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How Much Should You Budget for EPCOT’s Flower & Garden Festival 2023?

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Visiting an EPCOT Festival is always a fun time, but it’s not cheap. Shelling out again and again at each booth can feel like your wallet is suffering the death of a thousand cuts. We can help you to quickly estimate your Flower & Garden Festival spending, letting you keep your in-park focus on the food instead of your budget.

Will the approach I’m using here be as precise as choosing every dish in advance and adding up the cost? No, it won’t — but it will be a lot faster and easier. And in the end, it may be more accurate, since dish-by-dish plans sometimes run afoul of what you see and smell in the park. (But if you’d like to go the choose-every-dish route, this is my recommended method: Track Your Eats! An EPCOT Festival App for Your Phone.)

Festival At A Glance

Are you not looking to make a budget but still curious about this year’s Festival? This section is for you.

Points of Interest

The 2023 Festival offers the Garden Graze, featuring 5 vegan dishes from different booths. After trying the dishes (and collecting the Passport stamps), check in at the Pineapple Promenade to collect a free Dole Whip in a souvenir cup.

Avocado Toast with Marinated Toy Box Tomatoes, one of the Garden Graze dishes.
  • Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread and choice of Spciy Corn Chips or Plant-Based Cotija Cheese at Florida Fresh
  • Avocado Toast with Marinated Toy Box Tomatoes on Toasted Ciabatta at BRUNCHCOT
  • Boneless Impossible™ Korean Short Rib with Cilantro-Lime Rice, Danmuji Slaw and Kimchee Mayonnaise at Trowel & Trellis
  • Impossible Lumpia with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce at Trowel & Trellis
  • Chocolate Cake with Black Currant Ganache, Mixed Berry Compote and Chocolate Ice Cream at Trowel & Trellis
  • Potato Pancakes with House-Made Apple Sauce – at Bauernmarkt
  • Coconut Tres Leches: Vanilla Cake soaked in Oat Milk, Almond Milk and Coconut Milk with Toasted Coconut at La Isla Fresca
  • Pineapple Skewer with Tajin Seasoning at Refreshment Outpost
  • Cookies ‘n “Cream” Chocolate Mousse Cup at The Land Cart

Most of the dishes are between $5 and $6, and on average it will run you $27.50 for five of them. You don’t need to eat them all in one visit; stamps collected over multiple trips to the Festival can be redeemed through the last day.

The Farmer’s Feast booth is offering three different lineups. Seasonal offerings will change throughout the Festival to showcase the freshest ingredients.

  • Early Bloom menu – Mar. 1 – Apr. 8
  • Springtime menu – Apr. 9 – May 20
  • Summer Solstice menu – May 21 – Jul. 4

Last but not least, Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration exploration has returned this year. This scavenger hunt activity ($9.99 for the map) is a fun way to see the festival in between sampling the booths. Check out our Festival Preview for information on merchandise, Garden Rocks concerts, and more.

By the Numbers

This year’s Festival has 20 different booths and a total of 64 dishes. The chart below should give you an idea about what pricing for the average booth looks like. We usually joke about Italy using gold in their food, but this year Italy’s prices are much more in line with the rest of the ‘fest.

Average and Total cost of dishes per booth at Epcot 2023 Flower & Garden Festival

It’s easy to see that most booths average $5-6 per dish. There are a few at $7 and $8, and then Refreshment Port at $9. In many years, we’d note that the servings at Refreshment Port are generous and poutine really sticks to your ribs, making it pretty decent as a value proposition despite the high price. But this Festival’s poutine-du-jour is Shrimp Scampi Poutine which … has not been well received. We advise you to skip that, unless perhaps someone is paying you to eat it rather than the other way around.

Something that I always find interesting to look at is how the prices relate to the type of dish. This visual breaks down the dishes by type.

Bubble Chart showing mean price and number of dishes at F&G 2023 by type
Data labels include the price and the number of dishes in the group

It’s easy to see that meat- and seafood-focused dishes are more expensive, as you might expect. And if you’re avoiding meat and sticking to plant-based items, you’ll save almost $2 per dish, on average.

What’s Your Festival Game Plan?

Knowing how you’re going to approach your time at the Festival is key to understanding how to use the data I’m about to give you. I can tell you what the average cost of 12 dishes will be, or the price range to visit 5 different booths. But you’ll be the one to match that data with your strategy to give you an estimated cost.

Are you grazing or looking for meals?

Will you eat at the Festival for lunch and dinner every day? Are you going to be in Epcot for two afternoons and plan to have every family member pick a Festival dish for a snack? Different approaches will have very different price tags.

If you’ve never been before, here are a few suggestions:

  • If you’re only planning on trying a few dishes here or there as a snack, don’t worry too much about making a Festival budget. Many dishes are about the price of an average Disney World snack. Unless you only want to eat at the Italy booth, lump the Festival dishes into your snack budget and call it a day.
  • If you’ll be visiting in the evening and you’re not picky eaters, assume you’ll visit a few booths and order one of each dish on the menu. Lines can be long in the evening, and this strategy gives you the most food for your time in line.
  • If you’ve got picky eaters, plan to visit at lunch or in the early afternoon. Since you’ll be very selective about what you order off each menu, visiting when lines are shorter will save you time.

If you’re going to be doing a mix, that’s fine. Rough out which days you’ll be grazing and which days you’ll be hitting up a large number of booths. Make separate estimates for the two styles and add them together.

How many dishes make a meal?

You’ll need to know this if you’re planning on meals, but it’s a tricky question because appetites vary (and so do Festival portion sizes). A good rule of thumb is that many people find 2 or 3 dishes and a dessert to be a decent-sized meal, even if they’re light eaters. If you tend to eat a lot, go up from there.

Collage of three dishes from Bauernmarket booth at Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2022
Two dishes and a dessert from Bauernmarket at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

It’s good to think about this question here, because there’s a chicken and egg factor to Festival budgeting. The three dishes shown above cost $15.75 in total; if we use the average prices for two dishes and a dessert that’s going to be $19.

Does that seem a little skimpy and you want to add another entree to make a solid dinner out of it? $25.75, please. Compare this to the average quick-service meal cost of $12-16, and you may decide to let your budget dictate how much time you’ll spend at the Festival.

Cost Estimation

Most people don’t tackle the whole Festival in one go, and will come a few times if their vacation allows it. Some families think nothing of two people ordering the same dishes, while others would bemoan the wasted opportunity to try MOAR Yummies!

To get these estimates, I ran 100,000 simulations of selecting a target number of dishes or booths. The assumption is that dishes aren’t repeated, but it turns out that the results are pretty similar if you allow multiple orders of the same dish. Just be aware that if you go back to Fleur de Lys and order everything again and again, that’s like the black swan event of budgeting. (The beignet and the croissant might be worth it though.)

Estimates for booths

If your strategy is focused on booths, you can estimate using the numbers on the chart below.

Half the time, your cost for the number of dishes shown will be between the low and high number. Dots show the minimum and maximum possible numbers.

The range shown in the chart above will be a solid estimate of your cost. For instance, if you were planning to sample 6 different booths, you could expect the bill to be somewhere between $117 and $131 most of the time. (If you want to see the numbers including the midpoints and the 80% range, take a look at the full dataset).

Wondering what the dots above and below are for? Those are the minimum and maximum values, and the reason I included them is to make it easy to see that the trends are mostly linear. Once you’ve got a linear trend, you can just haul out the old y = mx + b, so …

If you don’t want to read the chart, it turns out that you can multiply the number of booths by $20.50, then add and subtract $8 to get the ends of the range. So using this method, 6*20.5 = $123; +/- $8 gives us a range of $115 to $131. Yes, it’s off a tiny bit from what we saw reading the chart — that’s because the proper numbers aren’t exactly $20.5 or $8, they’re more like $20.61 and $7.73. I rounded them for convenience, which is totally legit here because we’re estimating anyway.

Estimates for dishes

If you expect to be grazing and picking dishes here and there, these estimates are for you.

Half the time, your cost for the number of dishes shown will be between the low and high number. Dots show the minimum and maximum possible numbers.
Half the time, your cost for the number of booths shown will be between the low and high number. Dots show the minimum and maximum possible numbers.

Just like the booths, we can take a shortcut to calculate. For fewer than 12 dishes, look at the chart. For 12 or more dishes, multiply the number of dishes by $6.50, then add and subtract $5 to get an estimate that’s $10 wide. If you’re aiming for meat and seafood-focused dishes, expect to come in near the top end of the range or even a couple of dollars above. (See the full dataset)

What to Take Away

  • EPCOT Festivals are fun, but can be expensive. A “meal” consisting of 2 dishes and a dessert averages $19 and adding a third dish brings that up to $25.75. For comparison, an average quick service meal is $12-16.
  • Planning how you’ll approach the Festival and how many dishes or booths you’ll try is key to estimating your cost accurately.
  • Once you’ve got that done, simple arithmetic can give you a budget number you can be confident in.

How do you like to take on an EPCOT Festival? Are you concerned with keeping your spending in check, or do you just like to avoid thinking about the bill until you’re back home? Let us know in the comments!


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Jennifer Heymont

Jennifer has a background in math and biology, so she ended up in Data Science where she gets to do both. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, kids, and assorted animal members of the family. Although it took three visits for the Disney bug to "take", she now really wishes she lived a lot closer to the Parks.

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