(Article last updated: December 6, 2018)
There 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). There are other activities including unique food offerings and music as well. All details are below.
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).
When is it?
The Flower and Garden Festival typically takes place from the first part of March through the middle or end of May.
In 2019, the Flower and Garden Festival dates are March 6 - June 3.
What exactly takes place during the festival?
There are several different things that take place at Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival.
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.
Every year Disney changes up the displays just a bit and typically adds at least a couple new ones to the mix.
In 2018 guests found a brand new set of topiaries at the Main Entrance. These topiaries were adorable and featured Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy.
No word yet on topiaries for 2019 but we will update this post as soon as we hear anything.
Garden Rocks Concerts & Dining Packages
New for 2019, the once weekend-only concerts will now be held daily during the Flower and Garden Festival.
These concerts are fun and feature groups whose popularity peaked a couple of decades ago but who still sound great.
You can catch the concerts every day during the festival at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m..
The lineup for 2019 is:
- March 9-10: Glass Tiger - “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”
- March 17-20: Simple Plan - “Welcome to My Life”
- March 28-29: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn - “Take My Breath Away”
- March 30-31: The Smithereens* - “Top of the Pops”
- April 3-4: Christopher Cross* - “Sailing”
- April 5-7: The Spinners - “Working My Way Back to You”
- April 12-13: Sister Sledge* - “We Are Family”
- 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 20-21: Colin Hay of Men at Work* - “Who Can It Be Now?”
* Acts new to the Garden Rocks Concert Series
Beginning December 13, 2019 Garden Rocks Dining Packages will be available to book.
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.
The available restaurants and prices for 2019 haven't been released yet but we expect them to be similar to what was offered in 2018, which you can see below:
2018 Garden Rocks Dining Packages
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Breakfast: $60 for adults; $36.00 for kids
Lunch: $70 for adults; $42 for kids
Dinner: $70 for adults; $42 for kids
Lunch: $44 for adults; $25 for kids
Dinner: $51 for adults; $29 for kids
Chefs de France
Lunch: $65.99 for adults; $17.99 for kids
Dinner: $75.99 for adults; $22.99 for kids
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $66 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $66 for adults; $22 for kids
The Garden Grill Restaurant
Breakfast $43 for adults; $27 for kids
Lunch: $57 for adults; $36 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $36 for kids
La Hacienda de San Angel
Dinner: $80 for adults; $25.75 for kids
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Lunch: $50 for adults; $16.99 for kids
Dinner: $58 for adults; $18.50 for kids
Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids
Dinner: $62 for adults; $19 for kids
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
Lunch: $57 for adults; $21 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $21 for kids
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Lunch: $70 for adults; $23 for kids
Dinner: $80 for adults; $25.75 for kids
Spice Road Table
Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids
Dinner: $63 for adults; $19 for kids
Lunch: $62 for adults; $16.99 for kids
Dinner: $74 for adults; $20.75 for kids
Lunch: $62.99 for adults; $16.99 for kids
Dinner: $74 for adults; $16.99 for kids
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Lunch: $64 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $70 for adults; $25 for kids
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Lunch: $54 for adults; $20 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $24 for kids
Due to the popularity of the Food and Wine Festival, Disney started offering food and beverage options in special kiosks throughout the World Showcase.
No word yet on exactly what will be coming for 2019 but we expect it to be similar to 2018, which included 15 different stations/kiosks each one with unique and tasty offerings.
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.
You can find all of the menus and see food photos on Disney Food Blog's Flower and Garden info page.
Various gardens and play areas
Every year Disney installs several large gardens, play areas, and exhibits.
These were some of our favorites from 2018:
- Brand-new Future World interactive garden that featured a play maze, sensory garden, and a covered seating area
- A "revved-up Road to Florida 500 garden that featured new games and play challenges"
- A redesigned "Cars" themed garden based upon Cars 3
- A hands-on Harmony Gardens musical playground that featured Disney’s Fab Five topiaries including “band leader” Mickey Mouse (plus Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck)
- Tinker Bell's Butterfly House which was located in Future World along the walkway that goes toward the Canada pavilion
There are typically a couple of tours that are only offered during the Flower and Garden Festival.
No information on tours for 2019 have been released yet but here's what they had in 2018:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 $18.00 per person and can be booked by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.
Get the Flower and Garden Festival map
The regular Epcot map includes Flower and Garden info during the Festival.
The 2019 map won't be released until closer to the start of the festival but you can get the 2018 map now if you want to see more of what to expect.
Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival Passport/Guide
Disney has begun issuing these cute little passports for festivals.
Inside the one for the Flower and Garden Festival you'll find info on every topiary, food kiosk, concert, etc.
The 2019 passport isn't available yet but you can check out the 2018 one below.
Epcot's Kidcot Garden Stop Field Guide
Kids can pick up a free Kidcot Garden Stop Field Guide at any of the Kidcot locations in the park. The kids version has a place for a stamp from each of the countries and information about fruits and berries native to the corresponding location.
How to plan your day
With the advent of FastPass+, everything is much more planned out in advance now so here's suggestions for how to put your day at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival together.
There are really only 2 main scheduled things to plan around: the gardening workshops/seminars and 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
Garden Rocks concert at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. or 8 p.m.
Explore Flower and Garden Festival exhibits and gardens
IllumiNations (at night)
Is Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival worth it?
The Flower and Garden Festival is the most "worth it" for people who are middle-aged or older (i.e., people who grew up when the musical acts were popular).
That doesn't mean other people won't enjoy it. It's just probably not worth designing a whole trip around. But if you're there, definitely take the time to enjoy it. You'll never see Epcot looking any prettier.
So, will you be attending the Flower and Garden Festival? Or do you have questions that weren't covered here?
Please share in the comments.