For many, spring means cleaning, seasonal allergies, and the imminent return of baseball season. But at Disney World, spring means the arrival of the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. The entire park is transformed with amazing botanical displays, unique outdoor activities, and tasty eats and treats. Oh yeah, it’s an EPCOT Festival, so you know there’s a lineup of amazing food and drinks to eat and sip as you explore the World Showcase and take in the beautiful sights.

In our complete EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival Guide, we’re going to highlight everything to do and everything to eat. Also, you can find tips and advice for how to make the most of your visit to EPCOT during this beautiful festival

Table of Contents

  • Festival Dates
  • What is the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival
  • Should I visit EPCOT during the Flower & Garden Festival
  • What to Do
  • What to Eat
  • EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival Tips

When is the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts?

This year’s EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival runs March 2 – July 4, 2022.

What is the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival?

Donald and Nephews - Topiaries at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival is an annual celebration of the world’s natural beauty that is held at EPCOT each spring and summer. Included with park admission, this festival features gorgeous gardens, live entertainment, special seasonal menu items, and festival-exclusive merchandise.

Should I visit EPCOT during the Flower & Garden Festival?

Absolutely! The Flower and Garden Festival is one of our favorite events at Disney World. Why?

The Flowers: It may be obvious that a Flower & Garden Festival will have flowers. But this is the most beautiful EPCOT looks all year. The entire park is in bloom, with character topiaries, unique gardens, and floating planters surrounding you as you walk through each pavilion. While EPCOT has great rides, a huge draw of the theme park for me is walking around and exploring each area. In my opinion, EPCOT is at its most enjoyable during the Flower & Garden Festival.

You can get a taste of the Flower & Garden Festival in 4K with this tour from the Guide2WDW Youtube Channel.

The Food: While the food offerings aren’t quite as vast at the Food & Wine Festival later in the year, the Outdoor Kitchens still provide an impressive lineup of delicious dishes. While crowds can get heavy, it isn’t quite as rowdy as the Food & Wine Festival, so grabbing a bite to eat around the World Showcase is a bit less stressful.

The Activities: Free concerts? Check. A scavenger hunt? Check. There’s a ton to do and see during the Flower & Garden Festival. While the botanical demonstrations and classes are still missing while the new festival center is being constructed, there are still a lot of fun activities for the whole family.

What to Do at the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

Snow White Topiary - EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival - Disney World Events - Guide2WDW

Find all the Character Topiaries

The character topiaries are arguably the most iconic sight of the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival. Disney’s botanical artists use both horticultural skill and flower wizardry to create plant sculptures of classic Disney characters. I always try to find every single topiary during my Disney World vacation. They make for fantastic photo ops.

This year’s EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival features 23 different character topiary displays. Here’s 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!

Enjoy the Global Gardens

Blossoms of Fragrance - EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival
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The topiaries aren’t the only plant game in town. Global Gardens can be found throughout the entire theme park. These gardens are not only fun to admire and walk through, but they also share an insightful glimpse of how plant life grows around the world.

  • Blossoms of Fragrance Presented by Scentsy (NEW) – World Showcase Bridge – “Follow your nose and form lasting memories with the help of fresh, unforgettable fragrances.”
  • 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.”
  • Floating Gardens – World Nature – “Peer upon more than 150 petite plots drifting on the ponds that border the bridge to World Showcase.”
  • Festival Blooms – World Celebration – “Admire thousands of flowers that form colorful, living panoramas—with a 50th Anniversary celebration theme.”
  • Bambi’s Butterfly House – World Nature near Imagination! – View a kaleidoscope of butterflies up close, in all their extraordinary color. Learn about butterfly lifecycles and maybe even see one emerge from its chrysalis. Closes at dusk.
  • The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board® – Rosewalk near Imagination! – “Learn about honeybees’ critical role in the environment, and enjoy sweet and savory treats made possible by their hard work.
  • 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.”
  • Tropical Rainforest Garden – Mexico Pavilion – “Discover the rich biodiversity of the Mexican rainforest and learn about its highly adaptive species.”
  • Extraordinary Orchids – Mexico Pavilion – “Set eyes on these spectacular plants blooming in radiant color.”
  • Bold Bromeliads – World Nature by The Land Pavilion – “Tour a variety of these amazing plants.”
  • China Zodiac Garden – China Pavilion – “Discover your favorite zodiac with while visiting clever creations.”
  • Bamboo Garden – China Pavilion – “Visit this garden to see bamboo in a variety of colors, patterns and sizes.”
  • Alpine Miniature Garden – Germany Pavilion – “Appreciate the little things in this showcase of diminutive dwellings nestled in a forest of fine shrubs.”
  • Garden Italiano – Italy Pavilion – “From fresh spaghetti sauce to pizza toppings, this Tuscan kitchen garden features all the produce and herbs needed to create a classic Italian feast.”
  • Kokedema Garden – Japan Pavilion – “Admire fresh expressions of an ancient Japanese art at this tranquil garden.”
  • Bonsai Collection – Japan Pavilion – “Learn about the art of bonsai, some of the finest living sculptures. 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 (NEW) – France – “See bountiful blooms perfect for a bouquet of cut flowers.”
  • 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.”
  • Shakespeare Garden – United Kingdom 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.
  • Green Landing Family Play Zone – World Discovery – Enjoy playtime with WALL-E and his eco-friendly garden. Closes at dusk.

Activities with Kids at EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival

The Health Full Trail along the Imagination Walkway in World Celebration is a combination Outdoor Kitchen and garden. The trail has displays that teach ways for families to stay fit and healthy together (which honestly I usually need after I take a dessert tour around the World).

The Green Landing Family Play Zone in World Discovery is a great playground, which is ideal for families with small kids and toddlers. If you’re looking for other places for your little one to play, check out our EPCOT Toddler Guide, which lists other play areas great for kids.

Go on a scavenger hunt that will leave you buzzing! Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration is similar to scavenger hunts found at EPCOT’s other festivals. For $9.99, you can buy a map and stickers at select EPCOT merchandise locations. Then look out for Spike the Bee hiding around the World Showcase and other EPCOT areas. Match the correct sticker with the correct location on the map.

Once you’ve completed the map, head to Disney Traders or World Traveler for a special surprise.

Rock out at the Garden Rocks concert series

The Guess Who - Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Concert Series

One of our favorite parts of the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival is the Garden Rocks concert series, formerly known as the Flower Power concert series. Throughout the event, EPCOT offers free concerts to its guests by a series of famous bands, from The Guess Who to Kool & The Gang to Rick Springfield.

Shows are at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 PM nightly. Be sure to show up at least 30 minutes before showtime to get a seat. You might need to show up earlier for more popular bands.

Garden Rocks – 2022 Lineup

  • The Guess Who – March 4 & 5
  • Rick Springfield – March 6 & 7
  • Melina León – NEW to Garden Rocks – March 11 & 12
  • CeCe Winans – March 13 & 14
  • Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW! – March 18 & 19
  • Kool & The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks! – March 20 & 21
  • The Orchestra starring former members of ELO – March 25 to 28
  • The Spinners – April 1 & 2
  • The Pointer Sisters – April 3 & 4
  • Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks! – April 8 & 9
  • TBD – April 10 & 11
  • Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band BOSTON NEW! – April 15 & 16
  • Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles – April 17 & 18
  • STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas – April 22 & 23
  • Claudia Leitte – NEW! – April 24 & 25
  • Berlin – April 29 & 30
  • TobyMac – May 1 & 2
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears – May 6 & 7
  • The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks! – May 8 & 9
  • Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW! – May 13 & 14
  • TBD – May 15 & 16
  • A Flock of Seagulls – May 20 & 21
  • Collin Raye – NEW! – May 22 & 23
  • Thelma Houston – NEW! – May 27 & 28
  • Little River Band – May 29 & 30
  • Simple Plan – June 3 to 6
  • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone – June 10 to 13
  • Plain White T’s – June 17 to 20
  • TBD – June 24 & 25
  • TBD – June 26 & 27

Shop for Exclusive Merchandise

Orange Bird Collection - EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival
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Every EPCOT Festival is a chance to purchase unique collectibles and memorabilia. The 2022 EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival is debuting five new merchandise collections.

  • The Orange Bird Collection: Think orange thoughts! Clothes, mugs, plush, and more featuring everyone’s favorite bird who’s also a fruit.
  • Mickey Mouse Home Garden Collection: When you’re gardening, you want to get down in the dirt in style. Apparel, yard tools, and other accessories featuring Mickey Mouse.
  • Spike the Bee Collection – Many guests will only be familiar with Spike the Bee from his appearances at this festival, but he actually is from early Mickey Mouse cartoons. Look out for collectibles, apparel, and accessories with the friendly bee on it.
  • Figment’s Garden Collection: A lineup of purple pieces celebrating the springtime harvest. Imagine that! These will be available later in the festival.
  • Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Collection: Mickey and Minnie don their dapper finery and take a stroll in the garden. This collection features “an array of new items featuring whimsical artwork.”

End Your Day with a Dazzling Show at Spaceship Earth

Beacon of Magic at Epcot
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EPCOT’s lighting package upgrade is one of the best additions Disney World made for its 50th Anniversary. WDW has been adding new seasonal light shows to Spaceship Earth, and each EPCOT event is a new opportunity to see the park’s icon come to life in new ways.

The 2022 EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival light show is set to “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas. The show can be seen multiple times nightly. The park’s entrance plaza is a great viewing spot.

EPCOT Flower & Garden Outdoor Kitchens

Citrus Blossom Dishes - Epcot Flower & Garden Food
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Of course, no EPCOT festival is complete without a lineup of delectable dishes. Like the Food & Wine Festival, food and beverages are served at food booths found throughout the entire park, as well as some quick service dining locations.

Whether it’s the Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly at the Citrus Blossom or the Frushi (fruit sushi) at Hanami in Japan, there is so much to taste at this festival. In fact, there are 22 special menus found at this year’s festival.

Here’s the complete lineup of 2022 EPCOT Flower & Garden Outdoor Kitchen Menus.

EPCOT Flower & Garden Tips

  • What days to avoid at the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival: As with every EPCOT Festival, the weekends get extremely crowded with locals flocking to the park to try the new food and beverage. Try to visit EPCOT Monday-Thursday during the festival, especially early in the day.
  • Early bird doesn’t necessarily get the worm: As with weekends, try to avoid the first few days of the festival if you can. Disney bloggers and annual passholders will fill the World Showcase trying everything that’s new.
  • Late mornings and early afternoons are your friends at the Outdoor Kitchens: Lines can get looooong at the food booths around dinner time. They are usually much more reasonable in the morning, especially in off dining hours. Try for an early or late lunch, or just do what I do and graze throughout the day.
  • Set a budget for the Outdoor Kitchens: While the small bites at each food booth aren’t that expensive, they tend to add up quickly. Disney Gift Cards are great for this. Every booth takes Disney Gift Cards, and this way you can set a budget and avoid doing too much impulse buying. Check out our article on how to use gift card hacks to save 5-20% on Disney Gift Cards to get the most out of your budget.
  • Pack your own straw and utensils: You will plow through a lot of plastic cutlery over your time at the Outdoor Kitchens, and Disney’s paper straws are awful. Here are a few options for reusable travel utensils and straws that we recommend. Note: Disney does not allow knives of any kind, so if you have a travel cutlery set, leave the knife in your hotel room. Even if it isn’t that sharp! I included a travel spork as part of my recommended items. You won’t need a knife for most items anyway.
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How to Plan an Fantastic Flower & Garden Vacation

Mickey Mouse - Closeup - Topiaries at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Planning a trip to the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival? This guide is just the beginning. Get in touch with our friends at Vacationeer for free Disney World vacation planning. Their travel agents can help you plan your vacation for no extra cost. They’ll make sure you get the most out of your visit to EPCOT and the other WDW theme parks. Plus, they are Disney experts, so they’ll have their own recommendations and advice.

Don’t miss our other Disney World guides, which help you learn the basics of planning a WDW vacation. Our Guide 2 Disney Genie and EPCOT Lightning Lane Guide will help you spend less time waiting in line for EPCOT’s best rides and attractions. Plus, we have an in-depth section on EPCOT Rides & Attractions, an EPCOT Character Guide, as well as EPCOT Restaurants and Dining.

Let Us Know Your Thoughts

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