Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival Begins at Disney World


ORLANDO, Fla. — Topiary is back. The colorful gardens are back. And the outdoor kitchens around the World Showcase are once again serving spring-inspired food and drinks.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicked off at Disney World on Wednesday, putting Epcot into festival mode once again.

This year’s event features familiar must-haves as well as new additions.

What do you want to know

  • Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival kicked off Wednesday
  • There are 18 outdoor kitchens at this year’s event
  • The Garden Rocks concert series is back
  • The event runs until July 4

Here’s what you can expect.

Topiaries and gardens

Character topiaries are a staple of the Flower & Garden Festival. New to the range is a Disney World 50th anniversary themed topiary featuring Goofy holding a party cake.

Some of the topiaries have been reworked, including the troll topiary in Norway and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Germany.

Other topiary visitors might spot include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck (near the bridge to World Showcase); Woody, Bo Peep and his sheep (near The Land); Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale (The American Adventure); and Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy (Germany).

In addition to topiary, the festival features colorful flowerbeds and gardens.

Two new gardens have been added to the festival. The Blossoms of Fragrance Garden is located near the bridge to World Showcase. It includes six stations with different scents: floral, fruity, lemony, spicy, woody and fresh.

The other new garden is called the France Bouquet Garden and is located in the France pavilion.

What’s cooking?

There are 18 outdoor kitchens at this year’s event, including one with a rotating seasonal menu.

Epcot Farmer’s Fest, near Test Track, will offer three different menus during the festival. The first, the Early Bloom menu, will be available until April 19 and will include chilled potato and leek soup, grilled bison rib eye with creamy leek fondue and goat cheese ice cream.

The other menus will be the spring menu (available from April 10 to May 21) and the summer solstice menu (available from May 22 to July 4).

For those looking for vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based options, check out Trowel & Trellis Hosted by Impossible. The menu includes grilled vegetables with cream of hummus, Impossible sausage and kale soup, and boneless Impossible Korean short ribs.

Let the music play

Another popular part of the Flower & Garden Festival is the concert series, which returns for the first time since it was cut short in 2020 and excluded from the festivities in 2021.

The Garden Rocks concert series will feature a mix of local bands and chart-topping acts. Kicking off will be Skillzmatic. Other artists include The Guess Who, Rick Springfield, CeCe Winans, Kool & The Gang, Blue October, Starship with Mickey Thomas, TobyMac and Simple Plan.

Concerts, included in admission, take place at the America Gardens Theater.

Festive memories

No Epcot festival would be complete without merchandise. There will be multiple merchandise collections with different items, from clothing to accessories, inspired by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Orange Bird and Spike the Bee.

Although this festival does not have Figment popcorn buckets, the purple dragon will be featured in a collection of merchandise called Figment’s Garden.

The popular Orange Bird and Spike the Bee shaped sippers are also available this year.

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs through July 4.


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