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The International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot began this past Wednesday (March 2). It's one of my very favorite things at Disney World and I was thrilled we were able to make it over to Epcot on March 6. Disney really outdid themselves this year on the festival!!

We entered Epcot through the resort entrance in between France and the United Kingdom pavilions. We made our way to the front of the park and then back through World Showcase once it opened. ]

The signs for the festival were all over the park:

Flower and Garden sign

Peter Pan, Captain Hook and the Crocodile were at the United Kingdom pavilion:

Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Crocodile

The Tea Garden was back at the UK pavilion as well:

Tea Garden sign

Canada's garden was beautiful:

Canada

Next to the Canada pavilion, there was a 'garden' of vegetables and fruit. This pineapple caught my eye:

Pineapple

At the World Showcase entrance, the Cars topiaries weren't ready yet. So, these were there as placeholders:

World Showcase entrance

World Showcase entrance

World Showcase entrance

There was a play-area set up along the path near the Canada pavilion:

Play area

Along the same path, there is a sand sculpture in progress for the new Disneynature movie, African Cats.

African Cats

The flower quilt is spectacular:

Flower quilt

Flower quilt

This year, the butterfly garden is Bambi themed. We really enjoyed walking around it:

Bambi's Butterfly Garden

Bambi, Thumper and Flower

Butterfly

Butterfly topiary

Winnie the Pooh (or Pooh Bear) and friends topiaries were in the center 'garden' behind the fountain but before the entrance to World Showcase. Rabbit even had a garden! The updated theme song to Winnie the Pooh was playing around the topiaries.

Winnie the Pooh

Piglet and Eeyore

Tigger

Rabbit

Rabbit's garden

Pixie Hollow is now located near MouseGear:

Pixie Hollow

Tinker Bell

Along the path near the meet-and-greet (along the path going to Test Track), the fairies in topiary form keep watch over their garden. The flowers are very whimsical. There are activities like find all the fairy topiaries for the kids.

Fairy

Flowers

Fairy

Tinker Bell

Fairy

Fairy

Fairy

Stitch was at Mission Space:

Stitch

These were near the Festival Center entrance:

Festival Center

I enjoyed exploring the Festival Center. The events looked very interesting. The Flower & Garden merchandise was lovely this year:

Flower & Garden merchandise

Flower & Garden merchandise

Flower & Garden merchandise

They were projecting flowers onto the ceiling of the Festival Center:

Flower projections

Mickey, Minnie and Pluto were behind Spaceship Earth:

Mickey, Minnie and Pluto

Donald and Daisy were on opposite sides of Mickey, Minnie and Pluto:

Donald

Daisy

The front of the park was Toy Story 3 themed:

Toy Story 3

Woody and Buzz

Woody

Woody and Buzz

Pixar ball

Another look at the flower quilt:

Flower Quilt

The floating flowers are always something to behold:

Floating flowers

At the Mexico pavilion, you can see these gorgeous birds:

Birds

The troll was at Norway:

Troll

Pandas were at China:

Pandas

Rafiki, Simba, Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King were near the African Coolpost:

Rafiki and Simba

Timon

Pumbaa

Snow White and the 7 Dwarves were located near the Germany pavilion:

Snow White and the 7 Dwarves

Snow White

Rapunzel's tower has been added to the village near the Germany pavilion. Rapunzel can be heard singing from the tower:

Rapunzel

Lady and the Tramp were at the Italy pavilion:

Lady and the Tramp

Mickey and friends were at the America Pavilion:

Mickey and Minnie

Goofy, Donald and Pluto

Aladdin was at the Morocco pavilion:

Aladdin

Characters from Beauty & the Beast were at the France pavilion:

Belle and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast characters

Perfume bottle topiaries were near the fountain at the France pavilion:

Perfume bottle

Perfume bottle

Aurora and Prince Phillip and Cinderella and Prince Charming were dancing along the bridge:

Aurora and Prince Phillip

Cinderella and Prince Charming

We really enjoyed this year's festival. I'm hoping this won't be my only visit this year. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Have a MAGICAL day!!


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Comments (13)

don bouchard:

Thanks for the pics of the festival. Better than ever. Can't wait to see them in person this weekend.

Jacqui Ruxton:

Great pictures, my teenage son and I have a competition going this year, there are apparently 75 topiaries, so we have a tick sheet and a prize for the first to get a picture of all the characters and check them off the list
I think it will be a lot of fun

Karen:

Great pictures. Can't wait to see it in person later this week. Any word on when the Cars topiaries will be completed?

WOW! Great pictures. Can't wait to go

Joyce:

Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. It made my day since I'm stuck here in the frigid mid-west. Day dreaming about Disney always warms me up!

ANN:

Going in April---this makes it even more fun to count down the days---wonderful pictures!!!!!!

We were there on the same day as you guys! I was sad to see that Lotso and the Cars characters weren't ready yet... but I noticed that the World Flag topiaries match up to the countries they'll be featuring in the World Grand Prix in Cars 2, so I'm guessing that Finn, Lightning, and Mater will be in the center under the race flag archway. We're going again this weekend and I can't wait! :)

Teresa Lunsford:

Fantastic pictures!! Can't wait to see them next week!!

pat hargesheimer:

thanks for the great pictures, can't wait till the first week of May to see everything in person.

Barbara:

Thank you so much for these pictures. They were terrific! As we are going down in October, it makes me wish they kept them around all year. Maybe a special trip for next years Garden Show?

Ashley:

When I visited, Lotso was there, but I did not look for the Cars ones. It did smell like strawberries, but maybe I passed the Cars one. I only saw the flags....

Don't you think Prince Charming looks like Elvis? :)

ASHLEY:
I hadn't noticed that before but he does, doesn't he? :)

Karen:

In the picture of the English Tea Garden Sign, in the upper right-hand corner: Do you know what that weird looking tree is called? I saw the tree and took a picture of it in January. Since then I have asked around and tried searching on the Internet to no avail. I wouldn't say I'm losing sleep over it, but I'm curious to say the least!

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