March 2 – May 15, 2016
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will take place this year for an unprecedented 90-days. This spring special event is filled with Disney character topiaries, a colorful array of flowers, gardens, live music, special presentations and garden marketplaces featuring festival taste treats. It’s where Disney springs to life!
Disney gardeners will paint the landscape with rainbows of blooms while Epcot chefs tempt guests with marketplace tastes during the 23rd Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival from March 2 – May 30, 2016, at Walt Disney World Resort.
Epcot admission is required. Most Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival events, including all gardening programs and exhibits, are included with admission to Epcot.
The 2015 information is below and will be updated when this information is available for 2016.
2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Information
New for 2016
More Days to Enjoy the Festival
To celebrate its 23rd year, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will expand to 90 days and run from March 2-May 30, 2016. The popular spring festival previously ran for 75 days.
- The front entry of Epcot will include Donald’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie who will make their debut alongside Donald and Daisy this year in the park’s front entry display, which will take inspiration from a 1943 Donald Duck comic book called “The Victory Garden.”
- Also, Ranger Mickey Mouse will appear in topiary form to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service launched in 1916 to conserve the country’s natural scenic treasures.
- The Anna and Elsa topiaries that debuted last year will travel to the Norway pavilion, paying tribute to the animated smash, Frozen.
- In a horticultural nod to the brightest star in Earth’s orbit, Disney gardeners will paint the landscape with golden colors that will begin with a Floral Sun garden behind Spaceship Earth and yellow “sunbursts” that pop up across the Future World landscape.
- A new mini garden will debut for 2016. This new garden will be located near the Morocco Pavilion and will be an edible flower garden that will showcase petals with flavor. This new mini garden will join the 10+ other mini-gardens designed to delight guests at every turn.
- An innovative new “Fab Five” play garden featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck topiaries will debut with musical instruments built into children’s outdoor climbing systems.
New Outdoor Kitchens and New Menu Items
New culinary creations will star at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens. This year there will be two new kiosks for Guests to enjoy. The first is La Isla Fresca, where they will serve up dishes like Jamaican Braised Beef with Pigeon-Pea Rice and Jerk-Spiced Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa. The second booth is the Cider House, which will offer a Field Greens salad with greens harvested from The Land pavilion, heirloom apples, Stilton cheese and dried blueberries will pair well with a blueberry hard cider from Plant City, Fla. Of course, the festival’s other 11 booths will also offer delicious returning favorites, as well as some new food and beverage options.
New Kids Play Areas
The Harmony Gardens Musical Playground include interactive drums, chimes, and xylophones where children can create their own musical sounds. They can also have fun at the innovative outdoor playground. The area will also debut debut featuring topiaries of the Fab Five with “band leader” Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald Duck.
The Garden Rocks Concert Series will feature new acts for 2016, including Darlene Love and The Georgia Satellites, as well as returning favorites. Concerts are held each weekend evening in the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 p.m. See the complete line-up.
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Highlights
Topiaries and Garden Displays
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.
The following character topiaries can found throughout Epcot:
- Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion
- Fresh Food, Fun & Flowers Main Entrance – See Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey and Louie as they help get ready for Fresh Epcot! (New!)
- Ranger Mickey & Friends – Future World East (New!)
- Minnie Mouse and Pluto – Showcase Plaza
- Miss Piggy & Tour de Fleurs Garden – Italy Pavilion
- Spring Is in the Air! – butterfly topiaries near Spaceship Earth
- Disney*Pixar Buzz Lightyear – Future World East
- The Living Desert Road Rally (play area featuring Mater and Lightning McQueen) – Test Track Walkway
- Fantasia – Future World West
- Phineas and Ferb – Future World East
- Bambi & Friends – Canada Pavilion
- Peter Pan, Captain Hook & Tic Toc Crock – United Kingdom Pavilion
- Aurora & Prince Phillip – France Pavilion
- Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion
- Disney*Pixar Woody – American Adventure
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany Pavilion
- Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion
- The Lion King (Pumbaa, Rafiki, Simba and Timon) – The Outpost
- Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom
- Cinderella & Prince Charming – France Pavilion
- Bromeliad Dragon – China Pavilion
- Troll – Norway Pavilion
You may already be familiar with the miniature trains that operate daily in Germany. But, when you visit the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, take a close look! The little town in the display is having a festival of its own!
Did you know that you can get an excellent overview of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival from the Epcot Monorail? Some of the floating gardens in the waterway under the monorail even have LED lights. Many of the flower beds, playgrounds, topiaries also are illuminated. Plus, colorful flower beds designed to look like butterflies surround the waterway under the monorail. Even if you weren’t planning to ride the Epcot monorail, consider taking the ride for a unique view, day or night, that you won’t get otherwise.
English Tea Garden
Presented by Twinings of London Tea, discover the art and history of tea blending during a free 20-minute tour of this elegant English Tea Garden, featuring classic and new tea blends. Tours are typically held Monday through Thursday at 3:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., and Friday through Sunday at 1:00 a.m., 3:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Register in advance for your guided tour at The Tea Caddy located at the United Kingdom Pavilion on the day of the tour. You will be given a ticket for your tour that you can exchange at the end of the tour for several free tea packets. You’ll also get the opportunity to sample several cold brew teas. Sign up early as it fills up fast!
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
Follow the story of the Monarch butterfly as it journeys across the continent. Guests will see butterflies emerge from their chrysalis and enjoy hundreds of butterflies living in the Butterfly House.
Festival Fun for the Kids
Festival fun includes special displays and interactive areas for kids.
- Music Garden Melodies Playground: The area near Pineapple Promenade will include interactive drums, chimes, and xylophones where children can create their own musical sounds or have fun at the innovative outdoor playground. The area will also debut debut featuring topiaries of the Fab Five with “band leader” Mickey Mouse plus Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck. There’s even a shaded area for parents to sit and relax.
- Cactus Road Rally featuring Mater and Lightening McQueen: Have fun with this Cars-themed stop near Test Track.
- Butterflies on the Go gives the opportunity to see up to 10 species of butterflies up close. Stand still and the butterflies will come very close for a visit.
- Preschool Scavenger Hunt: Print the map at home and let your little ones search for the topiaries featuring their favorite characters.
Themed Weekends and Special Happenings
Each weekend, there will be the Fun Fresh Weekends which help to add a fun element to the event. Upcoming weekends for 2016 include April 1-3 — Art in the Garden Weekend which spotlights nature through the works of plein air artists; April 8-10 – The new Family Fun Weekend presents outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy and a Festival Center focus on bugs with Disney’s Animal Kingdom specialists; April 22-24 – Earth Day Weekend will celebrate our planet with special appearances and activities; and April 29-May 1—Florida Fresh Weekend will feature the state’s edible bounty from Apalachicola to Zellwood.
New for 2016, the Garden Rocks concert takes place each weekend during the Flower and Garden Festival. During the event, bands will perform live music at the American Gardens Theatre. During opening weekend, the series kicks off with fan-favorite band The Orchestra starring former members of ELO on March 4-6, 2016. New acts are also on the schedule for this year’s Garden Rocks Concert Series: Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice (“Spinning Wheel”), BRIAN HOWE, formerly of Bad Company (“Can’t Get Enough”), Georgia Satellites (“Keep Your Hands to Yourself”), and Darlene Love (“Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home”). See the Entire Concert Lineup.
The Gardens of the World Tour
Be treated to fanciful floral displays on this 3-hour tour held only during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. A Disney Horticulturist will be your host on a tour of special displays and award-winning international gardens. The tour cost $64.00 + tax per person and guests must be age 16 and up. To book, call 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687) or register at Guest Relations. Discounts for DVC members, or Disney VISA members are available.
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Photo Gallery From 2015 Festival
The Outdoor Kitchens will return with new and favorite menu items. Prices average from $4 – $6 per dish. As with the Epcot Epcot Food & Wine Festival, many of the marketplace menu items will be available for snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan.
Each country will have a kiosk with food and beverages highlighting produce growing in the areas nearby and making the connection of food from field to table. Last year’s top menu picks such as the Watermelon Salad with local baby arugula, feta cheese, pickled red onions and balsamic reduction will be back for an encore at the Florida Fresh marketplace. You’ll want to look for all of the outdoor kitchen locations at World Showcase.
Look for mini Disney Gift Cards with an exclusive Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival design for a limited time during the festival. The Disney Gift Cards can be activated with as little as $15. Wear it around your wrist and just swipe to pay for food and more. The Disney Gift Card can be reloaded as many times as you want at most festival kiosks. When the festival is over, you can continue using your card since, like all Disney Gift Cards, it’s good for practically all things Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort and beyond.
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. Pick up your Garden Passport at the Festival Center, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival merchandise locations or any Outdoor Kitchens to ensure you see and do everything the Flower and Garden Festival has to offer.
Festival Center Highlights
At the Festival Center, guests can shop for festival merchandise, attend demonstrations and get ideas and tips from master gardeners, and enjoy delicious refreshments. Located in Future World between Universe of Energy and Mission:SPACE, the Festival Center open is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Highlights typically include:
- Intermissions Cafe – Enjoy fine wines by the glass, cold sandwiches, salads and light snacks.
- Greenhouse Stage – Weekend days at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
See local gardening experts and Disney Cast Members as they share tips and secrets you can plant in your own garden. Visit the Festival Center for daily topics.
- Fresh Epcot Stage – Weekend days at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. will feature live demonstrations.
For a full list of speakers that will take stage at the Festival Center, as well as the location and times of seminars, make sure to check out this guide.
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival merchandise destinations are located in the Festival Center and around the World Showcase promenade. New and returning artisans will be taking part in the festivities. Consult your Festival Guide Map for locations.
This year’s merchandise heavily features that lovable purple friend, Figment! He’s featured on clothing, a limited edition MagicBand, and even a flower pot. Also featured on merchandise will Yoda be. You’ll find him on pavers and a Yoda gnome.
To get a better glimpse at some of the great products offered this year, watch this video:
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.
- The Fantasia display in Future World West is created from 16 different topiaries.
- 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 400of 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.
For the latest Epcot Flower and Garden Festival updates, guests may also visit DisneyWorld.com.
Call your travel agent or contact The Magic For Less Travel at (888) 330-6201 to book your Walt Disney World travel during this event.