UPDATE: Both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is currently closed until further notice out of precaution for health and safety due to the coronavirus pandemic. Because of this, many events and performances have been cancelled and the Epcot International and Garden Festival is not currently running.
While reservations are currently available for June 1, 2020 and later, there is a possibility that this timeframe could change depending on what happens in the next several weeks.
Because of this, we are uncertain at this time whether any of the events in April, May, or June 2020 will still take place or if they will be postponed/cancelled. We will continue to watch closely for any announcements from the Walt Disney Company regarding the reopening of the parks and will update our website when any new information is released. (Last updated April 13, 2020)
Epcot’s longest festival of the year – the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival – begins on March 4th and runs through June 1st for a full 90 days of festival fun… and the best part is that this event doesn’t cost extra! As long as you have a park ticket, you can enjoy this Epcot festival without needing any kind of separate admission to the event itself – which is great, because chances are that you are going to want to buy a lot of merchandise and try all of the amazing food made just for the festival!
Like all other annual Epcot festivals, Flower and Garden features uniquely themed food booths and merchandise all throughout the park, as well as special activities, entertainment, and artistic topiaries made to look like popular Disney and Pixar characters.
According to Disney Parks Blog, the Flower and Garden Festival this year will offer 16 Outdoor Kitchens with festival themed food and beverage options, and a few other eateries throughout the park that will also be offering some unique themed items.
Food Kitchens Located Near the Main Entrance to World Showcase:
- Flavor Full Kitchen
- The Honey Bee-stro
- Pineapple Promenade
- The Citrus Blossom
- Trowel & Trellis
- La Isla Fresca
Food Kitchens Located in World Showcase Country Pavilions:
- Jardin De Fiestas – Mexico Pavilion
- Lotus House – China Pavilion
- Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market – Germany Pavilion
- Primavera Kitchen – Italy Pavilion
- Magnolia Terrace (NEW THIS YEAR) – American Adventure Pavilion
- Hanami – Japan Pavilion
- Taste Of Marrakesh – Morocco Pavilion
- Florida Fresh – located between the France and Morocco Pavilions
- Fleur De Lys – France Pavilion
- Northern Bloom – Canada Pavilion
Other Locations with Speciality Festival Foods and Beverages:
- Cool Wash – Future World (near Test Track)
- Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. – Future World Cart, Port of Entry Cart, American Adventure Cart, Canada Cart
- Funnel Cake – American Adventure Pavilion
- Block & Hans – American Adventure Pavilion
- Refreshment Outpost – World Showcase Plaza
- Refreshment Port – World Showcase Plaza
Each of these kitchens offer unique food and beverage options made especially for this festival, so its a great time to try several different cuisines and flavors. You can find everything from speciality coffees to lobster to Gluten Free desserts – if you’d like to see a full list of the main festival food and beverage options at each of these food booths, check out Disney Parks Blog’s article.
The most unique feature of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is its many artistic topiaries found throughout the park. While you may occasionally see a character topiary pop up at other festivals – or even other parks – throughout the year, the Flower and Garden Festival offers an array that you won’t find in any other season or location at Walt Disney World. The park is truly beautiful when all the flowers and plants are in full bloom, and even though the weather can be hot, it really feels like spring in Florida during the Flower and Garden Festival.
This Year’s Character Topiaries Include:
- Woody, Bo Peep, and Her Sheep – Billy, Goat, and Gruff (Toy Story) – Future World East
- Buzz Lightyear – Future World East (near Mission; SPACE)
- Fantasia – Sorcerer Mickey, Brooms, Ostriches and Hippo – near Imagination at Future World West
- Construction Mickey and Minnie with Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – between Future World and World Showcase
- Donald and Daisy with Huey, Dewey and Louie – near Showcase Plaza
- Jose, Donald, and Panchito (The Three Caballeros) – Mexico Pavilion
- Anna and Elsa (Frozen) – Norway Pavilion
- Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa, and Sarabi (The Lion King) – The Outpost Shop
- Snow White and Dopey (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) – Germany Pavilion
- Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
- Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion
- Remy (Ratatouille) – France Pavilion (This topiary is new this year to celebrate the upcoming addition of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure ride!)
- Peter Pan and Captain Hook – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses (Peter Pan) – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Winnie the Pooh & Friends – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog (The Muppets) – between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
- Bambi, Thumper, and Flower – Canada Pavilion
Other Topiaries That Can Be Found in the Park:
- Bold Bromeliads – Future World East (near The Land Pavilion)
- Bromeliad Dragon – Japan Pavilion
- Pandas – China Pavilion
- Topiary Butterflies – Future World West
- Topiary Flowers – near the Main Entrance
Topiaries from Past Years:
Gardens, Exhibits, and Tours
Every year, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival also features beautiful gardens and exhibits all around the park and offers one-of-a-kind tours, giving guests an inside look into nature, including plants, flowers, butterfly habitats, and more. Kids can also enjoy the many play gardens found throughout the park – often located very near to some familiar Disney and Pixar characters!
This Year’s Gardens and Exhibits:
- Festival Blooms – Future World
- The Goodness Garden Butterfly House – Future World West
- Plant a Garden Perfect for Pollinators – Future World West
- Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Ground – Future World (Test Track walkway)
- Health Full Trail – Future World (Imagination Walkway)
- Floating Mini-Gardens – between Future World and the World Showcase
- The Honey Bee-Stro – near Imagination Pavilion
- Bold Bromeliads – Mexico Pavilion
- Tropical Rainforest Garden – Mexico Pavilion
- Bamboo Garden – China Pavilion
- Chinese Natural Sculptures – China Pavilion
- Garden Italiano – Italy Pavilion
- Bonsai Collection – Japan Pavilion
- Kokedama Garden – Japan Pavilion
- Urban Spice – Morocco Pavilion
- English Tea Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Shakespeare Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion
This Year’s Festival Tours:
- English Tea Garden – behind the scenes of botanicals and tea-flavoring plants (20 minutes, free – learn more about this tour on Disney’s website)
- Royal Tea Garden Tour – tour of an English tea garden with samples of tea and scones (45 minutes, $20.00 including tax per person – learn more about this tour on Disney’s website)
- Gardens of the World – behind-the-scenes of the festival topiaries and gardens, learn about landscaping, plant materials, and gardening techniques (3 hours, $85.00 plus tax per person – learn more about this tour on Disney’s website)
- Behind the Seeds – this tour is offered year round at Epcot, but it is always highlighted at Flower and Garden Festival as it is a behind the scenes tour of a fish farm and four greenhouses (1 hour, currently $25 plus tax per adult until June 2, 2020 when the price will raise to $29 plus tax per adult – learn more about this tour on Disney’s website)
Each of these tours have different schedules and not all are offered every day, so you will definitely want to take a look at the information and requirements on Disney’s website for each one of these tours if you plan on adding any to your park plans.
UPDATE: Many of the following performances are no longer taking place as Walt Disney World closed on March 16, 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak and is still currently closed.
At this time, reservations for Walt Disney World are currently available for June 1, 2020 and later. This information leads us to believe that the remaining lineup of performances from April–June will most likely no longer take place. However, there has been no official announcement from Disney yet regarding these performances or for the Flower and Garden Festival in general, and there is always a possibility that this timeframe could change depending on what happens in the next several weeks.
Because of this, we are uncertain at this time whether any of the events in April, May, or June 2020 will still take place or if they will be postponed/cancelled, but we will continue to provide updates should there be any more official announcements regarding schedule changes for the remaining performances.
Returning to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival this year is the Garden Rocks Concert Series, which offers over 250 performances for the entire 90 days of the festival. Featuring artists from different decades and genres, it’s likely that you’ve heard of at least one – if not many – of the acts performing at Flower and Garden this year. This year’s lineup includes Peabo Bryson, Rick Springfield, and Casting Crowns just to name a few, as well as numerous other artists throughout the three months of the festival:
- March 4–5, 2020 – Peabo Bryson
- March 6–9, 2020 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
- March 10–12, 2020 – The Guess Who
- March 13–16, 2020 – Simple Plan
March 17–19, 2020 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas March 20–23, 2020 – Mark Wills March 24–26, 2020 – The Spinners March 27–28, 2020 – Sister Hazel March 29–30, 2020 – The Pointer Sisters March 31, 2020 – Steve Augeri (former lead vocalist of Journey)
April 1–2, 2020 – Steve Augeri (former lead vocalist of Journey) April 3–4, 2020 – Blood, Sweat & Tears April 5–6, 2020 – Expose’ April 7–9, 2020 – Berlin April 10–11, 2020 – A Flock of Seagulls April 12–13, 2020 – Atlantic Starr April 14–16, 2020 – Tony Orlando April 17–18, 2020 – High Valley April 19–20, 2020 – Rick Springfield April 21–23, 2020 – Christopher Cross April 24–27, 2020 – Plain White T’s April 28–30, 2020 – Don Felder (former member of The Eagles)
- May 1–2, 2020 – Don McLean
- May 3–4, 2020 – Casting Crowns
- May 5–7, 2020 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett
- May 8–9, 2020 – Thelma Houston
- May 10–11, 2020 – The Allman Betts Band
- May 12–14, 2020 – Air Supply
- May 15–18, 2020 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
- May 19–21, 2020 – Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
- May 22–23, 2020 – Claudia Leitte
- May 24–25, 2020 – Daughtry
- May 26–28, 2020 – Marshall Tucker Band
- May 29–30, 2020 – Crowder
- May 31, 2020 – Survivor
- June 1 – Survivor
These performances are free to all Epcot guests and take place at the American Gardens Theater, which is located in The American Adventure Pavilion. Since this World Showcase theater is outside, you’ll probably be able to hear the performances taking place on the stage even if you don’t manage to find a seat in the audience.
If you would like a guaranteed seat for one of the performances, though, you do have the option of purchasing a separate Dining Package at one of four Epcot restaurants, which includes guaranteed seating for one concert showing on whichever day you select. You can find all of the 2020 Garden Rocks Theater Dining Packages on Disney website, as well as the cost and information you’ll need listed separately for each option.
Two fun activities are returning to the Epcot International Flower and Garden festival this year in addition to the many gardens, tours, and exhibits that can be found all around the park. The first is Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration, which is a scavenger hunt similar to many of the other festival scavenger hunts throughout the year. Throughout the entire run of the Flower and Garden festival from March 4 through June 1, the adorable bee named Spike can be spotted all around World Showcase, and if you purchase and complete an official map then you can redeem the map for a special prize. These maps can be purchased for $6.99 plus tax at the Port of Entry, but if you you’d like to just do the scavenger hunt for fun without receiving a prize, then you can always keep an eye out for Spike while you’re wandering around World Showcase!
Past Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Hunt (maps are currently $6.99 + tax)
If you happen to be at Epcot at any point from March 27 through April 12, you can also participate in an Easter-themed Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt all throughout World Showcase as well. This scavenger hunt works in pretty much the same way as Spike’s, except that you will be searching for giant Disney character themed Easter eggs. You’ll be able to purchase a separate map for this scavenger hunt if you’d like to receive a prize for this activity as well, which also cost $6.99 plus tax. Disney’s website lists Disney Traders, Pin Central, and World Traveler as participating locations for this Easter egg hunt, so be sure to stop by one of these locations before you set off on your adventure through World Showcase for the festival.
Just like previous years, the 2020 Epcot International’s Flower and Garden Festival is full of fun sights, entertainment, and activities for the whole family! This really is a can’t miss event and one that we look forward to seeing every year!
Last Updated February March 3, 2020
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