Disney World’s Epcot Brings Back a Pre-Covid Fan Favorite, But With a Change


It’s no secret that the Disney parks were very different before the Covid era. The beloved theme park chain has made many changes in response to the pandemic to safely welcome guests to Disney World, the most magical place on earth. Now, Epcot Center is finally bringing back a beloved event that hasn’t happened in nearly two years — but it won’t be quite the same as before Covid.

This year there will be many new attractions at Disney World. But what could excite guests so much is the return of some long-awaited park highlights that have been put on hiatus. According to The street, Epcot Center is set to reintroduce the “Garden Rocks” concert series at the 2022 Flower & Garden Festival.

The announcement could help the company build excitement for the upcoming event, which was put on hold in 2020 and 2021 after closing of parks. This concert series has always been a popular attraction for Epcot customers for several reasons. The concerts are free, they take place throughout the day, so you have several chances to see them, and even though they are held at the World Showcase, you can mingle and listen to live music in a relaxed environment. Probably the biggest draw was that they don’t just feature local talent, but also well-known artists, like Boyz II Men, Sheila E, and Hanson.

While in years past these famous artists have been featured throughout the week in concert lineups, it looks like that won’t be the case at this year’s “Garden Rocks” shows. Some household names expected to appear in this year’s list are Kool & The Gang, Rick Springfield, The Guess Who and Claudia Leitte. But this time, these biggest artists will only play sets from Friday to Monday. Local artists will perform on other days of the week.

It’s too early to tell if fewer performances by familiar acts will affect the popularity of the concert series. But after already coping with the ongoing pandemic and adopt safety protocols like masking which may have turned some guests away, the park had the added challenge of attracting guests amid closures for major alterations recently. With even more changes at Epcot maybe along the way, having the artists behind some seriously iconic songs playing there can’t hurt.

The good news for Epcot is that Garden Rocks is one of many fan-favorite park attractions reopening in recent months, giving guests another reason to stop by while at Disney World. So whether fans are rocking to the sound of “Celebration” or a cover band while they grab a bite to eat, hopefully they can feel a little more magic coming back to the park.


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