This week, we’re looking at the arrival of much of the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot! Are you ready for Spring, because it’s bustin’ out all over.

Welcome to Epcot!!

It appears that over the last week or so, Spaceship Earth has gotten a much needed bath!

This was really, really needed, seeing as this is the park icon and all.

As I mentioned at the top, Flower and Garden is on its way in, as the festival starts on March 5th.

Flower beds and floating beds in Future World.

The ‘Outdoor Kitchens’ are also up in World Showcase, along with many of the merchandise locations.

Some of the topiaries are also in place, like here in Norway and China.

Hello troll.

More booths in Germany.

The Snow White topiary set in Germany received a nice upgrade this year, and the detail on these particular topiaries is rather striking. I hope that some of the ones that have not been placed yet turn out like these.

Really good stuff.

For lunch, we ate at Via Napoli, which is one of my favorites restaurants at Epcot. You can almost always get a walk up, no ADR needed, and the food and service are great.

More booths set up.

These planters are blocking work in between Morocco and France.

The dancing prince and princess topiaries are back.

Soon Canada will be much more colorful than this.

And one last parting shot of a clean Spaceship Earth to wrap things up for this week.

What do you all think of Flower and Garden prep? Happy SSE got some needed TLC? Let us know in the comments!!

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  • danyoung

    Thanks for the timely update on Epcot. I’m 2 weeks away from my next visit, and I couldn’t be more jazzed!!!

  • EasyRover

    Salivating at the sight of Via Napoli pizza…

    • martinjbell1986

      only been to Epcot 2 times. Once we ate at Les Chefs de France and the other time we went over to the California Grill at the contemorary. Will have to try this Via Napoli place next time….

  • I LOVE how the park looks during Flower and Garden Festival. The floating gardens, the tapestry of plants, character topiary, just beautiful.

    Spaceship Earth looks brand new. About time the cleaned it. Wonderful news.

  • MickeysImagination

    That must be one heck of a ball washer to clean Spaceship Earth.

  • martinjbell1986

    Would be nice if Epcot got a newattraction or ride sometime soon.

  • Malin

    Epcot is looking beautiful at the moment with the preparation of the Flower and Garden Festival. So glad the Park is bringing back the food booths this year too despite the reports of poor sales last year. I hope Disney gives this a chance to grow. Being a fan of the Food and Wine Festival I actually thinking this looks even more appealing.

    Via Napoli is a hidden treasure among World Showcase Restaurants. The three best meals I had on my recent WDW trip were all WS Restaurants. And Via Napoli was certainly one of them. Also the best pizza on site.

  • Big D

    Man, I have GOT to make it there for the Flower & Garden festival someday. The park looks absolutley amazing in the photos.

  • MadQueenAlice

    Thanks for the update! I am visiting WDW for the first time from April 28 to May 2 for my honeymoon, and I am so excited for everything, especially the Flower and Garden Festival!!!