Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival season is just getting started, and if you’re heading to Walt Disney World this spring you won’t want to miss out on the fun. In addition to outdoor kitchens and colorful springtime landscaping, Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival offers quite a few interactive activities that you’ll want to see for yourself. Whether you’re into rocking out to familiar tunes or scavenger hunting around World Showcase, Epcot’s got a fun-filled activity for everyone in your family.
Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Hunt
The first day of spring is almost here, which means the Easter season is right around the corner. What better way to celebrate than with an egg-cellent scavenger hunt featuring some of your favorite Disney characters? Starting on Friday, April 5, guests can visit the Odyssey Center, Mouse Gear, Port of Entry, Disney Traders, World Traveler or Pin Central to purchase their Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Hunt map for $6.99 plus tax.
With your map in hand, adventure around World Showcase to locate Disney-inspired Easter Eggs in each pavilion. Once you’ve marked them all off on your map, head back to any map-purchasing location to receive your prize. This experience will end on Sunday, April 21, so if you find yourself in Epcot in early April, be sure to take advantage of this activity before it’s gone.
The Garden Rocks Concert Series is nothing new when it comes to Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, but for the 2019 festival season this event has definitely gotten bigger and better. The America Gardens Theater located across from the American Adventure pavilion is hosting nightly shows of chart-topping artists all festival long. Each night will include three separate performances at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Once you arrive in Epcot, be sure to check your festival passport to see which artists will be performing during your Disney vacation. These concert performances are complimentary with you admission ticket into the park, but seating isn’t guaranteed. If you’re planning to snag a seat to a show, you’ll want to arrive early, or take advantage of a Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package, which includes a guaranteed seat to see the show.
Goodness Garden Butterfly House
Where else in a Walt Disney World park can you experience the beauty of a butterfly in such a special way? The Goodness Garden Butterfly House, presented by GoGo squeeZ, is a colorful, flower-filled oasis where guests can explore the life cycle of a butterfly. In addition to educational stations set up to inform guests about each stage of a butterfly’s life, you’ll be amazed to see so many butterflies soaring around the garden. You may even be lucky enough to have a butterfly land on you.
The Goodness Garden Butterfly House is located in Future World West, near all of the Flower and Garden Festival fun. If you make your way over to this activity, take your time and enjoy each aspect of the butterfly house. From the foliage to the various butterfly stages, there is a lot of natural beauty to be explored inside.
Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration
This Flower and Garden Festival exclusive is fairly new to the springtime festival. Debuting for the very first time in 2018, Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration is a fun and interactive scavenger hunt through World Showcase and beyond. Although guests have to wait until Friday, April 5 to start enjoying the Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Hunt, this is not the case for Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration. This scavenger hunt has already begun and will run all festival season.
Guests can travel to the Odyssey Center, Mouse Gear, Port of Entry, Disney Traders, World Traveler or Pin Central to purchase their Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration scavenger hunt map for $6.99 plus tax. Once you’ve grabbed your map, flutter through Epcot’s various gardens hunting for Spike’s blooms as he pollinates flower beds across the park! After your map is complete, head back to any map-purchasing location to turn in your map for a springtime surprise.
One major aspect of Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival is Disney’s gorgeous festival topiaries. With over 70 different landscaping masterpieces spread across the park, if you’re visiting this festival season it’s a must to view them all! Thanks to a checklist inside of your festival passport, you can lead your very own self-guided topiary tour around Epcot.
With returning classic topiaries like the blooming butterflies and new additions like Bo Peep and her sheep, checking each topiary off your list will be a special type of festival magic. It’s truly amazing to see how life-like Disney can make these leafy masterpieces. Don’t be afraid to snap a photo with your favorites as well! Each year some of the topiaries change location or disappear completely, so those festival photos are something you can always cherish.
Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is happening all season long, starting on Wednesday, March 6 and ending on Monday, June 3. If you’re waiting for the perfect time to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth, when it comes to Epcot, the springtime season is it. When you visit Walt Disney World’s second park this season, be sure to check out these five interactive experiences that are sure to be fun for the whole family.