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The 2023 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival – What You Don’t Want to Miss!

Spring is in bloom at EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival! Now through July 5, 2023, EPCOT will blossom with innovative topiaries, fresh flavors, and high-energy concerts for the whole family to enjoy.

Over 127 days, guests can explore lush gardens, sample sweet and savory bites with refreshing sips, and shop new merchandise collections featuring Orange Bird, Snow White and Figment. Starting at sunset, festival guests can celebrate with a vibrant spectacle of light on Spaceship Earth set to a fresh and fun new soundtrack. Learn more below.


1 – Disney Character Topiaries

Making their debut this year, topiaries of Mirabel, Antonio, Isabela and Luisa from Disney Animation’s Academy Award-winning “Encanto” greet guests in the main entrance of EPCOT. Each imaginative topiary features details inspired by each character, including Isabela creating beautiful flowers between her hands and an illuminated butterfly for Mirabel.

A new topiary of Princess Tiana from the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic “The Princess and the Frog” graces The American Adventure in World Showcase, featuring a stunning ballgown and illuminated fireflies.

In the France pavilion, Lumiere and Cogsworth topiaries return with innovative new elements, including lit candles for Lumiere and a working clock for Cogsworth.

The Dragon topiary, located in the Japan pavilion, is composed of sun-loving succulent plants, adding bursts of colors to the nearly 20-foot-long display.

Here is the complete list of topiaries and where you can find them as listed on the Walt Disney World website:

Here are this year’s displays and where you can find them:

      • Encanto, Including Mirabel, Antonio, Isabela and Luisa – NEW!
        Main Entrance
      • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale and Pluto
        Bridge to World Showcase and World Celebration
      • Woody, Bo Peep and Her Sheep
        World Nature Near The Land Pavilion
      • Goofy
        World Showcase
      • Tiana – NEW!
        The American Adventure Pavilion
      • Buzz Lightyear
        World Discovery Near Mission: SPACE
      • Donald and Daisy
        Community Garden Near Connections Café in World Celebration
      • Figment
        Near Imagination!
      • The Three Caballeros (Jose, Donald and Panchito)
        Mexico Pavilion
      • Anna and Elsa
        Norway Pavilion
      • Troll
        Norway Pavilion
      • Dragon
        Japan Pavilion Near Torii Gate
      • Pandas
        China Pavilion
      • Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi)
        Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
      • Pumbaa and Timon
        Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
      • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
        Germany Pavilion
      • Lady and the Tramp
        Italy Pavilion
      • Beauty and the Beast
        France Pavilion
      • Lumiere and Cogsworth
        France Pavilion
      • Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
        Between France and Morocco Pavilions
      • Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tick Tock Croc
        Between United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
      • Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger)
        United Kingdom Pavilion
      • Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden
        United Kingdom Pavilion
      • Bambi and Friends
        Near Imagination! and Refreshment Port
      • Geese
        Canada Pavilion
      • Butterflies
        Main Entrance, Scentsy Garden, Butterfly House and World Showcase

Click here for photos of the topiaries at the 2023 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival!

2 – Plants and Flowers

More than 200,000 bedding plants are added to the gardens of EPCOT for the festival, including an additional 60,000 bedding plants that create the iconic floral designs that make up the World Celebration East & West Lakes.

Because this year’s festival will be celebrated across two seasons, plant displays will also evolve with the weather, making for true seasonal beauty and detail. Guests visiting during spring and summer may see new selections as the season changes.


3 – 15 Outdoor Kitchens

With more than 15 Outdoor Kitchens located throughout the park, guests can enjoy the freshest flavors as spring gives way to summer, including more than 50 new food and drink items.

There are citrus flavors abound at The Citrus Blossom, now located at the Odyssey, including Orange Sesame Tempura Shrimp with Orange-Chile Sauce; Citrus Baked Brie with preserved lemon marmalade, limoncello-macerated blueberries and spiced Marcona almonds; and a light and airy lemon meringue pie.

Befitting Princess Tiana’s residence nearby, Magnolia Terrace in the American Adventure pavilion features a menu with several new Louisiana-inspired bites and sips, including Muffuletta Panini with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, and Swiss with olive salad; Crawfish Pie, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding and Bayou Cocktail, featuring Bayou spiced rum, coconut rum, fruit punch, and orange juice. The crowd-pleasing Spicy Chicken Gumbo with andouille sausage and BEN’S ORIGINAL Long Grain & Wild Rice returns to round out the menu.

To showcase the freshest flavors of the season, EPCOT Farmers Feast near Test Track®, presented by Chevrolet®, will offer a rotating menu, changing three times throughout the festival, featuring the finest local ingredients. Highlights include Spice Cake with cream cheese icing and candied pecans and parsnip on the Early Bloom Menu; Grilled Swordfish with crushed fingerling potatoes, pea and mint purée, grilled asparagus, and lemon beurre blanc on the Springtime Menu; and Sweet Corn Crème Brûlée with corn biscotti on the Summer Solstice Menu.

Guests can also take a tasty tour through the gardens and explore EPCOT with Garden Graze, a fresh food stroll highlighting 11 delicious sweet and savory plant-based offerings – all listed in the Festival Passport.

Click here for photos of the menu boards with pricing for easy planning!

4 – Garden Rocks Concert Series

The ever-popular Garden Rocks Concert Series returns to the America Garden Theatre this spring featuring internationally recognized artists Friday through Monday and local Orlando talent rocking the house Tuesday through Thursday. This year’s lineup includes the following:

    • Smash Mouth
    • Blue Oyster Cult (New)
    • The Pointer Sisters
    • Luis Figueroa (New)
    • Piso 21 (New)
    • Switchfoot (New)
    • AJ Croce (New)
    • Casting Crowns (New)
    • Jason Scheff (New)
    • Plain White T’s
    • Simple Plan

And many others!Dining packages for lunch and dinner are available at eight EPCOT locations with guaranteed seating at the Garden Rock Concert Series. To see pricing, the full lineup of artists and performance dates, and to make a dining package reservation, guests may visit FreshEPCOT.com.


5 – Festival Merchandise

Merchandise can be found at festival retail locations across EPCOT, with additional pieces debuting throughout the festival.

Here are the collections you can find, per the Walt Disney World website:

Take home a piece of the festival! Shop these themed collections:
      • Orange Bird Collection: Spread the sunshine with groovy Orange Bird keepsakes, including 70s-inspired apparel, accessories, garden décor and more.
      • Snow White Collection: Discover cheerful merchandise that celebrates Snow White’s favorite flowers and forest friends.
      • Figment Collection: Grow your imagination in Figment’s cactus garden—showcased in this assortment of fresh fashions, collectibles and more.
      • Annual Passholder Collection: Find Passholder-exclusive Festival treasures featuring Figment, Orange Bird and Snow White. This extensive collection includes apparel, toys, drinkware, garden stakes, trading pins, PANDORA® jewelry and Dooney & Bourke handbags.

6 – Food Stroll and Scavenger Hunt Encourage Exploration

Guests can have even more fun exploring the festival by participating in interactive experiences (separate purchase required):

  • Garden Graze is a fun food stroll highlighting five delicious sweet and savory offerings listed in the Festival Passport. After their purchase, guests can complete the graze by collecting stamps in their passport to receive a special prize.
  • Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration is a fun scavenger hunt for kids of all ages. Maps and stickers can be purchased at select merchandise locations (available while supplies last) for $9.99. Guests can then complete their map to receive a special prize.
  • Egg-Stravaganza Scavenger Hunt – Begins March 13. This is another scavenger hunt that has guests searching for Disney-themed eggs during the Easter season. Like Spike’s Exploration, maps and stickers can be purchased at select merchandise locations for $9.99 plus tax.

To experience the 2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, guests need both a valid park admission and a park reservation for EPCOT on the same date. For more details on this year’s festival, guests can visit FreshEPCOT.com.

7 – More Fun at EPCOT

In addition to enjoying the festival, guests can explore the endless possibilities that EPCOT has to offer. Help save the galaxy on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, shrink to the size of Remy on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, dine with Disney Princesses at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and so much more. Now through March 31, guests can also take advantage of their last opportunity to enjoy Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration by hunting for golden statues featured in the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection. Through April 2, guests can finish their day of fun with the sights and sounds of “Harmonious,” a nighttime spectacular celebrating the power of Disney music and stories to inspire and unite us all.   

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