EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival 2013

 March 6th through May 19th 2013

 

Here’s the latest information about one of our favorite Disney events.


The Village People and Tommy Roe Among Acts to Rock Flower Power Stage

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A blooming bounty of festival firsts will welcome Disney guests to the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 6-May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort. First, the news:

 

  • Epcot chefs will cook up first-time festival food and beverage fun, with special cooking stations offering exclusive-to-the-festival bites along the park’s World Showcase promenade.
  • A new circus-like “Land of Oz Play Area,” based on the Disney fantastical film adventure “Oz: The Great and Powerful” to be released in March 2013, will debut a kaleidoscope of interactive fun.
  • Disney topiary experts will grow, shape and manicure a Fab Five Disney character topiary with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck (with Daisy Duck in a cameo) featured in a celebratory floral cookout scene in living topiary color at the park’s front entrance.
  • New illuminated gardens in the park’s Future World and World Showcase will cast a colorful glow over each festival evening.

 

Throughout the 75-day garden party, guests will discover festival surprises around every corner including new topiary triumphs, colorful garden displays, a butterfly bounty, HGTV celebrity designers, interactive gardening seminars and whimsical children’s play areas. On weekends, top Flower Power rockers of the 1960s and ’70s will perform.

 

Every Friday through Sunday, HGTV design celebrities will host Festival Center seminars. During opening weekend, March 8-10, Chris Lambton of “Going Yard” will appear; other designers scheduled to take the stage include Brandon Johnson of “My Yard Goes Disney” and Meg Caswell of “Meg’s Great Rooms.”

 

Now the details:

  • Festival-themed flavors: Guests will discover culinary creations and refreshing libations at multiple festival-themed food and beverage locations. Chefs are tweaking the menu to include backyard barbecue and a variety of garden-inspired and global tastes. Around the World Showcase promenade
  • Fab Five topiary barbecue: 14-foot-tall topiary Goofy will bobble an anniversary cake while Donald and Daisy play badminton, Mickey fires up the grill, Pluto swipes a link of hot dogs and Minnie chills out on a colorful blanket of blossoms. At Epcot Front Entrance
  • Land of Oz Play Area: This interactive new children’s play zone will feature play systems adorned with giant flowers and designed to stretch kids’ imaginations and muscles. Midway-style games, red-and-white circus-themed tents and the “Oz Movie Garden” of intriguing plants will capture the spirit of the upcoming “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” Also on tap: fun games, photo opportunities, the “great and powerful Oz’s” crashed hot-air balloon and lush plants inspired by the movie. On the Imagination Walkway
  • Illuminated Gardens: Every night when the sun sets, many of the festival’s world-famous Disney topiaries and gardens will twinkle and shine in a new light. Throughout World Showcase and Future World
  • “Monsters University” topiary: Floral representations of Mike and Sully from the hit Disney-Pixar film “Monsters, Inc.” and stars of Disney-Pixar’s June 2013 release, “Monsters University,” will join the festivities as new topiary family members. On the Future World Walkway
  • Phineas and Ferb topiary: The popular Disney Channel animated celebs limit their shenanigans to go green for a family photo-op. Behind Spaceship Earth
  • “Radiator Springs” interactive play zone: Race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck “Mater” of the Disney-Pixar film “Cars 2″ will be the well-maintained topiary stars of this play area. On the Test Track Walkway
  • Flower Power Firsts: 1970s top disco band The Village People (April 19-21) and 1960s singer-songwriter Tommy Roe (May 3-5) bring on the Flower Power beat when they take the concert stage. At America Gardens Theatre

 

And a new twist:

  • Fawn’s Butterfly House: Eight fanciful fairy topiaries of Pixie Hollow, including Tinker Bell, Fawn, Vidia and Terrence, take over the Butterfly House this year where hundreds of colorful winged beauties flit to life. On the Imagination Walkway

   

Guests of the Festival can see many favorite HGTV and DIY stars on “The Designers’ Stage Presented by HGTV” at the Festival Center each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival at noon and 3 p.m.

  

The complete lineup includes:

   

  • March 15-17 – Chris Grundy, DIY Network’s Cool Tools: “Keepin’ It Green with Grundy”

  

  • March 22-24 – Egypt Sherrod, host of Property Virgins: “Getting the Inside Scoop on HGTV’s Top Home Features for 2013″

   

  • March 29-31 – Brandon Johnson, My Yard Goes Disney: “Bringing More Disney Inspiration and HGTV Design to Your Backyard”

   

  • April 5-7 – Meg Caswell, Meg’s Great Rooms: “Discovering Design Tips to Personalize Your Space & Make a Good Room Great”

   

  • April 12-14 – Jason Cameron, DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves: “Desperate Landscapes . . . Where Do We Grow from Here?”

   

  • April 19-21 – Sara Peterson, Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine: “Boosting Your Curb Appeal! 25 Easy Ideas from Front Doors to Flower Pots”

   

  • April 26-28 – Carter Oosterhouse, Million Dollar Rooms: “Million Dollar Trends”

   

  • May 3-5 – Casey Noble, Design on a Dime: “Creating Luxury Hotel Floral Arrangements in Your Home”
  • May 10-12 – Dan Faires, HGTV.com, DanMade: “Easy Ideas for Creating a Designer Garden”
  • May 17-19 – David Bromstad, HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, Design Star All-Stars: “The Power of Color”

Presentations by HGTV and DIY Network stars are included with admission to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.



In all, more than 100 topiaries, 240 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms will add floral splendor to the park landscape. Daily hands-on gardening seminars, and other Festival Center events will offer innovative ideas, design tips and gardening know-how to park guests.

 

The Flower Power concert series kicks off March 6-10 with Micky Dolenz (“I’m a Believer”) and continues each weekend with pop favorites including:

 

March 15-17: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats

March 22-24: The Guess Who

March 29-31: Nelson

April 5-7: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie

April 12-14: Paul Revere & the Raiders

April 19-21: The Village People (new!)

April 26-28: The Orchestra, Featuring Former Members of ELO and ELO II

May 3-5: Tommy Roe (new!)

May 10-12: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

May 17-19: Starship starring Mickey Thomas.

 

While Disney guests celebrate spring during their festival visit, they also can explore the reimagined, design-centric Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, the hang-gliding sensation of Soarin’ and other high-tech Future World marvels. In World Showcase, where the spotlight will shine on topiaries of Disney princesses, storybook characters and even pandas and trolls, guests will discover the attractions, shops and restaurants that represent cultures and cuisine of 11 countries.

 

The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 6-May 19 Celebrates with New Blooms, Food, Music, and ‘Oz’ Playground

Florida Shrimp, Tomato Wine Debut at Epcot Garden Fest
The new Florida Fresh garden marketplace at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March 6-May 19) features Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, fresh Zellwood Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro. Hot Sun Tomato Wine by Florida Orange Groves Winery adds a perfect kick to pair with the dish. It's the festival's first year to feature garden- and backyard-living-inspired food and beverage items at a dozen marketplace locations around the World Showcase promenade. (Photo: Matt Stroshane)

Mocktails for One and All
Fresh fruits, herbs and veggies inspire an impressive menu of cocktails and non-alcoholic "mocktails" for guests at the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. It's the festival's first year to feature garden- and backyard-living-inspired food and beverage items at a dozen marketplace locations around the World Showcase promenade. (l-r) Chilled Rose Blush Lemonade (The Cottage marketplace near UK pavilion), Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Pineapple Promenade marketplace) and Strawberry Slush (Florida Fresh marketplace). (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Fresh Tomatoes from Farm to Table at Epcot Garden Fest
Fresh Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes are paired with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and fresh Basil to create a mouth-watering dish at The Cottage: Savories, Trifles and Tea garden marketplace by the United Kingdom Pavilion at the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. (Photo: Matt Stroshane)

Blooms Aplenty
Richly-hued flowers adorn the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV. The festival, which runs 75 days March 6-May 19, 2013, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., features dozens of character topiaries, stunning floral displays, workshops, the Flower Power concert series and presentations by HGTV personalities - all included in regular Epcot admission.

La Danse des Fleurs
Topiaries of Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip of the Disney classic film "Sleeping Beauty" dance among the flowers at the France pavilion during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in Walt Disney World Resort. Guests can see dozens of Disney character topiaries, millions of colorful blooms and themed gardens during the festival. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

American Barbecue Adventure at Epcot Garden Fest
It wouldn't be a garden party without the savory goodness of a Pulled Pig Slider with Cole Slaw featured at The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews marketplace in The American Adventure Courtyard during the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. It's the festival's first year to feature garden- and backyard-living-inspired food and beverage items at a dozen marketplace locations around the World Showcase promenade. (Photo: Matt Stroshane)

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Team
The 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival debuts 12 food and beverage Garden Marketplaces inspired by herb and produce gardens, as well as backyard living. Heading the teams creating and installing the marketplaces (l-r): Beverage Manager Marianne Hunnel, Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann and Festival Horticulture Manager Eric Darden. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Garden-to-Table Delights at Epcot
Garden gnome Mickey Mouse, nestled in a bed of berry plants at Epcot, eyes a sweet dish -- Angel Food Cake with macerated Florida Berries -- to be featured at the new Florida Fresh garden marketplace during the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 6-May 19, 2013. It's the festival's first year to feature garden- and backyard-living-inspired food and beverage items at a dozen marketplace locations around the World Showcase promenade. (Photo: Matt Stroshane)

Watermelon Salad Surprise at Epcot
The new Florida Fresh garden marketplace at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March 6-May 19) melds fresh flavors to offer Watermelon Salad with pickled Red Onions, Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese and Balsamic Reduction. It's the festival's first year to feature garden- and backyard-living-inspired food and beverage items at a dozen marketplace locations around the World Showcase promenade. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

HGTV Designer David Bromstad Serves Up Color Tips at Epcot

David Bromstad, “HGTV Design Star” and “ColorSplash,” will take the stage May 17-19 to present ”The Power of Color” during the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Presentations are at noon and 3 p.m. on The Designers’ Stage presented by HGTV in the Festival Center and are included with Epcot admission.


The Land of Oz Garden at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

The Land of Oz Garden is a new circus-like play area, created for the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, based on the Disney fantastical film adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful” to be released March 8, 2013. The interactive children’s play zone features play systems adorned with giant flowers and designed to stretch kids’ imaginations and muscles. Midway-style games, circus-themed game tents and the “Oz Movie Garden” of intriguing plants will capture the spirit of the upcoming film.

The Village People to Rock 2013 Flower Power Concert Series

The Village People will perform April 19-21 at America Gardens Theatre in Epcot at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. during the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival “Flower Power” concert series. Performances are included with Epcot admission.


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