What's blooming at Disney World's 2024 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

Feb 28, 2024 in "Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival"

2024 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival topiaries and gardens
Posted: Wednesday February 28, 2024 6:15am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The 2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival is officially underway at Walt Disney World. The event, taking place over 90 days starting February 28, 2024, offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty and imaginative design. It's a place where Disney's horticultural prowess is on full display, featuring an array of blooming flowers, intricate topiaries, and a series of activities and performances.

What's New at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival for 2024

Topiary Artistry and Disney Characters Come to Life

Groot Topiary: A new addition inspired by the "Guardians of the Galaxy" series finds its place near the Cosmic Rewind attraction in World Discovery.

"Wish" Characters: At the main entrance, visitors are greeted by topiaries of Asha, Valentino, and Star from the Walt Disney Animation Studios film "Wish."

Miguel and Dante from "Coco": The characters from Disney Pixar's "Coco" are showcased in Mexico, adding to the festival's international flair.

Other Topiary Highlights: The festival also features a Princess Tiana topiary at The American Adventure pavilion and Figment in the World Celebration Gardens. The Encanto display from last year's main entrance returns in World Showcase Plaza.

See photos of all the 2024 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival topiaries.

Gardens and Exhibits: A Closer Look

The festival extends beyond topiaries, offering over 25 garden destinations:

Floating Gardens and Festival Blooms: These areas present an array of colors and designs, with over 170 floating gardens and a vibrant panorama of flowers.

PB&J Garden and Songbird Meadow: The new PB&J Garden presented by Smucker's Uncrustables offers a playful exploration of the quintessential American snack. In World Discovery, Songbird Meadow presented by Wild Birds Unlimited beckons feathered friends with attractive flora and teaches guests simple steps for creating their own bird paradise.

English Tea Garden and More: The English Tea Garden, presented by Twinings, offers insights into the tea-making process with a variety of plants on display.

Culinary Delights: Tastes and Treats

With 18 Outdoor Kitchens, the Flower & Garden Festival a wide variety of sips and tastes on offer.

New Offerings: New bites and sips such as the Cubanito with mojo-marinated pork belly, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and stone ground mustard sauce at Florida Fresh and the Key Lime Wine Slush at The Citrus Blossom join returning guest favorites. Familiar flavors include Chicken & Waffles at The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by the National Honey Board, the Muffuletta Panini at Magnolia Terrace and the Chocolate Whisky Cake at Northern Bloom. View all the menus for 2024 Outdoor Kitchens.

Garden Graze: A food stroll highlighting both sweet and savory options encourages guests to sample diverse offerings and earn a special treat upon completion. To participate, guests select five dishes from specified menu items – all listed in the Festival Passport. Upon purchase, guests receive a stamp in their passport. When they collect five stamps, they can bring their passport back to Pineapple Promenade for a special treat. The Garden Graze can be completed at guests' leisure over multiple visits, and you can redeem their completed passport anytime during the festival.

Interactive Fun and Learning

The festival includes interactive elements designed for family enjoyment:

Scavenger Hunts: Spike's Pollination Exploration and the Egg-stravaganza Hunt offer engaging activities for guests of all ages. Maps for both scavenger hunts will be available for purchase while supplies last. Once their journey is complete – whether or not they find all the items – guests can redeem their map at Disney Traders, Creations Shop or World Traveler at International Gateway for a special surprise.

Butterfly Landing: This area allows visitors to observe butterflies up close, emphasizing the importance of pollinators.

Blossoms of Fragrance: Presented by Scentsy, this new addition invites guests to create lasting memories through the power of fragrance.

Entertainment and Activities

Garden Rocks Concert Series: Daily performances feature a mix of local and international artists. This year, new groups join the lineup, including Modern English, Crowder, Fonseca, Lit, and Monsieur Periné. Also, for the first time, Raul Acosta & Oro Solido will share the stage with Luisito, then return the next day with Magic Juan. 

Camp Get Out 'N' Play Garden: A camp-themed play area encourages children to engage in physical activities in a fun-filled environment.

Festival Merchandise and Gift Cards

Exclusive Merchandise Collections and Convenient Payment Options:

Event Merchandise: Collections featuring the Orange Bird, "Coco" characters, and a butterfly-themed Minnie Mouse line are available, with select items exclusive to Annual Passholders.

Official event merchandise is available at Festival Markets and Creations Shop while supplies last. Select festival merchandise will also be coming to shopDisney March 4.

Mini Festival Gift Cards: These wearable cards offer a cash-free option for purchases throughout the festival.

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SoFloMagicJun 01, 2024

Prob takes a bit to get em all out. Permanent ones will probably stay I'd imagine. I don't really remember the before times

castlecake2.0Jun 01, 2024

So are they just leaving all the kiosks shuttered on display all summer?

BrianMay 22, 2024

Not exactly breaking news, but a local band called 'Legacy' is replacing 'Epic Live' in the Garden Rocks concert on 5/21 - 5/23 in case there's any fans of either out there.

ToTBellHopMar 26, 2024

Epcot is definitely beautiful during F&G.

SaucyBoyMar 26, 2024

Good morning from Epcot! I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t done Flower and Garden in four years but I think this is the prettiest I’ve seen Epcot in a long time; absolutely stunning!! And the weather today? Sublime!

CntrlFlPeteMar 14, 2024

it was a real mix of 'crowds'. Based on T-shirts, Rick Springfield brings people to the park -- public schools are out this week (at least in Polk county) -- AP block out dates start coming up in the next couple of weeks -- Spring break from other areas -- International tourism has seemed strong at Disney (my opinion) the last 8 months or so. But it was really crowded compared to what it had been since the last race weekend. For my wife, my mother-in-law, and myself, it was chicken and waffles, butterfly gardens, then home for it was a bit too much for us and it is easy for us to come back another day.

HauntedPirateMar 13, 2024

Opening day was busy, so to hear that a recent day was busier is … interesting. And telling.

Andrew25Mar 12, 2024

F&G booths haven't been busy at all outside first weekend. But the park is busy, so I'd imagine it has to do with either less disposable income (mostly from APs), or items no longer as exciting or worth trying. Lots of booths this year solely offer some sort of vegetarian option as the only item, and those have been empty. There is definitely festival fatigue at this point. Festival of the Arts was quite busy, so I think people are interested in them still... but not a new one each month lol Sooner or later they will need to incentivize guests to go in the summer... so they'll need to come up with a summer festival soon

CntrlFlPeteMar 12, 2024

We went on Monday and I would say that Spring Break is certainly happening. I would not claim that I have been to each day of the festival, but I can certainly say that Monday was the busiest we have seen Epcot during this year's F&G. We were there on opening day and the crowds on opening day where nowhere near what we saw on 3/11 (save for the queue to get into Creations on opening day).

HauntedPirateMar 11, 2024

There would be some value to that educational piece, I'd imagine. But here we are. We were there are the start and it was obviously very busy, but it's interesting to hear that crowds seem to have died off rather quickly, especially on a weekend. We'll see how things go over the next month with Spring Break ramping up quickly, I'm rather interested in hearing more boots-on-the-ground reports of crowds for F&G.

tpoly88Mar 11, 2024

There is a lot that goes into it and difficult keeping the flowers looking great in the FL Heat. I do wish they had some more of the educational aspect they used to have with workshops and teaching different techniques in gardening. i know its not really sexy but i used to like talking with the botanists about different plants and flowers. Went yesterday and the Festival seems very empty like they removed a lot of Kiosks and festival tents. Was not crowded at all yesterday given that its spring break. What few food pavilions they did have I didn't have to wait at all.

HauntedPirateMar 08, 2024

I also wondered why they didn't offer a real buffalo chicken option as well as the fake buffalo chicken option. Seems rather short-sighted.

Andrew25Mar 08, 2024

Yeah but I want Buffalo Tender Poutine with actual chicken lol

HauntedPirateMar 08, 2024

In the case of Canada, traditional poutine is also available. However, it’s not listed in the guide, only on the physical menu at the stand.