We can’t believe Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is less than a month away. It runs March 6 – June 3 and promises beautiful new gardens, tasty new bites at the outdoor kitchens, and dozens of Disney-themed topiary scattered around the park.
For many guests the highlight of the festival is the Garden Rocks concert series, which this year has been expanded to seven days a week. That means Disney has had to book many new acts to fill the 90-day calendar.
They just updated the list of acts who are confirmed to be performing (subject to change, of course). You’ll still find old favorites like The Spinners, Tony Orlando, or Dennis DeYoung, but you may also find yourself enjoying new artists TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman, Colin Hay of Men at Work, or Wang Chung.
March 6-8: Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri (NEW) “Don’t Stop Believin’ ”
March 9-10: Glass Tiger (New to Garden Rocks) “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”
March 11-12: Jon Anderson of YES (NEW) “Owner of A Lonely Heart”
March 13-14: Tony Orlando “Knock Three Times”
March 15-16: Wang Chung (NEW to Garden Rocks), “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”
March 17-20: Simple Plan “Perfect”
March 21-22: Ambrosia (NEW) “Biggest Part of Me”
March 23-24: Magic Giant (NEW) “Set on Fire”
March 25-27: Air Supply (New to Garden Rocks) “All Out of Love”
March 28-29: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn “Take My Breath Away”
March 30-31: The Smithereens (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Top of the Pops”
April 1-2: Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl”
April 3-4: Christopher Cross (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Sailing”
April 5-7: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”
April 8-9: Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX “Come Sail Away”
April 10-11: John Michael Montgomery (NEW) “I Love the Way You Love Me”
April 12-13: Sister Sledge (NEW to Garden Rocks) “We Are Family”
April 14-16: Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
April 17-19: Sister Hazel (NEW to Garden Rocks) “All For You”
April 20-21: Steven Curtis Chapman (NEW) “Cinderella”
April 22-23: TobyMac (NEW) “The Elements”
April 24-26: Lonestar “Amazed”
April 27-30: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
May 1-4: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”
May 5-7: Don Felder, Formerly of the Eagles “Hotel California”
May 8-9: A Flock of Seagulls (NEW) “I Ran (So Far Away)”
May 10-11: Marshall Tucker Band (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Heard It in a Love Song”
May 12-13: Peabo Bryson (NEW), “If You’re Ever In My Arms Again”
May 14-15: Richard Marx (New to Garden Rocks) “Right Here Waiting”
May 16-19: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
May 20-21: Colin Hay of Men at Work (NEW) “Who Can It Be Now?”
May 22-23: War (NEW) “Why Can’t We Be Friends”
May 24-27: The Guess Who “American Woman”
May 28-29: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
May 30- June 1: Blood, Sweat and Tears “Spinning Wheel”
June 2-3 – Eddie Palmieri (NEW), “Vamanos Pa’l Monte”
There are definitely a few I’m highlighting on my calendar.
The best way to guarantee a seat is to reserve a Garden Rocks Dining Package. This allows you to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, lunch, or dinner at select Epcot restaurants then show up shortly before the concert. Otherwise the standby queue is your friend and likely home for at least an hour before the show.
Garden Rocks concert performances are scheduled for 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. each night and are included with your park admission.
Sing along with me now, “Everybody have fun tonight!”