While some of you up north are still fighting snow and freezing weather, here in Orlando the temperature is already starting to go back up, and with it – the flowers are starting to bloom. Warmer temperatures around here are a good reminder that the it’s almost time for the 20th Annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
The festival runs from March 6th until May 19th this year and offers a wide range of special activities. For the last few years the Flower and Garden Festival has partnered with HGTV to bring in some of their top talent for special appearances at the festival. This year’s line-up is better than ever with a full calendar of home and garden experts.
Guests of the Festival can see their favorite HGTV and DIY stars on “The Designers’ Stage Presented by HGTV” at the Festival Center. In case this is your first visit – The Festival Center is located between Mission Space and Ellen’s Energy Adventure in Future World. Click here to see a map of the exact location. Here is a photo so you’ll know what to look for:
2013 HGTV Stars present at Festival Center
Are you like me – and perhaps a bit better at remembering faces than remembering names? I have to admit, when I saw the lists of designers all over the internet – it really didn’t mean much to me. In an effort to make this list a little different, I have hyper-linked each name. Click on the name and you will be taken to a site with the designer’s picture. That way, even if you are just a casual watcher of the HGTV and DIY channels, or maybe not much for TV at all – you will still know a bit about each designer. As a bonus – if you run into one of them shopping for souvenirs in Mouse Gear - you will know to take pictures – and you can brag to your friends later.
Presentations will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival at noon and 3 p.m. and no reservation is required. Keep in mind Disney reserves the right to change the schedule and the line-up at any time. You can always check Disneyworld.com for the latest information.
Here is the schedule made public as it stands today:
March 8-10: Chris Lambton, (Going Yard)
March 15-17: Chris Grundy, (DIY Network’s Cool Tools)
Marach 22-24: Egypt Sherrod, (Property Virgins)
March 29-31: Brandon Johnson, (My Yard Goes Disney)
Apri 5-7: Meg Caswell, (Meg’s Great Rooms)
April 19-21: Sara Peterson, (Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine)
April 26-28: Carter Oosterhouse, (Million Dollar Rooms)
May 3-5: Casey Noble, (Design on a Dime)
May 10-12: Dan Faires, (HGTV.com’s DanMade)
TIP: Sometimes each designer has cards available with their photo on it to ready to sign and give out on they day of their presentation – and even extra time designated to do so. When you are in the pavilion, you can ask a cast member about this, and they will usually have the day’s information for you.
Do you have a favorite celebrity listed here or are you glad we posted pictures?
- 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival “Flower Power” Concert line-up (disneyways.com)
- A little more on Epcot (Mousekejournals.com)