20th Annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
No matter what your thermometer says outside (mine reads a whole 11 degrees today) Spring is just around the corner. That means it's time to get moving on plans for your trip to the 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival! This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event, and you can be sure that Disney will be celebrating in grand style. The 75 day long Garden Party, sponsored by HGTV, takes place from March 6th, 2013 through May 19th, 2013.
You can expect Epcot to look as pretty as ever during the festival with displays of over 100 topiaries, 240 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms will add floral splendor to the park landscape. In World Showcase, not only will the the spotlight will shine on topiaries with themes from around the world, but the special enchantment of Disney Princesses. After dark displays become even more magical as the displays twinkle and shine in a new light.
Each day guests will have access to hands-on gardening seminars, and other Festival Center events will offer innovative ideas, HGTV Stars will be on hand to design tips and gardening know-how to park guests. During opening weekend, March 8-10, Chris Lambton of "Going Yard" will appear; other designers scheduled to take the stage include Brandon Johnson of "My Yard Goes Disney" and Meg Caswell of "Meg's Great Rooms."
At the front entrance guests will be greeted by the Fab Five in a fun cook out scene, all in topiary form of course. Rumor has it that Goofy's Topiary reaches a full 14 feet high! But it's just a taste of the inspired living artwork that waiting deeper inside the park. New additions for the year will include familiar Disney friends such as Phineas and Ferb, and Monster's Inc.'s Mike & Sully.
For those of you that are Food & Wine festival fans, I'm happy to add that the Epcot Chef's are crashing the party! With them they'll be bringing "first-time festival food and beverage fun, with special cooking stations offering exclusive-to-the-festival bites along the park's World Showcase promenade." Your taste buds are sure to enjoy the treat with a menu that includes some backyard barbecue and a variety of garden-inspired and global tastes.
Last but not least the Flower Power Concert Series is back with some brand new entertainers giving their all at the American Gardens Theater. 1970s top disco band The Village People will be strutting their stuff from April 19-21, and 1960s singer-songwriter Tommy Roe takes center stage May 3-5. Grab a cocktail and head over to enjoy one (or more) of these sensational shows.
The 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is included in the price of admission to the park. Are you going to be at Walt Disney World for the Flower and Garden Show? Leave a Comment and let me know what you're most looking forward to!