PHOTOS & VIDEOS: We’re LIVE From the First Day of EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival!

🎉 THE DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED! 🎉 Pull out all of those plants you’ve been nursing since the start of the pandemic and grab your stretchy pants — we’re heading into Disney World for the start of EPCOT’s 2022 International Flower and Garden Festival!

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

We might have JUST finished the 2022 Festival of the Arts (like that festival ended just over a week ago), but we’re ready to take on the next festival today. Let’s head in to see the gorgeous topiarieslisten to some music from local bandsand of course, taste our way around the outdoor kitchens.

We’ll be updating this post ALL DAY as we explore everything there is to see from the festival.

festival dates

The Flower and Garden Festival lasts from March 2nd through July 4th, 2022.

Festival passport

We like to spend the first day of the festival trying out ALL the new eats and drinks around the park so that you know which items you should try during your visit. But you’ll have plenty of time to take in this festival since it lasts over 4 months!

Getting Started and Crowds

When we first arrived at EPCOT this morning, we spotted a good number of people headed in even as early as 8AM!

Morning Crowds

Maps and Festival Booklet

When you get to the festival, you can grab a map to see where all the entertainment and outdoor kitchens are located. You can use it to make your plan for how you want to tackle the festival.

2022 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

There’s also a special festival booklet, which has the menus for each outdoor kitchen.

This is your one-stop guide to EVERYTHING you need to know about the festival!

Festival passport

You can even check off the eats you’ve tried.

Signs and Decor

Around EPCOT, you’ll see lots of decorations announcing the Flower and Garden Festival. We saw some of the poles had pretty wraps on them out by the ticket booths.



Of course, it’s not the Flower and Garden Festival without elaborate topiaries depicting Disney characters! We saw a ton of these amazing creations around EPCOT. Of course, right when you walk in, Goofy is there to greet you!

Goofy topiary

Near the entrance you can also find the iconic Mickey Fantasia topiary…

Fantasy Topiary

…and a topiary featuring Donald, Daisy, and their nephews!

Donald and Daisy Topiary

Pluto, Chip, and Dale were hanging out in the American Adventures pavilion.

Love the collar, Pluto!

If your goal is to visit all of the topiaries, check out this full list to see the characters and their locations in EPCOT:

  • Goofy Topiary and Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration Cake – Main Entrance
  • Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Brooms, Ostriches, Hippo and Gator – Entrance to World Showcase
  • Woody, Bo Peep and Her Sheep – near The Land Pavilion in World Nature
  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie – Bridge to World Showcase
  • Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – The American Adventure Pavilion
  • Buzz Lightyear – Near Mission: SPACE in World Discovery
  • figures – near imagination! in World Celebration
  • The Three Caballeros (Jose, Donald and Panchito) – Mexico Pavilion
  • Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion
  • troll – Norway Pavilion
  • Dragons – Japan Pavilion near Torii Gate
  • pandas – China Pavilion
  • Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi) – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
  • Pumbaa and Timon – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany Pavilion
  • Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion
  • Lumiere and Cogsworth – France Pavilion
  • Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – Germany Pavilion
  • Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tick Tock Croc – Between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger) – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Bambi and Friends – near imagination! in World Celebration

Goofy topiary

Remember, we’ll be updating this post LIVE as we explore the festival today so keep checking back! We’ll be bringing you full reviews of ALL the Outdoor Kitchens at this festival, as well as more details about the entertainment, merchandise, and more. Stay tuned with DFB for more of the latest news from Disney World!

See the full menus (and food photos!) from this year’s Flower and Garden Festival booths.

Click HERE to See All the Updated Details for EPCOT’s 2022 International Flower and Garden Festival!

Ready to Plan for Your 2022 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival Trip?

Order the DFB Guide to the 2022 EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival e-Book today! This 200+ page guides to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a Printable Outdoor Kitchens Booth Menu Checklistto carry with you as you eat around the world!

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Are you visiting the Flower and Garden Festival in EPCOT this year? Let us know in the comments.

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