Recently I had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World. A long overdue visit, my last having been in 1999. My goal was to enjoy a few days and to take in things I had not done previously.

Bambi, Thumper and Flower topiaries at the Canada Pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase.

I could not have chosen a better time of year as this was the opening weekend of EPCOT’s International Flower and Garden Festival.

One of the things that always impressed me about EPCOT were the gardens. The variety shown throughout the theme park was spectacular on just an ordinary visit. But an event that highlighted those displays promised to be even more well worth the time. I was not disappointed.

Let me break down a few highlights of my visit. First, I have always been a fan of topiary. Back to that first ride on It’s A Small World at Disneyland, there was just something to be admired in how the magicians of the garden sculpture brought Disney characters to life. Touring EPCOT, there were some truly wonderful topiaries to be seen. Below is a sample:

Figment, near Spaceship Earth.
Pumba and Timon, in front of The Outpost
The Three Caballeros – Panchito, Donald and Jose – at the Mexico Pavilion
Phineas and Ferb at Future World East
Chip and Dale at the Farmers Market Stand at Future World East
Stitch welcomes guests in front of Future World East.
A great opportunity for guests to pose here!
Donald and the nephews lined up for a day in the garden, Behind the Farmer’s Market Stand.

it is no secret that I am a fan of railways. So I was pleased to see that the garden railway display at the German Pavilion was still in operation. A wonderful example of this hobby!

The other pavilions of World Showcase offered some great gardens that focused on a particular type of plant. For example, at the Mexico Pavilion in the Pepper Patch, there was a great sample of peppers from medium to extremely hot.

Something for pepper fans of all tastes there!

Across the lagoon was the Garden Italiano at the Italy Pavllion with a wonderful assortment of spices found in many great Italian dishes.

At the England Pavilion, there was a wonderful English Tea Garden. If you are a fan of tea as are many around the world, there were great teas here that go into some fine blends.

Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival. Of course, I’ve just showed you the flowers. The festival also offers food, entertainment, merchandise and more. MiceChat’s Cory Disbrow shared some gorgeous photos of some of that HERE.  It runs through May 29th and is well worth a visit! Were you able to visit this year’s festival? Have you seen it in the past and hope to return? I’d love to hear from you below.

More photos of Epcot’s 2017 Flower and Garden Festival – HERE




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Roger Colton has been a fan of trains all his life. With family in the business of railroading it was only natural. He has volunteered at railway museums in California, Nevada and Hawaii. Along the way he has operated steam, diesel and electric trains as well as being involved in a number of restoration projects. As part of a great team, he offers tours on chartered private railroad passenger cars at Private Car Service. He is also a member of the Southern California Railroad Museum and was involved with several railway excursions the Carolwood Society operated. Disney is only one of many interests as well as trains. Others include history of the American West, World War II aircraft, classic film and television, and collecting/trading Disney pins. His online world included managing a member community for AOL, participation in various newsgroups and websites. He also writes his own blog - - on a variety of topics.