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Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip at Epcot

Matt Stroshane

by , Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort

Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora at Epcot's France Pavilion

I always love walking around Epcot during the International Flower & Garden Festival. The extraordinary topiaries are always a highlight, especially when combined with trees and flowers at peak bloom. Near the France Pavilion, the life-sized Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip are surrounded by blooming pink trumpet trees. To give what was a static scene a sense of movement, I used a neutral density filter to blur the blossoms and branches into swirls of color.


  • I also got to capture this extrordinary image. Never thought to use a neutral density filter. Will have to modify this in Photoshop to try the same effect. It is a shame that the flowering tulip trees don’t last longer!

  • I will be going to WDW in May, I hope to get some great pictures as well

  • Can’t wait to go to see all of this….so beautiful!

  • This picture is beautiful!

  • This is such a beautiful photo. I just love it. Any chance you can post a high resolution image of this photo??? It would make a great destop background.

    I was at the Flower and Garden Festival for the first weekend and everything was so beautiful. I especially loved all the topiaries and those pink flower trees that were everywhere.

  • Absolutely beautiful!

  • well done. i like the long exposure effect.

  • My Gosh! Just absolutely beautiful! You brightened my day with this photo, thank you

  • Went the first day of festival, just breathtaking. One of the best events at WDW.
    @maureen, sorry Flower and Garden festival only runs thru May.

  • This is lovely. Does anyone know how long the topiaries will be visible. We are planning a trip in June and were wondering if we would still see some of them.

  • Beautiful picture… I can’t wait to see it for real!

  • Wow!!! Beautiful scene, and picture!!

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