–Flower and Garden and Food and Wine: This year the Flower and Garden Festival is getting food and drink booths similar to those during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival that is held every fall. Guests can enjoy special food and drink “inspired by Spring and the international flair of World Showcase.” Starting tomorrow TouringPlans.com will have all of the booth menus with prices listed on the site and in the Lines and Dining smart phone applications so you can see what is available before you go!
–Illuminated Gardens: For the first time topiaries and garden areas will be lit up for night time viewing.
–New Play Areas: The upcoming Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful gets a play area this year that has a large playground, carnival type games where guests can win buttons and packets of seeds to plant at home, and unique decor inspired by the movie. There is also a Cars playground near Test Track that features Lightning McQueen and Mater topiaries.
-New topiaries: In addition to many of your favorite topiaries from previous years, there will be some new displays, including a large one featuring characters from the upcoming Monsters University movie.
America Gardens Theatre features concerts every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night during the festival. There are 3 showtimes per day: 5:30pm. 6:45pm, and 8:00pm. The lineup includes popular performers from the 50’s through the 90’s, although the exact schedule is subject to change.
March 8 – March 10, 2013: Micky Dolenz of the Monkees
March 15 – March 17, 2013: Chubby Checker and The Wildcats
March 22 – March 24, 2013: The Guess Who
March 29 – March 31, 2013: Nelson
April 5 – April 7, 2013: The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie
April 12 – April 14, 2013: Paul Revere and The Raiders
April 19 – April 21, 2013: The Village People
April 26 – April 28, 2013: The Orchestra starring Former Members of ELO and ELO II
May 3 – May 5, 2013: Tommy Roe
May 10 – May 12, 2013: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
May 17 – May 19, 2013 : Starship starring Mickey Thomas
DIY at the HGTV Designers’ Stage
On weekends during the festival some favorite HGTV and DIY personalities will take the stage presenting tips and tricks to spruce up your home and garden for Spring. Schedule is subject to change.
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
Important Things to Remeber
- Park admission is required for the Festival
- Most festival events are included with regular park admission
- Availability is limited for some events
- Events may be rescheduled or cancelled at any time
Check back later this week on the TouringPlans Blog for a full report of this year’s festival!