What’s New for 2022 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival?

Are you excited to find out what’s new for 2022 Epcot International Flower and Garden festival?

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has a fresh new feel for 2022. You’ll be able to enjoy many of your favorite Disney-inspired topiaries and garden displays throughout Epcot. Such as the Anna & Elsa topiary and so much more!

This year there will be  more than 20 delicious Outdoor Kitchens for you to try featuring an array of delicious dishes and drinks to try.

Epcot China Pavilion Zodiac Topiary Sculpture Year of Tiger Bull and Pig

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When is the 2022 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival?

This special event takes place March 2nd through July 4th 2022. New experiences will include a variety of garden-fresh inspired seasonal dishes served at the Outdoor Kitchens and the new topiary displays. 

What’s New for 2022 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (A Fresh Feel)

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival looks a little bit different this year due to the global crisis we went through.

Muppets at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
Muppets at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

As you experience a taste of the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, you’ll notice a few things still missing such as the special tours and seminar classes. Hopefully they’ll return next year.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Garden area near monorail overlooking Spaceship Earth

Although some of your favorite treats and experience may be there, you’ll notice a few changes on trip to Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

Let’s go through some of the top strategies for experiencing this annual Epcot festival.

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1. Park Reservations Must Be Made

Although Park Hopping is back, you will need still book a reservation for your day at Epcot. You can read how this new Disney reservation system works here.

Disney Park Reservations Step One
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2. New Hours for Epcot

Epcot has went back to its original park hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day. This is a change from last year which had the park opening at 11 a.m.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Buzz Lightyear Topiary

Your park pass will allow you to come and go from the park as many times as you want throughout the day.

3. Say Hello to Your Favorite Characters from a Distance

On your trip to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, you will no longer be able to take photos with the characters up close. Instead you’ll see them in their own special locations on the promenade of World Showcase at various times during the day.

Pluto in fronts of Spaceship Earth mural at Epcot

You can still grab your most prized photo of your favorite Disney character, you’ll just have to do it from a safe distance!

4. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort

While you’re enjoying this year’s festivities, be sure to explore all of the “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary activities and merchandise.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Goofy with 50th Anniversary Cake in front of Spaceship Earth 2

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5. Check Out the New Topiaries and Gardens

There will be a few new gardens and topiaries added to this year’s Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Cinderella and Prince Charming Topiary
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Cinderella and Prince Charming Topiary

New Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries for 2022

  • Goofy Topiary and Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration Cake – Main Entrance
  • Seven Dwarfs with Snow White – near the Germany Pavilion in the World Showcase.
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Goofy with 50th Anniversary Cake in front of Spaceship Earth 1

New Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Gardens for 2022

  • France Bouquet Garden – near the topiary of Chef Remy in the France Pavilion
  • Blossoms of Fragrance Presented by Scentsy – on the bridge to World Showcase

Now the topiaries and gardens are my favorite part of the festival. They are what made me initially fall in love with this event almost ten years ago.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Colorful Garden display

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries:

  • Goofy Topiary and Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration Cake – Main Entrance
  • Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Brooms, Ostriches, Hippo and Gator – Entrance to World Showcase
  • Woody, Bo Peep and Her Sheep – near The Land Pavilion
  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie – Bridge to World Showcase
  • Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – The American Adventure Pavilion
  • Buzz Lightyear – near Mission: SPACE
  • 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 – Germany Pavilion
  • Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tick Tock Croc  – Between the 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!
Beauty and the Beast Topiary Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Beauty and the Beast Topiary Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Global Gardens

  • Blossoms of Fragrance Presented by Scentsy – World Showcase Bridge
  • Outdoor Escapes Presented by OFF!® Repellents – World Discovery
  • Floating Gardens – World Nature
  • Festival Blooms – World Celebration
  • Bambi’s Butterfly House – World Nature near Imagination!
  • The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board® – Rosewalk near Imagination!
  • Health Full Trail Presented by AdventHealth – Imagination! Walkway
  • Tropical Rainforest Garden – Mexico Pavilion
  • Extraordinary Orchids – Mexico Pavilion
  • Bold Bromeliads – World Nature by The Land Pavilion
  • China Zodiac Garden – China Pavilion
  • Bamboo Garden – China Pavilion
  • Alpine Miniature Garden – Germany Pavilion
  • Garden Italiano – Italy Pavilion
  • Kokedema Garden – Japan Pavilion
  • Bonsai Collection – Japan Pavilion
  • Spice Garden – Morocco Pavilion
  • France Bouquet Garden – France Pavilion
  • English Tea Garden Presented by Twinings® – United Kingdom
  • Shakespeare Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Prehistoric Garden – World Discovery near Mission: SPACE

Green Landing Family Play Zone – World Discovery

 

6. Don’t Miss Out on the New Garden Rocks Artists

There are quite a few new artist performing at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival this year such as:

  • Melina León: March 11 & 12
  • CeCe Winans: March 13 & 14
  • Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel: March 18 & 19
  • Kool & The Gang: March 20 & 21
  • Blue October: April 8 & 9
  • Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston: April 15 & 16
  • Claudia Leitte: April 24 & 25
  • The Commodores: May 8 & 9
  • Ambrosia with Peter Beckett: May 13 & 14
  • Collin Raye: May 22 & 23
  • Thelma Houston: May 27 & 28
  • Daughtry: June 26 & 27

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7. New Epcot International Flower and Garden Merchandise and T-Shirts

A true ThemeParkHipster must bring home a nice souvenir to commemorate your time at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Orange Bird Spirt Jersey Hat and Mugs

This year you will find:

  • Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse Collection – Features Minnie and Minnie Mouse on apparel, headware, accessories and more in their dapper apparel
  • Mickey Mouse Home Garden Collection – Features a Mickey Mouse-inspired gardening collection that includes apparel, a magnet, drinkware and more
  • Orange Bird Collection – Features the Orange Bird collection of apparel, headwear, accessories and more
  • Spike the Bee Collection – Features a collection of apparel and other buzz-worthy accessories of Spike the Bee
  • Figment’s Garden Collection – No Epcot Festival would be complete without honoring Figment, a staple to the Disney theme park characters.

You can find the Festival merchandise throughout Epcot theme park. Epcot Flower and Garden Festival merchandise can also be found on shopDisney.com.

Epcot Drinking Around the World Passport

8. Try the New Festival Food

When I’m at Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, I’m all about the new food items to try.

Cotton Candy Machine in China Pavilion at Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

This year Disney is coming through with over 50 brand-new foodie treats for you to try. There are too many to name here, but here are a few:

  • EPCOT Farmers Feast Booth: March 2 to April 9: “Early Bloom” Menu offers Chilled Potato and Leek Soup “Vichyssoise” with chive oil and crispy leeks; April 10 to May 21: “Springtime” Menu will feature Grilled Vegetable Bruschetta; May 22 to July 4: “Summer Solstice” Menu will feature A Whole Lotta Melon – feta cheesecake with watermelon curd
  • The Citrus Blossom Booth: Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly with avocado cream, corn salsa, salsa verde, and plantain chips; and the Grapefruit Tart featuring grapefruit curd, lychee jam, ginger mousse, and yuzu cream.
  • La Isla Fresca Booth: Coconut Tres Leches with vanilla cake soaked in oat milk, almond milk, and coconut milk with toasted coconut.
  • Tangierine Café Booth: Mediterranean Flatbread with Za’atar, featuring artichokes, olives, mozzarella, and feta cheese.

Disney World Safety Tips

Let’s go through a few safety tips to make your trip as magical as possible.

Epcot Pavilion Garden with red and pink flowers

1. Keep Your Hands Clean

Throughout Epcot are hand washing and hand sanitizing stations to help you keep your hands clean while you eat your way around the world.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Tips

This is definitely a win for anyone doing Epcot during the Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

2. New Mask Guidelines

Disney wants all their Guests and Cast Members to stay safe. That’s why the have adjusted and will continue to adjust the mask guidelines. According to Disney:

“Face coverings are optional for fully vaccinated Guests in both outdoor and indoor locations. We expect Guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, including indoor attractions and theaters. Face coverings are still required by all Guests (ages 2 and up) on enclosed Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner.” 

3. Take Extra Masks

This one tip will make your visit to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival way better! Wearing a mask all day can get yucky from sweating and just smelling all the stagnant air left in it from your breath.

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What to Know Before You Go to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot China Pavilion The Chinese Zodiac Year of the Tiger Topiary

How much does Epcot cost?

A one-day REGULAR season Epcot ticket starts at $109* (prices do fluctuate based on the season).

What is Disney’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival?

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is one of Disney’s annual events aimed at teaching you how to appreciate the natural resources that we have on this planet through seminars, dining adventures, and topiary displays.

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How long is the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival?

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is from March 2nd through July 4th for 2022!

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Beautiful Yellow Tree in front of Journey into Your Imagination with Figment

In order for you to make the July 4th closing date of the festival, I’ve put together a great way to explore the floral celebration in only one day.

What time does Flower and Garden Festival open?

Epcot opens daily at 9 a.m. You’ll be able to see all of the topiaries in Future World before heading over to World Showcase.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Map and Passport Lady and the Tramp Topiary Garden
Lady and the Tramp Topiary Garden in Italy Pavilion

What are the Best Rides at Epcot for Adults

Test Track Epcot Entrance area with monorail and Spaceship Earth

How many countries does Epcot have?

There are 11 (eleven) countries in Epcot.

What are the countries in Epcot?

  1. Mexico
  2. Norway
  3. China
  4. Germany
  5. Italy
  6. America (United States)
  7. Japan
  8. Morocco
  9. France
  10. United Kingdom
  11. Canada

Where are the best places to have a drink Epcot?

Like everywhere in the park and I mean that. Nothing else needs to follow…

Elderflower Sangria Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
Elderflower Sangria at Epcot

I will say that Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italy Pavilion and La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion are the absolute best places to chill and enjoy a drink.

If it’s not too crowded.

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What are the best drinks at Epcot?

My top 5 must have alcoholic beverages are:

  1. Avocado Margarita from La Cava del Tequila in Mexico
  2. Mediterranean Journey for Spice Road Table in Morocco
  3. Leaping Leprechaun from Rose & Crown Pub in United Kingdom
  4. Apple Ice Wine from the Trading Post in Canada
  5. Tokyo Sunset from Kabuki Cafe in Japan

You can read more of the best drinks at Epcot here!

Final Thoughts on the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

If you’re planning on attending the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, then you must taste all the delicious food and drink offerings, and explore the majestic topiaries throughout the park.

If you want to continue planning your epic Festival day, then read my top tips here!

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Tips
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Let me know what new experience you are looking forward to at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival in the comment section below.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

NikkyJ

(Original date 2015/Updated March 11, 2022)

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