Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival has been ongoing for over a month now and will roll right through the early part of the summer! There’s food to taste, gardens to explore and topiaries to catch your eye. While we already have a full guide to the festival, I thought we’d have a little more fun today and count down our favorite topiaries from this year’s edition.
Is this post just a ruse to be able to showcase some of my favorite photos from last trip? I’ll never tell. Hopefully for those stuck at home and not able to make it to this year’s festival this will give you a little taste. For those that are still to go, make sure to check out all of the topiaries. They are all meticulously detailed and beautiful. While I love the food and gardens, the topiaries are definitely the eye candy of the festival. Walking around World Showcase, you can’t help but be drawn to these large figures!
Why go with ranking seven? Well, ten felt like cheating because there’s only so many topiaries to choose from. Five felt like too few because I’m already leaving some favorites out. Ones that just barely missed the cut are Anna and Elsa, who are so detailed and stunning, Winnie the Pooh, mainly because of his cute balloon, and Remy, who’s greeting guests just outside of the France Pavilion. I’m sure everyone has their own favorites and there isn’t really a wrong way to go. Let’s get to the actual list!
7. Lion King Topiary
This topiary, located in Future World near the Imagination Pavilion, is very colorful and articulate. The faces are beautifully done and Rafiki lifting Simba up in the iconic pose is great. I took this photo on a particularly windy night with the tall plants behind the figures blowing in the wind. How many topiaries must a man see before he finds the Circle of Life? Sorry Mr. Dylan. Anyway, the plants add a sort of mystical quality to the topiaries. One last thought: Look at how majestic Mufasa’s mane is!
6. Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet
Tigger isn’t pictured here, as he’s just out of frame on the left. I just liked this photo more. What’s not to love here though, as Eeyore is sporting those sad eyes and Piglet looks like he’s ready to go to battle on the noble steed. The colorful bed that they’re standing on fits in with the skippy spirit of Winnie the Pooh. Sitting in front of one of the UK Pavilion’s stores, these figures always put a smile on my face.
5. Japan’s Dragon
As you’re about to see, a few of my favorite topiaries aren’t Disney characters. This dragon is one of the largest topiaries, sitting under the Japan Pavilion’s giant torii gate. The red shade in the dragon’s body is a nice contrast to the green beneath and the face is especially detailed and impressive. Really this lands on the list because dragons should be huge and this one is. Why would you ever make a small dragon?
4. Pluto and his Tape Measure
Look at this good boy! Located down the central spine of Epcot, near World Showcase, Pluto is just a little ways away from Mickey and Minnie. Like the dragon, he is a massive figure. There’s a lot to like here with the sunflower collar and the ears being just floppy enough. But I do have questions and they are all about the tape measure. What is he going to measure? Is that really an inch hanging out of the tape measure? I have a hard time believing that. Where in the world did Pluto find or buy a tape measure this big? What I don’t question is Pluto’s willingness to get stuff done. He’s ready.
3. The Norway Troll
While all of the other topiaries look pristine and in perfect condition, this troll takes the opposite route and it makes him all the more memorable. He looks completely disheveled (purposefully, I might add) like a troll probably should look. I love his lantern/staff that stands next to him. The buck teeth are a very funny addition. My favorite part is unquestionably the grass hair that blows in every direction. It adds some real goofiness to this sad looking fella. He’s undeterred though, gleefully greeting any passersby.
2. Kermit the Frog
Across the promenade from the UK Pavilion rests an absolute icon. Kermit the Frog on his bamboo bike is giving guests a wave. If he wasn’t made of, you know, plants then I’m sure he’d be saying “Kermit theee Frog here!” The bike and collar take top honors here but I’m also a big fan of the placement. Miss Piggy is close by and the bike outside of the UK Pavilion reminds me of the lovable scene in The Great Muppet Caper. Perhaps it’s a nod to that, maybe not. Either way it looks pristine.
1. China Pavilion’s Pandas
When something is this cute and you don’t put it in first place then I’m pretty sure it goes on your permanent record. These pandas have become mainstays at the Flower & Garden Festival. This year they’re perfectly placed in front of the Temple of Heaven replica. Look at that middle one, just rolling around. They’re perfectly adorable and a must see thanks to both the figures and the backdrop. Regardless of the festival, these bears should be kept here year around.
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