Delighting budding visitors to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for over two decades, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival returns to Epcot next spring for its 27th year.
In 2020, the annual event takes place from March 4 - June 1, meaning that there’s over 90 days of beautiful floral-inspired entertainment. The festival aims to celebrate the uniqueness of the Disney fauna, as well as showcasing round-the-world flavours and spectacular blooms.
So, what you can expect from the 2020 festival?
Garden Rocks Concert Series
Dance the night away with these live musical performances, complete with spectacular waterfront views. This year, they’ll be showing seven days a week! The concerts take place at America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion. Concert details, performers and dates will be announced closer to the time.
How about adding a Garden Rocks Dining Package to your festival visit? You’ll get a meal at one of the following Epcot restaurants, and guaranteed seating at one of the concert performances later that day:
Chefs de France
Coral Reef Restaurant
Garden Grill Restaurant
La Hacienda de San Angel
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Rose & Crown Dining Room
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Spice Road Table
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Topiaries, Gardens and Exhibits
The true stars of the show are the incredible topiary that guest flock to, to get those one-of-a-kind selfies. See your favourite Disney Character as a ‘shrub of art’, each of which are expertly created and cared for by Disney horticulturists. This year, Characters include Anna & Elsa, Mickey & Minnie, Belle & Beast, and many more!
There’s also the inspiring gardens to enjoy. Be immersed in a petal paradise, as you discover more about these wildlife habitats. This year, a Ratatouille Garden is being created in the France Pavilion, inspired by the hit film. The centrepiece will be a Remy topiary, which will be surrounded by all the ingredients needed to make a ratatouille.
The guided tours at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will further allow you to unearth this magic - book onto Gardens of the World, an English Tea Garden and Behind the Seeds, to enhance your wonderful experience.
Another big draw of the festival is the unique food and drink offerings. The Outdoor Kitchens bring the garden to your table, offering a sample of delicious dishes, amazing desserts and specialty drinks. To give you an idea of the kind of things to expect, here are some of the amazing offerings from the 2019 event:
Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad
Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake
Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion
Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread
Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyere Cheese
Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans
Not only will you get to taste delicious goodies, but you’ll also learn about how to make your own cooking more healthful, and discover how to utilise garden favourites.
Think the festival won’t be interesting for kids? Think again. Not only will they love seeing their favourite Disney Characters in a completely, enchanting new way, but there are also loads of kids activities for them to get involved in. There are family-friendly play areas, gardens and exhibits specifically geared towards children, such as the Play Garden and Family Play Zone, and The Goodness Garden Butterfly House presented by GoGoSqueeZ. The “How To” garden is also returning for the 2020 event.
Other Epcot Festivals
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is the longest running Epcot festival, starting back in 1994. And there are a range of other incredible festivals to enjoy at the Park, to celebrate each season of the year:
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: Now until November 23, 2019
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays: November 29 - December 30, 2019
Epcot International Festival of the Arts: January 17 - February 24, 2020
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: March 4 - June 1, 2020