It is time again for Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. Running March 1st- May 29th! This giant display of flowers and topiaries is one of the most welcome signs of spring. This years Flower and Garden Festival will build on the festivals from years past. With almost 100 topiaries, 15 outdoor kitchens, and thousands of flowers in bloom this is an event you won’t want to miss.
Head over to the Festival Center from Friday through Sunday to find seminars and presentations that are featured during the festival. Located in Future World East, the center is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm.
Garden Information Desk – Ask questions of Master Gardeners from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) at the University of Florida
Garden Theater – See the making of the Festival
Horticulture Heritage – See how horticulture has played a role in creating Walt’s vision
Greenhouse Stage – Gardening specialists will share their expertise at 11:00am and 2:00pm
Fresh Epcot Stage – Demonstrations from experts at 12:00pm and 3:00pm
Spotlight Stage – Planting tips from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) at the University of Florida.
Festival Stage – A variety of horticulture topics
Intermissions Cafe – stop by for a selection of wine, cheese, wraps and salads
Festival Center Shop – Flower & Garden Festival-themed merchandise and more.
New topiaries are being added throughout the park at this year’s festival. Just inside the entrance you will be greeted by Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, and Pluto who are recreating a vintage short with a floral maypole.
Don’t miss the new Belle topiary that has sculpted facial features and a golden ball gown made almost entirely of Joseph’s Coat plants. You can find her joining the Beauty and the Beast topiary in the France pavilion. Fan Favorite Figment will also be added this year on display in front of the Imagination Pavilion. A 6 foot tall figment sits atop a giant yellow ball constructed of Joseph’s Coat plants.
To celebrate the June 2017 release of Cars 3, the interactive play gardens will be reimagined and will include a new topiary with a special character from the film. In front of Spaceship Earth, Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie will take their places, along with Chip and Dale posing for a “Fresh Epcot” selfie and guest photo op.
Welcome Spring Fun, Food and Flowers – inspired by a vintage Walt Disney short film will spring to life with a floral-festooned maypole featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy and Pluto as they help get ready for Fresh Epcot®!
Festival Blooms – Future World East and West Lake
Fantasia – Future World West
Ranger Mickey & Friends – Future World
NEW Figment – Future World behind Spaceship Earth
Stitch – Fountain-side of MouseGear
Disney Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear – Near Mission Space
Disney Pixar’s Cruz Besouro – Near Test Track
Phineas and Ferb – Near Odyssey Bridge
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto – Showcase Plaza
Anna and Elsa – Norway
Bromeliad Dragon – China
Panda presented by Disneynature – China
The Lion King Featuring Mufasa, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Sarabi, Simba and Timon – The Outpost between the Germany and China Pavilion
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany
Lady and the Tramp – Italy
Disney Pixar’s Woody – The American Adventure
Beauty and the Beast – France
NEW Belle – France
NEW The Three Caballeros – Mexico
Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom
Peter Pan, Tinker Bell & Fairy Houses from Pixie Hollow – United Kingdom
Bambi and Friends featuring Bambi, Flower, and Thumper – Canada
Tours and Exhibits
From Bonsai trees to butterflies, there’s a bounty of displays ready to capture your family’s attention and imagination. Perennial Flower and Garden favorites such as the English Tea Garden, Butterflies on the Go, special kids’ activities, and Ask An Expert will be returning. Illuminated topiary and play gardens will light up the night for a whole new festival experience.
Alpine Containers NEW!– Take your knowledge of high-elevation plants to new heights as you learn about life as it exists above the tree line!
Bonsai Collection – Branch out to the Japan Pavilion to cultivate an appreciation for an ancient art form that produces the most amazing miniature trees.
Butterflies on the Go presented by GoGo squeeZ™ – Float over to this happening habitat at Future World to get an up-close glimpse at several species of butterflies—they may even brush by your shoulder during the exciting walkthrough tour.
Floating Mini-Gardens – Peer upon 225 petite plots drifting on the ponds that border the walkway between Future World and the World Showcase.
Geranium Grandeur NEW! – Soak up the sights—and scents—of these popular annual, biennial and perennial plants, and the vibrant petals they have to offer.
Health & Healing Garden – Glide over to The Land to discover ancient plants that have the ability to heal!
Illuminated Gardens – See Epcot with new wonder as select Disney topiaries and Festival playgrounds all across the park glow with light and the Flower & Garden fun continues into the night!
Nature Works Everywhere NEW! – Explore this exhibit from Nature Conservancy where kids can learn how to create gardens that help their school yards filter water, provide wildlife habitats and improve the soil.
Pepper Fire Garden – Think you can take the heat? Head to The Land Pavilion to take a peek at the world’s hottest peppers.
Prehistoric Plants – Spot examples of greenery that existed when dinosaurs roamed the earth at Future World East.
Purple Martins Presented by Audubon Florida – Stop and listen to the tranquil sound of this special species of songbird at Future World East.
Shakespeare Garden – Thou shalt adore matching up famous quotes to flowers found within this vibrant garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion.
In addition, be sure keep your eyes peeled for even more seasonal offerings to sprinkle in as the Festival draws closer.
Looking at all those beautiful blooms can cause you to work up quite an appetite. Be sure to check out the Flower and Garden Festival’s outdoor kitchens for a fresh take on food from around the world. Two new kitchens have been added to this year’s festival to bring some amazing seasonal offerings.
New! The Berry Basket
Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique
Field Greens with Fresh Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spiced Pecans (vegetarian)
Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepper Berry Sorbet (vegetarian)
New! Northern Bloom
Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Buttered Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoke Bacon (gluten-friendly)
Beef Tenderlion Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables
Nanaimo Bar Trifle
Urban Farm Eats Walkway near Imagination!
Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction (gluten-friendly & vegetarian)
Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Fingerling Potatoes
Crabless Cake with Crispy Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Vinaigrette and Old Bay Remoulade (vegetarian)
Pineapple Promenade – World Showcase Promenade
Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Taro Chips
Pineapple Soft-serve (vegetarian)
La Isla Fresca – World Showcase Promenade
Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce
Caribbean Conch Salad with Avocado, Mango and Onions
FlanCocho: Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake (vegetarian)
Jardin de Fiestas – Mexico
Chile Relleno de Picadillo: Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef and Covered with Tomato Sauce and garnished with Queso Fresco and Toasted Almonds
Brocheta de Pollo con Salsa Morita: Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper served with Salsa Chile Morita and garnished with Micro-cilantro and Edible Flowers
Tres Leches: Vanilla Sponge Cake, Cajeta, Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk and garnished with Orange Zest
Lotus House – China
Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap
Beijing-style Candied Strawberries (vegetarian)
Vegetable Spring Rolls (vegetarian)
Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market – Germany
Potato Pancakes with House Made Apple Sauce (vegetarian)
Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
Currywurst with Paprika Chips (gluten free)
Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips
Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries
Primavera Kitchen – Italy
Antipasto Mista: Cerignola Olives, Sweet Soppressata and Salami, Ovolini, Mozzarella, Sweet Roasted Peppers, Ciabatta Bread
Meatball Parmigiana: Hand-made Beef and Veal Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana, Fresh Basil
THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews – The American Adventure
Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw
Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Beans and Corn Salad (gluten free)
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (vegetarian)
Hanami – Japan
Frushi Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon Rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side (vegan)
Ahi Tuna Poke Sesame Ginger
Beef Teriyaki Udon Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger
Taste of Marrakesh – Morocco
Merguez “Hot Dog” Sausage: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Sauteed Onions and Green Peppers
Home-Made Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce
Florida Fresh – Between Morocco and France
Carne Asada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro LIme Sour Cream
Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro (gluten free)
Florida Larder Board Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Pâté and House-made Pickles
Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue
Fleur de Lys – France
Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust
Puff Pastry Crust (vegetarian)
Poulet aux Ecrevisses, Riz Pilaf: Baked Chicken with Crawfish served with Rice Pilaf
Macaron Chocolat Framboise Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam (gluten-friendly)
Cider House – United Kingdom
Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Pears and Branston Dressing
House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare
Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (vegetarian & gluten-friendly)
Garden Rocks Concert Series
The party doesn’t stop with flowers and food. The Garden Rocks concert series is also back this year. This years lineup will feature shows Friday through Monday at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00p, in the America Gardens Theatre.
3/03 – 3/04: Jon Secada
3/05 – 3/06: Dennis DeYoung
3/10 – 3/13: Pointer Sisters
3/17 – 3/18: Simple Plan NEW!
3/19 – 3/20: Plain White T’s
3/24 – 3/27: Night Ranger
3/31 – 4/03: Little River Band
4/07 – 4/10: Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice
4/14 – 4/17: Gin Blossoms
4/21 – 4/24: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
4/28 – 4/29: Expose NEW!
4/30 – 5/01: Berlin featuring Teri Nunn NEW!
5/05 – 5/08: Starship starring Mickey Thomas
5/12 – 5/15: The Guess Who
5/19 – 5/22: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
5/26 – 5/29: The Spinners
Even if the outdoors aren’t really your thing, you don’t have to have a deep appreciation for nature to enjoy the wonder of Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. There is something for everyone at this fun annual event.