Wednesday, March 26, 2014

2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

I returned for the third year in a row to visit Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival in 2014. Much of the Festival was similar to what was seen in previous years, so I did not attempt to photograph everything, but did capture a few images that show some of Epcot in bloom.

Mickey's friends were playing the flowers and the entrance to the 2014 Festival, with goofy eager to catch a butterfly in his net.

Buzz Lightyear returned to his post outside Mission Space

Radiator Springs returned to Future World, along with the quest to help Mater find his lost parts.

In addition to more reasonably sized butterflies in the butterfly garden, larger versions were also on display.

A Monster's Inc. themed play area gave children a place to enjoy the Festival while their parents found a place to rest.

Those serious about gardening could find exhibits like the "Water Wise" gardens.

While not just for the Flower & Garden Festival (this display remained into the summer), Goofy was featured in a celebration of the upcoming World Cup.

Phineas and Ferb relocated on the path out of Future World, near the kiosk to sign up for Agent P's World Showcase Adventure.

Mickey and his Fantasia friends made up the display at the main entrance to World Showcase.

Along a different path to World Showcase, adults found a spot to sit and rest while children had a place to play.

A sand sculpture reminding guests about the latest Disney Nature release.

A vibrant Bambi and friends display near the Canada pavilion.

 The United Kingdom pavilion was overflowing with flowers, including Pooh and friends, a tea garden, Mary Poppins, and several Peter Pan characters.

Princesses and their prince returned to the pathway between the United Kingdom and France pavilions.

 The gardens in the France pavilion looked even better at night, with various characters from Beauty and the Beast.

There were no topiary displays in the Japan pavilion, but it was still decorated for the Festival.

Woody looks at home near The Smokehouse in the United States pavilion.

Lady and the Tramp were among the floral decorations outside the Italy pavilion.

Kermit and Ms. Piggy were on hand to promote Muppets Most Wanted.

An incredibly lifelike Snow White in the German pavilion was one of the highlights of the 2014 Festival.

And, where you find Snow White, one of her friends is usually nearby.

The German garden railway even joined the Festival by adding its own tiny topiaries.

The Chinese pavilion featured pandas.

A troll watches over the Norway pavilion.