Disney Channel Stars Appear At Epcot to Promote Healthy Living This Weekend

Stars of several Disney Channel shows are appearing at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival this weekend to help promote healthy living to kids.

They took part in filming a “Try New Foods” public service announcement for the network on Thursday (March 17) at Epcot, and will be there throughout the weekend. The guests of honor for the weekend are children ages 8-14 who are winners of a national “Disney Magic of Healthy Living” essay contest.

Disney Channel stars who will act as coaches for the weekend event are Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place), Kenton Duty (Shake it Up), Daniel Curtis Lee (Zeke and Luther), Alyson Stoner (Phineas and Ferb, Camp Rock 2), and Caroline Sunshine (Shake It Up).

Shown filming the PSA in the photo below are Stone, Duty and Sunshine, with Chef Jens Dahlmann.

Admission to the Flower & Garden Festival is included with regular admission to Epcot. Also there this weekend are HGTV’s Kim Myles (Myles of Style) discussing the “5 DIY Secrets That Can Transform Any Space,” and musical artist Chubby Checker.

[Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World/Gene Duncan, photographer]

18th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Starts This Week

Some people go to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival to see the cool topiaries designed to look like Disney characters. Some people go to hear the bands that play during the festival.

Well, whether you’re a hardcore horticulturist, or, like me, your green thumb is non-existent, the festival is fun for everyone. And it’s a nice transition from winter to spring, even without the snow (this is Florida, after all).

This year marks the 18th edition of the festival, and  it runs from March 2 to May 15, 2011.

HGTV is presenting/sponsoring the event, which means guests can expect to meet many of the network’s personalities and hosts on the weekends. Genevieve Gordon will start things off the weekend of March 4-6, and Vern Yip will close things out the weekend of May 13-15.

The front entrance of Epcot will feature topiaries by the lead toys of Disney’s Oscar-nominated film “Toy Story 3,” including Woody, Buzz and Lotso Bear. This marks the first time that “Toy Story” characters have been featured at the festival. Also new will be a section devoted to the upcoming “Cars 2” sequel,  featuring topiaries of Mater and Lightning McQueen.

Bambi’s Butterfly House has moved over by the Imagination Walkway by Innoventions West in Future World. It’s also more than double in size from previous years.

There will also be Disney Fairies signing autographs and posing for photos at the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden, and the Tangled Magical Garden (featuring Rapunzel’s Tower) can be found in the World Showcase between Germany and Italy.

As headline entertainment, Walt Disney World is bringing back many classic pop and rock musicians from the 60s and the 70s for their Flower Power concert series. Different this year is that instead of daily concerts, the performances will be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, only. That’s one change I’m not happy about – it means less musicians, plus I enjoyed going on weekdays, when there the crowds are smaller.

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

[Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World/Gene Duncan, photographer]

Mid-Week Break: Orlando Around the Web for February 09, 2011

While I’m working hard to bring you news and reviews of things happening around Orlando and its surroundings, there are some other great blogs out there who are doing the same.

So here are some recent posts that you might enjoy reading.

Looking to kill some time waiting for a flight at OIA? The Orlando Business Journal reports the airport has just opened up the King of Kong Arcade. Bring lots of quarters.

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was in Mount Dora last weekend and checked out the 36th Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival.

According to Scott Joseph, “Top Chef Just Desserts” winner Yigit Pura will be a judge for the upcoming COOK Orlando.

Can’t get enough of Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodger’s appearance at Walt Disney World earlier this week? Orlando Attractions Magazine has a complete photo gallery. The Disney Blog also has photos and a video of the parade.

Behind the Thrills has the details on Disney teaming up with HGTV for this year’s Flower & Garden Festival.

The Chain Gang blog at the Orlando Sentinel reports Blue Spring State Park has added mountain bike trails.

Pulse of Central Florida says Khloe Kardashian and her husband Lamar Odom will be at the Florida Mall on February 12, 2011, to promote their new unisex scent, “Unbreakable.”

Finally, The Orlando Blog reports that HGTV and Disney have also partnered up to give Orlando families the backyard makeover of a lifetime for a TV show.

So, Orlando peeps – what’s got you talking this week?

[Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World/photographer Matt Stroshane]

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