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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”!

See below for more chances to “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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