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HGTV and DIY Network Stars ‘Crash’ The 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on January 14th, 2014 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


You could say that this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be a “crash”-ing good time.

Sponsored once again by our friends at HGTV, they have filled the festival with tons of HGTV and DIY Network experts – including most of the stars we HGTV/DIY insiders call “The Crashers.”

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The Crashers, for those uninitiated into HGTV/DIY fandom, are HGTV/DIY expert designers and contractors who comb home improvement stores for people who need renovation help. Then – in just three days, mind you – they (with an expert crew of helpers) make over the family’s yard, bathroom, kitchen or whatever. Crashers making their very first appearance at this year’s festival are Matt Blashaw from “Yard Crashers,” Matt Meunster from “Bath Crashers” and Alison Victoria from “Kitchen Crashers.” Very exciting!

HGTV/DIY favorites at this year’s festival include Vern Yip, one of the judges of “Design Star,” Florida’s own David “Color Splash” Bromstad and John Gidding from “Curb Appeal.” Also new to this year’s festival are “Renovation Raiders” star Amy Matthews and Chip Wade, who started with Gidding on “Curb Appeal” and now has his own hit show called “Elbow Room.”

Here’s the list (everything subject to change, of course):

  • March 7-9 – Vern Yip, “Design Star”
  • March 14-16 – Chris Lambton, “Going Yard”
  • March 21-23 – Matt Blashaw, “Yard Crashers”
  • March 28-30 – Matt Meunster, “Bath Crashers”
  • April 4-6 – Taniya Nayak, “House Hunters on Vacation”
  • April 11-13 – Amy Matthews, “Renovation Raiders”
  • April 18-20 – John Gidding, “Curb Appeal”
  • April 25-27 – David Bromstad, “Color Splash”
  • May 2-4 – Chip Wade, “Elbow Room”
  • May 9-11 – Genevieve Gorder, “Design Star”
  • May 16-18 – Alison Victoria, “Kitchen Crashers”

For more information on the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, check out disneyworld.com/flower and don’t forget to check back here on the Disney Parks Blog for updates throughout the coming months – both before and during the festival.

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Having Fun With TRYit! at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on May 3rd, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


It’s a feast for the eyes and the palate at this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, with a dozen new Garden Marketplaces adding to the beauty all around the park. Beyond a taste of global cuisine, each Marketplace features a gorgeous garden that showcases some of the fruits, veggies and herbs you can taste – and what a wonderful way to introduce little ones to how things grow, and how they are transformed into deliciousness.

We met two new friends at Epcot, Evy and Lucy, who were ready for a culinary adventure to check out some of the TRYit! dishes created just for youngsters. TRYit! dishes combine a familiar taste with something maybe not so familiar into something new . . . and these two girls gave the experience “two thumbs up!” Look for the TRYit! logo in Disney restaurants, too.

The festival runs through May 19, still plenty of time to come have a taste and stroll the World Showcase Promenade, with live music plus gardening and decorating seminars daily. For more information, go to www.epcotinspring.com.



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Vintage Walt Disney World: Growing Character at Epcot

posted on April 25th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Have you had a chance to visit the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this year? The character topiaries throughout Future World and World Showcase are my favorite part. Topiaries have been a part of the Walt Disney World Resort for many years. Below, Goofy and Pluto admire their own topiaries back in 1985.

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Pretty great for 1985, but they pale in comparison to their counterparts of today. Today our horticulture team creates topiaries that are even more advanced and realistic. Here’s a look at the 2013 version of Goofy and Pluto at the festival.
Goofy and Pluto Topiaries at the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

This year’s festival runs through May 19, so you still have time to see all of the amazing topiaries throughout Epcot.


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Top Five Best-Selling Dishes at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on April 24th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Did you know that one new offering at this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival are a selection of Garden Marketplaces around World Showcase?

Our friends in Food & Beverage just shared with us the top-five best-selling dishes at this year’s event. Check them out:

    Pork Slider at BBQ & Brews Kiosk at the American Pavilion

  1. Pork Slider (BBQ & Brews Kiosk at the American Pavilion)
  2. Beef Brisket (BBQ & Brews Kiosk at the American Pavilion)
  3. Potato Pancake (Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market at the German Pavilion)
  4. Shrimp & Grits at Florida Fresh Marketplace on the Mexico Side of World Showplace
     

  5. Shrimp & Grits (Florida Fresh marketplace on the Mexico side of World Showplace)
  6. Salmon-Cottage (The Cottage: Savories, Trifles and Tea – United Kingdom)

Oh, and if you’re in for drinks and dessert as well, try Pineapple Upside Down Cake and the Dole Whip (with or without rum), which are both located at the Pineapple Promenade near the Canada Pavilion.

Have you tried any of these? Tell us what you think in the “Comments” section below!

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HGTV Magazine’s Sara Peterson Tours Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Marketplaces

posted on April 20th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Sara Peterson, editor-in-chief of HGTV Magazine, will take the HGTV Designers’ Stage at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this weekend to talk tips on boosting your home’s curb appeal.

While she was here on Friday, she took time to sample a few of the Garden Marketplaces located around World Showcase. Check out her review below!

You can catch Sara at the HGTV Designer’s Stage at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Catch a Grilling Demo with PBS Chef George Hirsch at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on April 8th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


With nine PBS cooking and lifestyle TV series and 12 seasons in syndication, Chef George Hirsch has fans around the world. Now you can see him in person at this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, where he’ll share grilling tips in the courtyard at American Adventure in World Showcase.

He launched his television career with the phrase, “If I can do it, you can do it!” and Chef George’s enthusiasm is contagious. His grilling tips are super easy to follow, like this short video on how to grill a perfect steak.

See Chef George’s Grill Live! complimentary demo at 1:15, 2:45 and 4:15 p.m. on April 26, 27 and 28, then again (same times) on the festival’s closing weekend on May 17, 18 and 19.

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Caption This: A Curious Visitor at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on April 1st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today’s “Caption This” photo was taken in 1994 during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
Caption This: A Curious Visitor at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Sure looks like this colorful gecko is taking an interest in these guests. What’s he got his eye on? Remember, this is 1994 – is he looking for some friends to ride World of Motion or Horizons . Or maybe he’s already grabbed a great seat for tonight’s “IllumiNations” fireworks. You tell us – go ahead and “Caption This”!

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Florida Berries Star at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on March 26th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


All five senses are engaged at this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, especially “taste,” at a dozen new Garden Marketplaces around World Showcase Lagoon. The flavors of springtime abound, especially at the Florida Fresh Marketplace, where guests can enjoy a classic strawberry shortcake – fluffy angel food cake, Florida berries macerated in sugar, freshly whipped cream and a flourish of fresh mint.

We had Chef Jens Dahlmann show us how he creates this colorful dessert. You can sample his version, as well as a variety of other sweet and savory dishes featuring local fruits and veggies, through May 19 at Epcot.

 
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April 2013 Merchandise Events at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 25th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


Put some spring in your step and plan your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort during April, because we have a lot of events taking place!

April 5: Disney Design Group Artist Tyler Dumas will be appearing at D Street in Downtown Disney Westside from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. to sign the latest pin, Vinylmation and D Tech release in the 2013 series.

Walt Disney World Resort – April 2013 Merchandise Events

April 4: ACME Archives Artist Annick Biaudet will be appearing at Uptown Jewelers in Magic Kingdom Park from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. to sign her newest releases inspired by “Beauty and the Beast.”

New Release from Annick Biaudet Inspired by 'Beauty and the Beast' New Release from Annick Biaudet Inspired by 'Beauty and the Beast'

April 5-7: Spring is in the air and the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom. Take time to join us for Art in the Garden Weekend, taking place from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. each day along the promenade in Epcot. Throughout the weekend, artists Larry Dotson, David E. Doss and Noah, along with ACME artist Annick Biaudet will be on hand for artist demonstrations and signings. Note: Noah will appear April 6–7 only.

'Mickey and Minnie Picnic' by Artist Larry Dotson 'Beauty Blooms' by Artist Noah 'A Sunflower's Friend' by ACME Artist Annick Biaudet Artwork by Artist David E. Doss

April 6: I guarantee this next event is not a figment of your imagination, it’s in fact a signing with Sculptor Bruce Lau at Art of Disney in Epcot from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Bruce will be on hand to sign his latest sculpture Magician Figment, while Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan will be joining in the excitement to sign his latest Figment-inspired piece, Mickey and His Pal Figment. Look for Monty at the Art of Disney in Epcot as well, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Magician Figment Sculpture by Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan Mickey and His Pal Figment by Disney Design Group Character Artist Monty Maldovan

April 8–12: Check out the latest releases from David E. Doss, who will be appearing daily at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

April 10–11: This next event is literally an open book. World renowned author Ridley Pearson is returning to the Walt Disney World Resort for a special appearance and signing April 10-11. Want to know more? Watch for a special post about his appearance and his newest release from author, Erin Catalano.

April 18–22: Be on the lookout for Larry Dotson who will be appearing at Art of Disney in the Downtown Disney Marketplace from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., each day.

April 19-22: Rounding out the month is a special Disney’s Animal Kingdom park Earth Day celebration with artists and vendors such as Just Plumerias, Elemental Nursery, Photographer Carlos Cuba, Silver Designer, Tim “Bushman #1” Adebule and ACME Archives artist, William Silvers. Looking for something special merchandise to commemorate the day? Keep an eye out for more information to be released shortly.

Look for details on all of these events and more on www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

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Flower Power Concert Series Continues with The Guess Who at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 22nd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of my favorite parts of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is attending a Flower Power concert at the America Gardens Theatre. There’s just something about an outdoor concert that just makes it feel like spring, am I right?

This weekend, The Guess Who will take the stage Friday through Sunday for 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. shows.
Flower Power Concert Series Continues With The Guess Who at Epcot
Can’t make it this weekend? Here’s the full musical lineup:

    March 29-31: Nelson
    April 5-7: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
    April 12-14: Paul Revere & the Raiders
    April 19-21: 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.

Join the conversation about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival on Twitter with the hashtag #EpcotInSpring.

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