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2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

The International Flower and Garden Festival is personally one of my very favorite festivals. The crowds are a little bit lighter than you generally find during the Fall festival and you can’t beat the beautiful weather, topiaries, flowers, butterflies, food… I can go on and on! Did you know there are nearly 70,000 festival blooms that will surround the lakes in Future World, and on the water, hundreds of colorful mini-gardens will be set afloat. It’s incredible!!

If you have not been to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, you owe it to yourself to take the trip and visit Walt Disney World during this time of year. This festival has been running since 1994 and continues to get bigger and brighter each and every year.

**Bookmark this page and follow along for everything you need to know about the festival. Refer back to it often as it will be updated accordingly as announcements and details are shared.



THE BASICS


The Flower and Garden Festival takes place in Epcot every year during the Spring. This is a much more relaxed atmosphere than the infamous Food and Wine Festival in the Fall. The Festival has grown in size over the years and the parks in general have become more crowded, so while it’s still quieter than its sister festival, still expect crowds at times especially on the weekends.

You will need a park ticket to enter into Epcot, but once in, you will be able to enjoy all aspects of the festival. What will cost additional is any food and/or drink you may decide to try at the various food booths scattered throughout Future World and World Showcase. Special merchandise is usually created for the event as well, including special Annual Passholder items, and those will come with an additional cost.

This year the event is running from March 4, 2020 through June 1, 2020 – 90 amazing days to explore and enjoy the festival.

NOTE: Epcot is undergoing an expansive transformation and will be for the next 2 years. There will be a lot of renovations throughout the park, both in Future World and World Showcase. Let that not deter you from visiting the park and enjoying this beautiful festival! But be aware there will be a lot going on at the park in addition to the festival. I don’t have any details or advice on how to handle it just yet, we’ll have to wait and see how much the renovations interfere with the festival, or if it does at all.


GARDEN ROCKS CONCERT SERIES


Each night during the Flower and Garden Festival a free special concert takes place at the America Gardens Theater. See details below:

  • Where: America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase, Epcot
  • When: From March 4th through June 1, 2020
  • Showtimes: 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Safety & Accessibility: May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
Location: America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase

Depending on the performer and popularity, generally you can line up for your seat 45-60 minutes before the concert time. Some performers draw larger crowds so the wait time might be slightly longer. You can gauge this by strolling past the theater before showtime to see how many people are already lined up.


2020 Concert Calendar

  • March 4-5 – Peabo Bryson NEW
  • March 13-16 – Simple Plan
  • March 17-19 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • March 20-23 – Mark Wills NEW to Garden Rocks
  • March 24-26 – The Spinners
  • March 27-28 – Sister Hazel
  • March 29-30 – The Pointer Sisters
  • March 31-April 2 – Former Journey Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
  • April 3-4 – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • April 5-6 – Exposé
  • April 7-9 – Berlin
  • April 19-20 – Rick Springfield
  • April 24-27 – Plain White T’s
  • April 28-30 – Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
  • May 1-2 – Don McLean NEW
  • May 5-7 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett NEW
  • May 8-9 – Thelma Houston NEW
  • May 10-11 – The Allman Betts Band NEW to Garden Rocks
  • May 15-18 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 19-21 – Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot NEW to Garden Rocks
  • May 24-25 – Daughtry NEW
  • May 26-28 – Marshall Tucker Band
  • May 31-June 1 – Survivor

Garden Rocks Dining Packages

Is your favorite singer or band playing during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival? Want to be sure to see him or her? Book a Dining Package at one of 4 participating restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner (at select restaurants) and you are guaranteed seating at one of 3 concert performances later that same day.


Participating Restaurants


Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $32 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $32 for kids


Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $69 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $69 for adults; $22 for kids


The Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion
Breakfast $52 for adults; $31 for kids
Lunch: $65 for adults; $39 for kids
Dinner: $65 for adults; $39 for kids


Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $22 for kids


Additional Important Information

  • Valid Epcot admission is required and not included in dining package price
  • Prices vary according to restaurant—tax and gratuity not included
  • Advance reservations are highly recommended as events fill up quickly
  • Reservations must provide a minimum 2.5-hour window prior to showtime and require a credit card guarantee
  • Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plans require 2 table-service entitlements
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests ages 21 and older


Reservations are now open! To book your dining package reservations, click here!


SPECIAL EVENTS & TOURS


During the festival there are activities, demonstrations, special tours and events that Guests can enjoy! More to come on all of those as they are announced. Here is what we know so far is returning this year:

  • Children and parents alike will love to explore and play in the festival’s Play Garden and Family Play Zone
  • Gardens of the World Tour – Spring Edition – Explore what it takes to transform Epcot into the bright and beautiful Flower & Garden Festival! Take a 3-hour tour with a Disney Horticulturalist and learn all of the behind the scenes tricks for making the festival so special. Cost is $85 per person. For more information and to buy tickets, click here!
  • The English Tea Garden Tour in the UK is back! Gain a new appreciation for this time honored beverage. Click here to learn more!
  • Enjoy a sampling of tea and scones at The Royal Tea Garden Tour in the UK! Cost is $20 per person. Advanced Reservations are recommended. Click here for more information.
  • Join the ever popular Behind the Seeds Tour! This one-hour walking tour of the fish farm and 4 greenhouses that make up The Land Pavilion is a fan favorite. Cost is $25 per adult, $20 per child. Click here for more informations and to reserve your spot!
  • The Butterfly House is also back this year! This is one my very favorite parts of the festival! Over 1000 butterflies will fly amongst the garden (and Guests!) and the nearly 2 dozen nectar plants.
Butterfly House in Future World

TOPIARIES


This longest-running Epcot festival BEST known for its themed topiaries, and the Epcot horticulture team works tirelessly to bring Guests some of the most beautiful topiaries each and every year. This year, expect to see a brand-new Remy topiary! It will be the centerpiece of a new Ratatouille Garden at the France pavilion! This delicious new garden will be planted with veggies used in a ratatouille recipe. He’ll join Belle and Beast, Kermit and Miss Piggy in France. Guests also will find favorite returning character topiaries including Snow White, Elsa and Anna, Belle and Beast, Mickey Mouse and of course the beloved Minnie Mouse.

Kermit the Frog Topiary in France

This is last years edition, but I created a great checklist so you don’t miss any of the topiaries! I’ll update accordingly as soon as I hear more about the topiaries at this year’s festival and their locations. Print it and take it with you!

A Disney State of Mind Flower & Garden Topiary Checklist


FOOD BOOTHS


Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

Let us not forget about the fabulous savory and sweet treats that can be found during this festival! Details have not been announced yet for 2020. This post will be updated when more information is shared.

For a peek at last year’s booths and menus, click here! The menu items and choices usually don’t change drastically from year to year. So this is a good starting point until the 2020 list is released!


TIPS AND STRATEGIES FOR THE FESTIVAL


TIP 1: Don’t forget to pick up your Guide Map and Passport.

These are essential to organizing your day. Know where you are going and use your Passport to check off where you’ve been and what you’ve tried. At the start of the day, highlight the offerings that are your “must do’s”, this way you can prioritize those and you don’t miss out!

TIP 2: Plan ahead!

Each year, Disney announces the food booths long before the festival starts. This provides the opportunity to get to know what is being offered, and what you might like to try. Similar to tip #1, make a list of must try items! Leave room for spontaneity and discovery, but having a list will allow you to not miss anything you want to try and stay on budget.

TIP 3: Have a budget and stick with it!

With all the food and drink offerings at the festival, setting a limit right from the beginning is the best way not to go overboard. My suggestion is to put a set amount of money on the mini special event wristband gift cards. This will help you stay on track, and they are great souvenirs too!

TIP 4: Find a place to sit and relax!

Scouting out a place to sit and enjoy your tasty treats may be difficult, especially on weekends. There are a lot of high top tables around the World Showcase, but there are also many nooks and crannies where you can grab a seat and enjoy your food and wine. My recommendation, scout out a table before you purchase treats. Have a friend hold the table while you get the food – another tip, ask to share a table! It’s a great way to meet new friends! I have met some of the most interesting people by doing this!

TIP 5: Don’t forget about Future World!

Don’t forget or underestimate the offerings in Future World! Many think that the festival just takes place in the World Showcase, and in years past, that was the case. But over the last several years, booths have erected in Future World too! Be sure to check them out!!

TIP 6: Pace yourself and share!!

With more and more options available to us every year at the Flower and Garden Festival, it’s easy to get over excited and dig right in to the food offerings. By the time you hit the halfway point, you’ve had enough! Prioritize what to eat and drink first and go slowly. There is plenty of time to try everything! Use your Festival Guide to help you navigate and plan.

Also, I highly recommend sharing with friends and family! This is a great way to maintain your appetite, save some money, and you get to try more things!

TIP 7: Take advantage of the events and tours

The Flower and Garden Festival offers super unique events and tours centered around Disney’s horticulture program. Take advantage of these. Try the Behind the Seeds tour, a one-hour guided tour throughout the greenhouses in The Land Pavilion. It’s relatively inexpensive ($25/adult and $20/child) and extra special during the Flower and Garden Festival.

TIP 8: HAVE FUN!!!

None of any of this matters if you aren’t having fun. Let your hair down, try new things, make new friends and enjoy the atmosphere!!

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