Spring is in the air! What’s kicks off spring for you? In the DVC Duo house, it’s the opening of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The birds are chirping, the smell of flowers fills the air, and most importantly we’re saying bye-bye to the cold. Thanks to Punxsutawney Phil and Disney, of course, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival comes a few days earlier this year. Yeah, for no shadows! Grab your trowel and let’s dig into what’s new for this year’s festival!

Tigger and Eeyore from 2019Epcot Flower and Garden festival

Adding Flowers!

Can you ever have too many flowers? Yeah, we didn’t think so. For our 2020 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival update, we’re adding to the “flower bed” we started last year. We like to think of this article as a perennial. Ha, flower humor! We definitely recommend taking a moment to stop, and “smell” this article as it’s the groundwork for what we’re building upon.

Passholder Insights: In the France Pavilion, the Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-long is now open. You’ll find the theater entrance directly behind the water fountains within the pavilion.

Italy Pavilion from 2019 Epcot Flower and Garden festival

This Garden Rocks!

A staple of the 90-day festival (March 4 to June 1) is the Garden Rocks concert series. Throughout the Flower and Garden Festival, Disney hosts a variety of music acts at the American Pavilion stage (American Gardens Theater). Every night a different musical acts perform three 30-minute shows. The times vary based on the night and we recommend checking My Disney Experience for exact showtimes. For a full list of musical acts check out the following link. A couple of standouts for us have to be Sister Hazel and Simple Plan, we’re kids of the ’90s what can we say.

Passholder Insights: An alternative to heading to the American Garden Theater, head to the outdoor seating at Regal Eagle Smokehouse. Nothing beats enjoying some barbecue and beer, with great music in the background!

The new Remy topiary at Epcot Flower and Garden

Hi, Remy!

For this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, our favorite chef is making an appearance. Who are we talking about? Remy, of course! The chef has a few moments to say hi while Disney Imagineering puts the final touches on his “kitchen”. New this year is the Ratatouille Garden. Within the France pavilion, is a new garden filled with vegetable plants you would find in the ratatouille recipe. The centerpiece will be the new Remy topiary. Say it with us, awww! The new topiary will go where Miss Piggy was located at last year’s festival, with The Muppets moving the area between the France and Morocco Pavilions.

Passholder Insights: If you’re looking for the great flute of champagne, we like to Vins de France. It’s one of our favorite Epcot spots for an adult beverage.

Cheesecak from Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

New Food?!

We’re also excited about the new food booth. At this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, a new outdoor kitchen joins the ever-growing list of options. Magnolia Terrace will be offering up a variety of southern specialties, from a seafood boil to housemade boudin, and the creme de la creme pecan cake. You had us at maple whipped cream. The big question is will it surpass the Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake from the Honey Bee-Stro. Looks like a have a dessert throwdown, Bobby!

Passholder Insights: When on the Disney Dining Plan you’re able to use your snack credits at the different outdoor kitchens.

Our Thoughts

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is one of the more enjoyable festivals. It’s Serena’s favorite. Combining the beautiful flower beds, jaw-dropping topiaries, and delightful dishes, it’s one of the more relaxing festivals of the year. There is no better way to cap-off the Epcot festival season than with this festival. There’s only one thing left to decide, what should we see first? Hands down, we gotta say hi to our favorite chef!

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