany to see the seven dwarfs, Grumpy in particular as he is my favourite.
We spent half a day wandering around the world showcase taking in the sights and browsing in the shops. You could easily spend a full day at Epcot by delving deeper into the country pavilions, however we didn’t on this occasion as it was a really hot day.