Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is an annual harbinger of spring, and showcases the theme park in all its spectacular glory. New additions for the 20th annual festival include a “Land of Oz” themed playground (to correspond with the release of Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful), illuminated nighttime gardens, and garden dining that brings a hint of the Food and Wine Festival to the event. Would you like some rum with your Dole Whip? Continue reading for more details on the 20th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival presented by HGTV that runs March 6 – May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.
From Walt Disney World’s Press Release:
Whimsical Disney topiary spectacles and sweeping garden landscapes set the colorful scene this year for new festival additions that include food-and-beverage Garden Marketplaces, a circus-like “Land of Oz” play area and nighttime illuminated gardens.
Debuting at the 20th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Throughout the 75-day garden party, guests 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. 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 David Bromstad of “Color Splash” and Meg Caswell of “Meg’s Great Rooms.” Full schedule of HGTV celebrity appearances can be found on the Disney Parks Blog.
Other Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Highlights Include:
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. Speaking of “flower power,” the Flower Power concert series kicks off March 8-10 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 Epcot International Flower and Garden 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.
So what do you think of the new additions to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival? Are you a regular visitor? I’ll be at Walt Disney World with my family in May for the runDisney Expedition Everest Challenge, and I’m sure we’ll stop by for a peek. Please leave a comment and share your thoughts below. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.