I visited EPCOT earlier this year.  I’ve visited once before, but it was at least a decade ago.  Aside from the EPCOT “globe”, I remembered the annual garden festival, otherwise known as the International Flower & Garden Festival. 

I liked topiary characters, so I ended up snapping quite a few pics.

Starting with some pleasant views of the park:

a large white sphere with many flags in front of it with Epcot in the background

Arrival at EPCOT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a colorful flower bed in a park

Floral arrangements.

a pool of water and a pyramid shaped building

Imagination in the backdrop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belle and Beast in France

I love this classic film.  I’d prefer that Disney had given Beast a name, other than referring to him as “the Beast”, “Master”, or the “prince”. Even the side character (Gaston) has a name, why not give the lead character his name?

a statue of a woman and a man in a garment

From Beauty and the Beast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice in Wonderland in United Kingdom

I actually have a picture of Alice, but she was taking a picture with a child guest (won’t post for privacy reason).  It was very sweet.  I had a few photo ops with other characters (namely, Mickey and Minnie) and I have to say those were some wonderful character interactions.  Disney does this really well.

a teacup on a plate in a garden

Tea plants, of course, in a tea cup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tinkerbell

Peter Pan isn’t quite the same without this magical fairy.

a statue of a fairy in a garden

Tinkerbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bambi

You can find this beloved deer between the Canada Pavilion and the United Kingdom Pavilion.

a stuffed animal in a garden

A famous deer with a movie named after it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hakuna Matata

a flower bed with plants and a bridge in the background

for the rest of your days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View at the Park

a water next to a body of water

Enjoying the Views from the Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragon…?

Either way, I’m not familiar with this character and by extension, the movie this character is in.

a statue of a dinosaur in front of a flower bed

Apparently, I’ve not watched all the films…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous Toys

You can find Woody and Bo (and her sheeps) near the Land Pavilion.

a group of plants in a flower bed

“Reach for the Sky!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winnie the Pooh

I like the Pooh the Bear.  In reality, there had been sightings of black bears roaming in my residential neighborhood this year. Not quite as endearing as the famed bear in the movie.

a group of plants in front of a building

Piglet and Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow White…

a statue of a woman and a man in a garden

and Dopey…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a garden with plants and flowers

and the six dwarfs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a topiary for Frozen’s sisters, Elsa and Anna, in the Norway Pavilion, but I didn’t get a good shot of it. There is a “Frozen Ever After Ride” which I’d highly recommend, though the wait tends to be quite long.

Farewell Mickey and Friends

a group of cartoon characters in a garden

Mickey, Minnie and Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got to give a lot of credit to the talented gardeners who create these character topiaries.  During my visit, these character topiaries didn’t get the much attention as I thought they might (except maybe the most popular ones, such as Mickey, Minnie and Friends), but I really enjoyed seeing them in different parts of the park.   It adds a really nice touch as you visit the pavilions of the different countries in the World Showcase.

 

Did you visit EPCOT this year?  Was there a character topiary that you especially like?