#FreshEpcot: 8 Reasons to Visit the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

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Monorail and Flower Beds During Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Courtesy Brooke Fehr
#1: It's Gorgeous

Seriously. If ever an entire Disney Park could say that it’s ready for its closeup, it would be Epcot in spring. Millions of brilliant blossoms take center stage, as the Disney horticulture team displays its collective green thumb front and center.

 

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Kermit the Frog Topiary at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
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#2: Topiaries, Topiaries and More Topiaries

Disney’s iconic plant-based statues have been delighting guests for decades. But you’ve never seen anything of this magnitude. From classic characters such as Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the Fab Five to fairytale favorites like Belle, Beast and Snow White, chances are that you’ll find your favorite in flower form among dozens of topiaries on display. Pro tip: don't miss the utterly adorable Miss Piggy and Kermit display in the France Pavilion, and welcome brand new Bo Peep and her Sheep topiaries as part of the Toy Story gang.

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Sample of Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-Fennel Salad from the Arbor Outdoor Kitchen at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
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#3: It's Delicious

Come for the blooms, but stay for the food! Once again in 2019, guests can eat and drink their way around the World Showcase Promenade, as 17 Outdoor Kitchens—more than ever before!—offer chef-inspired bites and refreshing beverages to pair with them. Look for three brand new booths: Trowel and Trellis, featuring inventive vegan fare; Citrus Blossom, celebrating Florida's finest citrus; and Flavor Full Kitchen, an homage to healthy and delicious dishes. Also new, Arbor at the Gardeners Terrace serves up tasty selections, such as Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-Fennel Salad, pictured above. Keep track of your progress with your free Festival Passport, available throughout the park.

 

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A Play Garden at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
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#4: Playtime

Two interactive play gardens will welcome children to burn off a little energy, and give parents a little down time. In Showcase Plaza, the Play Full Garden will be located adjacent to the Flavor Full Outdoor Kitchen, and offers fun and interactive ways to stay healthy for the whole family. In Future World East, explore the land of Toys with your Toy Story pals, including Bo Peep and her Sheep. 

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Rick Springfield Performs During the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
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#5: Garden Rocks Concert Series

But the fun really ramps up as the sun goes down. And new in 2019, the Garden Rocks Concert Series expands performances to every day of the festival, three times each evening. Look for favorite acts from the last several decades, including Rick Springfield, Air Supply, The Spinners, and so many more. If standing in line for the concerts isn't something that appeals to you, consider booking a Garden Rocks Dining Package, which entitles diners who purchase the package to guaranteed seating for one of the three daily performances. To book, call 9407) WDW-DINE, or (407) 939-3378.

Here's the full lineup:

  • Journey former lead vocalist STEVE AUGERI – NEW!  
    March 6 through 8  
     
  • Glass Tiger – NEW to Garden Rocks!
    March 9 through 10 
     
  • Jon Anderson of Yes – NEW!
    March 11 through 12 
     
  • Tony Orlando
    March 13 through 14
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  • Wang Chung – NEW to Garden Rocks!
    March 15 through 16 
     
  • Simple Plan
    March 17 through 20  
     
  • Ambrosia – NEW! 
    March 21 through 22 
     
  • Magic Giant – NEW!
    March 23 through 24
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  • Air Supply – NEW to Garden Rocks!
    March 25 through 27 
     
  • Berlin, featuring Terri Nunn
    March 28 through 29 
     
  • The Smithereens – NEW to Garden Rocks! 
    March 30 through 31
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  • Rick Springfield
    April 1 through 2 
     
  • Christopher Cross – NEW to Garden Rocks!
    April 3 through 4 
     
  • The Spinners
    April 5 through 7 
     
  • Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group Styx
    April 8 through 9 
     
  • John Michael Montgomery – NEW!
    April 10 through 11
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  • Sister Sledge – NEW to Garden Rocks!
    April 12 through 13 
     
  • Night Ranger
    April 14 through 16
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  • Sister Hazel – NEW to Garden Rocks!
    April 17 through 19 
     
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – NEW!
    April 20 through 21 
     
  • TobyMac – NEW!
    April 22 through 23 
     
  • Lonestar
    April 24 through 26 
     
  • The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO
    April 27 through 30 
     
  • Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone
    May 1 through 4 
     
  • Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
    May 5 through 7 
     
  • A Flock of Seagulls – NEW!
    May 8 through 9  
     
  • Marshall Tucker Band – NEW to Garden Rocks! 
    May 10 through 11
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  • Peabo Bryson – NEW!
    May 12 through 13 
     
  • Richard Marx – NEW to Garden Rocks!
    May 14 through 15 
     
  • Starship, starring Mickey Thomas
    May 16 through 19 
     
  • Colin Hay of Men at Work – NEW!
    May 20 through 21  
     
  • War – NEW!
    May 22 through 23 
     
  • The Guess Who
    May 24 through 27
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  • Jon Secada
    May 28 through 29 
     
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears
    May 30 through June 1 
     
  • Eddie Palmieri – NEW!
    June 2 through June 3 

 

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A UK Cast Member Conducts a Tea Garden Tour During the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
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#6: The Royal Tea Garden Tour

The Royal Garden Tea returns for a third year to the UK Pavilion. For a small fee, guests are led on a fascinating journey through the tea garden as they learn about the history and artistry of tea blending. New in 2019, learn about Wellness Blends, tea concoctions that promote good health. The tour concludes with tea and scones. A shorter, complimentary tour is also offered. To book the Royal Tea Garden Tour, call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687.

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Butterfly Garden at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
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#7: Fluttery Butterflies

One of the most beloved exhibits of the festival returns again in 2019. Visit The Goodness Garden Butterfly House to view a myriad of butterfly species who are right at home amid the blooms. Learn about their life cycle, and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis.

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Spike's Pollen Nation Exploration Scavenger Hunt
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#8: Spike's Pollen Nation Exploration

During the festival, kids of all ages are invited to participate in a springtime scavenger hunt with Spike, “the bzzzz-iest honey bee at Walt Disney World.” Maps are available for $6.99 at locations throughout the park. Turn in your completed map at the end for a surprise.

 

By Brooke Fehr

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World celebrates its 26th consecutive year in 2019. This beloved event, taking place March 6 through June 3, has become synonymous with springtime in Orlando, and with good reason: if it grows, you’re likely to see it here. Once again this year, the festival spans a full 90 days, and hosts a myriad of exhibits, demonstrations and other events that appeal to young and old alike. It’s truly a feast for all of the senses. Here, we offer up eight reasons that you can’t miss the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival in 2019.

 

Brooke Fehr
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