Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2012 – Entrance and Future World

Our Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2012 posts are going to be “mostly photo posts” – we noted that the Flower & Garden Festival has decreased in recent years. Fewer topiaries, fewer events for Florida residents (weekends only now), general events are nearly non-existent, and fewer Flower Power concerts (weekends only now).

One of our goals during the Flower & Garden Festival was for Nick to test using Nora’s iPhone 4S … Keeping with the “simplify” and the “cut down on crap cluttering our lives” – we’re trying to see if the iPhone 4S camera will work for us as a primary camera. So far, so good, we’re really please with the photos 🙂

Before you go through the Epcot ticket turnstiles, you get a flavor of the theme for this year… Disney Animation (? well, at least that’s what nora thinks it is — she was wrong! the theme is “excitement is in bloom” – wtf?)

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When you enter Epcot, you're greeted by the dancing mushrooms from Fantasia

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The dancing mushrooms are in a few places before you go through the turnstiles, interestingly, they use various plant/flower combinations to create different looks/colors.

The courtyard in front of Spaceship Earth focuses on “Fantasia”…

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Many of the elements of these topiaries are repurposed from past events or displays usually seen at other Walt Disney World parks - for instance, the dancing brooms are usually seen outside the Brown Derby at Disney's Hollywood Studios. (Note: they were clearly missing when we were at DHS a few days later)

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Sorcerer Mickey looks fantastic with Spaceship Earth in the background.

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White flowers simulate foam and the purple/blue flowers are "water"

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Sorcerer Mickey alone... this topiary is still a crowd pleaser (well, at least it pleases us)

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These beauties from Fantasia were seen on the backside of the globe in recent years

There is a large peacock on the backside of Spaceship Earth…

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Nora remembers seeing a large peacock outside Epcot, near the WDW resort bus area, years ago (maybe 2005? 2006?)

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Closer view of the peacock. At this point, feathery purple flowers give the overall body color

After you pass the Fountain, there is a Peter Pan display…

 

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Variations of these topiaries have been on display during Flower and Garden Festival since (at least) 2007

 

 

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