Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 101

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Spring is in the air! That means the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and Epcot is rolling out one of it’s most popular festivals. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a celebration filled with beautiful gardens, delicious food, and rocking concerts. The festival takes place this year from March 4 to June 1 and features character topiaries, outdoor kitchens, special tours and more! Admission to the festival is included in the cost of your park ticket, but select experiences, as well as food and beverage from the outdoor kitchens, may be purchased at an additional cost.

Topiaries & Gardens

The festival’s most eve-catching offerings are the masterfully created topiaries of favorite Disney characters. These life-sized living sculptures are highly detailed recreations of beloved characters like Beauty and the Beast, The Muppets, and Mickey Mouse. Disney horticulturists work for months to create the topiaries and they make for some fantastic photo opportunities. Topiaries can be found at the following locations:

  • Anna and Elsa from Frozen
    Located at the Norway Pavilion
  • Bambi & Friends (Featuring Flower, Bambi, and Thumper)
    Located at the Canada Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Beast
    Located at the France Pavilion
  • Bo Peep and Her Sheep with Woody
    Located at Future World East
  • Bold Bromeliads
    Located near The Land at Future World East
  • Bromeliad Dragon
    Located at the Japan Pavilion
  • Buzz Lightyear
    Located near Mission: SPACE at Future World East
  • Captain Hook and Peter Pan
    Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Construction Mickey and Minnie with Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale
    Located between Future World and World Showcase
  • Donald and Daisy with Huey, Dewey, and Louie
    Located near Showcase Plaza
  • Fantasia – Sorcerer Mickey, Brooms, Ostriches and Hippo
    Located near Imagination at Future World West
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  • Lady and the Tramp
    Located at the Italy Pavilion
  • Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog
    Located between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions at the France Pavilions
  • Pandas
    Located at the China Pavilion
  • Pluto and Goofy
    Located between Future World and World Showcase
  • Remy (New for 2020)
    Located at the France Pavilion
  • Simba and Friends (Featuring Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa, and Sarabi)
    Located at The Outpost Shop
  • Snow White and Dopey
    Located at the Germany Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses
    Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
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  • The Three Caballeros (Featuring Jose, Donald, and Panchito)
    Located at the Mexico Pavilion
  • Topiary Butterflies
    Located at Future World West
  • Topiary Flowers
    Located near the Main Entrance
  • Winnie-the-Pooh & Friends
    Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion

The topiaries aren’t the only display of gardening art available. Guests can enjoy a number of finely cultivated gardens featuring breathtaking flower beds, plots of plant life and wildlife habitats. Many of these gardens also offer information and education about nature like the butterfly house and honey bee garden.

  • Bamboo Garden – As a member of the grass family, bamboo can be found at the China Pavilion in many colors, patterns, and sizes.
  • Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Ground – Gather adults and kids at the Test Track walkway for Toy Story 4– themed engaging and interactive fun.
  • Bold Bromeliads Located at the Mexico Pavilion
  • Bonsai Collection – Take a trip to the Japan Pavilion and discover the ancient art of bonsai with some of the finest living sculptures created by bonsai masters, who carefully shape and tend these miniature works of art—creating peace and balance with the earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Natural Sculptures Located at the China Pavilion
  • English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London – Discover the history and art of tea blending at this elegant English Tea Garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion, featuring plants important to some of Twinings finest tea blends.
  • Festival Blooms – Located at Future World, this display boasts thousands of flowers form colorful, living panoramas overlooking Future World’s East and West lakes.
  • Floating Mini-Gardens – Peer upon more than 100 petite plots drifting on the ponds that border the walkway between Future World and the World Showcase.
  • Garden Italiano – From fresh spaghetti sauce to your favorite pizza topping, this Tuscan kitchen garden at the Italy Pavilion features all the produce and herbs needed to create a classic Italian feast.
  • Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth – Delight in a whimsical area along Imagination Walkway for kids, made to inspire youthful energy and creativity. Your whole family can learn fun and interactive ways to stay healthy at a brand-new playground and outdoor kitchen.
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  • The Honey Bee-Stro – Learn about the importance of honeybees in this immersive garden. You can also enjoy some food options, made possible by their hard work, from the adjoining outdoor kitchen. Find it near Imagination! Pavilion.
  • Kokedama Garden – Admire fresh expressions of an ancient Japanese art. The Kokedama Garden features skilled bonsai creations.
  • Shakespeare Garden – Thou shalt adore matching up famous quotes to flowers found within this vibrant garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion. William Shakespeare often used flowers and exotic gardens to help set the scenes for his plays and employed them as symbols and metaphors.
  • The Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ – Visit this foliage-filled exhibit at Future World West to view a kaleidoscope of butterflies and observe several species up close, learning about their life cycles and maybe even witnessing them emerging from chrysalises.
  • Plant a Garden Perfect for Pollinators – Stop by this display near the Butterfly House and take garden-ready ideas home with you, along with garden crafts and sustainable best practices.
  • Tropical Rainforest Garden – Visit the Mexico Pavilion and learn how Mexico rainforests are rich with plants and animals that have adapted to a wide variety of light levels and water conditions.
  • Urban Spice – At the Morocco Pavilion, learn how in many eastern cultures, ancient spices were considered more valuable than gold. Even today, many cultures are defined by their signature spices and herb blends, created from plant leaves, stems, roots, seeds and flowers.

Outdoor Kitchens

If Epcot is having a festival, you can always expect a large variety of dining options. Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival is certainly no exception, with a number of outdoor kitchens serving small bites and beverages. These kitchens feature fresh and healthy ingredients showcasing the finest ingredients from the garden. The kitchens for 2020 have yet to be announced, but we will update this guide as soon as they are.

Garden Rocks Concert Series

Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival is a feast for the senses, and your ears aren’t left out of the fun. Guests can enjoy nightly performances from well-known bands and singers at the festival’s Garden Rocks Concert Series. Concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion with multiple performances each day. Performance times are 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. and run roughly 30 minutes. Space can fill up fast, especially for the last performance of the evening. For this reason, we suggest grabbing a seat at least one hour prior to showtime. This year’s lineup includes:

  • Peabo Bryson
    March 4 and 5
  • The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
    March 6 through 9
  • The Guess Who
    March 10 through 12
  • Simple Plan
    March 13 through 16
  • STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
    March 17 through 19
  • Mark Wills
    March 20 through 23
  • The Spinners
    March 24 through 26
  • Sister Hazel
    March 27 and 28
  • The Pointer Sisters
    March 29 and 30
  • Steve Augeri – Former Lead Vocalist of Journey
    March 31 through April 2
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears
    April 3 and 4
  • Expose’
    April 5 and 6
  • Berlin
    April 7 through 9
  • A Flock of Seagulls
    April 10 and 11
  • Atlantic Starr
    April 12 and 13
  • Tony Orlando
    April 14 through 16
  • High Valley
    April 17 and 18
  • Rick Springfield
    April 19 and 20
  • Christopher Cross
    April 21 through 23
  • Plain White T’s
    April 24 through 27
  • Don Felder – Formerly of The Eagles
    April 28 through 30
  • Don McLean
    May 1 and 2
  • Casting Crowns
    May 3 and 4
  • Ambrosia with Peter Beckett
    May 5 through 7
  • Thelma Houston
    May 8 and 9
  • The Allman Betts Band
    May 10 and 11
  • Air Supply
    May 12 through 14
  • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
    May 15 through 18
  • Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
    May 19 through 21
  • Claudia Leitte
    May 22 and 23
  • Daughtry
    May 24 and 25
  • Marshall Tucker Band
    May 26 through 28
  • Crowder
    May 29 and 30
  • Survivor
    May 31 and June 1
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Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package

Guests can combine their rock and roll experience with one of Epcot’s delectable Table Service restaurants with a special dining package. The Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package includes breakfast, lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants as well as guaranteed seating at one of 3 concert performances later that day. Each package includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert—or one full buffet or family-style dining, along with a non-alcoholic beverage and one guaranteed seat to the Garden Rocks Concert held on the same day. Prices vary by location and guests using a Disney Dining Plan will be charged 2 Table Service credits. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

Biergarten Restaurant (Germany Pavilion)
Lunch: $57 for adults; $32 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $32 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant (The Living Seas Pavilion)
Lunch: $69 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $69 for adults; $22 for kids

The Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land Pavilion)
Breakfast $52 for adults; $31 for kids
Lunch: $65 for adults; $39 for kids
Dinner: $65 for adults; $39 for kids

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (United Kingdom Pavilion)
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $22 for kids

Events & Tours

Guests wishing to go a bit more in-depth into the gardens and plant life on display can take advantage of special tours and events just for the festival. These guided tours and experiences give guests a closer look at the natural world and Disney’s efforts in conservation and cultivation.

Gardens of the World

Select weekdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Explore the lush landscapes and signature displays of the 2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Over the course of 3 hours, join a knowledgeable Disney Horticulturist—and a small group of fellow enthusiasts—for a fascinating walking tour throughout the World Showcase Pavilions. $85.00 plus tax, per guest.

English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London

Monday through Thursday at 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM, and Friday through Sunday at 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Gain a new appreciation for this time-honored beverage during a complimentary tour of an elegant English tea garden. During this guided foray, you’ll learn more about the artistry behind the growing and blending of a variety of botanicals, which is vital for the creation of uniquely flavored brews. No admission charge.

Royal Tea Garden Tour

9:30 AM until approximately 10:30 AM, followed by a visit to The Tea Caddy from 10:30 AM to 10:45 AM. Embark on a guided tour of an English tea garden, where you’ll enjoy a sampling of tea and scones. The Royal Garden Tea Tour begins at 9:30 AM in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot—before World Showcase opens to the general public at 11:00 AM. Your tour guide will lead you through an elegant tea garden, where you’ll spend approximately 45 minutes exploring the garden in-depth, and learning the artistry and history behind growing and blending tea. $20.00 per person, including tax.

Behind the Seeds Tour

Various times daily. Visit 4 greenhouses and a fish farm to catch a glimpse of amazing plants, insects and fish. This one-hour tour of the fish farm and 4 greenhouses that make up The Land Pavilion is perfect for anyone with an interest in gardening or natural sciences. $25.00 per adult, $20.00 per child (3-9), plus tax.

Festival Merchandise

A selection of Flower and Garden Festival branded merchandise including apparel, home goods, and more will be available at various locations throughout the park.

Annual Passholders can purchase special items like two new complimentary magnets. The “Donald Duck with Spike the Bee” magnet will be available March 4-April 19, while “Orange Bird” will make his magnet debut April 20-June 1. Both magnets will be available at Mouse Gear.

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