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What's Blooming at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2020

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival - PinterestThe Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is the perfect combination of delicious food, beautiful greenery displays and learning experiences. The park blossoms into a beautiful garden of sights, sounds and tastes of the spring season. We especially love this festival, which will run from March 4 through June 1, 2020. Guests can take in exquisitely crafted topiaries of Disney characters, a variety of themed gardens and play areas and tantalizing farm-to-table-style dishes at the Outdoor Kitchens. Even if you don't have a green thumb, you will still find plenty to enjoy. While I technically have a green thumb, I must confess I'm not much of a gardener and I still enjoy this festival. Tad and Lily love looking at all the "topies," and Leap enjoys rocking out at the concerts. Best of all, it is included with regular park admission.

Disney just announced the 2020 dates, and we can't wait to see what will bloom this year. Check out our guide for some of last year's highlights, and we'll keep you updated as new details blossom.

Overview  | Sculpted Topiaries | Themed Gardens | Interactive Play Areas | Outdoor Kitchens | Garden Rocks Concert SeriesMerchandise

Epcot Flower and Garden 2020 Overview

Epcot Flower and Garden - Main Entrance

Move aside, Food and Wine ... Epcot Flower and Garden is one of our favorite festivals of the year! It is included with regular park admission. We love the spring vibes at both Future World and World Showcase. It's a great way to celebrate the season and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Epcot is decked from Mexico to Canada, and from Future World East to West, with lush gardens full of bright flowers perfect for family photo-ops. Character topiaries can be found around every corner, from classic favorites such as "The Lion King" ensemble to a near life-size version of Lightning McQueen from "Cars." Interactive play areas, a butterfly garden and special seasonal art and merchandise will keep you and your tadpoles busy all day! And don't froget our favorite part of any festival ... the food! Epcot Flower and Garden 2020 plates up fresh favorites highlighting seasonal ingredients.

When you enter the park, be sure to pick up the Festival Passport! It includes detailed information about the topiary and garden destinations, concert times and the Outdoor Kitchen menus. It came in handy for planning our day, as well as making sure we didn’t miss out on anything that was new.

Epcot Flower and Garden - Violet Lemonade Epcot

Sculpted Topiaries at Epcot Flower and Garden 2020

Epcot Flower and Garden - Miss Piggy

I’ve never left the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival without nagging Leap to re-do our landscaping. Inspiration is everywhere! Disney’s expert team of horticulturists work year-round to create beautiful landscapes across the park. Look for the topiaries at the entrance, in Future World and all around World Showcase. Epcot Flower and Garden exhibits its talent with incredible life-size recreations of beloved Disney characters. Last year, Mickey and Minnie had two displays — one at Plaza Showcase featuring a picnic and topiary hearts and another at The American Adventure Pavilion.

Epcot Flower and Garden - Woody and Bo Peep

Around World Showcase, you can find more amazing displays (and excellent photo-ops!) including the stylish Miss Piggy in France, Anna and Elsa in Norway and Winnie the Pooh and friends in the United Kingdom. In 2019, Little Bo Peep and her sheep made a special appearance for the first time! She was with Buzz Lightyear and Woody in Future World East.

Stunning in the daylight, the topiaries take on a whole new life as the gardens and sculptures are illuminated at night.

Themed Gardens at Epcot Flower and Garden 2020

Epcot Flower and Garden - Mini Gardens

The festival features almost two dozen themed gardens and other displays throughout the park — from the Shakespeare Garden in the United Kingdom pavilion to floating “mini gardens” between Future World and World Showcase.

Epcot Flower and Garden - Penguin Sculpture

We also admired the new penguin sculpture in Future World West in 2019. The momma penguin and her baby were created entirely out of plastic trash that had been improperly discarded. The non-profit behind the artwork hopes it inspires people to reduce plastic use and plastic pollution in the ocean and waterways … a message we can toadally support!

While fun and educational for everyone, we really appreciate how these exhibits teach our tadpoles how to create gardens and provide wildlife habitats … if pond life hasn’t taught them enough already!

Epcot Flower and Garden - Butterfly House

A festival-favorite, the Goodness Garden Butterfly House is always full of colorful blooms and a flurry of several species of butterfly. Explore the life of a butterfly from its emersion from chrysalis to adulthood and watch as the fully-grown butterflies flutter around the garden from flower to flower. You might even find a butterfly has alighted on you, especially if you’re wearing a flowered dress or shirt. This is the only place where a female will pay attention to Leap when he's wearing his loud floral aloha shirts. (I kid, but not much.)

Interactive Play Areas at Epcot Flower and Garden 2020

Epcot Flower and Garden - Bo Peep Play Area

Tadpoles have flower and garden activities especially for them. Every year, there are play gardens that surround your tadpoles with lush natural landscapes and playscapes.

Epcot Flower and Garden - Play Areas

In 2019, there were two new play areas: Play Full Garden in the Imagination Walkway and Bo Peep's Playtime Training Grounds near Test Track. Lily really got a kick out of the big net climber ball in the Play Full Garden!

The scavenger hunt, Spike's Pollen Nation Exploration, keeps the tadpoles on their webbed toes. It costs $6.99 and takes little ones on an "I Spy"-style adventure throughout World Showcase. Once completed, tadpoles return the map to Port of Entry for a surprise reward! This is a low-cost way to keep your tadpoles occupied and receive a cute souvenir as a result. Worth it!

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Menus 2020

Epcot Flower and Garden - Menus

I'm an epicurean amphibian. It's fun to see the topiaries and gardens, but my favorite plants are the ones I can eat! While Epcot's Food and Wine Festival is known for its delectable tastes and treats, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is my favorite place to snack, thanks to its unique, fresh ingredients. The outdoor kitchens are open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In 2019, there were five new outdoor kitchens:

The Citrus Blossom

Food

  • 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) (KA)
  • Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, Citrus Crumble (V)

Beverage

  • Orange Cream Slushy in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (nonalcoholic) (KA)
  • 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

Flavor Full Kitchen hosted by AdventHealth

Epcot Flower and Garden - Mickey Tart

Food

  • Citrus-poached Salmon with Ancient Grain Salad, Roasted Vegetables, Citrus Greens (GF)
  • From the Garden: Roasted Beets, Cashew Cheese and Micro Herbs with Lemon-oil Dressing (GF) (V)
  • Mickey Tart Peanut Butter Mousse with Strawberry Jam and Boba Pearls (V) (KA)

Beverage

  • Blood Orange Aqua Fresca (nonalcoholic)
  • Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (nonalcoholic) (KA)

Trowel & Trellis Hosted by Impossible Foods

Food

  • Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread (GF) (V) (KA)
  • Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, Creamy Herb Dressing (V)
  • Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumb, Pomegranate and Baby Herbs (GF) (V)

Beverage

  • suja® Organic Cold Pressed Juice: Noon Greens™ (nonalcoholic)
  • suja® Organic Cold Pressed Juice: Vibrant Probiotic (nonalcoholic)
  • Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® (nonalcoholic)
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Tropical Wonderland Wheat Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® with Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar

Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace

Food

  • Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil
  • Smoked Salmon Stack with Avocados, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Caviar and Focaccia Crostino
  • Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake, served with Apple Cider Sorbet (V) (GF) (KA)

Beverage

  • Original Sin Brewery Black Widow Hard Cider, New York, NY
  • Florida Beer Company Caribé Strawberry Rose Hard Cider, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Key Lime Apple Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Karbach Brewing Lemon and Ginger Radler Houston, TX
  • Seadog Brewing Company Sunfish Ale, Clearwater, FL
  • Shipyard Brewing Company Grind the Rind Watermelon IPA, Portland, ME
  • Cider Flight
  • Beer Flight

Out of the new kitchen selections, we tried out the Crispy Citrus Chicken from The Citrus Blossom and the Mickey Tart from Flavor Full Kitchen. The chicken was just a small portion, but packed with juicy meat. The tart was my personal favorite!

Epcot Flower and Garden - Crispy Citrus Chicken

Epcot Flower and Garden - Cotton Candy

Festival favorites such as Florida Fresh, Primavera Kitchen and La Isla Fresca returned in 2019 with a delicious selection. Don't forget to stop by Lotus House, where you’ll find a cotton candy artist spinning HUGE Instagram-worthy cotton candy pieces designed like flowers. It’s so fun to watch! Because it’s a non-menu item, just be aware it may not be offered during your specific visit, or even different times throughout the day. When we made a second loop around World Showcase in 2019, the windows were closed, so we were glad to have stopped by earlier.

Epcot Flower and Garden - Frushi

Many other festival favorites returned in 2019, including the perfect example of Epcot Flower and Garden's fresh and unique eats: FRUSHI! Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side at Hanami.

Epcot Flower and Garden Concerts 2020

It’s not all sunshine and butterflies at Epcot Flower and Garden … there’s music, too! Onstage at the America Pavilion, guests may dance and sing along to classic songs by a wide array of artists. For 2019, the concerts were expanded to take place seven days a week! Disney has not announced the 2020 lineup quite yet, but check out this list from last year's festival.

Epcot Flower and Garden 2019 Concerts

  • March 6-8: Journey former lead vocalist STEVE AUGERI – NEW to Garden Rocks!
  • March 9-10: Glass Tiger – NEW!
  • March 11-12: Jon Anderson of Yes – NEW!
  • March 13-14: Tony Orlando
  • March 15-16: Wang Chung – NEW!
  • March 17-20: Simple Plan
  • March 21-22: Ambrosia – NEW!
  • March 23-24: Magic Giant – NEW!
  • March 25-27: Air Supply – NEW!
  • March 28-29: Berlin, featuring Terri Nunn
  • March 30-31: The Smithereens – NEW!
  • April 1-2: Rick Springfield
  • April 3-4: Christopher Cross – NEW!
  • April 5-7: The Spinners
  • April 8-9: Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group Styx
  • April 10-11: John Michael Montgomery – NEW!
  • April 12-13: Sister Sledge – NEW!
  • April 14-16: Night Ranger
  • April 17-19: Sister Hazel – NEW!
  • April 20-21: Steven Curtis Chapman – NEW!
  • April 22-23: TobyMac – NEW!
  • April 24-26: Lonestar
  • 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 – NEW!
  • May 10-11: Marshall Tucker Band – NEW!
  • May 12-13: Peabo Bryson – NEW!
  • May 14-15: Richard Marx – NEW!
  • May 16-19: Starship, starring Mickey Thomas
  • May 20-21: Colin Hay of Men at Work – NEW!
  • May 22-23: War – NEW!
  • May 24-27: The Guess Who
  • May 28-29: Jon Secada
  • May 30-June 1: Blood, Sweat and Tears
  • June 2-June 3: Eddie Palmieri – NEW!

Performances take place every day of Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Be sure to get there at least 30 minutes early. Seats can fill up quickly.

If you want to secure a good spot without waiting, dining packages are available. You can reserve a meal at Epcot anytime throughout the day, and come back later to a special seating area at one of the evening shows! We recommend this if you’re big fans and want primetime viewing.

Merchandise at Epcot Flower and Garden 2020

Epcot Flower and Garden - Merchandise

You may want to pack an extra duffle bag for your merch. Last year, there were too many items to choose from, but I couldn’t leave without the Minnie Mouse Watering Can. I've been using it with the plants at home!

Epcot Flower and Garden - Watering Cans

We are huge fans of all Epcot festivals, but we find Flower and Garden has the most gorgeous, fun merch, such as whimsical fairy houses for your garden made from natural and recycled materials.

Epcot Flower and Garden - Spirit Jersey

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2020 lets you discover fresh tastes, gorgeous gardens and all the information you need to have a bounteous spring. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is included with regular park admission. Got questions or comments? Share them below!

Related: Great Hotels Near Epcot for Your Next Trip

Related: Guide to Epcot International Festival of the Arts

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Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 9, 2019 at 7:27 p.m. Kaci Says...

I'm going to be their the first week of June. We plan on doing the Flower and Garden Festival on the 2nd. My son will be WAY more interested in the rides while I want to see the "topies" Any chance they will still be up on the 8th even though the festival is technically over?

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May 13, 2019 at 11:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kaci!

There are a few "topies" that stick around year-round! Have a frogtastic trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 24, 2019 at 4:35 p.m. Says...

Hi- we are going to be in Florida the first week of June, and thinking about checking out the flower festival (last minute) as I didn’t realize it was open til the 3rd. As we wouldn’t be able to get there until the 2nd, in your opinion- would it still be worth it to go, or wait until next year, when we could book it earlier in the spring?

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Mar 25, 2019 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

If you're just looking to experience the festival itself (and not looking for any special events or concerts that would have date constrictions), we still recommend that you check it out! Have a frogtastic time! There is something fresh every year at the festival, so you could always check it out two years in a row if you find that you love it as much as we do :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 16, 2019 at 3:34 p.m. Garden Fan Says...

We were just there and the garden festival was so amazing!! I’m wishing I’d bought some of the garden festival merchandise. Is there any way to buy it over the phone or will it eventually be released on online? Any insight/advice is sure appreciated!

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Mar 18, 2019 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Garden Fan!

Unfortunately, you aren't able to order via phone, but they typically release some items online! Take a look at Shop Disney to see if they've got what you're looking for :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 22, 2019 at 5:41 p.m. Garden Fan Says...

Thank you so much! I will keep checking the shop Disney site in hopes that they and to the online options. :-)

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Mar 4, 2019 at 9:31 p.m. K Says...

Is there anywhere to find a list of what Outdoor Kitchen foods can be covered by DDP snack credits? It all looks so good, I'm thinking about cancelling Garden Grill in order to enjoy food booths for dinner! (We have Akershaus for lunch). Thanks!

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Mar 5, 2019 at 8:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi K!

No lists have been released just yet, but there are generally lots of yummy options for snack credits. We'll keep you posted as the festival kicks into gear!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 5, 2019 at 2:47 p.m. K Says...

Thanks! Love reading all your posts as we prep for our first trip, and appreciate the reply! I'll keep checking back :-)

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Mar 5, 2019 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

That makes us so hoppy, K! Thanks for taking the time to read and share with us! :)

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Mar 4, 2019 at 3:08 a.m. Jeen Says...

Hey! So excited for my fav festival and all the new things to try and see!

I don’t know if I missed this but the dates and bands don’t match Disney’s website. Ex: sim plan plan is not till March 17. Has it changed?

Thank you for your awesome site.

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Mar 4, 2019 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeen!

We were so excited to attend, and we're sure you'll have a great time, too! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. We just double-checked to be certain - the dates for the concerts come after the artist in question in this list (i.e., Simple Plan March 17-20), so not to worry - nothing's changed in terms of dates! :)

Have a frogtastic trip!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 3, 2019 at 9:33 p.m. GAIL Says...

I'M GETTING REALLY EXCITED FOR THE 2019 CONCERT LINE-UP ANY CLOSER TO POSTING THOSE DATES??????

WHERE DO I LOOK FOR THAT INFO & HOW SOON??

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Jan 17, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gail,

We are toadally excited too! This year's concert lineup has been released here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 12, 2018 at 11:21 p.m. Brooke Brei Says...

My family will be attending the 2019 Flower and Garden Festival. It's getting close to the 180 day mark, so I'll be making dining reservations soon. I'm planning on getting a reservation for Akershus, which is included in the list of restaurants offering Garden Rocks dining packages. Will the reservation I make get me the reserved seating or will I have to call to change my reservation to a dining package after the schedule is released?

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Nov 12, 2018 at 7:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brooke!

That's a great question. Typically, the dining packages are displayed as separate reservations once they're announced. We do think it's a good idea to make a standard reservation now, and then call and adjust as soon as the details are announced for the package.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2017 at 5:48 p.m. Anna Says...

Thanks for the info! Looking forward to F&G for 2018!

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Apr 20, 2015 at 4:57 p.m. Cindy and Duane Says...

The EPCOT 2015 Flower and Garden Festival was the worst we have seen in the 3 years straight that we have attended. No HGTV guests, no give- aways and the special areas around the park that normally had special displays and ideas for your own home and garden were merely just pretty flowers. Even the butterfly exhibit wasn't all that great. We were very disappointed this year. Where in the past we would have gone back two or three more times during the festival, we will not this year. Hope the food and wine festival this year doesn't disappoint. We may have to re-think our seasonal passes for next year.

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Mar 1, 2018 at 9:37 p.m. Melody Aminian Says...

I've never been to Disney World, but I've heard many different opinions about Epcot. What do you think of their new ideas for a Guardians of the Galaxy and Ratatouille attraction?

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Mar 15, 2015 at 2:17 p.m. burt carvalhio Says...

We just returned from WDW on March 10th. The exhibits at Epcot and World Showcase were awesome. While traveling from country to country we stopped along the way to check out the food booths and incredible topiary work. If you go to Disney during the flower and garden show this is a must see.

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