Why I Enjoy Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival AloneAmy Lupold Bair
This is a tough thing to admit, but I enjoy being at Walt Disney World Resort by myself. It’s not because my children are badly behaved. In fact, the contrary is true. I have freakishly well-behaved children. It’s also not because my husband is anti-Disney. I converted him to the pro-Disney side of the street very early on in our marriage.
The truth is that sometimes I simply enjoy time at Disney alone, and the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is my favorite time to be at Walt Disney World Resort by myself.
Disney Parks and Resorts provide incredible people watching opportunities year round, so there’s really no wrong time to visit the parks alone if you love to just sit back with a Mickey bar ice cream and take in the personalities around you. Of course, you’ve also got the attraction of single rider opportunities on everything from Soarin’ to Test Track, both favorites of mine at Epcot. But spending time alone at Epcot’s Annual Flower and Garden Festival – my favorite time to visit Epcot – is about far more than overhearing a fun family’s conversation or enjoying a short wait time on a favorite attraction. Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival couples Disney magic and the beauty of nature in a way that needs to be savored, taken in slowly. For that reason, I believe it’s best enjoyed alone.
During my last visit to Flower and Garden, I negotiated a couple hours alone while my husband and children visited some of their favorite attractions. I began my time at World Showcase where some of the most gorgeous topiaries can be found. I turned right and began my journey around the lagoon, first visiting Canada, heading to the UK. As I approached the Captain Hook topiary, I noticed a lizard standing on the crocodiles tongue. I watched as one guest after another snapped a quick picture of the display then moved along, none of them noticing the lizard standing in the middle of the pink tongue.
Because my time alone was in the afternoon, the late day sun was shining at a gorgeous angle as I stopped by the gardens behind the tea shop. I snapped some shots of my favorite characters, being sure to spend some extra time with one of my favorites, Winnie the Pooh, but also took the time to visit with each individual flower in the gardens. Some of my most beautiful pictures would likely not even be recognized as being from Walt Disney World because rather than featuring Disney characters, they are simply beautiful flowers on display at the Happiest Place on Earth. After spending some time in the UK, I continued on, enjoying some of the food and drink offerings as I watched the sun begin to lower over the World Showcase Lagoon. I used the last of my time alone to relax on a bench and notice the beauty around me, giving my camera a rest.
I will always enjoy time with my family at Walt Disney World, but any chance I get to visit Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival alone is Disney time well spent.