Disney released the details for the 20th Annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival will run 75 Days this year, running March 6th through May 19th, 2013. This will be the events 20th year and Disney Festival planners have added some interesting new additions to the festival.
For the first time in the history of the festival, Disney has added a food and drink element to the festival. Similar to the Food and Wine festival that happens in October and November, these culinary and drink options will be arranged around the World Showcase and will represent many different styles of food and drink. Many examples of the type of food that is being anticipated to be made available during the festival will be Smokehouse Barbecue, Shrimp with Grits, and Frushi, made with Fresh Fruit. There will be many different drinks that will different then what is presented at the Food and Wine festival. Some of the drinks are with alcohol, so I suggest that one checks with the cast members before ordering to see the ingredients in the drinks.
There will be a play area that will be themed after the new Disney Film, “Oz, The Great and Powerful”, that will be released on March 8th, 2013. This will be a interactive play area for Kids to play in with larger the life flowers and other items to help stretch the imagination of kids.
Another change will be at the front of the Epcot park just inside the turnstiles. This year the imagineers have replaced the princess topiaries with Fab 5 Disney Characters (Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald Duck) plus Daisy Duck making a cameo appearance. This will be themed to look like a cookout, that makes me think that this plays in with the presentation of food to the festival this year.
The appearances of the HGTV Designers and the different workshops will be at the Festival Center that is located in the old Wonders of Life Pavilion between Universe of Energy and Mission: Space. The Designers will be available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the duration of the festival. Chris Langton of “Going Yard” will start the festival on its opening weekend, March 8th through the 10th.
For more information about the festival check out the official website for the festival Epcot in Spring or call (407) W-Disney (934-7639).
This year’s festival really looks interesting and makes me want to go out for a weekend to take a look at it. If I decide to do so I will cover it for my readers while I am there or at least when I come back.