The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival: A Celebration of Blooming Fun

Step into spring with the 2020 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort.  This year's event begins March 04 and concludes June 01, 2020.  Follow along for a full guide to events including gorgeous gardens, rocking entertainment, and fabulous foods commemorating the arrival of the new season.

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Don't forget to do your preplanting! Oops, preplanning!

Epcot theme park hosts the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival annually.  You'll need valid Epcot admission to enter the event; annual pass holders can use their passes on valid non-blackout dates.  There is no additional charge to attend the festival, however bring extra money for the spring-themed foods, merchandise, and tours.  For more information on purchasing Walt Disney World tickets, MickeyVisit has some great tips.

Blooming Gardens

Whether you have a green thumb or aspire to green thumb status, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is a definite must when visiting during the spring.  Glorious gardens dazzle with bright colors and the famous Disney topiaries are plentiful.  Just to give you an idea of how big of a display the festival is, it takes more than a year, and hundreds of Disney team members – including horticulturists – to plan and plant for the 90-day festival.  The end result includes more than 30 million blooms and 700 gardens for everyone to explore.

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Topiaries

Back to the topiaries.  After a visit to England, Walt Disney debuted then-Disneyland Park with topiaries and thus bringing an interest to the cultivation process to the United States.  The topiaries are always a curiosity with guests and have become a must-see when visiting any Disney theme park.  At the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival expect to recognize at least 75 Disney-inspired plants. Look for characters from Toy Story, Winnie-the-Pooh, Mickey and Minnie, and Princesses in their native lands in World Showcase such as Elsa and Anna in Norway, and Belle in France.

Beauty and the Beast toparies

Specialty Hybrids

Also, take note of a few garden spotlights including the “Harmony Gardens” interactive, musical playground.  If you have smaller guests in your party, they'll enjoy channeling their inner musician on xylophones, drums, and chimes or expend some pent-up energy on the nearby playground.  Make sure to stay to take photos of the “Fab Five” topiaries as conductor Mickey oversees the area with Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy accompanying him.

Tinkerbell's Butterfly House is another must-stop for kids.  Enjoy an ethereal setting where fairy gardens and butterfly worlds unite.  This is a low-key activity where you can expect to spend about 20 minutes to enjoy the full experience.

How-To Gardens

Besides photographing the gorgeous blooms, keep your camera handy for any celebrity sightings.  Expect to see HGTV and DIY experts on-hand for not only gardening advice but also home improvement ideas and projects.  The instructional seminars are held on weekends and can be informative for garden enthusiasts at all levels.

Backstage Tours

English Tea Garden sign for the tour

If you'd like behind-the-scenes knowledge at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, there are a few tours available.  Choose from Gardens of the World, English Tea Gardens, or Behind the Seeds.

  • Gardens of the World– In this three-hour tour, you'll join a Disney Horticulturist for a backstage peek through the World Showcase Pavilion.
  • English Tea Gardens– Visit the beautiful grounds of the United Kingdom Pavilion in World Showcase.  This tour last 20 minutes and same-day guests registration is available in the Tea Caddy gift shop.
  • Behind The Seeds– Guests of all ages will visit the fish farm and four greenhouses in the fun-filled tour.

For reservations and more information regarding the tours, contact 407-WDW-TOUR.

Garden Rocks Concert Series

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One of the highlights of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is the always popular Garden Rocks Concert Series.  New this year, the musical presentations will be performed three times nightly seven days a week. You'll be able to enjoy music from the 1960s-1970s for a FULL 90 days, a total of 270 concerts.  Expect several top-name acts from those decades.

Here is the 2020 schedule for the Garden Rocks Series: 

We will update the music schedule for 2020 when we receive the new information!

Garden Rocks concert performances take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. each night of the festival and are included in regular park admission. Guests can enjoy guaranteed concert seating by reserving a Garden Rocks Dining Package and enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants. Reservations for concert dining packages open Dec. 13. For more info or to make a reservation, call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or visit FreshEpcot.com.

Culinary Cultivation at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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Outdoor Kitchens

Similar to Epcot's Food and Wine Festival and Disney California Adventure Park's Food and Wine Festival, the outdoor kitchens set up during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival showcase a myriad of seasonal tastes.  Spring flavors including fresh berries, sweet honey, and even rich maple may find their way into the outdoor kitchens.  You'll definitely satisfy your taste buds with so many delicious foods available.  The participating kiosks can be a bit pricey but if you like a variety of tastes, it can be worth the cost.  If you're currently on the Walt Disney World Dining Plan, you can accumulate your snack points to redeem for these offerings during the festival.  This will save on your wallet.

Dining Packages

Make a full-day of the festival and purchase one of the Garden Rocks Concert Series dining packages.  These selections are priced by the locations and the meal of choice.  Select from breakfast, lunch or dinner at select Epcot locations.  You'll receive a guaranteed seating at one of the three concert performances scheduled that evening.  Annual passport discounts apply.  Call 407-WDW-DINE to secure a spot.

Souvenir Scatterings

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Look for special merchandise available for the festival.  Retail shops in Epcot and also online at Shop Disney Parks, guests can purchase special bags, carps, shirts and even magic bands highlighting the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.  And yes, there are several gardening items such as watering cans and apparel.

And the buzz this year is the hopeful return of Spike the Bee's Pollen Nation Exploration Hunt.  Similar to the Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunts at other Disney parks, you purchase a map and corresponding stickers then enjoy the fun.  Travel through 12 of the spectacular gardens to find Spike then match the sticker to the corresponding location on the map.  Once finished, redeem the map for one of four festival patch sets.  Maps and stickers can be purchased at several retail locations including Pin Central and Port of Entry for $5.99 per set.

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