Updated September 26, 2019
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!!
While Disney has not released every detail of the festival yet, they have been announcing bits of information such as the lineup for the infamous Garden Rocks concerts taking place in the American Theater. This year, for the first time ever, artists will perform nightly for a total of 270 concerts during the festival! Here’s the line up so far:
- March 6-8: Journey former lead vocalist STEVE AUGERI (NEW) “Don’t Stop Believin’ ”
- March 9-10: Glass Tiger (New to Garden Rocks) “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”
- March 11-12: Jon Anderson of YES (NEW) “Owner of A Lonely Heart”
- March 13-14: Tony Orlando “Knock Three Times”
- March 15-16: Wang Chung (NEW to Garden Rocks), “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”
- March 17-20: Simple Plan “Perfect”
- March 21-22: Ambrosia (NEW) “Biggest Part of Me”
- March 23-24: Magic Giant (NEW) “Set on Fire”
- March 25-27: Air Supply (New to Garden Rocks) “All Out of Love”
- March 28-29: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn “Take My Breath Away”
- March 30-31: The Smithereens (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Top of the Pops”
- April 1-2: Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl”
- April 3-4: Christopher Cross (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Sailing”
- April 5-7: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”
- April 8-9: Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX “Come Sail Away”
- April 10-11: John Michael Montgomery (NEW) “I Love the Way You Love Me”
- April 12-13: Sister Sledge (NEW to Garden Rocks) “We Are Family”
- April 14-16: Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
- April 17-19: Sister Hazel (NEW to Garden Rocks) “All For You”
- April 20-21: Steven Curtis Chapman (NEW) “Cinderella”
- April 22-23: TobyMac (NEW) “The Elements”
- April 24-26: Lonestar “Amazed”
- April 27-30: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
- May 1-4: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”
- May 5-7: Don Felder, Formerly of the Eagles “Hotel California”
- May 8-9: A Flock of Seagulls (NEW) “I Ran (So Far Away)”
- May 10-11: Marshall Tucker Band (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Heard It in a Love Song”
- May 12-13 – Peabo Bryson (NEW), “If You’re Ever In My Arms Again”
- May 14-15: Richard Marx (New to Garden Rocks) “Right Here Waiting”
- May 16-19: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
- May 20-21: Colin Hay of Men at Work (NEW) “Who Can It Be Now?”
- May 22-23: War (NEW) “Why Can’t We Be Friends”
- May 24-27: The Guess Who “American Woman”
- May 28-29: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
- May 30- June 1: Blood, Sweat and Tears “Spinning Wheel”
- June 2-3 – Eddie Palmieri (NEW), “Vamanos Pa’l Monte”
There will be several new outdoor kitchens this year as well as the following fun activities during the festival:
- Woody and Buzz Lightyear will welcome Bo Peep and her sheep to their Toy Story topiary near the Family Play Zone in Future World East.
- Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration family scavenger hunt will be back this year and more fun than ever with new locations to explore and discover!! Guests can purchase select merchandise offerings featuring everyone’s favorite bee, Spike.
- The Eggstravaganza Scavenger Hunt returns this year as well! This will run April 5-21 (while supplies last). Guests can search for Disney character-themed eggs around World Showcase.
- In celebration of Disneynature’s “Penguins” opening on April 17 in theaters, a 9-foot-tall art sculpture made from recycled marine debris will be on display in Future World featuring an adult and baby Adélie penguin. Created by the non-profit organization WashedAshore.org, this work of art is designed to inspire Guests to keep our oceans and waterways clear of plastic pollution.
- 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.
Let us not forget about the fabulous savory and sweet treats that can be found during this festival! Click here for the complete menu options at this year’s Festival!
Guided tours are also offered during the festival. Fan favorites such as Behind the Seeds – The Land, guests can explore the fish farm and four greenhouses that make up the The Land at Epcot. This year there will be 2 that are exclusive to the festival.
- The Royal Tea Garden Tour, presented by Twinings, takes place each festival morning in the United Kingdom. For a nominal fee, guests follow a guide through the tea garden setting to learn the history and artistry behind growing and blending tea. A post-tour treat of tea and scones is included. The shorter, complimentary English Tea Garden Tour also will be offered on select days.
- During the Gardens of the World Tour, guests will join a Disney horticulturist for a three-hour walking tour to explore the award-winning topiaries and gardens that make the festival so special. Guests will learn about the unique role landscaping plays at Walt Disney World and discover new plant materials and gardening techniques to use for home gardens.
Reservations for tours opened in January, call 407-WDW-TOUR to book yours today!