It is the 27th year of Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which runs from March 4 to June 1, 2020, and this yearly celebration of gardening, food, and music is more vibrant than ever!
You’ll find all the usual delights from past years, but Disney continues to innovate, so there will be plenty of new, exciting new things to experience.
For those curious what’s new at this year’s festival, here are four of the key new additions to experience for the very first time!
1. New Topiaries
Vibrant topiary displays featuring Disney characters are found throughout Epcot during Flower & Garden and have become one of the Festival’s hallmarks. Many old favorites like the Muppets and Beauty and the Beast are returning in 2020, but there will be new additions to the gardens as well.
One particularly exciting addition will be Ratatouille’s Remy in the France pavilion. The little rat with big taste buds will drum up lots of excitement for the summer’s opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure! Remy’s topiary will be placed in the new Ratatouille Garden, featuring the fresh ingredients used for the ratatouille recipe. It’s a nice touch to highlight the upcoming new attraction in France and pay homage to the classic French recipe.
For a full list of topiaries at the 2020 Flower & Garden Festival, click here!
2. New Music at Garden Rocks
Another returning fan-favorite will be the Garden Rocks concert series. You can enjoy daily performances from a wide range of music stars at the American Adventure Pavilion’s America Gardens Theatre. Every few days, a new performer or group will take to the stage for 2-4 days of performances. Some of the concerts and music may be familiar to guests from past years, but other music groups and individuals at the concert will be entirely new, adding their own melodies to the eclectic mix.
New performers at Garden Rocks this year include Mark Wills (March 20-23), High Valley (April 17-18), Don McLean (May 1-2), Daughtry (May 24-25), and Casting Crowns (May 3-4).
For a full list of Garden Rocks performers, click here!
If you want to be sure to score a seat for the big show, don’t forget to reserve a Garden Rocks dining package. This lets you eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Epcot restaurants and reserve seats for a concert that same evening. Restaurants participating in 2020 include Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Garden Grill Restaurant, and the Rose & Crown Dining Room. Prices range between restaurant and differ between kids and adults; current prices range from $22 to $69.
Click here for more info on the Garden Rocks dining package for 2020!
3. New Outdoor Kitchens Menus
In addition to flowers and music, one of the best parts about Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival is the wide range of unique cuisines offered around World Showcase at the Outdoor Kitchens. These food booths offer a diverse selection of foods and drinks from around the world, complementing your international tour through World Showcase.
And while the prices vary, many of the menu options are relatively inexpensive, often qualifying as snacks with the Disney Dining Plan. Booths and menus are subject to change year-to-year, with four new booths added in 2019. The information on the 2020 booths and menus have not yet been officially released by Disney, but we’ll bring them to you as soon as they are!
4. New 2020 Souvenirs
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival offers unique collectibles throughout Epcot during the celebration, and naturally each year has its own special items themed for that specific year. You can generally find anything from mugs and insulated cups to shirts and hats to “fairy houses” for gardens. These items seek to capture the vivid magic of the the festival, and we’re always game for some unique branded souvenirs.
With a diverse mix of old and new attractions in store, this year’s International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot is shaping up to be fun and festive.
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