FESTIVAL DE EPCOT: Demuestran ser jardineros de Disney ; lo mejor del mundo

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Florida.-  It was late spring, the wife and I were in Florida at Walt Disney World for the opening of Pandora, the World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But we went a few days early for some time together and decided to visit Epcot. 


Mickey Mouse, Daisy Duck, Pluto and Minnie Mouse are some of the flower topiaries on display during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 On entering the new park we were greeted by topiary plants in the shape of Disney’s classic characters including Mickey Mouse, Daisy Duck, Pluto and Minnie Mouse. We thought, “how neat, they’re all made out of plants and flowers.” We quickly learned that dozens more were placed throughout the park for the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
A butterfly made of flowers and plant materials makes up a colorful display during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)
 As we walked around, we marveled at all the displays, there was Donald Duck with his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie in a small garden. Nearby, Chip and Dale were raiding the same garden for whatever food they could store for the winter.

A colorful bed of flowers in is the area between the Future World area and the World Showcase area during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

They looked a lot like the characters as we know them in cartoons. “We work with the character artists to make them as true to their cartoon life as we can,” said Eric Darden, manager of the Walt Disney World Horticulture Department. 

Floating flowers and a colorful bed of flowers are part of the bright plants represented in the lagoon between the Future World area and the World Showcase area during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)
 Darden said it was important for his crew to capture the emotions and feelings of the 65-80 characters they display every year now. While some might repeat for a few years, they usually create some new ones each year.

Ostriches based on the characters from the Disney animated movie “Fantasia” are made completely from a variety of plants, as is Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from the same movie on display during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

For 2017, they were asked to create a pair based on the Disney animated movie “Beauty and the Beast.” That display featured Beast and a new Belle planted in front of the France Pavilion. Another display was created to represent the car character Cruz from the Pixar animated movie “Cars 3.” It takes about six months to create a topiary like those on display.

Tinkerbell, from the Disney animated movie “Peter Pan” wants to fly away, but as a topiary, she is stuck to the ground during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

After working with character designers, a metal frame is created on which to hang the plant materials. Then it is stuffed with material, such as peat moss, and the plants are added. As we continued our walk, we found a tent structure in the Future World area called “Butterflies on the Go.” Darden said it was added in 2004.

Piglet is on the back of Eeyore, both are characters from the Disney animated cartoons based on “Winnie the Pooh,” and are topiaries on display in the World Showcase area during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

What a great addition. We walked inside to find hundreds of plants and hundreds of varieties of butterflies flying around. There were more than a dozen varieties of butterflies including the Monarch Butterfly. 

“Howdy Pardner,” Woody, the character from Pixar’s “Toy Story” movie seems to say. The topiary of the character was on display in front of the American Adventure pavilion in the World Showcase area during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

But Darden says not to worry if any of the butterflies escape to the outside Florida environment. “We’re really careful with the environment, the butterflies are native,” he said.
Rabbit, a character from the “Winnie the Pooh” cartoons made by Disney, is a topiary out on display during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)
 Due to the popularity of the festival, specialty food kiosks were added, similar to the park’s Wine and Food Festival, in 2011. But the slant is that all the food and beverages have to fit the theme. “We work with food and beverage to make sure the food booths tell a garden story,” Darden said. 

This Tigger cannot bounce, but clearly wants too, but the topiary is planted to the ground during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Along with the topiary characters, the butterflies and the food and beverages, there are demonstrations about how to create a variety of gardens, including how the topiary plants are grown. “We don’t have any secrets. We will show you how to do things yourselves,” Darden said. “People want to learn how to grow things in Florida.

The Beast and Belle from the Disney animated movie “Beauty and the Beast” are topiaries on display in the France Pavilion of the World Showcase area at Epcot during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. (Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)


” The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Currently runs from March 1 – May 31 every year. No extra charge, regular admission to the park grants access to almost everything. Food and beverages are extra. Certain behind-the-scenes tours can have an additional fee.

That is the Tramp and the Lady from the Disney animated movie “Lady and the Tramp,” on display in the Italian Pavilion in the World Showcase area during the 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. The festival is held every spring at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park.(Photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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