Easy Guide: Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

A festival of flowers with a distinctive Disney flair

Snow White Topiary at Epcot International Flower and Garden Show
Walt Disney Parks

Disney World is celebrating spring with its annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which is held for three months every year. In 2018, the festival runs for three whole months, from February 28 to May 28.

The 2018 festival, which takes place during the 35th anniversary of Epcot, will showcase millions of brilliant blossoms, delicious cuisine from 15 Outdoor Kitchens, Disney topiary stars, interactive play gardens and live chart-topping musical acts during the Garden Rocks Concert Series.

At the front entrance of Epcot, a welcome topiary garden sets the milestone anniversary scene with a kaleidoscope of blooming color where Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy greets festival guests.

The festival is a wonderful bonus that's included with your regular park ticket. And, of course, you can also enjoy all of Epcot's regular rides and attractions.

In a Nutshell: Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 

The annual event is a highlight of Disney World's springtime calendar, bringing spectacular landscaping and eye-popping Disney-themed topiaries to Epcot. At least 70,000 bedding plants surround the Future World east and west lakes alone. Meanwhile, on the water, 220 mini-gardens are set afloat.

In addition, you'll find many special culinary delights and entertainment. As you stroll around Epcot, you'll find mini kitchens set up offering seasonal dishes and beverages at every stop.

There are also workshops and seminars for cooking, landscaping, and gardening.

On the weekends, there are live performances by musical artists during the evenings as part of the Garden Rocks series. The series features hit makers of the 1960s through 1990s on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Three evening concerts each Friday through Monday present musicians that span multiple genres.

Don't miss the creatively themed play gardens with state-of-the-art climbing equipment and hands-on activities. A brand-new Future World interactive play garden and a revved-up Road to Florida 500 garden featuring new games and play challenges provide spaces for kids of all ages to burn off some energy. The new interactive area in Future World will feature a play maze, sensory garden, activity zone and a covered seating area. The redesigned “Cars”-themed garden based on the Disney/Pixar sequel, “Cars 3,” will add more fun activities like highway bingo for families.

Back by popular demand, the ideal selfie backdrop is the Figment topiary garden between Future World and World Showcase.

The Royal Tea Garden Tour (small fee) returns for a second year. Every morning at the United Kingdom pavilion. guests can follow a guide through the restful tea garden setting to learn the history and artistry behind growing and blending tea. A post-tour treat of tea and scones is included. The shorter, complimentary English Tea Garden Tour is offered on select days.

For kids and adults alike, it's fun to discover favorite Disney characters captured as amazing topiary sculptures throughout the theme park.

Keep an eye out for these topiaries:

  • Anna and Elsa of "Frozen"
    Located at World Showcase Plaza. Don't miss these other opportunities to meet the Arendelle Princesses.
  • Goofy About Spring 
    Featuring Goofy, Chip ‘n Dale and friends, located near the Main Entrance
  • Miss Piggy & Tour de Fleurs Garden 
    Located at the Italy Pavilion
  • Spring Is in the Air! 
    Butterfly topiaries, located behind Spaceship Earth
  • Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story 
    Located in Future World near Mission Space
  • Woody from Toy Story
    Located in Future World at the American Adventure pavilion
  • Fantasia 
    Located at West Future World
  • Phineas and Ferb 
    Located at the Odyssey Bridge
  • Farmer Mickey & Minnie 
    Located between Future World and World Showcase
  • Bambi & Friends 
    Featuring Bambi, Flower and Thumper, located at the Canada Pavilion
  • Peter Pan, Captain Hook & Tick Tock the Crocodile
    Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Aurora & Prince Phillip 
    Located between the International Gateway and France Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Beast 
    Located at the France Pavilion
  • Woody from Toy Story
  • Located at The American Adventure
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
  • Located at the Germany Pavilion
  • Lady and the Tramp 
    Located at the Italy Pavilion
  • The Lion King 
    Located at The Outpost between the Germany and China Pavilion
  • Cinderella & Prince Charming 
    Located at the France Pavilion
  • The Three Caballeros 
    Located at the Mexico Pavilion
  • Pandas and Bromeliad Dragon
    Located at the China Pavilion
  • Troll 
    Located at the Norway Pavilion