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

Charles Stovall

by , 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.


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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  • So glad to hear that My Yard Goes Disney is returning!! It’s such a great show, such a great way to see Disney becoming a part of people’s lives, outside of the parks and movies. Great choice by the Mouse!

    I think Disney’s partnership with HGTV is an excellent idea, it synergizes with their key market demographics to a tee. (perhaps other networks, like Discovery Channel and/or Animal Planet, might work well with other parks, like Animal Kingdom). Also, please make more episodes of My House Goes Disney!!

  • I was just at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival on April 8. I was interested in purchasing the Mickey Mouse with butterfly and Donald Duck with bees mugs but unfortunately there were none available to buy. Will these mugs be available again before the end of the Festival and if so how can I purchase them now that I have returned home? Thank you

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