(Article last updated: March 7, 2019)

Guide to Epcot's Flower and Garden FestivalThere are several special events held throughout the year at Disney World. Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival is 1 of those.

In this guide, we've got details on when it's held, what takes place, how we suggest touring, and thoughts on whether or not it's worth it.

Let's get started...

What is it?

The Flower and Garden Festival is an event held at Epcot every spring that focuses on special exhibits related to gardening (hence the name).

During the festival, nearly all of Epcot is decked out with gorgeous flowers and vegetation and all things garden.

If you find yourself visiting Epcot while the festival is taking place, you're in luck, because, in our opinion, the park is at its most beautiful then.

Flower and Garden festival

In addition to the beautiful flowers and topiaries, there are other activities that occur including unique food offerings and musical acts. All details about those are below.

Flower and Garden

How much does it cost?

There's no special ticket required to attend the Flower and Garden Festival. Your park ticket to get into Epcot will allow you to enjoy all of the Flower and Garden Festival events (except for a couple of tours - more info on that below).

China topiary

When is it?

The Flower and Garden Festival typically takes place from the first part of March through the end of May or early June.

In 2019, the Flower and Garden Festival dates are March 6 - June 3.

Anna and Elsa topiary

That's nearly 60 days to take in all of the gorgeous displays.

What exactly takes place during the festival?

There are several different things that take place at Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival, most of which are free.

Topiaries

One of the best parts is that the whole park has lots of topiaries (over 100!) that have been created in the shapes of Disney characters.

Lion King

Every year Disney changes up the displays just a bit and typically adds at least a couple new ones to the mix.

Flower and Garden Festival Topiary

For 2019, Disney debuted a new topiary featuring Bo Peep and her sheep.

Little Bo Peep Flower and Garden Festival

Sheep Flower and Garden Festival

Garden Rocks Concerts & Dining Packages

New for 2019, the once weekend-only concerts will now be held daily during the Flower and Garden Festival.

General seating for the concerts is free and is included in your price of admission to the park; however, if you want a more up-close view of the show you can purchase a Dining Package that will get you a seat in the first 3 rows (more on that below).

Garden Rocks concert

These concerts are fun and feature groups whose popularity peaked a couple of decades ago, but who still sound great.

Garden Rocks concert

You can catch the concerts every day during the festival at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.

Flower Power concert stage

The lineup for 2019 is:

  • March 6-8: Steve Augeri* - "Don't Stop Believin'"
  • March 9-10: Glass Tiger* - “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”
  • March 11-12: Jon Anderson - "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
  • March 13-14: Tony Orlando - "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'round the Ole Oak Tree"
  • March 15-16: Wang Chung* - "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"
  • March 17-20: Simple Plan - “Welcome to My Life”
  • March 21-22: Ambrosia - "How Much I Feel"
  • March 23-24: Magic Giant - "Set on Fire"
  • March 25-27: Air Supply* - “All Out of Love”
  • March 28-29: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn - “Take My Breath Away”
  • March 30-31: The Smithereens* - “Top of the Pops”
  • April 1-2: Rick Springfield - “Jessie's Girl”
  • April 3-4: Christopher Cross* - “Sailing”
  • April 5-7: The Spinners - “Working My Way Back to You”
  • April 8-9: Dennis DeYoung - "Come Sail Away"
  • April 10-11: John Michael Montgomery - "I Can Love You Like That"
  • April 12-13: Sister Sledge* - “We Are Family”
  • April 14-16: Night Ranger - "Sister Christian"
  • April 17-19: Sister Hazel* - “All For You”
  • April 20-21: Steven Curtis Chapman* - “Cinderella”
  • April 22-23: TobyMac* - “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* - “I Ran (So Far Away)”
  • May 10-11: Marshall Tucker Band* - "Can't You See"
  • May 12-13: Peabo Bryson "Beauty and the Beast"
  • May 14-15: Richard Marx* - “Right Here Waiting”
  • May 16-19: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas - “We Built This City”
  • May 20-21: Colin Hay of Men at Work* - “Who Can It Be Now?”
  • May 22-23: War - "Low Rider"
  • March 24-27: The Guess Who - "These Eyes"
  • May 28-29: Jon Secada - “Just Another Day”
  • May 30- June 1: Blood, Sweat and Tears - “Spinning Wheels”
  • June 2-June 3: Eddie Palmieri*

* Acts new to the Garden Rocks Concert Series

It usually isn't too hard to snag a seat to one of the concerts; however, you'll want to arrive about 30 minutes before the show, or, if you prefer, you can avoid the line (and wait) altogether and book one of the Garden Rocks Dining Packages.

Each dinner package includes 1 guaranteed seat to the Garden Rocks concert on that night and a meal that includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert, or if a buffet, it will include 1 full buffet.

If you line up early for the dining package, you'll be allowed to enter a bit earlier than the standby line and can choose where to sit (on an aisle in the center usually gives the best view).

There's also reserved seating for this package which is the first 3 rows of the theater, and unless you want the front-center seat, you can show up much closer to show time (even up to just a few minutes before the show starts) and still snag a good spot.

Garden Rocks tickets

The available restaurants and prices for 2019 are below.

On the Disney Dining Plan? The package can be booked with the Dining Plan at a cost of 2 credits/person.

2019 Garden Rocks Dining Packages

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall  (Norway)
Breakfast: $63 for adults; $38 for kids
Lunch: $73 for adults; $44 for kids
Dinner: $73 for adults; $44 for kids

Biergarten Restaurant  (in Germany)
Lunch: $55 for adults; $31 for kids
Dinner: $55 for adults; $31 for kids

Chefs de France  (in France)
Lunch: $72 for adults; $19 for kids
Dinner: $80 for adults; $25 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant  (in The Living Seas pavilion)
Lunch: $67 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $67 for adults; $22 for kids

The Garden Grill Restaurant  (inside The Land pavilion)
Breakfast $49 for adults; $30 for kids
Lunch: $63 for adults; $38 for kids
Dinner: $63 for adults; $38 for kids

La Hacienda de San Angel  (in Mexico)
Dinner: $82 for adults; $25.75 for kids

Nine Dragons Restaurant  (in China)
Lunch: $50 for adults; $16.99 for kids
Dinner: $58 for adults; $18.50 for kids

Restaurant Marrakesh  (in Morocco)
Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids
Dinner: $63 for adults; $19 for kids

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room  (in U.K.)
Lunch: $57 for adults; $21 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $21 for kids

San Angel Inn Restaurante  (in Mexico)
Lunch: $70 for adults; $23 for kids
Dinner: $82 for adults; $25.75 for kids

Spice Road Table  (in Morocco)
Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids
Dinner: $63 for adults; $19 for kids

Teppan Edo  (in Japan)
Lunch: $65 for adults; $20.50 for kids
Dinner: $78 for adults; $23.50 for kids

Tokyo Dining  (in Japan)
Lunch: $65 for adults; $20.50 for kids
Dinner: $78 for adults; $23.50 for kids

Tutto Italia Ristorante  (in Italy)
Lunch: $64 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $70 for adults; $25 for kids

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria  (in Italy)
Lunch: $54 for adults; $20 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $24 for kids

Guaranteed Seating entrance

Outdoor kitchens

Due to the popularity of the Food and Wine Festival, Disney started offering food and beverage options in special kiosks throughout the World Showcase at all of its festivals.

Flower and Garden Festival drink

For 2019, there are four new outdoor kitchens: Arbor, The Citrus Blossom, Trowel & Trellis, and Flavor Full Kitchen!

In addition to the new outdoor kitchens, several culinary dishes are new to the festival this year as well.

Popular food items for 2019
Though there are several fantastic food and drink options available, there are a handful of super popular items you might want to find and try for yourself.

Violet Lemonade

Location: Pineapple Promenade outdoor kitchen at Showcase Plaza (area that separates Future World and World Showcase)

Frushi

Location: Hanami outdoor kitchen in Japan

Orange Cream Slushy

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Location: Citrus Blossom outdoor kitchen at Showcase Plaza (area that separates Future World and World Showcase)

Verrrrry popular since it's served in an Orange Bird sipper, so be prepare to line up early or get in line. Limit of 10 per person.

Cotton Candy

Location: Lotus House outdoor kitchen in China

Though it's not listed in the festival passport, the cotton candy in China is worth checking out. In the same building as the Lotus House outdoor kitchen, you'll find these intricate cotton candy designs which are as pretty as they are fun to eat.

You can find all of the menus and see food photos on Disney Food Blog's Flower and Garden info page.

Keep in mind that many items can be purchased with Disney Dining Plan snack credits. You can see which items are covered by looking for the DDP icon on the menus.

Various gardens and play areas

Every year Disney installs several large gardens, play areas, and exhibits.

Here's what you can find in 2019:

  • Spike's Pollen-Nation Exploration family scavenger hunt returns and will include new locations to discover

Spike's Pollen-nation Exploration

  • Eggstravaganza Scavenger Hunt (only available April 5-21 and while supplies last) will lead guests on a scavenger hunt for eggs through Epcot
  • Play Full Garden filled with equipment designed to teach families fun and interactive ways to stay healthy

Play Full Garden

  • Bo Peep's Playtime Training Grounds which is a fun (and permanent) playground for the whole family

Bo Peep's Playtime Training Ground

  • A 9-foot-tall sculpture created out of recycled marine debris in honor of the new Disneynature's feature film "Penguins"

Penguins made of trash aka trash penguins

  • Goodness Garden Butterfly House which is located in Future World along the walkway that goes toward the Canada pavilion
    man releasing butterflies

Tours

There are typically a couple of tours that are only offered during the Flower and Garden Festival.

Tours that are available for 2019 are:

  • Epcot Gardens of the World Tour - a 3 hour tour led by a Disney horticulturist. These are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9:00 AM to noon and cost $85.00, plus tax. You have to be 16-years-old or older to attend. You can book it by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.

Gardens of the World tour

  • English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London Tea - this a free tour that lasts 20 minutes and takes place in the United Kingdom pavilion. Guests should register by signing up in The Tea Caddy in the UK pavilion.

English Tea Garden

  • Royal Tea Garden Tour - this 45 minute tour has guests exploring an elegant tea garden to learn all about the artistry and history behind growing and blending tea. The cost is $20.00 per person and can be booked by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.

PhotoPass pictures and Magic Shots

Photopass pics

Throughout the park you'll find PhotoPass photographers available to take your picture with some of the topiaries.

Flower and Garden Festival frame

There are typically a couple stationed at the front of the park, on the main walkway in Showcase Plaza between Future World and the World Showcase, in France, and on the bridge heading over to France from the United Kingdom.

Flower and Garden Magic Shot

Most of the photographers are able to take both regular pictures in addition to cute festival-themed Magic Shots, so be sure to ask for those if you stop for a photo.

Flower and Garden Magic Shot

Merchandise

Fun (and CUTE!) Flower and Garden Festival merchandise can be found throughout the park.

Festival hats

You'll find kiosks and booths located all around the World Showcase Lagoon.

Flower and Garden Festival Merch

For 2019 there are 5 different "themes" for merchandise: Minnie's Garden Party, Mickey's Garden Shed, Violet Lemonade Collection, Figment's Imagination Goes Wild, and Spike and Donald.

Flower and Garden Festival merch

If you want to see all of the collections in one spot (instead of browsing several different booths), you can do that over in the Festival Center which is located in the Odyssey Center.

Get the Flower and Garden Festival map

The regular Epcot map includes Flower and Garden info during the Festival.

You can pick up the map at the park.

Flower and Garden Festival map and passport

Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival Passport/Guide

Disney has begun issuing these cute little passports for festivals.

Inside the Flower and Garden Festival passport you'll find info on every topiary, food kiosk, concert, etc.

You can download a PDF version of the passport and/or get one for free at Epcot.

Mickey and Minnie with Sunflowers

Best time to visit

The Flower and Garden Festival (like the other festivals offered at Epcot) is popular with the locals, so avoid the weekends for the lowest crowds.

Also, opening day of anything (including festivals like this one) are extremely popular so be prepared for that if you plan to visit during that time.

Lady and the Tramp

How to plan your day

Here are our suggestions for how to put your day at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival together.

There are really only 1 main scheduled thing to plan around: the Garden Rocks concerts.

Taking general advice for touring Epcot and adapting them for the Flower and Garden Festival, this is what we'd suggest.

  • Make FastPass+ reservations for Soarin OR Frozen Ever After, Spaceship Earth, and Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Arrive 30-45 minutes before park opening
  • Ride either Frozen Ever After or Soarin' (whichever one you don't have a FastPass+ for)
  • Mission: Space
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Explore The Seas pavilion
  • Use FP+ for Turtle Talk with Crush (suggested FP+ time: sometime around 9:30-10:30)
  • Living with the Land
  • Use FP+ for Soarin OR Frozen Ever After (suggested FP+ time: 10:30-11:30)
  • Gran Fiesta Tour
  • Rest of the day:
    Use FP+ for Spaceship Earth (suggested FP+ time: anytime in the afternoon or evening)
    Ride Test Track in the Single Rider Line
    Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
    Journey Into Imagination with Figment
    Explore the World Showcase (visit the topiaries and festival kitchens as you go)
    Garden Rocks concert at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. or 8 p.m.
    Explore more Flower and Garden Festival exhibits and gardens
    IllumiNations (at night)

Is Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival worth it?

Though the musical acts skew toward middle-aged and older visitors, anybody can enjoy this event. If you plan on being at Epcot during the festival dates, definitely take some time to enjoy Epcot looking its most beautiful.

Snow White

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So, will you be attending the Flower and Garden Festival? Or do you have questions that weren't covered here?

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