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What To Expect From The 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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If you’re planning on heading to the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, then here’s everything you can expect from what just might be the most gorgeous Walt Disney World event. The festival runs from March 6-June 3, and you don’t want to miss out on all of the exciting activities, entertainment, food and beverage, and of course, the topiaries!

1. A ‘Coco’-Inspired Show

Beginning March 6, the first day of the festival, you’ll be able to catch a Coco show at the Mexico Pavilion. The Mariachi Cobre musicians will be joined by Miguel as a “whimsical, hand-crafted puppet” and a pair of Folklórico dancers to tell the story of the lead Pixar character through music and dance. No details on show times just yet.

Photo of Epcot's 2018 International Flower & Garden Festival

2. Garden Rocks Concert Series

You can rock out to some beloved bands and tunes at the Garden Rocks Concert Series. And, there is some good news for this year’s series — concerts will be held every night. That’s right, you’ll be able to catch the 30-minute performances from new and returning favorites seven days a week! Shows will take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m. each night at the American Gardens Theatre located in the America Pavilion, aka The American Adventure.

Here is this year’s concert line-up:

  • March 6-8: Journey (NEW and with former lead vocalist Steve Augeri)
  • March 9-10: Glass Tiger (NEW)
  • March 11-12: Jon Anderson of Yes (NEW)
  • March 13-14: Tony Orlando
  • March 15-16: Wang Chung (NEW)
  • March 17-20: Simple Plan
  • March 21-22: Ambrosia (NEW)
  • March 23-24: Magic Giant (NEW)
  • March 25-27: Air Supply (NEW)
  • March 28-29: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn
  • March 30-31: The Smithereens (NEW)
  • April 1-2: Rick Springfield
  • April 3-4: Christopher Cross (NEW)
  • April 5-7: The Spinners
  • April 8-9: Dennis DeYoung, original member of Styx
  • April 10-11: John Michael Montgomery (NEW)
  • April 12-13: Sister Sledge (NEW)
  • April 14-16: Night Ranger
  • April 17-19: Sister Hazel (NEW)
  • April 20-21: Steven Curtis Chapman (NEW)
  • April 22-23: TobyMac (NEW)
  • April 24-26: Lonestar
  • April 27-30: The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO
  • May 1-4: Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone
  • May 5-7: Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
  • May 8-9: A Flock of Seagulls (NEW)
  • May 10-11: Marshall Tucker Band (NEW)
  • May 12-13: Peabo Bryson (NEW)
  • May 14-15: Richard Marx (NEW)
  • May 16-19: Starship, starring Mickey Thomas
  • May 20-21: Colin Hay of Men at Work (NEW)
  • May 22-23: War (NEW)
  • May 24-27: The Guess Who
  • May 28-29: Jon Secada
  • May 30-June 1: Blood, Sweat and Tears
  • June 2-3: Eddie Palmieri (NEW)

3. Garden Rocks Dining Package

If you want guaranteed seating for one of the three shows on a particular day, then you’ll want to take advantage of the Garden Rocks Dining Package, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at select Epcot restaurants. You can make reservations online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Each package includes:
-Appetizer, entrée, and dessert or one full buffet or family-style dining, where it applies, in addition to a non-alcoholic beverage and one guaranteed seat to the concert held on the same day.

Below are the 15 participating restaurants (prices vary for each location, so click the link directly above for a complete price list):

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway)
Biergarten Restaurant (Germany)
Chefs de France(France)
Coral Reef Restaurant (The Living Seas)
The Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land)
La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)
Nine Dragons Restaurant (China)
Restaurant Marrakesh (Morocco)
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (United Kingdom)
San Angel Inn Restaurante (Mexico)
Spice Road Table (Morocco)
Teppan Edo (Japan)
Tokyo Dining (Japan)
Tutto Italia Ristorante (Italy)
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Italy)

Photo of Bambi and Friends topiary at 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

4. Topiaries

The following Disney-themed topiaries will be available for photographing:

  • Anna and Elsa from Frozen (Norway)
  • Bambi and Friends featuring Flower, Bambi, and Thumper (Between the U.K. and Canada)
  • Beauty and the Beast (France)
  • Bo Peep and Her Sheep (NEW), Buzz Lightyear, and Woody from Toy Story (Future World East)
  • Bromeliad Dragon (China)
  • Captain Hook and Peter Pan (United Kingdom)
  • Chip ‘n Dale and Donald Duck with Huey, Dewey, and Louie (Near Showcase Plaza Towers, East and West)
  • Daisy Duck and the Floral Stars of the Show (Near Spaceship Earth)
  • Figment (Near Imagination! Pavilion)
  • Lady and the Tramp (Italy)
  • Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (Near Test Track)
  • Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Enjoy a Picnic with Topiary Hearts (Showcase Plaza)
  • Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse (The American Adventure)
  • Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog (France)
  • Pandas (China)
  • Pluto and Goofy (Between Future World and World Showcase)
  • Simba and Friends featuring Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi  (The Outpost Shop)
  • Snow White and Dopey (Germany)
  • Stitch (Mission: SPACE)
  • The Three Caballeros featuring Jose, Donald, and Panchito (Mexico)
  • Topiary Flowers (Near MouseGear)
  • Topiary Sunflowers (American Gardens Theatre)
  • Troll (Norway)
  • Welcome to the 2019 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival featuring topiary butterflies (Main Entrance)
  • Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends (United Kingdom)

-This isn’t a topiary, BUT in celebration of Disneynature’s Penguins (releases April 17), a 9-foot-tall art sculpture designed by WashedAshore.org and made from recycled marine debris of an adult and baby Adélie penguin will be on display in Future World.

5. Free Gardens, Tours, & Exhibits

  • Alpine Container Garden (Germany): Learn about hearty alpine plants that have adapted to survive in extreme temperatures and are the perfect match for windy balconies, cold-weather climates, and sloped or parched landscapes.
  • Bamboo Garden (China): Check out bamboo in many colors, patterns, and sizes.
  • Barrels by the Bay (Adjacent to Fountains of Nations, near MouseGear): From March 8 to 10, guests can decorate rain barrels (Coke Florida syrup receptacles) with paint and stencils!
  • Bold Bromeliads (Mexico)
  • Bonsai Collection (Japan): Discover the ancient art of bonsai with some of the finest living sculptures created by bonsai masters.
  • Chinese Zodiac Natural Sculptures (China)
  • English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London® (United Kingdom): Learn about the history of art and tea blending with plants important to some of Twinings tea blends during this 20-minute tour. The garden also features more than a dozen tea-flavoring plants inside oversized saucers.
    • NOTE: Advance registration is recommended, since each tour is limited to 20 guests. That said, same-day registration is available in The Tea Caddy gift shop.
    • Tours are held: Monday through Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5 p.m.
  • Festival Blooms (Overlooking east and west lakes of Future World):  Living panoramas composed of thousands of flowers.
  • Floating Mini-Gardens (Border the walkway between Future World and World Showcase): More than 100 petite plots drifting on the ponds.
  • Garden Italiano (Italy): A Tuscan garden featuring produce and herbs that create a classic Italian feast.
  • The Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ (Future World West): A foliage-filled exhibit, where you can come up close and personal with several butterfly species.
  • The Honey Bee-Stro (Near Imagination! Pavilion): Learn about honeybees and even taste food at the adjoining outdoor kitchen made by the bees.
  • Kokedama Garden (Japan): Garden featuring bonsai creations.
  • Plant a Garden Perfect for Pollinators (Near Butterfly House): Offers garden-ready ideas, garden crafts, and sustainable best practices.
  • Purple Martin Garden: A place to spot purple martins, who  flew over 3,000 miles from the Brazilian Amazon to raise their young at Epcot. Cast Members from Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be available on Tuesday and Fridays after 11 a.m. to answer questions.
  • Shakespeare Garden (United Kingdom): Have fun matching famous quotes to flowers at this garden.
  • Tropical Rainforest Garden (Mexico): Learn about Mexican rainforests.
  • Urban Spice (Morocco): Become acquainted with ancient spices in eastern cultures and how valuable they are today and were in the past.

Walt Disney World, Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Goofy Topiary

6. Gardens & Tours For A Price

Gardens of the World: A 3-hour walking tour through the World Showcase with a Disney Horticulturist, where you’ll experience behind-the-scenes stories about the topiaries; learn about Walt Disney World landscaping and how you can apply techniques at home; and discover various plant materials and gardening skills. The tour costs $85 plus tax/guest and takes place on select Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can make reservations by visiting Guest Relations or calling 407-WDW-TOUR.

Royal Tea Garden Tour: This is a guided tour of an English tea garden. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. in the U.K. Pavilion, where a tour guide will lead you through a tea garden exploring the artistry and history behind growing and blending tea. The tour lasts for about 45 minutes and will end at The Tea Caddy, where you’ll be able to sample tea and scones. It costs $20 including tax/person. You can make reservations by visiting Guest Relations or calling 407-WDW-TOUR.

7. Fun For Kids

-Play Garden – (NEW; Along Imagination Walkway):  Presented by AdventHealth, the kid-friendly playground and outdoor kitchen is said to help inspire youthful energy and creativity, in addition to learning how to stay healthy.

-Bo Peep’s Playtime Training Grounds (NEW; Located by walkway to Test Track): A fun, interactive Toy Story 4-themed play area for kids.

-Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration: A family scavenger hunt along the garden pollination trail starring “Spike, the bzzzz-iest honey bee” at Disney World, where guests search for Spike’s best blooms as he pollinates beds across the park. All you have to do is purchase a map ($6.99 plus tax; Cast Member and Annual Passholder discounts apply) while supplies last at Port of Entry and hunt for Spike throughout the World Showcase. Once finished, return your completed map to Port of Entry for a “special surprise.” There will also be select merchandise available for purchase featuring Spike.

-Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt: From April 5 through April 21, embark on this Easter egg-themed scavenger hunt. You can purchase a map ($6.99 plus tax; Cast Member and Annual Passholder discounts apply) while supplies last at Disney Traders, Pin Central, or World Traveler, and then go on an easter egg hunt featuring your favorite Disney characters. Once completed, return your map to Disney Traders for a “sp-egg-tacular surprise.”

8. Outdoor Kitchens 

Here are all the outdoor kitchens you can look forward to. Be sure to click here to see all of the offerings in detail!

-Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace — NEW!
-Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth – NEW!
-Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market
-The Citrus Blossom — NEW!
-Fleur de Lys
-Florida Fresh
-Hanami
-Jardin de Fiestas
-La Isla Fresca
-Lotus House
-Northern Bloom
-Pineapple Promenade
-Primavera Kitchen
-Taste of Marrakesh
-THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews
-The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™
-Trowel & Trellis Hosted by IMPOSSIBLE™ Foods — NEW!
-Specialty Coffee Carts Hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®

9. Exclusives For Annual Passholders

Annual Passholders attending this year’s festival will have access to so much exclusive merchandise! Check them out:

-Passholder Magnets (either at Mouse Gear or Port of Entry):
• Pluto Magnet – available March 6 through April 10, while supplies last
• Daisy Magnet – available April 11 through June 3, while supplies last

-Passholder Cookies (purchase at Taste Track for $4 each):
• Pluto Cookie – available March 6
• Daisy Cookie – available April 11

-Figment & Other Merchandise (20 percent AP discount applies; check out gallery of photos here):
*Starting March 6:  Figment t-shirt, Tervis tumbler, mug and limited-edition MagicBand as well as two trading pins, a Pandora charm, a Donald and Spike mug, and a Dooney & Bourke Tassel Tote.
*Starting April 11:  Tervis stem glass, Minnie mug, ladies tank top and baseball cap, Goofy mug, t-shirt, and baseball cap.

10. A Variety Of Merchandise

The following is the official themed-merchandise offered at this year’s festival:

Minnie’s Garden Party: Minnie Mouse apparel, drinkware, accessories, and more.
Mickey’s Garden Shed: Micky Mouse apparel, headwear, garden stake and statuary, and more.
-Violet Lemonade Collection: Violet Lemonade (like the popular Flower & Garden drink!) apparel, headwear, accessories, and more.
Figment’s Imagination Goes Wild: Colorful Figment apparel and drinkware.
Spike and Donald: Apparel and headwear featuring Spike the Bee and Donald Duck.

*This post will be updated if or when any new details are announced.

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