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Four tips for enjoying the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival runs from March 5 to May 18, 2014. It's a very popular event, so you'll want to use these tips to make the most of your day:

Get to the park when it opens. The festival makes for a long, full day at Epcot, and you'll want to stick around late to see the special topiary illumination. If you need a midday break, book a reservation for a meal at one of the many World Showcase restaurants. However, you'll want to save room to graze at the festival's food offerings. Enjoy them at lunch time, then have your sit-down meal for dinner, when it's later in the day and your legs need a break.

Visit the Festival Center: You'll find it in the old Wonders of Life pavilion in Future World. It's home to a wide selection of gifts, exhibits, and presentations. Check your schedule for talks and demonstrations by HGTV and DIY personalities which are held in the center each Friday through Sunday. Other experts appear during the week. Click the video at the top of this article to see one of the presentations in 2013.

Bring extra camera batteries: You'll love the creative topiaries and flower displays scattered throughout the park. There are other photo opportunities, too, like the butterfly garden where you might catch a colorful specimen alighting among the leaves. You don't want to line up the perfect shot, only to discover that your battery is dead. Pack a spare storage chip, too, so you won't run out of space.

Catch a concert on the weekends: If you're a fan of classic music, visit the festival over the weekend so you can catch a Flower Power concert. The concerts are free with park admission, and they give you a nice little break on a busy day. Each concert runs three times per evening, so you can easily work it around your dinner schedule.

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