Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Sundance Vacations Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Garden

Every spring, Epcot hosts the International Flower & Garden Festival for about three months. Sundance Vacations has luxury accommodations for your home away from home while visiting Orlando. This year the 26th annual International Flower & Garden Festival will run from March 6th throughout June 3rd. This popular event shows off over 100 beautiful Disney character topiaries from one end of the park to the other, and shows off more than 30 million blooms. You will get to see larger than life sized Disney characters made from stunning shrubs and flower arrangements in full bloom. There will be about 700 gardens to walk around and enjoy. Make sure you pack your camera because you can get up close and personal to nearly 1,000 butterflies in the screened in butterfly house. There, you will get to view hundreds of different butterfly species and the butterflies may even land on you! If you are into gardening, there will also be more than 130 different gardening and home improvement related shows, demonstrations and presentations to learn expert tips and tricks to make your garden look stunning at home.

 

You can explore ‘Spikes Pollen Nation Exploration’ trail and take part in an exciting scavenger hunt! The map to play along can be purchased at the port of entry. Spike, the honey bee is featured at each and every garden. You will need to pay close attention and search for him to find the plant he has pollinated. Once you find him, add the special sticker to your map from that garden. If you fill up your map with all the stickers, you can return it and get a special spring-time surprise!

Did you know that Disney offers guided tours of the International Flower & Garden Festival? They offer 4 different guided tours including: The Royal Tea garden Tour, Behind the seeds, The Gardens of the World Tour and The English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London.

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Living with the Land

‘The Royal Tea Garden Tour’ starts at 9:30 am, an hour and a half earlier than the doors open to the public. You will get to explore an elegant tea garden in great detail, and you will learn a little history about growing and making tea. How cool? You might even get to sample some scones and tea at the end too!

‘Behind the Seeds’ is a unique one-hour experience where you will get to visit the 4 greenhouses and on-site fish farm. You will get to see the fish during feeding time and view gigantic fruits and veggies. If you ride Living with the Land, you will get a glimpse of what you will experience on the Behind the Seeds tour.

‘The Gardens of the World Tour’ is a small guided walking tour and lasts more than 3 hours. You will experience some behind the scenes action, and get expert advice from the tour guide. You will learn more about the gardens, and learn ways to make your garden at home better than ever.

‘The English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings of London’ is a quick, elegant tour showing off the tea-flavoring plants and lasts about 20 minutes.

 

You will also get to enjoy music from the Garden Rocks Concert Series every night in the America Gardens Theatre. The shows will be featuring former Journey lead singer Steve Augeri, Sister Hazel, Lonestar, Marshall Tucker Band and Air supply just to name a few. The Garden Rocks concerts are going to be bigger and better this year. They will be playing every night, they expanded the concerts and they will host more than 250 concerts over the three-month span.

Sundance Vacations Garden Rocks Concert

The Garden Rocks concerts are 7 nights a week at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:00 pm.

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

All entertainment is subject to change without notice.

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Winnie the Pooh

 

Outdoor Kitchens:

There are many outdoor kitchens with a few brand-new kitchens coming in 2019. The International Flower and Garden Festival offers a variety of different food and beverages to enjoy. The best part of the outdoor food areas is the Disney dining plan is accepted. Each kitchen has a specific food and beverage menu. Here are a few of the International Flower & Garden Festival’s crowd favorites from last year:

 

The Berry Basket-

Where you can enjoy a lamb chop with quinoa salad and blackberry Gastrique and a JDub’s Brewing Company’s blueberry IPA. The Berry basket has a variety of healthy dishes to choose from.

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board

Enjoy a number of different honey-themed dishes, like the Local wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with orange blossom honey Ice cream, garnished with fennel pollen meringue kisses, and a delicious honey-peach cobbler freeze with blueberry vodka.

Northern Bloom-Canada-

You can enjoy beef tenderloin tips served with a mushroom bordelaise sauce, whipped potatoes and garden vegetables. The Northern Bloom has a maple popcorn shake with Crown Royal Maple whisky too!

Pineapple Promenade-

Featuring a spicy hot dog with pineapple chutney and plantain chips and Pineapple Promenade’s soft serve ice cream, along with a number of refreshing desserts.

The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews-The American Adventure-

Home of pig sliders, brisket sliders, flights of beer and Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine and more! The Smokehouse is a place you would definitely want to try.

Cider house-United Kingdom-

The Cider House offers a house-made potato and cheddar cheese biscuit with smoked salmon tartare and a cider flight with a few different samples to enjoy.

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Carts Specialty Festival Offerings-

Featuring 4 different beverage carts like the Disney Traders Port of Entry Coffee Cart which has the Garden of Guava, is a frozen pink guava topped with rum or vodka. Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Carts has something for everyone.

La Isla Fresca-World showcase Promenade-

La Isla Fresca has a Caribbean conch salad with mango, papaya and pickled red onions. This salad pairs great with their tropical freeze with Cruzan mango rum.

Primavera Kitchen- Italy-

If you love lobster ravioli, this is the place you will want to try. The Primavera Kitchen was serving a Maine lobster ravioli with vodka sauce. They also have your traditional wines to sip and enjoy with your pasta dishes.

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market

The warm cheese Strudel with mixed berries is a crowd pleaser at Bauermark: Farmer’s Market. They also have 4 beverages to choose from, or you can simply try them all with the purchase of a beer flight.

(The 2019 menus have not been released yet)

Sundance Vacations Clock and Candlestick
Lumiere, Cogsworth & Chip

 

The Garden Rocks Dining Packages include reserved seating and scrumptious breakfast, lunch and dinner dining packages at 15 different pavilions throughout Epcot. Almost everything in the festival is included with regular Epcot admission prices. Aside from the food of course.

Each package includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert—or one (1) full buffet or family-style dining, where applicable—along with a non-alcoholic beverage and one (1) guaranteed seat to the Garden Rocks Concert held on the same day.

Participating restaurants Include:

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Norway Pavilion
Breakfast: $63 for adults; $38 for kids
Lunch: $73 for adults; $44 for kids
Dinner: $73 for adults; $44 for kids
The Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion
Breakfast $49 for adults; $30 for kids
Lunch: $63 for adults; $38 for kids
Dinner: $63 for adults; $38 for kids
Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
Lunch: $55 for adults; $31 for kids
Dinner: $55 for adults; $31 for kids
La Hacienda de San Angel
Mexico Pavilion
Dinner: $82 for adults; $25.75 for kids
Chefs de France
France Pavilion
Lunch: $72 for adults; $19 for kids
Dinner: $80 for adults; $25 for kids
Nine Dragons Restaurant
China Pavilion
Lunch: $50 for adults; $16.99 for kids
Dinner: $58 for adults; $18.50 for kids
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $67 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $67 for adults; $22 for kids
Restaurant Marrakesh
Morocco Pavilion
Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids
Dinner: $63 for adults; $19 for kids
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $21 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $21 for kids
Tokyo Dining
Japan Pavilion
Lunch: $65 for adults; $20.50 for kids
Dinner: $78 for adults; $23.50 for kids
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Mexico Pavilion
Lunch: $70 for adults; $23 for kids
Dinner: $82 for adults; $25.75 for kids
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Italy Pavilion
Lunch: $64 for adults; $22 for kids
Dinner: $70 for adults; $25 for kids
Spice Road Table
Morocco Pavilion
Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids
Dinner: $63 for adults; $19 for kids
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Italy Pavilion
Lunch: $54 for adults; $20 for kids
Dinner: $57 for adults; $24 for kids
Teppan Edo
Japan Pavilion
Lunch: $65 for adults; $20.50 for kids
Dinner: $78 for adults; $23.50 for kids

 

If you are in Florida during March 6th through June 3rd, I highly recommend checking the International Flower and Garden Festival out. The Festival is included with the regular Epcot admission price. There is literally something for everyone, from young kids to Grandparents. Getting to see Epcot in full bloom is a unique experience which will remain a lasting memory for years to come. There are photo opportunities everywhere you look throughout the park. You won’t want to miss out on this festival.

Five Fun facts about the International Flower & Garden Festival:

  1. Did you know that the Mike and Sully themed playground is named one of the biggest gardens at Epcot and weighs a whopping 4,300 pounds!
  2. Elsa and Anna stand at about 6’ 5” tall!
  3. The Festival not only showcases over 30 million flowers, it also shows off more than 50 different types of trees and almost 50 different types of plants.
  4. The Festival takes more than 1 year to put together, and more than 20,000 cast members help make this festival a reality.
  5. The 2019 Garden Rocks Concert Series is going to be bigger and better than ever before. There will be 30 different artists performing every evening throughout the three-month span.

If you’re looking for luxurious accommodations, check out Sundance Vacations. We can help you plan the perfect vacation to Orlando. We have over 50 different luxurious Resorts throughout the Orlando and Kissimmee area. The resorts are conveniently located minutes away from the Disney parks. Our travelers love to stay at our Vacation Internationale Cypress Pointe Resort. This resort has a Caribbean-like style and is the ideal vacation location in Orlando. This Resort will be sure to help you relax after spending a long day walking around Epcot’s International Flower & garden show.


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