Spring is in the air at Walt Disney World. The Epcot Flower And Garden Festival is in full bloom. Check out this Ultimate Guide To Epcot Flower And Garden Festival before you go.
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Ahhh spring! That means warmer weather, pretty flowers and the start of the annual Epcot Flower And Garden Festival. This year’s event runs until June 3, 2019. Luckily, I just returned from Walt Disney World and I have all the colorful details to share with you. As a farm girl, this is my FAVORITE time of year to visit Walt Disney World.
From beautiful topiaries to delicious food to hands-on learning, the festival connects us with this great planet we live on. Living on a very large fruit and vegetable farm, and growing a lot of plants in our greenhouses, makes me appreciate even more how much work is put forth by the cast members to make this festival bloom.Admission to the Epcot Flower And Garden Festival is included with your park ticket. However, there are some events and tours that are an additional charge.
Before you start exploring, be sure to grab your Festival Passport. They are available at any of the merchandise areas. Your passport will guide you through each of the areas around Epcot.
Topiaries To See & Snap
Anna and Elsa from Frozen
Located at the Norway Pavilion
Bambi and Friends
Located between the United Kingdom Pavilion and Canada Pavilion
Beauty and the Beast
Located at the France Pavilion
Bo Peep and Her Sheep with Buzz Lightyear and Woody from the Disney•Pixar Toy Story Films
Located at Future World East
Located at the China Pavilion
Captain Hook and Peter Pan
Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
Chip ‘n Dale and Donald Duck with Huey, Dewey and Louie
Located near Showcase Plaza Towers, East and West
Daisy Duck and the Floral Stars of the Show
Located near Spaceship Earth
Located near the Imagination! Pavilion
Lady and the Tramp
Located at the Italy Pavilion
Lightning McQueen and Mater from the Disney•Pixar Cars Films
Located near Test Track
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Enjoy a Picnic with Topiary Hearts
Located at Showcase Plaza
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
Located at the American Adventure Pavilion
Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog
Located at the France Pavilion
Located at the China Pavilion
Pluto and Goofy
Located between Future World and World Showcase
Simba and Friends
Located at The Outpost Shop
Snow White and Dopey
Located at the Germany Pavilion
Located at Mission: SPACE
The Three Caballeros
Located at the Mexico Pavilion
Located near MouseGear
Located at the American Gardens Theatre
Presented by Adventures by Disney®
Located at the Norway Pavilion
Welcome to the 2019 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
Located at the Main Entrance
Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends
Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
Pair your gardening mission around the festival with a stop at over a dozen delicious Outdoor Kitchens. Tempt your tastebuds at any (or all) of these culinary stops. It’s a foodies delight!
- The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™ (located near the front of the World Showcase)
- Trowel and Trellis – NEW for 2019
- Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace – NEW for 2019
- Flavor Full Kitchen – NEW for 2019
- The Citrus Blossom NEW for 2019 (find the Orange Bird Sipper here!)
- Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany)
- Cider House (UK)
- Fleur de Lys (France)
- Florida Fresh (between the France and Morocco pavilions)
- Hanami (Japan)
- Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico)
- La Isla Fresca (near the front of the World Showcase)
- Lotus House (China)
- Northern Bloom (Canada)
- Pineapple Promenade (near the front of the World Showcase)
- Primavera Kitchen (Italy)
- Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco)
- The Smokehouse (American Adventure)
- Specialty Joffrey’s Coffee Carts
Gardens To Explore
Alpine Container Garden – Visit the Germany Pavilion to learn about hearty alpine plants that have adapted to survive in extreme temperatures and are the perfect match for windy balconies, cold-weather climates and sloped or parched landscapes.
Bamboo Garden – As a member of the grass family, bamboo can be found at the China Pavilion in many colors, patterns and sizes.
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.
Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds – Have fun in this playground and garden inspired by Bo Peep and the rest of your Toy Story pals. It’s an innovative and interactive area for fans of all ages! Guide your flock towards Test Track to find this play area celebrating the magic of Toy Story 4 by Disney•Pixar.
Festival Blooms – Behold colorful, living panoramas composed of thousands of flowers, overlooking the east and west lakes of Future World.
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.
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.
The Honey Bee-Stro – Learn about the importance of honeybees in this immersive garden. You can also enjoy food options—made possible by their hard work—from the adjoining outdoor kitchen near the Imagination! Pavilion.
Kokedama Garden – Admire fresh expressions of an ancient Japanese art at this garden featuring bonsai creations.
Penguin Sculpture – Disneynature presents a newly minted penguin sculpture, created from repurposed trash pulled from our oceans. Find this spirited artwork at Future World West.
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.
Play Full Garden – On your mark, get set, stay healthy! Gather the entire family for interactive activities that focus on nutrition and wellness at this brand-new playground and outdoor kitchen. This exhibit can found near Imagination Walkway.
Purple Martin Garden – Spot purple martins as they soar to and from their nests in our purple martin birdhouses. These migratory birds flew over 3,000 miles from the Brazilian Amazon to raise their young right here at Epcot! Test your identification skills by finding the brown-and-white females, as well as the iridescent, all-purple males. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Cast Members will be on hand on Tuesdays and Fridays after 11:00 AM to answer questions you may have about these fascinating birds.
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.
Tropical Rainforest Garden – Visit the Mexico Pavilion and learn how Mexican 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.
Special Garden Tours
There are a number of special tours for gardening enthusiasts in addition to your park admission ticket.
Gardens of the World
Explore the lush landscapes and signature displays of the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!On this three hour tour, a Disney Horticulturist will take you on walking tour throughout the World Showcase Pavilions.
Cost: $85.00 plus tax. Must be 12 or older.
Royal Tea Garden Tour
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.
Cost: $20.00 plus tax. Must be 12 or older.
English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London®
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 herbs, which is vital for the creation of uniquely flavored brews.
Cost: Free for all ages
Behind The Seeds
Explore the future of agriculture and get up-close and personal with the critters of The Land Pavilion on this walking tour.
Cost: $25 adults, $20 kids
Gardening Fun For Kids
Kids can connect with nature too at the Epcot Flower And Garden Festival. They can wander through family-friendly play areas, gardens and exhibits geared specifically to kids. New this year is Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds near Test Track and Play Full Garden near Imagination Walkway.
Want to go on a scavenger hunt? Well this year, there are TWO you can participate in.
Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration is a scavenger hunt that promises to sprout tons of fun! Embark on a search for Spike’s best blooms as he pollinates flower beds across Epcot! Maps are available for $6.99.
Break out the bunny ears for the Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt! From April 5 through April 21, the “hoppy-est place on Earth” welcomes wabbits of all ages to Egg-stravaganza, a popular scavenger hunt that has everyone scampering around World Showcase in search of Disney character-themed eggs. Maps are available for $6.99.
Garden Rocks Concert Series
Ready to get your groove on? Garden Rocks Concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion and are included in Epcot admission. Shows are 7 nights a week during the festival at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8 PM.March 13-14: Tony Orlando “Knock Three Times”
- March 15-16: Wang Chung (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”
- March 17-20: Simple Plan “Perfect”
- March 21-22: Ambrosia (NEW) “Biggest Part of Me”
- March 23-24: Magic Giant (NEW) “Set on Fire”
- March 25-27: Air Supply (NEW to Garden Rocks) “All Out of Love”
- March 28-29: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn “Take My Breath Away”
- March 30-31: The Smithereens (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Top of the Pops”
- April 1-2: Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl”
- April 3-4: Christopher Cross (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Sailing”
- April 5-7: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”
- April 8-9: Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX “Come Sail Away”
- April 10-11: John Michael Montgomery (NEW) “I Love the Way You Love Me”
- April 12-13: Sister Sledge (NEW to Garden Rocks) “We Are Family”
- April 14-16: Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
- April 17-19: Sister Hazel (NEW to Garden Rocks) “All For You”
- April 20-21: Steven Curtis Chapman (NEW) “Cinderella”
- April 22-23: TobyMac (NEW) “The Elements”
- April 24-26: Lonestar “Amazed”
- April 27-30: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
- May 1-4: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”
- May 5-7: Don Felder, Formerly of the Eagles “Hotel California”
- May 8-9: A Flock of Seagulls (NEW) “I Ran (So Far Away)”
- May 10-11: Marshall Tucker Band (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Heard It in a Love Song”
- May 12-13: Peabo Bryson (NEW) “If You’re Ever In My Arms Again”
- May 14-15: Richard Marx (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Right Here Waiting”
- May 16-19: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
- May 20-21: Colin Hay of Men at Work (NEW) “Who Can It Be Now?”
- May 22-23: War (NEW) “Why Can’t We Be Friends”
- May 24-27: The Guess Who “American Woman”
- May 28-29: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
- May 30-June 1: Blood, Sweat and Tears “Spinning Wheel”
- June 2-3: Eddie Palmieri (NEW) “Vamonos Pa’l Monte”
Garden Rocks Dining Packages
Pair some great music with a delicious meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) at select restaurants around the World Showcase. There is an extra cost involved but you get guaranteed seating at one of 3 concert performances later that day.
Now go and explore. This is such an amazing not-to-miss festival that celebrates the beauty of nature.