The EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom! This annual festival celebrates all things fun, flowers, and fresh food! The festival runs from March 2nd through July 4th, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy this festival. Whether you’re visiting in the spring or early summer, check out what’s in store for this year’s festival below!
The Flower and Garden Festival has a wide variety of Outdoor Kitchens thorughout the park, tucked throughout the four EPCOT neighborhoods: World Discovery, World Celebration, World Nature, and World Showcase. The kiosks are open daily from 11 am to park close. Each Outdoor Kitchen has a unique theme and features fresh cuisine, local brews, and delectable desserts.
Notable Outdoor Kitchens
Cider House (near the UK pavilion)
Features hard ciders with exciting flavors like pink lemonade and watermelon, plus organic cider and cider flights. Pair it with a BLT scone with applewood smoked bacon!
Citrus Blossom (Port of Entry)
Celebrates citrus flavors with dishes like Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly with avocado cream, salsa verde, corn salsa, and plantain chips. We’re also excited about the Tuna Tataki Bowl with Spicy Yuzu Glaze and mango, avocado, and pappadam crisp.
Fleur de Lys (France)
Traditional French delicacies can be found here, like the Beignet Caramélisé (a carmelized beignet with vanilla cream and caramel fleur de sel) and Croissant au Fromage de Chèvre (a croissant with goat cheese, roasted garlic, and herbs).
Sweet and savory treats, such as Beef Tataki and Chicken Yakitori, are found here. You won’t want to miss the Frushi: strawberry, pineapple, and cantaloupe wrapped in pink soy wrap served with whipped cream.
La Isla Fresca (between Morocco and France)
This kiosk features a variety of Caribbean-inspired dishes like Coconut Tres Leches and several types of Arepas.
Magnolia Terrace (American Adventure)
Celebrates the flavors and soul of the Gulf Coast with southern seafood boil, gumbo with chicken and Andouille sausage, and grilled oysters.
Pineapple Promenade (Port of Entry)
DOLE Whip® makes an appearance at EPCOT at this Outdoor Kitchen! Also, check out the Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and plantain chips.
The highlight of every Flower and Garden Festival is the Disney-themed larger-than-life topiaries that dot the landscape around EPCOT. From Bonsai Gardens to Mickey-themed landscaping, these colorful flower creations celebrate the beauty of spring. This year, many popular topiaries return, such as the Beauty and the Beast topiary in France, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Germany, and Elsa and Anna in Norway. Don’t forget to grab a family picture by the Fantasia collection of topiaries near the entrance of the World Showcase. Or, check out Buzz Lightyear by Mission: Space. You can even soar with Peter Pan and Captain Hook between the UK pavilion and Canada.
In addition to the topiaries, there are dozens of colorful gardens around the park. The most distinctive gardens are the colorful flower landscapes that can be seen around the park. Check out the floating flower gardens in the waterways between World Celebration and the World Showcase. Other notable gardens are Blossoms of Fragrance by Scentsy, located on the bridge to World Showcase. Dozens of blooms fit for a freshly cut bouquet surround the France pavilion. Another favorite is Bambi’s Butterfly House in World Nature. Step inside a butterfly paradise and learn about the caterpillar life cycle while seeing it in action. The English Tea Garden in the UK and the orchid collection in Mexico are also beautiful gardens to stroll through.
Garden Rocks Concert Series
The Garden Rocks Concert Series is another highlight of the festival. Concerts take place every night at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 pm at the American Gardens Theatre. Featured artists include The Spinners, the Pointer Sisters, Don McLean, STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas, MercyMe, and Simple Plan. Many new acts will perform at the festival this year, including Tommy DeCarlo of Boston (April 15 & 16), Blue October (April 8 & 9), The Commodores (May 7 & 8), and Daughtry (June 26 & 27).
The Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package gives you guaranteed seating for a concert showing while enjoying a meal at a select table-service restaurant at EPCOT. The package includes a dining reservation at one of four restaurants: Biergarten, Coral Reef, Rose and Crown, or Garden Grill. The meal consists of an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage or one full buffet. The dining package is available Friday through Monday during the festival. Concert times are assigned when you book your package. Reservations can be made 60 days in advance.
Can’t miss experiences
Are you a fan of retro Disney characters? Grab some festival-themed Figment and Orange Bird merchandise at locations throughout EPCOT. You’ll also find a selection of festival-themed Mickey and pals souvenirs. There is also a festival-exclusive MagicBand, and much more.
Grab a festival passport and collect stamps when you sample five featured menu items at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens. Bring your completed passport to Pineapple Promenade for a free festival treat!
There are two scavenger hunt experiences that kids of all ages can enjoy. Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration is a bee-themed search while exploring the various gardens throughout the park. Once you complete the hunt, bring the map back to World Traveler or Disney Traders for a prize. There’s also an egg-stravaganza hunt with Disney-themed eggs hidden throughout the park. This scavenger hunt is available for a limited time! You can purchase a map and stickers at select merchandise locations for $10.
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The Flower and Garden Festival is a wonderful time to visit EPCOT. Since the festival runs until July 4th, you have plenty of time to experience this festival. Get a free quote with Wishing On A Star Travel. Interested in more travel updates and theme park news? Be sure to sign up for our mailing list.