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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Update: And the Winner Is…

posted on July 26th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Here’s a quick update on special speakers for the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from our friends at HGTV. We are truly pumped to have the newly-crowned HGTV Design Star with us during the opening weekend of the festival.
HGTV 'Design Star' Winner Danielle Colding Will Appear at the 2012 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

For those who didn’t watch Tuesday’s “Design Star” finale, interior designer Danielle Colding came out on top, wowing the judges with both her design acumen and her on-camera presence. Danielle’s new show is called “Shop This Room,” where she examines how the process of finding a spectacular piece of artwork, furniture, or an accessory can lead the way to inventive new concepts for design.

In addition to Danielle, festival guests can see these HGTV and DIY Network stars:

  • September 28-30 – Danielle Colding (“HGTV Design Star” Winner, Season 7, “Shop This Room”) – Entertainment Passport: Your Ticket to Creating a Travel-inspired Dining Experience
  • October 5-7 – Casey Noble (“Design on a Dime”) – Gifts That Keep Giving: Holiday Favors That Double as Décor
  • October 12-14 – Alison Victoria (DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers”) – Crash Course for Holiday Décor
  • October 19-21 – Brian Patrick Flynn (HGTV.com, “Design Happens”) – Express Lane Elegance: Stylish Table Settings from Supermarket Finds
  • October 26-28 – Meg Caswell (“Meg’s Great Rooms”) – Entertaining in Style: Make It and Make It Fun
  • November 2-4 – Marianne Canada (HGTV.com Special Projects Editor) – Handmade Goodies They Won’t Regift
  • November 9-12 – Emily Henderson (“Secrets from a Stylist”) – Create Holiday Memories: Style, Share and Preserve Those Family Photos & Cards

For more information on the 17th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, presented by Chase, you can check out epcotfoodfestival.com. And don’t forget to check back on the Disney Parks Blog for updates.

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HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder Appearing at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on May 18th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Wow! I can’t believe it’s the last weekend of the 19th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival already. Seventy-five days go by pretty fast!

We’ve had a wonderful time, with all the seminars, colorful plant and flower displays, beloved Disney topiaries, brilliant botanicals, unique gardens, and especially the appearances by stars from our favorite shows on HGTV, our presenting sponsor. They’ve just been fantastic!

This weekend features an appearance by Genevieve Gorder, who, along with her thriving professional design business in New York City, is the star of not one, but two hit HGTV shows: Dear Genevieve and HGTV Design Star.

Earlier this year, we caught up with Genevieve in Los Angeles where she was filming this season’s “Design Star,” new episodes of which start airing Tuesday, May 29. The producers of the show graciously allowed us to tape on the actual Design Star “judging” stage. It was very exciting to be in the place where HGTV favorites like David Bromstad, Antonio Ballatore and current champ Meg Caswell all became household names.

Genevieve talked with us about how her discussions this weekend, titled “Turning Your Landscape Inside Out,” will focus on using the aesthetics of creating a great landscape in your home decorating.

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Genevieve was just great. If you get a chance, you should really come see her at the Festival. Today, Saturday, and Sunday, she will lead seminars at the Festival Center, presented by HGTV.

You can also catch her on the new season (Season 6) of Design Star, on Tuesdays this summer at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, starting on May 29, and on Dear Genevieve, Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.

For more information on the 19th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, presented by HGTV, you can check out disneyworld.com/flower.

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Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure Coming In Late June

posted on May 16th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Just wanted to give you a quick update on the new Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, including showcasing some new renderings of the experience we debuted at our Summer to Remember press event in April.

Starting in late June, Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure is based on the wily secret-agent alter-ego of Perry the Platypus – faithful pet to the title characters from Disney’s animated series “Phineas & Ferb.” Although just a simple pet to Phineas and Ferb, Perry turns into Agent P in each episode to help stop the misguided plans of his nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

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Epcot guests will transform into secret agents to help Agent P thwart some of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s most daring plots. Agents will use a high tech detection device called a “F.O.N.E.” or Field Operative Notification Equipment to receive clues for each case. Solving the clues will take agents to different places throughout seven World Showcase countries at Epcot – Mexico Pavilion, France Pavilion, Germany Pavilion, Norway Pavilion, Japan Pavilion, China Pavilion and the United Kingdom Pavilion. Agents will scour each country for clues, evil “Inators,” and – with a little bit of luck – help Agent P defeat Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

The current Disney Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure will close this Friday, May 18.

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Carter Oosterhouse, Host of HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms and Carter Can, Comes to Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on May 12th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Carpenter and “America’s Handyman” Carter Oosterhouse likes to build “green” whenever he can, so it only makes sense for Carter to visit Walt Disney World Resort in Florida this weekend and talk to guests at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Carter’s newest HGTV show is Million Dollar Rooms, airing Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 CT. Million Dollar Rooms features special access into the most exclusive and expensive spaces as Carter travels the world, visiting the most spectacular, one-of-a-kind spaces where money is no object.

Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the festival, HGTV hosts and personalities lead seminars at the Festival Center, presented by HGTV. Carter calls his talk, “10 Renovation Tips You Need to Know.”

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You can catch Carter on HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT and Carter Can, which airs throughout the week (check the HGTV schedule for specific air times).

Don’t forget to come see Carter this weekend and next week, May 18-20, Genevieve Gorder (Dear Genevieve, HGTV Design Star) closes out a festival that’s been full of HGTV and DIY Network stars.

For more information, check out disneyworld.com/flower.

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Learn to Draw Phineas and Ferb at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 11th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


It seems like Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb are popping up everywhere around Walt Disney World Resort these days. In addition to meet-and-greets at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the soon-to-open Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot, now guests can learn how to draw Phineas, Ferb and Agent P (among other Disney characters) as part of The Magic of Disney Animation attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Magic of Disney Animation is an eye-opening attraction where guests of all ages discover the art of how Disney characters are created and get a hands-on opportunity to create their very own Disney character sketch. Disney artists teach guests to draw one of more than 20 beloved characters including Mickey, Stitch, Goofy – and now Phineas, Ferb and Agent P. Sessions run continuously throughout the day, with each session drawing a different character.

Disney Artist Don Shane Creates Agent P in Front of Classroom at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Gracie Kitterman, 10, and Her Dad Draw Agent P at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney's Hollywood Studios Disney Artist Don Shane Shows Off Finished Drawing at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney's Hollywood Studios Jason Kitterman and Daughter Gracie Show Off Their Agent P Sketches.

Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb” creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” March met with some of the Disney artists from the attraction recently at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Dan and “Swampy” shared secrets from the early days of their creations and gave tips on how the characters have evolved.

Fans of the show can also enter for a chance to be one of 26 winners, plus three guests each (104 people) who will receive a Walt Disney World Resort vacation to make unforgettable summertime memories and can celebrate the end of summer and party with Phineas and Ferb! Disney Channel and Target present the “Phineas and Ferb Summer to Remember Sweepstakes.” No Purchase Necessary. For official rules/details and to enter: Disney.com/SummerToRemember.

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Blues Traveler, Smash Mouth and More Set for ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series This Fall at Epcot

posted on May 4th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Even though summer is rapidly approaching us in Florida, we are already starting to plan for fall.
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We are excited to announce this year’s lineup for the “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series at the 17th annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (talent/dates subject to change):

  • 9/28-9/30: Night Ranger
  • 10/1-10/3: Sugar Ray
  • 10/4- 10/7: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
  • 10/8-10/10: Boyz II Men
  • 10/11-10/12: Smash Mouth
  • 10/13-10/14: Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice”
  • 10/15-10/17: Air Supply
  • 10/18-10/19: Gin Blossoms
  • 10/20-10/21: Survivor
  • 10/22-10/23: Hanson
  • 10/24-10/25: The Pointer Sisters
  • 10/26-10/28: Sister Hazel
  • 10/29-10/31: Billy Ocean
  • 11/1-11/2: 38 Special
  • 11/3-11/4: Howard Jones LIVE
  • 11/5-11/6: Blues Traveler
  • 11/7-11/8: Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX
  • 11/9-11/12: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will run from Sept. 28-Nov. 12, 2012. Continue to check back at the Disney Parks Blog and Disneyworld.com/foodandwine for more details on this year’s festival.

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Night of Joy Tickets Are Now Available at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 1st, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Yolanda Adams and Minnie at Magic Kingdom Park

The countdown begins. We’re only five months away from this year’s Night of Joy at Magic Kingdom Park – our 30th year. So guess what? Tickets went on sale today!

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $52.95 plus tax per ticket and on the days of the event (if available) for $62.95 plus tax. They can be purchased by calling 407-W-DISNEY or at www.nightofjoy.com.

We’re so excited. Here’s the night-by-night Night of Joy 2012 lineup (entertainment and schedule subject to change):

  • Friday, September 7, 2012: Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, NEEDTOBREATHE, Red, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath, Royal Tailor, Disciple.
  • Saturday, September 8, 2012: MercyMe, Third Day, Kutless, Chris August, Lecrae, Yolanda Adams, Thousand Foot Krutch and Dara Maclean.

Newcomers to Night of Joy, Royal Tailor and Dara Mclean, bring the 30-year roster of artists to 150 acts.

Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at www.nightofjoy.com.

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American Institute of Architects Honors Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 23rd, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Cinderella Castle just keeps racking up the honors.
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This month, the Walt Disney World Resort landmark icon was named one of the Top 100 Buildings in Florida by The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) as a part of their “Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.” celebration for the organization’s 100-year anniversary. Cinderella Castle was also named Top Building in the Recreational Architecture category.

AIA Florida is an association of architects with a mission to unite, educate and position architects to lead the shaping of Florida’s future. The members of AIA Florida are leaders in their communities and passionate about good design; the health, safety and welfare of others; and preserving architecture through sustainable practice.

AIA Florida Immediate Past President and former Imagineer Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA, LEED AP, presented the award to Magic Kingdom Park Vice President Phil Holmes on Wednesday, April 18. It was a homecoming of sorts for Lingerfelt, whose 15-year tenure with WDI included working on Magic Kingdom Park projects such as New Tomorrowland, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Mickey’s PhilharMagic.

In March, AIA Florida launched the Top 100 Buildings statewide online competition, inviting the public to vote for their favorite Florida building. More than two and a half million votes were cast, both by architects in the association and the general public. This year marks the 100th anniversary of AIA Florida, recognizing the important contributions architects have made in the Sunshine State. The awards are just one of the events the association has planned throughout the year to celebrate its anniversary, which is Dec. 14.

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HGTV Design Star Winner Meg Caswell Chats with Guests This Weekend at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on April 20th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Interior Designer Meg Caswell has a new show debuting on HGTV in just a couple weeks, but the Season 6 winner of HGTV’s top-rated reality competition, HGTV Design Star, found time to visit Walt Disney World Resort this weekend and is talking with fans at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the festival, HGTV hosts and personalities are leading seminars at the Festival Center, presented by HGTV. A big part of Meg’s talks will be her new show, Meg’s Great Rooms, which premieres on HGTV, Saturday, May 5, at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT. For the show, Meg is back in her hometown of Chicago, transforming dull and boring rooms into star-studded kitchens and living spaces.

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Come see Meg this weekend and all the other HGTV and DIY Network stars scheduled during the festival (Talent/dates/subjects subject to change):

  • April 27-29 – Monica Pedersen, HGTV Dream Home 2012 – “Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home”
  • May 4-6 – Antonio Ballatore, The Antonio Treatment – “Design Outside of the Box: How to Personalize, Customize, and Inspire”
  • May 11-13 – Carter Oosterhouse, Million Dollar Rooms – “10 Renovation Tips You Need To Know”
  • May 18-20 – Genevieve Gorder, Dear Genevieve and HGTV Design Star – “Turning Your Landscape Inside Out”

For more information on the festival, you can check out disneyworld.com/flower, and continue to check back here for more updates.

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Greetings from the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Presented by HGTV

posted on April 13th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


I can’t believe we’re already halfway through this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. It’s been amazing so far, with everyone enjoying the 30 million blooms; the beloved Disney character topiaries; “how to” demonstrations and presentations by HGTV, DIY Network and Disney experts; unique gardens themed to the countries of World Showcase; the Flower Power Concert Series and much more.

Today, we catch up with HGTV’s Brandon Johnson, host of the hit show “My Yard Goes Disney,” hot off its second season of making Disney Parks-inspired dreams come true for families around the United States. In each episode, homeowners get a jaw-dropping backyard makeover inspired by Disney Parks that’s worthy of major family playtime. Disney Channel fans will also recognize Brandon as producer Gary Wilde from the hit show “Shake It Up.”

Like all the HGTV and DIY Superstars at this year’s festival, we found Brandon at the Festival Center, which is also being presented by HGTV. We asked Brandon to show us around the Center and put his expert eye to things for which Disney Parks Blog readers might watch out.

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You can see Brandon in episodes of “My Yard Goes Disney” on HGTV and HGTV.com. The new season airs on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT starting June 1.

And come out to see Brandon and all the other HGTV and DIY Network stars scheduled this year. The list includes (Talent/dates/subjects subject to change):

  • April 20-22 – Meg Caswell, Meg’s Great Rooms – “Tips for Turning a Good Room Into a Great Room!”
  • April 27-29 – Monica Pedersen, HGTV Dream Home 2012 – “Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home”
  • May 4-6 – Antonio Ballatore, The Antonio Treatment – “Design Outside of the Box: How to Personalize, Customize, and Inspire”
  • May 11-13 – Carter Oosterhouse, Million Dollar Rooms – “10 Renovation Tips You Need To Know”
  • May 18-20 – Genevieve Gorder, Dear Genevieve and HGTV Design Star – “Turning Your Landscape Inside Out”

For more information on the festival, you can check out disneyworld.com/flower and continue to check back here for more updates.

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