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2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Topiaries, Play Areas and More

Published January 31, 2013 by Disneyways.com

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2013 will feature some new topiary displays and bring back some old favorites!

Topiaries at the front entrance will welcome us to Epcot in a very special way. This fantastic first topiary “scene” will feature the Fab Five, plus one! A 14-foot-tall topiary Goofy will “goof-up” an anniversary cake while Donald and Daisy play badminton. Mickey will fire up the grill, Pluto will swipe a link of hot dogs and Minnie will chill out on a colorful blanket of blossoms. Sounds like one of my family cook outs.

      Can you imagine how cute these guys will look made out of plants??!!

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  • Illuminated Gardens – An after-dark enhancement will be given to some of the topiaries and gardens. Every night when the sun sets, many of the festival’s world-famous Disney topiaries and gardens will twinkle and shine in a new light. You can find these throughout World Showcase and Future World.


  • Mike and Sully topiaries will be located on the Future World walkway.
  • Phineas and Ferb will be behind Spaceship Earth.

You will also want to look for Fawn’s Butterfly House. Eight fanciful fairy topiaries of Pixie Hollow, including Tinker Bell, Fawn, Vidia and Terrence will be located in the Butterfly House this year, and of course you’ll see real butterflies there too! I was lucky enough to get a picture of this guy last year – just as he was saying his first hello to the world.

 An interactive play area on the Test Track walkway will be based on Radiator Springs.  It will feature Lightning McQueen and Mater topiaries.

Here’s the photo of Lightning that I took last year.

A second interactive play area based on the new movie “OZ: The Great and Powerful. There will also be a  “Oz Movie Garden” full of unusual plants inspired by the Land of Oz.

Note: Don’t worry if you aren’t familiar with some of these locations. Epcot will have beautiful (free!) maps available at the very front of the park and in various places throughout.

2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Fest Designers – What do they look like again?

Published January 30, 2013 by Disneyways.com

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:

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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 12-14: Jason Cameron, (DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves)

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)

May 17-19: David Bromstad, (HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, Design Star All-Stars)

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

Published January 29, 2013 by Disneyways.com

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Featuring music from the 60’s and 70’s (America Gardens Theatre):
Show times 5:15 pm, 6:30 pm & 7:45 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Schedule of Performers: 

March 8-10: Micky Dolenz, formerly of The Monkees (I’m a Believer)
March 15-17: Chubby Checker and The Wildcats (The Twist)
March 22-24: The Guess Who (American Woman)
March 29-31: Nelson (Can’t Live Without Your Love and Affection)
April 5-7: The Turtles feat. Flo and Eddie (Happy Together)
April 12-14: Paul Revere and The Raiders (Good Thing)
April 19-21: The Village People (YMCA)
April 26-28: The Orchestra, Featuring Former Members of ELO and ELO II
May 3-5: Tommy Roe (Dizzy)
May 10-12: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (I’m Henry VIII, I Am)
May 17-19: Starship Starring Mickey Thomas (We Built This City)


Epcot admission is required. Disney always reserves the right to change the schedule without notice – so feel free to check with me for the latest info!

Here’s some footage of Micky Dolenz performing last year.

Thanks to Shelley of Disneymanners.com for taking the footage!

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