We have been using our time at home to look back on some of our recent travel. Just a week before Walt Disney World was closed, we were there for the opening of the 2020 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
While we were enjoying the sunshine in Florida, it was actually snowing at home. The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival gave us a feeling of spring.
Epcot was a little crowded in the morning when the festival opened on March 4th, but it was still manageable. We were able to find plenty of attractions to enjoy with minimal wait times.
The first thing on our to-do list was snagging a Flower and Garden Festival Magnet exclusive and complimentary for annual pass holders. It’s not much, but it sure is cute. The kids felt really special being able to grab theirs. They both have them displayed in their rooms.
You can navigate through the Epcot Flower and Festival utilizing a special event passport. The passport highlights special attractions including food and displays. It also includes passport stamps so you have a way of keeping track of where you’ve been and what you have done. These always make great keepsakes too as you look back on your visit.
Spike the Bee is your guide for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
There was some super cute merch I just had to have. We were on the hunt for a Spike the Bee sipper bottle. Spike is the festival mascot and your guide. You can find him on signs for festival merch, special food and beverages, and the scavenger hunt.
Spike also had a fun scavenger hunt to guide us through the festival. This one was a little trickier for the kids but the reward for completing it was a super cute cup. There is a small fee ($7.99), but these are the types of souvenirs we like to bring home; the ones associated with special experiences. This was also a great way to be a part of the fun without being stuck in a crowd.
The topiaries and floral displays all had a Disney inspired story to tell. The colors were vibrant and the characters really came to life in a unique medium. Now that we have been spending some time landscaping our new home, I would love some of these topiaries in my yard!
Another really unique experience was the Butterfly Garden. It was incredible to walk through with butterflies flying all around. We took some extra time here and made the most of the opportunity for the kids to have a teachable moment as we learned about butterflies in each of their stages.
The 2020 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is scheduled to run through June 1. With Walt Disney World not accepting reservations until June 1, it is unlikely that there will be another opportunity to get to the festival this year. Epcot does offer a variety of seasonal festivals including the Food and Wine Festival, Festival of the Holidays, and Festival of the Arts.