Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2024
By James | Last updated January 3, 2024
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One of the first big festivals of the year at Walt Disney World is the annual spring time Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Now in its 30th year, the festival runs from 28 February 2024 and admission is included with the standard ticket (except for special tours).
Epcot is transformed into a riot of colour with over 500,000 flowers, shrubs and trees decorating the park. At night, some of the gardens are illuminated.
There is something for everyone at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival with:
- themed flower and garden displays
- an interactive play area, gardens and playgrounds for kids
- over 100 Disney character themed topiary displays
- more than a dozen outdoor kitchens where you can sample different food and drinks
- Garden Rocks™ outdoor weekend concert series (Friday through Monday) featuring live performances of popular hits
- special Garden Rocks dining packages
A useful tip is to pick up a Festival Passport at the park entrance to help track your eats.
There are also two scavenger hunts, the popular Easter Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt and the Spike the Honey Bee Pollen Nation Exploration scavenger hunt.
Note that the Spike the Honey Bee Pollen Nation Exploration scavenger hunt runs for the entire duration of the festival whereas the Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt only runs over Easter.
Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt
Maps and stickers for Egg-stravaganza can be purchased for $9.99 plus tax from Disney Traders, Pin Central or World Traveler locations.
Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration
The Spike the Honey Bee scavenger hunt costs $9.99 plus tax from Port of Entry.
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries
Each year Epcot works with expert horticulturalists to create unique topiary replicas of Disney characters and they often include the latest characters from films, like in 2015 sisters Anna and Elsa from the hit movie “Frozen” appeared for the first time.
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy often greet festival guests at the front entrance to Epcot and many old favourites are to be found today among the 100 plus topiaries decorating the park.
For 2023, the topiaries included:
- Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” plus a Troll – Norway Pavilion
- Bambi, Thumper and Flower – Imagination!
- Beauty and the Beast plus Lumiere and Cogsworth – France Pavilion
- Bromeliad Dragon – Japan Pavilion
- Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story” – Mission: Space
- Donald Duck and Daisy Duck with Huey, Dewey and Louie – Bridge to World Showcase
- Figment – Imagination:
- Goofy with Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration Cake – World Showcase entrance
- Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto enjoying a picnic with Chip and Dale – World Showcase walkway
- † Mirabel, Antonio, Isabela and Luisa from “Encanto” – Near main EPCOT entrance
- Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog from the “Muppets” – Germany Pavilion
- Pandas – China Pavilion
- Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tick Tock Croc – Between Canada and United Kingdom Pavilions
- Pluto and Chip ’n Dale – The American Adventure Pavilion
- † Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog” – The American Adventure Pavilion
- Simba and Friends featuring Rafiki, Simba, Mufassa and Sarabi from “The Lion King” – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
- Sorcerer Mickey Mouse with Brooms, Ostriches, Hippo and Gator – World Showcase entrance
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany Pavilion
- **The Three Caballeros Featuring Jose, Donald and Panchito ** – Mexico Pavilion
- Timon and Pumba also from “The Lion King” – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
- Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Topiary Flowers, Sunflowers and Butterflies – Various
- Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Woody and Bo Peep with sheep from “Toy Story 4” – Land Pavilion
† — New for 2023
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Gardens
The gardens themes in 2023 included:
- Alpine Miniature Garden – Germany Pavilion
- Bamboo Garden – China Pavilion
- † Blossoms of Fragrance Presented by Scentsy World – Showcase bridge
- Bold Bromeliads – World Nature, The Land Pavilion
- Bonsai Collection – Japan Pavilion
- Butterfly Landing Presented by AdventHealth – World Nature near Imagination!
- Chinese Zodiac Topiary Garden – China Pavilion
- Connections Conservatory Garden – Near Connections Eatery
- Desert Garden – Mexico Pavilion
- English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Extraordinary Orchids – Mexico Pavilion
- Family-Friendly Garden Presented by OFF! –
- Festival Blooms – World Celebration
- Floating Gardens – World Nature
- † France Bouquet Garden – France Pavilion
- Garden Italiano – Italy Pavilion
- Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth – Imagination! walkway
- Kokedema Garden – Japan Pavilion
- Miniature Garden – Germany Pavilion
- Outdoor Escapes Presented by OFF! Repellents – World Discovery
- Prehistoric Garden – World Discovery near Mission: SPACE
- Shakespeare Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion
- † Shishi-odoshi – Japan Pavilion
- **Songbird Meadow Presented by Wild Birds Unlimited ** – World Discovery
- Spice Garden – Morocco Pavilion
- † The Community Garden – World Celebration
- The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board – Rosewalk near Imagination!
- Topiary Heritage Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Tropical Rainforest Garden – Mexico Pavilion
† — New for 2023
As well as the gardens there is also a Green Landing Family Play Zone at World Discovery where kids can play in an eco-friendly garden with WALL-E and Bambi’s Butterfly House where you can wander amongst many different species of butterflies fluttering from plant to plant.
Festival Outdoor Kitchens and Booths
In 2023 there over 15 outdoor kitchens plus a number of booths with over 50 new menu items this year, embracing many different styles of cuisine. They are very similar to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival offerings.
They are located throughout World Showcase and the country pavilions.
The outdoor kitchens for 2023 were:
- Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market – Germany Pavilion
- Brunchcot – Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet
- EPCOT Farmers Feast – Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet
- Fleur de Lys – France Pavilion
- Florida Fresh – Near Disney Traders
- Hanami – Japan Pavilion
- Jardin de Fiestas – Mexico Pavilion
- La Isla Fresca – Between Morocco and France
- Lotus House – China Pavilion
- Magnolia Terrace – The American Adventure
- Northern Bloom – Canada Pavilion
- Pineapple Promenade – Near Port of Entry
- Primavera Kitchen – Italy Pavilion
- Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina – Morocco Pavilion
- The Citrus Blossom – The Odyssey
- The Honey Bee-stro by the National Honey Board – Near Port of Entry
- Trowel & Trellis Hosted by IMPOSSIBLE – Near Port of Entry
It is worth noting that the menu of the EPCOT Farmers Feast changes with the seasons; early bloom, springtime and summer solstice.
You will also find festival food and drink at the Connections Café & Eatery (World Celebration), Refreshment Outpost and Refreshment Port (World Showcase), The Land Cart hosted by AdventHealth (World Nature), Funnel Cake (The American Adventure) and Sunshine Seasons (World Nature) as well as several Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company carts.
In previous years, you could purchase some items using the Disney Dining Plans but they are not currently available.
Unlike other theme parks, Disney do not sell sampler lanyards where you can purchase a 5, 10, 15 item sampler etc. Each menu item has to be bought separately and the prices can soon add up.
Food menu prices run from around $4.75 to $9.75.
If you purchase five of the eleven plant-based treats labelled as “Garden Graze” from the festival’s outdoor kitchens, you can pick up a commemorative keepsake, details are in the Garden Passport that you will find as you enter the park.
Garden Rocks Concert Series
Each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday there are a series of outdoor Garden Rocks Concerts held at the America Gardens Theatre next to the American Adventure in World Showcase, featuring popular rock music bands from the 60s and 70s and beyond.
Showtimes are 5:30 p.m., 6:45 pm. and 8:00 p.m. with seating on a first-come first-served basis.
Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Packages
If you want reserved seating at the concerts, you can purchase a Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package which gives you either lunch or dinner at a select Epcot restaurant and guaranteed seating at one of three evening concerts the same day.
The meals are either a three course meal or a full buffet plus a non-alcoholic drink depending upon location.
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Tours
In previous years Disney offered several special festival tours but apart from the Behind the Seeds Tour which is offered year round, there do not appear to be any festival tours available this year. The rest of this article is for historical interest
There are several tours you can take whilst at the festival. Most of the tours incur an additional charge and it is recommended that you make a reservation in advance. They are all walking tours so make sure you are wearing suitable footwear and for the longer tours you should also make sure you have ample water available.
First introduced in 2017, the Royal Tea Garden Tour at the United Kingdom pavilion lasts around 45 minutes. Guests receive a guided tour through an English tea garden to learn a little of the history of growing and blending tea. The price is $20 plus tax per person and includes tea and scones after the tour.
There is also a complimentary English Tea Garden Tour on select dates which last about 20 minutes and an Epcot Gardens of the World three hour walking tour led by a Disney horticulturalist.
The Gardens of the World tour is on select Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It starts at 9:00 am and costs $85 plus tax. You must be at least 12 to participate.
If you enjoyed the “Living with the Land” boat ride then you might want to consider taking a Behind the Seeds Tour at The Land Pavilion which runs several times a day all year round, not just during the festival.
During the one hour walking tour you get to visit four greenhouses and a fish farm and learn about some of the fruit and plants grown at Epcot as well as various new plant-growing techniques like hydroponics. Prices are $35 for adults and children plus tax.
In 2014 you could see Kermit and Miss Piggy from the Muppets promoting the new Muppets movie “Muppets Most Wanted”. As well as the Muppets, there were many other Disney favourites including Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy, Timon and Pumba, Peter Pan, Captain Hook and the Croc.
For the second year, there was a series of around a dozen Garden Marketplace kiosks dotted around the pavilions in the World Showcase, featuring fresh food and drinks from the host nations, including muppet themed treats like Piggylicious Bacon Cupcakes.
Many items were available on the Disney Dining Plan (snacks) and typically cost around $4.00 to $6.00. You could also buy a wristlet gift card that could be preloaded with money, making purchases easier, similar to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Prior to 2016, the festival ran for 75 days and over the next couple of years is rose to 90 days.
In 2020 the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival including the Garden Rocks concerts and dining packages were cut short due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the closing of the Walt Disney World Resort on March 16. Elements of the festival were featured as part of the “A Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival” which started on July 15 when Epcot re-opened but did not include the live concerts.
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