Spring is officially in full bloom at Epcot. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off today and continues for 90 days, inviting guests to experience spring with Disney topiaries, gardens, HGTV experts and more. Here are the top 10 things to do at this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival:
Disney’s expert team of horticulturists have created beautiful landscapes across the park. You’ll find topiaries at the entrance, in Future World, and all-around the World Showcase. Topiaries include life-size recreations of Disney characters including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Snow White and Dopey, Beauty and the Beast, The Three Caballeros, Lady and the Tramp, the all-new Bo Peep, Buzz Lightyear and more.
The festival features almost two dozen themed gardens and other displays throughout the park. Guests can take a stroll through the Shakespeare Garden in the United Kingdom pavilion, “mini gardens” between Future World and World Showcase, the Goodness Garden Butterfly House and more.
Interactive Play Areas
The littlest Epcot Flower & Garden Festival visitors can enjoy their own flower & garden fun with interactive areas. This year, kids can play in the Play Full Garden in the Imagination Walkway, Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds near Test Track and the always fun Harmony Gardens musical playground.
Family Scavenger Hunt
For something to enjoy with the entire family don’t miss Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration. From April 5-21, enjoy an Easter-themed scavenger hunt called Eggstravaganza Scavenger Hunt and go out on the search for Easter eggs hidden throughout the park.
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has plenty of plants you can eat too! Satisfy your tastebuds with the festival’s many outdoor kitchens full of tasty dishes and drinks. There are five new outdoor kitchens to try this year - The Citrus Bloom, Flavor Full Kitchen hosted by AdventHealth, Trowel & Trellis Hosted by Impossible Foods, Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace.
There are typically a couple of tours that are only offered during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. This year’s tours include - Epcot Gardens of the World Tour, English Tea Garden Presented by Twining’s of London Tea and Royal Tea Garden Tour.
HGTV and DIY experts will be on hand offering presentations on a variety of gardening and home improvement-related topics. The stars appear every weekend at the Festival Center.
Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House
Combining butterflies and topiaries, Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House is a magical place to visit. Take in the gorgeous topiaries as butterflies fly all around you.
Illuminated Gardens & Topiaries
The gardens and topiaries come alive at night at this year’s Festival. As the sun goes down, the flowers and gardens begin to glow. It’s just as beautiful to see them at night as it is during the day.
Don’t forget to take a piece of the festival home with you with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival merchandise. The Festival Center features plenty of merchandise.
Garden Rocks concerts
Pair your flowers and food with music during the Epcot Flower & Garden Garden Rocks concerts. The America Pavilion will welcome a wide array of artists including:
Journey former lead vocalist STEVE AUGERI – March 6-8
Glass Tiger – March 9-10
Jon Anderson of Yes – March 11-12
Tony Orlando- March 13-14
Wang Chung – March 15-16
Simple Plan - March 17-20
Ambrosia – March 21-22
Magic Giant – March 23-24
Air Supply – March 25-27
Berlin, featuring Terri Nunn - March 28-29
The Smithereens – March 30-31
Rick Springfield - April 1-2
Christopher Cross – April 3-4
The Spinners - April 5-7
Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group Styx - April 8-9
John Michael Montgomery – April 10-11
Sister Sledge – April 12-13
Night Ranger - April 14-16
Sister Hazel – April 17-19
Steven Curtis Chapman – April 20-21
TobyMac – April 22-23
Lonestar - April 24-26
The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO - April 27-30
Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone - May 1-4
Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles - May 5-7
A Flock of Seagulls – May 8-9
Marshall Tucker Band – May 10-11
Peabo Bryson – May 12-13
Richard Marx – May 14-15
Starship, starring Mickey Thomas - May 16-19
Colin Hay of Men at Work – May 20-21
War – May 22-23
The Guess Who - May 24-27
Jon Secada - May 28-29
Blood, Sweat and Tears - May 30-June 1
Eddie Palmieri – June 2-June 3
Performances take place every day of Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs now through June 3, 2019.