The 18th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has begun. The festival runs for the next two and a half months (ends May 15) so you have plenty of time to plan a trip. We were there on day one to give you this look around.
As you can see above, the first of many topiary characters you’ll see are Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story 3. The evil bear Lotso is also supposed to join them up by the large number three as soon as he’s done growing. Yes, there are strawberries planted here.
Take a look at this 2011 Flower & Garden video by Orlando Attractions Magazine contributor Don Gworek:
Besides Toy Story, you’ll find more new topiary characters in Future World as you head towards the lake. Winnie the Pooh and his friends make their debut. Note the newly added fence. Too many guests were getting up close for photos with previous topiaries here.
The new larger butterfly area is called Bambi’s Butterfly House. It’s now located in the grassy area outside the back of Club Cool. I took this photo with the super-wide angle lens on our Show producer’s GoPro camera.
This is the spot where another MIA topiary is supposed to be. The Cars 2 figures are still growing as well. I noticed theme music playing in many different areas this year. For example, you can hear Cars music playing here and Toy Story songs at the entrance to Epcot.
The tower and Rapunzel’s hair light up at night. You can see a video Here.
Here’s a time-lapse video of the making of the entrance display.
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