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Disney Park and Resort Photo Updates

Disney Park and Resort Photo Updates

Belle Topiary Debuts New Look as Beauty and the Beast Characters Are Added for Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2017

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Back in 2014, Snow White was the first Disney princess to receive a sculpted and lifelike topiary face along with sculpted hands for the Epcot International Garden Festival. Anna and Elsa followed the next year, and now Belle debuts a new look for 2017! She was unveiled a couple of days ago at an event, and is now standing with Beast (also more detailed) in the Epcot France pavilion. Cogsworth and Lumiere are nearby as well. It is always exciting to see changes to the topiaries and displays, I've been photographing the Festival since 2007. This is my favorite time of year at Walt Disney World! Here are a couple of dozen photos from today, with two older pictures to compare and a video from this morning. The characters are based on the Beauty & the Beast animated film, not the live action movie that opens next month.

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2017 Takes Shape as First Topiaries Arrive

This article was update with more photos and a video on February 17th.

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One of the highlights of my year will be when the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off on March 1st, 2017! This is our 11th year of covering it (Mousesteps turned 10 this year), and I always head out to preview the Festival as it takes shape in the few weeks prior to Festival opening. The main flower quilt was installed last week, and topiaries are now springing up around World Showcase and Future World. There should be something new every day now until the Festival starts, and the Festival changes even as it takes place. Here is a look at Epcot as it transforms! This is also the final weekend of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, which has been a huge hit in its debut year.

The water was so still on February 17th, it was easy to take beautiful reflection shots.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts Taking Shape: Festival Runs Weekends January 13 - February 20, 2017

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Epcot is now almost a year-round festival park, debuting the Epcot International Festival of the Arts for 2017 in addition to its yearly celebrations that include the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival and the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. The new event runs on weekends (Friday through Monday) from January 13th - February 20th, 2017 and includes the Disney on Broadway Concert Series; Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt; chalk art; workshops and seminars with visiting artists and more. Here is a look around World Showcase at the signage and some food booths that are part of the Festival and more information. We do expect to be there for opening day. The event has some elements of the Festival of the Masters that used to take place at Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs).

The upcoming International Epcot Flower and Garden Festival kicks off on March 2nd, 2017 (this will be our 10th year covering it for the site!), and flowers and topiaries start "springing up" in the month or so prior to that festival. It will be fun to see that take shape during the new festival.

Disney Springs Photo Update - January 2nd, 2017 w/Planet Hollywood Observatory, The Edison, Paddlefish & More

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We were at Disney Springs on New Year's Eve, and took photos of some of the construction and more around Disney Springs. It was a nice, pretty quiet afternoon and early evening (at least compared with the parks). We have a look at Paddlefish, Planet Hollywood Observatory, The Edison and more.

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