Personally, Spring is my favorite time to visit Epcot, which of course brings Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. This is our full guide to the 2021 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and everything you need to know before attending this beautiful event.
Believe It or Not flower and garden is actually Epcot’s longest-running event. The first festival took place back in 1993, now 28 years later it is also the longest festival in the Epcot calendar.
This year the festival begins on March 3rd and runs until July 5th Making the 2021 festival a grand total of 124 days long; that means there’s plenty of opportunities to check this event out.
The Flower and Garden Festival is also arguably the most beautiful event at Epcot. It features over 70,000 festival blooms, there’s everything from floating floral displays, to Gardens around World Showcase reflecting each of the country’s natural plant life. But we also can’t forget the beautiful topiaries shaped like classic Disney characters.
Flower and Garden Festival is like most Epcot festivals, there’s plenty of food to enjoy and there are activities for both adults and kids. But the floral displays are certainly the focus of this event if you have a passion for gardening and flowers you’re going to love the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The main feature that many Disney fans enjoy is the character topiaries. Back when this event first began topiaries were dotted around World Showcase. Naturally, you would see characters from stories set in their respective countries.
Snow White could be found in Germany and although Lady and the Tramp is set in America who can forget the iconic scene at the Italian restaurant called Toni’s; hence why they’re placed here in the Italy Pavilion.
As the years have gone on other characters have been added to World Showcase such as Anna and Elsa to Norway back in 2015. But topiaries have also been blooming in Future World for several years now.
Also, new this year we have the return of Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog in the France pavilion replacing last year’s Lumiere and Cogsworth.
But the floral displays don’t stop at the topiaries, as Epcot is filled with dozens of gardens around the park. From small-scale ones like the Alpine container garden in Germany to large-scale ones like the butterfly house in Future World which is home to nearly a thousand made of butterflies.
The butterfly house is one of my favorite gardens in the park, this is normally located right behind Club pool and near the walkway adjacent to the Imagination pavilion. Inside you’ll get to marvel at dozens of nectar plants and learn about different species of butterflies up close.
Other gardens around Epcot are obvious and located right next to some outdoor kitchens like the Honey Bee-stro Garden for example. Which is an immersive garden that shows you how the sweet treat is created in beehives before making its way to your kitchen and dishes at your table.
While other gardens are subtle and reflect the range of plant life seen in the native countries represented in World Showcase, like the stunning vertical displays at the tropical rainforest garden in Mexico. Either way, there are tons of flower displays to see and enjoy around Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
Entertainment Lineup for 2021
The Concerts will look a bit different this year from the normal Garden Rocks Concert Series, but there is atill alot of great music on the schedule.
Jammin’ Gardeners (Jaminators), Voices of Liberty, and Mariachi Cobre are Epcot staples and will entertain guests from their usual locations.
Pianist (World Showplace)
Relax and enjoy a selection of songs of the season.
City Beautiful Bandstand (America Gardens Theatre)
Local Bands perform the songs of yesterday and today. Performances are on Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday only.
- March 5 to 8
- April 16 to 19
- May 28 to 31
Motown in Motion
- March 19 to 22
- April 30 to May 3
- June 11 to 14
Vintage Vinyl Band
- March 12 to 15
- April 23 to 26
- June 4 to 7
- March 26 to 29
- May 7 to 10
- June 18 to 21
- April 2 to 5
- May 14 to 17
- June 25 to 28
- April 9 to 12
- May 21 to 24
- July 2 to 5
Entertainment For Kids
Like Festival of the Arts, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is great for all ages. There are plenty of activities that the little ones can get involved in and good entertainment for the adults to enjoy.
But let’s talk about activities specifically focused on the little ones. One aspect of Epcot Flower and Garden Festival that I enjoy is that there are play areas that are designed with really little ones in mind.
This event usually includes at least two playgrounds and they allow toddlers to blow off some steam and run around for a little bit. Both of these areas are located in Future World.
One will be Bo peeps Playtime Training Grounds located near test track and Lightning McQueen’s topiary will still be featured in this area as well. The second play area will be the Playful Garden, this new play area will be located on the walkway by the imagination Pavilion on route to showcase Plaza and the Canada Pavilion. It will focus on nutrition and wellness and is sponsored by Advent health who will also sponsor the nearby flavorful outdoor kitchen.
The final activity that kids and some adults with the youthful spirit will enjoy are the events scavenger hunts. The first one is Spikes pollination exploration; this is the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival’s main scavenger hunt and pretty similar to the ones we’ve seen at other Epcot events.
This specific one was introduced last year at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and features a vintage Disney character, Spike. Spike is hidden within all the countries inside World Showcase pollinating the flowers you can purchase an official scavenger hunt map at the port of entry store for $7.99. After marking all the locations you find Spike in, then you can go back to the store and redeem your map for a special prize.
The second scavenger hunt of Flower and Garden Festival starts March 19th, just in time for Easter. The Eggstravaganza hunt is very similar to Spike’s scavenger hunt, the only difference is that there are hidden Easter eggs throughout all the countries in World Showcase featuring Disney characters. This is also priced at $7.99 and both scavenger hunts offer a discount to cast members and Annual Pass holders.
Outdoor Kitchens at Epcot Flower and Garden Festsival
If you’ve been before, then you know that Epcot is all about food, and the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is no stranger to decadent culinary dishes. What’s slightly different about this event is that it puts a focus on fresh ingredients above all else.
Many of the dishes served at the various outdoor kitchens include ingredients that can be seen growing in the gardens as you wait in line to order your food. Food and Wine is about range, Festival Of The Arts is about presentation, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is about fresh flavors and some that are also a bit more on the healthier side.
Flower and Garden food certainly is great for those of you looking to avoid the heavier and heartier dishes, but still crave a unique range of flavors.
Flavor Full Kitchen
Flavor Full Kitchen is presented by Advent health, this booth is located in Future World West. This booth will feature a Seared Salmon with Farro Risotto and Micro-herbs as well as a Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate Crisp Pearls.
Over at the Citrus Blossom, those of you who love dole whips and citrus whirls in Adventureland are in for a treat. This booth will feature an orange lemon slush served in an orange bird sipper. The Citrus Blossom will also include a Citrus-Braised Crispy Pork Belly with Kumquat and Carrot and
Over at the Citrus Blossom, those of you who love dole whips and citrus whirls in Adventureland are in for a treat. This booth will feature an orange lemon slush served in an orange bird sipper. The Citrus Blossom will also include a Citrus-Braised Crispy Pork Belly with Kumquat and Carrot and a Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream and Citrus Crumble.
Trowel and Trellis
Trowel and Trellis, sponsored by impossible foods, is the same company that sponsored earth eats at Food and Wine in years past. At the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, this booth is all about serving classic dishes with a unique twist. First, there’s the traditional corn on the cob served with savory garlic spread as opposed to just simple butter. For dessert, there’s the plant-based Lavender Pot de Crème with Blueberry Cake with Pink Peppercorn and Lime Whipped Cream
Other Returning Booths
On top of the four new booths, many returning outdoor kitchens have completely new menus for this year’s festival. At Jardin De Fiestas in Mexico, we have almost an entirely new menu including the tres leches cake. Which is a milk-soaked sponge cake topped with caramel whipped cream and almond powder.
In China we have the Lotus House returning and this year it will feature house-made crab and cheese wontons.
Over a Primavera Kitchen in Italy, we have another full menu change. This year the booth will feature an Italian flatbread with sweet sausage caramelized onion and three cheeses, as well as a tri-colored cheese tortellini.
Over in Japan, we have Hanami which is a very popular stop for fans of Frushi. Sushi made of fruit!
Meanwhile, over at Fleur de Lys in France, an almost completely new menu includes a goat cheese tart, topped with caramelized onions.
Here is a full list of all the menus at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival.
Well, that just about complete’s our guide to The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. If you are a gardening fanatic or just really enjoy taking in all the beautiful flowers and enjoying some of the new menus they have every year then this is an event for you!
The one big question on my mind is what will happen to the festival center once Disney makes all of the proposed upcoming changes to the landscape of Epcot in the coming years. Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, this event will not get smaller. Thank you for reading, and come join our discussion about this over on any of our social media channels.