If you are headed to Walt Disney World Resort any time between now and May 30th, visiting the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival likely is high on your list. The topiaries are phenomenal and the food and beverage offerings at the Outdoor Kitchens are delicious. But as you tour the World Showcase soaking up everything the festival has to offer, don’t forget to take advantage of the cultural live entertainment offered in many countries. There is no better way to enjoy your Watermelon Elderflower Sangria in Mexico than to listen to Mariachi Cobre as you sip your drink. And your Parisian experience is that much more authentic as you devour your Macaron Chocolat Framboise while listening to French music and watching Serveur Amusant™ climb to new heights on champagne bottles and bistro chairs.
Visiting with kids? Nothing keeps tots and teens alike occupied more than Italian flag throwers or Chinese acrobats. While an Italian master juggler and mime captures their attention, you can spend more time taking in all the festival has to offer, plus give your kids a bit of a cultural education along the way.
I absolutely loved watching all of the entertainment offered in the World Showcase on my recent visit and I can’t wait to take my kids back in a few weeks and do it all over again. Below is a list of the entertainment, current as of today’s publish date. Make sure to pick up a Show Times Guide as you enter Epcot on your next visit for the most up-to-date information. Make time to enjoy these performances as they will greatly enhance you visit to World Showcase and Epcot.
British Revolution: Four piece British rock cover band playing everything from punk rock to psychedelic rock, including the Who and the Beatles. Look for them in the garden.
Quickstep: Four piece acoustic band that plays a variety of instruments to Scottish, Irish and English music in the United Kingdom Pavilion.
Rose and Crown Pub Musician: Step inside the Rose and Crown Pub each night for live music by the pub’s own musician, playing songs from pubs all across the United Kingdom.
TradNation: This group brings both live music and dance from Quebec to life. With two generations of performers, instrumental, song and dance traditions from French Quebec come to life on stage.
Serveur Amusant™: Located outside of Chefs de France, French acrobats perform amazing feats of balance and coordination amidst comedy and traditional French music.
Matsuriza: Performing a time-honored form of drumming called Taiko (meaning “great drum”) in synchronized rhythm, these Japanese performers will mesmerize you with this well choreographed show.
Voices of Liberty: This 8 person a cappella group performs either in the American Gardens Theater or the rotunda of the American Adventure Pavilion, singing patriotic music.
American Music Machine: Performing at the America Gardens Theater this a cappella group delivers top-40 all American pop music from many of America’s greatest hits.
Sergio: A perfect show for kids, master juggler and mime Sergio performs an old Italian piazza-style juggling act.
Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro: These Italian flag throwers dressed in colorful Renaissance costumes enthrall guests with a Tuscan flag throwing performance set to live music accompaniment.
Oktoberfest Musikanten: This live Oompah band performs inside the Biergarten Restaurant, playing polkas and waltzes with traditional Bavarian instruments. While they generally play in the restaurant for the Guests, every once and a while you can catch them in the Germany Pavilion.
Jeweled Dragon Acrobats: This acrobatic troupe performs amazing feats of strength, agility and flexibility at the entrance to the China Pavilion.
Mariachi Cobre: The rich sounds of Mexican folk music from Jalisco, Mexico and other nearby regions are performed by this group on the walkways around Mexico Pavilion as well as indoors.
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