The EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival guide is here to help you get the most out of this year’s festival. There is so much new to see, do, and smell! Here is everything you need to know before you go.
This year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival runs from March 2nd until July 4th. Beautiful topiaries, flowers, and spring décor surround you as you meander around the park. The Flower and Garden Festival is not just about flowers and topiaries though. Music, merchandise, food, and more, are all part of the total experience. There are activities and experiences suited for every member of the family.
Flower and Garden Festival Garden Rocks Concert Series
The Garden Rocks Concert Series takes place most nights at the America Garden’s Pavilion. The schedule includes:
March 2-3 Skillzmatic
March 4-5 The Guess Who
March 6-7 Rick Springfield
March 8-10 Foreigners Journey
March 11-12 Melina Leon NEW
March 13-14 CeCe Winans
March 15-17 Hello Sister
March 18-19 Mike DelGuidice NEW
March 20-21 Kool & The Gang NEW
March 22-24 Glass Ceiling
March 25-28 The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
March 29-31 Skillzmatic
April 1-2 The Spinners
April 3-4 The Pointer Sisters
April 8-9 Blue October NEW
April 10-11 TBD
April 15-16 Tommy DeCarlo singer from the band Boston NEW
April 17-18 Don Felder formerly of the Eagles
April 22-23 Starship with Mickey Thomas
April 24-25 Claudia Leitte NEW
April 29-30 Berlin
May 1-2 Toby Mac
May 6-7 Blood, Sweat, & Tears
May 8-9 The Commodores NEW
May 10-12The Vybe
May 13-14 Ambrosia with Peter Beckett NEW
May 15-16 Mercy Me
May 20-21 A Flock of Seagulls
May 22-23 Collin Raye NEW
May 24-26 Country Airwaves
May 27-28 Thelma Houston NEW
May 29-30 Little River Band
May 31 The Hooligans
June 3-6 Simple Plan
June 10- 13 Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone
June 17-20 Plain White T’s
June 21-23 Element
June 24-25 War
June 26-27 Daughtry
June 28-30 Epic
July 1-4 M-80’s
The Garden Rocks concerts are free with your regular park admission, however, you can book a dining package that will give you guaranteed seating at the garden rocks concert you chose. If this is an option for you I highly recommend it. Don’t forget to make your park reservation as soon as possible.
TIP– Some of these concerts are popular and fill up fast. If you are not booking a dining package be sure to arrive extra early. You can grab snacks in the American Pavilion area directly across from the Garden Rocks concert stage. Blok & Hans has a variety of beers and Mickey Pretzels. Fife & Drum, an outdoor kiosk, has quick grab-and-go options including but not limited to Turkey Legs, Hot Dogs, Pretzels, and more. Lots of guests like to grab something to snack on while waiting in line at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
Flower and Garden Festival Merchandise
Every year the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival has different theming for its merchandise. This year’s theme includes five different themes. Orange Bird, Spike the Bee, Mickey’s Home Garden, Figments Garden, and Mickey and Minnie. The festival will also offer some Passholder exclusive merchandise. There are several Flower and Garden Festival Spirit Jerseys as well featuring Orange Bird and a Mickey’s Garden theme.
You will also have several kiosks selling environmentally friendly, sustainable, and all-natural products and merchandise. You can even find Mickey and Minnie-shaped topiaries you can take home!
You can get a better look at some of the merchandise coming to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival here .
This year Basin has a Flower and Garden Festival Booth featuring some of your favorite Walt Disney World characters. They have soaps, bath salts, lip balms, and more. I love the bath bombs featuring Cinderella, Belle, and Sven!
Epcot Flower and Garden Educational opportunities and activities
There are so many fun opportunities for children and adults alike to learn at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, but shhh ! Don’t tell the kids! They will have such a great time they won’t even realize it.
Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration Follow Spike on his pollination trail where he is busy collecting nectar and pollinating the gardens. Locate Spike around world Showcase, place the correct sticker on your map and return it later to collect your prize. You can purchase your map at several merchandise locations around Epcot. Map is $9.99
TIP- You can pick up your prize at the same time as your map to save yourself the time of having to return later. That way if your little one, or husband, conks out before making all the way around the showcase you don’t have to backtrack later. The prize is included in the price of the map regardless of its completion.
Bambi’s Butterfly House Located near the Imagination Pavilion this tent filled with butterflies in every stage of development is truly delightful. If you’re lucky, and the butterflies like, you may even have a butterfly land on you. Sigs inside describe the butterflies habitat and lifecycle.
Honey Bee-stro The National Honey Board educates you on the honeybee’s critical in our environment.
Blossoms of Fragrance Garden Presented by Scentsy Learn about how scent can affect can influence humans.
Tropical Rainforest Garden Located in the Mexico Pavilion Learn about the Mexican Rainforest , its environment and species.
Garden Italiano Located in the Italy Pavilion A Tuscan garden showcases herbs and vegetables used in Italian cuisine,
Spice Garden Located in the Pavilion Learn about Eastern culture and signature spices and herbs.
Bonsai Collection Located in the Japan Pavilion Watch Bonsai Master carefully shape and tend these living works of art.
France Bouquet Garden NEW Located in France Observe bountiful blooms awaiting to be cut into beautiful bouquets.
Prehistoric Garden Located near Mission Space Imagine life 65 million years ago and observe plant life that’s thrived since the dinosaur ages.
Health Full Trail Presented by Advent Health The entire family can learn ways to stay healthy at this outdoor kitchen and garden along the Imagination Walkway
Garden Graze You could call this a scavenger hunt for adults. Basically, you visit the food booths mentioned in your Festival Passport and purchase 5 of the mentioned dishes and you will receive a stamp for each one. Once you have your 5 stamps filled in you can cash them in for a completer prize. This year’s dishes are Grilled Street Corn with Savory Garlic Spread, Avocado Toast with Marinated Toy Box Tomato’s on Toasted Ciabatta, Grilled Baby Vegetables with Hummus Cream and Red Pepper Coulis. and Potato Pancakes with House-made Applesauce.
TIP- You do not have to buy one of each item to qualify for the completer prize dish. You can buy any mix of items. I.E. you could buy 5 Potato Pancakes and still receive 5 stamps.
Kids need to burn off some energy? Parents need to rest? The Green Landing Family Play Zone the perfect place. The family-designed playground will keep kids occupied so mom and dad can take a break. You will find this playground near Creations Shop and Mission Space area.
Flowers, Décor, and More
What the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is really built around though is of course it beautiful flowers and topiaries. The signature topiary that greets you as you are walking in is Goofy and a Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Cake which is located at the main entrance. A bit further back at the entrance to World Showcase is Sorcerer Mickey Mouse. Keep your eyes open because there are many character topiary’s scattered throughout the park. You are bound to see some of your favorite Disney heroes in full bloom.
Other Character Topiaries
- Bambi and friends – Imagination Pavilion
- Winnie The Pooh and Friends – U.K. Pavilion
- Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden – U.K. Pavilion
- Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tik Tock -Between the U.K. and Canada Pavilion’s
- Lumiere and Cogsworth – France Pavilion
- Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – Germany Pavilion
- The Three Caballeros ( Jose, Donald, and Panchito) – Mexico Pavilion
- Troll – Norway Pavilion
- Dragon- Japan Pavilion
- Ana and Else Norway Pavilion
- Panda’s- China Pavilion
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarf’s- Germany Pavilion
- Simba and Friends-Between the Imagination and Land Pavilion
- Pumbaa and Timon- Between Imagination and Land Pavillion
- Lady and the Tramp- Italy Pavilion
- Beauty and the Beast- France Pavilion
- Figment- Imagination Pavilion
- Buzz Lightyear- Near Mission Space
- Pluto and Chip and Dale- American Adventure Pavilion
- Woody, Bo Peep, and her Sheep- The Land Pavilion
- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
Outdoor Kitchen / Food Booth’s
No Epcot festival would be complete without its outdoor kitchen a.k.a. food booths. This year there will be 18 booth’s in total. The kitchens will be open from 11 am until park close.
Bauernmarkt Farmer’s Market– Located near Germany- Bavarian based dishes that will appeal to all ages.
Cider House– Located near the U.K.- Ciders and artisanal provisions offered here.
Citrus Blossom– Near Port of Entry- Delicious citrus-based beverages and dishes
Epcot’s Farmer’s Feast– Located near Test Track and presented by Nestle- Hearty dishes and savory sides featuring farm-fresh ingredients.ou as you
Epcot Sunshine Griddle– Located near Test Track and presented by Chevrolet- Delicious breakfast dishes served throughout the day.
Flavor Full Kitchen– Between Imagination and Refreshment Port & Sponsored by Advent Health – Healthy Ingredients fresh from the garden
Fleur De Lys– Located in the France Pavilion- Parisian cuisine at its finest.
Hanami – Located in Japan- Innovative Japanese culinary dishes, including the famous Frushi. You can also get Pineapple Sake and other alcoholic beverages here.
Honey Bee-stro– Near Port of Entry and hosted by the National Honey Board- Here you can find dishes and beverages infused with honey.
Jardin de Fiestas– Located in the Mexico Pavilion- Spicy modern takes on traditional Mexican dishes along with Mexican beverages.
La Isla Fresca-Located between Morocco and France- Caribbean seasoned dishes and beverages
Lotus House- Located in China- This old favorite features classic Chinese fare as well as a variety of beverages including the Tang Dynasty, an alcoholic drink with Tequila, and Boba Pearls.
Magnolia Terrace- Located in the American Pavilion- Get a taste of the bayou as you savor foods fresh from the Gulf Coast.
Nothern Bloom- Located in the Canada Pavilion- Filling and hearty dishes from our neighbor to the north.
Pineapple Promenade- Located near Port of Entry- Savor pineapple prepared in many ways, from savory and sweet, to tangy. TIP- You can grab a Dole Whip here!
Primavera Kitchen– Located in the Italy Pavilion- Old country-style dishes and a good selection of wine and alcoholic beverages.
Tangierine Cafe- Located in the Moroccan Pavilion- Experience the exotic flavors of a faraway land. Lamb or chicken kabobs are an offering here.
Trowel and Trellis- Located near Disney Trader and hosted by Impossible- Plant-based versions of some of your favorite foods.
In addition to the usual offerings at these locations, you can also find these additional treats and beverages during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
Joffrey’s featured Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival specialty beverages at its different locations around the parks.
World Discovery- (Located near Mission Space) Minty Melon Refresher
Near Canada – Strawberry Fields Refresher
World Showcase- Pink Paradise Refresher
American Adventure-( American Pavilion) Wildberry Wonder Refresher
Tangerine Swirl Dole Whip, Pineapple Skewer, and fruity alcoholic beverages are on the menu here.
Important things to know before you go
Guests must be 21 years of age or older to purchase any alcoholic beverages. Acceptable forms of ID are U.S. State driver’s license or state ID, U.S. Military ID, a passport, or a NEXUS card issued by US Customs and Border Patrol. Visitors from outside the United States are required to present both a valid passport and another form of government issues ID from the country of origin.
Some menu items will be marked in your Festival Passport as plant-based or gluten/wheat friendly.
If you have food allergies it’s recommended you ask to speak with a chef or special diets trained cast member prior to ordering any food at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
Wheelchair, ECVs, and stroller rentals are available in the front of the park. International Gateway in World Showcase rents only wheelchairs and ECVs.
In the event of an allergic reaction, other related health event, or injury go to The Odyssey Center located between Future World and World Showcase near the Mexico Pavilion.
Planning a family vacation can be a lot of work. Check out our link below for more helpful tips and information.
With all of the planning that goes into a day at Disney, I have to say I find Epcot one of the most relaxed and enjoyable parks. The outdoors and wide-open spaces just give me relaxed vibes. While every Disney Park has something special to offer there is nothing like an Epcot day, especially during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
The mild spring weather and the smell of flowers in the air everywhere create such a relaxed atmosphere. We hope our Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Guide helps you plan your day in the park. Knowing the what’s, where’s, and when’s, of everything, can save you time and help you to get the most out of your day.
What are the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival hours?
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is from March 6-May 28. The hours vary by day, so be sure to check the Walt Disney World website before you go.
What is the price of admission to Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival?
Admission to Epcot during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is the same as it is any other time of year. You will need a ticket or annual pass to enter the park.
What are some of the special events that take place during the Flower and Garden Festival?
Some of the special events that take place during the festival include character topiaries, live music, gardening workshops, and more. Check the Walt Disney World website for a full list of events.
Are there any special dining experiences available during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival?
There are several special dining experiences available during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. These include outdoor kitchens, themed dinners, and more. Check the Walt Disney World website for a full list of dining experiences.
What are some of the special merchandise offerings during the Flower and Garden Festival?
Some of the special merchandise offerings during the festival include t-shirts, mugs, hats, and more. I mentioned some of them here, but make sure to check the Walt Disney World website for a full list of merchandise.