For the 27th year in a row my favorite festival, Epcot Flower & Garden Festival returns!
The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival begins March 4 and runs through June 1, 2020. Here’s what you need to know before your next visit!
For more on Epcot’s different festivals throughout the year click below:
- Epcot Festival of the Arts
- Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
- Epcot Festival of the Holidays
When Does the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Happen?
- Daily from March 4 – June 1, 2020
- Epcot’s is open most days from 9 am to 9 pm daily. Some exceptions apply including Extra Magic Hours. Check here for daily park hours. Festival hours are from 11 am to close each day.
How to Best Enjoy the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
- Plan of what food and drinks you don’t want to miss! (menu below)
- Don’t miss the Garden Rocks Concert Series which happens three times nightly, 5:30, 6:45, 8:00 PM at the American Garden Theater.
- Make a plan for entertaining the kids. There are so many opportunities for them at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival that will keep them wanting to explore more. Including Spikes Pollen Nation Scavenger hunt and the interactive playgrounds.
- Use the touring plan below to plan your day.
These are the bread and butter of the festival in my opinion. The gardens are gorgeous but the larger than life character topiaries will leave you in awe!
The topiaries at the Flower and Garden Festival are my MOST favorite part! I remember Disney’s iconic topiaries from my first visit to Disney World as a high schooler! I desperately wanted one at my own house and still, regularly ask my husband to build me one. (insert him laughing at me here!)
If you want to know more about how these topiaries are made and maintained and then placed at Epcot for the festival each year make sure you sign up for the Gardens of the World Tours.
It’s crazy just how much work goes into these beautiful pieces of art and how much each of them weighs!
My Favorite Topiaries
- The Bromeliad dragon – now in Japan for 2020!
- Lady and the Tramp in Italy
- Snow White and Dopey Germany
- Simba and Friends in the Outpost
New Topiaries for 2020
- Ratatouille in France
Just inside the gates of Epcot, you’ll be greeted by our favorite Disney dog Pluto! With all of the construction happening at Epcot currently, I was excited to see Disney still greets us at the gate with an iconic festival topiary.
Future World East
Bambi and Friends Wildlife Habitat near the temporary location of Mouse Gears.
Buzz Lightyear near Mission Space
Woody, Bo Peep and her Sheep near Test Track
Future World West
Figment near Imagination! – I LOVE his new location this year!
Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Ostriches and Hippo near Imagination!
Topiary Butterflies – scattered throughout Future World West and near the entrance to the new Butterfly House location in between Imagination and The Land Pavillion
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy
Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale
Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie
The Three Caballeros – Mexico
Anna and Elsa – Norway
Troll – Norway
Pandas – China
Simba and Friends – Outpost
Snow White and Dopey – Germany
Lady and the Tramp – Italy
Dragon – Japan (formerly in China)
Beauty and the Beast – France
Remy *NEW* – France
Peter Pan and Captain Hook – United Kingdom
Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses – United Kingdom – in the back near the concert gazebo
Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – United Kingdom
Tours & Events
- Epcot -Gardens of the World Tour – 3 hours, $85 per person
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thrusdays & Fridays 9 am to noon
- Royal Tea Garden Tour – 45 minutes, $20 per person
- English Tea Garden – Complimentary, same-day sign up at The Tea Caddy
- Self Guided Tea Tour – pick up a brochure at The Tea Caddy
- Behind the Seeds – offered year-round at Epcot – 1 hour, $25 per adult, $20 per child age 3-9
- Daily from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
How to Reserve A Tour
All tours can be reserved by calling 407-WDW-TOURS
Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds playground – near Test Track
Outdoor Escapes *NEW*
Future World West
The Goodness Garden Butterfly House – now located near The Land Pavillion
Bold Bromeliads – near The Land Pavillion
Play Full Garden – on the path from Future World West to the World Showcase
Growing the Future – opens April 7
Festival Blooms & Floating Gardens
The Honey Bee-stro Garden
Tropical Rainforest – Mexico
Bamboo Garden – China
Chinese Zodiac Topiary Garden – China
Miniature Gardens – *NEW* – Germany
Garden Italiano – Italy
Kokedama Garden – Japan
Bonsai Collection – Japan
Urban Spice Garden – Morocco
Florida Fresh Garden – Between Morroco and France
English Tea Garden – United Kingdom
Outdoor Excapes *NEW*
Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds
Imagination Play Garden
Growing the Future – *NEW* – opens April 7
Health Full Trail
- Play Full Garden
- Flavor Full Kitchen
- Mind Full Retreat
You won’t want to miss so many of these great festival offerings! Some of my favorites happen each year the Flower & Garden Festival!
My Festival Food Favorites
- Bellini – Italy
- Watermelon Cucumber Slushy – Florida Fresh
- Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette – France
- Freshly Baked Lemon Scone – United Kingdom
- Beef Tenderloin Tips – Canada
Outdoor Kitchens for 2020
Flavor Full Kitchen
Near the Honey Bee-stro
- Grilled Baby Vegetables
- Seared Salmon
- Strawberry Mousse
- Blood Orange Aqua Fresca (non-alcoholic)
- Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (non-alcoholic)
Future World East
Near Test Track
- Assorted Coco-Cola Slushies
The Honey Bee-stro
- Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Purée, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey-blistered Grapes, Sunflower Brittle, and Coriander Flowers (GF, V)
- Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, Charred Vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream, and Micro Citrus Greens
- Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses and Petite Lavender Shoots (V)
- Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze (non-alcoholic)
- Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
- B. Nektar New Wave Lemonade Mead
- Honey-Peach Freeze with Blueberry Vodka
Showcase Plaza, Near Port of Entry
- Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF)
- Tuna Tataki with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado, and Pappadam Crisp
- Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF)
- Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, and Citrus Crumble (V)
- Orange Cream Slushy in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper (sipper only available while supplies last) (non-alcoholic)
- Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale, Fort Pierce, FL
- First Magnitude Brewing Lemon Hefeweizen, Gainesville, FL
- Heavy Seas Brewery TropiCannon Citrus IPA, Halethorpe, MD
- Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy
- Beer Flight
Showcase Plaza near Port of Entry
- Spicy Hot Dog
- Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake
- DOLE Whip
- Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade
- Pineapple Soft-serve with Fanta
- Collective Arts Brewing Pina Colada Sour
- Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat
- SweetWater Brewing Company Goin’ Coastal Ale
- Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale
- Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Pineapple Wine
- DOLE Whip with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
Showcase Plaza, Near Canada
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- Popsicle Trio
- Short’s Brewing Company Starcut Ciders Squishy Hard Cider
La Isla Fresca
- Lamb Curry
- Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer
- Tropical Mousse Cup
- Tropical Freeze
- Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale
- Tropical Freeze with Parrot Bay Mango Rum
Trowel & Trellis
Showcase Plaza, Near Disney Traders
- Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread (GF, V)
- Impossible Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, and Creamy Herb Dressing (V)
- Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumb, Pomegranate, and Baby Herbs (GF, V)
- Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London (non-alcoholic)
- Playalinda Brewing Company Tropical Wonderland Wheat Ale, Titusville, FL
- Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London with Vodka served in a Mason Jar
Jardin de Fiestas
- Chilaquiles con Pollo
- Quesadilla al Pastor
- Choriqueso Torta
- Cruz Blanca Rose Spritz
- Mango Mexican Lucky Margarita
- Rosita Margarita
- Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice
- Bon Bon Chicken Skewer
- House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons
- “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Bobas (non-alcoholic)
- Jasmine Draft Beer
- Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk, and Boba
- Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup, and Orange Juice
- Time Out: Bacardi Rum, Peach Liqueur, Peach Syrup, Pina Colad, Sprite, Soda Water, and Magic Boba
- Pineapple Skewer with Tajin Seasoning
- 3 Daughters Raspberry Lemonade Dry Hard Cider
- Short’s Brewing Company Starcut Ciders Mosa Hard Cider
- Ciderboys Banana Bliss Hard Cider
Bauernmarkt: Farmers Market
- Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V)
- Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions, and Herb Sour Cream
- Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese
- Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries
- M.I.A. Beer Company Hugo
- Bitburger Premium Pils
- Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone, Salzburg, Austria
- Beer Flight
- La Regina “Margherita”: Rustic Italian Flatbread, Vine-ripened Tomatoes, Whole-Milk Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Basil
- Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Spring Vegetables and creamy Pesto Sauce
- Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Powdered Sugar, Raspberry Sauce, and Chocolate-Hazelnut Drizzle
- Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
- Placido Pinot Grigio
- Chianti, Gabbiano
- Prosecco, Villa Sandi
- Corbinello, Montegrande
- Moscato, Fior d’Arancio Montegrande
- Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequilla
Block and Hans
The American Adventure
- Arendelle Aqua Lemonade: Frozen Lemonade with Monin Cotton Candy
- Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry Nectar
- Arendelle Aqua Lemonade: Frozen Lemonade served with Monin Cotton Candy and Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine
The American Adventure
- Mini Funnel Cake topped with Lemon Cheesecake Ice Cream, Blueberries, and Powdered Sugar
The American Adventure
- Southern Seafood Boil: Shrimp, Mussels, Crawfish, Potatoes, Corn and Andouille Sausage
- Grilled Oysters with Cajun Butter
- House-made Boudin Two Ways with Spicy Mustard
- Pecan Cake with Maple Whipped Cream
- Pecan Praline
- Wild Heaven Beer Session Citrus Lager
- The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Amber Ale
- Parish Brewing Co. Ghost in the Machine Double IPA
- Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry, and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut, Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side (V)
- Menchi Katsu Slider: Japanese-style Panko-breaded Beef Patty topped with Tonkatsu Sauce, Mayonnaise, and Pickled Lotus Root
- Salmon Flower Ikura: Fresh Salmon, Salmon Roe, Spinach, Watermelon Radish, and Chilled Ramen tossed with Poke Sauce
- Kirin Draft Beer
- Strawberry Nigori Sake
- Furano Martini: Vodka, Lavender Syrup, and Yuzu Juice
Taste of Marrakesh
- Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad
- Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley, and Chili-Ranch Sauce
- Walnut Honey Baklava
- Casa Beer
- Larroque Chardonnay, Meknes
- White Sangria
- Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
Between France and Morrocco
- Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream
- Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish
- Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue
- Watermelon Cucumber Slushy (non-alcoholic)
- Tampa Bay Brewing Company Twisted Strawberry Fest Fruit Ale, Tampa, FL
- Big Top Brewing Company Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, Sarasota, FL
- First Magnitude Brewing Monarch Milk Stout, Gainesville, FL
- Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Key Lime Wine, St Petersburg, FL
- Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Gin
- Beer Flight
Fleur de Lys
- Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chevre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a Flaky Pastry Crust
- Canard Confit à la Orange: Braised Duck Confit a l’Orange with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Tarte Tropezienne, Coulis Framboise: Brioche Cake filled with Light Pastry Cream and Raspberry Coulis
- Eclair Chocolat Framboise: Eclair filled with Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse
- La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Vodka, Orange Vodka, Elderflower Liqueur, and White and Red Cranberry Juice
- VeRy Raspberry: Rose Wine with Natural Raspberry Flavor
- Kronenbourg Blanc 1664
- Bordeauz, Chateau Tarin
- Seared Scallops iwth French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette, and Applewood-smoked Bacon GF
- Beef Ternderloin Tips Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, and Whipped Potatoes iwth Gardne Vegetables
- Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato
- Maple Popcorn Shake
- Unibroue Ephermere Apple Wheat Ale
- 81Bay Brewing Apricot with Maple Syrup
- Collective Arts Brewing Blackberry Fruit Beer
- Maple Popcorn Shake with Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky
Joffery’s Coffee & Tea Company
- Near Mouse Gear – Spring Berry Bliss: FRozen Strawberry and Coconut Syrup topped iwth Raspberry Vodka
- Near Canada – Orange Splash: Frozen Lemon mixed with Orange Vodka
- Near Disney Traders – Passion Flower: Frozen Passion Fruit and Tea infused with Lemon Vodka
- The American Adventure – Tropical Breeze: Frozen Lemon, Coconut Syrup, and Pineapple Rum
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Gluten Free options at each Outdoor Kitchen
Disney does a fantastic job of providing foods that are allergy-friendly and GOOD! Unfortunately, the festival kiosks don’t have too many choices. You’ll need to plan ahead knowing that not all locations offer gluten-free options.
- Roasted Cauliflower – The Honey Bee-stro
- Lobster Tail – The Citrus Bloom
- Crispy Citrus Chicken – The Citrus Bloom
- Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob – Trowel & Trellis
- Chocolate Pudding Terrarium – Trowel & Trellis
- Seared Scallops – Northern Bloom
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Entertainment
Garden Rocks Concert Series
Show Times: 5:00 pm, 6:45 pm, 8:15 pm each evening
Location: American Garden Theater, World Showcase
Schedule of Concerts
- Peabo Bryson – NEW!
March 4 and 5
- The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
March 6 through 9
- The Guess Who
March 10 through 12
- Simple Plan
March 13 through 16
- STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
March 17 through 19
- Mark Wills – NEW!
March 20 through 23
- The Spinners
March 24 through 26
- Sister Hazel
March 27 and 28
- The Pointer Sisters
March 29 and 30
- Steve Augeri – Former Lead Vocalist of Journey
March 31 through April 2
- Blood, Sweat & Tears
April 3 and 4
April 5 and 6
April 7 through 9
- A Flock of Seagulls
April 10 and 11
- Atlantic Starr – NEW!
April 12 and 13
- Tony Orlando
April 14 through 16
- High Valley – NEW!
April 17 and 18
- Rick Springfield
April 19 and 20
- Christopher Cross
April 21 through 23
- Plain White T’s
April 24 through 27
- Don Felder – Formerly of The Eagles
April 28 through 30
- Don McLean – NEW!
May 1 and 2
- Casting Crowns – NEW!
May 3 and 4
- Ambrosia with Peter Beckett
May 5 through 7
- Thelma Houston – NEW!
May 8 and 9
- The Allman Betts Band – NEW!
May 10 and 11
- Air Supply
May 12 through 14
- Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
May 15 through 18
- Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – NEW!
May 19 through 21
- Claudia Leitte – NEW!
May 22 and 23
- Daughtry – NEW!
May 24 and 25
- Marshall Tucker Band
May 26 through 28
- Crowder – NEW!
May 29 and 30
May 31 and June 1
What is the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival “Concert Series Dining Package”?
When you make a reservation with an Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Dining Package each person in the dining party will be allowed a guaranteed spot at one of the nightly shows. Your reserved showtime is dependent on your dining reservation time.
If you don’t have a dining package, you’ll look for these standby entrance signs to line up for your showtime of choice. To make sure you have a spot at the show, you will need to get in line 30-45 minutes before the show starts. For the most popular artists plan to be there an hour to an hour and a half in advance.
What you need to know about the Concert Series Dining Package:
- Dining plans are accepted and are 2 table credits per person.
- Out of pocket expense varies by restaurant. Price starts at $33 for breakfast, $21 for lunch and $21 for dinner.
- Reservations should be made on your My Disney Experience account or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
- Make sure to choose the Concert Series Dining Package at your desired restaurant NOT a regular dining reservation.
- Breakfast: Buffet or family-style meal
- Lunch/Dinner: Appetizer, entrees, and dessert or buffet/family-style in some restaurants.
- Biergarten Restaurant
- Coral Reef Restaurant
- The Garden Grill Restaurant
- Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Merchandise
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Marketplaces are located throughout the World Showcase to help commemorate your experience!
- Minnie’s World in Bloom
- Home Grown
- Sweet as Can Bee
- Orange Bird
Pop Up Shops
These two shops are my favorite each year!
Noah’s Art Topiaries
You can ACTUALLY take a topiary HOME with you! OMG, it’s the greatest!
I LOVE these! The first year we moved here I bought three hybrid cuttings and followed Just Plumerias detailed instructions on how to plant them. Of the three we purchased two are still growing, and one of them is nearly 8 feet tall at only three years old! They have the most beautiful flowers each year!
Kid-Sized Festival Fun
Eggstravangaza – March 27 – April 12, 2020
For a limited time and only while supplies last, join in the fun and hunt colorful Disney inspired Easter Eggs! Once you’ve discovered them all, you can return to Disney Traders for a special surprise! We do this each year and love it! It’s one of the ways we keep the kids engaged and having fun while wandering the World Showcase!
Spikes Pollen-Nation Exploration Scavenger Hunt
The festival scavenger hunts are a favorite in our house! It’s a great way to keep the kids interested and moving around the World Showcase!
The cost of the map with stickers is $6.99 and can be picked up at Disney Traders or World Traveler. Wander the World Showcase and discover all of the places Spike has pollinated the Epcot Gardens. Return to one of the above stores to pick up your prize when you’ve completed the scavenger hunt.
*NOTE: You don’t have to finish to get your reward. A Cast Member will mark your map as “completed” and give you the prize. You can continue to find Spike on future visits.
Get the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Map Here
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Passport
Enjoy checking off your list in your Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Passport as you make your way around Epcot and the World Showcase. You can pick up a passport and map as you enter Epcot or all-around Epcot at the festival merchandise locations or outdoor kitchens.
Touring Plan for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
Start your day at Epcot by arriving 30 minutes before the park opens. Find daily park hours here.
The World Showcase opens daily at 11 am.
Outdoor Kitchens are open from 11 am to 8 pm each day.
You can enter the World Showcase before 11 am and go as far as Norway on the left side or France on the right side.
The only reason I suggest entering World Showcase before 11 am would be to ride Frozen Ever After in Norway. The wait times can be long if you don’t’ have a FastPass. You could skip all of Future World upon entry to Epcot and go straight to Norway to ride Frozen Ever After but keep in mind this will result in a lot of extra walking and backtracking to cover all of Epcot.
In this park touring plan we’re focusing on covering the Epcot Festival of the Arts and only riding the main attractions at Epcot. If you’re more focused on the Epcot attractions, this is not the touring plan for your day.
See all Epcot touring plans here.
Note about FastPass+ at Epcot:
Epcot operates on a tiered FastPass system meaning the most popular attractions Soarin, Test Track and Frozen Ever After are in Tier One and all of the other Fast Pass attractions are in Tier Two. You can read more about the tiered FastPass system and how it works here.
In this touring plan, I have chosen Frozen Ever After as the tier one FastPass selection simply for ease of moving through the park without much backtracking and additional walking.
- If you have an Epcot Festival of the Arts concert dining package reservation insert it into the touring plan as needed.
At park opening head directly to:
*All FastPass attractions and anything time sensitive is noted in bold.
I prefer to enter the World Showcase and head right towards Canada. I find going towards Mexico is more crowded
- Test Track
- FastPass for Mission to Space 10 am to 11 am
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends (if time)
- FastPass for Spaceship Earth 11 am to 12 pm (Space Ship Earth closes for refurbishment in mid-march)
- Pick up a map for Spikes Pollen-Nation Exploration or Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Hunts
- Garden Rocks Concert Series – aim for the 6:45 pm show and depending on the crowd level be in line 30-45 mins before the show starts. For the most popular artists, you may need to be in the line up to 1 1/2 hours before showtime.
- FastPass for Frozen Ever After 8 pm to 9 pm
- Nighttime Fireworks – see times guide or My Disney Experience app
*Check times guide for daily schedule or look at the entertainment guide online to ensure you don’t miss it. You will want to find a spot 30-45 mins before showtime to get a place up front. There isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Past Topiaries and Gardens