Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Early March through Mid-May – Epcot
The following details are for the 2014 Flower & Garden Festival. This page will be updated as 2015 information is released
Each year from March through May Epcot blooms into a beautiful burst of brilliant buds as thousands upon thousands of flowers are planted throughout the park. With colorful floral displays, inventive topiaries, special gardens, and other unique events, this event definitely enhances the Epcot experience. Keep in mind that you will need a park ticket for Epcot in order to visit the Flower & Garden Festival. The good news is that there is no additional charge once you enter the park.
In 2014, the Flower & Garden Festival will be held from March 5 through May 18 and will feature some new items as well as many of the existing favorites. Near the front entrance of Epcot you will find a grand topiary featuring Goofy, Donald, and Daisy in the midst of a butterfly hunt. Speaking of butterflies, Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House will return in 2014 for a chance to see the real life fluttery flyers.
Other topiaries will dot both Future World and the entirety of World Showcase. Returning favorites will include likenesses of several princesses as well as favorite characters from The Lion King and Peter Pan. The new star topiary for 2014 that will sit at the entrance to World Showcase is a magnificent display featuring the planted debut of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Undoubtedly the March release of Muppets Most Wanted has nothing to do with this power couple’s sudden inclusion. Once the sun sets the topiaries come to life…figuratively, as they are each theatrically lit.
Another aspect of the Epcot International Flower & Garden festival that was introduced in 2013 is the Food and Beverage Marketplace Booths. These stands pop up all around World Showcase serving small plates of food as well as interesting drinks in various culinary styles such as Asian, barbecue, and a faraway land called Florida. Like a miniature version of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival that is held in the fall, these booths were quite popular and are sure to remain busy.
HGTV Designer Presentations
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is sponsored by HGTV, or Home and Garden Television if you aren’t familiar. What that means for visitors is that on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the festival, guests can hear presentations by some of the true superstars of basic cable.
The full 2014 list is as follows:
- March 7-9 – Vern Yip, “Design Star”
- March 14-16 – Chris Lambton, “Going Yard”
- March 21-23 – Matt Blashaw, “Yard Crashers”
- March 28-30 – Matt Meunster, “Bath Crashers”
- April 4-6 – Taniya Nayak, “House Hunters on Vacation”
- April 11-13 – Amy Matthews, “Renovation Raiders”
- April 18-20 – John Gidding, “Curb Appeal”
- April 25-27 – David Bromstad, “Color Splash”
- May 2-4 – Chip Wade, “Elbow Room”
- May 9-11 – TBD
- May 16-18 – Alison Victoria, “Kitchen Crashers”
These fun, knowledgeable speakers tell interesting stories and give plenty of tips on how to make your house and yard look magical.
Flower Power Concert Series
Epcot’s gardens have plenty of flowers, but they also have some rock thanks to the Flower Power Concert Series. Each year on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the Flower & Garden Festival the America Gardens Theatre hosts well known singers and bands. Okay, they may not be well known by the darn kids of today, but if you’ve put a few miles on your odometer, or are at least old enough to remember riding Magic Kingdom’s Skyway, you have surely heard these groups.
The Flower Power acts for 2014 are:
- March 7-9 – The Guess Who
- March 14-16 – Gary Lewis and the Playboys
- March 21-23 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
- March 28-30 – The Lovin’ Spoonful
- April 4-6 – Paul Revere and the Raiders
- April 11-13 – The Village People
- April 18-20 – The Grass Roots
- April 25-27 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
- May 2-4 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
- May 9-11 – Chubby Checker and The Wildcats
- May 16-18 – Alan Parsons Live Project
Due to the length of the Festival, the crowds ebb and flow throughout its run. During periods such as spring break season (mid-March) and Easter (from mid-April through Easter Sunday) the park will be very busy. Some other periods such as late March and early April are much more manageable. Weekend will be busier than weekdays, so if you aren’t interested in the HGTV presentations or Flower Power concerts, visiting on a weekday may be a better option.
The Marketplace booths add a different element as well since they bring people into the park for meals. The booths will get busier as the day goes on, so if visiting the food stands is an important thing for you try to be there as early as you can. The good news is that the Marketplace booths also keep people out of the attraction lines, so even when World Showcase seems congested the waits at many of the attractions will be reasonable.
For all the details and to find out the best way to plan your days at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival make sure you use all the tools at your disposal, including Touring Plans and a fully detailed Crowd Calendar, right here at TouringPlans.com.
Last updated on June 5, 2014