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Fun Blooms at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2018

by Mommy Frog on December 28, 2017 3 Orlando   Video

We love any excuse for delicious food, beautiful displays and learning experiences … and the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is the perfect combination. Spring is one of our favorite times to visit Walt Disney World thanks to the gorgeous weather, and Epcot is especially beautiful. The park blossoms into a striking garden that celebrates the sights, sounds and smells of spring. Across the park guests are treated to 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. The festival lets your love of music grow with the Garden Rocks Concert Series and informational sessions at the Festival Center will plant the seeds of your own gardening ideas. This year’s festival runs February 28 to May 28. Here's what's happening at Epcot Flower and Garden 2018.

Sights and Sounds from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2018

Sculpted Topiaries at Epcot Flower and Garden 2018

Epcot Flower and Garden 2017 - Anna and Elsa Topiaries

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. The Flower and Garden Festival exhibits its talent with incredible life-size recreations of beloved Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Chip and Dale, Anna and Elsa as well as pals Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Around World Showcase, you can find more amazing displays (and excellent photo-ops!) including the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

Epcot Flower and Garden 2017

Stunning in the daylight, the topiaries take on a whole new life as the gardens and sculptures are illuminated at night. Last year’s festival debuted many new topiaries, including our favorite – Donald, José and Panchito, collectively known as The Three Caballeros, at the Mexico Pavilion. We can’t wait to see what Disney has in store for us this year … we’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Themed Gardens at Epcot Flower and Garden 2018

Epcot Flower and Garden 2017 - English garden

Last year’s festival featured a number of themed gardens from the Bonsai collection in the Japan pavilion to floating “mini gardens” between Future World and World Showcase. Future World even featured prehistoric plants that existed when dinosaurs roamed the Earth! We also enjoyed Alpine Containers, Geranium Grandeur and Nature Works Everywhere. These interactive displays will entice your senses. While fun and educational for everyone, we really love how these exhibits teach our tadpoles how to create gardens and provide wildlife habitats … if pond life hasn’t taught them enough already! We expect many of these displays to return this year and can’t wait to see what’s new.

Epcot Flower and Garden 2017 - Butterfly

A festival favorite, Butterflies on the Go, returns this year 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.

Throughout the park, spring is in full bloom. Forty 8-to-9-foot-tall "flower towers" will be scattered throughout. More than 70,000 bedding plants will surround the east and west lakes of Future World!

Interactive Play Areas at Epcot Flower and Garden 2018

Tadpoles have flower and garden activities especially for them. The Music Gardens Melodies Playground, located on the walkway between Future World and World Showcase, will return for family fun. This music-themed play garden features Disney’s "Fab Five," directed by bandleader Mickey Mouse. Kids can hone their musical talents on a variety of different instruments such as drums, chimes and xylophones while going on an adventure through net climbers. This play area will also feature music-themed plants and hands-on amusement after dark. A popular spot to let little ones burn off some energy is the Road to the Florida 500 featuring Cars pals Lightning McQueen and Tow-Mater. This jungle gym is located along the Test Track walkway.

Outdoor Kitchens at Epcot Flower and Garden 2018

 

Epcot Flower and Garden 2017 - Lotus House

Epcot Flower and Garden 2017 - Eats

I'm an epicurean amphibian. It's fun to see the topiaries and gardens, but my favorite plants are the ones I can eat! The festival must have had me in mind when it introduced the Outdoor Kitchens. These booths serve small plates and sample-size drinks in the theme of springtime and farm-to-table tastes. Favorites from previous years are the innovative Urban Farm Eats and locally grown Florida Fresh booths, Frushi in Japan’s Hanami booth, Bauernmarkt: an organic Farmer’s Market with a German and Bavarian flare and boozy pineapple soft serve at Pineapple Promenade. While we certainly have our favorites, we always save some room for the Festival’s new offerings. Check back soon to find out what we’re looking forward to tasting this year!

Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot Flower and Garden 2018

It’s not all sunshine and butterflies at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival … there’s music too! Onstage at the America Pavilion Friday through Monday, evenings, guests may dance and sing along to classic songs by a wide array of artists.

Here is this year’s lineup (subject to change without notice):

  • March 2-5: Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • March 9-12: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • March 16-19: Simple Plan “Welcome to My Life”
  • March 23-26: Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • March 30-April 2: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 6-7: Foghat (NEW!) “Slow Ride”
  • April 8-9: Survivor (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Eye of the Tiger”
  • April 13-14: Smash Mouth (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “All Star”
  • April 15-16: Rick Springfield (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Jessie’s Girl”
  • April 20-21: Jo Dee Messina (NEW to Garden Rocks!) “Stand by Me”
  • April 22-23: Lonestar (NEW!) “Amazed”
  • April 27-30: Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
  • May 4-7: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”
  • May 11-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • May 13-14: Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles (NEW!) “Hotel California”
  • May 18-21: The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • May 25-28: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

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

If you want to secure a good spot without waiting, dining packages will likely be 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.

Festival Center at Epcot Flower and Garden 2018

Epcot Epcot Flower and Garden 2017

The Festival Center is a gardener’s haven with special demonstrations and information sessions throughout each weekend from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The Festival Center is located between Mission Space and the former location of Ellen’s Universe of Energy in Future World. Last year's highlights included Heritage of Disney's Horticulture Exhibit, which looks into how horticulture plays a role in creating Walt Disney's vision. The Greenhouse Stage featured local gardening experts, and Disney Cast Members sharing tips and secrets from their gardens. We hope to see this make a return, and are confident they will. In the Garden Theater, the "making" of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival can be expected for your viewing pleasure.

Merchandise Epcot Flower and Garden 2018

You may want to pack an extra duffle bag for your merch. We are huge fans of all Epcot festivals, but we find Flower and Garden has the most gorgeous, fun merch. New and returning artists will also be selling their collections, some as festival exclusives.  As in the past, merchandise is featured in the Festival Center as well as around World Showcase. I recommend stopping at the Festival Center on your way out … ALL of the merch can be found here, and you won’t be stuck hauling bags along all day. Trust me, you will want to take it all home!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2018 lets you discover fresh tastes, gorgeous gardens, and all the information you need to have a bounteous spring. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is included with regular park admission.

Related: Disney World Annual Events 2018

Epcot Flower and Garden 2017 - Sunset

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2018 lets you discover fresh tastes, gorgeous gardens, and all the information you need to have a bounteous spring. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is included with regular park admission.

Related: Disney World Annual Events 2017

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, 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 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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