EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival is just around the corner!
We’ve been THRIVING off of all of the entertainment, gardens, topiaries, and outdoor kitchen updates coming from Disney! We’re happy to see A LOT of our favorites will be returning to the festival this year — and even some NEW gardens and outdoor kitchens! But, we can’t help but notice the things that are missing from the festival lists.
Between concerts, booths, and maybe even some exclusive tours, there’s a thing or two that didn’t make the cut for the 2021 Flower and Garden Festival…so far.
Garden Rocks Concert Series
Garden Rocks is the series of free concerts that typically comes to EPCOT during the Flower and Garden Festival. Performances take place at the American Gardens Theater in the American Adventure Pavilion and feature a long list of popular bands from the last few decades. Every year, we would read the list and hope that our visits line up with our favorite bands so we could stand in line early with all the other fans.
But, this year, it does not look like the Garden Rocks Concert Series will not be returning to the Flower and Garden Festival. Instead, the Voices of Liberty and Mariachi Cobre will alternate shows on the stage throughout the day. And, two other musical performances — the Jammin’ Gardeners and a Pianist — will bring tunes to your day around the park. This decision is in line with other Disney concert cancellations, such as the Eat to the Eat Concert Series during the Food and Wine Festival.
Florida Fresh Booth
With the release of all the Outdoor Kitchens coming to the festival this year, we learned of one that will not be making a return. The popular Florida Fresh booth didn’t make the cut this year. Looks like we won’t be able to grab their Shrimp and Grits this year (unless served elsewhere)…womp, womp.
This booth has been a staple at the Flower and Garden Festival for YEARS. They traditionally served up fresh Florida favorites with dishes like Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream and Spicy Blacked Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits. The dessert option was usually some sort of Key Lime Tart and their beverages made with fresh Watermelon Juice were a popular refreshing drink. We’re sad to see it go!
Additional Location: Block & Hans
Block & Hans Craft Beer Kiosk is a permanent location in The American Adventure Pavilion but often joins in of the special offering during festival seasons. They serve up a rotating selection of brews from several areas around the country and even have a Mickey Pretzel to pair. But, this year it doesn’t look like the kiosk will be adding any festival items to their menu since it wasn’t listed as an additional locations when booths were released.
Last year, Block & Hans served up two sweet drinks, including a ~spiked~ Arendelle Aqua Lemonade. Looks like we’ll have to turn to another booth to get our sugar fix at the Flower and Garden Festival this year.
Garden Tours (not been confirmed for 2021)
It wouldn’t be the Flower and Garden Festival without flower arrangements and a walk through a garden or two. And, while we know that 20 gardens will be returning to the festival this year, we haven’t heard whether the garden tours will be offered again.
Royal Tea Garden Tour
The Royal Tea Garden Tour is one of two tours that takes place in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Tea connoisseurs gather for about 30-minutes to learn about the plants and blooms that go into making the Twinings Tea. And, the tour caps off with a tasting of scones and tea!
Disney hasn’t shared any information about whether the tour will be offered this year, so stay tuned to DFB for all the updates!
English Tea Garden Tour
The second tour that has historically been offered at the United Kingdom Pavilion is the English Tea Garden Tour. The complementary tour takes guests around the garden to learn more about how their favorite cuppa tea is made.
In the past, tours have been offered twice a day, but we’re not sure if this will continue this year. But, you can bet we’ll be keeping an eye out for updates!
Well, there you have it. While we’re going to deeply miss a lot of these festival favorites, we’re excited to see all that will be replacing them! As always, stay tuned to DFB for the latest EPCOT fest updates!
Did all of your favorites make the cut? Let us know in the comments!