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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Debuts Illuminated Blooms and Garden Marketplace Dining

Flower Power

The 20th Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV, taking place March 6 – May 19, 2013, at Walt Disney World® Resort, offers new festival additions that include food-and-beverage Garden Marketplaces, a circus-like “Land of Oz” play area and nighttime illuminated gardens.

Debuting this year:

  • Garden Marketplace culinary creations ranging from smokehouse barbecue and shrimp with grits and Zellwood corn to sweet “frushi” made with fresh fruits and coconut rice. Chefs are perfecting menus for marketplaces that will include Florida Fresh at World Showcase Promenade, Smokehouse Barbecue and Brew at American Adventure courtyard, Primavera Kitchen at Italy showcase, Hanami at Japan showcase and eight others around the World Showcase promenade.
  • Garden Marketplace refreshing libations with a kick like Hot Sun Tomato Wine from Florida Orange Groves Winery and Dole Whip with Spiced Rum, as well as non-alcoholic drinks like Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade and Wild Berry Slush.
  • A new, circus-like “Land of Oz” play area based on the Disney fantastical film adventure “Oz: The Great and Powerful” to be released March 8, 2013. The interactive 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 film.
  • Larger-than-life Fab Five Disney character topiary. Floral versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck (with Daisy Duck in a cameo) star in a celebratory cookout scene in living topiary color. The 14-foot-tall Goofy topiary 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.
  • Illuminated Gardens in the Park’s Future World and World Showcase will twinkle and glow over the festival’s world-famous Disney gardens and topiaries each festival evening.

Throughout the 75-day garden party, your Clients will discover festival surprises around every corner including new topiary triumphs, a butterfly bounty, whimsical children’s play areas, HGTV celebrity designers, daily hands-on gardening seminars and a Festival Center packed with events that offer innovative ideas, gardening know-how and design tips. 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.

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.

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

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Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV

Amid a colorful tableau of flowers, plants and topiaries, Walt Disney World® guests of all ages can explore myriad exhibits and activities geared toward gardening and outdoor fun. Weekend Flower Power concerts will pump up the volume and spread a groovy vibe at America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase.

Event Dates: March 7 – May 20, 2012
Event Tickets: Admission to Epcot® required.


Festival Highlights

Fantasia Mickey Topiary Display – Main Entrance
See almost eighteen different characters from the movie Fantasia in Topiary, a first of its kind. Sorcerer Mickey is directing the action from above. And don’t miss the dancing mushrooms from the film.

Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden – Test Track Walkway – Presented by Disney Secret of the Wings (Coming to Blue-ray and DVD this fall)
Take flight into the garden world of Pixie Hollow and find some of your favorite fairy characters presented in topiary. Play on the Weevos®, designed especially for 2 to 5 years olds and explore the Cozy Dome®, a cozy hide-away on the inside and climber on the outside.

Bambi’s Butterfly House – Imagination Walkway – Presented by HGTV
Experience hundreds of native butterflies and see some of your favorite characters from Bambi, presented in topiary.

English Tea Garden – United Kingdom – Presented by Twinings of London® Tea
Discover the history and art of tea blending and you are guided through a 20 minute tour of this elegant English Tea Garden featuring Classic Tea Blends & new Herbal Teas for 2012.
Sign up for the guided tour at the Tea Caddy.
Monday – Thursday: 4 and 6pm
Friday – Sunday: 2, 4 and 6:30pm

Backyard Play Garden – Between Morocco and France – Presented by GoGo squeeZ™
Join in outdoor fun that inspires playful, active, and healthy living for Guests both you and young at heart.

Haiti: Garden of Many ColorsPresented by Haiti Originale®
Discover and experience the rich heritage of Haitian art, culture and refreshments both day and night! This marks the first night garden at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
Kids of all ages can participate and show off their own creativity by coloring their very own Haitian “Tap-Tap.” (Haitian Bus)

Toy Story Alphabet Garden – The American Adventure
Find some of your favorite characters in Topiary from Disney·Pixar Toy Story 3.

List of all Topiaries
Fantasia Mickey (Main Entrance planter), Peacock (behind Spaceship Earth), Fab Five: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Daisy & Donald (Festival Center), Fairies (Test Track Walkway), Peter Pan (Walkway from Future World to World Showcase), Bambi & Friends in the Butterfly House (Imagination Walkway), Farmer Mickey and Minnie (World Showcase Plaza), Winnie the Pooh & Friends (United Kingdom), Classic Disney Couples (Between United Kingdom & France), Beauty and the Beast (France), Cars 2 (Japan), Toy Story 3 (American Adventure), Lady and the Tramp (Italy), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Germany), Dragon & Pandas (China)

Flower Power Concert Series

The America Gardens Theatre
Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 5:15, 6:30 & 7:45 pm

Jose Feliciano – Light My Fire
Starship starring Mickey Thomas – We Built This City
The Guess Who – American Woman
The Spinners – Cupid
Chubby Checker & The Wildcats – The Twist
Paul Revere & The Raiders – Good Thing
The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie – Happy Together
New! Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night – Joy to the World
New! The Orchestra featuring former members of ELO & ELO Part II – Don’t Bring Me Down
Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone – I’m Henry the VIII, I Am
Mickey Dolenz – I’m a Believer
Mar. 9 – 11
Mar. 16 – 18
Mar. 23 – 25
Mar. 30 – Apr. 1
Apr. 6 – 8
Apr. 13 – 15
Apr. 20 – 22
Apr. 27 – 29
May 4 – 6
May 11 – 13
May 18 – 20

HGTV & DIY Designer Presentation Lineup

John Gidding, Curb Appeal – presenting March 9 – 11
“Designing for Curb Appeal”

New! Sabrina Soto, The HighLow Project – presenting March 16 – 18
“Decorating Design Tips, Tricks and Savvy Shopping Secrets”

New! Jason Cameron, DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes – presenting March 23 – 25
“Working Makeover Magic for Desperate Landscapes”

New! Camille Styles, HGTV.com, Design Happens – presenting March 30 – April 1
“Planning Garden Parties That are Simple, But Not Your Garden Variety”

New! Dan Faires, HGTV.com DanMade – presenting April 6 – 8
“Planning Your Planting with Terrarium, Vertical Gardens and Small Space Greenery”

New! Brandon Johnson, My Yard Goes Disney – presenting April 13 – 15
“Bringing Disney Inspiration and HGTV Design to Your Backyard”

New! Meg Caswell Holladay, Meg’s Great Rooms – presenting April 20 – 22
“Tips for Turning a Good Room Into a Great Room!”

New! Monica Pedersen, HGTV Dream Home Tour 2012 – presenting April 27 – 29
“Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home”

New! Antonio Ballatore, The Antonio Treatment – presenting May 4 – 6
“Design Outside of the Box: How to Personalize, Customize, and Inspire”

New! Carter Oosterhouse, Million Dollar Rooms – presenting May 11 -13
“10 Renovation Tips You Need to Know”

Genevieve Gorder, Dear Genevieve and HGTV Design Star – presenting May 18 – 20
“Turning Your Landscape Inside Out”

*Entertainment is subject to change without notice.

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