Disney’s Epcot: Who Needs a Park Ride When You Have a Camera

Flower and Garden Festival Epcot, Epcot, Test Track, Disney topiaries, Disney topiary, Walt Disney World

Every photo has a story.

This would shock some Disney theme-park purists: I really don’t ride anything at Epcot. I enjoy being there, but not for the Missions to Mars, or the laps around Test Track, and I get motion sick on Soarin’. This leaves a lot of time to wander around with a camera, and luckily, there’s just a tremendous amount to see and photograph. Disney by the Numb3rs, my informational source for all Walt Disney World things numerical, offers some great “green” info. on Epcot.

There are 3.5 acres of flowers and plants in Epcot, planted across 70 acres of lawn. 12,500 specimens of trees are accented by 100,000 shrubs, and that’s not even during the Floral and Garden show from March to May.

I am not a world traveler. I spent the equivalent of about half a year in Canada over a couple of summers, and I’ve made it to Mexico for several hours on two cruises, but that’s as large as my global travel aspirations run.  There will be no walks through quaint German villages, no backpacking through Europe, and probably no flight to Aulani. OK, I really do wish I could make it to Aulani.  And yet by visiting Epcot, I get just enough foreign culture, just enough flora, just enough architectural diversity to satisfy my wanderlust.

The pink beauty above was photographed two summers ago on a hot June afternoon. I found it in the pond at Epcot‘s China Pavilion, right in front of the replica of the Temple of Heaven. The China Pavilion is decorated with ponds, decorative bridges, and Chinese acrobats sometimes perform at the pavilion.

Now here is a photo from the Japanese Pavilion.  Offering a plethora of photographic opportunities, the Japan Pavilion is highly detailed and landscaped with rock gardens, flowing streams, and koi ponds. You’ll find bamboo, Japanese maples, evergreen, and monkey puzzle trees, and don’t miss the Taiko drummers when they perform a show.

Japan Pavilion Epcot, Japan pavilion, Epcot koi pond, Epcot Taiko drummers, Epcot, World Showcase, Flower and Garden Festival Epcot

Other Disney photographers share my love of Epcot‘s outdoor beauty. Bob Angelo, a photographer/writer at Everything Walt Disney World, whose colorful Disney shots I noticed last year, has a photographic style similar to mine. I’m not speaking for Bob, but I could probably sum up our photography style in 3 words: very few faces. Now Bob spends so much time in Disney parks, I’m sure he’s riding some rides. I asked him to send me some colorful floral shots from a couple of his favorite spots to photograph in Epcot.

Bob described his first photo, “This picture was taken around the ‘lake’ in Future World during Epcot‘s Flower and Garden Festival in 2011. Disney parks are usually vibrant and alive with color anyway, but during the Flower and Garden Festival, cast members transform the park with thousands of flowers in displays like this one, blooming with color that really make the park pop. Can you spot the hidden Mickey?”

Disney Cast Members, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot, Epcot World Showcase

Of his second Epcot photograph, Bob said, “One of the things I look forward to the most during the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot every year is the topiaries of Disney characters. Some of the more popular characters, like Belle and Beast, or Lightning Mcqueen are so popular that they are displayed every year. Others, like this display of Bambi, Thumper, and Flower, are new. These topiaries are some of the more than 75 that were on exhibit last year throughout the park, and was located directly outside the butterfly exhibit in Future World.”

A big thanks to Bob Angelo for stopping by The Mouze Houze today with some beautiful photographs. Bob is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations. He is also one of the co-hosts of the popular Mouse Chat podcast, and writes over at Everything Walt Disney World. You can find him on Facebook, email him at Bob@pixievacations.com or call him at 407-810-2528 for all your Disney travel needs.

Thanks for coming along for a Sunday photographical ride, and we’ll see you around Epcot with your cameras at the ready!


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  1. If I were able to visit the parks more often…I could spend a great deal of time in any of them with just my camera. My fantasy!

  2. Even though I’ve been to Flower & Garden many times, I still find new photos to take. Looking forward to this year’s event.


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