2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival Month Shorter Than Previous Years, First Look at New Groot Topiary and Orange Bird Merchandise

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2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival Month Shorter Than Previous Years, First Look at New Groot Topiary and Orange Bird Merchandise

Disney has announced that the 2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival will end on May 27 (we already knew it would start on February 28), which is a month shorter than previous years. They also shared more details about the festival including new topiaries, Garden Rocks concert acts, and merchandise.

New Groot Topiary

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Disney shared concept art of a new topiary depicting young Groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy holding up a cassette tape. This topiary will be located near Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in World Discovery.

At the main entrance of EPCOT, new toparies will depict Asha, Valentino, and the Wishing Star from the new Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Wish.” At the Mexico Pavilion will be a new topiary of Miguel and Dante from “Coco.”

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This photo shows a Cast Member working on the Miguel topiary. It looks like he’ll be holding a guitar when complete.

There will be more than 70 topiaries in total. The returning Figment topiary will be located in World Celebration Gardens instead of at the Imagination! Pavilion.

Garden Rocks Concert Series

The Garden Rocks Concert Series at the America Gardens Theatre will feature local and globally recognized acts. New groups this year include Modern English, Crowder, Lit, Monsieur Perine, and Fonseca. Also for the first time, Raul Acosta & Oro Solido will share the stage with Magic Juan. They’ll then return the next day with Luisito Ayala and The Puerto Rican Power Band. A full schedule will be released later.

Garden Rocks Dining Packages will open for booking on February 6, 2024. The packages are available at these restaurants:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Garden Grill Restaurant
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Brews & Barbecue (same-day, in-person walk-up packages only)

Outdoor Kitchens

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The full list of returning and new outdoor kitchens is not yet available but Disney Parks Blog teased a few booths and dishes. Pictured above is the Chicken & Waffles at The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by the National Honey Board.

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The Muffuletta Panini at Magnolia Terrace will also be back. Read our 2023 Magnolia Terrace review.

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As will the Chocolate Whisky Cake at Northern Bloom. Read our 2023 Northern Bloom review.

Flower & Garden Festival Activities

Spike’s Pollination Exploration scavenger hunt will return, as will the Egg-stravaganza Hunt around Easter time. Scavenger hunt maps will be available for purchase while supplies last and can be redeemed for a prize at Disney Traders, Creations Shop, or World Traveler.

Butterfly Landing Presented by AdventHealth, Blossoms of Fragrance Presented by Scentsy, and Camp Get Out N’ Play Garden Presented by OFF! will also all be back.

Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise Collections

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There will be four festival merchandise collections available at Creations Shop and festival markets:

  • Orange Bird Collection
  • Coco Collection
  • Butterfly Collection
  • Annual Passholder Collection
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Disney released photos of an Orange Bird plush and a Loungefly mini backpack. The Orange Bird collection will also include apparel, accessories, and garden decor.

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Flowers and skulls adorn the “Coco” merchandise. The collection includes headwear, home decor, and apparel.

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The Butterfly Collection will feature Minnie Mouse. The Annual Passholder collection will feature Spike the Bee.

Select festival merchandise will be available on shopDisney on March 4.

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