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Epcot - International Flower and Garden Festival


One of our favorite things to check out and enjoy while visiting Walt Disney World are the Epcot Festivals. The park gets a whole new vibe with each festival, from the colorful art in every direction during the Festival of the Arts, to the delectable culinary samplings throughout the Food and Wine Festival, to the dazzling decorations and festive cheer during the Festival of the Holidays. Is it any surprise that during the spring and into the summer Epcot would host the Flower and Garden Festival? Running from February 28th through May 27th this year, this festival truly brings the park alive with vibrant vegetation and gorgeous flowers in every direction, really making it feel like a magical garden. including topiaries grown in the shape of some of Disney’s most popular characters that can be seen all over the park. 





Topiary Displays

A highlight of the Flower and Garden Festival are the topiaries, shaped into a variety of Disney characters, that can be found all over the park.


Over 70 topiaries, depicting beloved Disney characters, populate the park during the Flower and Garden Festival. From classics like Mickey and Friends to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, park favorites like Figment to more modern characters like Mirabel or Tiana, these topiaries are truly a perfect blend of the beauty of the outdoors and the magic of Disney. Be sure to keep your eyes open at night for the first ever projection mapped topiary, new this year!





Outdoor Kitchens

Make sure to grab some of the unique food and drinks that are a feast for the eyes as well as a delight to the palate.


Who doesn’t love food! A hallmark of all the Epcot festivals are the food booths, each festival has a range of booths offering food and drinks themed to the ongoing festival. At the Flower and Garden Festival, these Outdoor Kitchens take on a fresh flare, offering flavors straight out of the garden. Some of the items to keep an eye out for include the orange sesame tempura shrimp, along with the orange-lemon smoothie (that comes in a souvenir Orange Bird cup!) over at The Citrus Blossom, the cheesy croissant over at Fleur de Lys, the chicken and waffles at The Honey Bee-stro, and the liquid nitrogen honey mascarpone cheesecake at the Swirled Showcase among many many others. Make sure to pick up a Festival Passport so you can check out all the offerings once you get to the park!


You can find all the different booths and their locations on our Festival Map here.



Garden Graze

Take part in what Disney views as some of the most delectable dishes of the festival. 


For this journey into fresh cuisine, you’ll use your Festival Passport - which can be picked up all over the park - to find select menu items at a variety of food studios all over the park. For ease of finding the specified items, we marked the relevant food studios on our map with a little flower icon. You will then track down and purchase any 5 of the featured dishes (make sure to get your stamp with each purchase). Once you have 5 stamps, you can go to Pineapple Promenade  - located on the World Showcase Plaza near the Port of Entry - to present your stamps and get a specialty food item as a prize. This Garden Graze is a great way to add some extra fun to your festival experience.


The Garden Graze food stroll items:

  • Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany Pavilion)Potato Pancakes with House-Made Apple Sauce

  • BRUNCHCOT (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)Avocado Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Plant-Based Cheese Crumbles on Toasted Ciabatta

  • EPCOT Farmers Feast (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread and Plant-Based Cheese

  • Florida Fresh (Near Disney Traders) Florida Strawberry Shortcake

  • La Isla Fresca (Between the France and Morocco Pavilions)Coconut Tres Leches: Vanilla Cake soaked with Oat, Almond and Coconut Milks topped with Toasted Coconut

  • Refreshment Outpost  Seasonal Fruit Parfait with Sweet Chili Sauce and Mango DOLE Whip®

  • Refreshment Port (Near Canada Pavilion) Plant-Based Buffalo Chicken Tender Poutine on Crispy Potato Barrels with Plant-Based Ranch and Blue Cheese Crumbles

  • Trowel & Trellis (Near Disney Traders) Impossible™ Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables and Creamy Herb Aioli

Make sure to return your filled passport to Pineapple Promenade for a complimentary specialty treat!



Garden Rocks Concert Series

Concert at the America Gardens Theatre: Rock out to songs that you love.


Another staple at each of the Epcot festivals is the evening concert series held at the American Garden Theater in the American Pavilion. The Garden Rocks Concert Series features popular, more well known, artists on the weekends and local artists on weekdays. Who is performing changes frequently, but you are sure to have a blast at this concert, offered daily at 5:00pm, 6:45pm, and 8:00pm. The list of performers and the dates they will appear are listed below. 


  • Feb 28-29: The Vybe

  • Mar 1-2: Jason Scheff

  • Mar 3-4: Richard Marx

  • Mar 5-7: Evolution Motown

  • Mar 8-9: Berlin

  • Mar 10-11: Rick Springfield

  • Mar 12-14: Dian Diaz

  • Mar 15-16: Modern English

  • Mar 17-18: Commodores

  • Mar 19-21: Foreigners Journey

  • Mar 22-25: The Orchestra

  • Mar 26-28: The Female Collective

  • Mar 29-30: Mike DelGuidice

  • Mar 31 / Apr 1: The Pointer Sisters

  • Apr 2-4: Funkafied

  • Apr 5-6: Blue October

  • Apr 7-8: Crowder

  • Apr 9-11: Hooligans

  • Apr 12-13: Jo Dee Messina

  • Apr 14-15: A Flock of Seagulls

  • Apr 16-18: M-80’s

  • Apr 19-22: Plain White T’s

  • Apr 23-25: Champagne Orchestra

  • Apr 26-27: Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas

  • Apr 28-29: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone

  • Apr 30 – May 2: Southbound

  • May 3: Monsieur Periné

  • May 4: Raul Acosta & Oro Solido with Magic Juan

  • May 5: Raul Acosta & Oro Solido with Luisito Ayala and The Puerto Rican Power Band

  • May 6: Fonseca

  • May 7-9: Gilly & The Girl Band

  • May 10-13: Simple Plan

  • May 14-16: Element

  • May 17-18: The Spinners

  • May 19-20: Sister Hazel

  • May 21-23: Epic

  • May 24-25: Lit

  • May 26-27: Casting Crowns





Gardens and Exhibits


What would a Flower and Garden Festival be without some actual gardens. Throughout the park you can find dedicated areas that feature unique garden displays. From a Bonsai Garden in Japan to a Desert Geden in Mexico, an English Tea Garden in the UK to a Gnome Garden in Germany and many many more. Below are a couple of the must not miss gardens in the park:

  • Festival Blooms (in World Celebration): Check out the area to the right as you head toward World Showcase, you’ll find thousands of flowers used to create vivid panoramas.

  • Butterfly Landing Presented by AdventHealth (in World Nature near Imagination! Pavilion): One of the most popular exhibits available at the festival, enjoy at walk through a butterfly filled area.

  • The Honey Bee-Stro Hosted by National Honey Board (in World Nature along the Rosewalk near the Imagination! Pavilion): Learn all about honey bees and their important role in our world.


Garden Activities

You can get in on the colorfun by joining in and taking advantage of these art filled activities throughout the park!


  • Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration (purchase map for $9.99 plus tax at Creations Shop, Port of Entry, and World Traveler):  Search for Spike, the bumble bee, found in different flower beds (cause where else would a bumble bee be handing out) all around the World Showcase. When you finish you get a little prize.

  • Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Hunt (purchase map for $9.99 plus tax at Creations Shop, Port of Entry, and World Traveler): Beginning March 13th hunt for giant eggs, featuring Disney characters, all around the World Showcase. If you find them all you can return your completed map for a special prize. 


Photo Ops & Photopass Magic Shots: Stop by and get your photo taken with one of the many photopass photographers around the park, ready to take your photo with some of the topiaries or there to add some vibrant garden flare to your photos.


Festival Merchandis

Pick up some vibrant souvenirs at one of the many kiosks or shops around the park.


Each festival has unique merchandise on sale each year to look out for. The Flower and Garden Festival this year has a few different collections. The first stars Orange Bird, a delightful park character who dates back to the opening of Walt Disney World. Another is a butterfly themed collection featuring Minnie Mouse dressed to impress in a lovely spring dress. There is also a smaller Coco themed collection, displaying the vibrant colors of the movie. Finally, there is an Annual Passholder collection with Spike the Bee, exclusively available to, you guessed it, Annual Passholders.



2024 Epcot: Flower and Garden Festival Map

When planning out our own Festival Experience we spent some time looking for the perfect map to tell us where the different booths were for our libations and snacking, and also where we could sit and beat the heat or the rain. We couldn't find exactly what we wanted, so we put one together ourselves! Here it is for you both online and as a downloadable pdf.





Flower & Garden Festival Map 2024
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Download PDF • 900KB


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