The 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 is running a whopping 90 days in 2019 — from March 6 through June 3, 2019. 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 have no 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.
We just got back from Epcot Flower and Garden 2019, and we are so excited to share our favorite moments from this year’s event!
Epcot Flower and Garden 2019 Overview
Move aside, Food & Wine ... Epcot Flower and Garden 2019 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 forget our favorite part of any festival ... the food! Epcot Flower and Garden 2019 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 this year.
Sculpted Topiaries at Epcot Flower and Garden 2019
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 2019 exhibits its talent with incredible life-size recreations of beloved Disney characters. This year, Mickey and Minnie have two displays — one at Plaza Showcase featuring a picnic and topiary hearts and another at American Adventure Pavilion.
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. New for Epcot Flower and Garden this year will be Little Bo Peep and her sheep! Look for her 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 2019
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.
We also admired the new penguin sculpture in Future World West. The momma penguin and her baby are 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!
Festival favorite the Goodness Garden Butterfly House is back 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.)
Interactive Play Areas at Epcot Flower and Garden 2019
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.
This year, there are 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!
Last year, a scavenger hunt for the tadpoles debuted at Epcot Flower and Garden, and it has returned! Spike's Pollen Nation Exploration 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! Between April 5 and April 21, there is an eggs-tra scavenger hunt option — the Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt.
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Menus 2019
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.
For 2019, there are five new outdoor kitchens:
The Citrus Blossom
- 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)
- Orange Cream Slushy in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) (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
- 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)
- Blood Orange Aqua Fresca (non-alcoholic)
- Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (non-alcoholic) (KA)
Trowel & Trellis Hosted by Impossible Foods
- 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)
- suja® Organic Cold Pressed Juice: Noon Greens™ (non-alcoholic)
- suja® Organic Cold Pressed Juice: Vibrant Probiotic (non-alcoholic)
- 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 Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar
Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace
- 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)
- 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!
Festival favorites such as Florida Fresh, Primavera Kitchen and La Isla Fresca will be returning 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, the windows were closed, so we were glad to have stopped by earlier.
Many other festival favorites have returned, 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 2019
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 have been expanded to seven days a week!
Journey former lead vocalist STEVE AUGERI – NEW to Garden Rocks!
Glass Tiger – NEW!
Jon Anderson of Yes – NEW!
Wang Chung – NEW!
Ambrosia – NEW!
Magic Giant – NEW!
Air Supply – NEW!
Berlin, featuring Terri Nunn
The Smithereens – NEW!
Christopher Cross – NEW!
Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group Styx
John Michael Montgomery – NEW!
Sister Sledge – NEW!
Sister Hazel – NEW!
Steven Curtis Chapman – NEW!
TobyMac – NEW!
The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO
Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone
Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
A Flock of Seagulls – NEW!
Marshall Tucker Band – NEW!
Peabo Bryson – NEW!
Richard Marx – NEW!
Starship, starring Mickey Thomas
Colin Hay of Men at Work – NEW!
War – NEW!
The Guess Who
Blood, Sweat and Tears
May 30-June 1
Eddie Palmieri – NEW!
June 2-June 3
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 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 2019
You may want to pack an extra duffle bag for your merch. This year, there were too many items to choose from, but I couldn’t leave without the Minnie Mouse Watering Can. Can’t wait to try it out with the plants at home!
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 Festival 2019 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!