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    Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Update

    I found this at Mouseplanet.com. The park is really pretty during this event.

    Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival lineup released
    It's that time again. Information about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has been announced, and we'll run down the highlights for you.

    First of all, the topiary characters at the entrance will have a new look, as Mickey and friends welcome you with a salute to the Happiest Celebration on Earth. The spiral Tinker Bell is no longer in front of Spaceship Earth, as Miss Bell has moved to World Showcase Plaza.

    Once again, the festival will have themes for each weekend. This year, the schedule is as follows:

    “Premiere Weekend,” April 15–17
    “I Dig Bugs Weekend,” April 22–24
    “Art in the Garden Weekend,” April 29 – May 1
    “Mother's Day Weekend,” May 6–8
    “Photography Weekend,” May 13–15
    “FamilyFun Weekend,” May 20–22
    “Memorial Day Weekend,” May 28–30
    “Festival Farewell Weekend,” June 3–5
    Also new this year, “Farmer Mickey's Maze” (aimed at children ages 2 to 5) replaces last year's “Disney's Doggone Maze” along the Imagination walkway. Also, with the reopening of The Land pavilion, the “Behind the Seeds” Greenhouse Tour has returned. Also, the Living with the Land boat ride will feature 50-pound melons and huge pumpkins, as well as the first tomato trees grown in the U.S.A. Also new this year is Minnie's Magnificent Butterfly Garden, adjacent to MouseGear and Innoventions East.

    The Flower Power Concert Series again features popular acts from the past. Most of the groups are returnees from last year:

    Davy Jones, April 15–18
    Gary “U.S.” Bonds, April 19–21
    Paul Revere & The Raiders, April 22–25
    The Buckinghams, April 26–28
    The Grass Roots, April 29 – May 1
    The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie, May 2–4
    Vanilla Fudge, May 5 & 6
    Greg Rollie, May 7 & 8
    The Lovin' Spoonful, May 9–11
    The Nelsons, May 12–14
    Gary Puckett, May 15–17
    Orleans, May 18–20
    The Rascals, May 21–23
    BJ Thomas, May 24–26
    Rare Earth, May 27–29
    Eric Burdon & The Animals, May 30 – June 1
    Arlo Guthrie, June 2–5
    Hidden Mickeys have also been added to the decor. Fifty of them were created especially for the Festival this year.

    The Great American Gardeners series has returned, as well. Each weekend in Innoventions West, well-known gardeners will give seminars at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This year's lineup:

    Paul James, April 15–17
    Robert Bowden, April 22–24
    Artist (to be annouced later), April 29 – May 1
    Guerlain (to be announced later), May 6–8
    Gary Allen, May 13–15
    Tom Turpin, May 20–22
    Georgia Tasker, May 27–29
    Tom McCubbin, June 3–5
    And, of course, all of the favorites are back, from the ladybug release to the backyeard gardens display to sculpture, dooryard and water gardens.

    Anyone care to share their thoughts on this event?

    It's not a must see to me but I enjoy it if it's going on when I'm there.

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    I enjoyed it when I went last year. I met an artist from Nova Scotia who planned her vacation to the festival so she could go alone and enjoy the festivities without her family. I was in total awe of that. I am not sure if I could have done that when i was raising younguns.

    All in all, it is neat to see Disney dressed out.

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