It’s the most beautiful time of the year to visit EPCOT! And while it’s not my favorite festival (that claim goes to the EPCOT Festival of the Arts) it’s definitely my second favorite! There’s nothing like seeing the lush greenery and gorgeous color of the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival!
This year, the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival will begin on February 28 and will run through May 27! (That’s 90 days for those of you counting.) This Walt Disney World festival includes beautiful topiaries, gorgeous gardens, delish dishes, and fantastic musical performers. Here is what you can expect to experience at this year’s festival.
Every year, Disney impresses with the fantastic topiaries that they are so known for. New for 2024 will be a young Groot holding up a mixtape. This display will be found near Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in World Discovery.
More than 70 topiaries will be present this year. They will include a number of Disney characters and other fantastic designs. Figment will be found in the newly opened World Celebration Gardens, and new for this year will be Asha, Valentino and the Wishing Star, from the film “Wish” at the park’s main entrance and Miguel and Dante from “Coco” in the Mexico Pavilion.
Garden Rocks Concert Series
The Garden Rocks Concert Series, which takes place at the American Gardens Theater is always a great time. Disney invites local and globally recognized acts, and there’s a genre included for everyone!
This year, new groups will include Modern English, Crowder, Lit, and Monsieur Perine. And for the first time, Raul Acosta & Oro Solido will share the stage with Magic Juan, then return the next day with Luisito Ayala and The Puerto Rican Power Band.
To guarantee that you get to see your favorite artist, consider booking a Garden Rocks Dining Package. Those open on February 6 and Guests can choose to dine at one of the following choices, as well as be guaranteed a seat for one of the performances that night:
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- Biergarten Restaurant
- Coral Reef Restaurant
- Garden Grill Restaurant
- Rose & Crown Dining Room
- Le Cellier Steakhouse
- Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Brews & Barbecue (same-day, in-person walk-up packages only)
This year’s Outdoor Kitchens will definitely be a feast! There will be lots of new flavors coming to the event, and in addition, some fan favorites will also be returning! Some items will include the Chicken & Waffles at The Honey Bee-stro, the Muffuletta Panini at Magnolia Terrace, and the Chocolate Whisky Cake at Northern Bloom.
Want to have fun with the whole family? There will be two fun scavenger hunts that you can participate in! There’s the Spike’s Pollination Exploration where you’ll search for the bee all around the different World Showcase pavilions. When done, you’ll get a fun prize!
Then around the Easter holidays, there will be the Egg-stravaganza Hunt! Guests will find Twelve bunny-inspired eggs that will be placed throughout the park and again, you’ll be able to score a prize.
Both scavenger hunt maps will be available for purchase while supplies last. Once your journey is complete – whether or not you find all the items – you can redeem your map at Disney Traders, Creations Shop or World Traveler at International Gateway. Otherwise, if you don’t care about getting the prize, you can always play along for fun!
If you like butterflies, you wont want to miss Butterfly Landing! This walkthrough butterfly house highlights the life cycle of butterflies and contains valuable pollinator gardens.
At Blossoms of Fragrance Presented by Scentsy, follow your nose to create lasting memories with the help of unforgettable fragrances.
Little ones can also enjoy Camp Get Out N’ Play Garden. This will be a camp-themed garden where kiddos can jump, play, climb and explore this area created just for them.
Want official merchandise, there will be options to purchase it at both Festival Markets and Creations Shop. This year, you’ll find Orange Bird apparel, accessories, garden decor and more. There will also be “Coco” merch including headwear, home decor and apparel inspired by this beloved classic. There will also be the Butterfly Collection that stars Minnie Mouse in a beautiful, flowery assortment. And for Annual Passholders, there’s a collection of merch featuring Spike the Bee that you won’t want to miss!
Want to purchase some of these beforehand? You can check out shopDisney beginning March 4!
Do you love visiting the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival? Share your favorite event about the festival in the comments!