Highlights for the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival include:
- Outdoor Kitchens offering delectable small plates, and flavorful non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages—along with several new food and refreshment kiosks
- More than 70 world-renowned Disney-themed topiaries—including many totally original displays
- Vibrant gardens, flower towers, wildlife habitats and walkways
- Inspirational exhibits, how-to demonstrations and farm-to-table dining experiences
- Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands—with an assortment of debuting acts and dining packages
Kicks off today and runs through early June this year!
When: March 6, 2019 – June 3, 2019 – the extended in June this year – 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot is amazing!
There is a dazzling array of over 70 topiary displays – some brand new!, gardens and exhibits—each featuring seasonal designs or several popular Disney characters, including some new ones:
In the France pavilion, Kermit pedals past with baguettes in his bike’s basket. The festival team made a few adjustments to the frog figure, which previously was seen playing the banjo. Nearby, Miss Piggy stars in a scene that screams “moi.” She’s ready for her close-up and flanked by three mirrors.
“We only could do that because he was already sitting on the crates last time so he was almost in the right pose,” Darden says. “We didn’t have to create a whole new character.”
Festival Blooms – Future World East and West Lake
Fantasia – Future World West
Ranger Mickey & Friends – Future World
Figment – Future World behind Spaceship Earth
Stitch – Fountain-side of MouseGear
Disney Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear – Near Mission Space
Disney Pixar’s Cruz Besouro from the – Near Test Track
Phineas and Ferb – Near Odyssey Bridge
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto – Showcase Plaza
Anna and Elsa – Norway
Bromeliad Dragon – China
Panda presented by Disneynature – China
The Lion King Featuring Mufasa, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Sarabi, Simba and Timon – The Outpost between the Germany and China Pavilion
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany
Lady and the Tramp – Italy
Disney Pixar’s Woody – The American Adventure
Beauty and the Beast – France
Belle – France
The Three Caballeros – Mexico
Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom
Peter Pan, Tinker Bell & Fairy Houses from Pixie Hollow – United Kingdom
Bambi and Friends featuring Bambi, Flower, and Thumper – Canada
Mickey & Minnie Located between Future World and World Showcase
Bambi & Friends Featuring Bambi, Flower and Thumper Located at the Canada Pavilion
Yes, there are flowers, but there’s also special foods available during the festival!
The food offerings are different than the ones seen at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In many cases, the lead menu item is plant-based.
“This is all about Mother Earth. … Protein is the secondary star,” Kesting says. “It really showcases all the garden goodness that’s out there.”
Among the garden edibles: fried green tomatoes, roasted beets, fried cauliflower, potato pancakes with apple sauce, chilled cucumber soup and grilled maple pound cake with peach compote.
Disney is going not only for sights and sounds, but for good smells as well. Outdoor grills will be used for the corn on the cob at the Trowel & Trellis kitchen in Showcase Plaza.
“It’s like you’re going to a local farmer’s market. You are immersed,” Kesting says. “That’s our goal for any of our festivals.”
On the liquid side, there’s a new beverage at the Citrus Blossom kitchen. The orange cream slushy is a nonalcoholic option that comes in a plastic cup shaped like the Orange Bird character.
THE OUTDOOR KITCHENS
Set up around the World Showcase, Outdoor Kitchens offer regional and national delicacies to sample and taste, with the emphasis on fresh-from-the-garden goodness. Small plates and beverages give guests the chance to try specialty recipes from many international locations!
Most dishes are in the $3 – $8 range. Don’t forget that many of these are available for a Disney Dining Food snack credit!
Our tip: Plan on spending about $60+ sampling all the cuisine. Add more for the alcoholic beverages.
Check out the Purple Martins: Presented by Audubon Florida – Stop and listen to the tranquil sounds of this special species of songbird at Future World East. The Purple Martins arrived back at WDW last month and we got to see their nesting boxes!
THE MUSIC OF THE FESTIVAL
Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series featuring throwback beats from fan-favorite bands with new acts added this year. Always a crowd pleaser!
The Garden Rocks concert series has shifted to a three-times-a-day every day schedule for the run of the event. First up: Steve Augeri, the former lead vocalist of Journey on March 6-8, followed by Glass Tiger (March 9-10), Jon Anderson of Yes (March 11-12) and Tony Orlando (March 13-14).
The Disney pin team has created several 2019 limited edition pins.
The flowering trees at Epcot are just starting to bloom!
We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.
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Have a magical day!