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HGTV Superstars Return to Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival

Carter Oosterhouse at Flower and Garden FestivalWe’re just 7-days away from the 20th Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival at the Walt Disney World® Resort. This year, there will be some new faces as well as perennial favorites returning to The Designers’ Stage inside the Festival Center.

Taking place each weekend at noon and 3pm, the designers present some expert tips and tricks to those in attendance. Each designer brings their own unique presentation to the show covering a wide range of topics from boosting your curb appeal to bringing Disney-inspiration into your backyard.

This year’s lineup and seminar topcis are:

  •  Mar. 8-10 – Chris Lambton from Going Yard presenting “Going Yard for Your Lifestyle”
  •  Mar. 15-17 – Chris Grundy from DIY Network’s Cool Tools presenting “Keepin’ It Green with Grundy”
  • Mar. 22-24 – Egypt Sherrod from Property Virgins: presenting “Getting the Inside Scoop on HGTV’s Top Home Features for 2013″
  • Mar. 29-31 – Brandon Johnson from the popular show My Yard Goes Disney presenting “Bringing More Disney Inspiration and HGTV Design to Your Backyard”
  • Apr. 5-7 – Meg Caswell from  Meg’s Great Rooms will present “Discovering Design Tips to Personalize Your Space & Make a Good Room Great”
  • Apr. 12-14 – Jason Cameron from DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves presents “Desperate Landscapes… Where Do We Grow from Here?”
  • Apr. 19-21 – Sara Peterson the Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine presents “Boosting Your Curb Appeal! 25 Easy Ideas from Front Doors to Flower Pots”
  • April 26-28 – Carter Oosterhouse from Million Dollar Rooms presents “Million Dollar Trends”
  • May 3-5 – Casey Noble from Design on a Dime presents “Creating Luxury Hotel Floral Arrangements in Your Home”
  • May 10-12 – Dan Faires from HGTV.com DanMade presents “Easy Ideas for Creating a Designer Garden”
  • May 17-19 – David Bromstad from HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, and Design Star All-Stars presents “The Power of Color”

The Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival runs Mar. 6-May 19, 2013 and is included with regular park admission.

Tastes of Spring at Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival

Rabbit with carrotsWhen the 20th Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off on Mar. 6, 2013, it will debut a new concept for the festival – Garden Marketplaces. These Garden Marketplaces will mix garden- and backyard-living-inspired food and beverage items into the annual Epcot® festival of blossoms.

Let’s get down to the details! Walt Disney World® Resort Chefs and Cast Members have worked hard to ensure that each Marketplace offers a whirlwind culinary adventure without repeating any offerings from the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. While this is not a complete list of food and beverage offerings, here’s just a taste of the of gourmet bites and beverages that will be available:

  • The Smokehouse – Barbeque and Brews (The American Adventure): Finger-lickin’ barbecue at its finest – Pulled pig slider or smoked beef brisket. Also enjoy red wine and a selection of craft beer.
  • Lotus House (China Pavilion): Far Eastern flair will be showcased with delicacies like Beijing-style candied strawberries, spring pancakes with grilled chicken and green apple, bubble teas, fruit beverage cocktail and Chinese beer.
  • L’Orangerie (France Pavilion): Pair a rustic ratatouille tart or a country pâté and cherry compote with a sip from a selection of French wines.
  • Bauernmarkt – Farmer’s Market (Germany Pavilion): Savory spring pea and mushroom bread pudding and a German meatloaf sandwich with sweet mustard and fried shallots are among the menu items in Germany. Beverage options include Hugo, an elderflower sparkling wine cocktail, and a selection of German beers.
  • Primavera Kitchen (Italy Pavilion): Try some green asparagus and lobster with garden cocktail sauce or lasagna primavera. No Italian cuisine would be complete without a  fruity cocktail or Italian wine!
  • Hanami (Japan Pavilion): Now this is something you won’t want to miss! Frushi, or fruit sushi, will be made with fresh fruit and coconut rice.
  • Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico Pavilion): Crab tostadas, pork tacos, the strawberry-infused Rosita margarita and tequila flights will keep the culinary party going in Mexico!
  • Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco Pavilion): Enjoy Morocco’s lamb kebabs and couscous, harissa chicken drumettes with chermoula, desert rose cocktail and more.
  • The Cottage – Savories, Trifles and Tea (United Kingdom Pavilion): The UK will feature a selection of tea and delectable dainties including a salmon tartare-topped cheddar biscuit and a Caprese and a trio of trifles.

And outside of the World Showcase Pavilions, three additional Marketplace options will be available.

  • Fruits by the Glass (World Showcase Plaza): How about a toast to Spring? Options include mango and blueberry wines, nonalcoholic wild berry slush and gluten-free raspberry ale.
  • Pineapple Promenade (World Showcase Promenade): This one is sure to be a crowd favorite! Try everyone’s favorite Dole Whip, but with a twist of spiced rum! Other options include pineapple upside down cake, fruit cups and more.
  • Florida Fresh (World Showcase Promenade): Enjoy a taste of the Sunshine State with watermelon and feta salad, shrimp and grits, and tomato and carrot wines!

The 20th Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival runs Mar. 6, 2013 – May 19, 2013 and is included with regular admission to Epcot®. It’s not too late to experience this year’s festival for yourself. Contact your Magic Maker® today!

Details On 2013 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival

Preparations for the 2013 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival are well underway, and it looks like the 20th installment of this annual event will be better than ever! Presented by HGTV, the festival will run Mar. 6 – May 19, 2013 at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Along with the beautiful blossoms around every corner of the park, guests will find several “firsts” at next year’s Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival.

  • Festival-themed flavors:  Spread throughout the World Showcase promenade, discover culinary creations and refreshing libations at themed food and beverage locations.  Menu items will have backyard barbecue, garden-inspired, and global tastes.
  • Land of Oz Play Area:  This interactive new children’s play zone on the Imagination walkway will feature giant play systems, Midway-style games, an “Oz Movie Garden” of intriguing plants, and photo opportunities. Capturing the spirit of the upcoming “Oz: The Great and Powerful” movie,  the play area will be a perfect place for your kids to burn some of that extra energy!
  • Fab Five topiary barbecue: This year’s front entrance display will be full of “character” when the Fab Five host an Anniversary barbecue! A 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. The pure artistry of Disney’s topiary experts will amaze you!
  • Illuminated Gardens Every night when the sun sets, many of the festival’s  topiaries and gardens will twinkle and shine in a whole new light. The colorful glow of Illuminated Gardens will be something you don’t want to miss!

But that’s just the beginning! Throughout the 75-day festival, guests will also enjoy presentations by HGTV celebrity designers, interactive gardening seminars, more than 100 topiaries including new designs like Mike and Sully from the hit Disney-Pixar film Monsters, Inc.,  and a butterfly house hosted by the fairies of Pixie Hollow.

And on weekends, Epcot® will feature some of the top Flower Power rockers of the 60s and 70s. This year’s Flower Power Concert Series schedule includes:

  • Mar. 8-10 – Micky Dolenz
  • Mar. 15-17 – Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
  • Mar. 22-24 – The Guess Who
  • Mar. 29-31 – Nelson
  • Apr. 5-7 – The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
  • Apr. 12-14 – Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • Apr. 19-21 – The Village People
  • Apr. 26-28 – The Orchestra, Featuring Former Members of ELO and ELO II
  • May 3-5 – Tommy Roe
  • May 10-12 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 17-19 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas

Contact your Magic Maker® now to start planning your trip during the 2013 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival.

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2013 Flower Power Concert Series Lineup Announced

Flowers from Epcot's Flower and Garden FestivalThe Walt Disney World® Resort has announced the lineup for this year’s Flower Power Concert Series. As part of Epcot’s® International Flower & Garden Festival, some of the top Flower Power rockers of the 1960s and ’70s take the stage at America Gardens Theatre to perform favorite tunes from generations past!

New to this year’s lineup is ’70s top disco band The Village People and 1960s singer-songwriter Tommy Roe.

Scheduled to appear this year:

  • Mar. 8-10 – Micky Dolenz
  • Mar. 15-17 – Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
  • Mar. 22-24 – The Guess Who
  • Mar. 29-31 – Nelson
  • Apr. 5-7 – The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
  • Apr. 12-14 – Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • Apr. 19-21 – The Village People
  • Apr. 26-28 – The Orchestra, Featuring Former Members of ELO and ELO II
  • May 3-5 – Tommy Roe
  • May 10-12 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 17-19 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas

The 20th Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV will be in bloom Mar. 6 – May 19, 2013!  The concerts are 3-times per day (5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8:00 PM) and are included with general admission to Epcot®.

Contact your Magic Maker today to find out how you can experience Epcot’s® International Flower & Garden Festival for less by saving with the current Spring discount!

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2013 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival Dates Announced

We announced earlier this week that bookings for 2013 Walt Disney World® Resort packages would open next Wednesday, July 11th. When planning that 2013 vacation, we have some important dates for you to keep in mind as the dates for the 20th Annual Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival have been announced!

This annual event brings Epcot® into bloom with topiary displays of your favorite Disney Characters, uniquely themed gardens, celebrity designer presentations and other special events. Included with the general admission to Epcot®, the International Flower & Garden Festival will run 

Contact your Magic Maker® today for more information on the 2013 Flower & Garden – it is never too early to plan your dream vacation!