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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Spring in Florida, ah, there's nothing better. At Disney World spring means the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival comes to town. Or, if you want to be technical, The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival comes to Walt Disney World.

Take a Monorail ride through the show

The Monorail running through Epcot during the Flower and Garden FestivalPhoto by Matthew Cooper

 

Disney has some of the most interesting flora and fauna on the planet. Disney gardeners can take a normal everyday bush and turn it into a work of art. But in the spring Epcot flowers really come to life.

Dates

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival starts around the first of March each year and lasts until the middle of May. In 2015 the dates are March 4 to May 17.

The flowers are just beautiful

Flowers at the Flower and Garden FestivalPhoto by Matthew Cooper

Garden Rocks Concert Series

Every weekend during the show, a different musical group comes to the American Gardens Theater and brings back memories of happier times ... or at least memories of long ago.

 

In 2015 the Flower and Garden Festival Concert Series gets a new name. It's now called the Garden Rocks Concert Series (formerly Flower Power).

Here is a list of the performers and dates for 2015 -

  • March 6-8: Gin Blossoms
  • March 13-15: Pablo Cruise
  • March 20-22: En Vogue
  • March 27-29: Starship
  • April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • April 10-12: Village People
  • April 17-19: Jon Secada
  • April 24-26: The Guess Who
  • May 1-3: Taylor Dayne
  • May 8-10: Little River Band
  • May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

These old rockers still know how to put on a show.

 

There are 3 shows each night at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00.

 

 

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Booths

Last year (2013) Disney added food booths (like the Food and Wine Festival) to the Flower and Garden show. Here's the list of some of the booths in 2014 -

  • Florida Fresh - here guests can taste some of the best flavors Florida has to offer. This booth is located next to Mexico in World Showcase
  • Fruits by the Glass - World Showcase features alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages made out of fruit
  • The Smokehouse: Barbque and Brews - located in the American Adventure, guests can taste the best BBQ outside of Texas
  • Pineapple Promenade - Dad's favorite Dole Whips are served here next to the Canada pavilion
  • Lotus Houes - Ever wonder what it is like to eat your way around China? Find out here
  • L’Orangerie- Located in the France pavilion, this booth brings some of the greatest favors of France
  • Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market - German foods rule at this booth
  • Primavera Kitchen - Here guests can enjoy the freshest taste of Italy
  • Hanami - the Japan pavilion offers great bites from the sea and land
  • Jardin de Fiestas - Mexican Tapas are out of this world
  • Taste of Marrakesh - sample Morrocan food and drinks here
  • The Cottage: Savories, Trifles and Tea - Located in the England pavilion this booth brings the taste of Englad to guests

If the food here is anything like the Food and Wine Festival, oh, boy did Disney hit another home run.

Spaceship Earth with Flowers Photo by Disney Image Makers

Crowds

March, April and May are big crowd months at Disney World. Dad's Disney World crowds page will give you all the information you need to avoid the throngs.

A King is born

Simba Topiary at the Flower and Garden FestivalPhoto by Matthew Cooper

Make your plan today

Would you like to see the Flower and Garden Festival for yourself? Good idea. Go over and let Dad's partners at Destinations to Travel a ring and let them help you get started.

 

Dad's Bottom Line

If you visit Epcot in the spring, you won't be able to miss the Flower and Garden Show. While you don't have to listen to the speeches, you might learn something.

PS. The music is really, really good.

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