2/19 Epcot Photo Update as Flower & Garden Festival Draws Closer; Coldest Weather of Season

Hi everyone!

It was a chilly but gorgeous day at Epcot, with topiaries for the upcoming Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival being added around World Showcase. I think the cold weather has slowed their progress, but this weekend will be warmer. The flower quilts were mostly covered to protect them from the weather for our cold snap. Here is a look at today, including some characters (Belle was dressed in her winter outfit!)

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This is our 9th year covering the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. You can see photos from last year here, along with links to the previous 7 years. The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will be held March 4th to May 17th, 2015. If you need tips for the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, we will post one after the Festival starts.

The Mickey Mouse floral behind Spaceship Earth was covered today.

Heading to the flower quilt, at least half of it was covered for the weather.

Merchandise booths are set up for the Festival.

There are flowers across property in Mardi Gras colors, it seems they do well in the cold weather.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival sign.

Food booths are getting ready for the Festival.

The roof of Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Norway.

Food booth in China.

Chinese New Year figure where the pandas have been the last few years.

Near Germany, another booth is behind the green fencing.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs topiaries are back again this year, in the same location. I still remember seeing Snow White’s new face for the first time last year – she used to have no face at all.

Doc.

Grumpy.

Happy.

Sleepy (though he looks like he might just be hungry for a Spaceship Earth snack).

Bashful.

Sneezy.

Dopey.

A plant in Italy.

Italy food booth.

It was really windy out today!

This year, the Flower Power concerts are now renamed Garden Rocks.

The Smokehouse is back again in the America pavilion.

Another green fence, this one between Morocco and France.

France.

Pooh will be holding a balloon, and should be joined by Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger.

Tick Tock Croc.

Tick Tock Croc’s eyes look different this year, sort of like he’s not had much sleep (or had too much to drink at the Rose and Crown).

Captain Hook.

Flowers look lovely in back of the United Kingdom.

Guinness chocolate in the United Kingdom.

Victoria Gardens in Canada.

The Port of Entry has evolved into a shop that features products from around World Showcase.

Inside, it is decorated for the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.

A Taste of Epcot cookbook.

There was a suprise meet and greet that included Max, Minnie, Chip & Dale and Goofy.

Spaceship Earth.

Belle in France, wearing her winter outfit.

The Monsters playground is coming along.

It is hard to see, but it looks like (to the left) Mike and Sulley are there, covered.

The butterfly tent is being erected.

A monorail passes the flower quilt.

The other flower quilt, behind Mouse Gear, also is mostly covered.

The playground is getting close to finished.

Flowers are being added around the park.

Monorail passing by.

We will be back early next week for more coverage of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival as it takes shape!