Happiness blooms at the 2023 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! It’s important to note that no official announcement has been made yet however we do expect this event to return for it’s 30th year. Last year the Flower and Garden festival was the longest festival on record so we also have high hopes for this year!
World Showcase will also host over 20 of our favorite food and beverage booths, with some old and new favorites! We are also expecting EPCOT Flower and Garden festival merchandise and hoping for the popular Eat to The Beat Concert series to be back! Last year, the Flower and Garden Festival was one of the best EPCOT festivals of 2022.
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So with so many entertaining sights to see and delicious eats and drinks to taste, we’re here to cover everything you need to know about this year’s 2023 Flower and Garden Festival. Read on!
SPECIAL NOTE: If you’re looking for the absolute best time to visit the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival be sure to check out our Disney Crowd Calendar.
The Disney Flower and Garden Festival is an annual event that takes place in EPCOT park and has been in bloom since 1994. Every year, the park is bursting with color and incredible sculptures made from hundreds and thousands of different types of flowers. It marks as one of the highlights of visiting Walt Disney World in the spring.
This Epcot Garden Festival takes a full year and about 400 Walt Disney World cast members to prepare for. All of this hard work for the 120-day Flower and Garden Festival. For this reason the Epcot Flower and Garden 2023 dates will all be similar to years in the past.
In outcome, there are about 30-million blooms, 240 floating flower planters, 700 gardens, almost 100 incredible Disney character topiaries, 30 flower towers, and a butterfly tapestry of flowers. This is what creates a spectacular spring.
When is Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2023?
The dates for the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival 2023 are anticipated to be March 2nd, 2023 – July 4th, 2023.
2023 EPCOT Flower And Garden Dates
The 2023 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival dates – March 2nd, 2023 – July 4th, 2023 (based on last year)
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When Is The Best Time to Visit EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival in 2023?
The best times to visit EPCOTS Flower and Garden Festival in 2023 are:
The Epcot Flower and Garden 2023 adventures are located at all throughout EPCOT, but mostly featured on the World Showcase. Here you will see large and beautiful Disney characters made out of flowers.
Aside from gorgeous flower displays, you can expect to try some delicious meals, snacks and drinks that are specific to Flower and Garden 2023. There will be numerous kiosks located all throughout World Showcase.
We suggest taking a map of the Epcot Flower and Garden festival so you can spot all the photo-ops and delicious food stands.
The Best Disney Resorts for the 2023 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival
With the addition of the Disney Skyliner there have never been so many great hotel options for guests visiting EPCOT. Below are our recommendations when visiting the 2023WDW Flower and Garden Festival.
Hotels in Walking Distance to 2023 Flower and Garden Festival
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
The Disney Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Beach Club
Swan & Dolphin (friendly neighbor resorts)
Disney Skyliner Access to 2023 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Art of Animation Resort
What’s New For 2023 EPCOT Flower And Garden Festival
So, you’re wondering what’s new for the Flower and Garden Festival 2023? We’ve got the latest details on what we can expect to be brand new in 2023.
The 2022 Scentsy Fragrant Gardens – stop by and sniff 6 different floral stations to make amazing memories coming from beautiful butterfly topiaries
New menu items coming to the Outdoor Kitchens: The Citrus Blossom, Magnolia Terrace and Tangerine Cafe: Flavors of Medina.
There are always new topiary statues coming to the Flower and Garden Festival and we’ve seen that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be getting a makeover!
So what’s on the Flower and Garden menu? There’s more than “meats” the eye when it comes to the International Flower and Garden Festival. That’s right, there’s food and drinks too!
During the 2023 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival dates, guests can enjoy new Magnolia Terrace at The American Adventure. This terrace will be serving low-country, gulf-region comfort food.
Parkgoers will also enjoy an innovative plant-based menu at Trowel & Trellis hosted by IMPOSSIBLE Foods.
Good news for everybody! EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival Menus are still around. While the new Flower and Garden Festival food booths haven’t been announced yet, there are usually repeats from year to year. Let’s see what kind of deliciousness we can enjoy starting in March!
2022 Flower and Garden Festival Food Menu Items
EPCOT Sunshine Griddle
Avocado Toast with Marinated Toybox Tomatoes and Fresh Goat Cheese on Toasted Ciabatta
Shrimp and Grits: Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Sweet Corn Salsa.
Corned Beef Brisket Hash with House-made Potato Barrels, Onions, Peppers, Cheese Curds, and a Soft-poached Egg with Tabasco Hollandaise
Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Bacon
Froot Loops Shake (non-alcoholic).
Joffrey’s Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail with milk, rum and coffee liqueur, and vanilla vodka
EPCOT Farmers Feast (Near Test Track)
Early Bloom Menu (available March 2 through April 9)
Chilled Potato and Leek Soup “Vichyssoise” with chive oil and crispy leeks (New) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
Char-grilled Bison Ribe-Eye with creamy leek fondue, roasted carnival cauliflower, Romanesco and port wine-goat cheese butter (New) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
Potato Pancake with caramelized ham, onions, and herb sour cream (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with black forest ham and melted Gruyère cheese
Warm Cheese Strudel with mixed berries
Apfelschaumwein: Sparkling wine and apple liqueur
Frushi: Strawberry, pineapple, and cantaloupe wrapped in sweet rice and pink soy wrap served with whipped cream, berry sauce, and toasted coconut
Chicken Yakitori: Grilled chicken with scallions, red pepper-shoyu emulsion, and pickled onions
Beef Tataki: Seared sirloin with red shiso sauce, watermelon radish, and sprouts
Yuzu Tilted Tonic Hard Seltzer
Ozeki Pineapple Nigori Sake
Cucumber Cooler: Sake, vodka, and cucumber garnished with a cucumber slice
Tangierine Cafe: Taste of the Medina (Morocco)
Mediterranean Flatbread with za’atar, artichokes, olives, mozzarella, and feta cheese (New)
Vanilla, Rose Water, and Pistachio Panna Cotta
Ginger and Elderberry Ale
Pomegranate Hard Cider
Blackberry Mint Mead
Refreshment Port (Showcase Plaza)
House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers Poutine
Salted Cucumber Apple Hard Cider
Lavender Martini: Vodka with lavender and lemon
Fleur de Lys (France)
Croissant au Fromage de Chèvre, Herbes et Ail Rôtie: Croissant with goat cheese, herbs, and roasted garlic (New)
Pan Bagnat Classique: The Niçoise Sandwich with house-made bread, albacore tuna mayonnaise, tomato, black olives, lettuce, and celery (New)
Salade de Lentilles à la Lyonnaise: French Green Lentil Salad with bacon and garlic sausage (New)
Beignet Caramélisé, Fourré Crème Vanille, Glacé au Caramel Fleur de Sel: Caramelized Beignet filled with vanilla cream and glazed with caramel fleur de sel
French Wheat Draft Beer
VeRy Raspberry: Rosé wine with natural raspberry flavor
Grand Mimosa Cocktail with orange liqueur, Champagne, and orange juice
La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Vodka, orange vodka, and liqueur with white and red cranberry juice
World Discovery (Near Mission: SPACE) – Minty Melon Refresher: A lightly caffeinated blend of watermelon-cucumber-mint juice with strawberries and blueberries (Spirited option available featuring Watermelon-Basil Vodka)(New)
Showcase Plaza:Citrus Sunrise: Frozen Lemon and Passion Fruit with Mandarin Vodka
Near Canada: Strawberry Fields Refresher – A lightly caffeinated blend of strawberry açaí juice with strawberries and blueberries (Spirited option available featuring strawberry-lemongrass vodka)(New)
World Showcase (Near Disney Traders) – Pink Paradise Refresher: A lightly caffeinated blend of refreshing dragon fruit-lychee juice with strawberries and blueberries (Spirited option available featuring watermelon-basil vodka)(New)
The American Adventure – Wildberry Wonder Refresher: A lightly caffeinated blend of wildberry-hibiscus juice with strawberries and blueberries (New) (Spirited option available featuring tropical rum)
Funnel Cake (American Adventure)
Strawberry Cheesecake Funnel Cake topped with strawberry ice cream, cheesecake crumbles, strawberry drizzle, and whipped cream (New)
Pineapple Skewer with tajin seasoning (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) (Plant-based)
Tangerine Cream Ale
Blueberry Lemonade Hard Cider
Organic Blonde Ale with passion fruit
Garden Rocks Concert Series 2023 – Flower and Garden Festival Concerts
The Garden Rocks Concert series will be back for 2023, and we are so excited! The Flower and Garden Festival is never complete without these incredible series. Disney has released a lot of details for the 2023 Garden Rocks Concert Series, and w will share that here.
Unfortunately the Garden Rock Concert Series did not return in 2021. This has been the case with many live performances to avoid guests gathering in large crowds as Walt Disney World continues to promote safe social distancing. Although we are upset to miss the concert series this year we completely understand the decision on Disney’s part. We are hoping that the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival 2023 might bring back some of these crowd favorites.
Three times a day, a band performs at America Gardens Theatre stage. This means 270 concerts featuring such artists as STARSHIP, The Pointer Sisters, Daughtry, Rick Springfield, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
When are the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival Concerts?
Garden Rocks concert performances are nightly at the American Adventure Pavilion. Regular concert times are at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. & 8 p.m. each night.
Guests can actually enjoy a unique show experience by booking a Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package. Each package includes breakfast, lunch or dinner at a select Epcot restaurant and guaranteed concert seating.
What to do at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival?
Aside from all the sight seeing, eating, and concert-going you’ll be partaking in, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2023 dates also provide unique activities you’ll be wanting to learn more about!
View character topiaries throughout EPCOT
Stop by the NEW 2023 Scentsy Fragrant Garden
Taste fresh food around the World at Outdoor Kitchen booths
Do a scavenger hunt! – Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration
Try out the Garden Graze – Try 5 different Garden Festival dishes to redeem an exclusive treat
One of the most magical parts of the 2023 Flower and Garden Festival are the incredible living statues created called topiaries. Throughout EPCOT park, you can find Disney characters sculpted with flowers and living plants that are displayed during the festival. You can find all of your favorite characters like Elsa, Anna, Winnie the Pooh, Simba, Remy and more!
Flower and Garden Festival 2023 Garden Graze
The Garden Graze is perfect for those Disney foodies that love to taste through festival offerings. While you’re making your way through your 2023 Flower and Garden Festival Food Booths, make sure to check your Festival Passport for the special items a part of the Garden Graze.
Get all five stamps and bring it to the Pineapple Promenade for a festival exclusive treat!
Global Gardens 2023
All throughout this festival are beautifully crafted Global Gardens that are meant to transport you across the globe through plants. These gardens are not only beautiful, but educational as you learn about sustainable foods and appreciate nature. You can even walk through a butterfly garden at the Flower and Garden Festival and watch as they flutter around you.
2023 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival Scavenger Hunts
The Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration Scavenger hunt is so fun for the family as you hunt around the EPCOT gardens for Spike the Bee. Make your way around the festival, marking stickers each time you find Spike. At the end take your completed map to select merchandise locations and receive a free prize.
Maps can be purchased for $9.99
Twinning Teas Tour
We are unsure if this is returning for 2023, but will update as soon as we know more info.
What better place to spot a cup of tea than England? Located at the United Kingdom pavilion, guests can follow a knowledgeable guide each festival morning! Walk through the tranquil tea garden setting to learn the history and artistry behind growing and blending tea (for a fee). After the tour, enjoy included tea and scones.
There is also a shorter, complimentary English Tea Garden Tour presented by Twinings of London, which will be offered on select Flower and Garden festival dates in 2023.
To book the complimentary English Tea Garden Tour, guests can visit the Tea Caddy in the UK pavilion on the day they arrive at Epcot.
If you want to learn more about how the Walt Disney Company gets their park so beautiful, the Gardens of the World Tour is perfect for you. This tour gives guests an inside/exclusive look at the landscaping throughout Epcot.
More specifically, you’ll learn about how Disney’s Horticulture team brings the Flower and Garden Festival to life through their dedication to landscaping and creating.
In 2020, this was a 3-hour tour starting at 9:00AM and costing $85 per person on top of your daily Epcot admission ticket.
Flower and Garden Festival Passport 2023
While you’re exploring throughout Flower and Garden Epcot 2023, a fun activity would be to pick up a Festival Passport when you get to the park. This guide to the Flower & Garden Festival will give you information on all of the different exhibits, food experiences and topiary displays throughout the park. It also includes a Flower and Garden Festival map.
There is also a section in the in the passport where you can check off the foods and drinks you have tried so you know what you really enjoyed.
EPCOT Flower And Garden Festival 2023 Interactive Play Areas
There may be plenty of sites, food and beverages for adult, but Disney hasn’t forgotten about the little ones! Family-friendly play areas will return to this year’s festival, as it has in 2023 and prior. Kids will have the chance to experience and learn about nature through gardens, exhibits and fun playgrounds.
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