2017 Garden Rocks Concert Series Bands Announced

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If you plan to visit Disney World this spring during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, here is some exciting news! Disney has just released the information about which bands will be appearing in the Garden Rocks Concert Series that runs during the festival. Here’s everything you need to know courtesy of Disney:


Sixteen music acts of multiple genres with hits spanning the past five decades will play the Garden Rocks Concert Series at the 24th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Running 90 days and kicking off March 1, this year’s festival launches the concert series March 3 to showcase performers every Friday through Monday until Memorial Day, May 29. It’s the first year the Garden Rocks acts will appear every festival Monday.

berlinSimple Plan, Exposé and Berlin featuring Terri Nunn will rock Epcot audiences for the first time. Jon Secada, who first played the Garden Rocks stage in 2015, will kick off the concert series March 3.

Guests can dance in their seats each festival weekend to classic tunes at the park’s outdoor America Gardens Theatre overlooking the World Showcase Lagoon. An eclectic mix of Flower & Garden Festival fan favorites includes 1960s icons Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, ’70s-’80s chart-toppers The Pointer Sisters and ’90s hit-makers Gin Blossoms. On Memorial Day, The Spinners will close the 90-day festival with their R&B repertoire of Billboard top hits.

Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and are included with Epcot admission. Here is this year’s lineup (subject to change without notice):

  • March 3-4: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
  • March 5-6: Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX “Grand Illusion”
  • March 10-13: The Pointer Sisters “I’m So Excited”
  • March 17-18: New! Simple Plan “Welcome to My Life”
  • March 19-20: New! Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”
  • March 24-27: Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • March 31-April 3: Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • April 7-10: Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
  • April 14-17: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • April 21-24: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • April 28-29: New! Exposé “Point of No Return”
  • April 30-May 1: New! Berlin featuring Terri Nunn “Take My Breath Away”
  • May 5-8: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • May 12-15: The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • May 19-22: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”
  • May 26-29: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

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Fun Facts About The 2016 Epcot International Flower And Garden Festival

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After months of winter here in Colorado, I’m definitely having spring fever. In just a few days it will be time for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival to begin. This year I will have the pleasure of spending several days in Walt Disney World enjoying the festivities. I am beyond thrilled and of course, I am already counting down the days. Disney has lots of exciting things planned including past favorites as well as some new offerings. Here are some “fun facts” about the event courtesy of Disney to get you in the spirit:


Disney guests can enjoy 90 days of fresh festival fun during the 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2 – May 30, 2016. Thirty million multi-hued blooms, 100-plus whimsical topiaries, nearly 1,000 native butterflies and dozens of new Outdoor Kitchen food and beverage tastes add multi-sensory festival fun to the “Fresh Epcot”-themed Walt Disney World Resort event.

Among this year’s fun festival facts:

  • Epcot Flower & Garden Festival30 million blooms blanket the park throughout the festival, which runs 90 colorful days and requires two complete crop rotations to keep floral displays fresh and seasonal.
  • 13 Outdoor Kitchens include the new La Isla Fresca and Cider House kitchens and gardens. Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market returns at Germany pavilion. Dozens of new sweet and savory food and beverage menu items add tasting fun and variety to the festival. Each marketplace will feature a garden planted with select produce and herbs to represent more than 50 overall beverage choices and more than 30 food items featured.
  • The festival’s front-entrance Fresh Food, Fun & Flowers topiary scene, inspired by a 1943 Donald Duck comic book called The Victory Garden features three new Disney Character topiaries — the first-ever Huey, Dewey and Louie topiaries in a comical gardening scene. More than 30 varieties of flowers, plants, and other garden materials are used to create the scene.
  • Epcot Flower & Garden FestivalThe new Floral Sun topiary scene behind Spaceship Earth paints the landscape with golden  colors, and 15 yellow “sunbursts” of red and yellow Joseph’s coat pop up in a Future World topiary bed.
  • Music Garden Melodies with Fab Five topiaries, a themed playground for children complete with innovative play systems featuring interactive musical gadgets, is one of the largest festival gardens created at nearly one-third acre. The garden includes a collection of plants with features that resemble musical instruments as part of the ambiance.
  • Anna and Elsa in full floral splendor appear (new last year) move to a fresh topiary vignette straight from the hit Disney film, “Frozen.” In the Norway pavilion scene that’s wired to twinkle by night, Elsa works her magic to conjure a colorful spring garden. About 25 varieties of flowers are planted to evoke the scene. Florals including hot pink, red, and orange Gerberas, blue and yellow Violas, violet Petunias and purple Dianthus blanket the spring transformation. Anna and Elsa topiaries are each about 6-1/2 feet tall and are created with plants that include variegated Ficus, green Ficus and the succulent Sedum Coral Reef. But Elsa will look taller because she’s standing closer to guests than Anna by about 8 feet.
  • 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 facial and other features of festival character topiaries. The topiary team uses about 200 one-pound boxes of hairpins to attach plants and flowers to the topiaries.
  • Epcot Flower & Garden FestivalNearly 1,000 native butterflies represent up to 10 species at the expansive Butterflies on the Go butterfly house presented by GoGo squeeZ. Among the garden’s two dozen nectar plants are passion flower, coral honeysuckle, lantana, butterfly bush, blue porterweed, scarlet milkweed and canna lily.
  • 240 extra playground hours add extra festival magic for children and their families with the illuminated garden playgrounds staying open through park closing.
  • More than 500,000 plants, trees and shrubs are planted for the festival; 250,000 of those are annual blossoms installed for the festival.
  • Festival plants include 60 different species of trees, 47 types of palms, and 48 varieties of bedding plants.
  • 78 hands-on gardening demonstrations and seminars will be presented.
  • Forty 8-to-9-foot tall “flower towers in an orange-and-green sunburst theme make colorful statements across the festival landscape.
  • MEpcot International Flower And Garden Festivalore than 200 floating mini-gardens, each three feet in diameter, of multi-hued New Guinea impatiens provide splashes of color on two ponds that border the walkway between Future World and World Showcase.
  • 700 container gardens of flowers, herbs, plants and vegetables in clay pots, barrels and urns enhance the landscape throughout Epcot.
  • 400 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 and about 24,000 cast member hours to prepare for the annual festival.
  • The festival’s weekend Garden Rocks Concert Series includes 13 bands known for their Top 40 hits across four decades. This year’s musical hit-makers from the 1960s through 1990s include four new-to-the-festival acts Blood, Sweat & Tears, Georgia Satellites, Darlene Love, and BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company.

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2016 Garden Rocks Concert Series Bands Announced

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If you plan to visit Disney World this spring during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, here is some exciting news! Disney has just released the information about which bands will be appearing in the Garden Rocks Concert Series that runs during the festival. Here’s everything you need to know courtesy of Disney:


Thirteen pop bands with hits spanning several decades will play the Garden Rocks Concert Series at the 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2-May 30, 2016. This year’s festival expands from 75 to 90 days, adding two additional concert series weekends to the lineup and extending the final weekend of performances to Memorial Day.

Garden Rocks 2Blood, Sweat & Tears, BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company, Darlene Love and Georgia Satellites will rock Epcot audiences for the first time. Night Ranger, a fan favorite band that’s played the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, will make a Flower & Garden Festival debut. The Orchestra starring former members of ELO, who topped charts in the 1970s and ‘80s, will kick off the concert series March 4-6.

Guests can dance in their seats each festival weekend to classic tunes at the park’s America Gardens Theatre. An eclectic mix of Flower & Garden Festival fan favorites includes the Village People, who debuted at the festival in 2013. With a nod to the 1960s, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone will rock the house April 1-3. On Memorial Day, The Spinners will close the 90-day festival on a high note, extending their weekend performance to Monday.

Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and are included with Epcot admission. Here is this year’s lineup (subject to change without notice):

  • March 4-6: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • March 11-13: Starship starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • March 18-20: Little River Band “Lady”
  • March 25-27: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • April 1-3: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
  • April 8-10: The Guess Who “These Eyes”
  • April 15-17: New! Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
  • April 22-24: New! Brian Howe, former lead singer of Bad Company “Can’t Get Enough”
  • April 29-May 1: New! Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”
  • May 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • May 13-15: New! Darlene Love “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home”
  • May 20-22: Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • May 27-30: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

Looking for more information about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival? Please check out this article that includes lots of details about what is currently planned!

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