2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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The 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 6 – May 19, 2013, and is one of the special events that you can visit at Epcot.  Featuring incredible flower displays all throughout Epcot, along with special events and guests, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a highlight for many people in their Disney Vacation plans!

My family has never been to the Flower & Garden Festival before, but this is certainly one thing that is on our bucket list of things to experience!  In addition to the incredible topiaries, flower displays, and other incredible gardening exhibits, Epcot also has their Flower Power Concert series throughout, and HGTV, as one of the sponsors of the event, has special hosts at their pavilion throughout the Festival’s run.  Here is the list of HGTV hosts that will be on hand during the Festival’s run:

  • March 8-10: Chris Lambton of HGTV’s Going Yard
  • March 15-17: Chris Grundy of DIY Network’s Cool Tools
  • March 22-24: Egypt Sherrod of HGTV’s Property Virgins
  • March 29-31: Brandon Johnson of HGTV’s My Yard Goes Disney
  • April 5-7: Meg Caswell of HGTV’s Meg’s Great Rooms
  • April 12-14: Jason Cameron of DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves
  • April 19-21: Sara Peterson of Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine
  • April 26-28: Carter Oosterhouse of HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms
  • May 3-5: Casey Noble of HGTV’s Design on a Dime
  • May 10-12: Dan Faires of HGTV’s Design Star and HGTV.com’s DanMade
  • May 17-19: David Bromstad of HGTV Design Star, Color Splash, Design Star All-Stars

Are you interested in attending the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this year?  If so, then Pixie Vacations has a great deal for you if your travel dates fall between April 7 – 14, 2013.  If this is the case, then you can get a 5-night, 6-day vacation for an astounding deal!  Included in your trip will be accommodations at one of these incredible Disney resorts:

  • Disney’s All Star Movies Resort (Value Level Resort)
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (Moderate Level Resort)
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort & Spa (Moderate Level Resort)
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort (Deluxe Level Resort)
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort (Deluxe Level Resort)

Additionally, you will receive Magic Your Way tickets, Disney’s Plus Dining, and a free Disney Water Park or DisneyQuest ticket for each person of your party.

If you are interested in booking this trip, you have until March 7, 2013 to do so, so don’t delay!  You can call me at 919-606-6725, email me at Mike@PixieVacations.com, or you can go to the Pixie Vacations website and request a quote.  It’s that simple!

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Alicia talks about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Mater after the Flower and Garden Festival

Mater after the Flower and Garden Festival was over

{Editor’s Note:  Give a warm welcome to Alicia, who is guest posting for us today and talking about her enjoyment with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!  Alicia comes to us from the blog, On a Tangent!  Welcome, Alicia!}

Spring is one of the best times to go to the parks at Walt Disney World. The weather is wonderful and the parks aren’t too crowded.  From mid-March to early May guests of Epcot are treated to the delightful visually appealing and green thumb friendly Flower and Garden Festival.

The festival, sponsored by HGTV, focuses on all things botanical. Seminars, demonstrations and hands on presentations are offered for the duration of the festival. And to sweeten the pot, these are offered by way of familiar faces that grace the HGTV station such as Vern Yip and Genevieve Gorder.  The presentations that are offered are not solely regarding the exterior of your home. Rather they offer a glimpse on how to improve the inside features of your home as well.

A Flower Power concert series also takes place during the festival. And appropriately enough the artists that perform are those from the “Flower Power” era. In the past the artists have included Chubby Checker, Starship and Davy Jones.

One of the main draws of the festival is the wonderful way the Disney characters are captured through foliage. It’s truly a treat for park goers and photographers to see the way the characters spring into a 3 dimensional form, completely out of flowers and other greenery. The attention to detail and likeness to the characters is impressive as you will see in the pictures I have included.

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When I attended the festival in the past, I was particularly smitten with the character displays all throughout the park. It’s so impressive to me what can be done with flowers, greenery and who knows what else. It’s a different way of seeing the characters and makes them a bit more interesting.

This is a festival has something for everyone, adults and children alike. If you have any interest in getting tips from the professionals, live and in color, then it would be worth your time to check out this event. Even though, I myself do not have the greenest of thumbs, this is definitely an event I mark on my calendar as a not to be missed event, especially since we are annual pass holders and there is no additional fee for the event. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Festival and who knows what WDW has up its sleeves to commemorate the event. For more information on the event this year make sure to check out the Disney website or their Facebook page frequently for all the details.

I don’t get to Disney as often as I like,  but when I do I talk about my trips and post pictures on my blog and on my Flickr account. I hope you pop on by and stay for a while.

Alicia

  • 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Begins March 6 – May 19, 2013