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It’s almost time for one of my favorite things! Walt Disney World’s Flower and Garden Festival! Well, now technically called Taste of EPCOT® International Flower & Garden Festival. It is my absolute favorite EPCOT® festival. The gardens and topiaries are absolutely gorgeous and it is a photographers dream! Here are some photos from our trip to the Flower & Garden festival in 2019. 

Absolutely beautiful right? We love the topiaries and it was a highlight of our trip. My kids loved posing alongside all of their favorite characters.

Ok so what’s the scoop on this year’s festival you ask? Let’s get into it! So the 2021 Festival will begin on March 3rd and continue through July 5, 2021. This will be the longest running festival ever! While we know there will be some things lacking compared to a normal festival, such as the Eat to the Beat concerts, there will still be plenty of great food, activities and entertainment available.

Topiaries and Gardens

The topiaries will be abundant at this years festival. These have been cultivated with care by Disney horticulturists. Here are this year’s topiaries:

  •  Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Broom, Ostriches, Hippo and Mushroom – Main Entrance
  • Woody, Bo Peep and her sheep – Future World West
  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy – Between Future World & World Showcase
  • Pluto and Chip ‘n Dale – Between Future World and World Showcase
  • Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie – Showcase Plaza
  • Buzz Lightyear – Future World East near Mission: SPACE®
  • Figment – Future World West near Imagination!
  • Topiary Butterflies – Future World West
  • The Three Caballeros (Jose, Donald and Panchito) – Mexico Pavilion
  • Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion
  • Troll – Norway Pavilion
  • Dragon Topiary – Japan Pavilion near Torii Gate
  • Pandas – China Pavilion
  • China Zodiac Topiary Garden – China Pavilion in front of Nine Dragons
  • Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi) – Future World West
  • Snow White and Dopey – Germany Pavilion
  • Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Best – France Pavilion
  • Remy – France Pavilion
  • Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – Between United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
  • Peter Pan and Captain Hook – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger) – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell and Fairy Houses – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Bambi and Friends – Future World East near Mouse Gear

There are also numerous different types of gardens that you can explore. So if you enjoy gardening and learning new things, there a lot of opportunities! From Pre-historic gardens to gardens from around the world, floating gardens and festival blooms and even a butterfly garden! There is something for everyone.

Festival Entertainment

In addition to the Cavalcades,  Mickey & Friends World Tour and Princess Promenade There are plenty of other entertainment available at the Flower and Garden Festival.

  • Jammin’ Gardeners (Canada Mill Stage) Tap your feet to the syncopated sounds of the funkiest gardeners around. 
  • Voices of Liberty (America Gardens Theatre) Get swept away by inspiring vocal performances celebrating America’s spirit and beauty.
  • Mariachi Cobre (America Gardens Theatre) Enjoy an exuberant performance of world-famous, traditional folk music.
  • Pianist (World Showplace) Relax and enjoy a selection of songs of the season.
  • City Beautiful Bandstand (America Gardens Theatre) Watch bands from Orlando— known as “The City Beautiful”—perform the songs of yesterday and today. Performances are on Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday only.
  • EPIC! (Pop) Get ready for a true multi-generational “SuperBand” who continues their run of success—making appearances all over the world with their Concert Style high-energy show! Dates: March 5 to 8 ; April 16 to 19; May 28 to 31
  • Motown in Motion (Motown/R&B) Get moving to the sounds of this power-packed, live Motown musical tribute to some of the greatest American artists of all time.  Dates: March 19 to 22; April 30 to May 3; June 11 to 14
  • Vintage Vinyl Band (Vintage Pop) Drop in for a spin with this unconventional top 40 cover band that specializes in retrofitting today’s hits into yesterday’s sound, while weaving in classics from the American Songbook. Dates: March 12 to 15; April 23 to 26; June 4 to 7
  • The Hooligans (Pop) Rock the night away to classic tunes ranging from the British Invasion to ‘80s pop to ‘90s alternative.  Dates: March 26 to 29; May 7 to 10, June 18 to 21
  • The Spazmatics (’80s Pop) Go wild for this band that recaptures all the best of the ‘80s. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and styles make for an evening of pure energy and entertainment. Dates: April 2 to 5; May 14 to 17; June 25 to 28
  • Latin Ambition (Latin/Pop) Discover why this bilingual Latin American Party Band has received accolades and honors industry-wide for over a decade—and earning their reputation by promising energy, showmanship and diversity.  Dates: April 9 to 12; May 21 to 24; July 2 to 5

Make sure to Festival Guide for showtimes and locations on the day of your visit.

Family Fun

There is plenty of fun for the whole family at the Festival. Lots of family-friendly exhibits and interactive gardens geared towards kids. Check out the Butterfly House or embark on a scavenger hunt! Follow Spike the Bee on his pollination trail, where he will “bee” busy collecting nectar and pollinating gardens at Epcot.

  •  To get started, purchase your map and stickers at selection merchandise locations (available while supplies last). Cost: $7.99 + Tax
  • Once you have completed your scavenger hunt, return your completed map to Disney Traders or World Traveler for a special surprise!
Set out on a delightful egg hunt across Epcot for decorative eggs inspired by Disney characters.
  •  To get started, purchase a map at select merchandise locations beginning March 19 (available while supplies last). Next, hunt high and low for hidden eggs featuring beloved Disney peeps. Once you’re done, return the completed map for a sp-egg-tacular surprise. Cost: $7.88 + Tax
EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival Bo-Peep
Disney

Outdoor Kitchens

One of the most notable thing about the Festivals at EPCOT® are the Outdoor Kitchens and really any food in general, but the Outdoor Kitchens are really the standout. The Outdoor Kitchens are spread though-out the World Showcase. This year there over 20 festival-exclusive Outdoor Kitchens. 

  •  Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany) : Venture to Germany for Bavarian bites sure to sate foodies of all ages – every dish is kostlich!
  • Cider House (World Showplace) : Behold buzz-worthy ciders and artisanal provisions that are sure to hit the spot.
  • The Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza) : Treat your taste buds to the subtleties of lemon, orange and lime – turning delicious dishes even more delish!
  • Epcot Farmers Feast – New! (World Showplace) : Sample from a rotating menu of farm-fresh flavors that you’ll find as bright and refreshing as the sun in springtime.
  • Epcot Sunshine Griddle – New! (Future World East): Get ready to brunch it up with savory and sweat treats at this innovative location that thinks outside the box.
  • Festival Favorites (World Showplace) : Discover Guest-favorite dishes, microbrews and other beverages.
  • Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth (Future World West) : Discover the many flavors of healthy cuisine in this delightful eatery, featuring vegetables straight from the garden!
  • Fleur de Lys (France) : Indulge in haute cuisine and boissons that’ll make you fall in ooo-la-la-love with this palate-pleasing Parisian pop-up!
  • Hanami (Japan): Journey to Japan for innovative plates crafted with culinary Zen.
  • The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™ (Showcase Plaza) : Quell cravings with an incredible menu of all-natural food and drink infused with the nectar of the gods!
  • Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico) : Take a food-tastic tour of the Mexico Pavilion… these tantalizing tastes will add some spice to your day!
  • La Isla Fresca (Between Morocco and France) : Nibble on Caribbean-seasoned dishes that’ll send appetites swaying to the island beat!
  • Lotus House (China): Sink your teeth into authentic Chinese eats filled with morsels of good fortune!
  • Magnolia Terrace (The American Adventure) : Get a nice, cozy feeling with some comfort food inspired by the Gulf region.
  • Northern Bloom (Canada) : Please discriminating palates with fantastic fare from our Great White North neighbor… O Canada!
  • Pineapple Promenade (Showcase Plaza) : Get your tropical fruit fix from tart ‘n’ tangy to the sweetest frozen treats!
  • Primavera Kitchen (Italy) : Mangiare hearty helpings of Old-Country dishes served with a glass of vino… now that’s amore!
  • Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco): Intoxicate taste buds with the exotic flavors of this North African mecca – mysterious Morocco!
  • Trowell & Trellis Hosted by Impossible™ Foods (Showcase Plaza): Delight in some of your favorite foods – created from innovative recipes with some impossibly delicious twists!
Additional Locations : Delight your appetite with mouthwatering morsels, nibbles and noshes from these year-round food stops: Refreshment Port, Refreshment Outpost and Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company will also have Festival Specialties.

Check out the Complete Foodie Guide for Taste of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Well, there you have it! Details that we currently have about the Festival happenings. Are you planning a visit to this years Festival? What are you most looking forward to? 

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