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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival – What’s New This Year

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival began February 28 and continues through May 28, 2018. Every year the festival runs close to 90 days. This year marks the 25th annual event.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Donald and Daisy at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. ©Disney.

During this Orlando theme park special event, guests get to experience the topiaries that are on display and participate in several free activities. There are also free concerts, presentations and kids activities. The outdoor kitchens which were introduced a couple of years ago will dot the beautiful landscape at Epcot and serve up a wide variety of cuisine (food and beverages are an additional cost). To get a taste of everything, it can run hundreds of dollars, so be sure to check out your choices, then narrow it down to a few dishes you feel you have to try. Remember, you can fill up later with your dinner show tickets at Capone’s Dinner & Show, which is just down the road from Epcot.

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Anna and Elsa Topiaries at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Anna and Elsa will remain very popular at this year’s festival. ©Disney

The new topiary for this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival features Mickey, Minnie and Goofy located at the main entrance. Still others feature Tinker Bell, Troll, Stitch and many other familiar characters. Still in the list for most popular attractions are the Anna and Elsa topiaries. They return again with nearly 100 other topiaries spread out through the exhibits. These make for great photo ops! Have fun looking for them all.

You may even be tempted to taste a topiary at the newer edible garden near The Land Pavilion! You may also want to check out the Cactus Road Rally area. This garden is “sharp” as well as interesting. Too bad you won’t find a topiary of Al or any of the Wise Guys! To see them, you’ll just have to drive east on Hwy. 192 to Capone’s and have dinner and enjoy the show.

Outdoor Kitchens at The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Over a dozen outdoor kitchens feature food and drink items that are difficult to find at any Orlando restaurant. It is an excellent opportunity to test out some dishes you’ve been meaning to try. The new outdoor kitchen this year is the Honey Bee-stro. The menu features all-natural food and drink infused with what else, but honey. Other Outdoor Kitchens include:

  • Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market
  • Cider House
  • Fleur de Lys
  • Florida Fresh
  • Hanami
  • Jardin de Fiestas
  • La Isla Fresca
  • Lotus House
  • Northern Bloom
  • Pineapple Promenade
  • Primavera Kitchen (Mamma Capone’s favorite because it features Italian cuisine – try the meatball parmigiana)
  • Taste of Marrakesh
  • The Berry Basket
  • THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews
  • Specialty Coffee Carts Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®

If you have kids, be sure to check out this year’s new play areas. They are the Imagination Play Garden and the How-To Garden. You also won’t want to miss the Road to the Florida 500. Your children can zip around the race track while you sit back and recharge.

Garden Rocks Concert Series

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival performance

After dining and doing, relax at a free concert during your weekend visit to this Orlando theme park at the Garden Rocks concert series. All concerts take place at America Gardens Theatre, with show times at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Currently, the concert schedule features these popular acts:

  • March 2-5, 2018 – Night Ranger
  • March 9-12, 2018 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • March 16-19, 2018 – Simple Plan
  • March 23-26, 2018 – Little River Band
  • March 30-April 2, 2018 – The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO
  • April 6-7, 2018 – Foghat – NEW!
  • April 8-9 – Survivor – NEW!
  • April 13-14, 2018 – Smash Mouth – NEW!
  • April 15-16, 2018 – Rick Springfield – NEW!
  • April 20-21, 2018 – Jo Dee Messina – NEW!
  • April 22-23, 2018 – Lonestar – NEW!
  • April 27-30, 2018 – Blood, Sweat and Tears, featuring Bo Bice
  • May 4-7, 2018 -Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 11-12, 2018 – Village People featuring Victor Willis
  • May 13-14, 2018 – Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles – NEW!
  • May 18-21, 2018 – The Guess Who
  • May 25-28, 2018 – The Spinners
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Tickets

While most Epcot Flower and Garden Festival events are included with your theme park ticket, some experiences require a separate purchase or a separate admission fee. The easiest way to know before you go is to visit Epcot’s website or call 407-824-4321. Currently, a one-day pass to Epcot starts at $102.00.

If you’d like to enjoy a buffet dinner, some dancing and a spectacular show after visiting the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, save a night for Capone’s. While there will not be any colorful topiaries growing at this Kissimmee attraction, there will be some colorful characters! Between the guests and the gangsters, you’ll be exposed to an entire garden of comedy variety. It’s a blast!

The 19th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Every year, Epcot hosts the International Flower & Garden Festival which includes many special events which are (for the most part) included with admission to the Epcot theme park. Educational presentations are held, themed weekend events are scheduled, several special displays are set up and there are even fun activities for kids.

Disney is spectacular this time of year with everything in bloom, however, the flowers and gardens created March 7th through May 20th for the Flower & Garden Festival are truly spectacular. You’ll find more than 100 topiaries throughout Epcot theme park—including more than 75 Disney character topiaries! The nation’s top designers from HGTV and DIY are also in attendance during the festival and can help you plan everything from planting your first garden to enhancing your home’s curb appeal with their expert advice.

If the gardens and programs weren’t enough, the festival also hosts exceptional live music performed by pop stars of the 1960s and ’70s. The Epcot Flower Power Concert Series is held each weekend with performances at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Here is the 2012 Flower Power concert series lineup:

  • March 23-25: The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • March 30-April 1: The Spinners “Cupid”
  • April 6-8: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats “The Twist”
  • April 13-15: Paul Revere & The Raiders “Good Thing”
  • April 22-24: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie “Happy Together”
  • April 27-29: Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night “Joy to the World”
  • May 4-6: The Orchestra featuring former members of ELO and ELO Part II “Don’t Bring Me Down”
  • May 11-13: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
  • May 18-20: The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz “Last Train to Clarksville”

Whether you want to improve your gardening skills or simply savor colorful scenery, a spectacular array of experiences awaits you at Epcot theme park during this year’s festival. More information about the 19th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is available by calling 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or by visiting disneyworld.com/flower.

Don’t Miss the Epcot Flower and Garden Show

butterfly

If you are planning to visit the colorful and creative International Flower and Garden Festival at Disney’s Epcot, time is running out. This special event is only running through May 16th.  You don’t have to be a gardening enthusiast to appreciate this event; it is an amazing display even for those like me whose thumb tends to be less ‘green’ than I’d prefer.  This special event features live music and educational events along with beautiful and colorful displays of flowers, gardens, and amazing topiaries.  Admission to the Festival is included with regular Epcot admission.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings during the festival, finish the day off with music at the America Gardens Theatre where you can enjoy tunes from the 1960s and 1970s during the Flower Power Concert Series.  Of course, you can also meet top horticulturalists during the event and learn helpful gardening tips to help you work on that ‘green thumb.’  You can even learn advanced gardening techniques from around the world in one of the public demonstrations.  You will also find plenty of gardening tools and products to help you create some beauty of your own.  Make sure to visit Fawns’ Butterfly House where you can get up close to hundreds of colorful butterflies.  Your young explorers will also enjoy the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden.  Check out the 2010 Flower and Garden Festival Guide for more details.

Until this festival returns again next year, how will your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row?

Epcot Theme Park – a ‘gold medal’ experience

International Flower and Garden Show

Epcot hosts an annual International Flower & Garden Festival

With the Winter Olympics attracting the world’s attention, it brings to mind an attraction here in Central Florida that showcases the world – Epcot Theme Park. One of 4 theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort, Epcot is huge (300 acres) and features a “Future World” and the “World Showcase.”

Future World focuses on technology and imagination whereas the World Showcase focuses on the culture of 11 countries. Not as many countries as the Olympics features, but nonetheless a very inspiring collection. Within this one park you will be “amazed, inspired, enlightened and entertained!”

Adults will usually attend this park because of the vast amount of education and relaxation it provides. Families with older children are often “out voted” on this park, because the kids would rather go to the theme parks built more around the rides and excitement. Epcot HAS rides and CAN be exciting! For instance, the “Test Track”, “Honey I Shrunk the Audience”  and the “Mission: Space®” rides, are fun AND many other features offer a LOT of learning opportunities too. Kids may not even realize they’re receiving an education!

While strolling through the park, you may think you’re at the Olympic Village with the many dialects being spoken. Rich in culture of the Country they represent, the shops, restaurants, and park staff create an out-of-the-country experience. Stepping into any of these park areas will transport you to that Country’s wonders, foods, entertainment and grandeur.

Epcot hosts special events throughout the year. Beginning in a few days (March 3 – May 16, 2010) is the International Flower & Garden Festival; with colorful flowers, gardens, topiaries, live music and educational events. While this is a great event, the International Food & Wine Festival (Oct. 1 — Nov. 14, 2010) is most popular with Florida locals.

If you want to experience Canada, but can’t go to the Olympics, why not go to Epcot and discover Canada?! You don’t have to be an athlete to experience this theme park, but it might help! With so much to do and see, you’ll earn a gold medal education if you hit even half of its’ features. Good luck and may the best tourist win!!