2013 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival dates
March 6 2013 to May 19 2013
View the 2013 Flower and Garden Festival Guide
2013 Garden Marketplace Menus
View the full menus for all 12 of the Garden Marketplace food and drink kiosks around World Showcase.
2013 Flower Power concert series
At the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm.
March 8-10 with Micky Dolenz (“I’m a Believer”) and continues each weekend with pop favorites including:
March 15-17: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
March 22-24: The Guess Who
March 29-31: Nelson
April 5-7: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
April 12-14: Paul Revere & the Raiders
April 19-21: The Village People (new!)
April 26-28: The Orchestra, Featuring Former Members of ELO and ELO II
May 3-5: Tommy Roe (new!)
May 10-12: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
May 17-19: Starship starring Mickey Thomas.
2012 Epcot International Flower and Garden dates
March 7 2012 to May 20 2012
2012 Festival Guide
2012 Flower Power concert series
At the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. throughout the festival dates
March 9 to 11 - Jose Feliciano (Light My Fire)
March 16 to 18 - Starship Starring Mickey Thomas (We Built This City)
March 23 to 15 - The Guess Who (American Woman)
March 30 to April 1 - The Spinners (Cupid)
April 6 to 8 - Chubby Checker & The Wildcats (The Twist)
April 13 to 15 - Paul Revere & The Raiders (Good Thing)
April 20 to 22 - The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie (Happy Together)
April 27 to 29 - NEW! Chuck Negron, Formerly of Three Dog Night (Joy to the World)
May 4 to 6 - NEW! The Orchestra Starring Former Members of ELO (Don’t Bring Me Down)
May 11 to 13 - Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (I’m Henry VIII, I Am)
May 18 to 20 - Micky Dolenz from the Monkees
2012 HGTV Celebrity appearances
John Gidding, HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block - presenting March 9 – 11
Sabrina Soto, HGTV’s The High/Low Project - presenting March 16 – 18
Jason Cameron, DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves - presenting March 23 – 25
Camille Styles, HGTV.com Entertainment contributor - presenting March 30 – April 1
Dan Faires, HGTV.com’s DanMade, Fan Favorite HGTV Design Star Season 5 - presenting April 6 – 8
Brandon Johnson, host of HGTV’s My Yard Goes Disney - presenting April 13 – 15
Meg Caswell, HGTV’s Meg’s Great Rooms - presenting April 20 – 22
Monica Pedersen, HGTV Dream Home Tour 2012 and Designed to Sell - presenting April 27 – 29
Antonio Ballatore, HGTV’s The Antonio Treatment - presenting May 4 – 6
To be determined - presenting May 11 – 13
Genevieve Gorder, HGTV’s Dear Genevieve and HGTV Design Star - presenting May 18 – 20
2011 Epcot International Flower and Garden dates
March 2 2011 to May 15 2011
2011 Festival Guide
2011 Opening Day Photo Tour
2011 Flower Power concert series
Showtimes are 5:15pm, 6:30pm and 7:45pm
March 4 - 6 Jose Feliciano - "Light My Fire"
March 11 - 13 The Guess Who - "These Eyes"
March 18 - 20 Chubby Checker & The Wildcats - "The Twist"
March 25 - 27 Melissa Manchester (New for 2011) - "Don't Cry Outloud"
April 1 - 3 Starship Starring Mickey Thomas - "We Built This City"
April 8 - 10 Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. (New for 2011) - "You Don't Have to be a Star"
April 15 - 17 Juice Newton (New for 2011) - "Playing with the Queen of Hearts"
April 22 - 24 Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring The Nelsons - "(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection"
April 29 - 5/1 Paul Revere and the Raiders - "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone"
May 6 - 8 Davy Jones - "Daydream Believer"
May 13 - 15 Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone - "Henry the VIII"
2011 Festival Details
The heroes of “Toy Story 3” have left the toy box. Woody and Buzz Lightyear meet arch-enemy Lotso the teddy bear on the Future World playground for the 18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2 through May 15, 2011, at Walt Disney World Resort.
The popular Disney•Pixar characters hit the sandbox as seven- and eight-foot-tall topiaries at the Epcot front entrance flower bed featuring a sand castle, strawberry-scented field and playground toys. Created by Disney gardeners and topiary experts with bold strokes of seasonal color, the topiary display marks the first time that “Toy Story” characters have been featured at the festival. It’s also the first time in seven years that the front-entrance floral spectacle showcases all-new topiary characters, says festival horticulture manager Eric Darden.
“It created unique challenges,” Darden says, “and it’s meticulous work. Woody is skinny, and it was a challenge to create his legs. The detail on Buzz is pretty daunting.” And the buzz on the pink-floral Lotso (a.k.a. Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear) is that he will smell like strawberries, just like his big-screen character, when guests stroll by.
This year’s festival showcases more than 100 expertly crafted topiaries, and another show-stopper will be the brand-new “Cars 2” display at the World Showcase plaza, Darden says. Large floral topiaries of “Cars” characters Mater and Lightning McQueen will park their colorful chassis beneath a black-and-white checkered arch. To complete the scene, gardeners will create floral flags representing Japan, France, Italy and the United Kingdom – destinations of the car characters in the sequel due in theaters June 24.
And Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and pals appear in topiary splendor among a Hundred Acre Wood wildflower display between Future World and World Showcase. They’re just in time to spread the happy news about the “Winnie the Pooh Movie” debuting summer 2011.
New in the Park!
An expanded Bambi’s Butterfly House, a new Healthy Living Garden, special gardener appearances on a new Festival Center stage and first-time Flower Power performers add fresh twists to the 18th annual festival:
· A roomier-than-ever Bambi’s Butterfly House grows three-fold this year in its new location along Imagination Walkway by Innoventions West in Future World. It’s the first time the popular garden has expanded since its 2005 debut, and guests will see more butterflies than ever, Darden says.
· The Healthy Living Garden invites park guests to join in fun activities designed for improving their health and well being. Areas of the garden, presented by Syngenta, focus on healthful eating, fitness, relaxation and meditation. An adjacent children’s play area keeps it all in the family.
· A new Festival Center stage brings nationally recognized garden personalities to the festival twice daily.
· Rapunzel lets down her hair at Rapunzel’s Tower in the Tangled Magical Garden inspired by Walt Disney Pictures’ animated film, “Tangled,” located between the Germany and Italy pavilions.
· Flower Power grows with new-to-the-festival pop acts. Melissa Manchester, March 25-27 (Don’t Cry Out Loud), Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., April 8-10 (You Don’t Have to Be a Star) and Juice Newton April 15-17 (Playing with the Queen of Hearts) are set to light up America Gardens Theatre with their timeless tunes.
· A new Festival Special Weekend is slated for May when Disney?Pixar presents a Pixar Animation Studios celebration in conjunction with the upcoming “Cars 2” big-screen debut set for June 24.
Throughout the festival, elaborate floral beds and entertaining exhibits will decorate the park landscape and showcase the extraordinary talents of Disney gardeners. A blooming Guerlain Fragrance Garden at the France pavilion returns with its never-ending “love story” of the relationship between plants and perfume. At the Japan showcase, the art of bonsai will mesmerize guests who stop at the pavilion’s vermilion torii gate.
· Flower Power concerts – Popular bands will rock the open-air America Gardens Theatre every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Jose Feliciano is scheduled to kick off the concert series March 4-6. The Flower Power lineup also will feature pop favorites such as Davy Jones, Chubby Checker & The Wildcats, and Paul Revere & the Raiders.
· The Festival Center– Guests can shop for festival merchandise, attend demonstrations and get ideas and tips from master gardeners. Includes Disney Gardening at Home and other presentations.
· Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden –Fabulous Disney fairies alight to greet young fans who enter this whimsical garden designed with play structures for children ages 2-5.
· Disney Gardening at Home presentations – Disney horticulturists will share gardening tips and lead guests in a hands-on, take-home activity.
· Special Festival Weekend Celebrations – An Art in the Garden celebration of plein air artists is scheduled March 25-27; the popular I Dig Bugs event is set for April 15-17; and a Fresh from Florida Farmer’s Market salute is slated for April 29-May 1. A date will be announced for the May Disney?Pixar weekend celebration.
More information about the 18th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is available by calling 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or by visiting disneyworld.com/flower. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.
2010 Epcot International Flower and Garden dates
March 3 - May 16 2010
2010 Festival Guide Map
2010 Flower Power concert series
Showtimes are 5:15pm, 6:30pm and 7:45pm
3/5 - 7 Jose Feliciano ("Light My Fire" )
3/12 - 14 Paul Revere and the Raiders ("Good Thing" )
3/19 - 21 David Cassidy ("I Think I Love You" )
3/26 - 28 Starship Starring Mickey Thomas ("We Built This City" )
4/2 - 4 Tony Orlando ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon" )
4/9 - 11 Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone ("Henry the VIII. I am" )
4/16 - 18 Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring The Nelsons ("(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection" )
4/23 - 25 Atlanta Rhythm Section ("So Into You" )
4/30 - 5/2 Fran Cosmo (Former singer of Boston) ("Don't Look Back" )
5/7 - 9 Davy Jones ("Daydream Believer")
5/14 - 16 Chubby Checker & The Wildcats ("The Twist" )
2010 Festival Description
The 17th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off March 3 – earlier than ever – and continues for 75 days through May 16, 2010, with bold strokes of seasonal color and brand-new topiary whimsy. Last year’s festival began March 18; now Walt Disney World guests get a head start on the gardening season as they explore exhibits and activities geared toward discovery and outdoor fun.
Even before spring has sprung, Donald Duck and his topiary pals set up camp in full floral color to celebrate the Great Outdoors at the Epcot front entrance. The elaborate topiary with a North American theme, live waterfall and pond features Goofy in a fly-fishing misadventure, Daisy Duck roasting marshmallows over a campfire and Pluto in his “pup tent.” It’s a must-stop photo op for guests as soon as they pass through the park turnstiles.
“The advantage of starting earlier is that we’ll be able to feature more brilliant color than ever, with richly hued petunias, violas, snapdragons and other hardy flowers,” says festival horticulture manager Eric Darden. “By starting earlier and going through mid-May, it allows more guests than ever to experience the festival and to plan ahead for their spring and summer gardening.”
New This Year!
Up to 700 butterflies flutter into an expanded and relocated, futuristic-themed Bambi’s Butterfly House – double the size of previous years’ Minnie’s Magnificent Butterfly Garden. The new butterfly abode in Future World West, at 3,500 square feet, allows hundreds of the winged beauties to flit among the lush foliage of a larger screened enclosure, where guests can wander and watch as multiple butterfly species light on flowers filled with nectar and as caterpillars emerge from their chrysalis in a special discovery exhibit. Bambi joins butterfly floral topiaries to welcome guests to the enclosure.
Special gardens, events and children’s play areas throughout the park offer more reasons to visit the 17th annual festival:
- New Victory Garden – Disney’s “fab five” topiary pals – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy – gather at American Adventure to tend tomatoes, beans, peppers, herbs and other edibles in their first Victory Garden as a salute to the history of World War II gardens, the new White House vegetable garden and the many community gardens being planted across the country.
- Newly Expanded Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden – Colorful topiaries of Tinker Bell and friends from Walt Disney Pictures’ latest DVD release “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” will sprinkle pixie dust over this playful, expanded garden for kids. New characters on display with returning fairy favorites are fast-flying, sharp-tongued Vidia and charming Terence, dispenser of pixie dust. Tinker Bell’s Nook has hands-on activities. In a synergistic turn, the “Lost Treasure” DVD includes a bonus feature on “The Making of the Fairy Garden,” featuring Disney cast members who designed and built Pixie Hollow, along with the movie’s producer and director, who helped plan the garden.
- First-Ever American Gothic Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse – Topiary experts pull out all the stops to create an American Gothic Mickey and Minnie topiary scene based on the 1930 Grant Wood painting. At World Showcase Plaza.
- Pirates Adventure Zone – Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Croc topiaries will lure young swashbucklers to this interactive space designed for exploration and adventure. Next to the Germany pavilion.
Throughout the festival, more than 70 topiaries plus sweeping floral beds and exhibits will decorate the park landscape and showcase the extraordinary craftsmanship of Disney gardeners. A Fragrance Garden at the France pavilion will tell the “love story” of plants and perfume, and the art of bonsai will “wow” guests at the Japan showcase.
Festival highlights also include:
- Flower Power concerts – Popular bands will rock the open-air America Gardens Theatre every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Jose Feliciano is scheduled to kick off the concert series March 5-7. On subsequent weekends, the lineup is slated to feature pop favorites like Davy Jones, Chubby Checker & The Wildcats, Tony Orlando, former Boston lead singer Fran Cosmo, and other top acts.
- Disney Gardening at Home presentations – Disney horticulturists will share gardening tips and lead guests in a hands-on, take-home activity.
- The Great American Gardeners series – Gardening celebrities and authors from across the country will reveal their gardening secrets. Opening weekend, Robert Bowden, author and director of lush Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, kicks off the series.
- The Garden Town Festival Center – Guests can shop for festival merchandise, attend speaker presentations and demonstrations and ask gardening questions of the experts.
- Special Festival Celebrations – An Art in the Garden celebration of plein air artists is scheduled March 26-28; a Florida Farmer’s Market celebration is April 23-25, and the popular I Dig Bugs event is set for April 30-May 2.
More information about the 17th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is available by calling 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or by visiting disneyworld.com/flower. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.
2009 Epcot International Flower and Garden Flower dates
March 18-May 31 2009
2009 Festival Description
An elaborate “Cinderellabration” topiary featuring four Disney princesses dressed in “blooming” finery will set the scene for the 16th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 18-May 31.
Cinderella and Prince Charming, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip, and Belle and Beast from “Beauty and the Beast” will debut as the grand front-entrance topiary during the 75-day festival.
And that’s just the beginning. More than 70 topiaries in all showcasing the extraordinary craftsmanship of Disney gardeners will dot the park landscape. Sweeping floral beds and exhibits will feature 30 million blooms. The art of bonsai will “wow” guests at the Japan showcase, and a large “green” garden between the France and Morocco pavilions will reveal the many ways home gardeners can “go green” with their own landscapes.
Festival highlights also will include:
- Disney Gardening at Home presentations: Disney horticulturists share gardening tips and lead guests in a hands-on, take-home activity.
- The Great American Gardeners series: Gardening celebrities and authors from across the country will share their gardening secrets.
- The Garden Town festival center: Guests can shop for festival merchandise, attend speaker presentations and demonstrations and ask gardening questions of the experts.
- Kids’ activities and character meet-and-greets.
- Flower Power concerts: Popular bands rock the open-air America Gardens Theatre every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. The concert lineup is slated to include Davy Jones, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Jose Feliciano and other top acts.