With its showcase of detailed topiaries and beautiful landscaping, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival might give guests the impression the festival is of little interest to children. But as with so many other things Disney, the annual Walt Disney World event has much to offer kids.
Here are five things that make the Epcot International Flower & Garden festival part of a kid-friendly Disney vacation.
See a slideshow of things for kids to enjoy at Epcot’s Flower & Garden.
Character topiaries: The carefully sculpted topiaries are one of the festival’s highlights. More than 100 are found throughout Epcot, with more than 75 in the shape of Disney characters. Kids, as much as adults, enjoying identifying the topiaries and posing in front of them – even if they can’t get autographs.
Bambi’s Butterfly House: An enclosed gazebo allows guests of all ages to hunt for butterflies among the colorful flowers. Topiaries of the Bambi, Thumper and Flower help theme the area, but the stars of the exhibit are the native species that float and fly by. Just remember: look but don’t touch the delicate creatures.
Pixie Hollow: This area is devoted to Tinker Bell and her fairy friends from Pixie Hollow, Disney’s popular direct-to-DVD series. Pixie Hollow, near the Test Track Walkway, is populated by character topiaries. Even more charming, though, are the miniature fairy houses – many of which creatively re-use human objects – that are placed throughout this area. With its attached play area and nearby children’s activity and face painting area, this is a must-stop for especially for younger children.
Sand sculpture: For the past several years, DisneyNature has offered a sand sculpture to promotes its latest film. This year, the design promotes “Chimpanzees.”
Children’s play and activity areas:The festival offers three children’s play area for younger kids with the wiggles. In addition to the one located at Pixie Hollow, a children’s play area is located at Imagination Walkway near the rose garden; both are suitable for children ages 2 – 5. A Backyard Play Garden, for children 6 years and older, is located between Morocco and France in Epcot’s World Showcase.
Two children’s craft activity areas are also offered, at the new Haiti exhibit and at the Water Wise Herb & Vegetable garden near Canada. While not solely a children’s area, the Toy Story Alphabet Garden, at the American Adventure pavilion, provides family with a fun educational experience in identifying plants and flowers based on the alphabet.
Of course, there are also kid-friendly activities in Epcot as part of the theme park. In addition to the attractions and character meet-and-greets, children visiting Epcot’s World Showcase may enjoy playing Kim Possible and visiting the Kidcot stations.
With these options, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival promises guests a kid-family, as well as family-friendly, event.
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