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November 19, 2015

Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival Expands to 90 Days!

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Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival is expanding from 75 days to 90 days in 2016!
March 2 - May 30, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

Outdoor Kitchens Return!

Huey, Dewey and Louie make the topiary debut at the park entrance with Donald and Daisy!

Ranger Mickey Mouse will help celebrate the National Park Service centennial in Future World.

A new Floral Sun garden will celebrate the brightest star in Earth with yellow sunbursts across the Future World landscape.

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For more information visit: http://allears.net/tp/ep/epcot-flower-and-garden-festival.htm

November 13, 2014

2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival News!

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Fresh Flavors, Gardens, Music and Fun on Tap March 4-May 17, 2015 at 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Spring 2015 will bloom with a fresh take on lush gardens, inspired flavors and lively entertainment during the 75-day Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 4-May 17 at Walt Disney World Resort. New Disney character topiaries, including a nod to the blockbuster animated film, "Frozen," will offer colorful selfie and family photo ops. Outdoor Kitchens will serve a fresh take on sweet and savory noshes. And guests can get "hands-on" with festival fun during Disney-led gardening seminars.

"Frozen" will melt hearts in the park's World Showcase:
Disney's first Anna and Elsa topiaries will appear in a scene from the Oscar-winning film's finale. Other brand-new Disney character topiaries will be Chip and Dale taking a star turn in two whimsical front-entrance "Goofy About Spring" floral vignettes. Topiary Goofy and friends will be in on the fun.

Fresh new menu items will debut at the festival's Outdoor Kitchens where, for the third festival year running, guests can taste garden- and spring-inspired tapas-sized food and beverages and have their complimentary Garden Passports stamped as they stroll the World Showcase promenade.

A Southwest desert garden will premiere as a thriving ecosystem.

Ten new mini-gardens will surprise guests around every corner. Guests will discover a new "health garden," a pepper garden, a dinosaur-plant garden and a Shakespeare garden, among others, each designed with a storytelling element.

Guests can discover the story of the Monarch butterfly's epic journey across the continent and see butterflies emerge from their chrysalises at Tinker Bell's Butterfly House.

A weekend concert series will rock audiences every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performers will include Gin Blossoms, Pablo Cruise, Village People and a lineup of top bands representing four decades of pop music.

Disney gardeners will lead weekend how-to Gardening Seminars at the Festival Center, where guests also can pick up signature festival merchandise.

When the sun sets, illuminated topiary and play gardens will glow brightly for an after-dark festival experience.

"This is one of our most ambitious festivals ever," says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. "We're telling stories we've never told before. You'll get a fresh taste of spring - it'll be like the first spring farmer's market for America."

As park guests nibble on inspired Outdoor Kitchen goodies, they can wander among multiple themed gardens and children's play areas. Nearly 100 expertly crafted topiary characters, including Snow White, Bambi, Mickey Mouse, Simba and Peter Pan, will animate the landscape when Epcot transforms to a vibrant wonderland of sweeping garden beds and exhibits.

The "Frozen" topiary vignette at World Showcase Plaza will pop with color as Anna's and Elsa's icy world, illustrated with white and silver blooms of delphinium, alyssum and other floral varieties, transforms to a brilliant spring palette featuring Gerbera daisies, petunias, Sweet William and other flora.

A Health Garden near The Land pavilion in Future World will display ancient medicinal plants including garlic, aloe, chamomile, fennel, mint and others. Plants used to develop modern prescriptions will be papaya, periwinkle, turmeric, yew, thyme and valerian. And the new Shakespeare Garden at the United Kingdom pavilion will feature roses to represent Romeo and Juliet: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Also in the garden: rosemary from Hamlet, lavender from The Winter's Tale, plus representations featuring poppy, lily, honeysuckle and willow.

Tinker Bell's Butterfly House will return with hundreds of winged beauties fluttering above and lighting upon their favorite nectar-producing plants. Dozens of Disney-crafted "flower towers" and beds of multi-colored blooms will add to the floral splendor of the park's landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.

Several special weekend happenings will include Art in the Garden Weekend (March 27-29); Florida Fresh Weekend (April 24-26); and Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. Weekend (May 8-10).

For more information about the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, call 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639). As the festival nears, more details will be available at epcotinspring.com. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

May 14, 2014

Flower Power Concerts This Week: Alan Parsons Project

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The Alan Parsons Project will close out the "Flower Power" concert series May 16-18 during the final weekend of the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. and are included with Epcot admission.


March 5, 2014

The Guess Who Kick Off Flower Power Concert Series March 7-9

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The Guess Who will kick off the "Flower Power" concert series March 7-9 during the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. and are included with Epcot admission.

April 17, 2013

The Village People to Rock 2013 Flower Power Concert Series

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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.

March 13, 2013

Chubby Checker & The Wild Cats to Rock Flower Power Concert Series

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Chubby Checker, whose recording of "The Twist" first topped the music charts in 1960, will perform March 15-17 at America Gardens Theatre 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.

March 6, 2013

Monkee Micky Dolenz Returns to Flower Power Concert Series

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Micky Dolenz, who performed alongside Davy Jones and other members of the pop '60s group The Monkees, returns to the Flower Power Concert Series for the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Dolenz ("Last Train to Clarksville" and other hits) will perform March 8-10 at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Performances are included with Epcot admission.

February 16, 2013

Land of OZ Garden Opens in Epcot

The 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV will be held March 6-May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Among the new features for this year's festival is the Land of Oz Garden.

The new play area/garden is based on the Disney film, "Oz The Great and Powerful," which stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff, and opens in theaters March 8. based on the new Disney film,

To help create a buzz about the new movie, the Land of Oz Garden has opened before the official start of Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival. The Land of Oz Garden is a new circus-like play area. Enter via the yellow-brick road and find yourself in an interactive children's play area that features carnival-style games.

The garden features both real flowers and fantastical art-glass poppies. While the kids play in and around a giant custom Oz-themed play structure, parents can enjoy shaded, comfy chairs just a few steps away.

Take a peek:

The Land of Oz Garden will appear for the complete run of the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, through May 19. Walt Disney World Resort horticulturists will keep updating the flowers throughout the festival as the weather warms up in late April, keeping the garden in a constant state of growth and color.

November 16, 2012

2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival to Feature the Land of Oz

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Land of Oz Interactive Play Area New for 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Guests will follow in the footsteps of Oz The Great and Powerful by playing carnival games in a circus-themed area. Here red-and-white tents will offer all kinds of midway games, plus fun photo opportunities.

The next stop is the "Land of Oz Play Area", where bubbles fill the air, and where you can find: play equipment adorned with giant flowers, The Great and Powerful Oz's crashed hot-air balloon, and more! Guests can also wander through the "Oz Movie Garden," which will feature lush, unusual plants inspired by the Land of Oz.

When Oscar Diggs, a small-time magician, is hurled away from Kansas to the Land of Oz, he thinks fame and fortune are his for the taking, until he meets three witches who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Drawn into the epic problems facing the inhabitants of Oz, Oscar must use his magical arts to save them and transform himself into the great and powerful wizard-and into a better man as well.

Festival Highlights

* Educational designer presentations with HGTV and DIY Network personalities

* Themed flower and garden displays-where you'll learn new tips and techniques that you can try at home

* Interactive areas for kids

* Topiary displays of Disney and Disney-Pixar characters

* The Flower Power Concert Series-featuring live performances from popular hitmakers of the 1960s and 1970s

Learn more about Oz the Great and Powerful

May 15, 2012

Micky Dolenz to Perform at Flower Power Concerts, May 18-20

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Singer Davy Jones, from the 1960s pop group The Monkees, was scheduled to perform at the 19th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival "Flower Power" concert series. However Jones, who was Festival favorite for at least the last 10 years, suffered a heart attack and passed away on February 29. Based on suggestions from fans of both Jones and The Monkees, Disney has arranged to have another former member of group, Micky Dolenz, take Jones's spot on the series schedule.

Concerts are performed at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. Show Times: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Concerts are included with Epcot admission.

April 25, 2012

Chuck Negron to Perform April 27-29 at “Flower Power” Concerts

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Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night will perform April 27-29 at the 19th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival "Flower Power" concert series.

Concerts are performed at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. Show Times: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Concerts are included with Epcot admission.

March 26, 2012

The Spinners to Perform at Epcot's Flower Power Concert Series March 30-April 1

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The Spinners will perform March 30-April 1 at the 19th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival "Flower Power" concert series.

Concerts are performed at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. Show Times: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Concerts are included with Epcot admission.

March 20, 2012

The Guess Who to Perform March 23-25 at Flower Power Concerts

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The Guess Who will perform March 23-25 at the 19th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival "Flower Power" concert series.

Concerts are performed at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. Show Times: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Concerts are included with Epcot admission.

March 6, 2012

Jose Feliciano to Perform at Epcot's Flower Power Concert Series

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Jose Feliciano will perform March 9-11 at the 19th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival "Flower Power" concert series.

Concerts are performed at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. Show Times: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Concerts are included with Epcot admission.

November 22, 2011

New Sorcerer Mickey Topiary Conducts Floral Magic at 19th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 7-May 20

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Colorful New Gardens, Popular Gardening Workshops and Whimsical Fun in Store

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A little gardening magic will go a long way when an eight-foot-tall floral Sorcerer Mickey topiary holds court at the entrance to the 19th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 7-May 20 at Walt Disney World Resort. Standing atop a 12-foot-tall floral mountain cliff and towering above the park's front-entrance topiary bed, the commanding Sorcerer Mickey will direct a riot of color in the manicured shapes of dancing broomsticks, buckets, mushrooms, hippos, alligators and elephants straight from the classic Disney film, "Fantasia."

Disney topiary specialists worked to create the striking new design with innovative materials and recycled elements from years past, says festival horticulture manager Eric Darden. An earlier version of Sorcerer Mickey stood less than five feet tall; a larger frame was built, Darden says, to more accurately reflect the character in the front-entrance Fantasia scene. The new Fantasia "mountain" grew from a 2003 topiary piece that once held a "Steamboat Willie"� Mickey Mouse display.

"The challenge is to use our resources, repurpose them, and keep them fresh every year," Darden says. "These are some of our most popular characters from a topiary standpoint, and 'Fantasia' was a groundbreaking film for its music and animation techniques."

The front-entrance floral spectacle will welcome guests to a festival packed with new displays, featured speakers and hands-on fun for all ages.


Don't Miss!

For 75 festival days, Epcot guests can explore topiaries and gardens, learn planting, style and design techniques and rock to the tunes of popular Flower Power concerts:

Bambi's Butterfly House, three times the size of the festival's original, will be a-flutter with multiple species of brilliant butterflies. At Imagination Walkway by Innoventions West.

Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden - Fabulous Disney fairy topiaries alight to greet young fans who enter this whimsical garden designed with play structures for children ages 2-5. At the Test Track Walkway.

The HGTV Designers Stage will present HGTV celebrities each Friday through Sunday and nationally recognized garden personalities Monday through Thursday. At the Festival Center.

The Flower Power concert series will welcome back 20th century pop favorites this year when Jose Feliciano, Chubby Checker and The Wildcats, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Davy Jones and seven other bands rock the America Gardens Theatre with their timeless tunes. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Performers and appearance dates subject to change.

Petal Power

Thirty million blooms, 240 floating mini-gardens on two ponds, 700 container gardens of flowers, herbs, plants and vegetables, dozens of Disney character topiaries, 30 "flower towers" of impatiens and sweeping beds of floral designs will create a tapestry of brilliant color across the 260-acre Epcot landscape. It takes more than one full year and 400 Walt Disney World horticulturists to plan and prepare for the 75-day festival. One of the most interesting challenges is finding just the right plant materials to bring the park's topiaries to life.

The front-entrance "Fantasia" rock cliff topiary will be carpeted with a "blackish-purple Ajuga,"� says Disney plant specialist Heather Will-Browne. White and blue flowers will represent streams of water tumbling down the rock face, she adds, and the "Fantasia" theme will be carried out with masses of hot pink geraniums, blue delphiniums, white poppies, violet petunias and blue pansies, among others. Other show-stopping character topiaries: Lightning McQueen and Mater from "Cars 2" at the Japan showcase; Buzz, Woody and Lotso the teddy bear from "Toy Story 3;" and the Fab Five - Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy - outside the Festival Center.

The horticulture team also will plant new landscape looks outside the Italy and Norway pavilions, Will-Browne says. In Italy, gardeners will display a mix of containers overflowing with bright flowers and pots of fragrant herbs used in Italian cuisine. Around Norway, "we'll do a white show of geraniums, violas, snap dragons, poppies and alyssum," she says. A small Norway meadow will feature "a mass of brilliant, wild mixed color." Each of the park's other nine World Showcase countries will feature special festival landscape elements.

More Festival Fun

The Festival Center- Guests can shop for festival merchandise, attend demonstrations and get ideas and tips from master gardeners. In Future World between Universe of Energy and Mission:SPACE.

Disney Gardening at Home presentations - Disney horticulturists will share gardening tips and lead guests in a hands-on, take-home activity at the Festival Center.

Special Festival Weekend Celebrations - An Art in the Garden celebration of plein air artists is scheduled March 23-25; a Florida Federation of Garden Clubs gathering will be April 27-29; and a Fresh from Florida Farmer's Market salute is slated for May 4-6.

More information about the 19th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is available by calling 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or by visiting disneyworld.com/flower when festival time approaches. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

May 12, 2010

Chubby Checker & The Wildcats Epcot's Flower Power Concert Series

May 14 - 16, Chubby Checker & The Wildcats "The Twist": Flower Power Concert Series Fills Weekends with Special Music during 2010 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. America Gardens Theatre shows at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

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May 5, 2010

Davy Jones Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival Concerts May 7-9, 2010

Hey, Hey, It's Davy Jones -- The ever-so-dreamy Davy Jones, best known as the front man for the '60s sensation "The Monkees," rocks the house on May 7 - 9, 2010, during the Flower Power Concert series held during the annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this Mother's Day weekend.

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. America Gardens Theatre shows at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

April 16, 2010

The Nelsons - Epcot's Flower Power Concerts April 16-18, 2010

The Nelsons "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection"

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Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival's "Flower Power" concert series.
America Gardens Theatre shows at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

April 7, 2010

Herman's Hermits at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival April 9-11, 2010

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April 9 - 11, 2010, FLOWER POWER: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone will highlight the
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival's "Flower Power" concert series.
America Gardens Theatre shows at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

March 31, 2010

Tony Orlando Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival April 2 - 4, 2010

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Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival's "Flower Power" concert series.
America Gardens Theatre shows at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

March 26, 2010

Starship at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival March 26 - 28, 2010


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Starship starring Mickey Thomas "We Built This City" -
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival's "Flower Power" concert series.
America Gardens Theatre shows at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

March 17, 2010

David Cassidy -- Epcot's Flower Power Concert Series

March 19-21 - David Cassidy, "I Think I Love You": Flower Power Concert Series Fills Weekends with Special Music during 2010 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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