Epcot has become known for its amazing festivals throughout the year.
One of these festivals is the Flower and Garden Festival held in the Spring.
Here you'll find an overview of what you can expect at this festival. When is the festival held? What type of entertainment can you find? How should you spend your time at this festival?
What is the Flower and Garden Festival?
This is a festival held every Spring at Epcot. This year the festival will be held March 4 - June 1, 2020.
This festival features food, exhibits, activities and events all centered around gardening.
This festival is held at no extra charge. It is a part of your regular ticket to the Epcot park. There are some extras you can enjoy at an extra charge, but they are not necessary to have a great time at this festival.
What Activities Happen During The Festival?
During the festival you'll find amazing topiaries, food, concerts, and play areas. Here is what you can expect at this festival.
In total you will find over 100 amazing topiaries of your favorite Disney characters.
New for the 2020 festival, you'll find a Remy topiary that will be the centerpiece of the brand new Ratatouille Garden, which can be found in the France pavilion of The World Showcase.
You'll also find classic characters in topiary form, such as Snow White, Elsa and Anna, Belle and Beast, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Miss Piggy and Kermit.
Play Areas and Gardens
Epcot creates amazing gardens and areas for children to play during this festival.
It was announced that this year that the following exhibits will definitely be at the festival:
- Goodness Garden Butterfly House featuring 1000 butterflies flying through the gardens dozens of nectar plants
- Kokodema Garden and Bonsai Collection in the Japan Pavilion
- Urban Spice Garden in the Morocco Pavilion
- Alpine Container Garden in the Germany Pavilion
Some of the garden exhibits from last year that we hope will be returning for 2019 are:
- A Harmony Gardens musical playground that has the Fab Five topiaries (Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck)
- Future World interactive garden. This garden has a sensory garden and play maze.
- A Road to Florida 500 Garden
- A Cars themed garden based on the Cars 3 movie
This festival features the Garden Rock Concert series.
You can catch these concerts at the American Gardens Theater every evening at 5:30pm, 6:45pm, and 8pm. This is in the American Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot.
The 2020 concert schedule has not yet been released, but the 2019 schedule was as follows:
- March 6-8
- Steve Augeri
- March 9-10
- Glass Tiger
- March 17-20
- Simple Plan
- March 25-27
- Air Supply
- March 28-29
- Berlin featuring Terri Nunn
- March 30-31
- The Smithereens
- April 1-2
- Rick Springfield
- April 3-4
- Christopher Cross
- April 5-7
- The Spinners
- April 12-13
- Sister Sledge
- April 17-19
- Sister Hazel
- April 20-21
- Steven Curtis Chapman
- April 22-23
- April 24-26
- April 27-30
- The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
- May 1-4
- Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
- May 5-7
- Don Felder, Formerly of the Eagles
- May 8-9
- A Flock of Seagulls
- May 14-15
- Richard Marx
- May 16-19
- STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
- May 20-21
- Colin Hay of Men at Work
- May 28-29
- Jon Secada
- May 30- June 1
- Blood, Sweat and Tears
Concert Dining Packages
If you have your heart set on catching one of these concerts, you might want to consider booking a concert dining package.
Since the concerts are free as a part of the festival, seating will be limited and hard to come by. If you book a dining package, you are guaranteed seating for the show.
Here is how it works: you book a dining package ahead of time by calling Disney at (407) WDW-DINE, or going online to book here.
Your meal will include either a buffet or a meal with an appetizer, main course, dessert, and a drink (depending on the restaurant). You will then be given a voucher for a guaranteed seat at the concert for that night.
These are the participating restaurants and approximate prices for 2019 (please note that prices may change):
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Breakfast: $60/adults; $36/kids
Lunch: $70/adults; $42/kids
Dinner: $70/adults; $42/kids
Lunch: $44/adults; $25/kids
Dinner: $51/adults; $29/kids
Chefs de France
Lunch: $66/adults; $18/kids
Dinner: $76/adults; $23/kids
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $66/adults; $22/kids
Dinner: $66/adults; $22/kids
The Garden Grill Restaurant
Breakfast $43/adults; $27/kids
Lunch: $57/adults; $36/kids
Dinner: $57/adults; $36/kids
La Hacienda de San Angel
Dinner: $80/adults; $26/kids
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Lunch: $50/adults; $17/kids
Dinner: $58/adults; $19/kids
Lunch: $52/adults; $19/kids
Dinner: $62/adults; $19/kids
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
Lunch: $57/adults; $21/kids
Dinner: $57/adults; $21/kids
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Lunch: $70/adults; $23/kids
Dinner: $80/adults; $26/kids
Spice Road Table
Lunch: $52/adults; $19/kids
Dinner: $63/adults; $19/kids
Lunch: $62/adults; $17/kids
Dinner: $74/adults; $21/kids
Lunch: $63/adults; $17/kids
Dinner: $74 adults; $17/kids
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Lunch: $64/adults; $22/kids
Dinner: $70/adults; $25/kids
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Lunch: $54/adults; $20/kids
Dinner: $57/adults; $24/kids
While taking advantage of the dining packages is not required or necessary, it is a fantastic use of credits if you are on the dining plan. So that is something to consider if you are going to try to catch one of these concerts.
Food Booths and Outdoor Kitchen Areas
One of the most popular parts of these festivals is the food. We don't have information on all of the food this year, but we do know that in the past there have been 15 different booths serving festival themed food and drinks.
In addition to these kitchens and booths, you will be able to find raised-bed or in-ground gardens of herbs and produce.
Flower and Garden Tours
If you plan on visiting Epcot during this time, you can take advantage of tours that are only available during this festival. This year there are three tours available during the festival:
- The Royal Tea Garden Tour: This tour takes place each morning in the United Kingdom Pavilion. This is a guided tour through the tea garden where guests will learn the history and process of blending tea. Tea and scones are included in this tour.
- This tour costs $20
- The English Tea Garden Tour is similar to the Royal Tea Garden Tour, but it is shorter.
- This tour is complimentary. You can register The Tea Caddy in the UK pavilion
- The Gardens of the World Tour is a tour guided by a Disney horticulturist. This is a three hour walking tour. You'll learn all about the topiaries and gardens featured in the festival.
- This tour costs $85 and is for guests 12 and over
To make a reservation for a tour call (407) WDW-TOUR.
Fun for Kids
There are plenty of fun activities for the kids during the festival
Kidcot Garden Stop Field Guide
During the festival your kids can get a free Kidcot Garden Stop Feild Guide. These can picked up at various Kidcot locations throughout Epcot.
Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration Family Scavenger Hunt
Join in a family friendly scavenger hunt during your visit, and discover new locations along the garden pollination trail. From April 5-21 you can enjoy an Easter Egg themed version of this Eggstravaganza Scavenger Hunt. You'll search for Disney themed eggs throughout the World Showcase.
Flower and Garden Passport
During the festival your kids can pick up a Flower and Garden Passport. It will include information on every topiary, along with info about the concerts and food booths.
The Bottom Line?
I don't think you'll ever see Epcot look more beautiful than it does during this festival. This particular festival may not be the favorite for children, but everyone in your group will no doubt love the amazing flowers and Disney character themed topiaries.
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