Welcome to Spring and Epcot’s Flower and Garden Show. It runs from March 4, 2020 to June 1, 2020, when Epcot comes alive with color and beauty. There are so many things to do at the show, just see all the activities below.
Enjoy the many topiaries and colorful gardens around the entire park while eating and drinking many different foods from around the world.
See the Beautiful Topiaries
There are over 100 topiaries at the show of all your favorite Disney characters.
They come to life and are made from rebar frames and filled with moss. Then that’s where the creatively comes in as they are filled with flowers and leaves until the beautiful masterpieces are enjoyed by all visitors at Epcot.
Characters including the Toy Story gang, Frozen princess’ Anna and Elsa, Beauty and the Beast, Cars, Snow White, Miss Pig, Pooh Bear and his gang and of course, Mickey and Minnie and so many more.
They are located all around Epcot, so check out the locations of your favorite characters here.
My favorite was cars. Which ones are your favorites?
Take in a Free Concert
One of the things to do during the Flower & Garden Festival is to take advantage of its free concerts every day.
Concerts are held at the America Garden Theater at Check for times but most concerts are 30 minutes long, scheduled 3 times a day usually at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 pm.
Some of these acts include the Marshall Tucker Band, Rick Springfield, The Guess Who, Tony Orlando, Atlantic Star, the Pointers Sisters, Daughtry, Air Supply, Don McLean, Christopher Cross, and Blood, Sweat and Tears to name a few.
Here is the 2020 concert schedule.
You can purchase a breakfast, lunch or dinner package that would guarantee you a seat at one of the performances that night. There are 15 Epcot restaurants participating in this program.
Take one of the following Garden Tours
- Behind the Seeds
This is a one-hour walking tour of the Land Pavilion. You will explore 4 greenhouses and a fish farm and learn about different crops fro around the world as well as learn all about the fish farm and feeding of the fish.
This tour is given 9 times throughout the day at a cost of $25 for adults and $20 for children, Reservations are recommended.
- English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London
This is a free 20-minute introductory tour of the English Tea Garden. You will learn about the blending of different tea flavoring plants that make up the teas from brewing.
Advanced reservations are recommended but you can also register at the Tea Caddy Gift Shop on the same day as your tour on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tours are given Monday to Thursday at 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm and Friday to Sunday at 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:00 pm.
Note: You can take pictures of the tea flowering plants in oversized saucers that you will see throughout the gardens.
- Royal Tea Garden Tour
Guests will learn the history of growing and blending teas. This will take place every morning in the United Kingdom pavilion at 9:30 am.
You will explore the gardens for about 45 minutes learning the history of growing and blending teas. At the end of the tour, guests will be treated with tea and scones.
Reservations are recommended. The cost of this tour is $20 per person plus your Epcot admission for the day.
- Gardens of the World
This is a three-hour walking tour with a Disney horticulturist to explore the festival’s gardens and topiaries. Guests will discover gardening and landscaping techniques used throughout the festival that they can implement in their home gardens.
You will learn all about different plant materials and gardening techniques that will make your home gardens look beautiful.
The cost of this tour is $85, in addition to your Epcot admission. You must be least 12 years old to participate and anyone under 18 must be with a paying adult. Reservations are strongly recommended for this tour.
Note: You can make reservations for any of the above tours by calling guest relations at 407-939-8687.
Kids Activities during the Festival
There are several kid-friendly activities for you to take your family to see during the festival.
- Bo-Peep Playtime Training Grounds
An interactive garden that your kids can play in (and you can relax watching them play!)
- Play Full Garden
These are activities for the whole family so your kids can learn about nutrition and staying well. It is a playground and an outdoor kitchen.
- The Butterfly House
You can experience several different kinds of butterflies and see how they metamorphosis through the stages from caterpillars into beautiful butterflies.
The kids (and adults too) will love seeing all the butterflies flying around the beautiful flowers and bushes. See how many different kinds of butterflies you can find!
- Family Fun Films
During the festival and through the year Epcot will be having family films throughout the park.
- In Future World see amazing Disney and Pixar short films in 4D
- Beauty & the Beast Sing-a-long is located in France
- Awesome Planet in Future World is a short 10-minute film with shots from places all over the world
- Canada Far & Wide is a Circle-Vision 360 film featuring scenes from all over Canada.
- Kids Friendly Foods and Beverages
Look for a strawberry around the park indicating a kid’s friendly food and beverage that your children are sure to enjoy.
- Disney’s Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Hunt
From March 27 to April 12 you can participate in Disney’s Egg Stravaganza Scavenger Hunt.
You can purchase a map and “hunt” all over Epcot to find Disney character’s theme eggs (and mark them on your map). When you are done you can take your map one of three places and get a prize.
Maps are $6.99 and you can get yours (and your prizes too) at Disney Traders, Pin Central, and World Travelers.
Have a Festival Specialty Drink
Each outdoor kitchen offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks. These drinks all sound so good too bad you can’t try them all!
From Florida strawberry hard cider to watermelon IPA there is something for everyone. I tried a maple popcorn shake, from Canada, which is available with and without alcohol. Many others included wine from France, beer from Germany, Kirin beer from Japan (which is frozen beer) and frozen lemonade from America.
It is so true when they say you can drink around the world in Epcot!
Eat at an Outdoor Kitchen
I personally think one of the best parts of the Flower and Garden show is the Outdoor Kitchens. With so much available, it’s hard to figure out which ones to try!
Portions are small and are around the $5.00 range (except for some) so you can get the chance to try many different things from different countries.
Here is a list of all the Outdoor Kitchens and a sample of what’s on the menu:
Beauermark: Farmer’s Market
- Potato pancakes with apple sauce
- Potato pancakes with ham, onion and sour cream
- Warm cheese strudel
The Citrus Blossom
- Lobster tail with lemon emulsion and grilled lemon
- Tuna tataki bowl
- Citrus Shortcake: Orange chiffon cake, lemon curd, mandarins, whipped cream, and citrus crumble
Flavor Full Kitchen hosted by AdventHealth
- Grilled baby vegetables with hummus cream and red pepper coulis
- Seared Verlasso® salmon with risotto and herbs
- Strawberry mousse with chocolate crisp pearls
Fleur de Lys
- Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chévre: Goat cheese tart with caramelized onions
- Canard Confit à l’Orange: duck confit à l’Orange with mashed sweet potatoes
- Éclair Chocolate Framboise: Éclair filled with raspberry and chocolate mousse
- Carne Guisada with black bean cake and lime sour cream
- Spicy blackened shrimp and cheddar cheese grits with brown gravy and sweet corn relish
- Key lime tart with toasted meringue
- Frushi: strawberry, pineapple, and cantaloupe wrapped in sweet rice and pink soy wrap served with whipped cream and toasted coconut
- Menchi Slider: Japanese-style panko- beef patty topped with tonkatsu Sauce, mayonnaise, cucumber, and pickled lotus root
- Salmon Flower Ikura: salmon, salmon roe, spinach, and watermelon radish, and chilled ramen tossed with poke sauce
Jardin de Fiestas
- Chilaquiles de Pollo: Chipotle-Chicken with Monterey jack cheese, crema Mexicana and guajillo cheese
- Quesadilla al Pastor: flour tortilla filled with monterey jack cheese and pork pastor topped with pineapple, salsa, red onion and cilantro
- Choriqueso Torta: Bolillo roll filled with chorizo and monterey jack cheese, avocado mousse, and jalapeños
La Isla Fresca
- Lamb curry with sweet plantains and rice
- Shrimp skewer with steamed rice and coconut lime sauce
- Tropical Mousse Cup: Passion fruit cake, coconut mousse with a fruit glaze and fresh pineapple
- Szechuan spicy red-braised beef shank over rice
- Bon Bon Chicken skewer with sesame and peanut sauce
- Crab and cheese wontons
- Southern Seafood Boil: shrimp, mussels, crawfish, potatoes, corn, and Andouille sausage
- Grilled oysters with Cajun butter
- Pecan cake with maple whipped cream and maple syrup
- Seared scallops with french green beans, potatoes, brown butter vinaigrette, and apple-wood smoked bacon
- Beef tenderloin tips, mushroom Bordelaise sauce, whipped potatoes and vegetables
- Griddled maple pound cake with peach compote and sweet corn gelato
- Spicy hot dog with pineapple chutney and plantain chips
- Mixed berry buttermilk cake
- Dole whip
- La Regina “Margherita”: Rustic Italian flatbread, vine-ripened tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan, and basil
- Grilled Chicken Ravioli with spring vegetables and pesto sauce
- Zeppole with powdered sugar, raspberry sauce, and chocolate-hazelnut drizzle
Taste of Marrakesh
- Harissa Chicken Kebab with dried fruit couscous salad
- Fried Cauliflower with capers, garlic parsley, and Chili ranch sauce
- Walnut Honey Baklava
Trowel & Trellis hosted by Impossible TM Foods
- Grilled corn on the cob with a garlic spread
- Meatball with lentil bread, spinach, marinated vegetables, and creamy herb dressing
- Chocolate pudding with avocado cream
The Honey Bee-stro hosted by The National Honey Board
- Roasted cauliflower with buckwheat honey carrot puree, wild rice pilaf, asparagus, honey blistered grapes, sunflower brittle and coriander flowers
- Honey Tandoori chicken flatbread with white cheddar cheese, vegetables, clover honey sour cream, and citrus greens
- Wildflower honey-mascarpone cheesecake with orange blossom honey ice cream
No matter what your taste buds are looking for, you will be able to find it at the outdoor kitchens.
See all the Beautiful Flowers
Wherever you walk around the flower and garden show there are beautiful flowers. The colors blend perfectly with the Florida sunshine skies.
Look for that Special Flower & Garden Souvenirs
Hunt for the best festival merchandise at stands throughout the park or visit the Odyssey Center. What is your favorite souvenir?
Note: 2020 Renovations
Unfortunately, during the 2020 Flower and Garden Show and also through most of the year Epcot will be getting a new look. Although exciting for the park’s future, this construction will be somewhat of an inconvenience to Epcot’s guess this year.
Future World will be eliminated and divided into 3 different new sections. The entrance to Epcot or at least part of it will be walled off at different times throughout the year, crowds will get worse as this area starts to close and construction takes over,
Epcot is trying to keep closures of attractions limited as much as possible during the construction but at some point, during this year Spaceship Earth will be closed and overhauled.
As much as you will see “walls” all around the park, the impact on rides and attractions will be limited. So, crowd flow may be a problem however you should be able to still enjoy most attractions.
If you take the Skyliner Gondolas or use the International Gateway entrance this will eliminate the crowds at the front entrance as you will be entering right into the World Showcase.
I the summer of 2020, the new ride in France should be opened, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (trackless ride in the dark).
Rides in Future Land that will remain open are Test Track, Living Seas Pavilion, Sourin’, Living with the Land and Mission: Space.
Construction will be limited in World Showcase although you may see some “construction walls” around the area.
Construction is not anticipated to be completed until sometime in late 2021 or maybe even 2022. So, grin and bear it and you will still have great days in Epcot in 2020.
Although some may say that do to the construction at Epcot, you should skip the Flower & Garden show this year but I don’t agree.
Yes, there may be some things that you might not get to see and maybe it will feel more crowded than usual but go and enjoy the festival anyway.
Epcot is so beautiful with all the flowers, colors and topiaries during the Flower & Garden Festival that is so worth seeing despite the construction and crowds.
So go be happy and see the flowers, eat at an outdoor kitchen and don’t forget to take a specialty drink and just enjoy Epcot’s Flower & Garden Show!
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