What Goes Into the Making of the Iconic Violet Lemonade at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

by | Jun 9, 2023 | WDW Blog

Did you know that the edible flower that comes with the iconic Violet Lemonade is grown in the Land Pavilion? We’re sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the photo-worthy drink from the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival!

We’ve still got a few weeks left of the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival! With breathtaking topiaries, florals, and delicious food, this fan-favorite festival is running through July 5th, 2023 at EPCOT. One of the most popular items to pick up during the festival is the Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade, a stunning purple drink you can order at Pineapple Promenade. And Disney has shared a few behind-the-scenes facts you may not have known about the Violet Lemonade!

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The Violet Lemonade Edible Flower is Grown in the Land

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If you’ve ever ridden Living with the Land, you’ve gotten an up-close look at the incredible plants that are grown within the Land Pavilion. In fact, some of what is grown at the Land is used at restaurants throughout EPCOT, including Garden Grill. But, what you may not have known is that the edible flowers you’ll find on the Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade are grown at the Land as well!

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Plant Scientist Laura Kleiss is one of the Cast Members responsible for growing these flowers. She explained that they grow all of their plants through hydroponics, the growing of plants through a nutrient-rich solution. This helps the plants grow two to three times faster than usual.

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Kleiss explained that all of the violas you will see on the Violet Lemonade are grown in the Land, and they harvest thousands per week that are brought right over to the festival team for garnishing. This beautiful drink has become popular on social media in recent years for its stunning color, but did you know that it’s actually been at the festival for quite some time? In fact, the drink is currently celebrating its 10th year at the festival. Here’s to many more!

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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