Did somebody say Flowers? ~Isabela
March 1st saw the start of the 29th Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot! We scoped out all the beauty and fun and food and are ready to show you how amazing this festival is!
Flower and Garden Festival Passport
As with all festival’s there is a Festival Passport to help you know where to find the festival fun! Remember, the passport can be picked up at the entrance to the park as well as the registers of the outdoor kitchens and some merchandise kiosks.
Flower and Garden Topiaries
As in years past, topiaries are a huge part of the Festival! All around Epcot, there are amazing topiaries created by the horticulturalists of Epcot. This year saw the introduction of a few new topiaries! Tiana and Encanto featuring Mirabel, Antonio, Isabela and Luisa are this years new topiaries and are creating quite the stir! They truly are beautiful! The Encanto topiaries are located at Main Entrance and at night, the butterfly in Mirabel’s hand lights up and changes color with the Encanto light show that appears on Spaceship Earth.
Tiana is featured in The American Adventure pavilion. The outdoor kitchen in The American Adventure is centered around the Bayou and fit beautifully with Tiana’s topiary.
There are several NEW gardens this year! My personal favorites are the Shishi-odoshi garden in Japan and the Blossoms of Fragrance garden on the bridge to World Showcase.
Here are a few of the garden destinations offered this year:
Community Garden – Near Connections Cafe
Connections Conservatory Garden – Inside Connections Cafe
Desert Garden – Mexico
Songbird Meadow – between Creations Shop & Test Track
Family-Friendly Play Garden – between Creations Shop & Test Track
Prehistoric Plants – near Mission Space (close to the food stand by the bathrooms closest to Creations Store)
Butterfly Landing – Near Imagination!
Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration is back for 2023 and is a great way to experience all aspects of the Flower & Garden Festival! It’s also a great way to entertain the kiddos.
The maps can be purchased in the Creations Shop, the World Traveler store and Festival Markets around the park.
After finding Spike at all the “gardens”, you take the map to one of the redemption centers. The Creation Store is one of the locations, so you could even redeem it and claim your prize as you leave the park.
Food & Outdoor Kitchens
The outdoor kitchens have outdone themselves again! The food options vary and gain inspiration from the garden’s & topiaries on display.
Here are a few of the delicious options this year!
Garden Rocks Concerts
The Garden Rocks Concert Series is offering some great entertainment this year! There are 3 concert times. 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8pm.
Glass Ceiling March 1st & 2nd
Journey Former Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri March 3rd & 4th
Daughtry March 5th & 6th
Audio Exchange March 7th & 9th
Tommy DeCarlo March 10th & 11th
Smash Mouth March 12th & 13th
Element March 14th & 16th
Mike DelGuidice March 17th & 18th
Blue Oyster Cult (new this year) March 19th & 20th
The Vybe March 21st & 23rd
Berlin March 24th & 25th
The Pointer Sisters March 26th & 27th
The Female Collective March 28th & 30th
Luis Figueroa (new this year) March 31st
Piso 21 (new this year) April 1st & 2nd
Melina León April 3rd
Epic April 4th through April 6th
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas April 7th & 8th
Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles April 9th & 10th
Foregniers Journey April 11-13
Blue October April 14-15
Switchfoot (new this year) April 16th & 17th
Evolution: Motown April 18-20
A Flock of Seagulls April 21st, April 22nd
JoDee Messina April 23rd to April 24th
Hooligans April 25-27
Ambrosia with Peter Beckett, the Voice of Player April 28 & 29
Kool & the Gang April 30 & May 1
The Finesse Party Band May 2-4
Herman’s hermits starring Peter Noone May 5-8
Latin Ambition May 9-11
The Orchestra starring former members of ELO May 12-15
506 Crew May 16-18
AJ Croce: Croce Plays Croce (new this year) May 19 & 20
Casting Crowns (new this year) May 21 & 22
M-80’s May 23-25
Jason Scheff, Longtime lead singer of Chicago (new this year) May 26 & 27
Rick Springfield May 28 & 29
Champagne Orchestra May 30-June 1
Plain White T’s June 2-5
Glass Ceiling June 6-8
The Spinners June 9 & 10
The Commodores June 11 & 12
Element June 13-15
Vertical Horizon June 16 & 17
Tony Orlando June 18 & 19
Foregniers Journey June 20-22
Simple Plan June 23-26
Epic June 27-29
Living Colour June 30-July 1
Wang Chung July 2 & 3
Evolution: Motown July 4 & 5
You can get special dining (Eat to the Beat) and avoid the long lines and have reserved seating for the concerts. Reservations are required for the dining and are usually a specialty price fixe menu. Let your MMP Advisor know and they can answer any questions for you and secure your reservation.
The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is an annual event. This years event runs through July 5th. It is a beautiful time to visit Walt Disney World’s Epcot and truly when Epcot blooms the brightest.
Would you like to learn about the other amazing festivals are available at Epcot, check out Holidays Around The World at Epcot and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival