I’m normally all about the culinary experiences at Walt Disney World festivals. I’ve already written an in-depth post on the Outdoor Kitchens at the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
This year 23 character topiaries take residence in various parts of the Epcot theme park.
Don’t miss any of the living sculptures created by Disney horticulturists.
I know you’re going to want to take full advantage of your day at the Festival so I have put together a photo tour of sorts with all of the topiaries, where to find them and the best strategy to deploy to make sure you get Instagram worthy snaps of them all.
Welcome Spring Fun, Food and Flowers!
Location: Main Entrance
Hard to miss this one. It’s the very first installment you see once you enter the gates of the themepark.
Location: Behind Spaceship Earth
As you make your way past the giant white geodesic dome, you will discover that perfect little spark of imagination that accompanied the Dreamfinder for so many years.
Once you’ve captured Figment you’re going to head towards the Fountain of Nations and make a hard left towards Future World East.
Location: Future World East in Front of MouseGear
This was a hard one for me to find. The official Garden Passport has Stitch listed only as being present in Future World East. Be sure to look for him before you enter into Future World East or you may be doing a bit of hunting like I did.
Location: Future World East in Front of the Wonders of Life Pavilion
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto are perfectly poised in front of The Festival Center. This pavilion is located in between the Universe of Energy and Mission: Space.
Location: Future World East in Front of Mission: Space
Snap a picture of Pixar’s most famous space ranger and then take a stroll past the splash pad, Test Track and the back entrance into MouseGear.
Lightning McQueen & Cruz
Location: Road to the Florida 500
In between Test Track, MouseGear and the floating planters in Future World East are two of the characters from the upcoming Pixar animated feature film Cars 3.
Phineas and Ferb
Location: Future World East Walkway Into World Showcase
Now would be as good a time as any to grab a pic of Phineas and Ferb who are actually on display year round…but this is a complete list.
Farmer’s Market Stand
Location: Walkway from Future World to World Showcase
After leaving Phineas and Ferb, look back toward Spaceship Earth to locate the Farmer’s Market Stand. On one side you will find Donald Duck with his three nephews and on the other side, a unique photo opp that allows you to stand inside a topiary garden with Chip and Dale.
Location: Future World West Near Imagination
Take a walk through the Butterfly Garden and when you reach the other side you will find a scene from Fantasia. Hippos, Ostriches, Sorcerer Mickey and his broom sticks.
Bambi and Friends
Bambi, Thumper and Flower the skunk are waiting for you at the Canada pavilion. Be sure to wander the walkway in front of Le Cellier which has one of the best displays for Flower and Garden besides Italy IMO.
Winnie the Pooh and Friends
Location: Between Canada and the UK
Here you will find Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and of course Eeyore.
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell
You’re going to have to set your sights towards the sky to find one of these two.
Beauty and the Beast
Toy Story’s Woody
Location: The American Adventure
Lady and the Tramp
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Simba and Friends
Location: Outpost Between Germany and China
Rafiki holds Simba high into the air on your right while Pumba & Timon are set along the shores of World Showcase Lagoon on your left.
Location: China Across from the Lotus House Outdoor Kitchen
While the playing panda topiaries are not new to the festival this year. DisneyNature’s “Born in China” panda documentary hits theaters on Earth Day 2017.
Anna and Elsa
The Three Caballeros
Location: Mexico and Close to the Odyssey
Fun fact: Donald Duck is the character that has the most topiary appearances with a total of three. (The Three Caballeros, Farmer’s Market Stand & Fab Five)
Location: Showcase Plaza and Outside Club Cool
So the butterflies can be found in two different spots… in between Mexico and Canada as well as near the Butterfly Garden and Club Cool.
Catch all these Topiaries at Epcot through May 29th.
To see some of the Outdoor Kitchen menu offerings, jump to this post next – Disney’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Food and Photos