The Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Disney World Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Mickey and Minnie Mouse EPCOT International Flower and Garden Show
Mickey and Minnie Topiary

The Disney World Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is a must-see event for anyone visiting Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. This annual event celebrates the beauty of nature with stunning floral displays, topiaries of beloved Disney characters, and gardens from around the world. In addition to admiring the magnificent displays, visitors can also enjoy live music, special food and drink offerings, and educational seminars.

The Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT will take place from March 2 to July 4, 2022. Here is your guide to everything you need to know about the Disney World Epcot International Flower and Garden Show!

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Vibrant & Verde Encanto Garden

Related: Epcot International Food and Wine

Floral displays Epcot international flower and garden
Epcot World Showcase Epcot Outdoor Flower Escape

1. Stunning Floral Displays

The Disney World Epcot International Flower and Garden Show features a wide variety of beautiful floral displays. From Mickey Mouse-shaped topiaries to elaborate gardens from around the world, there is something for everyone to admire.

Goofy Topiary DIsney Epcot Flower and garden show

2. Topiaries of Beloved Disney Characters

In addition to the beautiful floral displays, the Disney World Epcot International Flower and Garden Show also features topiaries of beloved Disney characters. These topiaries are made up of live plants and are a sight to see!

3. Live Music

Throughout the Disney World Epcot International Flower and Garden Show, there are a variety of live music performances. Visitors can enjoy everything from jazz to rock n’ roll as they stroll through the show. The America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion is where concerts take place. Bring your comfy shoes so you can dance to some of the most popular music.

The Garden Rocks Concert Series is an impressive lineup.

  • Skillzmatic
    March 2 & 3
  • The Guess Who*
    March 4 & 5
  • Rick Springfield*
    March 6 & 7
  • Foreigners Journey
    March 8 to 10
  • Melina León* – NEW!
    March 11 & 12
  • CeCe Winans* – NEW!
    March 13 & 14
  • Hello Sister
    March 15 to 17
  • Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel* – NEW!
    March 18 & 19
  • Kool & The Gang* – NEW!
    March 20 & 21
  • Glass Ceiling
    March 22 to 24
  • The Orchestra starring former members of ELO*
    March 25 to 28
  • Skillzmatic
    March 29 to 31
  • The Spinners*
    April 1 & 2
  • The Pointer Sisters*
    April 3 & 4
  • M-80's
    April 5 to 7
  • Blue October* – NEW!
    April 8 & 9
  • Don McLean*
    April 10 & 11
  • Epic
    April 12 to 14
  • Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston* – NEW!
    April 15 & 16
  • Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles*
    April 17 & 18
  • The Hooligans
    April 19 to 21
  • STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas*
    April 22 & 23
  • Claudia Leitte* – NEW!
    April 24 & 25
  • Element
    April 26 to 28
  • Berlin*
    April 29 & 30
  • TobyMac*
    May 1 & 2
  • Latin Ambition
    May 3 to 5
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears*
    May 6 & 7
  • The Commodores* – NEW!
    May 8 & 9
  • The Vybe
    May 10 to 12
  • Ambrosia with Peter Beckett* – NEW!
    May 13 & 14
  • MercyMe*
    May 15 & 16
  • Finesse
    May 17 to 19
  • A Flock of Seagulls*
    May 20 & 21
  • Collin Raye* – NEW!
    May 22 & 23
  • Country Airwaves
    May 24 to 26
  • Thelma Houston* – NEW!
    May 27 & 28
  • Little River Band*
    May 29 & 30
  • The Hooligans
    May 31 to June 2
  • Simple Plan*
    June 3 to 6
  • Audio Exchange
    June 7 to 9
  • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone*
    June 10 to 13
  • Latin Ambition
    June 14 to 16
  • Plain White T’s*
    June 17 to 20
  • Element
    June 21 to 23
  • War*
    June 24 & 25
  • Daughtry* – NEW!
    June 26 & 27
  • Epic
    June 28 to 30
  • M-80's
    July 1 to 4

Garden Rocks Dining Packages all you to take pleasure in a delicious dinner and a toe-tapping performance—and guaranteed seats—on certain dates during the event. Reserve through the dining portal on the Disney World website or the My Disney Experience app. 

Note: A theme park admission ticket and park reservation are both required.

girl holding wine spritzer near floral display at Epcot flower and garden show

4. Special Food and Drink Offerings

In addition to the regular food and drink offerings at Walt Disney World Resort, the Disney World Epcot International Flower and Garden Show features special food and drink offerings. These offerings are inspired by the gardens and topiaries on display and are a great way to try something new! There are alcohol and non-alcoholic offerings available.

Guests can enjoy unique menu items at most of the park’s restaurants, as well as special food booths set up specifically for the event. There are also several outdoor gardens where guests can purchase fresh produce and other edible items.

EPCOT International Flower and Garden muppets topiary
Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog

5.Play and Learn

The Disney World Epcot International Flower and Garden Show also offers a variety of educational seminars. These seminars are led by experts in the field and cover topics such as gardening tips, plant care, and more.

Blossoms of Fragrance Garden Presented by Scentsy World Showcase Bridge. Learn how smell affects people. With the help of new, unforgettable fragrances, develop long-lasting memories, just follow your nose.

Bambi’s Butterfly House – near the Imagination pavilion. Wander around a butterfly tent full of live butterflies as they grow. Inside, there is information on butterfly habitats and lifecycles. Up close, see a kaleidoscope of butterflies in all their brilliant color. Discover about butterfly lifecycle and perhaps witness one emerge from its chrysalis. Closes at dusk

Honey Bee-stro, hosted by the National Honey Board – near the Imagination pavilion. Learn about honeybees’ critical role in the environment.

English tea garden Epcot international flower and garden

English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings®
Unearth the history and art of tea-blending at this elegant English tea garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion, featuring plants used in some of Twinings®’ finest blends.

Tropical Rainforest Garden – Mexico Pavilion. Learn about the biodiversity of the Mexican rainforest and learn about its highly adaptive species.

Bamboo Garden – China Pavilion. See bamboo in a variety of colors, patterns and sizes.

Garden Italiano – Italy Pavilion. A Tuscan kitchen garden features produce and herbs used in Italian cooking.

Bonsai Collection – Japan Pavilion. Learn about the living sculpture art of bonsai. Bonsai masters carefully shape and tend these miniature works of art, creating peace and balance with the earth.

Spice Garden – Morocco Pavilion. Discover how Eastern cultures flourished, trading signature spices and herb blends, once considered more valuable than gold.

France Bouquet Garden – France pavilion. See bountiful blooms perfect for a bouquet of cut flowers.

Shakespeare Garden – UK Pavilion. Rediscover Shakespeare in this idyllic garden featuring excerpts from some of the Bard’s most famous sonnets—and the dazzling flowers that influenced them.

Prehistoric Garden – World Discovery near Mission: SPACE. Imagine life on Earth 65 million years ago with astounding plant life that’s thrived since the age of the dinosaurs.

What to Buy

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Orange Bird Spirit Jersey

The Orange Bird, Mickey Mouse Home Garden, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Figment's Garden, and Spike the Bee will be five distinct merchandise design groupings in this year's celebration. Clothing, collectibles, housewares, and other goods will feature each design line. Last year's designs emphasized both Spike the Bee and the Orange Bird.

Whether you are a big Walt Disney fan or not, always get the ears and I always buy the cup. It can be a tea cup or an insulated drinking cup. They bring me happiness when I am enjoying my favorite drinks. And let's face it the garden festival merchandise is too cute to pass up.

Merchandise is limited and while supplies last.

Epcot Flower and Garden Mug

Mickey Mouse Home Garden

This collection of beautiful items, including vibrant clothing, drinkware, garden equipment, and more, are perfect to continue the celebration at home.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
Browse a collection that celebrates Mickey and Minnie Mouse—featuring apparel, drinkware, trading pins and a MagicBand.

Figment’s Garden

Grow your imagination with Figment-themed apparel, drinkware and more as you dream green this festival season.

Spike the Bee

Find sweet reminders of Spike the Bee on apparel, accessories, drinkware, a garden stake and other collectible novelties.

What to Do

Play area Epcot Flower and Garden

Green Landing Family Play Zone – World Discovery
Enjoy playtime with WALL-E and his eco-friendly garden. Closes at dusk.

Outdoor Escapes Presented by OFF!® Repellents – World Discovery
Unwind in refreshing spaces that show just how easy it is to create an outdoor escape that brings family and friends together—no design expertise, huge budget or green thumb required! Closes at dusk.

Health Trail Epcot Flower and garden

Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth – Imagination! Walkway
Delight in a whimsical area made to inspire youthful energy and creativity! The whole family can learn ways to stay healthy at this Outdoor Kitchen and garden. Closes at dusk.

disney topiary Epcot flower and garden
Woody, Bo Peep and Her Sheep

Consider a topiary hunt. Here is where you can find them.

  • Goofy Topiary and Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration Cake – Main Entrance
  • Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Brooms, Ostriches, Hippo and Gator – Entrance to World Showcase
  • Woody, Bo Peep and Her Sheep – near The Land Pavilion
  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie – Bridge to World Showcase
  • Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – The American Adventure Pavilion
  • Buzz Lightyear – near Mission: SPACE
  • Figment – near Imagination!
  • The Three Caballeros (Jose, Donald and Panchito) – Mexico Pavilion
  • Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion
  • Troll – Norway Pavilion
  • Dragon – Japan Pavilion near Torii Gate
  • Pandas – China Pavilion
  • Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi) – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
  • Pumbaa and Timon – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany Pavilion
  • Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion
  • Lumiere and Cogsworth – France Pavilion
  • Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – Germany Pavilion
  • Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tick Tock Croc  – Between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger) – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Bambi and Friends – near Imagination!

Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration

Follow Spike the Bee on his pollination trail, where he will “bee” busy collecting nectar and pollinating gardens at EPCOT. To get started, purchase your map and stickers at select merchandise locations for $9.99 plus tax (available while supplies last).

Once you have completed your scavenger hunt, return your completed map to Disney Traders or World Traveler for a special surprise.

Spike's Pollen-Nation Exploration is subject to availability.

What to Eat

Food at Epcot flower and garden outdoor kitchens

Everything! I'm serious. Epcot is known as one of the best places to experience great cuisine and the outdoor kitchens (food booths) are always a hit.

The Festival-exclusive Outdoor Kitchens in World Showcase at EPCOT provide a distinct cuisine and beverage menu for each. Savor, sip, and satisfy all sorts of cravings! It's the best way to sample a little of everything, just pace yourself.

If you've never been to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, know that eating from these outdoor kitchens can be costly. If not done properly, it can set you back a lot more than dining at a real restaurant. So if you're trying to save money, avoid these booths or create a plan.

Spice Road Spicy Shrimp
Spice Road Spicy Shrimp

The good thing is that Epcot has great eating options throughout. I recently dined at Spice Road Table and if you like mediterranean inspired flair, I highly suggest it. You can savor the feel and sounds of Morocco while dining on small plate and drinks.

Epcot Spice Road Table Hummus Fries
Epcot Spice Road Table Hummus Fries
Drinks at Epcot Spice Road Table
Spice Road Table Magical Beacon Cocktail and Pomegranate Acai

Know Before You Go

Epcot Flower and Garden Construction

One of the biggest things you should know is that Epcot's Future World is still a construction site right now. For reimagining, large parts of the front of the park are closed, and there are several eyesores. Fortunately, almost all of the regular topiaries and flowerbeds have returned, including the centerpiece mosaic flower quilt between Future World and World Showcase

Reservations are required to enter the park so plan accordingly. Covid restrictions are changing daily so make certain to check the website. At the very least always have hand sanitizer available and utilize the cashless options.

The Disney World Epcot International Flower and Garden Show is a can’t-miss event for anyone visiting Walt Disney World Resort. Be sure to add it to your must-do list!

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