Spring is in the air and The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is back again in 2020! The Flower and Garden Festival is definitely one of our favorite events in Walt Disney World and that’s why I’ve put together this information guide about it so you and your family can be prepared and have the best time possible!
The 2020 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival will be better than ever, and hands down it’s EPCOT at its most beautiful. At no other time of the year will you see so many gorgeous gardens, plants, flowers and of course, the famous topiaries.
It’s great because there are fun things to do no matter what age group you are in.
In this post we have an in-depth guide to all the information you will need for your visit to the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot in 2020 including Dates, Menus, Concerts, Reviews of the Food, Topiaries, Activities, Tips and more.
This will update you on all the food, drinks, and events happening this year, and everything that’s new, so make sure to read everything about the Flower and Garden Festival in our guide below.
Also before we get started, we have two other Flower and Garden resources you will find useful when planning your visit:
- Flower and Garden Topiary Guide – Take a tour with us around Epcot to see Every Disney Topiary in the park.
- 21 Best Epcot Flower and Garden Snacks – Our personal favorite food and drink items in 2020, both savory and sweet!
Also, don’t forget to sign up for our FREE Weekly E-Mail Newsletter. There we bring you the latest updates on the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, as well as more Disney Vacation Planning Tips. You can sign up here: Join our E-Mail Newsletter
Most of all, have fun and hope to see you around Epcot! 😉
What is the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival?
If you’ve never been to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in Disney World, then you are in for a great time! If you’ve been to Epcot before then you’ll notice there is almost always a festival going on all year round, and it always involves great food and drinks!
The 4 Annual EPCOT Festivals are:
- Festival of the Arts
- Flower and Garden Festival
- Food and Wine Festival
- Festival of the Holidays
2020 is the 27th annual Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, which is a celebration to gardening, flowers and the magnificent topiaries around the park.
You can walk around Epcot in both World Showcase and Future World and look at dozens of flower beds, gardens and topiaries in the shape of your favorite Disney characters. This is the biggest highlight, and there is no time of year when Epcot is more beautiful than during Flower and Garden. Really, if you haven’t seen Epcot during this time of the year, you are missing out.
Oh yeah, and there is amazing food too! There are food marketplaces set up all throughout World Showcase and Future World, each with a different theme and representing a different type of cuisine.
Taste some amazing flavors at these outdoor kitchens that use natural ingredients, sometimes even grown right in the park.
How the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Works
During the Flower and Garden Festival, there are dozens of events, tours, and activities to take part in. You can roam around Epcot and go see whichever ones look the most interesting to you. Make sure to research ahead of time which ones sound the most interesting to you and put them at the top of your list to do.
For the food, each outdoor kitchen at Flower and Garden has a different menu and is focused on small plates, not big meals. That way you can go from one booth to the next and try many different things without filling up. It’s best enjoyed casually, strolling from one booth to the next and taking your time as you take it all in.
Most have the theme of a certain type of cuisine like Italian, French or Mexican, a certain flavor like citrus, pineapple or smokehouse. In each kiosk, there is food and beverages unique to that theme or area. So for example, if you go to the Florida marketplace booth there’s a good chance you’ll find something key lime, orange or similar.
How Much Does the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Cost?
You do not need a separate ticket for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, it isn’t a hard-ticketed event. You only need to have a valid Epcot park ticket for that day and you will then be able to experience the festival as much as you want to.
2020 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Dates
The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is now celebrating its 27th year and will take place for a total of 90 days from March 4 to June 1, 2020, in Walt Disney World. Every year it has slowly been getting longer and longer and in 2020 that means even more time to experience the fun.
The outdoor kitchens you’re used to are back, and of course, the famous Disney themed topiaries which are the highlight of the event for me (besides the food of course!)
The Garden Rocks Concert Series is back too for Flower and Garden Festival, and this year there will be performances 7 days a week for a total of over 270 concerts to enjoy!
Before You Go
While the Disney Flower and Garden Festival is pretty straightforward, there are some things you should plan before going to get the most out of your time there. What’s most important is to book in advance any of the tours or events you want to attend, as many end up selling out.
You definitely should book the 2 unique tours in advance, The Epcot: Gardens of the World Tour and the Royal Tea Garden Tour, as they tend to sell out.
It’s also a good idea to look at the food you want to eat ahead of time. There are a lot of different unique options so study the menus and write down which outdoor kitchens have snacks you are interested in trying and head there.
Finding Your Way Around the Festival
There are a few things that can help you navigate your way around Flower and Garden that you should definitely pick up on your way into the park:
Festival Passport – Just like with every Epcot Festival, the Flower and Garden Festival has its own passport book you can pick up for free. This will be your main guide during your time there and contains all the most important information including lists of the Outdoor Kitchen Menus, Topiaries, Gardens and the Concert Lineups.
Epcot Park Map – The standard Epcot map that contains all the attractions, shops and restaurants around World Showcase and Future World. This will be useful when fitting the other Epcot attractions into your schedule. Plus they always make a special version of it for the Flower and Garden Festival.
Hours Guide – This includes information for all the Epcot entertainment, including some Flower and Garden events. Make sure you have the right times so you don’t miss them.
What is New at Flower and Garden in 2020?
The great year about the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is that every year it changes. 2020 is no different and there are a bunch of new things you need to check out!
A brand new Remy topiary has made its debut, and is the centerpiece of the new Ratatouille Garden at the France pavilion. This, of course, is fitting since he is the star of the upcoming new attractions in the France pavilion: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. The Remy topiary will for sure build excitement for the new ride which is set to open later this year.
This delicious new garden is planted with veggies used in a ratatouille recipe. This sounds like so much fun, we can’t wait to see it! We love Remy, and hope it lives up to the hype.
There is also a brand new Dragon topiary in the Japan pavilion equally as beautiful. Go ahead and get a photo with him!
There are also new Outdoor Kitchens and new food and drink items which we will be sharing with you soon.
We will be posting more of the stuff that new at the 2020 Flower and Garden Festival so stay tuned!
Topiaries and Gardens
The Flower and Garden Festival is known for its themed topiaries, and that again is the focus in 2020! These are gorgeous, life-sized plants, shaped to resemble your favorite Disney characters. If you haven’t seen these before, they will surely be one of the highlights of the festival.
This year there are some new ones, plus most of your favorite Disney characters will be back with their own topiaries. Some of the characters include Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Belle and the Beast, Donald, Daisy, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, Anna and Elsa and more.
Here is a list of the topiaries at the 2020 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and their locations:
- Anna and Elsa from Frozen – (Norway Pavilion)
- Bambi, Thumper and Flower – (Canada Pavilion)
- Beauty and the Beast – (France Pavilion)
- Bo Peep and Her Sheep with Woody – (Future World East Pavilion)
- Bold Bromeliads – (Near The Land Pavilion)
- Bromeliad Dragon – (Japan Pavilion)
- Buzz Lightyear – (Mission: SPACE Pavilion)
- Captain Hook and Peter Pan – (United Kingdom Pavilion)
- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – (Between World Showcase and Future World)
- Donald and Daisy with Huey, Dewey and Louie – (Showcase Plaza Pavilion)
- Fantasia – Sorcerer Mickey, Brooms, Ostriches and Hippo – (Imagination! Pavilion)
- Lady and the Tramp – (Italy Pavilion)
- Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog – (Between United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions)
- Pandas – (China Pavilion)
- Pluto and Goofy – (World Showcase Plaza)
- Remy (NEW!) – (France Pavilion)
- Simba and Friends – (Refreshment Outpost)
- Snow White and Dopey – (Germany Pavilion)
- Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses – (United Kingdom Pavilion)
- The Three Caballeros – (Mexico Pavilion)
- Topiary Butterflies – (Future World West)
- Topiary Flowers – (Epcot Main Entrance)
- Winnie-the-Pooh & Friends – (United Kingdom Pavilion)
Make sure to see our guide of Every Disney Character Topiary at Flower and Garden.
Which one is your favorite??
Besides the topiaries, this festival has some amazing gardens you can walk through and sometimes learn and interact in. There are thousands of gorgeous budding flowers and plants of every color possible that make them up and bring Epcot to life as you’ve never seen. It really is stunning.
Here are the gardens for 2020:
- Bamboo Garden (China Pavilion) – Learn about all about bamboo, its colors, sizes, patterns, and uses.
- Bonsai Collection (Japan Pavilion) – Come see the ancient art of bonsai and see how the masters create these miniature works of art.
- Chinese Zodiac Natural Sculptures (China Pavilion)
- Garden Italiano (Italy Pavilion) – Come see where they grow all the fresh ingredients needed to make your favorite Italian dishes.
- Goodness Garden Butterfly House – Come see the amazing variety of butterflies and see as they make their transition from caterpillar to full-grown butterfly.
- The Honey Bee-Stro (Imagination! Pavilion) – This immersive garden teaches all about the importance of honeybees. Make sure to stop by the kiosk right next door to try some of the yummy, honey-flavored treats.
- Kokedama Garden (Japan Pavilion) – This garden is filled with bonsai creations and ancient Japanese art.
- Shakespeare Garden (U.K. Pavilion) – Tells of how William Shakespeare used flowers and exotic gardens to tell the stories in his plays.
- Tropical Rainforest Garden (Mexico Pavilion) – Learn about the plants and animals of the rainforest and how they adapt to the variety of environmental conditions there.
Outdoor Kitchen Menus & Food
Of course, it’s not only about flowers, topiaries, and gardens here. A big highlight of any Epcot festival is the food and drink, and the Flower and Garden Festival is no different. We were pretty satisfied with the amount of real, quality food and drink offerings last year and 2020 actually might top it!
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- Kitchens located in World Showcase, Epcot (Taste Track in Future World)
- Outdoor Kitchens open daily from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
- Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older
- Outdoor Kitchens subject to closure at any time
- Food and beverage samples are available while supplies last
- All menu items are subject to change without notice
The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2020 will have 16 main food kiosks, plus 6 other year-round kiosks offering special items during the Festival. That means there are a total of 22 Outdoor Kitchens offering food and drink specifically for the 2020 Flower and Garden Festival.
Take a look at the 2020 Flower and Garden Menus below which will give you a good idea of what to expect this year. And for the tastiest food and drink items this year, check out our 21 Best Epcot Flower and Garden Snacks, just don’t look at it when hungry!
Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market
- Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (Plant-based) – ($4.50)
- Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – ($4.75)
- Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese – ($5.50)
- Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – ($4.50)
- M.I.A. Brewing Hugo, Doral, FL – ($4.50)
- Bitburger Premium Pils, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany – ($4.50)
- Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone, Salzburg, Austria – ($4.50)
- Apfelschaumwein: Sparkling Wine and Apple Liqueur – ($10.00)
- Beer Flight – ($9.50)
The Citrus Blossom
Treat your taste buds to the subtleties of lemon, orange and lime—turning delicious dishes even more delish!
- Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF) – ($8.25)
- Tuna Tataki Bowl with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado and Pappadam Crisp – ($6.25)
- Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF) – ($5.75)
- Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream and Citrus Crumble – ($4.50)
- Orange Cream Shake in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (Non-alcoholic) – ($15.00)
- Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale, Fort Pierce, FL – ($4.50)
- First Magnitude Brewing Lemon Hefeweizen, Gainesville, FL – ($4.50)
- Heavy Seas Brewery TropiCannon Citrus IPA, Halethorpe, MD – ($4.50)
- Beer Flight – ($9.50)
- Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy – ($6.75)
Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth
Discover the many flavors of healthy cuisine in this delightful eatery, featuring vegetables straight from the garden!
- Grilled Baby Vegetables with Hummus Cream and Red Pepper Coulis – ($4.75) (Plant-based)
- Seared Verlasso® Salmon with Farro Risotto and Micro-herbs – ($6.25)
- Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate Crisp Pearls – ($4.75)
- Blood Orange Agua Fresca (Non-alcoholic) – ($4.25)
- Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt (Non-alcoholic) – ($4.50)
Fleur de Lys
Indulge in haute cuisine and boissons that’ll make you fall in ooo-la-la-love with this palate-pleasing Parisian pop-up!
- Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chévre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a flaky Pastry Crust – ($5.50)
- Canard Confit à l’Orange: Braised Duck Confit à l’Orange with Mashed Sweet Potatoes – ($6.25)
- Tarte Tropezienne, Coulis Framboise: Brioche Cake filled with Light Pastry Cream and Raspberry Coulis – ($3.00)
- Éclair Chocolat Framboise: Éclair filled with Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse – ($6.50)
- Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – ($4.75)
- VeRy Raspberry: Rosé Wine with Natural Raspberry Flavor – ($5.75)
- Bordeaux, Château Tarin – ($6.00)
- La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose l’Orange Vodka, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice – ($11.75)
Enjoy sweet ‘n’ tangy treats from our own Sunshine State-station, nestled between the France and Morocco Pavilions.
- Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream – ($6.50)
- Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish – ($7.25)
- Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue – ($4.75)
- Watermelon Cucumber Slushy (Non-alcoholic) (Plant-based) (KA) – ($4.50)
- Tampa Bay Brewing Company Twisted Strawberry Fest Fruit Ale, Tampa, FL – ($4.50)
- Big Top Brewing Company Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, Sarasota, FL – ($4.50)
- First Magnitude Brewing Co. Monarch Milk Stout, Gainesville, FL – ($4.50)
- Beer Flight – ($9.50)
- Florida Orange Groves Winery Key Lime Sparkling Wine, St Petersburg, FL – ($12.00)
- Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Gin – ($13.00)
Journey to Japan for innovative plates crafted with culinary Zen—each delish dish is a Festival favorite!
- Frushi: Strawberry, Pineapple and Cantaloupe wrapped in Sweet Rice and Pink Soy Wrap served with Whipped Cream, Drizzled Berry Sauce and Toasted Coconut (KA) – ($6.00)
- Menchi Katsu Slider: Japanese-style Panko-breaded Beef Patty topped with Tonkatsu Sauce, Mayonnaise, Cucumber, and Pickled Lotus Root – ($6.00)
- Salmon Flower Ikura: Fresh-cut Salmon, Salmon Roe, Spinach and Watermelon Radish, and Chilled Ramen tossed with Poke Sauce – ($8.25)
- Kirin Draft Beer – ($4.50)
- Strawberry Nigori Sake – ($7.50)
- Furano Martini: Vodka, Lavender Syrup and Yuzu Juice – ($7.50)
The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board
Quell cravings with an incredible menu of all-natural food and drink infused with the nectar of the gods!
- Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Puree, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes, Sunflower Brittle and Coriander Flowers (GF) – ($4.50)
- Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, Charred Vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Citrus Greens – ($5.75)
- Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses – ($5.00)
- Honey-Peach Freeze in a Souvenir Spike the Bee Sipper Cup (Non-alcoholic) (KA) – ($15.00)
- B. Nektar New Wave Lemonade Mead, Ferndale MI – ($5.00)
- Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL – ($6.00)
- Honey-Peach Freeze with Blueberry Vodka – ($12.00)
Jardin de Fiestas
Take a food-tastic tour of the Mexico Pavilion… these tantalizing tastes will add some spice to your day!
- Chilaquiles de Pollo: Chipotle-braised Chicken and Tortillas served with Salsa Ranchera, Monterey Jack Cheese, Crema Mexicana and Guajillo Cheese – ($7.00)
- Quesadilla al Pastor: Flour Tortilla filled with Monterey Jack Cheese and Pork Pastor topped with Grilled Pineapple, Salsa Verde, Red Onion and Cilantro – ($7.50)
- Choriqueso Torta: Bolillo Roll filled with Chorizo and Monterey Jack Cheese, Avocado Mousse and Jalapeños – ($7.00)
- Cruz Blanca Rosé Spritz: Effervescent Rosé Wheat Ale with Elderflower Liqueur – ($7.00)
- Mango Mexican Lucky Margarita: Spicy Ancho Verde Liqueur, 100% Agave Tequila Blanco, Mango-Passion Fruit Purée, Lime Juice, Applejack and Ginger Cordial served with a Tajin Chili-Lime Rim – ($11.75)
- Rosita Margarita: Rose Petal Liqueur, 100% Agave Tequila Blanco, Lemon and Cranberry Juices served with a Rose Petal Salt Rim – ($12.75)
La Isla Fresca
Nibble on Caribbean-seasoned dishes that’ll send appetites swaying to the island beat!
- Lamb Curry with Sweet Plantains and Rice – ($6.25)
- Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce – ($7.00)
- Tropical Mousse Cup: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple – ($4.50)
- Tropical Freeze (Non-alcoholic) – ($4.50)
- Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA – ($4.50)
- Tropical Freeze with Parrot Bay Mango Rum – ($10.00)
Sink your teeth into authentic Chinese eats filled with morsels of good fortune!
- Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice – ($8.00)
- Bon Bon Chicken Skewer with Sesame and Peanut Sauce – ($6.50)
- House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons – ($6.00)
- “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (Non-alcoholic) – ($7.25)
- Jasmine Draft Beer – ($5.00)
- Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk, and Boba – ($11.00)
- Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice – ($10.00)
- Time Out: Bacardi Rum, Peach Liqueur, Peach Syrup, Piña Colada, Sprite, Soda Water and Magic Boba – ($11.00)
Lotus House – Handcrafted Artisan Cotton Candy
Sink your teeth into authentic Chinese eats filled with morsels of good fortune!
- 2-Layered Sweet Heart – ($7.00)
- 2-Layered Butterfly Dream – ($8.00)
- 3-Layered Sunrise Star – ($10.50)
- 4-Layered Aurora Blossom – ($12.50)
- 5-Layered Spring Fantasy– ($16.00)
Get a nice, cozy feeling with some comfort food inspired by the Gulf region.
- Southern Seafood Boil: Shrimp, Mussels, Crawfish, Potatoes, Corn and Andouille Sausage – ($8.00)
- Grilled Oysters with Cajun Butter – ($7.50)
- House-made Boudin Two Ways with Spicy Mustard – ($5.50)
- Pecan Cake with Maple Whipped Cream featuring Burton’s Maple Syrup – ($4.75)
- Pecan Praline – ($4.25)
- Wild Heaven Beer Session Citrus Lager, Avondale Estates, GA – ($4.50)
- The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Amber Ale, Farmville, NC – ($4.50)
- Parish Brewing Co. Ghost in the Machine Double IPA, Broussard, LA – ($4.50)
- Beer Flight – ($9.50)
Please discriminating palates with fantastic fare from our Great White North neighbor… O Canada!
- Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon (GF) – ($7.00)
- Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables – ($6.75)
- Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato, featuring Burton’s Maple Syrup – ($4.75)
- Maple Popcorn Shake (Non-alcoholic) – ($4.50)
- Unibroue Éphémère Apple Wheat Ale, Chambly, Québec – ($5.00)
- 81Bay Brewing Apricot with Maple Syrup, Tampa, FL – ($4.50)
- Collective Arts Brewing Blackberry Fruit Beer, Hamilton, Ontario – ($5.00)
- Beer Flight – ($10.50)
- Maple Popcorn Shake with Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky – ($13.00)
Get your tropical fruit fix from tart ‘n’ tangy to the sweetest frozen treats!
- Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips – ($8.00)
- Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake – ($5.00)
- DOLE Whip® (Plant-based) – ($5.25)
- Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic) – ($4.50)
- Pineapple DOLE Whip® with Fanta (Non-alcoholic) – ($6.25)
- Collective Arts Brewing Piña Colada Sour, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada – ($4.50)
- Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI – ($4.50)
- SweetWater Brewing Company Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple, Atlanta, GA – ($4.50)
- Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL – ($4.50)
- Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL – ($12.00)
- DOLE Whip® with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum – ($12.00)
- Pineapple Beer Flight – ($9.50)
Mangiare hearty helpings of Old-Country dishes served with a glass of vino… now that’s amore!
- La Regina “Margherita”: Rustic Italian Flatbread, Vine-ripened Tomatoes, Whole-Milk Mozzarella, Parmesan and Basil – ($7.00)
- Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Spring Vegetables and creamy Pesto Sauce – ($9.00)
- Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Powdered Sugar, Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate-hazelnut Drizzle – ($7.00)
- Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner – ($5.50)
- Pinot Grigio, Santa Marina – ($9.00)
- Chianti, Gabbiano – ($9.00)
- Prosecco, Villa Sandi – ($10.00)
- Corbinello, Montegrande – ($10.00)
- Moscato, Fior d’Arancio Montegrande – ($10.00)
- Bellini – ($10.00)
- Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila – ($10.00)
- Pineapple Skewer with Tajin Seasoning (Plant-based) – ($4.75)
- 3 Daughters Raspberry Lemonade Dry Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL – ($11.25)
- Short’s Brewing Company Starcut Ciders Mosa Hard Cider, Bellaire, MI – ($11.25)
- Ciderboys Banana Bliss Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI – ($11.25)
- Cider Flight – ($9.50)
- Traditional Poutine, French Fries, Beef Gravy and Cheese Curds – ($7.50)
- Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-Fennel Salad, Remoulade, and Smoked Paprika Oil – ($6.25)
- Popsicle Trio: Honeydew, Raspberry-Mint, and Coconut-Lime (KA) – ($5.00)
- Short’s Brewing Company Starcut Ciders Squishy Hard Cider, Bellaire, MI – ($4.50)
Taste of Marrakesh
Intoxicate taste buds with the exotic flavors of this North African mecca—mysterious Morocco!
- Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad and Cilantro Oil – ($8.00)
- Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili-ranch Sauce – ($7.00)
- Walnut Honey Baklava – ($4.50)
- Casa Beer – ($4.50)
- Larroque Chardonnay – ($6.00)
- White Sangria – ($6.00)
- Desert Rose – ($9.00)
- Violet Blueberry Vanilla Croissant Doughnut
- Croissant Doughnut
- Berry Tea Mint Julep (non-alcoholic
- Berry Tea Mint Julep with Bourbon
Trowel & Trellis Hosted by IMPOSSIBLE™ Foods
Delight in some of your favorite foods—created from innovative recipes with some impossibly delicious twists!
- Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread (GF) (Plant-based) – ($5.75)
- Impossible™ Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, and Creamy Herb Dressing (Plant-based) – ($5.75)
- Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumble, and Baby Herbs (GF) (Plant-based) – ($5.25)
- Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® (Non-alcoholic) – ($4.50)
- Playalinda Brewing Company Tropical Wonderland Wheat Ale, Titusville, FL – ($4.50)
- Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® with Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar – ($15.50)
Specialty Coffee Carts Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®
Wet your whistle with Festival-inspired beverages and adult libations at coffee carts across the park!
Future World Coffee Cart Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
- Spring Berry Bliss: Frozen Strawberry and Coconut Syrup topped with Raspberry Vodka – ($11.99)
Port of Entry Coffee Cart Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
- Passion Flower: Frozen Passion Fruit and Tea infused with Lemon Vodka – ($11.99)
American Adventure Coffee Cart Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
- Tropical Breeze: Frozen Lemon, Coconut Syrup and Pineapple Rum – ($11.99)
Canada Coffee Cart Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
- Orange Splash: Frozen Lemon mixed with Orange Vodka – ($11.99)
Additional Festival Kitchens
- Mini Funnel Cake topped with Lemon Cheesecake Ice Cream, Blueberries, and Powdered Sugar – $7.00
Block & Hans
- Arendelle Aqua Lemonade: Frozen Lemonade with Monin Cotton Candy (Non-alcoholic) (KA) – ($5.75)
- Redstone Black Raspberry Nectar Mead, Boulder, CO – ($10.75)
- Arendelle Aqua Lemonade: Frozen Lemonade served with Monin Cotton Candy and Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine – ($13.00)
- Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Lexington, KY
- Short’s Brewing Company Local’s Light Lager, Bellaire, MI
- Dogfish Head Brewery American Beauty Pale Ale, Milton, DE
- Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA, Brooklyn, NY
- Golden Road Brewing Pineapple Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
- 3 Daughters Brewing Hard Rosé Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
- Beer Flight
Fife & Drum Tavern
- Short’s Brewing Company Soft Parade Shandy, Bellaire, MI
- Earl Grey Tea Cake with Orange-Honey Filling topped with Honeybell Tangelo Buttercream, Honeycomb, and Bee Pollen
Disney Dining Plan
If you are on the Disney Dining Plan and visiting the Flower and Garden Festival, you will find many occasions to use up your snack credits. As always, you want to get the most value out of your snack credits, which means choosing wisely which ones to pay for in cash and which to use snack credits on.
The majority of the snacks you will find at the Outdoor Kitchens will run in the $4 – $8 range and are snack-credit eligible. When using the Dining Plan snack credits, always try to spend them on the most expensive snacks and pay cash/credit card for the others. The more expensive a snack is, the more value you’re getting for those credits.
Other Things to do at Flower and Garden
Every year Flower and Garden has many exhibits, tours, play areas and other activities for you to explore during your time there. There is so much to do that you won’t have time for it all. Try to pick the ones that sound most interesting to you.
Cooking Classes with a Celebrity Chef – Take a cooking class and learn how to perfect various dishes while being taught by a celebrity chef.
Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration Scavenger Hunt – This is a pay-to-play scavenger hunt which costs $6.99. Join in finding Spike the bee along the garden pollination trail, and then turn-in your completed map for a surprise gift.
Eggstravaganza Scavenger Hunt (only April 5-21) – (only available April 5-21 and while supplies last) will lead guests on a scavenger hunt for eggs through Epcot
For guests who are interested in learning more, there are 3 special guided tours available during the 2020 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival that are normally not available during other times of the year. These include:
- English Tea Garden Tour – This tour will teach you about the history of tea making, and good for guests of all ages. It lasts 20 minutes and the best part is that the tour is FREE!
To register for the English Tea Garden Tour, go to the Tea Caddy shop on the same day you want to take a tour. Tours take place 7 days a week, and run at 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM on Monday – Thursday and at 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM from Friday – Sunday.
- Royal Garden Tea Tour – This is the longer and more in-depth version of the English Tea Garden Tour. It also teaches you about the history of tea making, including growing and blending the teas. It also includes tea and scones once your tour is finished.
The cost is $20 per person.
- Gardens of the World Tour – This is one of the most popular tours where a Disney horticulturist takes you behind the scenes to see how all the vegetation, flowers and topiaries are planted, the thought that goes into them, and how they turn plants into the beautiful topiaries you see around Epcot.
This tour is about 3 hours long and costs $85 per person.
Discounted Tours – If you are going to be booking a tour and you are an annual passholder, but sure to take advantage of the 15% discount on the Gardens of the World Tour.
You can book one of the Flower and Garden Tours by visiting Guest Relations or calling (407) WDW-TOUR.
Every year the Flower and Garden festival includes various exhibits that provide educational information on plants, flowers, gardening and more. Last year the list included the Florida Federation Garden Club, the Simple Living Institute and the University of Florida Master Gardeners.
Penguins – Probably the most eye-opening exhibit was the 9-foot art sculpture made to celebrate the Disneynature film “Penguins.” This sculpture was of an adult and baby penguin and made to make guests aware of the plastic pollution right now in our oceans and other waterways.
Urban Spice – Located in the Morocco pavilion, learn about the history of spices in ancient cultures, right down to our day today. Find out where they come from and how they are made.
Plant a Garden Perfect for Pollinators – This display located near the Butterfly House gives you valuable information and tips about home gardens.
Kids Play Areas
If your kids need a break and need to let off some steam, the Flower and Garden Festival has you covered. In 2020 there are 2 play areas for them to explore.
Play Full Garden in the Imagination Walkway – Located in Future World West near the Imagination! pavilion. Designed to help families learn fun ways to stay healthy.
Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds near Test Track – Located in Future World East near the Toy Story topiaries. Includes themed interactive fun.
And don’t forget the Goodness Garden Butterfly House presented by GoGoSqueeZ, and the popular “How To” garden will return with clever tips for home gardeners.
PhotoPass and Magic Shots
One area of Flower and Garden that sometimes gets forgotten are the PhotoPass and Magic Shot locations. All around Epcot you will find photographers set up near some of the topiaries where they will take your picture.
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival PhotoPass Locations include:
- Front of the park
- On the Walkway leaving Future World
- Showplace Plaza (in-between Future World and World Showcase)
- The bridge between the United Kingdom and France
These photos are a great way to have a memory of the day with your friends and family and give you a backdrop of some of the park’s best icons.
Some of the photographers also can do Magic Shots which are themed photographs with some of your favorite Disney characters and include special effects. Make sure to ask the photographer if they are available.
You can take as many photos as you want with the PhotoPass package, and it can be a good value if you use it in all the parks. PhotoPass is free if you have a Disney World Annual Pass, so don’t forget to use it!
2020 Garden Rocks Concerts
The Flower and Garden Festival isn’t just about plants and food, but just like any of the Epcot festivals, it features great live music too. Every night the 2020 Garden Rocks Concert Series hosts a new musical artist or group in the American Heritage Theater in the American Adventure pavilion.
Performances for the Garden Rocks Concerts occur 3 times a night at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM It’s convenient because that gives you 3 chances to see the artist or group playing that day.
Tickets for the event are free, just show up and grab an available seat. I would recommend showing up around 30 minutes before the start of the show, especially if it’s an artist you really like. Don’t expect the artists to be the most popular of the moment, but they are well-known artists that aren’t quite as popular today as they used to be.
Don’t let that scare you away, most of the bands are really good, and I’m sure you’ve heard of a bunch of them. There is a wide variety of music styles represented in 2020 including Rock, Country, Latin, Jazz, the 60s, the 70s, R&B and more.
Here is the 2020 Garden Rocks Concert Dates and Lineup:
- March 6-8: Steve Augeri of Journey
- March 9-10: Glass Tiger
- March 11-12: Jon Anderson of YES
- March 13-14: Tony Orlando
- March 17-20: Simple Plan
- March 21-22: Ambrosia
- March 23-24: Magic Giant
- March 25-27: Air Supply
- March 28-29: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn
- March 30-31: The Smithereens
- April 1-2: Rick Springfield
- April 3-4: Christopher Cross
- April 5-7: The Spinners
- April 8-9: Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX
- April 10-11: John Michael Montgomery
- April 12-13: Sister Sledge
- April 14-16: Night Ranger
- April 17-19: Sister Hazel
- April 20-21: Steven Curtis Chapman
- April 22-23: TobyMac
- April 24-26: Lonestar
- April 27-30: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
- May 1-4: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
- May 5-7: Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
- May 8-9: A Flock of Seagulls
- May 10-11: Marshall Tucker Band
- May 12-13: Peabo Bryson
- May 14-15: Richard Marx
- May 16-19: Starship starring Mickey Thomas
- May 20-21: Colin Hay of Men at Work
- May 22-23: War
- May 24-27: The Guess Who
- May 28-29: Jon Secada
- May 30-June 1: Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Garden Rocks Dining Package
Seeing one of the Garden Rocks concerts is a great way to cap off any visit to the Flower and Garden Festival, but sometimes it can be hard to get a seat. If you want to skip waiting in line, you can get a reserved seat at the show by booking the 2020 Garden Rocks Dining Package.
This year there are 4 participating restaurants in Future World and World Showcase, allowing you to reserve either Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner and get reserved seats for the show on the same night as your dining package.
Prices vary widely depending on which restaurant you choose and which meal (dinners are more expensive of course. Prices start at $52 per person and go all the way to $69 per person. Appetizer, Entree, Dessert and Drink are all included in the packages.
You must choose a dining reservation that starts at least 2.5 hours BEFORE the concert start time.
Here are the restaurant choices and prices:
Biergarten Restaurant – Germany Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $32 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $32 for kids
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room – U.K. Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids
Coral Reef Restaurant – The Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $69 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $69 for adults; $22 for kids
The Garden Grill Restaurant – The Land Pavilion
Breakfast: $52 for adults; $31 for kids
Lunch: $65 for adults; $39 for kids
Dinner: $65 for adults; $39 for kids
The Garden Rocks dining package guarantees a reserved seat in the first 3 rows of the theater. You can show up 5 minutes before showtime and get in no problem. If you want a center seat then you will need to show up a little earlier.
Discounted Garden Rocks Concert Series Packages – One thing to keep in mind is that if you are an annual passholder, you can get a 10% discount on the Garden Rocks dining packages.
Disney always has great merchandise for the Epcot Festivals and at Flower and Garden 2020 there are some new items you might want to check out.
There are the usual t-shirts, hats, cups and more, but the coolest thing from this point of view is the Donald and Spike the Bee collection. Spike is a Disney character from short films in the 1940s and will be heavily featured at this year’s festival.
What is sure to be one of the most popular items in the Spike the Bee Sipper, which you can get at The Honey Bee-stro and contains the Honey-Peach Freeze drink.
You can also find him at The Honey Bee-stro kiosk. Both of these sippers have limited qualities and will sell out fast, so if you want them I suggest you go early in the festival, and first thing in the day as soon as that kiosk opens.
Be on the lookout for more Spike merchandise in the shops like shirts, mugs, hats and more.
The biggest hit from last year is also back in 2020, the Orange Bird sipper!
There is also other Orange Bird merchandise like these adorable Mickey Ears, Shirts and more!
Every year at Flower and Garden there is special merchandise available for Annual Passholders only. Here is what’s available in 2020.
- Passholder-Exclusive Magnets – This year there are 2 new complementary magnets for annual passholders, both available at different dates.
The “Donald Duck with Spike the Bee” magnet will be available from March 4 – April 19, while the “Orange Bird” magnet will be there April 20 – June 1. Both magnets will be available at Mouse Gear.
- Passholder-Exclusive Merchandise – There also will be Passholder-exclusive merchandise like t-shirts and pins. Annual Passholders get a 20% discount on merchandise so make sure to use it if buying anything.
Where to Stay for Flower and Garden Festival
There are plenty of options for places to stay if you want to be near Epcot and the Flower and Garden Festival. It’s nice because then you don’t have to do everything in one day but you can come back as many times as you want.
The best options for staying close to Flower and Garden are the Epcot area resort hotels. Here are our favorites in order:
- Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
- Boardwalk Inn Resort
- Riviera Resort
- Swan and Dolphin Resorts
- Caribbean Beach Resort
- Art of Animation Resort
- Pop Century Resort
Any of these options are great because they are either within walking distance from Epcot or you can take the Disney Skyliner over. Both ways will bring you to the back entrance of Epcot at the International Gateway, perfect for entering World Showcase.
When is the Best Time to Go?
Even though we love this time of year, there are definitely good and bad times to go to Flower and Garden. The Flower and Garden Festival lasts for 90 days, which means some days and weeks during that time will be busier than others. We’ll help you choose the right time to avoid the crowds as much as possible, which will make your experience here 10x more enjoyable.
Go on a Weekday, Avoid the Weekends – This is Epcot Festivals 101. If there is any advice you listen to in this article, make it this one.
Flower and Garden, like all of the festivals, is more crowded on the weekends. This is because the locals are off work, and many with a season pass will come into Epcot for the scene to eat and hang out. That means lines are insanely long and even the walkways around World Showcase can be unbearably crowded.
Avoid the First and Last Weeks – Again, the crowds come out more when something just starts because they want to see what’s new this year. Also, the last week of the festival is really crowded because locals want to hit Flower and Garden one last time before it goes away for the year.
Avoid Spring Break and Easter – The crowds in Walt Disney World in general during these weeks are crazy, and everything is going to be a long wait. Spring Break is typically held during the middle of March, while Easter in 2020 is on April 12, and crowds will be high from April 6 – 19.
If you can make it to the Flower and Garden Festival during days outside of those timeframes, you are much more likely to have the best time possible.
Epcot Flower and Garden Tips & Tips
- I said this earlier, and I’ll say it again because it’s important: Don’t go on the weekends. It’s full too crowded and not a pleasant way to spend a vacation day.
- Get the merch you really want as soon as possible. Don’t wait and think you’ll come back and get it another day because it might be gone by then.
- Get Garden Rocks Dining Package to save time. This will allow you to do other things instead of waiting in line, especially if it’s an artist or group you really want to see.
- Don’t forget to use those Snack Credits, and sue them on high-priced items.
- If there are any limited-space classes you want to do, sign up immediately as they tend to sell out.
- Take breaks. It gets hot in Epcot, and there aren’t a lot of shaded places along World Showcase Promenade. When you get too hot, go see one of the films for a nice relaxing break and stop in at some of the shops along the way, which also have A/C.
- Have fun! Don’t be so worried about doing everything, because you won’t be able to. Just make a list of the most important things to do, and make those a priority. Whatever else comes is gravy!
Flower and Garden Touring Plan
With so many things to see and do at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, it may seem difficult to organize. Here is a quick touring plan for what we would do if we had 1 Day in Epcot and wanted to incorporate the festival into our day.
1-Day Epcot Plan with Flower and Garden Festival
- FastPass+ Selections: Frozen Ever After, Spaceship Earth and Mission: SPACE
- 8:30 AM – Arrive at Epcot
- 9:00 AM (Park Opening) – Rope Drop Test Track
- 9:25 AM – Soarin’ Around the World
- 9:45 AM – Breakfast Sunshine Seasons
- 10:10 AM – Turtle Talk w/ Crush
- 10:30 AM – The Seas w/ Nemo
- 11:00 AM – Spaceship Earth (Use 1st FastPass+)
- 11:30 AM – Mission: SPACE (Use 2nd FastPass+)
- 12:00 PM – Epcot Experience
- 12:30 PM-2:00 PM – Dinner at Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (w/ Garden Rocks Dining Package)
- 2:00 PM – Frozen Ever After (Use 3rd FastPass+)
- 2:20 PM – Gran Fiesta Tour
- 2:50 PM – Journey Into Imagination
- 3:20 PM – Living with the Land (Use Additional FastPass+ selection)
- 3:55 PM – See “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360”
- 4:25 PM-5:30 PM – Explore the Flower and Garden Exhibits, Topiaries and Gardens around World Showcase
- 5:30 PM-7:00 – Snacking around Flower and Garden Festival
- 7:00 PM – See one of the other Epcot films (American Adventure or Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along)
- 8:00 PM – Watch Garden Rocks Concert
- 9:00 PM – Watch Epcot Forever Fireworks Show
That should be a good touring plan for how you can do all the major attractions in Epcot and still get to snack and explore your way through the Flower and Garden Festival.
How Many Days Should I Go to the Flower and Garden Festival?
This depends on what kind of Disney World vacationer you are and how many days you have for your vacation.
If you are staying in Walt Disney World for one week or less, we recommend only dedicating 1 day to the Flower and Garden Festival (the same day that you are touring Epcot as a park). If you are going to Disney World for longer than 7 days, then you can plan to come to Flower and Garden more than 1 time, especially since it’s impossible to try all the snacks in 1 day.
Another option if you do end up staying at one of the nearby Epcot area hotels, is to just walk over when you are hungry, grab some food and then go back to your hotel. It’s easy to do and allows you to experience more of the food, without dedicating an entire day there.
Is the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Worth It?
Even though Epcot is always more crowded when there is a festival going on, we think visiting Flower and Garden is absolutely worth your time. This is Epcot at its most beautiful and if you haven’t seen the park like this, then it’s worth planning your vacation around it at least once.
The special gardens are fantastic, the flower beds in Future World will blow you away, and there are many fun activities for kids and adults alike. The food kitchens are also incredible and have arguably the best food of any of the festivals.
Flower and Garden Festival is absolutely one of our favorites, right up there with the Food and Wine Festival, and something you absolutely have to experience at least once, so why not do it in 2020??
Stay tuned here to Ziggy Knows Disney as we bring you the latest updates from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!
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- Which Epcot festival is your favorite?
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