Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

The 20th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is set for March 6 - May 19, 2013.
Always a popular event, this year it will debut Illuminated Blooms and "Garden Marketplace" dining!

Throughout the event, guests will discover festival surprises around every corner, including new topiary creations, the butterfly bounty, children's play areas, HGTV celebrity designers, daily hands-on gardening seminars and the Festival Center which is packed with ideas, tips, and Festival merchandise.  In addition during the weekends of the event (Friday - Sunday), the Flower Power Concert Series will take place, featuring bands from the 1960's and 1970's, and HGTV design celebrities will host Festival Center seminars. 

New this year to the Festival will be the Land of Oz, a circus-like play area based on the upcoming Disney film, "Oz, the Great and Powerful."  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 tememed tents and the "oz Movie Garden" of intriguing plants will capture the spirit of the upcoming film as well.  Also, there will be photo opportunities and a "crashed" hot-air balloon.  (This will be located in the Imagination Walkway.)

I am very excited about the new "culinary creations and libations" addition to the event.  This reminds me of the Food & Wine Festival!)

The Garden Marketplace will include items such as Smokehouse Barbecue and Shrimp with Grits, and Zellwood Corn to sweet "frushi" made with fresh fruits and coconut rice.  Marketplaces will include "Florida Fresh" at the World Showcase Promenade, "Smokehouse Barbecue and Brew" at the American Adventure Courtyard, "Primavera Kitchen" at the Italy showcase, "Hanami" at the Japan Showcase, and 8 others around the World Showcase promenade.

 How does Hot Sun Tomato Wine from Florida Orange Groves Winery or a Dole Whip with Spiced Rum sound?  These will be available, as will non-alcoholic drinks like Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade and Wild Berry Slush.  
Beverage specialists will feature brews and beverages at food marketplaces and at "Fruits by the Glass" and "Pineapple Promenade" around the World Showcase promenade. 

Both Future World and the World Showcase will twinkle and glow with the Illuminated Gardens each festival evening.

Topiaries will include a Fab Five character celebration cookout scene, which will have floral versions of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald (with a Daisy Duck cameo!)  Donald & Daisy will be playing badmitton, Mickey will be at the grill (with Pluto swiping hotdogs!), and Millie will be relaxing on a colorful blanket of blossoms.  This will be the entry topiary located at Epcot's Front Entrance.
Additional topiaries will include:
  • Monsters University (featuring Mike & Sully)--Future World Walkway
  • Phineas & Ferb--behind Spaceship Earth
  • Radiator Springs play zone (featuring Lightning McQueen and Mater)--Test Track Walkway
  • TinkerBell's Butterfly House (featuring 8 topiaries from Pixie Hollow, including TinkerBell, Fawn, Vidia and Terrence)--Imagination Walkway

 The Flower Power Concert Series will be offered again this year on Festival weekends.  New to the lineup this year will be the Village People and Tommy Roe.  Here is the scheduled line-up of artists*:

    Mickey Dolenz and Mickey Mouse Epcot Flower and Garden
  • March 8 - 10    Mickey Dolenz
  • 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
  • April 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

(*artists subject to change)
Be sure to check out the Event this year, and take advantage of the great promotional discount offer for up to 30% off of your Resort Hotel stay.  Contact DreamFinder Travel for your booking today! 

DreamFinder Travel Epcot Flower & Garden

DreamFinder Travel Epcot Flower and Garden