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BREAKING NEWS: Disney Releases Garden Rocks Concert Series Schedule & Information for EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival!

In just a few days, live entertainment returns to EPCOT Festivals when the Broadway Concert series kicks off the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. Fans of the next festival, the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, will be excited to learn that Disney has confirmed that the popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will return in 2022 and has released some of the performers that will come to EPCOT. Catch all the details below.





 

Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Joey McElroy:

Get your air guitars ready, because the popular Garden Rocks Concert Series returns to the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival this March! New this year, internationally recognized artists will bring the groove to the America Gardens Theater stage Friday-Monday, while local Orlando bands step into the spotlight Tuesday-Thursday.

The series features something for everyone – from returning favorites like The Guess Who, Rick Springfield and Simple Plan to Latin hitmakers Melina León and Claudia Leitte, Christian music superstar TobyMac and groovin’ legends Kool & The Gang. View the full list of announced artists below and keep checking back at FreshEPCOT.com as more acts are revealed.

      • Skillzmatic – March 2 & 3
      • The Guess Who* – March 4 & 5
      • Rick Springfield* – March 6 & 7
      • Foreigners Journey – March 8 to 10
      • Melina León* – NEW! – March 11 & 12
      • CeCe Winans* – NEW! – March 13 & 14
      • Hello Sister – March 15 to 17
      • Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel* – NEW! – March 18 & 19
      • Kool & The Gang* – NEW! – March 20 & 21
      • Glass Ceiling – March 22 to 24
      • The Orchestra starring former members of ELO* – March 25 to 28
      • Skillzmatic – March 29 to 31
      • The Spinners* – April 1 & 2
      • The Pointer Sisters* – April 3 & 4
      • M-80’s – April 5 to 7
      • Blue October* – NEW! – April 8 & 9
      • Don McLean* – April 10 & 11
      • Epic – April 12 to 14
      • Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston* – NEW! – April 15 & 16
      • Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles* – April 17 & 18
      • The Hooligans – April 19 to 21
      • STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas* – April 22 & 23
      • Claudia Leitte* – NEW! – April 24 & 25
      • Element – April 26 to 28
      • Berlin* – April 29 & 30
      • TobyMac* – May 1 & 2
      • Latin Ambition – May 3 to 5
      • Blood, Sweat & Tears* – May 6 & 7
      • The Commodores* – NEW! – May 8 & 9
      • The Vybe – May 10 to 12
      • Ambrosia with Peter Beckett* – NEW! – May 13 & 14
      • MercyMe* – May 15 & 16
      • Finesse – May 17 to 19
      • A Flock of Seagulls* – May 20 & 21
      • Collin Raye* – NEW! – May 22 & 23
      • Country Airwaves – May 24 to 26
      • Thelma Houston* – NEW! – May 27 & 28
      • Little River Band* – May 29 & 30
      • The Hooligans – May 31 to June 2
      • Simple Plan* – June 3 to 6
      • Audio Exchange – June 7 to 9
      • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone* – June 10 to 13
      • Latin Ambition – June 14 to 16
      • Plain White T’s* – June 17 to 20
      • Element – June 21 to 23
      • War* – June 24 & 25
      • Daughtry* – NEW! – June 26 & 27
      • Epic – June 28 to 30
      • M-80’s – July 1 to 4

Beginning January 19, guests can secure their spot at the show by booking a Garden Rocks Dining Package available Friday-Monday.  Find out more by visiting FreshEPCOT.com.

To experience EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, guests must have both valid admission and a park reservation for EPCOT on the same date.

RELATED ARTICLE: 8 Things We Love About the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at Disney World

by D.W. Noonan

Epcot now hosts four fabulous festivals every year drawing countless visitors to celebrate those seasons with special programming. Many events and activities return to Epcot every year, but festival planners also like to create new things for visitors to enjoy. This spring, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival runs from March 2 to July 4, 2022. There are a lot of things about the Flower and Garden Festival, but the following nine tops the list.


 

8 – The Weather

While the days in Florida generally range from warm to hot all year long, the springtime days perfectly fall in the middle with temperatures averaging in the mid-70s to low 80s. During the festival, you’re not likely to suffer from relentless heat beating down upon you or cool breezes giving you the shivers. Also, Florida’s dry season occurs from March to May, meaning that during the festival, you’ll usually find clear skies, low humidity, and not much precipitation. These nearly perfect days enhance your experience of the blossoming flowers of Epcot. Any summer guest at Walt Disney World has certainly endured sweltering humidity and heavy thunderstorms that drive them indoors, but we love the fact that we can avoid them during the Flower and Garden Festival.

7 – The Floral Variety

The diversity of flowers that Disney horticulturalists display during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is mind staggering. Disney achieves this through intensive preparation that requires more than a year of work and around 24,000 cast members. The stunning colors draw a multitude of pollen-carrying insects, melodious songbirds, and photo-snapping humans to the festival. Be sure to bring a quality camera to capture the spectacular images that you’re not likely to find elsewhere.

Butterfly House

6 – The Fragrances

Naturally, the great floral variety will produce the most pleasant aromas you’ll ever smell. Delight your olfactory senses with fragrances from over 30 million blooms as you stroll through lively gardens, linger among the flower towers, and visit purple martin and butterfly habitats. The experience draws you closer to nature and helps you to appreciate all the tools that flowers employ to attract insects to carry their pollen. Festival attendees love the freshness of nature’s perfume, and you’ll be sure to enjoy it, as well.


 

5 – The Gardening Tips

There are many gardens to explore throughout both Future World, Showcase Plaza, and World Showcase. Here you’ll find gardening tips on the various signs throughout the gardens. Use what you learn to plant your first garden or to improve your current gardening skills.

4 – The Scavenger Hunts

Special themed scavenger hunts encourage guests to explore the festival and provide a fun way for families and friends to spend their day at the park.

  • Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration – Gardeners of all ages follow Spike on his pollination trail, where he will be busy as a bee collecting nectar and pollinating gardens throughout EPCOT. (Map purchase required, available while supplies last at select retail locations.)
  • Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt – Guests set out on a delightful hunt across the park for decorative eggs inspired by Disney characters. (Map purchase required, available while supplies last at select retail locations for a limited time.)
  • Garden Graze – Guests who purchase five festival menu items from select locations receive a complimentary commemorative keepsake; guests can pick up a Festival Passport to get started.

 

3 – The Character Topiaries

By far, we find the topiaries created for the Flower and Garden Festival to be nothing short of amazing. Disney’s horticulturalists become plant sculptors as they transform shrubbery into three-dimensional depictions of popular Disney movie characters. The staple characters appear all over the place, but the festival planners also add new characters and motifs each year. You’ll see everything from Anna and Elsa to Winnie the Pooh, so make sure you snap lots of photos of these incredible topiaries to add to your vacation albums and scrapbooks.

2 – The Outdoor Kitchens

Disney vacationers love Epcot for its variety of cuisine and libations. During the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, the diversity of food and drink increases with the installment of booths around the World Showcase. These Outdoor Kitchens feature garden-fresh-inspired food and craft brews, ciders, and wines from the nations and regions represented. These creative recipes extend beyond the already delicious cuisine at each pavilion, so you’re bound to find something new. The Outdoor Kitchens serve as reason enough to love the festival, especially for foodies.

1 – The Music

The Garden Rocks Concert Series is back in 2022 and we’re so excited. Check out the schedule below.

  • Skillzmatic – March 2 & 3
  • The Guess Who* – March 4 & 5
  • Rick Springfield* – March 6 & 7
  • Foreigners Journey – March 8 to 10
  • Melina León* – NEW! – March 11 & 12
  • CeCe Winans* – NEW! – March 13 & 14
  • Hello Sister – March 15 to 17
  • Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel* – NEW! – March 18 & 19
  • Kool & The Gang* – NEW! – March 20 & 21
  • Glass Ceiling – March 22 to 24
  • The Orchestra starring former members of ELO* – March 25 to 28
  • Skillzmatic – March 29 to 31
  • The Spinners* – April 1 & 2
  • The Pointer Sisters* – April 3 & 4
  • M-80’s – April 5 to 7
  • Blue October* – NEW! – April 8 & 9
  • Don McLean* – April 10 & 11
  • Epic – April 12 to 14
  • Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston* – NEW! – April 15 & 16
  • Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles* – April 17 & 18
  • The Hooligans – April 19 to 21
  • STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas* – April 22 & 23
  • Claudia Leitte* – NEW! – April 24 & 25
  • Element – April 26 to 28
  • Berlin* – April 29 & 30
  • TobyMac* – May 1 & 2
  • Latin Ambition – May 3 to 5
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears* – May 6 & 7
  • The Commodores* – NEW! – May 8 & 9
  • The Vybe – May 10 to 12
  • Ambrosia with Peter Beckett* – NEW! – May 13 & 14
  • MercyMe* – May 15 & 16
  • Finesse – May 17 to 19
  • A Flock of Seagulls* – May 20 & 21
  • Collin Raye* – NEW! – May 22 & 23
  • Country Airwaves – May 24 to 26
  • Thelma Houston* – NEW! – May 27 & 28
  • Little River Band* – May 29 & 30
  • The Hooligans – May 31 to June 2
  • Simple Plan* – June 3 to 6
  • Audio Exchange – June 7 to 9
  • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone* – June 10 to 13
  • Latin Ambition – June 14 to 16
  • Plain White T’s* – June 17 to 20
  • Element – June 21 to 23
  • War* – June 24 & 25
  • Daughtry* – NEW! – June 26 & 27
  • Epic – June 28 to 30
  • M-80’s – July 1 to 4

*Dining Packages are available Fridays through Monday.

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