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Disney Press Release - International Flower and Garden Festival Fun Facts

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – With new, vibrant gardens, popular Disney character topiaries and colorful celebrations, it’s time to party during the 16th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, presented by Disneynature, March 18-May 31 at Walt Disney World Resort. Among this year’s fun festival facts:

    30 million blooms dress the park throughout the festival, which runs 75 colorful days.

    As part of this year’s Celebration theme, guests can enjoy a commemoration of Cinderella’s coronation day as a “Cinderellabration” featuring royal guests including Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty and Belle – all as intricately designed topiaries. Other topiary merriment includes: Simba’s Birthday Celebration in a classic scene based on the Disney animated film “The Lion King” and Be Our Guest featuring the entertaining characters from “Beauty and the Beast.”

    More than 50 Disney character topiaries include Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp, and Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Classic Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy strike topiary poses doing their favorite outdoor activities in the new, garden-themed playground Let’s Get Moving.

    Little princesses can come dressed up and show off their costumes in the all-new daily Fairy & Princess Procession in the new Pixie Hollow-themed play area.

    More than 500 native butterflies representing up to 10 species reside in Minnie’s Magnificent Butterfly Garden, a gazebo-type enclosure filled with lush plants and measuring more than 40 feet in diameter. Guests can stroll through the screened habitat to view the colorful butterflies. Among the garden’s two dozen nectar plants are Cape Royal plumbago, passion flower, coral honeysuckle, blazing star, butterfly bush, scarlet milkweed and canna lily.

    300,000 bedding plants are installed for the festival.

    Two butterfly topiaries are on display. Also, Doc, Grumpy and the rest of the seven dwarfs appear at the Epcot entrance with intricate topiary detail that includes beards of palm fiber. Perfume bottle topiaries represent Guerlain perfumes in the Fragrance Garden at the France pavilion.

    At least 25 different plants, grasses and mosses of various colors, including pink and red begonias, dusty miller, palm fiber, palm seeds, ficus and lichen, are used to create and define features of the festival topiaries. More color has been added to the topiaries than in any previous topiary presentation.

    More than 15 floral, herbal and spice ingredients of 10 popular perfumes are revealed in the Fragrance Garden presented by Guerlain at the France pavilion. Guests can sniff the enduring fragrance Shalimar to discover botanical notes that include lemon, Arabian jasmine and vanilla. Some components of nine other Guerlain fragrances include mimosa, magnolia, rose, nutmeg and vetivergrass.
    At the Green Garden exhibit, guests can learn tips on how to create their own environmentally safe garden, including information about low-water-use, native plants and recycling.

    Forty-five “flower towers” of impatiens line Innoventions Plaza.

    100 floating mini-gardens, each three feet in diameter, of multi-hued impatiens provide splashes of color on two ponds that border the walkway between Future World and World Showcase. There are also 15 large gardens, each eight feet in diameter.

    750 container gardens of flowers, herbs, plants and vegetables in clay pots, barrels and urns enhance the landscape throughout Epcot.

    300 Walt Disney World horticulturists are needed to install the festival landscape, topiaries and many exhibits; 100 Epcot horticulturists maintain topiaries and other festival displays.

    It takes more than one full year to prepare for the annual festival.

    The festival’s Flower Power is bolstered by weekend appearances of musical hit makers of the 1960s and '70s including Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Davy Jones, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, and Jose Feliciano – a total of 11 acts this year.

    Guest information for the 16thannual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is available at www.disneyworld.com/flower or call 407/W-DISNEY.
     
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    Harold Melvin's Blue Notes? :unsure: Who are they? :unsure:

    Wouldn't it be fun if they had someone like Cyndi Lauper? :D :D (Hey that "other" park had her). :D I think she performed at PI once upon a time too, but truly can't remember.

    The performers are getting a little familiar with the passing years. It would be fun to see some different choices. :yes:
     
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    now that really would be cool! I'd definitely try and get there to see Cyndi Lauper perform :D
     
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    Or Blondie? :D Or Pat Benitar? Or Joan Jett? :D :D :D

    Loads of choices, eh? :yes: Maybe they should let US schedule the Flower Power concerts! :D :D :lol:
     
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    I'd show up for all of those! We should definitely be in charge, we'd have attendance up in no time :D
     
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    Cheap Trick. :D OOOOH! Adam and the Ants! :D :D (Hey, Paul Revere and the Raiders, gimme a break! LOL). Start pulling from the fun music from the 80's and let the tired stuff go.

    OOOOOOOH!!! THE B-52s!!!!!! :lol: C'mon Keith. Pull some strings! We can do this! :D :D
     
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    :laugh:

    80's theme, oh I love it, we'll just have to suggest it :lol: :lol: everyone would have to dress up though
     
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    Now where did I put those leg warmers... :unsure: :D
     
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    Oh! i'd love to see some 80's performers!!

    I saw leg warmers for sale at Claire's.
     
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    I'll even tight roll my jeans for those performers! :D
     
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    I would faint dead on spot if i ever saw Deborah Harry...
     
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    She is wonderful isn't she? :yes:
     
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    OOOOH! OOOOH! OOOOH! Tight roll (we called it "peggin'") the jeans AND wear Punky Brewster high tops!!! :D :D :D :lol: Too wicked.

    Ant Music! Ant Music! Oh! Oh! Oh! RAAAAHHHHHHHHK LOBSTAH!!!! :lol:

    Man! That would be so much FUN! :D :D
     
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    PEGGIN'!!!! YES!! And then we can two pairs of "slouch" socks in coordinating colors...

    :D Oh my...wouldn't we be the talk of the park :D
     
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    We're going to have to go when it's cold if we're going to wear all these clothes :unsure:

    Are we also going to side belt our oversized tops? What did we call that? :unsure:
     
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    In a word? COOL. :wink:
     
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    well DUH :tongue:
     
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    Chris has seen Blondie/Debbie Harry live, when she first started out. We've got some photos somewhere.

    He also had the chance to go and see Tina Turner - before she became popular in the UK, but he wasn't interested :lol: :lol: his friends have never let him forget that :lol:
     
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    Erm...I still wear Chucks...
     
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    Hey do these bring back memories :D I can remember being told off for playing Adam Ant :lol:

    Adam Ant

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    B-52s

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    Blondie

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