Experience Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival

Discover What's New at the 2016 Festival

Topiaries at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
••• Topiaries at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. Photo Courtesy of WDW and © Matt Stroshane, photographer

The 90-day Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot features unbelievably beautiful topiaries, brilliant blooms, farm-to-table flavors at 13 Outdoor Kitchens, interactive playgrounds for the little ones and concerts by some of the biggest names in music. Plus, you can get advice from world-class gardening gurus during the complimentary how-to demos held at the Festival Center.

In 2016, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 2 to May 30.

2016 Outdoor Kitchens

Epcot is known for its great food, and this year, the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival offers 13 delicious Outdoor Kitchens to sample fresh, farm-to-table treats as you wander around the World Showcase.

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market – This new addition is located next to the Germany Pavilion and offers a sampling of Bavarian bites as well as an organic champagne apértif and several ice cold brews.

Cider House – Another new addition this year, the Cider House offers farm-grown ingredients, fragrant herbs, delicious ciders and more near the United Kingdom Pavilion.

Fleur de Lys – This popular French kitchen will please anyone interested in something sweet or sophisticated for the palate.

Florida Fresh – Located between France and Morocco, Florida Fresh offers Sunshine State favorites created from locally grown ingredients. Don't forget to pair your selection with wine, a craft beer or yummy watermelon juice.

Hanami – You can't (and don't want to) miss this pagoda-style kitchen located next to the Japan Pavilion. Try the amazing Frushi, a fresh fruit with raspberry coconut rice and whipped cream.

La Isla Fresca – Located at the Showcase Plaza, this kitchen is another new 2016 addition to the festival and features Caribbean-inspired fare, frozen drinks and dessert.

Jardin de Fiestas – Always a great place to start (or finish) your around-the-world journey, this Mexican kitchen offers sensational tapas and other guest favorites.

Lotus House – At the China Pavilion, you can sample small selections of contemporary Chinese fare and pair each with fruity bubble tea.

Pineapple Promenade – Also at the Showcase Plaza, the Pineapple Promenade offers both tart and tangy items to taste, such as fresh lemonade, pineapple-flavored soft-serve and a spicy hot dog with chutney.

Primavera Kitchen – Near the Italian Pavilion, you'll encounter some truly sensational samplings of Old Country dishes and a generous wine list.

Taste of Marrakesh – Choose from spice-infused Mediterranean dishes and cocktails at the popular kitchen located at the Morocco Pavilion.

THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews – At the American Adventure Pavilion, indulge in hearty portions of slow-cooked, lip-smacking ribs, sliders and brisket.

Urban Farm Eats – This kitchen offers more than just healthy and all-natural food; you'll receive a ton of inventive tips for growing your own food at home at this stop located at the Showcase Plaza.

2016 Garden Rocks Concert Series

The 2016 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival would not be complete without great music with a waterfront view.

Gather your family or friends and enjoy the concerts, taking place on select nights throughout the festival.

This year, live performances take place at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the America Gardens Theatre. 

  • March 4 – 6, 2016 - The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • March 11 – 13, 2016 - STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • March 18 – 20, 2016 - Little River Band
  • March 25 – 27, 2016 - Village People
  • April 1 – 3, 2016 - Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • April 8 – 10, 2016 - The Guess Who
  • April 15 – 17, 2016 - Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice
  • April 22 – 24, 2016 - Bad Company starring Brian Howe – NEW to the Festival
  • April 29 – May 1, 2016 - Georgia Satellites – NEW to the Festival
  • May 6 – 8, 2016 - Gin Blossoms
  • May 13 – 15, 2016 - Darlene Love – NEW to the Festival
  • May 20 – 22, 2016 - Night Ranger
  • May 27 – 30, 2016 - The Spinners

Topiary Displays & Gardens

The highlight of the Flower and Garden Festival is the creative and often breathtaking living sculptures of beloved Disney Characters scattered throughout the park. Enjoy over 100 dazzling, one-of-a-kind topiaries.

In 2016, guests can enjoy and photograph:

  • Anna and Elsa from Frozen (Norway)
  • Bambi & Friends (Canada)
  • Beauty and the Beast (France)
  • Buzz Lightyear (near Mission Space)
  • Woody (The American Adventure)
  • Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey and Louie (Front Entrance)
  • Fantasia (Future World West)
  • Floral Sun (behind Spaceship Earth)
  • Lady and the Tramp (Italy)
  • Minnie Mouse & Pluto (Showcase Plaza)
  • Peter Pan, Captain Hook & Tick Toc Crock (United Kingdom)
  • Ranger Mickey & Friends (Future World)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Germany)
  • The Lion King (The Outpost)
  • Winnie the Pooh & Friends (United Kingdom)

2016 Gardens, Tours & Exhibits

In order to fully experience what the festival offers, you must visit the park’s many gardens and wildlife exhibits. Each year, they become more amazing and creative.

Bonsai Collection – Located at the Japan Pavilion, check out this ancient art form that produces miniature trees.  

Butterflies on the Go presented by GoGo squeeZ™ – This walkthrough tour allows you to get up close to several species of butterflies. Located in Future World.

Floating Mini-Gardens – A breathtaking site, 225 petite plots of stunning mini-gardens float on the ponds bordering the walkway between Future World and the World Showcase.

Health & Healing Garden – Located at The Land, visit this spot to discover ancient plants with healing properties.

Illuminated Gardens – Select Disney topiaries and playgrounds glow with light as the sun sets.

Pepper Fire Garden – Head to The Land Pavilion to check out some of the world’s hottest peppers.

Prehistoric Plants – Love dinosaurs? Here you’ll find examples of plants that existed when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Located at Future World East.

Purple Martins Presented by Audubon Florida – Take a breather and enjoy the tranquil sound of this special species of songbird at Future World East.

Shakespeare Garden – This fun garden in the United Kingdom Pavilion will have you matching up famous quotes to flowers.

Fun for Kids

What good is a theme park festival if the kids don’t enjoy it, right? Well, that’s not a problem at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. A couple of festival exhibits were designed specifically for the little ones, allowing them to connect with nature, burn off some energy and grow their imaginations.

Music Garden Melodies Playground – Located along the Imagination Walkway between Future World and World Showcase, this fun zone features kid-favorite topiaries, as well as music-themed plants and a variety of musical instruments for playing. There’s also a net for climbing for the more adventurous children. The Music Garden Melodies Playground lights up after dark.

Cactus Road Rally – Located along the Test Track Walkway, this desert-themed mini park allows parents to take a break while little ones enjoy a canopied jungle gym, eye-catching cacti and Cars-themed auto parts scattered among beautifully colorful flower beds.