Start planning your spring holiday to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, as the 2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden dates have been announced.
The popular annual event returns to Epcot from March 4 until June 1, and will showcase a range of beautiful blooms, impressive topiary, and tasty treats. This will be the 27th festival, and is always a joyous and wonderful occasion.
Over the 90 days, a spring extravaganza will takeover Epcot, complete with seasonal sights, sounds and flavours, all designed to delight everyone in the family.
Here, you can expect to discover creative cuisine, featuring the season’s freshest flavours across a range of booths - 17 in total! Enjoy Florida's namesake flavours at three kitchens: honey-laced treats at The Honey Bee-stro, citrus-based marvels at The Citrus Blossom, and sweet and savoury delights at Florida Fresh.
Dishes will be healthy and delicious, with speciality menus and interesting drinks all ready to tantalise your tastebuds. You will also discover how to grow your own healthful foods, while being surrounded by the raised-bed or in-ground gardens of herbs and produce. You’ll be able to savor, sip and stroll through the Festival, while satisfying appetites large and small.
Garden Rocks Concert Series
Get into the groove and move your feet to some of the hottest throwback beats. The concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion. Here are the details of the performers:
- March 4-5 - Peabo Bryson
- March 13-16 - Simple Plan
- March 17-19 - STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
- March 20-23 - Mark Wills
- March 24-26 - The Spinners
- March 27-28 - Sister Hazel
- March 29-30 - The Pointer Sisters
- March 31-April 2 - Former Journey Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
- April 3-4 - Blood, Sweat & Tears
- April 5-6 - Expose
- April 7-9 - Berlin
- April 19-20 - Rick Springfield
- April 24-27 - Plain White T's
- April 28-30 - Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
- May 1-2 - Don McLean
- May 5-7 - Ambrosia with Peter Beckett
- May 8-9 - Thelma Houston
- May 10-11 - The Allman Betts Band
- May 12-14 - Air Supply
- May 15-18 - Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
- May 19-21 - Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
- May 24-25 - Daughtry
- May 26-28 - Marshall Tucker Band
- May 31-June 1- Survivor
You will also be able to pair these concerts with tasty plates, when you book one of the Garden Rocks Dining Packages. Enjoy 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
Of course, the star attractions of the Festival are the stunning floral exhibits, luscious gardens and spectacular topiaries that takeover Epcot during the event.
You can snap one-of-a-kind photos alongside the ‘shrubs-of-art’, each of which are carefully pruned by a talented crew of Disney horticulturists. You may even spot your favourite Disney Character, as returning favourites include Snow White, Elsa and Anna, Belle and Beast, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Miss Piggy and Kermit.
Weave through the gardens, and become immersed in the petal paradise. You’ll be surrounded by the beautiful sights and sounds of nature as you make your way around flower beds, pots of plant life and various wildlife habitats. There’s also the opportunity to take a tour of the areas, so you can learn more about this fascinating aspect of nature. Behind-the-scenes tour lovers will enjoy a Gardens of the World Tour; an English Tea Garden Tour at the United Kingdom Pavilion; or a Behind the Seeds! guided walk through The Land pavilion's fish farm and four greenhouses.
Thousands of bedding plants in all colours of the rainbow will decorate the landscape around Future World and World Showcase, and dozens of Disney-crafted ‘flower towers’ will provide colourful backdrops for those iconic spring selfies. Marvel at the festive mini-gardens on the Future World east and west lakes, which will be set afloat like beautiful floral pontoons.
For families and kids, there’s also family-friendly play areas, gardens and exhibits which are geared specifically to kids. Explore the festival’s Play Garden and Family Play Zone, and flock to The Goodness Garden Butterfly House presented by GoGoSqueeZ. The popular “How To” garden will return will lots of clever tips for for home gardeners, too.
This year, to celebrate the opening of the upcoming Ratatouille attraction, the Epcot horticulture team has already begun plans to introduce a brand-new Remy topiary, which will be the centerpiece of a new Ratatouille Garden at the France Pavilion. The garden will be planted with all the veggies used in a ratatouille recipe - sounds delicious!
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is the longest-running Epcot festival, starting back in 1994 as a 38-day celebration of Disney-style gardens and topiaries. Now, guests can expect to enjoy 90-days of festivities and a flourishing celebration of spring.
The festivals at Epcot are always popular events, and there’s loads more to look forward to during the rest of this year and next:
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: 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