Ultimate Guide Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

The 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 06 - June 03, 2019, at Walt Disney World. This guide covers our tips & tricks for experiencing everything Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival has to offer. #wdw #epcotfestival #epcotflowerandgarden #2019epcotflowerandgardenfestival

The 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March, 6 – June 3, 2019, at Walt Disney World. What began in 1994 as a 38-day celebration of Disney-style gardens and topiaries has grown over the years to what it is today, a 90-day spring extravaganza. This guide covers our tips & tricks for experiencing everything the Flower & Garden Festival has to offer. 

Topiaries

You’ll find 70 Disney character topiaries among the over 100 topiaries arranged throughout Epcot. Also look for more than 200 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms.

At themed flower and garden displays, you’ll learn new tips and techniques that you can try at home.

Character Topiaries Throughout Epcot:

  • Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion
  • Bambi & Friends – Showcase Plaza – West Towers
  • Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion
  • Bromeliad Dragon  – China Pavilion
  • Butterflies – Showcase Plaza
  • Buzz Lightyear – Mission: SPACE
  • Daisy, Chip and Dale – Near Imagination Pavilion
  • Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie – Behind Spaceship Earth
  • Figment – Between Future World and World Showcase
  • Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
  • Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez – Near Test Track
  • Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy – Main Entrance
  • Panda – China Pavilion
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany Pavilion
  • Stitch – MouseGear (Fountain Side)
  • The Lion King (Mufasa, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Sarabi, Simba and Timon) – The Outpost
  • The Three Caballeros – Mexico Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Troll – Norway Pavilion
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom
  • Woody – American Adventure

For more pictures, read our Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries

Additional Gardens

  • Alpine Containers 
  • Bamboo Garden 
  • Bonsai Collection 
  • English Tea Garden 
  • Festival Blooms 
  • Floating Mini-Gardens 
  • Florida Fresh Garden
  • Garden Italiano
  • Imagination Play Garden 
  • Purple Martins Presented by Audubon Florida
  • Road to the Florida 500 
  • Shakespeare Garden
  • The How-To Garden
  • Tropical Rainforest Garden
  • Urban Spice

Illuminated Gardens

Select Disney topiaries and Festival playgrounds will glow with light as the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival fun continues into the night.

Butterflies on the Go Presented by Go Go SqueeZ

1,000 indigenous butterflies will represent up to 10 species at the expansive walk through butterfly house located near Club Cool. The lush Butterflies On The Go garden will be planted with two dozen nectar plants including: passion flower, coral honeysuckle, lantana, butterfly bush, blue porterweed, scarlet milkweed and canna lily. Active during the day (the butterfly house will close at dusk) flutters of butterflies enjoy visiting a variety of wildflowers.

Festival fun includes special displays and interactive areas for kids.

  • Imagination Play Garden: 
  • Road to Florida 500 featuring Mater, Lightening McQueen and Cruz Besouro:
  • Butterflies on the Go 
  • A new Kidcot Garden Stop Field Guide 
  • Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration 

Garden Rocks Concert Dining Package

Dining Reservation start times are at least 2.5 hours prior to the Garden Rocks show time. If you are booking online will be assigned a showtime automatically. To pick your own show time we recommend calling (407) WDW-DINE. Make sure you arrive at the America Gardens theater at least 15 minutes prior to the concert start time and use the designated dining package entrance. If you like you can use the Disney Dining Plan to pay for the packages. This will set you back 2 table service credits per person for any meal/restaurant

Participating Epcot Restaurants
Here is the full list of participating restaurants for the Garden Rocks Dining Packages:

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Norway Pavilion
Breakfast: $63.00 for adults; $38.00 for kids
Lunch: $73.00 for adults; $44.00 for kids
Dinner: $73.00 for adults; $44.00 for kids

Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
Lunch: $55.00 for adults; $31.00 for kids
Dinner: $55.00 for adults; $31.00 for kids

Chefs de France
France Pavilion
Lunch: $72.00 for adults; $19.00 for kids
Dinner: $80.00 for adults; $25.00 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $67.00 for adults; $22.00 for kids
Dinner: $67.00 for adults; $22.00 for kids

The Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion
Breakfast $49.00 for adults; $30.00 for kids
Lunch: $63.00 for adults; $38.00 for kids
Dinner: $63.00 for adults; $38.00 for kids

La Hacienda de San Angel
Mexico Pavilion
Dinner: $82 for adults; $25.75 for kids

Nine Dragons Restaurant
China Pavilion
Lunch: $50.00 for adults; $16.99 for kids
Dinner: $58.00 for adults; $18.50 for kids

Restaurant Marrakesh
Morocco Pavilion
Lunch: $52.00 for adults; $19.00 for kids
Dinner: $63.00 for adults; $19.00 for kids

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
Lunch: $57.00 for adults; $21.00 for kids
Dinner: $57.00 for adults; $21.00 for kids

San Angel Inn Restaurante
Mexico Pavilion
Lunch: $70 for adults; $23 for kids
Dinner: $82 for adults; $25.75 for kids

Spice Road Table
Morocco Pavilion
Lunch: $52.00 for adults; $19.00 for kids
Dinner: $63.00 for adults; $19.00 for kids

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria 
Italy Pavilion
Lunch: $54.00 for adults; $20.00 for kids
Dinner: $57.00 for adults; $24.00 for kids

Tutto Italia Ristorante
Italy Pavilion
Lunch: $64.00 for adults; $22.00 for kids
Dinner: $70.00 for adults; $25.00 for kids

Tokyo Dining
Japan Pavilion
Lunch: $65.00 for adults; $20.50 for kids
Dinner: $78.00 for adults; $23.50 for kids

Teppan Edo
Japan Pavilion
Lunch: $65.00 for adults; $20.50 for kids
Dinner: $78.00 for adults; $23.50 for kids

Tours

The Gardens of the World Tour

Over the course of 3 hours, join a knowledgeable Disney Horticulturist for a fascinating walking tour throughout the World Showcase Pavilions. Hear behind-the-scenes tales about the award-winning topiaries and gardens that make the Festival so special. Plus you will even learn ways you can apply Disney landscaping techniques at home. The price of this tour is $85.00 plus tax, per guest. Guests must be at least 12 years of age to participate. In addition, guests under 18 years of age who are participating in the tour must be accompanied by a paying guest at least 18 years of age. To make a reservation, visit Guest Relations, or call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687 for availability

English Tea Garden Tour

For just $20 you can embark on a guided tour of an English tea garden, where you’ll enjoy a sampling of tea and scones. The Royal Garden Tea Tour begins at 9:30 AM in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot.

For a more pictures, read our 2019 Epcot Flower and Garden English Tea Garden Tour

Royal Tea Garden Tour

The Royal Garden Tea Tour begins at 9:30 AM in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot—before World Showcase opens to the general public at 11:00 AM. Your tour guide will lead you through an elegant tea garden, where you’ll spend approximately 45 minutes exploring the garden in-depth, and learning the artistry and history behind growing and blending tea. The price of this tour is $20.00 per person

2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens Menu

Look for mini Disney Gift Cards with an exclusive Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival design for a limited time during the festival. 

In addition to the the Epcot guide map located near the entrance of the park, a complimentary Flower and Garden Festival Garden Passport will also be available to be stamped at each Garden Marketplace you visit. Each marketplace will have its own unique stamp design, making the Garden Passport the perfect scrapbook souvenir.

For Epcot’s extensive menu, check our full review of
2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens Menu, including PDF downloadable menu

Festival Merchandise

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival merchandise destinations are located in Mouse Gear and around the World Showcase promenade. A full range of Festival merchandise will be available to commemorate your visit to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. Below is a look at last years merchandise. 

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Fun Facts

  • At 90 days, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is one of the longest flower and garden festivals in the United States.
  • The festival encompasses more than 300 acres and more than a mile and a half of gardens.
  • Over 90 individual topiaries are on display with more than 70 Disney characters.
  • At nearly 20 feet long, the Dragon topiary in the China Pavilion is the longest topiary at Walt Disney World. It is composed of roughly 650 plants and over 400 of them are bromeliads.
  • 30 million blooms blanket the park throughout the festival.
  • More than 500,000 plants, trees and shrubs are planted for the festival; 250,000 of those are annual blossoms installed for the festival.
  • Festival plants include 60 different species of trees, 47 types of palms, and 48 varieties of bedding plants.
  • 40 Flower Towers have been added to Future World. Each tower contains 250 four-inch annuals.
  • 209 floating mini-gardens, each three feet in diameter, of multi-hued impatiens provide splashes of color on two ponds that border the walkway between Future World and World Showcase.
  • 700 container gardens of flowers, herbs, plants and vegetables in clay pots, barrels and urns enhance the landscape throughout Epcot.
  • 150 hands-on gardening demonstrations and seminars will be presented.
  • 400 Walt Disney World horticulturists are needed to install the festival landscape, topiaries and many exhibits; 100 Epcot horticulturists maintain topiaries and other festival displays.
  • It takes more than one full year and about 24,000 cast member hours to prepare for the annual festival.
  • It takes over 4 nights to plant just one side of the Festival Blooms.
  • Over 600 native butterflies can be found in Butterflies on the Go.

Tips for Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival:

Know before you go!

  • With fifteen food booths at the Flower and Garden Festival, you’ll need a gargantuan stomach or a solid plan of attack in order to enjoy it all.
  • If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, many of the samples qualify for snack credit.
  • Go during the weekdays
  • Get there early – It gets super busy in the afternoon. Get there as early as possible and beat the lines where you can
  • Attend the seminars
  • Grab a Garden Passport
  • Buy a Disney wristlet gift card – For the typical pro foodie, savoring the many samples is a must; however, doing this without a set budget could turn a fun trip into one of financial regret
  • Split the cost
  • Visit the Festival Center
  • Explore the topiaries
  • Plan to visit multiple times – There is so much to see and do, you will want to visit often just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
  • Take your time! – Even with all the planning that can go into a visit to Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, our best advice is to take your time exploring the many, many floral and botanical displays.
  • Plan for a cab or have a designated driver in the group – Like any trip to Epcot, there is a lot of alcohol to be had and you aren’t required to stay in the restaurant to drink it. Have a DD or make arrangements for a cab to take your group back to the hotel. The bus can be long, warm and crowded; not ideal conditions for post-drinking transportation.
  • Do the Egg hunt!
  • Do the Tea Garden Tour
  • Eat your heart out! – There is so much to eat at Flower & Garden, not really sure why, but any excuse to stuff your face without guilt is a good day for me. Try a little of everything. Check out our guide to
    2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens Menu
  • Watch live concerts

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The 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 06 - June 03, 2019, at Walt Disney World. This guide covers our tips & tricks for experiencing everything Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival has to offer. #wdw #epcotfestival #epcotflowerandgarden #2019epcotflowerandgardenfestival

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