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Walt Disney World Resort - Epcot, Part 8

World Showcase, Part 5 - Flower and Garden Festival


Festivals in Epcot

There are two "International Festivals" in Epcot, the spring Flower and Garden Festival, and the fall Food and Wine Festival. They're conveniently snuggled between the insanely crowded summer tourist season, and the quickly-becoming-insane Christmas season. They are more adult oriented programs (the "wine" might clue one in on that), but both festivals are add-ons to Epcot, and don't interfere with the working park at all.

The Flower and Garden Festival

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast topiaries in France
The annual (or should that be the perennial) springtime show at Epcot is the Flower and Garden Festival. Started in 1984, it spans some two and a half months, with a variety of events and exhibits all around the park.

The horticulture cast members at Disney World always do a remarkable job with the greenery at the parks and the on-site resorts, but go into overtime and really do out-do themselves, creating topiaries, flower and plant arrangements all around Epcot. Over the past few years, there's been some definite creep of the Flower and Garden from World Showcase into Future World. But that's not a bad thing...

(They also go into overdrive mode when it gets below freezing, which kills some of the plants at the parks and resorts. Having frozen my butt off one trip, I can definitely say that is a bad thing. Heh.)

Not only are there seminars and talks with professionals, but there's a Flower Power concert series with bands from the 60's and 70's. Topiaries decorate every pavilion. Even Germany's train set gets a makeover.

The Flower and Garden Festival
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2011 Flower and Garden Festival

I was at Walt Disney World in May 2011 for D23's 40th Walt Disney World anniversary event, which happened to coincide with the Flower and Garden Festival. It was the first time I was at the Flower and Garden Festival with a decent camera (or more accurately a digital camera that had finally evolved beyond film's capability), and once again proved that beyond the initial cost outlay for the camera, batteries and memory cards, taking 100 images is as cheap as taking one. Anyway, the next hundred or so images are from the 2011 show.

Entrance Topiaries - F&G 2011
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Bambi's Butterfly Garden

They've had a butterfly garden at the Flower and Garden Festival for years, but I don't remember them to be as elaborate as the one now in Future World, just around the corner from Club Cool. The Bambi characters were very well done, though I suspect they cheated a bit...

Bambi's Butterfly Garden - F&G 2011
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Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden

Fairies are big business these days. At least for Disney.

Tinkerbelle has graduated from that snotty, vengeful little sprite into a talking member of a direct-to-video fairy world. So, come visit the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden, where there's even a Fairy Meet and Greet, except the fairies are as big as you are and can't fly. I am clearly not in the intended demographic.

Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden - F&G 2011
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Future World Topiaries

Disney has taken to planting a topiary wherever there's a patch of dirt during Flower and Garden, always to a theme. It was Pooh in 2011, the same year Winnie and the gang had a new movie. A coincidence, I'm sure...

Future World Topiaries - F&G 2011
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World Showcase Topiaries

It was generally agreed that Lady and the Tramp in Italy was the best in show...
Well, by the time I finished collating the pictures, I realized that I turned left instead of right when visiting the pavilions, so they're in the opposite order from how they were presented on the main World Showcase pages. Oh well. We'll start in the plaza, then turn left to Mexico and go around the lagoon clockwise...

World Showcase Topiaries
World Showcase Plaza, Mexico, China - F&G 2011
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Outpost, Germany, Italy - F&G 2011
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American Adventure, France, United Kingdom - F&G 2011
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2012 Flower and Garden Festival

Germany train set
Even Germany's train set gets a makeover...
And I was back in March 2012. Many of the exhibits were unchanged from 2011, so these are mainly of new exhibits.

Flower and Garden 2012
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End Epcot - Part 8.

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