The 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

By Dave Shute

(This page is one of a series explicating Walt Disney World lingo, abbreviations, and FAQ for first time family visitors to Walt Disney World.)


Every year from roughly early March through mid-May, Walt Disney World presents the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

In 2014, the Flower and Garden Festival is scheduled for March 5-May 18.

The gardens at Epcot are almost always lovely, and they are at their loveliest during this period.

Disney’s own wonderful landscaping is supplemented by additional plantings, topiary, and specially themed gardens.

Also presented are special programs presenting gardening tips, and weekend concerts.

Likely growing in 2014 is the more emphasis on food we saw beginning in 2013.

See the official Walt Disney World web page for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival here.


Returning adults often plan their entire trip around the Flower and Garden Festival–though it’s not as big a draw as the autumn Food and Wine Festival.

For first-time family visitors, with 8 year olds in tow, it is a good bit less relevant.

The festival adds to the loveliness and pageantry of World Showcase, but in general does not increase World Showcase’s appeal to kids.

Because of this, my material on when to go to Walt Disney World ignores the dates of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival as either a positive or a negative influence.

That said, I rank highly several weeks that happen to occur during the period it runs.

High ranking 2014 weeks that occur during the festival include (week ranking comes first):

  • 5: 5/3/14
  • 6: 4/25/14
  • 10: 5/10/14
  • 12: 4/5/14

For more, see the official Walt Disney World web page for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival here.

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1 Jennifer { 09.23.13 at 9:25 am }

We LOVED the addition of the food to this year’s F&G Show, and it was especially nice to have the “try this” recommendations. As a result, Mr. Picky, aka my 8 year old son, tried some new foods he never would have otherwise, and I most definitely enjoyed the new adult beverage offerings. I’m excited to see what’s in store for next year; it’s fun to have interesting drinks and snacks when you’re subbing for Agent P. ;-)

2 Dave { 09.23.13 at 10:45 am }

Thanks Jennifer! It’ll be interesting to see how much food shows up in 2014 at the Flower and Garden show…given what a big hit the Food and Wine festival is in the fall!

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