Headlining Acts Announced for 2017 Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot

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One of the highlights of the annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is the Garden Rocks Concert Series, and we have the list of acts that will be appearing.

The festival will run March 1 through May 29, but the concerts will only be held Friday through Monday (which is one day more each week than previous years).

There are several new acts making their first appearance at the Garden Rocks concerts, including pop punk rockers Simple Plan, and 80s hitmaker Berlin featuring Terri Nunn. Mark your calendars, because here is the full schedule:

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Garden Rocks Concerts Line-Up Announced for 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

The full Garden Rocks Concerts line-up has just been announced by Walt Disney World for the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

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The expanded fest, now 90 days, runs from March 2 through May 30, and every weekend will feature free concerts by music legends from the 1960s through 1990s.
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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Offers Flora, Food, and Fun through May 17, 2015

Today is the start of the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, an annual event that brings together horticulture, food, and Disney to celebrate spring in Florida.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - Anna and Elsa Topiary

Those with a green thumb (or wannabe green thumb) will enjoy all of the specially designed topiaries that celebrate Disney characters and films. The highlight this year are Disney’s first Anna and Elsa topiaries, appearing in a vignette from the Oscar-winning film, Frozen.

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Garden Rocks Concert Line-Up Announced for Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2015

Garden Rocks Concert Line-Up Announced for Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2015

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is only a few weeks away, and Walt Disney World has announced the line-up of artists for the festival’s Garden Rocks Concert Series.

This year’s line-up has a variety of artists who were hitmakers in the 80s and 90s, and most have played Epcot before, but during the fall International Food and Wine Festival.

Here is the complete list of artists scheduled for the fest, which runs March 4 through May 17:

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21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Returns March 5 to May 18, 2014

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Lovers of horticulture and food will enjoy the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which returns March 5 – May 18, 2014, at Walt Disney World.

More than 100 topiaries, 220 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers, and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms will add floral splendor to the park landscape. Whimsical topiaries of Mickey Mouse and dozens of other Disney characters will decorate Epcot, from the entrance to the World Showcase.

New this year will be topiaries of Miss Piggy, and Kermit the Frog.

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Walt Disney World Announces Flower Power Concert Line-Up for 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

One of the highlights of the annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is the Flower Power Concert Series, and Walt Disney World has released the line-up for the 2014 edition.

In keeping with the “Flower Power” theme, the musical acts booked have had many hits during the 60s and/or 70s. Here are the artists that will be performing this year:

  • Village PeopleMarch 7-9: The Guess Who
  • March 14-16: Gary Lewis and The Playboys
  • March 21-23: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • March 28-30: The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • April 4-6: Paul Revere & The Raiders
  • April 11-13: The Village People
  • April 18-20: The Grass Roots
  • April 25-27: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 2-4: Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • May 9-11: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
  • May 16-18: Alan Parsons Live Project

Flower Power Concert occur at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8pm each Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, and are included with park admission.

For additional information about the festival, visit epcotinspring.com.

20th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Runs March 06 through May 19, 2013

The 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary from March 06 through May 19, 2013.

Presented by HGTV, the popular annual event celebrates flowers and plants, with displays and whimsical topiaries designed to replicate favorite Disney characters and scenes.

2011-epcotflowerfest-woodyNew this year are a Garden Marketplace, featuring mini-kiosks selling specialty food and beverages (similar to the Epcot Food & Wine Fest), and Illuminated Gardens, where the Disney gardens and topiaries will twinkle and glow each evening.

Also new will be the Land of Oz, a circus-like play area based on the new Disney film, Oz: The Great and Powerful, due in theaters March 8 (opening weekend of the festival).

Returning to the fest are the Flower Power concert series, happening each weekend, and appearances by stars from the HGTV and DIY networks.

Throughout the 75-day garden party, guests will discover festival surprises around every corner including new topiaries, a butterfly house, daily hands-on gardening seminars and a Festival Center packed with events that offer innovative ideas, gardening know-how and design tips.

In all, more than 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.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival events are included with regular admission to the theme park.

For more information, visit EpcotinSpring.com.

[Photo courtesy Walt Disney World]

20th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Will Introduce Guests to the Land of Oz in 2013

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As a tie-in between the theme parks and its movies, Disney will introduce guests to the Land of Oz, during the 20th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in 2013.

The upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful tells the story of a young man who became the Wizard of Oz. It is due in theaters March 8, the first weekend of the festival, which runs March 06 through May 19, 2013.

To bring the film to life at Epcot, Disney will create an original interactive play area to be set up along Imagination Walkway.

Here, there will be a circus-themed area with Midway-style games, play equipment adorned with giant flowers, and even the “great and powerful Oz’s” crashed hot-air balloon. There will also be an “Oz Movie Garden” that will capture the spirit of the film, with lush, unusual plants. There will be plenty of fun photo opportunities in this area.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival events are included with regular admission to the theme park.

For more information, visit EpcotinSpring.com.

[Photo courtesy Disney]

Garden Marketplace Debuts at 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and to change it up and make it a little fresh, they’re taking a page from another popular Epcot festival, and introducing the Garden Marketplace for 2013.

This Garden Marketplace is similar to the food kiosks at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. It will offer culinary creations that will include Florida Fresh at World Showcase Promenade, Smokehouse Barbecue and Brew at American Adventure courtyard, Primavera Kitchen at Italy showcase, Hanami at Japan showcase and eight others, around the World Showcase promenade.

Here is a list of some of the new menu items guests will be able to sample:

  • Florida Fresh Marketplace: watermelon salad with pickled red onions, baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction; shrimp and stone-ground grits with andouille sausage, zellwood corn, tomatoes and cilantro; angel food cake with Florida berries; tomato or carrot wine; Florida-brewed beer.
  • Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico): crab tostadas with chipotle aioli and salsa
  • Lotus House (China): spring pancake with grilled chicken and green apple
  • Bauernmarkt (Germany): savory bread pudding with spring peas and wild mushroom ragout
  • Primavera Kitchen (Italy): green asparagus and lobster with a garden cocktail sauce
  • Hamai (Japan): stir-fried veggies and soba noodles served in a bun
  • Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco): spiced lamb kebabs with couscous salad
  • The Smokehouse (American Adventure): pig slider with cole slaw
  • L’Orangerie (France): ratatouille tart with goat cheese
  • The Cottage (United Kingdom): heirloom tomatoes with house-made mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and basil 

For those who’d rather drink around the World, the Garden Marketplace will offer refreshing libations with a kick like Hot Sun Tomato Wine from Florida Orange Groves Winery, as well as non-alcoholic drinks like Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade and Wild Berry Slush. Beverage specialists will feature brews and beverages at food marketplaces and at Fruits by the Glass and Pineapple Promenade.

There will even be an adult version of the popular Disney treat, the Dole Whip, made with spiced rum.

All Garden Marketplace offerings will be an additional cost.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival events are included with regular admission to the theme park. The festival runs March 06 through May 19, 2013.

For more information, visit EpcotinSpring.com.

[Photo courtesy Walt Disney World]

Flower Power Concert Line-Up for the 20th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in 2013

The 20th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will run from March 06 through May 19, 2013. One of the most popular events during the fest is the Flower Power concert series, which offers nightly concerts on the weekends.

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Here is the classic pop and rock line-up scheduled for this year:

  • March 08-10: Mickey Dolenz
  • March 15-17: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
  • March 22-24: The Guess Who
  • March 29-31: Nelson
  • April 5-7: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
  • April 12-14: Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • April 19-21: The Village People (new to the festival this year)
  • April 26-28: The Orchestra, featuring former members of ELO and ELO II
  • May 3-5: Tommy Roe (new to the festival this year)
  • May 10-12: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 17-19: Starship starring Mickey Thomas

Shows take place at the America Gardens Theatre at the American Adventure Pavilion. Show times are three times nightly, with the last set getting out just in time for Illuminations

All Flower Power concerts are included with regular admission to the theme park.

For more information, visit EpcotinSpring.com.

HGTV and DIY Network Stars to Appear During the 20th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, and since it is being presented by HGTV, stars from that TV network, and its sister network DIY, will be making appearances.

epcotflowrfestThis year’s horticulture-based festival will run from March 6 through May 19, 2013, and guests will be able to see their favorite HGTV/DIY stars on the following dates:

  • March 8-10 – Chris Lambton (Going Yard)
  • March 15-17 – Chris Grundy (DIY Network’s Cool Tools)
  • March 22-24 – Egypt Sherrod (Property Virgins)
  • March 29-31 – Brandon Johnson (My Yard Goes Disney)
  • April 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, DanMade)
  • May 17-19 – David Bromstad (HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, Design Star All-Stars)

Guests of the Festival can see their favorite HGTV/DIY stars on “The Designers’ Stage Presented by HGTV” at the Festival Center each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival at noon and 3pm.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival events are included with regular admission to the theme park.

For more information, visit EpcotinSpring.com.

[Photo courtesy Walt Disney World]

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