The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival kicked off this year on March 4th, 2020 and was scheduled to be run through June 1st, 2020. Unfortunately the parks are currently closed due to COVID-19 and we don’t know when the reopening date will be. Usually I would have had a tips article after the first day, but I went to Disneyland on March 4th and finally attended the festival just prior to the parks closing. Instead of tips right now which won’t be useful, I wanted to post some of our photos and video. This is my favorite time of year at Epcot and I am missing the festival. Horticulture did a wonderful job this year with so much construction to beautify the park and I love the new Remy topiary.
I have 125 photos below – some areas including the France, UK and Japan pavilions I spent a ton of time in prior to the festival even starting. Other locations I did a walk-by for some photos on March 14th, including some merchandise. These are on two pages. I hope everyone stays healthy and that we can all get back to the parks sooner than later when it is safe to do so. We will also have a Mousesteps Weekly YouTube Show on Friday about the festival.
Here is our 20 minute video of the festival topiaries.
The Epcot front entrance surprised me with a topiary of Pluto and then some cheery flowers. There is a lot of construction and it brightens up the entrance.
Pluto is holding flowers.
Sorcerer Mickey and the Fantasia set are back this year. Sorcerer Mickey is surrounded by the broomsticks.
Here is a close-up on Mickey.
The only characters I don’t see here that I remember the Fantasia set having are the mushrooms.
The ostriches are on the opposite side.
A monorail glides over the main flower quilt.
The flower quilt looks so vibrant with the first planting of flowers for the year (there are always two or three plantings of seasonal flowers).
There are a number of Mickey heads in the flowers.
In the distance, the construction wall now has the Frozen characters.
A monorail passes by.
A larger Pluto is with Chip and Dale.
Chip and Dale were introduced as topiaries a few years back and were a fun addition.
Pluto is holding a measuring tape as part of the construction theme.
There are flower planters in the water.
This smaller flower quilt is a bit smaller than usual but it is nice to see it return.
Epcot has hosted Purple Martins for 20 years, but you can also find them elsewhere – like at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
This is a map for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
Last year, Bo Peep and her sheep made their debut for Toy Story 4. Woody and Buzz Lightyear were upgraded at that time. Buzz Lightyear is back at Mission: Space but Woody is with Bo.
Woody and Bo can be seen from the back.
Because Bo debuted with the upgraded topiary look last year, Woody and Buzz were given more lifelike features. And other topiaries received them this year.
Here is a look at Woody.
Buzz Lightyear has often been at Mission: Space and it is nice to see him take his place here again.
Bambi, Thumper and Flower are in front of the current Mouse Gear store.
Bambi and friends have moved around quite a bit over the years, including a number of years in the Canada pavilion. It is fun to see them here this year.
Donald and Orange Bird are the Passholder magnets this year. I was able to secure my Donald one.
Over on the west side of the park, butterfly topiaries show the way to the Butterfly House.
The Goodness Garden Butterfly House is in a new location due to construction.
I spent very little time in here but plan to if the festival continues again this year.
Signs say not to touch the butterflies.
We didn’t stop at any food booths, I really wanted to keep our visit relatively short – again, that will change if the festival returns. But one booth back again this year is the Honey Bee-stro.
Figment moved locations from where he was during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. This is the first time I can remember him at guest level.
Mickey, Minnie and Goofy are helping with the construction of Epcot.
Minnie has the paint, Donald has the brush and Goofy the hammer.
Mickey is painting the park blue.
Goofy holds up the hammer with a toolbox nearby.
Donald and Daisy are on the way to World Showcase, as are the nephews.
Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey and Louie are gardening.
Donald sees a bee on his forehead.
The nephews have rakes.
In the Canada pavilion area, Mrs. Piggy sits on suitcases. Last year she and Kermit were in France (where Remy is).
Kermit is back on his bike, which is very eco friendly. He does not have a baguette this year, but the flowers are back.
Here is a look from the side.
In the United Kingdom pavilion, the Shakespeare Garden returns.
The English Tea Garden didn’t appear until near the start of the festival so I didn’t have a chance to capture it ahead of time, but the teacups are back with information about the different teas.
The Pooh characters are back outside the Sportsman’s Shoppe.
Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore are on this side.
Piglet has some pink flowers.
Tigger has nice floral stripes.
Rabbit and Pooh are on this side.
Peter Pan received an upgraded look this year with a newly sculpted face. I posted an article about that here.
It was exciting to see Peter and Tinker Bell with new looks, those were a surprise (among a few).
Peter has a sculpted face and arms.
Here is a look from the other side.
Tinker Bell is back in the United Kingdom pavilion near the bandstand.
She is surrounded by fairy houses.
She even has her pom poms!
And a look from the back shows her iconic hair bun.
The second half of this article is on page 2.