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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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See DIY Network’s Chris Grundy at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on March 15th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If you’re visiting the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this weekend, make sure to stop by the Festival Center for a presentation from DIY Network’s Chris Grundy. Chris is a busy guy, currently hosting both DIY Network’s “Cool Tools” and “DIY Dominator.” He’s also part of DIY Network’s “Blog Cabin,” which kicks off its newest sweepstakes this July.

Presentations by HGTV and DIY Network hosts are just one of the many fun parts of attending this year’s festival. Chris’ talk this weekend is about using “Cool Tools” to keep your yard green – meaning both beautiful and environmentally friendly. Here’s a sneak peek at Chris’ appearance.

This year’s line-up of flower, garden and decorating experts include:

  • March 15-17 – Chris Grundy, DIY Network’s Cool Tools: “Keepin’ It Green with Grundy”
  • March 22-24 – Egypt Sherrod, host of Property Virgins: “Getting the Inside Scoop on HGTV’s Top Home Features for 2013″
  • March 29-31 – Brandon Johnson, My Yard Goes Disney: “Bringing More Disney Inspiration and HGTV Design to Your Backyard”
  • April 5-7 – Meg Caswell, Meg’s Great Rooms: “Discovering Design Tips to Personalize Your Space & Make a Good Room Great”
  • April 12-14 – Jason Cameron, DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves: “Desperate Landscapes … Where Do We Grow from Here?”
  • April 19-21 – Sara Peterson, Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine: “Boosting Your Curb Appeal! 25 Easy Ideas from Front Doors to Flower Pots”
  • April 26-28 – Carter Oosterhouse, Million Dollar Rooms: “Million Dollar Trends”
  • May 3-5 – Casey Noble, Design on a Dime: “Creating Luxury Hotel Floral Arrangements in Your Home”
  • May 10-12 – Dan Faires, HGTV.com, DanMade: “Easy Ideas for Creating a Designer Garden”
  • May 17-19 – David Bromstad, HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, Design Star All-Stars: “The Power of Color”

Presentations by HGTV and DIY Network stars are included with admission to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

The 20th annual festival runs from now through May 19, 2013, at Epcot.

For more information on the festival, click over to EpcotInSpring.com and check back to the Disney Parks Blog for updates and posts throughout the festival.

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Spring is on Display at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on March 13th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Did you know that this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features more than 100 Disney-themed topiaries spread throughout the park?

Among this year’s selection are a “Fab Five” Disney character topiary that features a 14-foot-tall Goofy; a “Monsters University” Mike and Sulley; a Phineas and Ferb topiary; and Lightning McQueen and Mater, among others.

Our video crew stopped by over the weekend for a look.

 
Are topiaries the highlight of the festival for you? If so, tell us in the “Comments” section below which is your favorite.


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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Returns, Countdown to Fantasy Faire Continues

posted on March 9th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We had a very exciting week here at Disney Parks, from the return of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival to the unveiling of a new Shanghai Disneyland model, among other fun. The Land of Oz Garden at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Here at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney photographer Gene Duncan took the first few shots of this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – including one of the festival’s new offerings: The Land of Oz Garden.
Fairy Tale Treasures at Fantasy Faire in Disneyland park

At the Disneyland Resort, the countdown to the opening of Fantasy Faire and the Fairy Tale Treasures merchandise location continues.

Be sure to click through the gallery to see other key moments of the week that were captured and shared on the Disney Parks Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter.

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HGTV’s Chris Lambton Goes ‘Yard’ – Family-Style – at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on March 8th, 2013 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Well, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, presented by HGTV, is in full swing and, although it’s a tad chillier than normal here in Florida, we are already having some great times.

Chris Lambton, star of HGTV’s “Going Yard,” is here this weekend, giving tips to Epcot guests on how to turn their yards into spectacular, outdoor venues.

We caught up with Chris during rehearsals and he gave us a sneak peek into his presentation, ”Going Yard for Your Lifestyle.” He encourages families to treat their outdoor spaces with the same care and planning that they would any other room in their homes, tailoring the design to their family’s interests.

Guests of the Festival can see Lambton and other favorite HGTV and DIY stars on “The Designers’ Stage Presented by HGTV” at the Festival Center each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival at noon and 3 p.m.

    The complete lineup includes:

  • March 15-17 – Chris Grundy, DIY Network’s Cool Tools: “Keepin’ It Green with Grundy”
  • March 22-24 – Egypt Sherrod, host of Property Virgins: “Getting the Inside Scoop on HGTV’s Top Home Features for 2013″
  • March 29-31 – Brandon Johnson, My Yard Goes Disney: “Bringing More Disney Inspiration and HGTV Design to Your Backyard”
  • April 5-7 – Meg Caswell, Meg’s Great Rooms: “Discovering Design Tips to Personalize Your Space & Make a Good Room Great”
  • April 12-14 – Jason Cameron, DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves: “Desperate Landscapes . . . Where Do We Grow from Here?”
  • April 19-21 – Sara Peterson, Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine: “Boosting Your Curb Appeal! 25 Easy Ideas from Front Doors to Flower Pots”
  • April 26-28 – Carter Oosterhouse, Million Dollar Rooms: “Million Dollar Trends”
  • May 3-5 – Casey Noble, Design on a Dime: “Creating Luxury Hotel Floral Arrangements in Your Home”
  • May 10-12 – Dan Faires, HGTV.com, DanMade: “Easy Ideas for Creating a Designer Garden”
  • May 17-19 – David Bromstad, HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, Design Star All-Stars: “The Power of Color”

Presentations by HGTV and DIY Network stars are included with admission to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

The 20th annual festival runs from now through May 19, 2013 at Epcot.

For more information on the Festival, click over to EpcotInSpring.com and check back to the Disney Parks Blog for updates and posts throughout the Festival.

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Believe in the Magic of Oz…See it in Bloom at Epcot

posted on March 8th, 2013 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


The marvelous land of Oz has captured the imaginations of people for over 100 years. Chances are good that this wondrous place has sparked your imagination, whether you’re a school kid, bank teller, rocket scientist—or a horticulturist like Eric Darden.

Eric is the Manager of Horticulture for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. This year, the event is presenting one of the most ambitious dreams that Eric, his team and his fellow Disney Parks cast members have ever made come true.

“The Land of Oz Garden is one of the biggest single areas we’ve ever created for the Festival,” said Eric. “It starts in the ‘Kansas’ section, where kids can play midway games in the tents.”

In Walt Disney PicturesOz The Great and Powerful” — which opens today nationwide — you’ll see Kansas in black and white, Oz in dazzling color and all in three-dimensional RealD splendor (at select theaters). But at this new Epcot garden, of course everything’s blooming in full color — from the ring toss game and fun mirrors to the Baum Circus tents (named for L. Frank Baum, author of all 14 original Oz books).

“As you walk along, you’ll seem to travel through Oz, where the kids can enjoy the large playground,” explained Eric. Newly designed, this playground sparkles with details that celebrate the film. As the kids play, grown-ups will appreciate the nearby shaded chairs. Look on the other side of this area and you’ll see that it’s actually themed to the Wizard’s deflated hot air balloon!
The Wizard’s Deflated Hot Air Balloon in The Land of Oz Garden at Epcot
A dazzling array of unusual flowers and plants suggest the setting of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Oz The Great and Powerful,” including a bed of yellow pansies arranged to resemble a very familiar brick road—plus some dazzling red glass poppies. These amazing creations were prepared especially for The Land of Oz Garden by artist/sculptor Craig Mitchell Smith using his own elaborate technique of cutting, heating, shaping and reheating each flower—a process that takes four days per poppy!

Now through May 19, 2013, The Land of Oz Garden is just part of the overall new excitement at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. “Now we have great food and beverage options at twelve Garden Marketplaces,” says Eric. “Now it’s all tied together—from the garden to your table—better than ever.

“And we’ve placed plenty of character topiaries all over Epcot. There’s a picnic scene at the front entrance, with Minnie sitting on a blanket, Donald and Daisy playing badminton and Goofy is about to drop the cake! Mickey is grilling hot dogs—though unbeknownst to him, Pluto has already taken his share.”

Over at Showcase Plaza, you’ll see Mike and Sulley as they will appear in the eagerly awaited Disney•Pixar movie Monsters University. “Almost all of our gardens are now beautifully illuminated at nighttime, so you can make it a complete day and night visit,” Eric adds. “We’ve brought back the butterfly garden, HGTV celebrity designers and Flower Power Concert Series. We couldn’t be more excited about what we have to offer this year.”

For more information, visit EpcotInSpring.com.

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Get Your Mini Disney Gift Card and Get a Taste of Spring at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

posted on March 6th, 2013 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services


Get your mini Disney Gift Card and get a taste of spring at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Stop and smell the roses, while sporting this new mini Disney Gift Card with an exclusive Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival design. This Disney Gift Card has all the functionalities of a regular Disney Gift Card, with the convenience of wearing it around your wrist. As you enjoy the sights and scents that the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has to offer, the mini Disney Gift Card will help you quickly satisfy your taste buds by purchasing foods that highlight the taste of spring.

This design will be available exclusively at Epcot for a limited time during the festival.

Activate your Disney Gift Card with as little as $5 and just swipe to pay for food and more. Your Disney Gift Card can even be reloaded as many times as you want at the majority of festival kiosks. When the festival is over, you can continue using your card since, like all Disney Gift Cards, it’s good for practically all things Disney here at the Walt Disney World Resort and beyond.

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